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For historical reasons, volumes 1 (I) through 13 (XIII) are usually identified with Roman numerals on the Girl Genius chronology pages and elsewhere in the wiki. From volume 14 on, the story entered a new "act" and the volume numbers started over, in Arabic numbers, proceeded by a "2-". For example, overall volume 15 is given as volume 2-2 on chronology pages.

For a partial timeline of the events in the comic, see Internal Chronology.

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Chronology Overview         Internal Chronology
Key Book red = First page of volume                 Calendar metal = chronology                 Cast multicolor = cast
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      %  Recorded image        @   Transmitted image        #  Controlled body

For more information about the page records and guidelines for adding new ones, see Girl Genius:Editing the Chronology.

---First Page of Volume 23 (Act 2: BOOK TEN)[1][]

We're Sneaking Here[]

Location: Beneath Big Rat Island

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-04-04 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (001)
Forum:2022-04-04 (Monday)
\Francisia Monahan, \Lucrezia#Anevka, Zeetha, Violetta, Rakethorn, Krosp, Agatha, Castle Heterodyne#Portable Castle, The Beast, Agatha's Wasp eater
Agatha's party stealthily approaches the noisy conflict between Monahan and Lunevka. Krosp recognizes Lu's voice, but the other combatant remains a mystery to them. Hearing someone approach, Violetta deploys Prende's Chronometric Lantern.
Flame
BOOM! crakkle!
SFX, panel 1
2022-04-06 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (002)
Forum:2022-04-06 (Wednesday)
Violetta, Rakethorn, Krosp, Ariadne Steelgarter, Zeetha, Agatha
With Steelgarter caught in the Lantern's rays, Violetta resolves to let her by, in order to discover her reaction to the portal to Skifander, although she does take the opportunity to set her up for Bang.
Krosp: "What- Sparks turning on each other? Fighting for dominance? Attacking their own minions? Who would have thought?"
Agatha: "You make them sound like cats."
Krosp: "Hmm… true, true…"
Captain DuPree, Skifander
2022-04-08 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (003)
Forum:2022-04-08 (Friday)
Zeetha, Violetta, Agatha, Rakethorn, Francisia Monahan(!!), Lucrezia#Anevka(!!)
Having let Steelgarter flee upstairs, the group attempts to quietly peek in on the conflict. The giant Monahan and Lu are fighting over the Flame, but their attention turns to the intruders.
Monahan: "Get out! It's too late for you anyway! I've already absorbed too much of the Flame's power! There isn't enough left to keep you a full Queen!"
Lu: "Oho! You have done your research! Never fear- there's more than enough energy here to keep me safely in this state until I can find another flame! Albia's should be flaring again soon- maybe I'll take hers!"
Flame, Queen, Albia
2022-04-11 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (004)
Forum:2022-04-11 (Monday)
Lucrezia#Anevka(!!), Francisia Monahan(!!), Violetta, Zeetha, Rakethorn, Krosp, Agatha, Castle Heterodyne#Portable Castle, The Beast
Lu is excited to see the intruders, although Monahan is less enthused. Neither has time to react before Violetta traps them in the Lantern's rays. Rakethorn expresses concern that they'll have to leave the Lantern in place to keep them trapped. Zeetha offers to guard the Lantern with Higgs while the rest of the the group seeks assistance from Albia. Violetta notices… something.
Rakethorn: "Don't you see? We've stopped them- very good- but now what?"
The Lantern (Prende's Chronometric Lantern), Mechanicsburg, Axel (Higgs), Albia

She Blinked[]

Location: Beneath Big Rat Island

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-04-13 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (005)
Forum:2022-04-13 (Wednesday)
Rakethorn, Violetta, Francisia Monahan(!!), Zeetha, Lucrezia#Anevka(!!), Agatha, The Beast, Castle Heterodyne#Portable Castle
Violetta is alarmed by the discovery that even while trapped in the Lantern's light, Monahan and Lu are moving, albeit very slowly. With Zeetha's encouragement, Agatha attempts to take action by operating Monahan's pipe organ control system.
Zeetha: "Agatha!"
Agatha: "Hang on! I'm working on something!"
Zeetha: "Work faster!"
2022-04-15 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (006)
Forum:2022-04-15 (Friday)
Krosp, Agatha(!), Castle Heterodyne#Portable Castle, The Beast, Lucrezia#Anevka(!!), Francisia Monahan(!!), Agatha's Wasp eater, Violetta, Rakethorn, Zeetha
While she works on the pipe organ, Agatha explains her understanding of the situation to Krosp: Monahan was using the pipe organ to adjust the composition of the effluvia, with the ultimate goal of using it to become a Queen. Agatha blames the runoff from the experimentation as the source of the Cursed Waters, identifies that the purified effluvia is similar to the waters of The Dyne, and that it is what Lu and Monahan have used to become Queens. Krosp asks if Agatha can use it as well.
Rats, Queen, Deepdwellers, Cursed Waters, The Dyne
2022-04-18 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (007)
Forum:2022-04-18 (Monday)
Violetta, Agatha[2], Lucrezia#Anevka(!!), Francisia Monahan(!!), Zeetha, Krosp, Rakethorn, Agatha's Wasp eater
As Agatha frantically works on the pipe organ control system, Lu and Monahan bear down on Violetta and the Lantern, getting faster as they do so. Agatha completes her preparations, and instructs everyone to run. Team Agatha is happy to comply.
2022-04-20 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (008)
Forum:2022-04-20 (Wednesday)
Francisia Monahan(!!), Lucrezia#Anevka(!!), Violetta, Rakethorn, Krosp, Zeetha, Agatha
Freed from the Lantern's effect, Monahan attempts to melt the fleeing group. Lu prevents her from doing so, believing that her essentia is still in Agatha's mind. Lu and Monahan hear an ominous sound from above them.
Me (Lucrezia#Agatha)
Shove
SFX, panel 2
Foosh!
SFX, panel 3
2022-04-22 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (009)
Forum:2022-04-22 (Friday)
Zeetha, Agatha, Lucrezia#Anevka(!!), Francisia Monahan(!!)
Agatha explains to Zeetha that she rerouted the piping to dump out the extracted effluvia contaminant. To their intense discomfort, Lu and Monahan are suddenly covered with a shower of glowing green ooze.
2022-04-25 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (010)
Forum:2022-04-25 (Monday)
Violetta, Rakethorn, Francisia Monahan(!!), Lucrezia#Anevka(!!)
Violetta and Rakethorn discuss the effects of the extracted contaminant while fleeing up the stairs. Back in the goo-covered laboratory, Monahan's declaration of vengeance is interrupted by a blow from Lu. Monahan is worried that Albia may intervene in the situation, but Lu does not share her concerns.
Lu: "You think I fear Albia? Even without this power, I have exterminated a hundred Queens! Killing her will be almost as simple as killing you!"
Albia, Queens
CHOK
SFX, panel 3

Nothing Like Grog To Tickle The Memory[]

Location: Big Rat Island

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-04-27 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (011)
Forum:2022-04-27 (Wednesday)
Thomas Crothers, Higgs, HMA Crisp crew, Ariadne Steelgarter
Back in the throne room, Crothers and Higgs contemplate the Queen's Flame. Crothers is happy to just enjoy the fire, but Higgs finds it oddly familiar. The troops from HMA Crisp report that someone is coming up the stairs. The intruder is Steelgarter, fleeing from the Queens below.
Steelgarter: "Who on earth are you people? RUN!"
Fire (Queen's Flame), Clovis, Captain Dupree
Meanwhile—
Caption, upper left, panel 1
2022-04-29 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (012)
Forum:2022-04-29 (Friday)
HMA Crisp crew, Ariadne Steelgarter
Steelgarter is apprehended by troops from HMA Crisp. She is initially more than willing to go quietly to get protection from her former colleagues, but on seeing the Mirror to Skifander is open, abruptly changes her mind and kills her captors.
Steelgarter: "Arrest me! Take me to Albia! Let's go! Let's go now!"
Albia, Skifander
STAB! (×2)
SFX, panel 4
2022-05-02 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (013)
Forum:2022-05-02 (Monday)
Ariadne Steelgarter, HMA Crisp crew, Higgs, Thomas Crothers
Free of her captors, Steelgarter runs towards the Mirror. The guards expect the barrier to stop her, but are surprised to see her charge straight through, shouting a challenge in Skiff. From the other side of the gate, she reiterates her advice to flee, but Higgs is not interested.
Steelgarter: "Tokk tha, Zantabraxus! Hokka pok za! Hahahahahaa!"
Zantabraxus
2022-05-04 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (014)
Forum:2022-05-04 (Wednesday)
Ariadne Steelgarter, Higgs, Skifandrians, HMA Crisp crew
Higgs pursues Steelgarter through the Mirror. The officer from HMA Crisp orders two troopers to accompany him, but before they can comply, the Queen's Flame turns green and makes an ominous sound.
Shaw, Golding
FWOMPH
SFX, panel 3
2022-05-06 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (015)
Forum:2022-05-06 (Friday)
HMA Crisp crew, Higgs
The now green Flame sputters and sparks, destabilizing the Mirror's connection to Skifander. The Flame gutters and goes out, and the HMA Crisp troops find themselves staring at an inert Mirror, with Higgs trapped in Skifander.
FzzzzzzzAp StkPoP!
SFX, panel 2
FWUMP
SFX, panel 3

Time To Go![]

Location: Big Rat Island Throne Room

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-05-09 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (016)
Forum:2022-05-09 (Monday)
HMA Crisp crew, Agatha, Rakethorn, Agatha's Wasp eater, Krosp, Neena, Zeetha, Violetta
The HMA Crisp troops mistake the violent shaking of the Throne Room for an earthquake. Agatha and the scouting party arrive to warn them of the God-Queens fighting below, and the impending collapse of the temple complex. Neena attempts to retrieve the Brek'kah Stone from the Material Harmonics Analyzer, but it is crushed by a falling block. The group commences their retreat.
Agatha: "Everyone out!"
Rakethorn: "We've got a pair of God-Queens fighting downstairs, and they're mad!"
Pair of God-Queens (Lucrezia#Anevka, Francisia Monahan), Brek'kah Stone, Skifander
CRAK / RRRUMBLE!
SFX, panel 1
RUMMMBELUMMMBLE!
SFX, panels 3-5
CRUNCH!
SFX, panel 4
CRASH!
SFX, panel 5
2022-05-11 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (017)
Forum:2022-05-11 (Wednesday)
Lucrezia#Anevka
A damaged Lu breaks through the floor. She casts imprecations at Monahan for consuming too much of the Flame's power, but apparently has a contingency plan.
That greedy little tart (Francisia Monahan), Flame
BOOM!
SFX, panel 1
2022-05-13 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (018)
Forum:2022-05-13 (Friday)
Lucrezia#Anevka, Francisia Monahan
Lu's contingency plan of using the Mirror to find a new Flame is thwarted by its lack of power. A hand emerges from the pit below Lu, and pulls her down into the shaft. The hole erupts with flame, and Monahan emerges into the Throne Room.
Monahan: "Ugh! Unbelievable! She has always been like this! A vain, selfish, backstabbing narcissist!"
Mirror
Grab!
SFX, panel 2
Yoink!
SFX, panel 4
CRAKKLE FOOM!
SFX, panel 5

Let The Fight Begin![]

Location: Big Rat Island

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-05-16 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (019)
Forum:2022-05-16 (Monday)
Francisia Monahan(!!), Lucrezia#Anevka(!!)
Monahan pauses her rant about Lu, and takes a moment to reassert her God-Queen status and and heal herself. She acquires flaming hair and a halo, and is gleefully contemplating her next actions when she is suddenly seized by a giant robot hand emerging from the pit.
Monahan: "Oh, this is fun! What shall I do first?"
Flame
2022-05-18 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (020)
Forum:2022-05-18 (Wednesday)
Lucrezia#Anevka(!!), Francisia Monahan(!!), Rakethorn, Agatha, Violetta, HMA Crisp crew
Agatha's party briefly pauses in their flight from the Temple Complex to witness a giant Lu erupt from the building, clutching Monahan in one hand. Lu thrusts Monahan back into the building and stomps on the rubble.
Lu: "The first thing you do? The first thing, you scheming traitor? YOU! CAN! DIE!"
CRATHOOM!
SFX, panel 1
WHAM
SFX, panel 2
STOMP! STOMP! STOMP!
SFX, panel 3
2022-05-20 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (021)
Forum:2022-05-20 (Friday)
Lucrezia#Anevka(!!), Horrible Rats, HMA Crisp crew, Violetta, Agatha, Rakethorn, Zeetha
A blue burst of energy appears from underground, and Lu is suddenly overrun with gargantuan Horrible Rats. As everyone else tries to get to a minimum safe distance, Zeetha realizes that Higgs is not with them.
HMA Crisp trooper: "This doesn't look good!"
Violetta: "This looks really bad!"
Agatha: "Let's look at it from farther away!"
Rakethorn: "This island isn't that big! I don't think we can get far enough away!"
Axel (Higgs)
WHUM
SFX, panel 1
SHREE! SKEE! KREE! KEK KEK KEK!
SFX, panel 2
2022-05-23 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (022)
Forum:2022-05-23 (Monday)
HMA Crisp crew, Horrible Rats, Lucrezia#Anevka (!!), Violetta, Agatha, Rakethorn
The storm above the island intensifies, and bolts of lightning strike down the pack of giant Horrible Rats attacking Lu. With the immediate threat dispatched, Lunevka assesses her damaged mechanical body and decides it needs replacement. She seeks assistance from Agatha, still under the impression that Lu's other essentia is in residence, but then comes to an abrupt realization.
Violetta: "She looks pretty messed up…"
Agatha: "She just called up a lightning storm. Looks may be secondary."
Ariadne (Steelgarter), Lucrezia (Lucrezia#Agatha)
CRAKOOM!
SFX, panel 2
2022-05-25 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (023)
Forum:2022-05-25 (Wednesday)
Lucrezia#Anevka (!!), Violetta, Agatha, Rakethorn, Francisia Monahan (!!)
Lu has realized that her essentia has been removed from Agatha. She prepares to implant a new one, but Monahan interrupts the process with a boot to the head.
Lu: "Oh yes! A proper body! One that already knows the power! That will fix everything!"
I (Lucrezia#Agatha)
POW!
SFX, panel 5

Nice Island. Pity If Something Happened To It[]

Location: Big Rat Island

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-05-27 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (024)
Forum:2022-05-27 (Friday)
Francisia Monahan (!!), Lucrezia#Anevka (!!)
Monahan gloats. In return, Lu strikes back at the source of their power, plunging her fist into the ground. Glowing purple cracks spread out from the impact across the surface of the island.
Lu: "A Queen needs her Wellspring. A Queen needs her Flame. -And before I am done here- I'll see to it you don't have either!"
Queen, Wellspring, Flame
2022-05-30 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (025)
Forum:2022-05-30 (Monday)
Horrible Rats, HMA Crisp crew, Corrupted Deepdwellers
The purple cracks spread across the island, causing mass destruction. Horrible Rats plummet into chasms, Deep Marines are struck by lightning from the worsening storm, and the corrupted Deepdwellers are cast back into the sea.
Skee! Skee! Shree!
SFX, panel 1
CRAK!
SFX, panel 2
RRRRRRUMBLE!
SFX, panel 3
GRAAAAAH!
SFX, panel 4
BOOM!
SFX, panel 5
2022-06-01 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (026)
Forum:2022-06-01 (Wednesday)
Bang, Agatha, HMA Crisp crew, Neena, Rakethorn, Krosp, Francisia Monahan (!!), Lucrezia#Anevka (!!)
Bang arrives, and is updated on the situation. Lucrezia is destroying the island, and they need an escape plan. Krosp suggests that Monahan may be able to halt the process, but as Agatha indicates, Monahan has her hands full battling Lunevka.
Lady Steelgarter
2022-06-03 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (027)
Forum:2022-06-03 (Friday)
Thomas Crothers, Wild Rats, Rakethorn, Violetta, Agatha, Captain Pierre, HMA Crisp crew
Crothers calls the group over to "Pierre"'s airship. Unfortunately, it's inoperable, due to "Pierre" having disassembled the engines for maintenance.

Winding Up The Sparks[]

Location: Big Rat Island

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-06-06 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (028)
Forum:2022-06-06 (Monday)
Agatha, Bang, HMA Crisp crew, Violetta, Rakethorn, Krosp
Agatha begins inspecting the engines of the airship. Bang provides some aggravating motivation, and Agatha leaps into action. Bang explains to Krosp that she did the same thing in times of crisis to provoke Gil into action.
Krosp: "You live dangerously."
Bang: "Yeah, but I live."
Giant Rats, Crazy Fish Guys (Corrupted Deepdwellers), Couple of Queens (Lucrezia#Anevka, Francisia Monahan), Gil
2022-06-08 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (029)
Forum:2022-06-08 (Wednesday)
Bang, Swartzwalder (Necklace Bear), HMA Crisp crew, Rakethorn, Captain Pierre
Bang orders the troops to begin boarding, taking any supplies they can grab. A crew member updates Bang on further developments - the surviving Creepdwellers are advancing on their position, the Queens' battle is continuing, half the island has been destroyed, and the Horrible Rats now have wings. Further complications are discovered: the hangar doors will need to be blown open, and an infestation of Balloon Bees has diminished the airship's lifting capacity.
Fish Guys (Corrupt Deepdwellers), Marines (Deep Marines), Queens (Lucrezia#Anevka), Giant Rats, Rat Queen (Francisia Monahan), Balloon Bees
2022-06-10 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (030)
Forum:2022-06-10 (Friday)
Swartzwalder (Necklace Bear), Bang, HMA Crisp crew, Agatha, Neena, Dingbots
With the island tremors intensifying, Bang checks in with Agatha and the team working on the airship, and confirms that preparations are in place to blow open the roof. With the Creepdwellers making a final assault, Bang has the defenders fall back. Agatha declares the airship ready for flight.
Giant Flying Rats (Horrible Rats), Fish People (Corrupted Deepdwellers)
RRUMBLE!
SFX, panel 1
RRRUMBLE CRAK CRASH!
SFX, panel 6
2022-06-13 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (031)
Forum:2022-06-13 (Monday)
HMA Crisp crew, Horrible Rat (deceased), Zeetha, Corrupted Deepdwellers (deceased), Swartzwalder (Mogg)
The rear guard is ordered to fall back to the airship, their retreat covered by sappers demolishing the building doorway. Zeetha is concerned that Higgs is nowhere to be seen. The last troops board the airship, with the purple energy that is consuming the island close behind them.
Axel (Higgs)
Boom!
SFX, panel 4
Navy, Honey Soaked Hams With Berries!
Crates, panel 5
Rrrrrrumble!
SFX, panel 6

The Zeno of Citium is Aloft[]

Location: Big Rat Island

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-06-15 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (032)
Forum:2022-06-15 (Wednesday)
Winged Horrible Rats
The roof is blown apart, and the airship takes off. Winged Horrible Rats fly towards the airship.
Zeno of Citium
BOOM!
SFX, panel 1
Zeno of Citium
Captain Pierre's airship, panel 2
2022-06-17 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (033)
Forum:2022-06-17 (Friday)
Captain Pierre, Bang, Agatha, Krosp, HMA Crisp crew, Lucrezia#Anevka (!!)
The airship lifts off from the island. Bang complains that the ship is struggling to gain altitude, and that the purple storm clouds surrounding the island are reducing visibility. Agatha explains that a side effect of the devices she in the process of installing will clear up the clouds. The clouds part to reveal a truly enormous Lunevka, who reaches out towards the ship with a gigantic hand.
Bang: "Less blather! More science!"
2022-06-20 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (024)[3]
Forum:2022-06-20 (Monday)
Agatha, Bang, Lucrezia#Anevka (!!), Francisia Monahan (!!), Krosp, HMA Crisp crew
Agatha tells everyone to hang on. Surrounded by an electric blue discharge, the airship slips out of Lunevka's grasp. Lunevka is immediately knocked down by Monahan, who continues to bring up old grudges. The occupants of the airship are battered and thrown about, but still alive.
Midwinter Abominations Festival, Dormouse, Professor Gambosa
FWIP!
SFX, panel 2

'I Only MAKE This Look Easy'[]

Location: Above Big Rat Island

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-06-22 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (035)
Forum:2022-06-22 (Wednesday)
Bang, Agatha, Krosp, Rakethorn, Flying Horrible Rats
Excited to have engine power back, Bang attempts to get underway, only for the ship to repeat the same maneuver as before. To Bang's dissatisfaction, Agatha explains that they can only make abrupt jumps backwards. A short time later, Agatha comes up with the perfect retort, but given she, Rakethorn and Krosp are now roped to the side of the ship, attempting to repair another engine while under Flying Horrible Rat attack, it goes to waste.
CLAK
SFX, panel 2
FWIP!
SFX, panel 3
WHAK
SFX, panel 7
2022-06-24 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (036)
Forum:2022-06-24 (Friday)
Rakethorn, Krosp, \Bang, Flying Horrible Rat
Rakethorn buckles Krosp into a flying device made from a modified airship life preserver, and asks him to keep the Horrible Rats at bay while the sparks repair the ship's engines. When Krosp asks how, Rakethorn suggests repeating the amplified howl that scared off the rats previously. Unfortunately, the components of the loudspeaker are being used elsewhere, and Rakethorn is forced to hand over his lightning gloves, an invention that Krosp takes to with great enthusiasm.
Krosp: "Muhahahaha! Kaboom! Hahahaha! Why didn't you give me these to start with?"
Rakethorn: "Because they're mine."
Krosp: "Ha! They were!"
Lady Heterodyne
Clik snap
SFX, panel 1
crackle crackle
SFX, panel 7
KA-BOOM!
SFX, panel 8
KA-BOOM! x4
SFX, panel 9
2022-06-27 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (037)
Forum:2022-06-27 (Monday)
Bang, HMA Crisp crew, Monsters, \Agatha
With a large monster approaching from ahead, Bang checks with the observers to ensure her path is clear before engaging reverse gear. Unfortunately, another monster suddenly appears astern in time to get an eyeful of airship. Trapped between the two enraged monsters, Bang is glad to hear that the repair crew has repaired another engine, and immediately engages it, only to discover that it moves the ship downwards.
FWIP! Splorch!
SFX, panel 3
OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE MORE HORRIFIC THAN THEY APPEAR
Rearview mirror, panel 6
SLAM!
SFX, panel 7
BIFF! fwip!
SFX, panel 8
2022-06-29 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (038)
Forum:2022-06-29 (Wednesday)
Rakethorn, Agatha, Krosp, Neena
Agatha and Rakethorn plummet along with the airship, with Rakethorn holding on for dear life, having given his safety tether to Krosp. They finally come to a halt, quickly followed by Krosp, who lands on Rakethorn's head. Rakethorn is not entirely thrilled with this course of events, but he is soon distracted by the plight of Princess Neena, who apparently came out to bring them additional parts, and is now dangling off the side of the engine they were repairing.
WHAM!
SFX, panel 2
WHAM!
SFX, panel 4
RIP!
SFX, panel 6
2022-07-01 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (039)
Forum:2022-07-01 (Friday)
\Neena, Monsters
The airship has come to a halt above the surface of the island, which is completely covered with monsters. Neena is understandably insistent about being pulled back up.

