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Happy Holidays from DreamCatcher!

December 25th, 2018, 11:00 am

I Say...

Hazumirein says,

Hey guess what I'm alive. Took a few hours off of actual pages to throw together a Christmas doodle. I'm, uh, not that artistically pleased with it, but it'll do.

Santa Dae has been a running gag for a long time, but he seems to mind it a little less every year.

I wanted to put Nirako and Xan in this too, but they just...wouldn't quite fit, so you get the original Volume 1 trio.

Somewhere in my harddrive I have a short Christmas-themed side story about how Dae obtained that scarf he's wearing; maybe one of these years I'll dig it out and post it.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure I promised we'd be back in January, and I'm holding to that, but due to New Year's antics I'm making the return date for updates Thursday, January 3rd. I'm at least going to come close to my page goal, I think, but I, uh, haven't drawn the chapter cover yet, so I need to do that at some point this week. I think you guys are going to like the next chapter. It's pretty lighthearted and fun, for the most part.

To end this ramble, I haven't done a song in awhile, but the Christmas soundtrack this year is "Ho Ho Hopefully" by The Maine! Just...because.

And You Say...

dracone says,

Now I'm wondering what Riza explaining holidays, at least the ones she has decent knowledge about, are like in our world would be like

Hazumirein says,

@dracone: She doesn't explain them very well and the Sanvolae crew doesn't really understand but it seems important to her so they go along with it.

dracone says,

@Hazumirein But it would be amusing to see her explain Independence Day and Christmas, those are probably the two she would be able to explain best despite her poor explaining abilities, assuming they don't try to delve too far into things. If only she could bring items with her on her visits, she could just hand them books on the histories of holidays.

That all said, I wonder when we'll see more people from other continents, it probably would be amusing to see someone from China or Japan as a fox, seeing the lore surrounding foxes from those two countries is quite prominent, more so on the part of Japan and their mythology surrounding the Kitsune and Inari.

Quick note, Inari is the Shinto deity that presides over the rice harvest, it is said in some sources that foxes are her servants and/or messengers. Foxes in Japanese lore have fire and illusion capabilities in addition to their transforming abilities. Inari is described as the pinnacle of a kitsune, also known as Kyuubi, seeing as she is a human-sized White Fox, every source I'm aware of describes her as a white fox in her natural state, with nine tails, nine the most tails a kitsune can have and upon gaining their ninth tail they transcend to being a Kyuubi.

And I just rambled on about Japanese lore. Well, I find Japanese lore and mythology interesting. I just wish more people would pay attention to Irish lore, I'm part Irish and very proud of my heritage. In Irish lore, the Otter is a nearly invincible warrior, said to have a single weak point just under one of their arms while the rest of their body is completely impervious to assaults of all kinds.

Every culture has special supernatural abilities tied to certain creatures and plants.

Hazumirein says,

@dracone: Riza actually can bring items over from Earth and does so fairly regularly--she always brings holiday decorations, and I think I have it written in some side story or other that I never posted that she does bring a book on Christmas at some point to help them understand.

Anyway, I am also very interested in mythology so no worries about that! I knew about kitsune and Kyuubi, but actually have never heard about the Otter in Ireland so that's neat and I might have to look into it more.

Weirdly enough I didn't take the mythology route with the Dreamers in DC, but it's implied later in the story that there may be some relation between things that exist on Sanvolae and the myths and legends of Earth. I also have another story that takes place in another part of Sanvolae that explores that concept a lot more and is largely based around Aztec mythology; one of these days I'll get around to finishing that.

dracone says,

@Hazumirein You've also set up a mythology in Sanvolae centered around an event with the dragons that resulted in the calling of the first Dreamers coming to Sanvolae, that's a story of its own you should probably get to at some point, it could be fun to see the juxtaposition of the lore and actual events. The way Dreamers first arrived probably wasn't this grand culmination of different factions working together to create the first gateway to our world but could have been as predicted of multiple magics from different powers unintentionally causing a mix of supposedly incompatible magics, hence the reason why the process has been duplicated, and thus was one incredible beneficial accident.

It would be interesting to see who the original Dreamers were, but then we would still be dealing with the question of how their successors were determined, especially if their personalities are noticeably different than those in the modern era.

Captain Ghost says,

What a warm picture of our original trio <3
happy holidays to you as well!

SoulRaider116 says,

Do we have a ram with a red nose? Because (while that sounds like a god awful drunken Irish stereotype when I stop long enough for a second thought) everyone in a sleigh with the ram whose name I forget as Rudolph would be so cute...

Comments, anyone?