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I know, I know, you’re all Sooooooo disappointed that the bonnacon is extinct in this universe, right? Seriously though… a bovine beast that emits a flaming substance from its anus? I just… I mean, it’s not the nastiest monster out there, but jeepers. I give them points for creativity, but maaaaan, the bonnacon is not something I really wanna draw in action. I actually have a good reason for it and the others mentioned to be extinct but that’s a story for another time.

Now… last I checked, vampires ‘come’ from a variety of sources. Blood-drinking monsters are a strange, almost universal phenomena, and though the forms these monsters take vary, cultures from around the globe have strange, vampiric creatures in their folklore. Some of the earliest known sources for vampires come from Slavic myth… but then again, who knows? Before recorded history, who’s to say that Paleolithic man didn’t invent them, only for them to be forgotten and reinvented later, due to the lack of sophisticated writing?

One of the problems with doing a storyline with mythological creatures is that there’s a lot of ‘canon’ folklore and myth to take into consideration, along with my own silly ideas and concepts. And, well, before anyone takes the liberty to yell at me because “Im, doin’ it rong!!1eleven!!” I’ll say, I know just as well as anyone that in myth, the wizards didn’t create the vampire (Which I will say I am treating differently from, say, Nosferatu). However, this deviation from folklore is both a means of stepping a but away from a previous, failed, webcomic attempt, as well as in a strange way, a means of making the Eldritch world make more sense in my own mind, while working with the “Mages” and “Mancers” in keeping the presence of the now-extinct wizards around (And yes, in this universe, there IS a difference). It’s just another thread in the spider’s web, as it were… and if I make it through a couple more books of this comic, I’ll be able to reveal a bit more of that portion of the web. But I have some werewolfery to show you guys before that…

Regardless, I spend a lot of time researching all of this weird stuff… and, well, some of it I like, some of it I don’t. On top of that, there are often conflicting myths about the same creatures or events. So, I’ll pick the pieces I like from here and there, ranging from books to documentaries to even good ol wikipedia. And if I still think things should be different… I change them. As Seamus states in this page, according to this universe, humans got some things correct in their myths, but others, well, not. The case in point is historical zombies verses the kickass zombies of modern media. Now, that is not to say that in Eldritch, there aren’t undead, since there are vampires. But it is food for thought. However, while I do not intend the possible “errors” in human stories and myth to be a crutch, or an excuse if I am not accurate, I do intend to use it as a springboard to reinvent myth as I like.

For instance, regarding the fae-title “Oberon…”

In the rare case you’re not aware, Oberon refers to William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It is, frankly, my favorite of his works, mostly because it’s full of whimsy and dirty jokes (You can keep your Romeo and Juliet, give me a comedy!) In this tale, Oberon is the name of the King of the Fairies. We’re getting a little glimpse into the social standing and structure of the modern Fae in this page… That at least one Fae has set up a little sanctuary for the Eldritch folk in the area, that the Fae have a strong dislike for the wizard-created vampires, and that apparently leaders in the Fae community have taken Shakespeare’s “Oberon” and applied it as a title or… Maybe, just maaaaaybe, Shakespeare was privy to some information most weren’t.

(Now, for stuff that isn’t important)

I actually had the pleasure of participating in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream back in Highschool. Oddly enough, it was quite by accident. I was in a Theater Arts class at the time, and while I did alright at improv, I was only good at the parts of side-kicks, comic relief, or characters with weird voices. Frankly, I wasn’t good as a ‘serious’ actress. (Though I did have to play the part of Oedipus, because all the men refused. You can imagine how odd that was.)

Anyway, one day, my teacher told me to go swing by the practice for the autumn play (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), because they needed someone to design the cover for the playbook, and a costume designer. So, I stayed for a few practices, did some sketches, talked with the actors and actresses, designed outfits (Many of the designs I liked weren’t used in the end, though we did get to make the fairies fairly “tribal,” which made me happy!) to their liking, and things went smoothly…

And then one afternoon, the actor who was cast as Snug was late. Again. In fact, he hadn’t shown up at all during any of the practices I’d attended. The Director interrupted my drawing and handed me a script while explaining the character of Snug to me. She then asked me to fill in, just long enough for Peter Quince’s group could get some practice in. When they were done practicing, I went to return the script to the Director, who told me to keep it, because she was giving me the part.

And that’s how I became Snug.

I ended up making lots of friends, some good, some awful, learned a lot, studied hard, and got my start in costuming. I ended up with three costumes for the play: Snug’s regular garb, Snug’s lion costume, and a fairy costume (Snug is a minor character, so I got to be an extra Fairy). We all busted our butts making costumes, sets and putting the playbook together, and I was lucky enough to be in the thick of it. In a way, I was in almost every scene… there was a bit of set I’d done, or a costume I’d worked on, even if I wasn’t on stage myself.

But there were two things that made it even better: One, we got to sign the wall backstage, however we wanted. It had been a long-standing tradition, but there was still a lot of room off toward the corners. I signed by dipping my hand in leftover green paint, and pressing my hand to the wall. By the time I’d washed it off my hand, it had dried on the bricks… and I signed my name on the palm, with the date and what play I was in. The other cool thing was that I was allowed to keep one piece of costume that wasn’t something I’d made out of my own pocket. So, I kept my ‘Fairy Coat’, which was the first costuming piece I’d done for the play.

In the end, it was both really sad and really amazing when the final curtain dropped on our last performance. There was lots of crying, and flowers, and photos and sillystring involved. And while over the years I’ve lost my copy of the playbook and script… I still have that Fairy Coat, and a sheet of paper we’d all signed. They’re two of the fer things I’d kept from Highschool.

And… you know, should somehow, any fairies had seen our performance (And while you’ll never hear me say that I don’t believe, I’ll happily admit to the significant scientific improbability of such beings. Never saying that one little thing is something I promised myself when I was a child, and is one of the few promises I’ve kept to myself from when I was young,) I like to think they would have liked our work too.

… *claps three times*

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Eldritch is for Mature audiences, will contain violence and mild nudity, as well as adult situations, themes, and language. Some pages will be marked as such on sites such as Deviantart and may be unavailable to minors.

The author (Nashoba Hostina) has everything planned out, and if something does not immediately make sense, it will later. If there are questions about what will happen, answers will not be given until the issues come up in the natural course of the plot. Plot advancement will be slow at times, and peppered with “LOLpages” that do not advance the story much. These are not “Filler.” These are part of how life goes in this comic.

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