Where Are All These Monsters Coming From?[]

Location: Big Rat Island

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-07-04 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (040)
Forum:2022-07-04 (Monday)
Bang, HMA Crisp crew, Francisia Monahan (!!), Lucrezia#Anevka (!!), Monsters, Rakethorn, Agatha, Krosp, Captain Pierre
Bang wants to know where all these monsters have come from. The Queens battling on the surface find themselves asking the same question. Agatha and Rakethorn repair another engine, allowing Zeno of Citium to go up as well as down. Bang immediately engages the engine to escape the surface of the island. It works, but they again crash into one of the larger monsters. Pierre warns Bang that the balloon frame can't absorb many more hits. From their new higher vantage point, Rakethorn sees something else that alarms him.
Ka-BOOM! x2
SFX, panel 3
FWIP! SMAK!
SFX, panel 5
2022-07-06 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (041)
Forum:2022-07-06 (Wednesday)
\Rakethorn, Song Keeper, Monsters
Rakethorn identifies the source of the monster horde. The corrupted Song Keeper has arrived, along with their entourage.
2022-07-08 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (042)
Forum:2022-07-08 (Friday)
\Krosp[4], \Rakethorn, Song Keeper, Monsters
Krosp marvels at the size of the Song Keeper, which continues to disgorge monsters onto the island.
Those Fish Guys (Deepdwellers), Albia, Great Cetaceans Note above comic: "Wednesday and Friday's pages are two halves of what will be a double-page spread in the published book.

As always, you can view a smaller version of the whole thing all stuck together by following this elegant and finely-crafted link!"

2022-07-11 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (043)
Forum:2022-07-11 (Monday)
Agatha, Rakethorn, Song Keeper, Flying Monsters, Corrupted Deepdwellers, \Bang
Agatha and Rakethorn notice the Song Keeper appears to be staring at the airship. As they look on, the Song Keeper's pupil widens and turns into a portal. A horde of Creepdwellers riding flying monsters charge out of the portal towards the airship, and Bang prepares to take further evasive action.
2022-07-13 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (044)
Forum:2022-07-13 (Wednesday)
Agatha, Neena, Flying Horrible Rats, \Bang, Rakethorn, Krosp, Corrupted Deepdweller
With the ship surrounded by Creepdwellers and Flying Horrible Rats, Bang pilots the ship through a series of rapid jumps, flinging the repair team about. One Creepdweller gets close enough to throw a spear, which narrowly misses Agatha and Neena.
Bang: "Hey, sparklies— I'm gonna do some fancy stuff now— Hope you've got a good grip on that engine!"
FWIP!
SFX, panel 1
FWIP! x4
SFX, panel 6
THUNK!
SFX, panel 8
[ZENO OF CI]TIU[M]
Airship, panel 9

Taking Fire From the Hostiles[]

Location: Big Rat Island

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-07-15 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (045)
Forum:2022-07-15 (Friday)
Captain Pierre, HMA Crisp crew, Bang, Monsters, Flying Horrible Rats, Corrupted Deepdwellers
Bang employs a daring gambit, jumping the airship into the gaping maw of a large monster. Despite the entreaties of the crew, she then waits for the Horrible Rats and Creepdwellers to encircle the ship.
Thunk!
SFX, panel 1
FWIP!
SFX, panel 2
FWIP!
SFX, panel 3
2022-07-18 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (046)
Forum:2022-07-18 (Monday)
\HMA Crisp crew, \Bang, Flying Horrible Rats, Corrupted Deepdwellers, Monsters, Agatha, Neena, Rakethorn, Krosp
Using the airship as bait, Bang lures a large number of Rats and Creepdwellers into the monster's maw, then jumps the ship out at the last minute. Neena's tether is severed by a spear. Agatha leaps downwards and catches her before she falls to the waiting monsters below.
HMA Crisp Crew: "CAAAPTAAAAIN! IT'S GOING TO EAAAAT USSS!"
FWIP!
SFX, panel 2
CHOMP!
SFX, panel 3
Thunk! Snap!
SFX, panel 5
CATCH!
SFX, panel 7
2022-07-20 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (047)
Forum:2022-07-20 (Wednesday)
Rakethorn, Krosp, Agatha, Neena, Lucrezia#Anevka(!!), Monsters, Captain Pierre, Bang
Before Rakethorn can pull Agatha and Neena back up, Lunevka appears. Bang is unable to jump the airship away without snapping the tether, leaving Agatha and Neena hanging as Lunevka reaches towards them. Neena appears to reach some kind of breaking point.
SNAP!
SFX, panel 6

MAMA![]

Location: The remnants of Big Rat Island

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-07-22 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (048)
Forum:2022-07-22 (Friday)
Neena, Agatha, Francisia Monahan(!!), Albia, Lucrezia#Anevka(!!), Monsters, Song Keeper
Neena cries for her Mama at the top of her lungs and Albia immediately appears with an extremely loud boom! Albia has taken on the appearance of a titanic Warrior Queen ready for battle, with armor, spear, and shield. She dwarfs everyone else in the scene except for the Song Keeper and seems to hover in midair over the airship. Monahan, Lunevka, and those monsters with discernible expressions react with great dismay; even the Song Keeper seems taken aback.
Neena: "Mama!"
BOOM!
SFX, panel 2
2022-07-25 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (049)
Forum:2022-07-25 (Monday)
Lucrezia#Anevka(!!), \Bang[5], \Captain Pierre[5], \HMA Crisp crew[5], Krosp, Neena, Agatha(!), Rakethorn, Albia(!!), Song Keeper, Monsters, Francisia Monahan(!!)
Albia teleports Agatha and Neena onto the airship and surrounds the entire vessel with a force field, thwarting Lunevka's efforts to grab or destroy it. While Krosp criticizes her for not acting sooner, Neena apologizes for calling on her mother for help. Agatha has an idea. Albia comforts and reassures her daughter, while Lu and Monahan look on. Lunevka, apparently disgusted by the display of maternal affection, prepares to attack.
Neena (loudly): "I'm so sorry to bother you, Mama! It's just…it's really bad!"
Albia: "Neena, your are Our precious daughter. Your adventurous nature is a great joy to Us. Of course, We have come to your aid. And what We see before us—it is indeed bad, as you say—but not, We think—entirely so."
TING!
SFX, panel 1
2022-07-27 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (050)
Forum:2022-07-27 (Wednesday)
Lucrezia#Anevka(!!), Albia(!!), Monsters
Lunevka blasts Albia with a beam of purple energy, causing her to instantly collapse. Lunevka mocks the unconscious Albia for overconfidence, and boasts about her previous victories, and her plans for England. Before Lunevka can deliver the killing below, she is distracted by Zeno of Citium suddenly arriving behind her.
Lunevka: "You overconfident fool! Even with your flame at its ebb- you rush into the unknown, so sure of your superior power! HA!"
Flame, Queens, Your Little Island (England)
ZOT!
SFX, panel 2
BOOM!
SFX, panel 3
FWIP!
SFX, panel 6
2022-07-29 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (051)
Forum:2022-07-29 (Friday)
Krosp, Agatha, Bang, Lucrezia#Anevka(!!)
Agatha's idea comes to fruition. Krosp finishes unbolting one of the modified airship engines, and Bang activates it, firing the improvised missile into the interior of Lunevka's head. It triggers a massive explosion.
FWIP!
SFX, panel 4
FWIP! x3, BOOM!
SFX, panel 5
2022-08-01 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (052)
Forum:2022-08-01 (Monday)
Lucrezia#Anevka(!!), HMA Crisp crew, Bang, Albia(!!)
Even with a large part of her head missing, Lunevka is able to continue expressing disapproval at the situation she finds herself in, until a final vital component explodes.[6] Bang and the passengers and crew of HMA Crisp are left floating between the smoking chassis of the inactive Lunevka, and a prone and unconscious Albia.
POF!
SFX, panel 3
KLUNK KLONK FSSHHHHH
SFX, panel 4

Well Done, Children[]

Location: The remnants of Big Rat Island

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-08-03 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (053)
Forum:2022-08-03 (Wednesday)
Krosp, Albia(!!), Monster, Lucrezia#Anevka(!!)
Krosp notices that Albia is shrinking to human size. Down on the surface of the island, Albia is groggily, but swiftly, returning to consciousness. She deals with a wandering monster while conveying her thanks for dealing with Lunevka, but is then rudely interrupted by Lunevka herself.
Albia: "Well done, children! Allow us to repair your airship, and then we shall-"
Lunevka: "Die! You shall die!"
POOM!
SFX, panel 4
SLAM!
SFX, panel 5
2022-08-05 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (054)
Forum:2022-08-05 (Friday)
Albia(!!), Lucrezia#Anevka(!!), Flying Horrible Rats
Lunevka advances to destroy Albia. As Lunevka looms over the Queen, she is suddenly ambushed by a horde of flying Horrible Rats.
Albia: "Beware, Lucrezia- whatever you have done here, it has not made you a Queen! Even now, your power wanes!"
Lunevka: "You talk to me of waning power? How much of your aging reserves have you expended, coming here to save one reckless child? Fool!"
Queen, Reckless Child (Neena)
2022-08-08 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (055)
Forum:2022-08-08 (Monday)
Francisia Monahan(!!), Lucrezia#Anevka, Flying Horrible Rats, Albia
Monahan comes to Albia's defense, blasting Lunevka with beams of energy. Lunevka strikes back one more time, sending Monahan flying, then seemingly expires. Albia thanks her sister Queen, solicitously enquiring after her wellbeing. Monahan draws attention to Lunevka's chassis, which is beeping ominously.
Albia: "My dear sister! How charming of you to leap to our defense! Are you quite all right?"
Monahan: "Albia! I… uh… I'm… just a little… stunned?"
Zop!
SFX, panel 1
Fzip!
SFX, panel 2
THUD.
SFX, panel 3
boop x3
SFX, panel 6
2022-08-10 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (056)
Forum:2022-08-10 (Wednesday)
\Francisia Monahan, Albia(!!), Lucrezia#Anevka
Albia encircles Lunevka's body with a glowing ring of runes, then flings it into the distance, rendering the ensuing explosion harmless.
Monahan: "She always did want the final word."
boop x2
SFX, panel 1
VUM
SFX, panel 1
FLING!
SFX, panel 2
boop x3
SFX, panel 2
GA-BOOM!
SFX, panel 3

Permission to Board[]

Location: The remnants of Big Rat Island

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-08-12 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (057)
Forum:2022-08-12 (Friday)
Albia, Francisia Monahan, Song Keeper, Monsters, Bang
Albia hovers over Big Rat Island, with a frightened looking Monahan clutching her hand. She compliments Agatha on her successful expedition, and commits to the arduous task of curing the Song Keeper. Albia suggests they return to England for rest, and asks Bang’s permission to board Zeno of Citium. Bang is apparently surprised by the request, but rapidly grants permission, although she does point out the airship’s limited mobility. Albia simply snaps her fingers.
Lady Heterodyne, Deepdwellers, Home (England)
SNAP!
SFX, panel 3
2022-08-15 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (058)
Forum:2022-08-15 (Monday)
Albia, Agatha, Francisia Monahan
Albia transforms the battered Zeno of Citium into a gleaming airship, resplendent in red, white and gold. She tells Bang to get underway, and that she will see herself on board. On board the airship, Agatha is surprised to see Albia and Monahan suddenly appear behind her. Their arrival is heralded by a burst of energy and a loud noise. Albia appears to be in some discomfort.
Captain (Bang)
ZENO OF CITIUM, 012
Airship, panel 1
ZOW!
SFX, panel 1
SHINE!
SFX, panel 2
FzZAkt
SFX, panel 3
2022-08-17 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (059)
Forum:2022-08-17 (Wednesday)
Albia, Agatha, Francisia Monahan, Hadrian Rakethorn, Neena
Albia suddenly collapses, devoid of almost all color, and her clothing. Hearing people approach outside the cabin door, Agatha attempts to rouse the incapacitated monarch. Rakethorn and Neena burst into the room to discover… an apparently perfectly well Albia, waiting to receive them.
CRASH!
SFX, panel 1
SLAM!
SFX, panel 4

Very Good For a First Try[]

Location: Above the remnants of Big Rat Island

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-08-19 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (060)
Forum:2022-08-19 (Friday)
Hadrian Rakethorn, Albia, Neena, Francisia Monahan(!!), Agatha, Flying Horrible Rats
As the airship gets underway, Rakethorn and Neena confer with Albia, and Monahan has a brief moment of doubt. Agatha reminds Monahan about her rats. Monahan wants to go back to rescue them, but Albia suggests an alternate approach. Monahan focuses on her bond with her creatures, and the group finds themselves surrounded with confused Horrible Rats.
Monahan: "Ah. I meant to-"
Albia: "Don't worry- that was very good for a first try!"
Captain Dupree (Bang), Lucrezia Mongfish, The Other
2022-08-22 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (061)
Forum:2022-08-22 (Monday)
Albia, Francisia Monahan, Horrible Rats, Agatha, Neena, Hadrian Rakethorn
Albia suggests that Monahan shrink the Horrible Rats to a more manageable size. Monahan excitedly follows her advice, and transforms her creatures into regular sized rats with wings. Albia promises that she will soon learn more about becoming a Queen. Noticing that Albia is beginning to fade, Agatha prompts Monahan to leave to feed her winged horde. Albia likewise sends Neena and Rakethorn away, and gratefully collapses into her throne.
Albia: "You do have the knack! You will be a fine Queen!"
Queen/Sister (Ancient God-Queen)

Art Interruption: Working Cover for volume 21 (non-canon)[7][]

Occasion: The Foglios have to take some time to plan things so they don't have plot holes.

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Page
Characters
Actions
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Names Used Text Extras
2022-08-24 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Vol 21 Working cover
Forum:2022-08-24 (Wednesday)
Albia, Agatha, Dimo
"Hello everyone! We're at a point where the story is about to go in a certain direction, and we need to make sure we don't mess up the continuity, so we're taking a few days to double-check our work. In the meantime, I've asked Phil to draw the cover for Volume 21, in an effort to spare myself as much crunch work as possible when the time comes. So here's as far as we've got on it so far, and now we're going to sleep on it. I'll post the finished work when it's done! -Kaja"

---A STORY WITH FRANZ---[]

The Quest for Gold and Sequels[8][]

Location: Deep beneath Mechanicsburg

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-08-26 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story 001
Forum:2022-08-26 (Friday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault[9]
Franz is woken by a thief sneaking into his hoard.
Franz: "Well, thief! I smell you and I feel your air. Hee hee! Burning bones, saying that is such fun!"[10]
Mechanicsburg
Franz Scortchmaw, Great Dragon of Mechanicsburg and the Story We Haven't Named Yet! A Short Adventure Written by Phil & Kaja Foglio, Drawn By Phil Foglio, With Color By Cheyenne Wright
Title text, panel 1
Some distant time hence- Deep beneath Mechanicsburg- dark things still sleep. But- you know- stuff happens.
Captions, panel 1
Beep!
SFX, panel 4
Kaja: "We're at one of those turning points in the story where it behooves us to stop for a minute and look over our continuity to make sure we don't mess anything up going forward. Of course, whenever the need to do some serious writing comes along, our obvious solution is to layer on another piece of writing to fill the gap, so here's a little story about Franz, the Great Dragon of Mechanicsburg."
2022-08-29 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 002
Forum:2022-08-29 (Monday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault
Franz, who believes Vipsania is there to steal treasure as part of a gang initiation ritual, offers to sell her a trinket on a two year payment plan. Instead, the intruder claims they came to give Franz a present.
Thief: "Look! It's a treasure! The actual chronometer of the lost hero, Othar Tryggvassen!"
Heterodyne/Old Masters, Othar Tryggvassen
Crak
SFX, panel 4
(C)ON(TRA)CT
Document, panel 6
2022-08-31 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 003
Forum:2022-08-31 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault, %\Othar Tryggvassen[11]
Vipsania piques Franz's interest with a demonstration of Othar's watch, and mentions that she's here for a book. Franz decides to eat her, but she quickly clarifies that she only wants to read the book, not take it. She explains that she's from the Incorruptible Library, and that Franz's hoard may contain a book by the mysterious Masat.
Othar's Watch: "It is time for adventure!"
Incorruptible Library, Masat

Franz Scorchmaw, Devourer of Words (non-canon)[8][]

Location: Franz's Private Library (in His Lair)

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-09-02 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 004
Forum:2022-09-02 (Friday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault
While the librarian explains they heard of Masat's book from an itinerant storyteller, Franz opens the door to a finely appointed dragon-sized library and takes up a jewel-encrusted book. Vipsania is distracted by the other volumes visible, but Franz encourages her to focus on the only book that's on offer. As Franz mentions the title, it finally registers with him that the librarian referred to it as the first volume in a series.
Franz: "Hold on… 'Volume One?!'"
Masat, Storyteller (presumably Phil Foglio), Ambrosius, Bronze Souls, Historia Magnae Reginae (History of the Great Queens), How I Did It[12], Tales of Star and Spark
Warning
Sign, panel 2
Dragon Con
Book, panel 2
2022-09-05 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 005
Forum:2022-09-05 (Monday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault, Mimmoth
Vipsania suspects there may be a trilogy of Masat books, and that the first may hold clues to finding the others. Franz and the librarian bargain over terms, agreeing that the Library can copy the first book if Franz receives the original editions of the subsequent volumes.
Thief: "Spoken like a true dragon."
Franz: "Yeah? Well—I am a dragon! I am the dragon!"
Great Library, Paris
(M)AY
Calendar, panel 8
2022-09-07 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 006
Forum:2022-09-07 (Wednesday)
Vipsania Perrault, Franz Scortchmaw
Vipsania admits that the Library doesn't actually have the rest of the trilogy. Franz demands to know who does. The panicked librarian reveals that she believes Volume Two is in the hoard of a deceased dragon named Hydrargyros the Godburner.
Franz: "You don't deal with dragons very much, do you, thief?"
Library (Incorruptible Library), Hydrargyros the Godburner
2022-09-09 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 007
Forum:2022-09-09 (Friday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault
Vipsania explains that she found a book (Plautilla Leto's Carmina Fantastica) in a collection of adventurers' journals. From other sources, she knows that Carmina Fantastica was part of Hydrargyros' hoard, along with the second Masat volume. Since Hydrargyros did not act to reclaim the missing book, she suspects the dragon is dead, but she was unable to get into his lair. The librarian and Franz strike a deal to loot the lair together.
Franz: "He had Guzwink's Tales of the Storm Queen? I called dibs on that!"
Hydrargyros, Carmina Fantastica, Plautilla Leto, Kikelburg, Guzwink, Tales of the Storm Queen, Masat
2022-09-12 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 008
Forum:2022-09-12 (Monday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault
Franz and the librarian discuss how they will get to the lair. Franz objects to walking or flying, and airships are out of the librarian's budget. They seem to settle on traveling by train. Franz considers his preparations for temporarily leaving his post.
Franz: "There aren't a lot of dragons left, and not all of 'em can fly... uh... as good as me."
Lady (Agatha Heterodyne), Dragons, Library, The Valley (Mechanicsburg)
[T]errible Lizard[13] - [Un]til You Get [T]o Know Me
Shirt, panel 6
Arthur[14]
Tree, panel 7

No Parties![]

Location: Franz's Lair

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
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Names Used Text Extras
2022-09-14 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 009
Forum:2022-09-14 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Mamma Gkika, Vipsania Perrault, Jägermonsters
Franz lectures Mamma Gkika about hoardsitting, and Mamma Gkika lectures Vipsania about looking after Franz. Jägers arrive for the party that Franz has expressly forbidden.
Franz: "No dances - no potlucks - no book club meetings- no parties!"
Herr Baumhund, Spiders
If you can read this- you're a thief!!
Sign, panel 1
PA[RTY] [T]IM[E!] or PA[RTY] [AN]IM[AL]
Shirt, panel 5

Exit the Dragon (non-canon)[8][]

Location: Mechanicsburg

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-09-16 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 010
Forum:2022-09-16 (Friday)
Vipsania Perrault, Franz Scortchmaw, Mechanicsburgers, Kliban[15] the Library cat
Franz and the librarian emerge into the streets of Mechanicsburg, surprising the tourists. Franz meets Kliban, Vipsania's Library cat companion.
Franz: "I'm the Great Dragon. I got responsibilities."
Gorbash[16], Library, The Lady, A Cat (Krosp I)
Hi, I'm Franz
Statue, panel 1
SECRET DRAGON LAIR
Arch, panel 1
Dragon[fire] in a gla[ss] - Z[?] Spi[rits]
Sign, panel 1
[Drag]on Loot
Booth, panel 1
Your Po[rtrait] Painted
Sign, panel 1
2022-09-19 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 011
Forum:2022-09-19 (Monday)
Vipsania Perrault, Franz Scortchmaw, Snakkerjape, Kliban, Mechanicsburgers, Vok, Vanamonde von Mekkhan, Vidonia Orkalina
Franz and the librarian head to Town Hall to inform the Seneschal that the Great Dragon is taking a sabbatical.
Franz: "Those Monster Guild dues are worth every penny!"
Town Hall, Jägers, Monster Guild
Shop
Storefront, panel 1
Buy one- get one!
Sign, panel 1
Cak[e], Bakery
Storefront, panel 1
T[oad] Beer - Yum
Advertising, panel 1
Everyone Loves Fried Rats / Rats
Cart, panel 1
And so-
Caption, panel 3
Birthday greetings for Cheyenne Wright, featuring line drawings of The Beast and the Portable Castle.
2022-09-21 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 012
Forum:2022-09-21 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vanamonde von Mekkhan, Vidonia Orkalina, Octopode, Vipsania Perrault, Kliban, Vok
Franz asks for his "official stuff". While Van fetches it, Franz and Vidonia discuss Agatha's current whereabouts, and the purpose of Franz's sabbatical. Vidonia and Vipsania introduce themselves. Vidonia mentions that there's another Librarian in town, Aldin Hoffmann.
Franz: "Should we get the Lady?"
Vidonia: "She isn't home. None of the family is."
The Heterodyne/Old Heterodynes (House Heterodyne), The Lady (Agatha Heterodyne), The Family, Malebach, One of my colleagues (Hydrargyros the Godburner), Aldin Hoffmann
Beer
Storefront, panel 2
Chimney Clean[ing] by Octopode [Inc.], Street of […, License #AQR773A][17]
Banner, panel 4
2022-09-23 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 013
Forum:2022-09-23 (Friday)
Vidonia Orkalina, =Aldin Hoffmann, Franz Scortchmaw, Castle Heterodyne, Vipsania Perrault
Vidonia explains that Aldin is cataloging the Castle's Library, the Castle having been bribed with the promise of a new building. Vidonia suggests that Vipsania visit Aldin and the Castle Library before they leave, but Vipsania is keen to keep to the schedule.[18]
Vidonia: "The Lady has promised it a new gymnasium- which it seems to think is a new and exciting form of torture chamber."
Lord High Conservator, The Lady (Agatha Heterodyne), The Heterodynes, Jägermonsters
2022-09-26 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 014
Forum:2022-09-26 (Monday)
Vipsania Perrault, Vanamonde von Mekkhan, Vidonia Orkalina, Franz Scortchmaw, Vok, Octopode, Mechanicsburgers, Mechanicsburg Band
Van presents Franz with his chain of office, a ritual accompanied by a formal speech and (insufficiently rehearsed) music. Franz is touched, Vipsania is intimidated.
Van: "By this chain of office, let the world know that you are one of our own- protected by our Lady- by the teeth and claws of her horde- by the hand of every denizen of this valley - and woe betide any who dares harm you!"
Franz: "Awww! You guys!"
Lady (Agatha Heterodyne), Her Horde (Jägermonsters et al.)
[Chimney Cleaning by] Octopode Inc., [Street of …], License #AQR773A[17]
Banner, panel 3
Tea
Store, panel 3

Pick Me Up A Mystery[]

Location: Mechanicsburg

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Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-09-28 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 015
Forum:2022-09-28 (Wednesday)
Vidonia Orkalina, Vanamonde von Mekkhan, Vipsania Perrault, Kliban, Franz Scortchmaw, Mechanicsburgers, <Aldin Hoffmann, <Archive staff
As Vipsania and Franz depart, Vidonia reminds Van how excited Aldin was to see the von Mekkhan records. Her suspicions roused by the Librarian's lack of curiosity, she heads to the Castle to confer with Aldin.
Van: "Oh? You're going up to the Castle? Pick me up a mystery!"
Vidonia: "...I may already have."
Your family (House von Mekkhan), the Castle (Castle Heterodyne), His Library (Incorruptible Library)
Cyc…
Storefront, panel 1
Cake and…
Storefront, panel 1
1400-1425, 15[75]-1600, 1501-1525, 1475-1500, 1675-1700, 1600-1625, [1626]-1650, 1651-1675, 1775-1800
Book spines, panel 2
MCCC-MCCCL
Book, panel 2

The Toad Gate (non-canon)[8][]

Location: The Toad Gate

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-09-30 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 016
Forum:2022-09-30 (Friday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault, Kliban, Mechanicsburgers
As they depart through the Toad Gate, Vipsania asks how it got its name. Franz explains it's carved to resemble a 'big ugly toad'. As they emerge outside the city walls, Franz is displeased to discover the Toad Gate is a caricature of himself.
Franz: "Right! Somebody's getting punched for this!"
Toad Gate
How's my science?
Cart, panel 1
Mechanicsburg
Toad Gate, panel 3
Foom!
SFX, panel 3
2022-10-03 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 017
Forum:2022-10-03 (Monday)
Vipsania Perrault, Franz Scortchmaw, Kliban, Jägermonsters, Snouty
Vipsania and Franz continue towards the train. Franz continues to complain about the Toad Gate, while a host of Jägers head towards town carrying a variety of party supplies.
Franz: "I don't have to hang around here, you know! Munich Opera's been begging me to sign on! -And Prague? I could be sittin' on their cathedral right now!"
Munich, Prague, The Siege, Young Wulfenbach (Gilgamesh Wulfenbach), The Lady (Agatha Heterodyne)
Mead, Pumpkin Spice, Gin, Ale, Solvent
Barrels, panel 1
Danger, Fireworks
Crate, panel 2
Hey Kids, It's Snouty!
Cage, panel 3
Grease x3[19]
Cans, panel 3

Humongulus Enters The Ring[]

Location: Mechanicsburg train station

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-10-05 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 018
Forum:2022-10-05 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault, Kliban, Corbettite Monks, Humongulus
The travelers arrive at the Corbettite Railway station. Vipsania asks why Franz hasn't been there before. Franz explains that the indomitable nature of dragons makes them incurious about novelties. Humongulus offers to test Franz's strength.
Franz: "You humans, you're small. Squishy. You've got to be constantly assessing threats- finding clever new ways to stay un-squished. But dragons are pretty hard to squish."
D[O]ST THO[U] EVEN [L]Y[F]T[?][20]
Humongulus, panel 5
2022-10-07 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 019
Forum:2022-10-07 (Friday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Humongulus, Corbettite Monk, Kliban
As Franz and Humongulus face off, a Corbettite monk explains to Vipsania that the clank has been lent to Mechanicsburg to help with rebuilding. The monk attempts to dissuade Humongulus from fighting, but an inadvertent insult causes Franz to issue his own challenge.
Humongulus: "HUMONGULUS LIKES YOU- AND YOUR SUPERIOR BICEP DEFINITION! YES! YES! LET US FIGHT!"

Monk: "Now, then, puisín- who is a black hearted heathen? Who?"
Kliban: "Mrow!"
Knight, The Abbot (Father Gerät?)
2022-10-10 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 020
Forum:2022-10-10 (Monday)
Vipsania Perrault, Franz Scortchmaw, Humongulus, Corbettite Monks, Bystanders
Despite Vipsania's protestations about catching their train, Franz prepares to throw down with Humongulus. Franz eyes his surroundings, and waits for the charging clank.
Humongulus: "HUMONGULUS WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU FONDLY!"
2771
Train, panel 1
Dost Thou Even Lyft?
Humongulus, panels 1 and 7
MAINTENEN[CE] SHED 50
Shed, panel 2
III VI IX XII
Train clock, panel 3
2022-10-12 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 021
Forum:2022-10-12 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Humongulus
Franz and Humongulus fight. Franz appears to come off second best.
WHOOOM!
SFX, panel 1
WHOK
SFX, panel 2
POW
SFX, panel 5
2022-10-14 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 022
Forum:2022-10-14 (Friday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Humongulus
Franz and Humongulus' battle continues. Knocked onto the tracks, Franz tears the funnel off a train and uses it as a shield. Humongulus is puzzled by Franz's lack of aggression, but this does not stop him from punching Franz hard enough to send him flying.
Humongulus: "THERE IS SHAME IN LOSING TO HUMONGULUS- BUT IT IS A SHAME SHARED BY MANY!"
CRASH
SFX, panel 1
IX, XII
Train, panels 2 and 3
RIP
SFX, panel 3
SMASH!
SFX, panel 5
PUNCH
SFX, panel 7
2022-10-17 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 023
Forum:2022-10-17 (Monday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Humongulus
Franz uses his wings to guide his descent, crashing at the base of the water tower. Humongulus notices his ploy, and helpfully summarizes what he believes to be Franz's scheme as he advances. Franz trips Humongulus with his tail, causing him to topple forward.
Humongulus: "THE ARMOR OF HUMONGULUS IS WATER RESIST-AK!"
FWOMP
SFX, panel 1
CRASH!
SFX, panel 2
SNAP
SFX, panel 5
CLANG!
SFX, panel 6
2022-10-19 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 024
Forum:2022-10-19 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Humongulus, Corbettite Monks
Franz forces the train funnel through the window in Humongulus' back, threatening to fill the clank with water from the tower. Humongulus yields, happily surrendering to a worthy foe. Franz is similarly magnanimous in victory.
Franz: "Oh? And you're not mad?"
Humongulus: "HUMONGULUS- ANGRY? NEVER! YOU HAVE USED GUILE! TACTICS! AWARENESS OF THE LANDSCAPE! HUMONGULUS IS IMPRESSED!"
Franz: "Good, 'cause with those arms, you could punch me into next week!"
Humongulus: "YOU UNDERSTAND THE VERY SOUL OF HUMONGULUS!"
CHUNK
SFX, panel 1
71
Building, panel 6

A Private Car[]

Location: Mechanicsburg Train Station, Aboard the Corbettite Train

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-10-21 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 025
Forum:2022-10-21 (Friday)
Humongulus, Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault, Mechanicsburgher, Corbettite Monks, Kliban
Humongulus bids farewell to his new friend. Franz, Vipsania and Kliban prepare to board the train.
Franz: "Eh. Dragons only get stupid when we're fighting other dragons."
Dragons
Linew[ork?]
Building, panel 1
4491 (x2)
Carriage, panel 4
2022-10-24 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 026
Forum:2022-10-24 (Monday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault, Kliban, Corbettite Monk
Franz inspects the box car that the monks have converted for the trip, and has a brief discussion with Vipsania about her confidence that he would agree to the trip. Vipsania departs for a passenger car, leaving Kliban in the box car with Franz.
Franz: "Hey- you forgot your - uh- your cat thing!"
Water
Barrel, panel 1
2022-10-26 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 027
Forum:2022-10-26 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Kliban
Later that night, Franz attempts to get some sleep, but is unable to get comfortable until he makes some adjustments to the bedding.
Franz: "…all this adventure stuff is making me kinda sleepy. 'Course, everything kinda makes me sleepy…"
Later-
Caption, panel 1
chuf x8+
SFX, panel 2
Property of a [D]ragon - [Jus]t Saying
Chest, panel 7
clink! clink! ching!
SFX, panel 8
2022-10-28 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 027
Forum:2022-10-28 (Friday)
Vipsania Perrault, Passengers, Brother Marcus[21]
As the train travels through the night, Vipsania steals away from her sleeping compartment for a covert caboose rendezvous with a Corbettite monk. Vipsania offers him the previously agreed payment for the book he is holding, but the monk has decided further negotiations are in order.
Vipsania: "Payment in full, as agreed!"
Monk: "Ah- but that was before we knew what it was for!"
Xenicus
chuf x5+
SFX, panel 4
Guide to the Choo Choo Terrain, Xenicus
Book, panels 6 and 8

Art Interruption: Happy Halloween 2022![7][]

Occasion: Halloween!

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-10-31 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. 
Forum:2022-10-31 (Monday)
Franz, Agatha, kids
Franz empties a Halloween basket of candy into his mouth as terrified kids (dressed as Finn the Human and Sans from Undertale) run away. Agatha, wearing a Bowsette costume, glares at Franz.
Happy Halloween
Bag, panel 1
CAND[Y]
Bag, panel 1

A Private Car (continued)[7][]

Location: Aboard the Corbettite Train

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-11-02 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 029
Forum:2022-11-02 (Wednesday)
Vipsania Perrault, Brother Marcus, <Hydrargyros the Godburner, <Refugees
The monk explains that the hoard of Hydrargyros likely contains the Iram Solis, an artifact that amplifies a dragon's fire breath. Hyrdrargyros used it to destroy his creator and lay waste to his domain. The Corbettites, who collect and contain dangerous Sparky artifacts, are concerned about it falling into the clutches of the Heterodynes' dragon.
Librarian, Iram Solis[22], Such Creatures (Dragons), His Creator, The Old Baron (Baron Klaus Wulfenbach), A Fell Creature of the Heterodynes Themselves (Franz Scortchmaw), Heterodynes

Brother Marcus And Lumi Join the Party[]

Location: Aboard the Corbettite Train

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-11-04 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 030
Forum:2022-11-04 (Friday)
Vipsania Perrault, Brother Marcus
Vipsania protests that she has never heard of the Iram Solis, and insists that her deal with Franz is only for books and gold. The monk accepts her explanation, but tells her that the price of the Corbettites' assistance is any Sparky devices discovered in the lair. When Vipsania asks for the book, the monk politely informs her that he'll carry it for her, as a new member of the expedition.
Brother Marcus: "For us to insist that you bring away our portion as well would be most unreasonable- so I'll be going with you!"
Iram Solis, The Monster/Your Strong Dragon Friend (Franz Scortchmaw), Corbettites
Castle On the Hill → If you lived here - you'd be mad by now!
Sign, panel 4
[Guide] to the Choo Choo Terrain, [Xenic]us
Book, panel 5

My Breakfast with Lumi (non-canon)[8][]

Location: Aboard the Corbettite Train

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-11-07 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 031
Forum:2022-11-07 (Monday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Kliban, Lumi von Mekkhan
Franz awakens to find Kliban sleeping on top of him, and an intruder cooking breakfast in his private car. The interloper offers Franz a sausage, and introduces herself as Lumi von Mekkhan.
Lumi: "…you may not remember me, but we have met before!"
Sniff Sniff
SFX, panel 1
2022-11-09 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 032
Forum:2022-11-09 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Lumi von Mekkhan, Kliban, <Franz Scortchmaw, Young <Lumi von Mekkhan, <Aldin Hoffmann, <Vidonia Orkalina
Lumi relates that she stole a trinket from Franz' horde as a kid.[23] Lumi reveals that she's been sent by Mechanicsburg Town Hall to assist Franz- Vidonia's consultation with Aldin revealed that Vipsania is not a full Librarian, she has a history of being the only survivor of acquisition trips, and her expedition to Hydrargyros' hoard is definitely not official Library business. They open the boxcar door to watch the countryside go by. Franz declares that he wants to see how the story plays out, with Lumi's assistance.
Franz: "Hold up- you're the one who booped my nose!"
Lower Court[24], Geartooth Goblins, This Librarian (Vipsania Perrault), The Castle, Librarian, Town Hall (Vidonia and Vanamonde)
L-P
Filing cabinet, panel 4
2022-11-11 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 033
Forum:2022-11-11 (Friday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Lumi von Mekkhan, Vipsania Perrault, Brother Marcus, Kliban
Franz wonders how Lumi caught up to the speeding locomotive, and Lumi offers to show him. Later, Vipsania arrives to casually introduce Brother Marcus, only to discover the boxcar doors are open, and Kliban is the sole occupant of the carriage. Panicking, she shouts for Franz, and is surprised to hear a voice from above. She pokes her head up to discover Franz and Lumi are riding on the roof next to a flying machine. Franz casually introduces his new friend.
Soon-
Caption, panel 2
2022-11-14 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 034
Forum:2022-11-14 (Monday)
Vipsania Perrault, Franz Scortchmaw, Lumi von Mekkhan, Brother Marcus
Vipsania introduces Brother Marcus, explaining his presence as part of an arrangement with the Corbettites - they will transport the hoard for a commission, which will come out of her share. Lumi correctly identifies that the Corbettites will also want to remove any dangerous artifacts. Lumi explains her presence as part of scheduled inspection and maintenance for Franz.
Lumi: "In Mechanicsburg, we take proper care of our monsters! It's one of the secrets of our success!"
Marcus: "So are pillaging and mayhem!"
Corbettites, TPU, Lady Heterodyne, Mechanicsburg, Monsters, Van

We've Arrived[]

Location: Aboard the Corbettite Train, The Dragon Wastes[25]

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-11-16 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 035
Forum:2022-11-16 (Wednesday)
Lumi von Mekkhan, Brother Marcus, Vipsania Perrault
The train arrives at the group's destination, an ominous ruin in the Wastelands. Brother Marcus urges everyone to disembark quickly, urging caution when venturing into the unknown. Vipsania announces that she has been to the location before.
Vipsania: "I've actually been here before. Um… unofficially- and mostly? There's a whole lot of nothing. The dragon saw to that."
Wastelands, Hydrargyros
2022-11-18 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 036
Forum:2022-11-18 (Friday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Lumi von Mekkhan, Kliban, Brother Marcus, Vipsania Perrault, Humongulus
Franz grumbles about "party creep", the tendency of potentially lucrative expeditions to attract additional members and complications. Lumi and Vipsania disclaim any interest in modifying the arrangement, but Brother Marcus admits he has one additional surprise. He raps on a nearby carriage, which abruptly transforms into Humongulus.
Franz: "Hrmf- party creep. Whenever there's a big treasure- the party starts out small, but people keep joining and wanting stuff. Happens all the time."
Bang x2
SFX, panel 5
GRIND SNAP! PWONG!
SFX, panel 6
2022-11-21 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 037
Forum:2022-11-21 (Monday)
Humongulus, Franz Scortchmaw, Lumi von Mekkhan, Brother Marcus, Vipsania Perrault, Kliban
Franz is amused to realize the assembled group forms an adventuring party. Lumi teases Vipsania about her role in the expedition, while Marcus asks Franz about his prior experience with this kind of endeavor.
Vipsania: "Hey! I am not a thief!"
Lumi: "Burglar?"
Vipsania: "No!"
Lumi: "Oh, fine, 'rogue', then."
Vipsania: "Librarian!"
Spark, Dragon (Hydrargyros)
FIGHTER! SPARK! CLERIC! THIEF!
Captions, panels 3-6

Ominous Warning, Interrupted (non-canon)[8][]

Location: The Dragon Wastes

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-11-23 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 038
Forum:2022-11-23 (Wednesday)
Corbettite Monks, Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault, Humongulus, \Mysterious Voice[26]
A monk announces, to Franz' surprise, that the supplies for the expedition have been unloaded. Vipsania explains that their destination is a few days travel away, so they need rations and equipment. Franz, unenthusiatic about the prospect of having to carry baggage, convinces Humongulus to act as porter. The group's preparations are interrupted by a mysterious voice calling out a warning.
Franz: "…Or I suppose I could let you carry it, brave sir knight-"
Humongulus: "HUMONGULUS HAS A PURPOSE!"
Vipsania: "How do you sleep at night?"
2022-11-25 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 039
Forum:2022-11-25 (Friday)
Mysterious Figure[26], Franz Scortchmaw, Lumi von Mekkhan, Brother Marcus, Vipsania Perrault, Kliban
The ominous warning comes from a cowled mechanical figure standing on top of a tower. The warning is cut short when the figure is knocked off the tower by the group's supplies. The party looks on in shock and concern as the off panel figure falls noisily to the ground, then turns to Humongulus.
Humongulus: "…HUMONGULUS PANICKED!"
BAM!
SFX, panel 3
CRASH! SMAK RUNGH! BANG!
SFX, panel 4

A Mysterious Stranger Disappears Mysteriously[]

Location: The Dragon Wastes

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-11-28 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 040
Forum:2022-11-28 (Monday)
Lumi von Mekkhan, Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault, Brother Marcus
The group (sans Humongulus) runs towards the impact site, but discovers, to their surprise, that the mysterious figure is nowhere to be seen.
Lumi: "We'd better make sure they're all right."
Franz: "Yeah, and get my stuff back."
Vipsania: "Jeez- what if they're dead?"
Franz: "Then we get their stuff, too."
They (Mysterious Figure[26])
2022-11-30 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 041
Forum:2022-11-30 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Lumi von Mekkhan, Brother Marcus, Vipsania Perrault, Humongulus
The party looks for the mysterious figure, but find nothing. They recover the undamaged baggage, and discuss the origins and motivation of their quarry. Vipsania checks back with Humongulus, who apologizes for knocking the figure off the wall.
Lumi: "Ghosts are not real!"
Marcus: "True. At least, not as the term is usually understood."
Ghosts, Train Station (Corbettite Railway), Local Weirdo/Person (Mysterious Figure[26])
2022-12-02 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 042
Forum:2022-12-02 (Friday)
Vipsania Perrault, Humongulus, Franz Scortchmaw, Brother Marcus, Lumi von Mekkhan
Vipsania confirms with Humongulus that he hasn't seen a second figure. As the group begins their journey to the lair, Lumi is dismayed to discover that the train has left with her flyer on board, and her prospects for coffee during their travels are slim.[27]
Vipsania: "And there's no way there's a coffee shop out here- not for a hundred kilometers!"
Lumi: "NOOOOO!"
Person (Mysterious Figure[26]), Hydrargyros, The Dragon Wastes, Monsters, The monks

Vipsania's Story (non-canon)[8][]

Location: The Dragon Wastes

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-12-05 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 043
Forum:2022-12-05 (Monday)
Vipsania Perrault, Brother Marcus, Franz Scortchmaw, Humongulus
The group eventually makes camp, Vipsania having led them to a source of fresh water. Brother Marcus and Franz insist that Vipsania tell them about her prior trip to the wastes. Humongulus decides he'd rather excavate an ash-filled lake with a shovel.[28]
Hours later-
Caption, panel 1
Ito An[imose][29]
Marcus' hat, panels 2 & 3
2022-12-07 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 044
Forum:2022-12-07 (Wednesday)
Vipsania Perrault, Franz Scortchmaw, Brother Marcus, <Vipsania Perrault, <Librarians
Franz and Marcus interview Vipsania, revealing that they know that she isn't on official Library business. Vipsania explains that an investigation into a disastrous acquisitions expedition cleared her of culpability, but she was unofficially excluded from future missions. Having nothing to do but research led to her to the secret of Hydrargyros' hoard.
Marcus: "Bears, a weak staircases, and then more bears, wasn't it?"
Bears, Stacks, Library Investigative Council, Hydrargyros
2022-12-09 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 045
Forum:2022-12-09 (Friday)
<Vipsania Perrault, <Librarians, <Library cat, Vipsania Perrault, \Franz Scortchmaw[30], Mysterious Figure[26]
Vipsania continues, detailing how her research revealed the location of several lost works, but continued to be excluded from the subsequent acquisition missions. When she discovered the location of Hydrargyros' hoard, she resolved to retrieve it herself. Franz queries whether she attempted it alone. Her explanation that she was accompanied by a freelancer is interrupted by the return of the Mysterious Figure.
Hector: "HE DIEEED!"
Dragon (Hydrargyros), Freelancer

Hector[]

Location: The Dragon Wastes

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-12-12 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 046
Forum:2022-12-12 (Monday)
Hector[26], Franz Scortchmaw, Brother Marcus, Vipsania Perrault
The Mysterious Figure is struck a loud and powerful blow by a deftly thrown mug, hurled by Brother Marcus. The blow causes the Figure to shreik and fall over. Vipsania recognizes the voice and unmasks the Mysterious Figure, revealing him to be a young man named Hector, who happens to be the very freelancer she was just speaking of. Vipsania yells at Hector angrily, but then falls on his chest, weeping in relief that he isn't dead. Hector sheepishly apologizes, but claims he is dead.
Vipsania: "Hector, I thought you were dead! I felt so guilty!"
Hector: "Aw—Sorry, Vip! To be fair—I am dead!"
The Freelancer (now known to be Hector)
BAM!
SFX, panel 1
2022-12-14 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 047
Forum:2022-12-14 (Wednesday)
Vipsania Perrault, Hector, Franz Scortchmaw, Brother Marcus
Vipsania assumes that Hector was revivified, but he denies it and continues to claim that he is dead. When confronted with the fact that moving around and talking are not things normally associated with dead people, Hector says he's a ghost. When confronted with the fact that he is solid, he says that he's really good at being a ghost.
Vipsania: "Hector. You are not dead. You are standing right here talking to me."
Hector: "That's because I'm a ghooost! Whooo!"
[Hector's final exclamation is said in a "ghostly" voice.]
Ghost
FLICK
CRASH!
SFX, panel 3
2022-12-16 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 048
Forum:2022-12-16 (Friday)
Vipsania Perrault, Brother Marcus, Hector, Lumi von Mekkhan
Vipsania, tired of arguing, agrees that Hector is a ghost. This surprises Brother Marcus and pleases Hector. Hector tells the party to leave…or else. Vipsania appears unmoved and asks if that was a threat. After being reassured that her friends won't throw things, Hector says it was. Lumi then strikes Hector with her staff. As Hector protests, Vipsania explains that Lumi is technically not her friend and didn't throw anything. When Lumi finds out that Hector is supposed to be a ghost, she appears terrified and strikes him rapidly and repeatedly. (The fact that Hector doesn't have coffee may also be a factor.)
Lumi: "Who is this creep—and has he got any coffee on him?"
Hector: "Of course I don't have any coffee! Ghosts don't drink coffee! That's silly!"
Lumi: "You're…a ghost?"
Hector (last word said in "ghostly" voice): "Yeah! Vip said so! Boo!"
Lumi: "Aaaaaah! Ghooost!"
Ghost, Coffee
WAK!
SFX, panel 4
WAK! (×6)
SFX, panel 7
2022-12-19 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 049
Forum:2022-12-19 (Monday)
Hector, Lumi von Mekkhan, Brother Marcus, Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault
Hector halts any further attacks from Lumi by pulling out a container of chocolate-covered coffee beans and offering it to her. Lumi gladly takes it and decides she likes Hector (even if he is a ghost), then gulps the entire contents. Brother Marcus tells Lumi that she couldn't have found coffee by foraging in this area on her own, but she points out that she does have coffee. Marcus then tries to question Hector but the young man disappears in a burst of smoke and ghostly laughter, declaring that ghosts are mysterious.
Hector: "…But we do sometimes carry chocolate covered coffee beans…"
Lumi: "Whoa—the fancy kind from Paris!"
Hector (last word said in "ghostly" voice): "Yeah! Have some! Boooo!"
Lumi: "Eeeeeee! You're a nice ghost!"
Hector: "I am!"
Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans, Paris, Ghost, The Dragon Wastes
Grains de café/Expresso Arabes/Torréfiés au/Chocolat
Label (in French) on container, panels 1 and 2, partial views of the text are available in each. Translation: Coffee beans/Arabian Espresso/Roasted with/Chocolate
GOMF!
SFX, panel 3
FWOMP!
SFX, panel 6

Who's the Boss? (non-canon)[8][]

Location: The Dragon Wastes

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2022-12-21 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 050
Forum:2022-12-21 (Wednesday)
\?Lumi von Mekkhan[31], Hector, \Blintzie von Wyrmhaut[32]
Hector is talking to an unseen person he addresses as "professor" and we learn that Hector is acting under the professor's orders. The professor had originally commanded Hector to stop the party by any means; but, when the professor learns they have a dragon with them (the professor specifically recognizes Franz from Hector's description) and may actually be able to get to the hoard of Hydrargyros, the professor changes plans and orders Hector to help the party.
Blintzie: "Of course…a dragon! A dragon might be able to get in! Brilliant idea!"
Hector: "Well, it wasn't my idea—"
Blintzie: "I said it was brilliant!"
Hector: "Hey now—"
Blintzie: "Right! New plan! See that they get here! Unharmed!"
Hector: "Not sure if they'll let me stay unharmed…"
Blintzie: "Hector, there are times I simply fail to understand how you are still alive."
Hector: "I'm not! Ghost? Cursed to walk the earth?"
Blintzie: "Oh no—the curse is all mine."
Ghost, Them (Vipsania Perrault, Brother Marcus, Humongulus[33], plus Lumi and Franz, listed separately), Mean Fighty Girl with a Big Stick (Lumi von Mekkhan), Thoth, Whomp Blaster, Dragon/Franz Scortchmaw[34]

Does Lifting Induce Happiness?[]

Location: The Dragon Wastes

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2022-12-23 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 051
Forum:2022-12-23 (Friday)
Vipsania Perrault, Brother Marcus, Lumi von Mekkhan, Humongulus, Franz Scortchmaw, Kliban
The party sets out bright and early the next day; everyone seems cheerful except for Lumi, who is in a grumpy stupor. (She definitely isn't a morning person, at least not without coffee.) Franz notices that Humongulus did indeed dig out an extensive lake during the night and they have a surprisingly philisophical discussion about the nature of true happiness as it relates to lifting.
Humongulus: "Lifting is what Humongulus does! —But is this true happiness? Perhaps this is merely the satisfaction of completing the latest in an endless series of tasks!"
Franz: "Sounds like you've given this a lot more thought than I'd expected."
Humongulus: "Once lifting has commenced, Humongulus must think about something!"
Franz: "Is there anything else you'd like to do?"
Humongulus: "Humongulus once considered also being the best at setting things down—but it lacked panache."
Early next morning:
Caption, upper left, panel 1
2022-12-26 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 052
Forum:2022-12-26 (Monday)
Lumi von Mekkhan, Humongulus, Franz Scortchmaw, Brother Marcus, Vipsania Perrault, Kliban
The philosphical discussion broadens to include a being's true happiness as it relates to their true calling and/or true nature; in other words, are you more than just what you do? Everyone gets involved; even Lumi, who is now fully awake. Lumi says that there is no harm in being obsessive about what you do if you really like it and, anyway, she is interested in many different things. Vipsania also says that she likes what she does, both research and book collection. Finally, Franz says he likes sitting on treasure.
Vipsania: "What about you? Treasure hunting must make you happy—your hoard is huge!"
Franz: "Eh—the Familiy did most of the looting and pillaging. My job is just to sit on it."
Marcus: "—And? It doesn't sound like there's a lot of variety there—does that make you happy?"
Franz (loud, with a big grin): "Yeah!"
Clank, Construct, Sparks, Librarians, The Family (House Heterodyne)
5
Number on huge defunct dragon clank in background, panel 1
Kaja talks about the madness of the Foglio family household and how it is madder than usual during the holiday season. She also thanks the Girl Genius audience for the reading the story and hopes we are enoying it as much as they are.

Attack of the Ash Eels (non-canon)[8][]

Location: The Dragon Wastes

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2022-12-28 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 053
Forum:2022-12-28 (Wednesday)
Lumi von Mekkhan, Brother Marcus, Ash Eel[35], Franz Scortchmaw, Kliban, Vipsania Perrault
Lumi questions Brother Marcus. As he starts to answer, he is interrupted by what seems to be an earthquate, but proves to be an eelquake! A titanic purple ash eel erupts from the ground, rearing several meters straight up with its mouth wide open, roaring loudly. The eel then doubles over, lunges down, and swallows Humongulus whole, as the rest of the party look on in shock.
Lumi: "What about you, Brother Marcus? I guess you like trains, yeah?"
Trains
RRRUMBLE!
SFX, panel 2
GRAAAH!
SFX[36], panel 3
GLOMPH!
SFX, panel 4
Kaja marvels that the year 2023 is nearly here and reminisces, "When I was in elementary school music class we used to sing a filk song to the tune of Drunken Sailor which asked the question 'what will we do in the year 2000, many long years from now?' All the answers were very sci-fi, and I suppose it's good none of that came true because 'spun glass hose and plastic undies' sound very uncomfortable. It's funny to look back on that from 23 years over the line."
2022-12-30 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 054
Forum:2022-12-30 (Friday)
Brother Marcus, Vipsania Perrault, Kliban, Ash Eel, Franz Scortchmaw, Lumi von Mekkhan, More Ash Eels
Brother Marcus, Vipsania, and Kliban react with panic and horror at the sight of the ash eel. Vipsania says she has eel repellent in Kliban's pack, but the cat runs away before she can use it. The eel chases Marcus, but is flamed by Franz before it can swallow the Corbettite. Lumi shouts to the others, warning them that more eels have appeared.
Marcus: "What in the Earthly Realms—"
Vipsania: "Ash eels!"
Earthly Realms
GRAAAR!
SFX[36], panel 3
SCREEE!
SFX[36], panel 4
FOOOM!
SFX, panels 4-5
HONK! (×2)
GRAA!
SFX[36], panel 6
2023-01-02 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 055
Forum:2023-01-02 (Monday)
Vipsania Perrault, Ash Eel, Lumi von Mekkhan(!), Brother Marcus
The ash eels continue to attack, but Lumi (who now, based on the way she is speaking, is fully in the madness place) finishes off two of them with her staff, which turns out to be a very effective energy beam weapon. Lumi says she only has three shots left. Marcus urges Vipsania to find the cat. Vipsania calls Kliban nervously while holding up a toy mouse.
Marcus: "Find the thrice blasted cat!"
Vipsania: "Kliiiiban! Here, kitty kitty! Niiice mousie!"
Fondues and Flaming Desserts 204, The Thrice Blasted Cat/Kliban
GRAA!
SFX[36], panel 1
POF!
SFX, panel 2
POF!
SFX, panel 4
Kaja wishes everyone a Happy New Year in 2023.
2023-01-04 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 056
Forum:2023-01-04 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw[37], Vipsania Perrault, Kliban, Ash Eel, Lumi von Mekkhan(!), Brother Marcus
Kliban is found, clinging to Franz' head. As Franz (painfully) pries the cat loose and puts it down, Vipsania removes the eel repellent from the backpack Kliban is wearing and prepares to use it. The "repellent" turns out to be a device that produces an exceedingly loud siren-like noise that startles everyone in the party.
Vipsania: "I really hope this works… I didn't expect there to be so many… Or that they'd be so big…"
Lumi[38]: "Just use it!"
POF!
SFX, panel 2
POF!
SFX, panel 3
POF!
SFX, panel 4
HHWOOOOO! (×2)
SFX, panel 5
2023-01-06 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 057
Forum:2023-01-06 (Friday)
Ash Eels, Brother Marcus, Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault, Lumi von Mekkhan, Hector
The very loud noise from the ash eel repellent device seems to do the trick; the surviving ash eels all rapidly flee. Everyone in the party marvels at the effectiveness of the device and the loudness of the noise it makes. Lumi asks about Humongulus. Vipsania recalls that the big clank was swallowed by an ash eel and isn't sure what became of him. Brother Marcus offers his opinion that Humongulus will be all right… probably. In the final panel we see Hector hiding from the party, with a huge grin on his face, something that looks like headphones over his ears, and what looks like a bizarre musical instrument in his hands.
Lumi: "Uh…so…what happened to the big guy?"
Vipsania: "Oh my gosh! Humongulus! One of those things swallowed him!"
Franz: "You got a whistle to call 'em back?"
Marcus:"Well— He'll probably be all right—"
The Big Guy/Humongulus
HONK! (×3)
SFX[36], panel 1
HHWOOOOO! (×2)
SFX, panel 1

Humongulus Finds A Sword[]

Location: The Dragon Wastes

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2023-01-09 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 058
Forum:2023-01-09 (Monday)
Vipsania Perrault, Brother Marcus, Kliban, Franz Scortchmaw, Lumi von Mekkhan, Humongulus, Ash Eels
Everyone searches for Humongulus. Even Brother Marcus is worried about him, since Humongulus hasn't punched his way out of an ash eel yet. But then another eel bursts out of the ground and Humongulus almost immediately bursts out of it, aided by a humongous sword. As the big clank explains that he found the sword inside the eel, Vipsania urges everyone to move on before more eels appear. As she says this another ash eel rears up behind her, but is almost immediately felled by a death ray. The weapon used agaist the eel this time looks and sounds different than the beam from Lumi's staff.
Humongulus: "My friends! Humongulus is here!"
Franz: "Nice sword."
Humongulus: "Many fine things can be found inside monsters! It is where Humongulus found his shovel!"
Monsters, Shovel
ITE ANIMOSE[39]
Marcus' hat, panel 1, 2, 5
GRAA—
SFX[36], panel 3
SPLORCH!
SFX, panel 4
GR—
SFX[36], panel 5
ZOP!
SFX, panel 6

Hector Protector? (non-canon)[8][]

Location: The Dragon Wastes

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2023-01-11 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 059
Forum:2023-01-11 (Wednesday)
Brother Marcus, Vipsania Perrault, Humongulus, Lumi von Mekkhan, Franz Scortchmaw, \Hector[40]
The party gathers around a campfire at night, having a cookout. Various members of the party recount how tired they are from fighting monsters all day. Vipsania notes that the monsters are a lot bigger, badder, and more numerous than last time she was there. They start to argue about who defeated which monster and Franz realizes that someone has been secretly helping them. Humongulus says it is the "ghost man" (Hector) and points out the rock he is hiding behind. Hector starts laughing and Vipsania angrily goes to confront him.
Franz: "Somebody's been been helping us along. I don't know why, but—"
Humongulus: "It is the ghost man. He is hiding behind that rock."
Hector (ghostly voice)[40]: "Ha ha ha ha! Ha"
[Franz gives Humongulus a surprised look.]
Humongulus: "Humongulus sees many things! Usually, no one wants to hear about them."
Vipsania: "Hector!"
Here (The Dragon Wastes), Monsters, Ice Barnacles, Goblin Clanks, Bug Boars, Ghost Man/Hector[41]
Eventually—
Caption, panel 1
2023-01-13 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 060
Forum:2023-01-13 (Friday)
Vipsania Perrault, Franz Scortchmaw, Lumi von Mekkhan, Brother Marcus, Kliban, Humongulus, \Hector
Vipsania, joined by other members of the party, looks behind the rock where Hector was hiding. He is gone, but they find a black rose. Lumi is charmed by the flower but Vipsania only grows angrier. Brother Marcus identifies the rose as a rare specimen and believes it is a sign the party is under protection. Franz wonders at Hector's inconsistent behavior. Brother Marcus thinks he is acting under orders, which have changed. As Hector's laughter rings out again, further angering Vipsania, Brother Marcus speculates that they will know who is calling the shots for Hector soon.
Marcus: "I do believe we are being escorted."
Franz: "Oh? Earlier he was trying to scare us off. You think he changed his mind? Why?"
Marcus: "New orders, I'd imagine."
Franz: "'Orders' eh? Any idea about who from?"
Marcus: "Not yet—"
Hector (ghostly voice): "Whoooooo! Ha ha ha! Ha ha"
Vipsania: "Seriously, Hector! Not funny!"
Marcus: "But at this rate, we'll likely find out soon."
Rose, Palace Gardens of the Grand Duchy of Tibalsin
2023-01-16 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 061
Forum:2023-01-16 (Monday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault, Lumi von Mekkhan, Brother Marcus, Humongulus, Kliban
After another day's travel, the group finally arrives at Hydrargyros' lair during a thunderstorm. Franz recognizes the lair as an old Mountain King[42] citadel. Marcus proposes camping outside, but Humongulus is concerned about being struck by lightning. Franz declares they will enter immediately. Lumi has concerns about ghosts, despite Humongulus' best efforts at reassurance.
Lumi: "Aaaaaa!"
Humongulus: "DO NOT FEAR THE GHOSTS, LADY VON MEKKHAN!"
Lumi: "..Why not?"
Humongulus: "BECAUSE WE KNOW ONE OF THEM!"
Lumi: "Aaaaaa!"
Humongulus: "THIS IS CALLED 'NETWORKING!'"
Hydrargyros the Godburner, Mountain King, Ghosts, One of them (Hector)
Next day, after a long march-
Caption, panel 1
RRRUMMMMMBLE
SFX, panel 1

In The Hall Of The Mountain Kings[]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-01-18 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 062
Forum:2023-01-18 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault, Brother Marcus, Lumi von Mekkhan, Humongulus, Kliban, \Hector
The group enters the citadel without incident, finding themselves in a cavernous and echoing stonework structure, full of columns and creepy carvings. Vipsania explains that they are in the ruins of the old city, and the tightly sealed lair is far below them. They plan to camp for the night in the entrance hall. Lumi continues to be concerned.
Lumi: "What was that?"
Vipsania: "It's just echoes. They do funny things in here. Don't worry—the people who made those carvings are long dead—"
Lumi: "Eek!"
Vipsania: "And the only ghost we know about is probably still outside."
Hector (ghostly voice): "Whoooo!"
Vipsania: "Thought so."
Lumi: "Augh!"
Old City/The People Who Made Those Carvings (Mountain King)
MAIL
Mail slot, panel 4
2023-01-20 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 063
Forum:2023-01-20 (Friday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Lumi von Mekkhan, Kliban, Brother Marcus, Vipsania Perrault, Humongulus
The group breakfasts the next morning, although supplies are running low, and plan their descent into the citadel. Franz asks about the relationship between Hydrargyros and the Mountain Kings. Humongulus finds ample evidence that it was not a happy one.
Franz: "And the Mountain Kings were okay with that?"
Humongulus: "BEHOLD! HUMONGULUS HAS FOUND YET ANOTHER ROOM FULL OF BURNT SKELETONS!"
Vipsania: "No. They really weren't."
Hydrargyros, Mountain Kings
Next morning-
Caption, panel 1
RATTLE CLATTER
SFX, panel 6
2023-01-23 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 064
Forum:2023-01-23 (Monday)
Vipsania Perrault, Lumi von Mekkhan, Franz Scortchmaw, Brother Marcus, Humongulus, Kliban
The group descends further into the citadel via a large set of stairs flanked by Mountain King statues, as Vipsania guides them to another well. To her surprise, the well is also empty. With their suspicions raised, and supplies running perilously low, the group plans to head back to their last water source , when Vipsania hears a noise.
Soon-
Caption, panel 1
[I]TE ANIM[OSE]
Marcus' hat, panel 3
BOOM! RUMBLE
SFX, panel 4[43]
2023-01-25 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 065
Forum:2023-01-25 (Wednesday)
Brother Marcus, Vipsania Perrault, Franz Scortchmaw, Lumi von Mekkhan, \Hector
A series of explosions collapse the route into the room. The group debates why Hector might have cut off their line of retreat, and for lack of better options, resolve to press onwards.
Vipsania: "Hector's still following us, I'm sure of it- but why he'd do something like this- we were only talking about going back to get water. It would've been simpler to just… I don't know… steer us toward a full cistern- or leave some water where we would find it or something."
Hector: "...Oops!"
Franz: "Well, that answers that. He's an idiot, and he panicked."
Eels (Ash eels)
BOOM! x6, RUMBLE x5, CLATTER, TINK!, PLUNK!
SFX, panel 1

Hydrargyros the Loser (non-canon)[8][]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-01-27 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 066
Forum:2023-01-27 (Friday)
Vipsania Perrault, Franz Scortchmaw, <Franz Scortchmaw, <Hydrargyros, <Waiters, \Humongulus
As they move further into the citadel, Franz tells Vipsania about the time he met Hydrargyros.
Franz: "His guys thought they were gonna come over and conquer my guys with their shiny new dragon. Ha! Taking him down was easy,The Heterodyne laughed and said it was a nice try- so he invited the attackers in for an 'after siege' party."
His Guys, My Guys (Mechanicsburg/House Heterodyne), The Heterodyne
2023-01-30 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 067
Forum:2023-01-30 (Monday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault, \Blintzie von Wyrmhaut, Lumi von Mekkhan, Brother Marcus, Humongulus
The group arrives at the sealed door to Hydrargyros' lair, which is surrounded by scaffolding and equipment. Vipsania announces that the equipment isn't hers, and that someone else must be here. A mysterious voice gleefully takes credit.
Vipsania: "This stuff isn't mine! Someone else is here!"
Mysterious Voice: "And that 'someone' is me! Muhahaha!"
And so-
Caption, panel 1

Enter Blitzie Von Wyrmhaut[]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-02-01 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 068
Forum:2023-02-01 (Wednesday)
Blintzie von Wyrmhaut, Vipsania Perrault, Lumi von Mekkhan, Brother Marcus, Drachenzehen Hall Students, Franz Scortchmaw, Humongulus
The speaker is revealed as Professor Blintzie von Wyrmhaut, spark, historian, and artefact hunter. Vipsania, Lumi and Marcus are immediately captured by her students. The professor begins to negotiate with Franz, using the captives as leverage. Franz' intimidating response is undercut by Humongulus' declaration of surrender.
Blintzie: "Yes! It is I! Professor Blintzie von Wyrmhaut! Supreme Curator of Drachenzehen Hall- high queen of historians- and artefact hunter extraordinaire! -and you are the fools who have walked directly into my clutches! Seize them, my loyal students!"

Blintzie: "I propose a working collaboration for the good of all academia- but cross me, and your friends will die!"
Franz: "Meh... They're really more just people I work with, ya know?"
Blintzie: "Uh…"
Drachenzehen Hall
2023-02-03 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 069
Forum:2023-02-03 (Friday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut, Vipsania Perrault, Brother Marcus, Lumi von Mekkhan, Drachenzehen Hall Students
Franz agrees to listen to the notorious monster hunter. Blintzie explains that she is here to take the Iram Solis, and demands that Franz help her get it. To Blintzie's surprise, Franz is cool with that, claiming he's only here to grab the books.
Blintzie: "Don't be afraid, Lord Scortchmaw. For the moment, at least, i need you alive!"
Franz: "Oh gosh. Well. Thank goodness."
Blintzie: "You will help me secure the greatest treasure of Hydrargyros the Godburner!"
Franz: "His gold?"
Blintzie: "Ha!"
Franz: "His books?"
Blintzie: "-his what?"
Franz: "His... other gold?"
Blintie: "На again- even louder! No! I seek the monster's fabled weapon! The Inferno Mask! The Iram Solis!"
Dragons, Hydrargyros the Godburner, Iram Solis
2023-02-06 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 070
Forum:2023-02-06 (Monday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut
Blintzie and Franz examine the sealed door. Franz is surprised that Blintzie can read the High Draconic inscription.
Blintzie: "These carvings say: 'The lair of Hyrdargyros the Godburner. I've got no friends - push off!'"
High Draconian, Princess Asphodelia, Hydrargyros the Godburner
2023-02-08 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 071
Forum:2023-02-08 (Wednesday)
Lumi von Mekkhan, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut, Hector
Recognizing the inscription is a draconic riddle, Blintzie uses a telescopic pole to push the carving that corresponds to "off", making sure to stand well back to avoid the pit trap it triggers. An iris opens in the door revealing a grille. Hector arrives.
Lumi: "A bottomless pit!"
Blintzie: "What is it with you people? The pit is not the important part!"
Hector: "Hey, it's where I died!"
Dragons
Clik x2
SFX, panel 1
Chunk
SFX, panel 2
CLANG!
SFX, panel 3
SHHHCLIK!
SFX, panel 4
2023-02-10 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 072
Forum:2023-02-10 (Friday)
Vipsania Perrault, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut, Hector, Lumi von Mekkhan, Franz Scortchmaw,
Hector's arrival is noted, then Blintzie and Franz turn their attention to the newly revealed opening. Blintzie claims it is the keyhole, suggesting that Franz breathe fire into it. The only visible consequence is Franz being singed by flames erupting from holes beneath his feet. Blintzie is excited by successfully reproducing prior results.
Blintzie: "First, we had Stuffy Fitzgibbon hit it with a flamethrower! Then we put young Snokkins in a dragon suit and had him try the flamethrower! You're our third test- and you survived! Well done! The scientific method at work!"
Stuffy Fitzgibbon, Young Snokking, Dragon suit
FOOSH
SFX, panel 3
FOOM!
SFX, panel 4
2023-02-13 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 073
Forum:2023-02-13 (Monday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut, Drachenzehen Hall Students
Blintzie believes that only Hydrargyros' breath can open the lock. One of her students enquires whether dragon breath is interchangeable, and receives a searing rebuke. Further discussion reveals that this was not part of their required reading. Franz takes this as a cue to depart, but Blintzie has other plans.
Franz: "We dragons are unique and individual works of art. Everybody's alchemy is completely different."
Hydrargyros, Dragon
Boom!
SFX, panel 3
Dragons! x2, A Required Reading Book!
Book, panel 4
2023-02-15 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 074
Forum:2023-02-15 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut, Hector, Vipsania Perrault, Drachenzehen Hall Students
Blintzie's plan is to steal Vipsania's plan, reasoning that Vipsania would not have returned with Franz unless she had found a way into the vault. Vipsania admits that she believes Franz's dragon breath can be altered to imitate Hydrargyros' flame.
Vipsania: "I told you- I'm very good at research."
Dragon, Hydrargyros

The Composition And Formulae Of Dragonflame[]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-02-17 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 075
Forum:2023-02-17 (Friday)
Vipsania Perrault, Franz Scortchmaw, Brother Marcus
Vipsania asks Brother Marcus for the book he is carrying. She removes the false cover to reveal a reference on dragonflame composition from the vaults of the Corbettite Order.
Vipsania: "At the Library- the Lord High Conservator always says: 'Everything is written down somewhere. The tricky part's finding it.'"
The Library, The Lord High Conservator[44], Corbettite Order, Xenicus
A Guide to the Choo-Choo Terrain, Xenicus
Book, panels 3 and 5
The Composition and Formulae of Dragonflame with Examples
Book, panel 6
2023-02-20 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 076
Forum:2023-02-20 (Monday)
Vipsania Perrault, ~<Cerisia de l'Étoile[45], <Infuriated Spark, <Vipsania Perrault
Vipsania tells the group about the historical figure Cerisia de l'Étoile: adventurer, diplomat, bon vivant, spy, and technical writer. While most of her work was destroyed after her death, Vipsania's research found the location of one of the surviving books.
Vipsania: "She collected information about everybody and everything. -And she wrote it all down. She was the greatest technical writer of her day."
Europa, Heterodyne[46]
2023-02-22 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 077
Forum:2023-02-22 (Wednesday)
<Vipsania Perrault, Various <Corbettite Monks, <Cloaked figure, <Steam Clank, <Bar patrons, Vipsania Perrault, Lumi von Mekkhan
Vipsania recounts her unsuccessful attempts to obtain the surviving de l'Étoile work by suborning Corbettite Monks.
Vipsania: "Then I finally found one who said he knew where it was, and could steal it for me - but during negotiations, I went off to get another round, and when I came back, he'd been sealed into a wall."
Catacombs, Brother Marcus
2023-02-24 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 078
Forum:2023-02-24 (Friday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut, Humongulus, Brother Marcus, Vipsania Perrault, Lumi von Mekkhan, Hector, Drachenzehen Hall Students, <Vipsania Perrault
Brother Marcus explains that the suspiciously corruptible Corbettite Monks were a ruse, and that the book was provided to Vipsania under supervision. He goes on to reveal that the danger of the book has diminished with age, since Franz is the last living dragon mentioned in it.
Monks, Abbot, The Dragon (Hydrargyros), Dragon

The Last Dragon? (non-canon)[8][]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-02-27 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 079
Forum:2023-02-27 (Monday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault, Brother Marcus, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut
Shocked, Franz pages through the book, as Brother Marcus lists the various fates of the dragons detailed inside. An infuriated Franz blames knights, but Marcus explains that nowadays, it's monster hunters that kill dragons. Blintzie looks concerned.
Marcus: "All of them. All the dragons in this book- except you."
Gliflenwyrd Noseburner, Respiro di Fiori, Murano, House of Alighieri, Skyrex the Lightning Sneezer, Princess Stompyboots[47], Arson, Sterno, Ragland Tiger[48], Emperor Gleep[49], Dragons, Knights, Monster Hunters
2023-03-01 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 080
Forum:2023-03-01 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut, <Respiro di Fiori
Franz admits that some dragons are monsters, but insists that others, like himself and Respiro, are 'nice guys'. Blintzie explains that Respiro was killed by assassins hired by his own glassblower guild.
Blintzie: "He was senior guild master for three hundred years! No one could advance! Or do anything new! He was the only one who could read the guild rules!"
Dragons, Skrala, Assassins (House of Alighieri)
2023-03-03 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 081
Forum:2023-03-03 (Friday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut, Lumi von Mekkhan
Franz is extremely depressed to hear that Respiro was taken out by his own guys. Blintzie calls dragons agents of chaos and gloats about how noble (and profitable) the profession of monster hunter is. She starts to suggest that the people of Mechanicsburg will turn on Franz some day, but Lumi fiercely leaps to his defense, saying that could never happen—Franz is family and the Lady would protect him. This prompts Blintzie to reminisce about her days as a professor at TPU; she had Agatha in some of her classes and proudly says she flunked her.
[Referring to Agatha Heterodyne]
Blintzie: "Yesss—even for a Heterodyne, she's an odd one. Always was. She was in several of my classes, you know—back when I was an instructor at Transylvania Polygnostic—a strange tragic girl—always struggling to keep up—such bad luck—and so alone—I flunked her, of course!"
Dragons, Mechanicsburg, The Lady/A Strange Tragic Girl (Agatha Heterodyne), Heterodyne, Transylvania Polygnostic University

Mechanicsburg Is Not Like Everywhere Else[]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-03-06 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 082
Forum:2023-03-06 (Monday)
Blintzie von Wyrmhaut, <Monsters and <Citizens of Mechanicsburg, Franz Scortchmaw, Lumi von Mekkhan
Blintzie complains that Agatha has brought back the Heterodye Menance and (re-)filled Mechanicsburg with monsters. Franz brags that no army has ever taken Mechanicsburg. Blintzie responds that the reason is that armies are run by idiots who don't take into account the fact that Mechanicsburg itself is a monster.
Blintzie: "Mechanicsburg is not like everwhere else! The whole town is a monster! Cut off the head, and it will continue to fight like some kind of hideous demon chicken—with barbed feathers—and venom claws—and…and flamethrowers!
Lumi: "That…only happened the once…"
Blintzie: "—And once was enough!"
The Heterodyne Menace, She (Agatha Heterodyne), Your Infamous Town (Mechanicsburg), Hunter (Monster Hunter), Sparks, Hideous Demon Chicken (Mechanicsburg)
DANGEROUS GOODS
Storefront, panel 2
OCUPOD'S[50]
DRINKS/DINING
Restaurant, panel 2
2023-03-08 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 083
Forum:2023-03-08 (Wednesday)
Blintzie von Wyrmhaut, Franz Scortchmaw, Brother Marcus, Vipsania Perrault, Lumi von Mekkhan, One of Blintzie's sudents
Blintzie exasperatedly orders Vipsania and party to shup up and open the door. Franz responds that opening the door is the reason they are there and tells Blintzie to put away a very large gun that she just whipped out of her amazingly well-tailored pocket to threaten everyone with. Brother Marcus says they might as well go ahead and sort out who gets what when they know what's there. Vipsania asked Blintzie why she wants the Iram Solis, but finds out this professor doesn't like questions!
Blintzie: "Good heavens! A cogent question! I'm impressed! —But I'll still shoot you if you don't get to work!"
Vipsania: "I thought professors liked questions!"
Blintzie's Student: "Ooo! You have to wait for office hours!"
Dragon, Iram Solis
2023-03-10 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 084
Forum:2023-03-10 (Friday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut, Vipsania Perrault, Lumi von Mekkhan
Franz angrily tells Blintzie to stop threatening Vipsania's party and she agrees, as long as they get the door to Hydrargyros' hoard open; then she goes off to grade papers. Vipsania, Franz, and Lumi speculate about whether she plans to attack Mechanicsburg with the Iram Solis, but decide to worry about it after they open the door. Franz asks how Vipsania actually plans to change his flame, since the book just contains formulae, and she whips out a complex device made of multiple jointed, interlocking metal disks and multicolored lenses.
[Whispered conversation]
Vipsania: "What do you want to bet she plans to attack Mechanicsburg with that 'Iram Solis' thing?"
Franz: "No bet. She's a nutter and no mistake. Probably thinks we've all gone soft."
Lumi: "''Gone soft?' After the siege, when the Lady woke up the Castle? I was there—up on the walls! They let school out early! There's tavern songs about what happened to the armies outside! No one could possibly think we'd gone soft! Not after that!"
Franz: "Monster hunters ain't smart, kid, just brave."
Mechanicsburg, Iram Solis, The Siege of Mechanicsburg, The Lady (Agatha Heterodyne), The Castle (Castle Heterodyne), Monster Hunters

The Unprofessional Thief (non-canon)[8][]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-03-13 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 085
Forum:2023-03-13 (Monday)
Vipsania Perrault, Lumi von Mekkhan, Brother Marcus, Kliban, Franz Scortchmaw, Humongulus
Lumi grabs the device from Vipsania to take a closer look. She identifies it as a super-rare, one-of-a-kind alchemical calibration wheel and says her professor has one just like it in a case in her office. Lumi then realizes that it is almost certainly the same device, stolen from the case, and accuses Vipsania of being a thief![51] Vipsania at first vehmently denies this; but then, after receiving whitheringly skeptical looks from the other party members, reluntantly admits she took it.
Lumi: "I knew it! You are a thief!"
Vipsania: "I am not! Well…at least…not professionally…"
Dunkelwittenbergian Alchemical Calibration Wheel, Professor Strout, Legendary Spark Alberich der Zauberer
SWIPE!
SFX, panel 1
2023-03-15 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 086
Forum:2023-03-15 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault, Brother Marcus, Humongulus, Lumi von Mekkhan, Magnifying-Hat Student, Four-Pocket-Vest Student, Hector
Franz tells Vipsania that if she tries, she can be a professional thief. Vipsania objects that she doesn't want to be one. Brother Marcus says Franz is a "wicked creature of the Heterodynes" and should be ignored. Humongulus asks what the alchemical wheel does and Lumi explains the device—and the plan—briefly! One of Professor von Wyrmhaut's students praises the plan and is told to be quiet by another. We find out that Blintzie thinks there is room for only one genius in her vincinity and she's it! The student explains that they placate her by letting Hector ("un imbécile complet"[52]) do all the talking.
Hector: "I can identify over forty kinds of cheese!"
The Heterodynes, The Moon, This Device (Dunkelwittenbergian Alchemical Calibration Wheel), Dragon Flame, The Book (The Composition and Formulae of Dragonflame with Examples), Hydrargyros, The Door (to Hydrargyros' hoard), The Professor (Blintzie von Wyrmhaut), Cheese
2023-03-17 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 087
Forum:2023-03-17 (Friday)
Hector, Magnifying-Hat Student, Four-Pocket-Vest Student, Lumi von Mekkhan, Vipsania Perrault, Kliban, Franz Scortchmaw
Hector starts to list forty kinds of cheese but has some trouble. The students, Lumi, and Vipsania discuss the plan. Along with the Dunkelwit, Vip brought a set of chemical reagents (including metals in the form of pig-shaped ingots[53]), purchased in Paris and carried in Kliban's pack. These are what will be used to alter Franz's flame. Franz thinks the chemicals look tasty and asks if should eat some. Vip says "Yes", but Lumi says, "No".
Hector: "Limburger! Époisses! Emmentaler! Wensleydale! Gjetost! Um…that kind with the holes…"[54]
Magnifying-Hat Student: "Well, that's him busy for the next hour…"
Dunkelwit (Dunkelwittenbergian Alchemical Calibration Wheel), Paris, Metals, Mercury[55]

Messing With His Heartflame[]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-03-20 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 088
Forum:2023-03-20 (Monday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Lumi von Mekkhan, Vipsania Perrault, Brother Marcus
Franz asks why he can't eat the pig-shaped metal ingots. Lumi replies that eating them is not enough; his innards are complicated and to change his flame they will need direct access to his furnace. This reminds Vipsania of a passage from the book[56] that quotes from der Zauberer's notes, which she shows to Lumi. This inspires Lumi to come up with a plan and go into the madness place. Vipsania (and Franz) begin to have doubts, but Lumi wants to charge right ahead.
Lumi: "Yeah! Thanks to Vipsania here, we'll get your inspection and maintenance done early—get that door openand have you in better shape than you've been in years!"
Vipsania: "Uh…but actually…are your sure you want to listen to me?"
Lumi: "Don't get cold feet now! Without your notes, I wouldn't even have thought about total meltdown!"
Vipsania: "Total—what?"
Franz: "Erm…are you sure this is going to be safe?"
Lumi: "Now? Absolutely!"
Vipsania: "Probably?"
Dragonflame, (Dragon) Furnance, der Zauberer (Alberich der Zauberer), Blast Radii, His Calibration Wheel (Dunkelwittenbergian Alchemical Calibration Wheel), Heartflame, Total Meltdown
2023-03-22 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 089
Forum:2023-03-22 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Lumi von Mekkhan, Vipsania Perrault, Drachenzehen Hall Students
Lumi starts a lecture demonstration of how to tune a dragon's flame. (She needs a few hours of TA credit.) She deals with Franz and Vip handles the tables and reagents. Things start to get exciting after Franz open the door to his internal furnace and provides a baseline flame sample for calibration purposes. While the students extinguish themselves, Lumi notices something odd.
Lumi: "That tingling you feel? That's totally normal!"
Madame de l'Étoile (Cerisia de l'Étoile), Hydrargyros, Dunkelwit Calibrator (Dunkelwittenbergian Alchemical Calibration Wheel), My Little Alchemist Kit
FOOM!
SFX, panel 6
2023-03-24 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 090
Forum:2023-03-24 (Friday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Lumi von Mekkhan, Vipsania Perrault, Drachenzehen Hall Student
Franz assumes he is being called "odd" and objects. Lumi explains that she meant his flame has changed from how it is described in the book[56] and she thinks it because he is older. She and Vipsania discuss the possibility that all the dragon-flame formulae in the book may be out of date, but they decide it should be all right to proceed…with caution. Vipsania suggests that bismuth should be the first reagent they use to alter Franz's flame. Franz is eager to try this, but Lumi objects. Franz insists and Vipsania agrees with him. As Lumi seems to be reconsidering her objection, Vipsania tosses the bismuth ingot towards the door of Franz's furnace.
Franz: "Bismuth is great! Lot's of fun, and it's good for you! Stops the rumble tummy!"
Hydrargyros, Madame de l'Étoile (Cerisia de l'Étoile), Bismuth

Fun with Alchemical Reagents! (non-canon)[8][]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-03-27 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 091
Forum:2023-03-27 (Monday)
Vipsania Perrault, Lumi von Mekkhan, Brother Marcus, Franz Scortchmaw, Humongulus, Kliban, Drachenzehen Hall Students
It turns out that bismuth has an extremely intoxicating effect on Franz. As he dances with great enthusiasm and lack of inhibition in the hall outside Hydrargyros' lair, the others react in different ways. Some of the students join his dance; Humongulus and Kliban are freaked out; and Vipsania, Lumi, and Brother Marcus crouch behind a table, apparently to stay out of Franz's sight and his way. While Marcus peers over the table to keep an eye on the drunken dragon, Vipsania and Lumi commiserate over the bad outcome and both try to take the blame. While they both feel confident that Franz's flame will now match the formula from his younger self (as recorded in the book), they are at a loss to come up with a way to get him to cooperate with more testing in his current state of inebriation.
Franz: "Woohoo! Let's get this party started! We got any Princesses here? We got a knight! Right, big guy?!"
Humongulus: "Brother Marcus—Humongulus is feeling oddly freaked out."
The Book (The Composition and Formulae of Dragonflame with Examples), Princesses, Knight
2023-03-29 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 092
Forum:2023-03-29 (Wednesday)
Blintzie von Wyrmhaut(!), Brother Marcus, Vipsania Perrault, Lumi von Mekkhan, Franz Scortchmaw, Four-Pocket-Vest Student
Blintzie emerges from wherever she was lurking, claiming that the commotion is preventing her from grading papers and threatening to fail everyone. Franz regards her statement with great equanimity and urges the students to do so as well, all the while carrying on his dancing. Blintzie turns to Lumi in great surprise, asking what happened. When she finds out that Lumi and Vipsania gave Franz bismuth, she approves, asking if it changed his flame. Lumi said she supposes it has, but Vipsania says they haven't tested it yet. Blintzie demands that Franz produce a flame and he complies, producing a large multicolored fireball that rises to the ceiling and remains there roiling for some time. Lumi explains with great irritation that this is the reason no testing was done. (Apparently the "wide spectrum" nature of Franz's current flame and the excessive volume produced have been a significant hindrance.)
Blintzie: "What are you fools doing out here? I can't grade papers in the middle of carnevale! I'm done! You all fail!"
Franz: "Hear that kids? Terms over! It's Spring Break! Party like it's a verb! Wanna see me dance a galliard?"
Blintzie: "…What happened?"
Carnevale, Spring Break, Galliard, Bismuth, Dragon, Flame (Dragonflame), Pavane
FOOM!
SFX, panel 7
The colored version of the page was posted on April 1, 2023. This page was posted in black and white with a message from Kaja: "Tonight's page will be posted in color later. Phil just finished the art and even Cheyenne, superhero though he is, isn't that fast. Thanks for your patience!"
2023-03-31 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 093
Forum:2023-03-31 (Friday)
Lumi von Mekkhan(!), Blintzie von Wyrmhaut(!), Vipsania Perrault, Franz Scortchmaw[57], Brother Marcus
Despite her previous reaction, Lumi starts working with Blintzie and Vipsania, feeding alchemical reagents to Franz and measuring his flame, which starts exhibiting a different single hue each time he emits a flare. Despite some collateral damage, the three of them become more and more enthusiatic about dosing him with a wider and wider variety of substances. This goes on until Franz makes a strange noise and Brother Marcus seems to notice a serious (off panel) problem.
Blintzie: "Hmmm. Interesting. Smells like bacon."
Lumi: "I think your student there got a bit close."
Blintzie: "Do not attempt to inluence the experiment, Miss Zoll!"
This (Dunkelwittenbergian Alchemical Calibration Wheel), Philosopher's Wool, Potash, Bacon, Miss Zoll, Salts of Badger, Vienna Slime Fires, Doktor Creamundham, University of Vicenza, Salamanders, Nature's Little Arsonists, Pickled Horseshoe Crab, Powdered Noctualium, Plumbago, Sulfur
FOOM!
FOOM!
FOOM!
SFX, panels 2, 4, and 8

Little, Teeny Ants[]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-04-03 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 094
Forum:2023-04-03 (Monday)
Vipsania Perrault, Brother Marcus, Franz Scortchmaw, Magnifying-Hat Student, Four-Pocket-Vest Student
Franz has undergone a sinister transformation. His skin has turned almost entirely golden and smoke or steam rises off of it. His eyes and dials now glow a menacing reddish orange. His neck seems longer, thinner, and more serpentine and his wings, larger. His expression and manner of speech have become threatening and everyone is staring at him in shock and mounting fear.
Vipsania: "Franz…are you…uh…all right?"
Franz: "Oh my goodness, yessss! I feel tremendous!"
Vipsania: "Oh, that's good! Only—"
Franz: "You all look like little teensy ants!"
Vipsania: "Oh."
2023-04-05 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 095
Forum:2023-04-05 (Wednesday)
Brother Marcus, Lumi von Mekkhan(!), Magnifying-Hat Student, Franz Scortchmaw, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut(!), Vipsania Perrault
Brother Marcus and Lumi discuss the changes to Franz, saying they have no idea what is happening. One of Blintzie's students mentions the Von Wyrmhautian Metamorphosis, a hypothesis she postulated and named after herself. Blintzie explains the basic idea is that altering one part of a complex organism (such as a dragon) will cause corresponding changes to the rest of the organism, because its body is a collection of intricately entangled systems, and this will happen much more dramatically in alchemical constructs. As Blintzie finishes explaining, Franz looms up behind her, saying that he is hungry and asking if anyone there is a princesses.
Blintzie: "My hypothesis is that this will occur much more dramatically in an alchemical construct such as Lord Scortchmaw here, and lo! I am proven correct! By altering his flame, we have altered his form—and even his mind!"
Von Wyrmhautian Metamorphosis, Dragon, Alchemical Constructs, Flame (Dragonflame), Princesses
2023-04-07 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 096
Forum:2023-04-07 (Friday)
Lumi von Mekkhan, Miss Zoll, Franz Scortchmaw, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut(!), Vipsania Perrault, Brother Marcus, Magnifying-Hat Student, More of Blintzie's Students, Humongulus
Franz continues to change in appearance, becoming somewhat more slender and flexible, with longer limbs, and a slightly more extended, pointed snout. The line of serrated scales running from the top of his head down his back along his spine to the tip of his tail, which started as simple almost triangular shapes, take on a jagged, irregular, almost flame-like silhouette. He also starts to regard his companions as prey rather than colleagues. Lumi states that no Princesses are present; a student suggests that Blintzie, as a tenured professor, might serve as a substitute. Vipsania attempts to dissuade Franz from eating anyone with an offer of salt port. Franz spurns this offer; he now find people more appetizing; plus, the fewer people that remain, the more treasure for himself. At this point Humongulus has had enough and intervenes.
Franz (noticing Humongulus): "—Hurk!"
Humongulus (addressing Franz): "Brother! Humongulus is not good at jokes—and he does not like this one."
Hydrargyros, An Entire City (Mountain King Citadel)
2023-04-10 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 097
Forum:2023-04-10 (Monday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Humongulus, Brother Marcus, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut(!), Vipsania Perrault, Lumi von Mekkhan
Franz acts frightened of Humongulus and begs not to be hurt. He is not reassured when Humongulus explains he is not going to hurt Franz, only punch him until he starts acting normal. Brother Marcus remarks that Franz is acting the way Hydrargyros was reported to have done. Vipsania and Lumi are very upset by Franz's transformation and ask Blintzie if it can be reversed. She claims she has no idea; after all, no one has ever done it before.
Franz: "Eeeee! Noooo! Don't hurrrt meeee!"
Humongulus: "Nonsense, Brother! Humongulus will not hurt you! Humongulus will only punch you until you stop being creepy!"
Franz: "Nooo! No punch!"
Humongulus: "It is a proven strategy!"
Old Hydrargyros

Humongulus Did Not See That Coming[]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-04-12 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 098
Forum:2023-04-12 (Wednesday)
Blintzie von Wyrmhaut(!), Vipsania Perrault, Lumi von Mekkhan, \Franz Scortchmaw[58], Humongulus
Franz may be a coward now, but he is also very tricky and fights dirty. He manages to topple a titanic stone column onto Humongulus, taking him by surprise, knocking him over, and pinning him down. As Vipsania and Lumi look on in stupefied amazement, Blintzie gloats about all the awards she is going to win by writing about the never-before-witnessed phenomenon of Von Wyrmhautian Metamorphosis[59] and pulls out her gun again.
Franz: "Ha ha ha ha! Gotcha!"
Humongulus: "Oof! Humongulus did not see that coming!"
CRASH!
SFX, panel 2
2023-04-14 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 099
Forum:2023-04-14 (Friday)
Blintzie von Wyrmhaut(!), Franz Scortchmaw
Blintzie threatens Franz with her gun, ordering him to stop. Franz puts his hands up, but questions whether she would dare to shoot him; after all, she needs him to open the door, and anyway, he could toast her before she fires. Blintzie responds that her gun was built to explode violently if that happened and Franz wouldn't survive either. She follows up by saying she will shoot him, but not fatally, if he doesn't open the door right away. Franz replies that he wants to open the door as much as she does (he wants the treasure, after all), but he doesn't like her attitude and knocks Blintzie off her feet with a sudden sweep of his wings.
Blintzie: "All right you sparked up slowworm, that's enough!"
Franz: "Oh? You're going to shoot me? Here I thought you wanted to get through that door? What if I just toast you?"
Blintzie: "Then this baby explodes, and takes you and the mountain with it! I had it built special! —And yes! If you cross me, I will gleefully shoot you!"
SMAK!
SFX, panel 6

Art Interruption: Franz's Study[]

Occasion: A "catch up page" made necessary due to all of the conventions the Foglios (especially Phil) have been attanding lately.

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2023-04-17 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. n/a
Forum:2023-04-17 (Monday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault
Franz and Vipsania are both enjoying a book in Franz's study in his Mechanicsburg lair.
WARNING
On metal bar, serving as a gate, locked across a shelf of books in Franz's study, towards the upper, right corner of the large, single-page panel.
Studio News: (from Kaja) We had a few major conventions these last few weeks, so to give ourselves a breather, here's a nice quiet little moment to remind us that Franz is actually a nice literary guy (when he isn't hopped up on weird metals.)

Humongulus Did Not See That Coming (continued)[7][]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-04-19 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 100
Forum:2023-04-19 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Miss Zoll, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut, Brother Marcus, Lumi von Mekkhan, Vipsania Perrault
Franz laughs at his own joke, then grabs the Dunkelwit from Miss Zoll and checks the compostion of his flame himself, deciding it is now a perfect match for the flame of Hydrargyros. He is eager to get to his new hoard, partly because his personality transformation seems to include an increased greed for gold, and partly because he suddenly feels unwell from all the chemicals he has recently ingested and wants to lie down…on a pile of treasure. As Brother Marcus, Lumi, and Vipsania look on in surprise, Franz turns and blasts the entrance to Hydrargyros' Lair with a gout of his newly calibrated fiery breath. While he does this, he doesn't notice Blintzie on the platform behind him, crawling towards her really big gun.
Franz: "Ha! 'Wing it!' I'm hilarious!"
That Thing (The Dunkelwit, aka Dunkelwittenbergian Alchemical Calibration Wheel)
SNAG!
SFX, panel 2
FOOM!
SFX, panel 3
FOOM!
SFX, panel 7
2023-04-21 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 101
Forum:2023-04-21 (Friday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault, Lumi von Mekkhan
Franz's fiery blast melts a hole through the door.[60] Franz marvels at his strength, making a disparaging comparison involving Hydrargyros. He then destroys the Dunkelwit, while Vipsania looks on in horror, turning it into a crude crown which he places on his head. As he steps into Hydrargyros's Lair, he muses that there is no reason for him to return to Mechanicsburg, when he "can be a king right here." But, before he can finish the word "here", Franz suddenly looks stricken and collapses in a dead faint, with a protruding black tongue.[61]
Franz: "Whoa! I don't know my own strength! Old Hydrargyros really was an earthworm, wasn't he?"
Old Hydrargyros, Mechanicsburg
CRUNCH!
BEND
TWIST
SFX, panel 2
CROWN!
SFX, panel 3
FWUMP!
SFX, panel 6

Se Habet Crapulam[]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-04-24 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 102
Forum:2023-04-24 (Monday)
Vipsania Perrault, Franz Scortchmaw, Lumi von Mekkhan
Vipsania and Lumi rush to Franz's aid. Vipsania worries that he is dead, but Lumi determines that he is just badly hung over. Franz feels terrible and asks Lumi for help. Lumi hesitates at first and brings up Franz's recent megalomaniacal behavior. Franz expresses regret—in stages—and finally recognizes that he still wants to fullfill his duties in Mechanicsburg, where he is needed. At this, Lumi cheerfully gives Franz a small dose of an alchemical reagent that will (hopefully!) speed his recovery. Even before this treatment, duting his conversation with Lumi, his coloration and appearance slowly start to return to normal.
Vipsania: "Is he dead?"
Franz: "Uhhh…my head…what a party…Hey. Stop spinning."
Lumi: "He's alive. But I think…um…I think se habet crapulam.[62]"
     ⋮
Franz: "But nah. I ain't Hydrargyros. I'm the Great Dragon of Mechanicsburg! You guys need me!"
Jägers, Mechanicsburg, The Castle (Castle Heterodyne), Hydrargyros, The Great Dragon of Mechaniscburg
SIGHHH—
SFX[63], panel 6
Studio News: An announcement about the Rain Games Kickstarter for Adventures in Castle Heterodyne. People who contributed at the Muse level are running out of time to send in their photo so that Phil can draw their portrait for the game.
2023-04-26 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 103
Forum:2023-04-26 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Lumi von Mekkhan, Vipsania Perrault, \Blintzie von Wyrmhaut(!)[64], Magnifying-Hat Student
Franz, very nearly back to his usual appearance, says he feels much better, but he is still weak, exhausted, and having trouble focusing on things. He asks if there is much gold nearby and Lumi replies that there isn't. The visible part of Hydrargyros' Lair is a dim, dingy antechamber which contains nothing of obvious value, although there is a large closed trunk nearby. Also near the entrance is a rack with dilapidated clothing, sized for a dragon, hanging on it and a cylidrical container holding what may be dragon-scale walking sticks. Farther back, there is a large damaged double door which is half open. One of the students is back there, holding a lamp for another person who is out of sight. The hidden person is loudly yelling that something they are looking for is nowhere to be found. This amuses Franz but makes Vipsania anxious.
Franz: "Ahhhh—wow. That really took it out of me."
Lumi: "Sure did. How are you feeling?"
Franz: "Oh, I'm feeling grand! I blew that door wide open! Ha!"
It (Iram Solis)[64]

Where's Humongulus? (non-canon)[8][]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-04-28 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 104
Forum:2023-04-28 (Friday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Lumi von Mekkhan, Vipsania Perrault, Kliban, Gold Bug Student
Franz is completely back to his usual appearance, but is still a bit unsteady on his feet. He wants to go see what the shouting in the other room is about; but, when he finds out that Humongulus is pinned under a pillar and it's his fault, he decides to help the big clank instead. Before he can move, however, he hears that a mass of gold has been discovered. Torn between the desire to help his friend and his aurophilic dragonish instints, Franz dithers for a few moments, but finally decides to help Humongulus…although not before demanding that Vipsania guard his gold for him.
Franz: "Hey, where's the big knight?"
Vipsania: "Seriously? You dropped a pillar on him! Brother Marcus is prying him out!"
The Big Knight (Humongulus), Brother Marcus
2023-05-01 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 105
Forum:2023-05-01 (Monday)
Humongulus, Brother Marcus, Franz Scortchmaw
Humongulus apologizes to Brother Marcus, explaining that he can't move the pillar off of himself because he doesn't have enough leverage. Brother Marcus starts to say it's Franz's fault, but Humongulus stops him, saying Franz wasn't to blame; the dragon was under the influence of "bad alchemicals". Franz appears and blames himself. Then, although it pains him to say it, he announces that his treasure can wait until after he frees Humongulus. Humongulus thanks Franz, but say that the dragon is too puny to help and that he should take his treasure and leave. Franz angrily replies that he is going to free Humongulus so that he can beat the clank up.
Franz: "Hmf. I am here for the books. I mean, gold is good too… yeah. Really good, actually…and…it sounds like there's a…a lot of it. —But… ergh… Can't believe I'm saying this… it can wait. Until we get you free."
Humongulus: "Lord Scortchmaw, Humongulus is grateful, but you are too puny. Go. Get your books. Humongulus will treasure your friendship as he rusts."
Franz: "Oh, no you don't! I am getting you free so I can kick your brass butt!"
Humongulus: "Ah! More of your humor! Humongulus still does not get it."
2023-05-03 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 106
Forum:2023-05-03 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Humongulus
Franz asks Humongulus why he can't free himself and the big clank explains that although he has the strength, he lacks the leverage to use it in his current situation. Franz accepts this and admits he doesn't have the strenth to lift the pillar fragments off of Humongulus on his own, either. But the dragon thinks a bit and comes up with an idea; something he saw very recently can help.
Franz: "So anyway, what's the problem? A little mess like this should be nothing to a guy like you."
Humongulus: "Ah. Well. It is embarassing! Humongulus is stuck! Like the mightly Chelonean! Unable to gain purchase! The stout fists of Humongulus stir the air with noble futility. The Herculean—"
Franz: "All right, all right, I get it."
Mighty Chelonian[65], Herculean

A Little Problem In Applied Physics[]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-05-05 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 107
Forum:2023-05-05 (Friday)
Blintzie von Wyrmhaut(!), Franz Scortchmaw, <Hengst von Wyrmhaut, Hengst von Wyrmhaut (deceased)
Franz returns to the antechamber of Hydrargyros' Lair, picking up a large, cylindrical container and dumping out the contents. Blinztie appears and orders him to help her search. Franz agrees to do so, soon, and asks what they are looking for. Blintzie replies, "The Iram Solis, of course!" While tearing a large door off its hinges, Franz opines that whoever did away with Hydrargros already took it. Blintzie denies this, revealing that Hydrargros was killed by her Uncle Hengst, who was mortally wounded in the process, and couldn't have taken the device. She proves her case by showing Franz, who is now carrying the container and door, her uncle's mummified remains nearby.
Blintzie: "My Uncle Hengst. A great explorer—and a fearless monster hunter par excellence! As near as I can tell, he killed the dragon, but was mortally wounded. We spent years wondering what happened to him!"
Franz: "What finally tipped you off?"
Blintzie: "Hector, actually. He recognized the family sigil."
Iram Solis, Hector
2023-05-08 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 108
Forum:2023-05-08 (Monday)
Humongulus, Franz Scortchmaw
Franz wedges the cylindrical container and door he picked up in the other room into place among the fallen columns to act as a fulcrum and lever. He then uses a flying elbow drop to apply force to the high end of the door. This moves the columns enough that Humongulus finally has room to lift, which he does with great energy and joy, sending the columns flying. Some of them seem to be flying in the general direction of Franz, who draws back in alarm.
Humongulus: "Well done, brother! Humongulus now has leverage! Humongulus can now…Lyft! Hahahahahahaha!"
THUMP
SFX, panel 1
CHUNK!
SFX, panel 2
PWANG!
SFX, panel 4
BOOM!
SFX, panel 7
2023-05-10 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 109
Forum:2023-05-10 (Wednesday)
Humongulus[66], Franz Scortchmaw
All of the flying column segments miss Franz, who can't quite seem to believe it. As Franz starts to relax, Humongulus calls upon him for help with the final column. Franz grabs the end of the column but grumpily asks how the big clank could possibly need his help, just as Humongulus lifts the column, with Franz still clinging to it, high into the air with one hand. Humongulus reveals he has had an epiphany; he now knows that lifting with friends is true happiness. Franz is startled out of his usual cynicism and responds in kind.
Franz: "Oof. Seriously? After all that, you need my help with this little thing? Hrrrgh…"
Humongulus: "Of course! —For now, Humongulus knows for sure! Lifting with friends! This is true happiness! Yes!"
Franz: "Uh, that's great, buddy. It's…an honor to help."
Humongulus: "Humongulus is proud to lift with you!"

The Legend of Hengst von Wyrmhaut (non-canon)[8][]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-05-12 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 110[67]
Forum:2023-05-12 (Friday)
Vipsania Perrault, Hengst von Wyrmhaut (deceased), Hector, Lumi von Mekkhan, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut(!)
Vipsania wonders how Carmina Fantastica, the book she found that clued her in to the fact that Hydrargyros was dead[68], got to Paris. Hector, says some guys came through and took Hengst's treasure sack, containing the book. Since they had no idea it was valuable, the book ended up in the Parisian junk shop where Visania found it. (Hector is getting his information by quizzing Hengst's corpse - one dead guy to another.) This freaks out and frightens Lumi, but enrages Blintzie, who says Hengst is dead and can't talk. However, she immediately follows this with a demand that Hector ask Hengst where the Iram Solis is. Hector obliges, but says that Hengst doesn't know.
Lumi: "Stop that! That's so creepy! How are you talking to the dead guy!"
Hector: "Boo."
Lumi: "Eek!"
Carmina Fantastica, Paris, The Dragon (Hydrargyros), Iram Solis

You Sure Know How To Kill A Story[]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-05-15 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 111
Forum:2023-05-15 (Monday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault, Hector, Hengst von Wyrmhaut (deceased), ~Franz Scortchmaw[69], ~Flying Spaghetti Monster[69], ~Other Monsters of Mechanicsburg[69], ~Hengst von Wyrmhaut[69], ~Damsel in Distress[69], <Jägermonsters[70], <More Monsters of Mechanicsburg[70], <Hengst von Wyrmhaut[70], <Doctor Hembelbrogg[70]
Franz criticizes Vipsania and Hector for standing around and staring at the late Doctor Hengst von Wyrmhaut. Vispania explains that finding him dead is a shock because he was very famous. Hector agrees and starts to tell a tale (providing his own musical accompaniment) of von Wyrmhaut's heroic and legendary adventures fighting the many monsters of Mechanicsburg. Franz interrupts; he was there when Hengst came to Mechanicsburg and the monster hunter didn't actually hunt or fight any monsters or do anything particularly heroic at all. Hector is cross with Franz for spoiling his story.
Franz: "What are you people doing? Still standing around here staring? You think he's gonna get up and dance?"
Vipsania: "Well, it's just so…I mean Doctor von Wyrmhaut—he was really famous."
Hector: "He sure was! A hero for the legends! He travelled the world—exploring the Wastelands and slaying monsters—and all he asked in return was money!"
The Wastelands, Mechanicsburg, Dragon, Mamma Gkika's Beer Hall, Monster Hunters
WELCOME TO FAM[OUS]
MECHANICSB[URG]
CHAOTICALLY NEU[TRAL]
FOR OVER ?? [YEAR]S!
Sign in Mechanicsburgh, panel 4[71]
2023-05-17 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 112
Forum:2023-05-17 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut(!), Vipsania Perrault, Brother Marcus, ~Cerisia de l'Étoile[72]
Franz smugly dismisses the late Doctor Hengst von Wyrmhaut and invites everyone to see his treasure. Blintzie objects that the Iram Solis is hers! Franz says he doesn't care about that, but that the Monks might. While claiming a picture, Franz says he is a generous guy and doesn't mind sharing the gold (but not the books) to keep everyone happy, and anything else they find can be discussed. But, as he actually enters the treasure room, Franz is bathed in a golden glow, looks very started, and stops in mid sentence.
Franz: "Anyway, so much for the Late, Heroic Doctor Hengst. Let's go see my treasure!"
Blintzie: "It's not all yours! The Iram Solis is mine!"
Franz: "Yeah yeah. Like I care. You might have to discuss that with the Monks, though."
Doctor Hengst (Hengst von Wyrmhaut), Iram Solis, The Monks (Corbettite Monks)
Cerisia
Plaque on painting, panel 4.[73]
2023-05-19 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 113
Forum:2023-05-19 (Friday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault, Lumi von Mekkhan, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut, Brother Marcus, Hydrargyros (deceased)
This page shows the left side of Hydrargyros' treasure room. A dragon skeleton, the final remains of Hydrargyros, lies on top of a mound of gold; only the front half can be seen. Franz and company are shown from behind, having just entered the room. A few lanterns are scattered about, providing a low level of illumination.
Left half of double-page spread.[74]

Treasure Room[]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-05-22 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 114
Forum:2023-05-22 (Monday)
Red-headed Student, Magnifying-Hat Student, Kliban, Gold Bug Student, Miss Zoll, Headband Student, Sheepskin Vest Student, Hydrargyros (deceased)
This page has two images on it. The upper one shows a reduced-size image of the whole double-page image of Hydrargyros' treasure room. The lower image, which you may have to scroll down to see, shows the right side of the room. In the right-side image, only the rear part of Hydrargyros' skeleton is visible. Some of Blintzie's students are staring at the treasure in awe, although one is scooping up gold coins in his hat. Kliban is lying curled up on a table behind them, sleeping.
Note from Kaja: Ok, as usual, you can see the whole double-spread by following this elegant and finely-crafted link![75]
2023-05-24 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 115
Forum:2023-05-24 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Hydrargyros (deceased), Humongulus, Brother Marcus, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut(!), Lumi von Mekkhan
Franz seems bemused and saddened to find Hydrargyros dead. Humongulus tries to comfort Franz in his own unique way. Brother Marcus fears Humongulus' attempts at consolation will not go over well, but the big clank's efforts actually cheer Franz up quite a bit. Blintzie demands that Franz help her find the Iram Solis, pronto! Lumi askes Blintzie why she is in such a hurry; Hydrargyros is dead, after all. Blintzie, angry at being second guessed, says she is the dragon expert here. Franz chimes in, saying he also might have some expertize in that subject area, but Blintzie scoffs at this, asking him how many "post-vital defenses" he has in his lair.
[Franz gazes at the skull of Hydrargyros in pensive silence.]
Humongulus: "Brother! Do you require a moment to re-contextualize the transitory nature of organic life?"
Franz: "Maybe a little… Yeah…"
Humongulus: "Humongulus will help! Tough luck, fleshy one!"
Iram Solis, Dragon, Post-Vital Defenses Studio News: Kaja says that she is still packing Kickstarter rewards and apologizes that she hasn't gotten everyone's rewards shipped yet. She also says she took a short break to adapt more Girl Genius art to Webtoons format and has posted it to the Girl Genius webtoons site.
2023-05-26 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 116
Forum:2023-05-26 (Friday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut(!), Brother Marcus
Franz, confused, asks if "post-vital defenses" means "booby traps". When Blintzie confirms it does, he sheepishly explains that he doesn't have any because he doesn't want kids (or even Jägers) to get hurt. Blintzie then mocks him as a weirdo among monsters. She goes on to say that she is certain there are active devices remaining in the treasure room that will try to kill them soon, so they need to hurry. But as she is speaking she sees something under Hydraragyros' skeletal hand. She grasps it and a click is heard, just as Brother Marcus states that she may be right and they should be careful not to trigger anything.
Blintzie: "In my professionaltenured opinion—that stuff out front was just the beginning—and we have a very limited time window to search before something tries to kill us! Moreover—Ooo! Wait! What's that? Ha ha! Of course!"
Marcus: "Well, nothing's happened yet, but she might be right."
Blintzie: "Nowhere does it say how big the Iram Solis actually is! Gimmie gimmie gimme!
Marcus: "We'd better be careful not to trigger anything dangerous."
[Something emits an ominous clicking noise.]
Kids, Jägers, Dragon Slayer, Monsters, Iram Solis
CLICK!
SFX, panel 5

A Post-Vital Defense Appears (non-canon)[8][]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-05-29 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 117
Forum:2023-05-29 (Monday)
Blintzie von Wyrmhaut(!), Hydrargyros (deceased), Fun-Sized Mobile Agony and Death Dispenser[76]
The two enormous doors at the back of the treasure room burst open with a loud noise. From the darkness beyond the opening a loud hum is heard and a huge feline face with glowing features appears. Blintzie, who is very near the doors, shouts out a warning and prepares to flee.
Blintzie: "Run!"
KRAKK!
VRUMMMM
SFX, panel 1 (large, single page panel)
2023-05-31 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 118
Forum:2023-05-31 (Wednesday)
Fun-Sized Mobile Agony and Death Dispenser[77], Blintzie von Wyrmhaut(!), Hydrargyros (deceased), Lumi von Mekkhan, Franz Scortchmaw
A giant cat-like clank pounces through the opening, trying to catch Blintzie, who leaps out of the way barely in time. Lumi recognizes it as one of Castle Heterodyne's defense clanks, sometimes called a devil dog or steam cat, but officially known as a Fun-Sized Mobile Agony and Death Dispenser (abbreviated as "Fun-MADD" on this wiki). Since Lumi is familiar with it, Blintzie asks her how to stop it, but Franz offers to do so. He starts to speak a "protocol phrase" to deactivate the mechanism, but it attacks him before he can finish saying it, knocking him off his feet and slamming down on his back.
Lumi: "Hey! That's one of Castle Heterodyne's Fun-Size Mobile Death Dispensors!"
Blintzie: "You've seen one before?"
Lumi: "Yeah! They're absolutely the most popular kid's ride on Castle Day!"
Castle Heterodyne
CRASH!
SFX, panel 1
SLASH!
SFX, panel 4
2023-06-02 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 119
Forum:2023-06-02 (Friday)
Lumi von Mekkhan, Franz Scortchmaw, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut(!), Fun-MADD
An astonished Lumi asks how the Fun-MADD got to Hydrargyros' Lair. Franz responds that it was probably a pity gift from one of the Heterodynes, which would be typical given the Heterodyne sense of humor. Blintzie produces her really big gun again and fires three times, point blank, in the Fun-MADD's face. Convinced she has finished it off, she turns and starts to gloat. As the clank growls and begins to stir, she turns back in astonishment, asking how it can still be functional. A resigned-looking Franz responds that the clank's survival is typical, given the Heterodyne sense of design.
Lumi: "—But how did it get here?"
Franz: "Probably a pity gift from one of the Heterodynes. Amped up, re-tuned and set to guard another Spark's pathetic dragon? That's the family sense of humor."
The Heterodynes/The Family (House Heterodyne), Another Spark's Pathetic Dragon (Hydrargyros)
BOOM! (×3)
SFX, panel 3

Humongulus Will No Longer Stand Idle[]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-06-05 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 120
Forum:2023-06-05 (Monday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Fun-MADD, Red-Haired Student, Miss Zoll, Mallet Student, Headband Student, Lumi von Mekkhan, Humongulus
Franz stands stock still and orders everyone else to not to move, explaining that they won't be seen if they stay put. Blintzie's students, looking terrified, freeze as the Fun-MADD stands in their midst. Franz tells Lumi that his solution is only temporary and admits he is out of dragonflame. One of the students can't stand the tension and attacks the cat clank with a mallet, getting savagely mauled in return. This is too much for Humongulus, who rushes at the Fun-MADD, to Franz's horror.
Mallet Student: "Listen to that. This thing's old. Slow. I'm gonna try to—"
Fun-MADD: "Grah!"
Mallet Student: "Augh!"
Humongulus: "Enough! Humongulus will no longer stand idle!"
Franz: "No!"
CLICK (×3)
SFX, panel 2
CLICK (×3)
SCHREEE
CLICK
SFX, panel 4
SCHREEE
CLICK (×2)
SFX, panel 5
RIP!
SFX, panel 6
2023-06-07 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 121
Forum:2023-06-07 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Fun-MADD
Humongulus aims a mighty punch at the Fun-MADD, shattering the stone floor. As he surveys the damage he caused, he realizes that there is no sign of the cat clank, damaged or whole. As Humongulus reacts in surprise, the sound of chewing and tearing metal ring out. The big clank pitches forward, crashing face-first into the treasure covered floor, while questioning his fate. As he does so, the Fun-MADD can be seen, holding the lower part of one of his legs, torn off at the knee, in its mouth.
Humongulus: "Bad cats must not be allowed to run amok! Oh?"
Fun-MADD: "Mrowrgh!"
Humongulus: "The mighty Humongulus brought low? But how?!"
SMASH!
SFX, panel 2
???
Surprise indicator, panel 3
CRUNCH
RIP
SFX, panel 3
CRASH!
SFX, panel 4

Rescuing Humongulus! (non-canon)[8][]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-06-09 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 122
Forum:2023-06-09 (Friday)
Brother Marcus, Vipsania Perrault, Franz Scortchmaw, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut(!), Magnifying-Hat Student, Miss Zoll, Humongulus, Fun-MADD, Lumi von Mekkhan
Brother Marcus and Vipsania react in horror as the Fun-MADD attacks and multilates Humongulus. Vipsania calls on Franz for help and looks around to see him running out of the room. Blintzie calls Franz a coward, but says he has the right idea as she urges her surviving students to flee. Even though the Fun-MADD continues to rip him apart, Humongulus tries to reassure the others, saying he will keep the cat clank occupied while they escape. This is too much for Lumi, who attacks the Fun-MADD with her fire wand. The energy beam hits it in the neck, but has no effect, other than to attract its attention to Lumi, who reacts with great dismay as she realizes the danger she is in.
Blintzie: "Run!"
Humongulus: "Fear not!"
Fun-MADD: "Grar!"
Humongulus: "Humongulus will keep it busy, whilst you flee!"
RIP!
SHREEEE!
SFX, panel 4
POF!
SFX, panel 5
2023-06-12 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 123
Forum:2023-06-12 (Monday)
Lumi von Mekkhan, Vipsania Perrault, Fun-MADD, Kliban, Brother Marcus
Vipsania, mounted on Kilban, races to the rescue, snatching Lumi out from under the deadly paws of the Fun-MADD barely in time. Vip scolds Lumi for being foolhardy and screams to Brother Marcus for help. Marcus responds that he is looking for more traps. Vip replies that she doesn't want any more. Saying that he won't use them on her, Marcus is able to spring a trap consisting of giant spikes on the cat clank, seemingly trapping it and piercing it in at least a couple of places.
Vipsania: "Brother Marcus!"
Brother Marcus: "Hang on! I'm looking for more traps!"
Vipsania: "This one is plenty!"
Brother Marcus: "Well, now—I'll try not to use them on you!"
WHAM
SFX, panel 1
SHING!
SFX, panel 5
2023-06-14 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 124
Forum:2023-06-14 (Wednesday)
Blintzie von Wyrmhaut(!), Fun-MADD, Humongulus
Apparently feeling safe now that the Fun-MADD is trapped, Blintzie reappears with her really big gun. She intends to finish off the cat clank by "cranking her gun up to eleven" this time. However, before she can fire, the Fun-MADD uses its long, scorpion-like tail as a whip to knock the weapon out of her hand. It then shifts its attention to Blintzie, who belatedly realizes that it isn't as helpless as she thought. But, before it can attack, Humongulus manages to fling his severed lower leg at it, giving it a whack on the side of its head and distacting it. Humongulus calls out to the cat clank, letting it know he is still a force to be reckoned with.
Humongulus: "Cat! Humongulus is still in the fight!"
VUMMM
SFX, panel 1
SNAP!
SFX, panel 2
CLANG!
SFX, panel 4
2023-06-16 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 125
Forum:2023-06-16 (Friday)
Vipsania Perrault, Humongulus, Lumi von Mekkhan, Fun-MADD, Brother Marcus
While Vipsania removes a book from a shelf in the treasure room, she begs Humongulus to stop trying to fight the Fun-MADD or it will be the end of him. But the big clank is determined to keep protecting his friends, saying he is very durable. Then Vip tells Lumi to use her fire wand to blast the book Vip is holding when she throws it and gives the word. As the Fun-MADD starts to break out of the spike trap, Vip asks Brother Marcus to attempt to shut the cat clank down with the same control mechanism with which Blintzie accidentally activated it. After Marcus says he will try, Vip puts her plan into motion, flinging the book into the air and calling calling on Lumi to do her part by shouting, "Now!"
Vipsania: "No! It'll destroy you! "
Humongulus: "—But it will take a long time! Humongulus is very sturdy!"
Fire Wand
SNAP (×3)
SFX, panel 4
ZOW!
SFX, panel 7
Studio News: Kaja reports that she will be attempting a play-through demonstration of the preview version of Adventures In Castle Heterodyne on a Twitch stream on Monday, June 19, at 8 pm PDT, for our entertainment! Her Twitch account is under the name ProfessoressaFoglio.
2023-06-19 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 126
Forum:2023-06-19 (Monday)
Lumi von Mekkhan[78], Fun-MADD, Vipsania Perrault
The blast from Lumi's fire wand hits the book, causing it to explode into a shower of flaming pages, surrounding the confused Fun-MADD, which is standing directly over the control mechanism Brother Marcus wants to reach. Vipsania declares that the cat clank is temporarily paralyzed with indecision, unable to decide which moving object to go after first, and orders everyone to get going.
Vipsania: "There! It doesn't know what to go after first! Let's go!"
FOOM!
SFX, panel 1

But Where Does He Keep Them[]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-06-21 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 127
Forum:2023-06-21 (Wednesday)
Brother Marcus, Fun-MADD, Humongulus, Vipsania Perrault
Brother Marcus tries to grab the Fun-MADD's control, but the flaming pages are not enough of a distraction to keep the cat clank from noticing him and Humonulus calls out a warning. The big clank provides his own distraction by pinning one of the Fun-MADD's hind paws to the floor with a big blade[79] and then hitting it with a large shovel[80]. The cat clank keels over backwards, temporarily stunned, and Marcus goes after the device once again.
Fun-MADD: "Growf?"[81]
     ⋮
Humongulus: "The weapons of Humongulus are as mighty as his punches! Ha ha!"
CHUNK!
SFX, panel 2
BLANG
SFX, panel 5
Studio News: Kaja thanks everyone who attended her play-through demonstration of the preview version of Adventures In Castle Heterodyne on a Twitch stream on Monday, June 19, at 8 pm PDT and says she had fun. Enough fun that she will do it again at 8 pm PDT on Monday, June 26. Her Twitch account is under the name ProfessoressaFoglio.
2023-06-23 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 128
Forum:2023-06-23 (Friday)
Vipsania Perrault[82], Brother Marcus, Fun-MADD, Hector, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut(!), Lumi von Mekkhan
Brother Marcus is able to grab the control and frantically presses the button, deactivating the Fun-MADD just before it reaches him. Before he can fully relax, however, Hector appears out of nowhere, takes the control from him, and tosses it to Blintzie, who catches it easily and gloats. Lumi and Vip yell at Hector in exasperation and anger and he responds with a lame excuse. Blintzie, who we can now see is mounted on the cat clank, exclaims in triumph.
Hector: "Wow! That was amazing, Brother! You're really fast! Almost as fast as me!"
Brother Marcus: "Hey!"
Hector: "Professor! Catch!"
Blintzie: "Ha! Good work, minion!"
CLICK (×3)
SFX, panel 2
EEEEEEERRRRRR
SFX, panel 3
CATCH!
SFX, panel 8

Announcement Interruption: Adventures in Castle Heterodyne Game[7][]

Occasion: Demo of game available on Steam

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2023-06-24 (Saturday)
Vol.2-10 p. n/a
Forum:2023-06-24 (Saturday)
Agatha Heterodyne, Castle Heterodyne, Zola Malfeazium
Kaja posted a special Saturday page to the Girl Genius comic website with an announcement about the upcoming GG videogame.
Studio News: On a special Saturday page on the Girl Genius comic website, Kaja announces how excited she is that the Adventures In Castle Heterodyne video game preview is currently available as part of the Steam Next Fest. She also reminds everyone that she will once again be doing a play through of the game on Twitch TV on Monday, June 26, at 8 pm PDT. Her Twitch account is under the name ProfessoressaFoglio.

But Where Does He Keep Them (continued)[7][]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-06-26 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 129
Forum:2023-06-26 (Monday)
Blintzie von Wyrmhaut(!), Fun-MADD, Book Thrower[83]
Blintzie is sitting on the Fun-MADD's back, holding its control in one hand and her big gun in the other. As she activates the cat clank, she laughs and gloats, monologuing about how worthless her opponents are and how she will take all the treasure for herself. She then orders the cat clank to kill everyone. But as the Fun-MADD leaps forward, roaring, a book flies through the air and strikes Blintzie, toppling her from her perch, knocking the control and gun out of her hands, and causing her to yell in surprise.
Blintzie: "Come on, kitty! Let's kill them all! Kill!"
Fun-MADD: "Graaar!"
Blintzie: "Hey!"
You People (Vipsania Perrault, Lumi von Mekkhan, Brother Marcus), Iram Solis
EERRRRRR!
SFX, panel 1
SMAK!
SFX, panel 2
Studio News: Kaja posted the following message: You can now play the game demo on Steam! Please wishlist us on Steam, even if you're going to get a physical copy, because it helps our visibility.

The Iram Solis (non-canon)[8][]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-06-28 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 130
Forum:2023-06-28 (Wednesday)
Fun-MADD, Vipsania Perrault, Franz Scortchmaw
As the Fun-MADD leaps forward, it is suddenly engulphed in a torrent of flames and is no longer a threat. The cause turns out to be an angry-looking Franz, who has just entered the treasure room and is standing in the doorway. He is holding the still-smoking Iram Solis, with which he just destroyed the cat clank, in his right hand. Vipania, standing near the door, notices his return and exclaims in surprise.
Vipsania: "Franz!"
FOOM!
SFX, panel 1

Treacherous Creature[]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-06-30 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 131
Forum:2023-06-30 (Friday)
Blintzie von Wyrmhaut(!), Franz Scortchmaw, <Franz Scortchmaw, Kliban
Blintzie, who is somehow still completely unscathed, angrily accuses Franz of hiding the Iram Solis, saying she knew he was doing so all along. Franz denies this and tells her to calm down. He explains how he deduced the location of the deadly device once he realized it should be thought of as a tool, not a treasure. With this insight, he reasoned that the place it would have been kept was near the outer door, so it could grabbed in a hurry on the way out. He goes on to say that he found it on the coat rack. Blintzie completely dismisses this display of clever reasoning and demands the Iram Solis, threatening Franz with her big gun. Franz ignores the gun, saying that if Blintzie uses it the device will be destroyed as well, and refuses to hand it over. Blintzie then reverts to form and threatens to shoot his friends, grabbing Kilban and pointing her gun at his head. The big library cat doesn't seem at all bothered by this.
Blintzie: "Aha! The Iram Solis! I knew you were hiding it! Treacherous creature!"
Franz: "Calm down. I wasn't hiding it—but it wasn't hard to find. You were thinking of it as a treasure—but it's really not. It's a tool. Something you'd want to grab fast on your way out the door. Yeah—it was hanging in the hall. With the coats and hats."
Iram Solis, Your Friends (Humongulus, Vipsania Perrault, Lumi von Mekkhan, Brother Marcus, etc.)
2023-07-03 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 132
Forum:2023-07-03 (Monday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault, Brother Marcus, Kliban, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut, Lumi von Mekkhan
Franz tries to bluff[84] Blintzie again, as he did shortly after their first encounter, to make her think he doesn't care if she threatens Kliban; this time Vipsania foils his plan. Franz notices Brother Marcus standing behind him[85] and the monk motions that he should keep quiet about it. Vipsania tries to get Kliban to come to her, or at least to attack Blintzie, but the Library Cat decides to play dumb and acts as if Blintzie is his new best friend. Lumi comments to Vip that she thought Library Cats were well trained. Vip replies with exasperation that she didn't get to choose from the cream of the cat crop. Franz seems to have had a sneaky idea and apparently decides to give in to Blintzie's demands.
Vipsania: "Kliban! Here kitty kitty! Come on, boy!"
Kliban: "?"
Vipsania: "Who wants a nice treat? Niiiice treat! Do your special trick!"
Kliban: "?"
Vipsania: "At least bite her, you fool!"
Kliban: "Purrrr"[86]
Lumi: "I thought Library Cats were highly trained."
Vipsania: "I didn't get to pick from the top of the class, okay?"
Library cats
PURRRR
SFX, panel 11
2023-07-05 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 133
Forum:2023-07-05 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut, Kliban, ~Hydrargyros[87]
Franz has decided to give the Iram Solis to Blintzie and hands it to Vipsania to hand over to the professor. Blintzie is very pleased that Franz has made the "wise" decision and takes it from Vip. But, as she does so, the gun in her other hand bumps Kliban in the nose and the big cat bites her arm and holds on. This hurts Blinzie, but doesn't seem to seriously injure her. She punches Kliban on the nose which makes him release her arm. Blintzie curses at the cat and starts to threaten him; but, before she can get specific, Vip threatens Blintzie with the professor's own gun, which she managed to grab, telling her to leave Kliban alone. Blintzie doesn't seem at all worried, and dares Vip to shoot her, as she hold a flame between her mouth and the Iram Solis mask, seemingly preparing to activate it. Just then, a ghostly moan is heard.
Blintzie: "Oooh! You've got my gun! My special, one-of-a-kind, Spark built work of art—created specially for me! Go ahead! Try to shoot me with it!"
It (Iram Solis)
CHOMP!
SFX, panel 3
BIFF!
SFX, panel 4

Dragon Ghost (non-canon)[8][]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-07-07 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 134
Forum:2023-07-07 (Friday)
~Hydrargyros[87], Kliban, Vipsania Perrault, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut, Lumi von Mekkhan, Franz Scortchmaw
Although Hydrargyros' skeleton still lies on top of his treasure mound, a phantasmic image of it rises into the air above the bones, wielding a sword and flanked by ghostly skeletal bats. As the bony, draconic specter demands to know who has disturbed his treasure, the group looks on in stunned silence—at least for a moment. Then Lumi freaks out, screaming and discharging her fire wand wildly.
Hydrargyros (ghostly voice): "Who dares to disturb my glorious treasure?"
Lumi: "Aaaaa! Ghooost!"
Ghost
WHOOOOOOOOOOOO
SFX, panel 1
POF! (×3)
SFX, panel 2

Unhand Me You Fool![]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-07-10 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 135
Forum:2023-07-10 (Monday)
Vipsania Perrault, Lumi von Mekkhan, Franz Scortchmaw, Brother Marcus, Kliban, Hector, Blintzie von Wyrmhaut
One of Lumi's wild shots hits a heretofore unseen chandelier of crystal skulls. The energy bolt is powerful enough to shower the treasure room with molten glass, hurting Franz and igniting fires on Blintzie's coat and elsewhere. Hector decides the commotion caused by this is the perfect distaction for making his exit. After flirting briefly (but surprisingly suavely) with Lumi, he disappears in a large puff of dense dark smoke and black roses[88], taking Blintzie with him, over her vociferous objections.
Hector (to Lumi): "A beautiful distraction from a beautiful maiden! Au revoir, O Angel of Flame! Our quest here is done!"
Blintzie: "Oh no it is not! I still have to kill them all and sew myself a nice new dragon-skin coat!"
POF!
SFX, panel 1
FWOMP!
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2023-07-12 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 136
Forum:2023-07-12 (Wednesday)
~Hydrargyros[87], Brother Marcus, Vipsania Perrault, Franz Scortchmaw, Kliban
The ghost of Hydrargyros has been ranting along, unnoticed, during the commotion caused by the globs of molten glass raining down from the destroyed chandelier. One of the half-melted glass skulls smashes into the control panel being operated by Brother Marcus and the ghost fades out. Vipsania realizes that it was a projection generated by some Sparky device and the monk expresses his regret that such a sophisticated piece of technology was destroyed. Franz congratulates Brother Marcus on a job well done and then demands that someone remove Kliban from his back.
Hydrargyros (ghostly voice): "—and sharpen my teeth with your bones…"
Vipsania: "Oh! It was an illusion."
Spark, The Old Wyrm (Hydrargyros)
WHOOOOOOOOOOOO
SFX, panel 1
SMASH!
SFX, panel 2
OOOOOO
SFX, panel 3
fizzle
POP!
SFX, panel 5

Into and Out of the Pit (non-canon)[8][]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-07-14 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 137
Forum:2023-07-14 (Friday)
Kliban, Franz Scortchmaw, Brother Marcus, Vipsania Perrault, Lumi von Mekkhan, Magnifying-Hat Student
Franz glares at Kliban and asks if there is any sign of Blintzie and Hector. Brother Marcus says they seem to have really gone and taken the Iram Solis with them. The monk reveals that Hector is a member of a guild of thieves named after black roses. Lumi is mooning over one of the roses Hector left behind and it becomes plain, to the disgust of Marcus, Vipsania, and Franz, that she is now completely infatuated with him. Just then, one of Blintzie's students appears and announces that Hector and Blintzie fell into the bottomless pit.
Marcus: "He's a thief. From the Black Rose School of Dramatic Acquisitions no less."
Vipsania: "Really? Hector?"
Marcus: "You didn't know? My Order and your Library are frequent targets. Dragon hoards too, come to think of it."
Vipsania: "But…wow. That's pretty high-level."
The Wingnut (Blintzie von Wyrmhaut), Her Monkey/Creature of Enchantment and Dreams (Hector), Iram Solis, The Black Rose School of Dramatic Acquisitions
2023-07-17 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 138
Forum:2023-07-17 (Monday)
Magnifying-Hat Student, Miss Zoll, Lumi von Mekkhan, Vipsania Perrault, Brother Marcus, Franz Scortchmaw, Humongulus, Red-headed Student
The party and some of the students look into the bottomless pit, while one of the students explains that Hector and Blintzie fell or jumped in while the two of them were struggling. Brother Marcus thinks going into the pit is part of a clever plan, but the student isn't convinced. Brother Marcus "volunteers" the students to repair Humongulus; they are relunctant at first, but Franz convinces them to help. Franz apologizes to Brother Marcus for giving away the Iram Solis and then asks Vipsania whether they should start with the books or the gold when divvying up the treasure. Vipsania suggests a combined approach which Franz is quite happy with.
Franz: "How are you doing, big guy?"
Humongulus: "Humongulus has been better!"
Marcus: "Don't worry lad, we'll patch you up in no time! No doubt these students will enjoy a chance for some hands-on lab work!"
Red-headed Student: "But we've already got all our Clank Engineering credits!"
Franz: "This is a special elective."
Red-headed Student: "I don't—"
Franz: "Yeah—you all signed up for it after I ate one of you."
Red-headed Student: "But you never—"
Franz: "And here I was trying to save time."
Red-headed Student: "Everybody grab your tools!"[89]
Hector, The Professor (Blintzie von Wyrmhaut), Clank Engineering Credits, Your Treasure (Iram Solis)
2023-07-19 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 139
Forum:2023-07-19 (Wednesday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault, Brother Marcus, Miss Zoll, Headband Student
Franz crows with joy over getting another Masat book. Brother Marcus finds the cover of the book Vipsania burned to try to distract the Fun-MADD. Franz teases her for being a book-burning librarian. Vipsania defends herself and Marcus agrees that she saved them all with the ploy, but asks her if she won't get in trouble for destroying a book. Vipsania admits she might. Marcus adds that it was a great pity the book was destroyed, since it was a unique volume that the Corbettites would have claimed. He goes on to say that it couldn't be helped and that he won't tell on Vipsania. Franz say that the destroyed book counts as part of Vipsania's share of the treasure until she tell him it was a book about the weaknesses of dragons. Two of Blintzie's students look down the shaft of the bottomless pit. They hear rushing water down below and wonder where it goes.
Marcus: "O-ho! I see."
Franz: "What's that?"
Marcus: "This is what's left of the book Miss Perrault used to distract that cat clank."
Franz: "Burned, huh? Ha! Some Librarian you are."
Vipsania: "Well, you were taking your time. I had to do something."
Tales of Sea and Spark[90] (with annotations), That Cat Clank (Fun-MADD), Librarian/Great Library, My Order (Corbettite Monks), Loose Scales and Glowing Red Spots: Weak Points of the Great Wyrms of Science
And so—
Caption, upper left, panel 1

Behold Lake Humongulus[]

Location: Hydrargyros' Lair

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2023-07-21 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 140
Forum:2023-07-21 (Friday)
Blintzie von Wyrmhaut, Hector
Blintzie and Hector emerges from under water, gasping for air. They have been swept into a lake after falling into the river at the bottom of the "bottomless" pit. Blintzie is very angry with Hector for taking her with him when he fell in…again! Hector realizes that they are in the lake dug by Humongulus (because the big clank put up a sign saying so). He theorizes that the lake water is drainage from the fortress and that the mountain wells dried up because the lake was cleared, but he expects the wells will contain water again when the lake finishes filling. Blintzie is not interested in Hector's speculations, ordering him to shut up so she can gloat about possessing the Iram Solis.
Blintzie: "Hector. Shut up. This expedition is over! I have won! I have retrieved the Iram Solis! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!"
Lake Humongulus, Iram Solis
SPLOOSH!
SFX, panel 2
SPLISH (×6)
SFX, panel 4
BEHOLD!
LAKE HUMONGULUS
IN JUST SEVEN
HOURS HUMONGULUS
CAN MAKE YOU
A LAKE![91]
Sign by lake, panel 5

Home again! (non-canon)[8][]

Location: Franz's Lair

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2023-07-24 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 141
Forum:2023-07-24 (Monday)
Franz Scortchmaw, Vipsania Perrault, Lumi von Mekkhan, %Blintzie von Wyrmhaut[92], %Agatha Heterodyne[93], %Humongulus[93]
Franz is back home in his lair, reading the newspaper and having tea with Lumi. Vispania walks in and greets them. After some banter with Franz, Lumi invites Vipsania to have tea and asks if she has talked to Brother Marcus about the rest of the gold. Vipsania says it will be arriving by train soon and Franz is pleased. Vipsania then says that she will be leaving soon. Franz reacts to this news with suprise and dismay, although he tries to cover it up.
Franz: "Oh. There you are."
Vipsania: "Did you miss me?"
Franz: "Pft. Just got used to not stepping on you."
Brother Marcus
The All Seeing Eye
Title, back page of the newspaper, panel 1
TOAD GATE MYSTERIOUSLY DESTROYED: "PROBABLY JÄGERS" SAYS LOCAL LIZARD
Embarrassing Attack of the Week!: DISCREDITED ACADEMIC FIZZLES!
Headlines, back page of the newspaper, panel 1
The All Seeing Eye: MONSTER EDITION
Title, front page of the newspaper, panel 1
MECHANICSBURG'S NEWEST KNIGHT!
Headline, front page of the newspaper, panel 1
2023-07-26 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 142
Forum:2023-07-26 (Wednesday)
Lumi von Mekkhan, Vipsania Perrault, Franz Scortchmaw, ~<Cerisia de l'Étoile, Kliban, \%Othar Tryggvassen
Lumi and Franz have a discussion with Vipsania about her future plans. She tells them she is going freelance because, while she loves being a Librarian, she wants more. She want to have adventures! (She thinks of Cerisia de l'Étoile, whom she seems to have adopted as a role model, while she is describing her new goals.) Franz isn't enthusiatic about what he hears. He warns Vipsania that seeking out adventures might cause her to vanish like Othar Tryggvassen. To emphasize his point, Franz activates Othar's watch,[94] which plays a recording of his voice saying, "It is time for adventure!". As Franz tries to continue his warning, Othar's watch interrupts him by continuing to play part of the phrase over and over, like a skipping phonograph record.
Lumi: "Oh? Back to the Library, then?"
Vipsania: "Nah. They never took me seriously. I'm going freelance!"
Franz: "I thought you liked being a Librarian."
Vipsania: "I love being a Librarian! —But I don't want to stay in the stacks my whole life! I want to travel! Explore! Meet monsters and artists and Sparks! I want to find things out! Write things down! I'm going to have adventures!"
The Library, Sparks
BEEP!
SFX, panel 6

Time For Adventure[]

Location: Franz's Lair

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2023-07-28 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 143
Forum:2023-07-28 (Friday)
Franz Scortchmaw, \%Othar Tryggvassen[95], Vipsania Perrault, Lumi von Mekkhan, <Priestesses of the Lizard God, <Othar Tryggvassen[95], ~The Lizard God (The Winslow)[96]
Franz tries to stop Othar's watch from replaying the man's message endlessly by pressing the activation button several times in quick succession. This causes the watch to beep several times and then emit a scratching noise, like pulling the needle of an old-fashioned phonograph across the record. The watch then starts playing a much longer recording by Othar. The new message was intended for a friend of his, Olig Bertus, and describes one of Othar's adventures. At the end of the recording, Othar mentions there is is a treasure that Olig is welcome to claim and caps it off by saying "It is time for adventure!", indicating that all this time the watch had only been playing a small part of a much longer message. As the playback comes to an end, Franz, Vipsania, and Lumi stare at the watch, flabbergasted.
Othar (recorded voice): "I shall spare you the details—I vanquished the guardian beast, rescued the priestesses (who had been turned to stone)—accepted an honorary medal as Defender of the Lizard God—you know, same old, same old."
Olig Bertus, Castle van Drakken, The Lightless College
BEEP! (×4)
Sskreeeeek!
SFX, panel 1
Quo fas et gloria ducunt[97]
Text under blimp on compass rose of map in flashback, panel 3
Hills of Angst
CASTLE RUINS
Forest of Woe
Large labels on map in flashback, panel 3
GOOD RESTAURANT
Medium label on map in flashback, panel 3
DEATH FROM ABOVE
INFERNAL DEVICE HERE
MONSTERS HERE
FIRE
Small labels on map in flashback, panel 3
CLICK.
SFX, panel 7
2023-07-31 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. Extra Story Page 144
Forum:2023-07-31 (Monday)
Lumi von Mekkhan, Vipsania Perrault, Franz Scortchmaw, Kliban
Lumi, Vipsania, and Franz are very excited by Othar's message and they almost immediately begin planning a new expedition to check on the existence of the Lightless College and recover the treasure. Franz goes over the details of what will need to be done to prepare and how thay can assemble the same party (or close to it), complaining all the while about how inconvenient this will be for him. But when Vipsania remarks that he doesn't have to come if it is too much trouble, he gives a rather feeble explanation of why he's tagging along. It's pretty clear that, while he won't admit it, Franz wouldn't miss this second chance to go adventuring with his new friends for the world.
Lumi: "The Lightless College…it was never even proven to exist!"
Vipsania: "Viscount Olig Bertus was killed by his own army of squirrels during the Siege of Mechanicsburg!"
Franz: "Treasure! Treasure is good!"
The Lightless College, Viscount Olig Bertus, The Siege of Mechanicsburg, School (Transylvania Polygnostic University), Humongulus, The Monks (Corbettite Monks), Jägers
And so—
Caption, upper left corner, panel 2
End!
Text overlaid on image, lower right corner, panel 2

--BACK TO THE MAIN STORY--[]

Occasion: Catching up with the main story before it resumed after the end of "A Story With Franz"

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2023-08-02 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Another Catch-up
Forum:2023-08-02 (Wednesday)
<Neena[98], <Albia[98], <Agatha[98], <Wee Beastie[98], <Portable Castle[98], <Francisia Monahan[98]
The story in the first half of volume 23 (book 10 of the Second Journey) is briefly summarized with narration over selected panels from the comic.
Narrator (Kaja Foglio): "Now, as their airship makes its way back to Londinium —Agatha can see that something is very wrong with Queen Albia.
Island of the Rat Queen, God-Queen, England, Prende's Lantern, Mechanicsburg, Time-Freeze, Madness, Song Keeper, Deepdwellers, The Other
Welcome back to our main story! It's been a while, so here's a small catch-up:
Large caption, top of page.
There are new announcements from Kaja in the Studio News section below the comic:

"Here's the link to the previous page of this storyline!

ANNOUNCEMENT! The game will release on Steam on the 5th of September (PC, Mac, Linux)!"

Your Majesty Does Not Look At All Well[]

Location: Aboard the Airship Zeno of Citium

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2023-08-04 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (062)
Forum:2023-08-04 (Friday)
Agatha Heterodyne, Queen Albia of England
Agatha expresses concern that Queen Albia looks unwell, since she has turned pale and is slumped on her throne. (Albia has really turned pale all over; not just her skin, but her hair, clothing, jewelry, and even her halo of stars!) Albia responds that she will be fine; she has just used too much energy. Agatha asks if Albia's current condition has anything to do with the waning of her flame and gets a death glare in return. As Albia tries to summon up her powers, Agatha explains that she doesn't know anthing about Albia's waning flame but that Lucrezia kept bringing the topic up during her fight with Albia on the island. Albia accepts Agatha's explanation and relaxes, then says that perhaps Agatha does deserve an explanation.
Agatha: "Forgive me, Your Majesty, but you don't look at all well."
Albia: "We…We shall be fine. We have simply used an excessive amount of power—"
Agatha: "While your Flame is waning?"
[Albia glares angrily at Agatha.]
Albia: "…"
Agatha: "I don't actually know what that means, but Lucrezia was shouting about it every chance she got."
Albia: "Ah. Well. Perhaps you should know."
Flame (Queen's Flame), Lucrezia (Lucrezia#Anevka)
2023-08-07 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (063)
Forum:2023-08-07 (Monday)
Albia, Agatha
Albia tells Agatha to listen carefully as she explains that she can't tell her anything until they are somewhere more private and secure, such as one of the Queen's Sanctuaries. Albia then says they will go to such a place as soon as possible, but implies that she is too weak to do so now and so Agatha needs to be patient. Agatha and Albia discuss what Agatha could do to help. Once Agatha hears that she could give Albia some of her power, she insists on doing so, despite Albia's objections. After Agatha repeats her desire to help three times, Albia accepts her offer and asks Agatha to approach her.
Albia: "So. Listen well. These matter touch upon our Highest Mysteries—and thus, are best discussed only in our most private sanctuaries. Where we shall retire—ugh…as—as soon as we are able. For now, you must be patient. And understand that these mysteries are also yours to guard. A Queen must not be seen to be…weak."
Most Private Santuaries (Queen's Henge), Queen (Ancient God-Queen), Lucrezia, Mechanicsburg, Someone (Zola), Revenants, The Continent (Europa) New in Studio News: "I won't be streaming this Wednesday, because I have a family commitment, but I'll be back next week with more of the Girl Genius AiCH game--Kaja"
2023-08-09 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (064)
Forum:2023-08-09 (Wednesday)
Agatha, Albia
Agatha approaches Albia to within arm's length. Albia places her hands on either side of Agatha's head, at cheek level, and closes her eyes and concentrates. Color starts to return to Albia's skin and hair while Agatha begins to look tense and strained. Apparently without much time having passed, a fully recovered Albia removes her hands from Agatha's head. Agatha looks awful. Her skin and hair color have faded and she has become extremely gaunt and looks as if she has aged decades. While Albia rejoices about Agatha's abundance of energy, Agatha tries to say she was happy to help, but she is having great difficulty speaking. Before she can finish her sentence, she collapses to the floor and passes out.
Albia: "Ah! Magnificent!"
Agatha: "Erk…"
Albia: "You are awash in primal energy!"
Primal Energy

Hey! She's Awake[]

Location: Albia's Palace in England

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2023-08-11 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (065)
Forum:2023-08-11 (Friday)
Agatha, Agatha's Wasp eater, Zeetha, Violetta, Albia, Servants
Agatha awakens in a large, decorative, canopied, four-poster bed.[99] She appears to be fully recovered. Her wasp eater is also in the bed. The bed is in a room with blue sky and trees visible through a very large, multi-paned window. Zeetha and Violetta enter the room; Zeetha is very happy to see Agatha is awake, but Violetta looks concerned. Violetta says that Agatha has been asleep for three days and asks how she feels. (It is clear that she and Zeetha don't know about the energy transfer from Agatha to Albia.) Agatha says that she feels fine and starts to ask after Albia, but at that moment the Queen enters, saying that she feels fine, too.
Zeetha: "Hey! She's awake!"
Violetta: "Guess all that hanging off the side of the airship and fighting monsters really did you in. You've been asleep for three days! How do you feel?"
Agatha: "I feel fine!"
The Airship (Zeno of Citium), Monsters New in Studio News: "I'll be back on Twitch this Wednesday at 6 PM PDT, picking up where I left off last time with the game beta version on easy mode, up to the first boss. If I get through quickly, I'll start over on normal or hard mode and you can laugh at me as I flail. --Kaja" Note: This event was on August 16, 2023.
2023-08-14 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (066)
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Violetta, Zeetha, Albia, Agatha
Violetta and Zeetha decide that Agatha needs to get "cleaned up" before she speaks to Albia, despite the Queen's protests that it isn't necessary. As Agatha's two companions force her to go through a very rapid and abbreviated version of her morning ablutions, Albia becomes annoyed at the delay and uses her powers to make them hurry off to the kitchen to get some food. As Albia seems to be about to reassure Agatha that she didn't to anything drastic to her friends, Agatha demands to know how she could do the same thing herself.
Agatha: "How do I do that?"

A Private Chat About Old Flames[]

Location: A Mysterious Place

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2023-08-16 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (067)
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Albia, Agatha
Agatha admits that she doesn't really want to mind control her friends, which seems to reassure Albia. The Queen says that there are things Agatha needs to know. Agatha is surprised that Albia wants talk about secrets in the Royal Palace, surrounded by people who might walk in at any time. Albia admits their current location is far from suitable and, with a snap of her fingers, instantly transports them to a strange place she says is totally secure: a luminous, light-teal, pentagonal platform, seemingly floating in a starry void. At the center of the platform are flames of the same color which also seem to be bubbling as if they were a fountain. Albia is now in her "primative" form,[100] dressed in furs, and Agatha is dressed in animal skins as well, cave-woman style.[101]
Albia: "—And now, there are things you must be told—for your safety and, we believe, our own."
Coffee, The Palace, The Court, Here
SNAP!
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This page was originally posted in black and white, but the color version of the image was posted not long afterwards. Kaja posted a note of explanation in Studio News: "Ah, so Cheyenne has been on a trip, and told Phil he would be late with the colors, but nobody told me, and we were on a trip before that so... Color coming soon, I guess. Sorry about that!"
Also: "I'll be back on Twitch this Wednesday (tonight) at 6 PM PDT…" Note: This event was on August 16, 2023.
2023-08-18 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (068)
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Agatha, Albia
The scene shifts to a grassy plain under a starry sky with the full moon not far above the horizon. The fire has changed to a normal flame color[102] and is flanked by rows of monolithic standing stones topped with large slabs.[103] Agatha asks where they are, but Albia isn't very informative. After fetching Agatha's glasses for her, Albia offers her a meal of roasted mammoth meat. Albia reminisces about actually seeing mammoths long, long ago and shows a procession of the creatures to Agatha somehow. (The place Albia and Agatha occupy is evidently not real and under Albia's control.) After Agatha and Albia finish eating, Albia quizzes Agatha about Queen's Flames.
Agatha: "What is this place?"
Albia: "A dream. A memory. A place of and for mysteries."
     ⋮
Albia: "Come! Join us at Our fire!"
Agatha: "Is…this Your Flame?"
Albia: "Ha! Of course not! No Queen willingly reveals the location of Her Flame."
     ⋮
Albia: "And now—tell us what you think you know about the Flames."
Mysteries, Your Flame/The Flames (Queen's Flame), Queen (Ancient God-Queen), Mammoth
SNAP!
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Pop!
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SCRONTCH! (×2)
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New in Studio News: "I'm so excited for September 5, when I can stream the whole thing! Also, it sounds like Phil and I will be making our first-ever trip to PAX this year. We've never been, even though it happens right downtown. I'll have more information about that later when I know more. --Kaja"
2023-08-21 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (069)
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Agatha, Albia
Agatha and Albia discuss the Queen's Flame and Wellspring on the island they just escaped from. (Albia also asks Agatha if she has ever seen a Wellspring before the one on the Island, but Agatha won't commit herself.) Albia expresses dismay at the prospect of curing the Song Keeper[104] She also doesn't seem to think much of the chances of Agatha and her allies successfully defending Europa, despite their abilities. When Agatha anxiously asks if the Queen could help them with their fight, Albia reveals that, despite the strength she received from Agatha, she is still too weak to undertake any more major battles. While the energy Albia got from Agatha will let the Queen put up a good front, she will have to hope that she doesn't receive any more major challenges until her Flame flares again.
Albia: "But—the Wellspring on the Island?"
Agatha: "It was a source of incredible energy. Monahan was using it—but it was contaminated. It's almost certainly what is affecting the Deepdwellers' Song Keeper."
The Island (Island of the Rat Queen), Old Temple Complex (Great Ancient Civilization), Neena, Queens (Ancient God-Queens), Wellspring (Queen's Wellspring), Monahan (Francisia Monahan), Deepdweller, Song Keeper, Europa, Our Flame (Queen's Flame), Our Island (England), Polar Lords (Polar Ice Lords) New in Studio News (from Kaja): I'll be back on Twitch Wednesday at 6 PM PDT, picking up where I left off last time with the game beta version on hard mode, up to the first boss. (This event happened on August 23, 2023.)

Old Lantern, New Name[]

Location: A Mysterious Place

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2023-08-23 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (070)
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Albia, Agatha
At Albia's prompting, Agatha hypothesizes: Queens get energy from a Wellspring then seal it within themselves by entering a Flame. But a Queen can draw energy from a Flame as well. And the energy acquisition process must be renewed, which is why the whole business must be kept so secret. Albia is surprised that Agatha has figured out so much and admits that Lucrezia might have stolen her Flame if she hadn't been called to the Island. Albia reveals more: Flames and Wellsprings are rare but natural occurences arising deep within the earth. When they reach the surface, the sites are regarded as holy…or cursed, and very few can touch them without dying. Flames flare and wane; when Albia's flares again she will be able to return to full strength, but for now she has the energy Agatha gave her. Then Albia displays Prende's lantern and offers to help Agatha learn to use it.
Albia: "The Wellsprings and the Flames—they are a rare yet natural occurrence. Both seemingly derived from the same deep and mysterious force."
Flame (Queen's Flame), Queen (Ancient God-Queen), Wellspring (Queen's Wellspring), Lucrezia, Doctor Monahan (Francisia Monahan), This Little Toy (Prende's Chronometric Lantern)
2023-08-25 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (071)
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Agatha, Albia, <Francisia Monahan
Agatha refuses to be distracted from finding out more about Queen's Flames, even by Prende's Lantern. Albia has to admit that there is little more she can tell Agatha about them; some of what she knows can't be explained to someone who isn't already a Queen and there is much she doesn't know herself: What are the Flames? Why do they occur? Albia explains that Francisia Monahan didn't properly complete her ritual of Queenhood and may die and wonders how Lucrezia could have possibly Ascended in a mechanical body. Albia realizes she must learn more and that Agatha will be a powerful ally even as she is now. Agatha asks why Albia doesn't fear she will betry her, as her mother Lucrezia did, and Albia responds that she trusts Agatha because she can see that her powerful love for Mechanicsburg and its inhabitants is an essential part of her being, giving her a place of power her mother never had.
Albia: "You are formidable even as you are, and you will be a strong ally. This we have foreseen."
Agatha: "—And you aren't afraid that I'll try to steal your flame? Turn on you? Like my mother?"
Albia: "We do not believe it of you. You have something that she never had—and it burns brightly in your mind. So brightly that we can see it clearly, without the need to intrude or break trust. You have your own place of power—your fierce possessive love. Your care for its people and creatures—even its mountains amd stones. You have your Mechanicsburg."
Prende's Lantern (Prende's Chronometric Lantern), Flames (Queen's Flame), Your Town (Mechanicsburg), Lucrezia/My Mother ("Lunevka") New in Studio News (from Kaja): I'll be back on Twitch Wednesday at 6 PM PDT, starting a new game from scratch. Probably on Normal this time, since I don't seem to be able to beat the first boss on hard just yet! I can see what I need to do, but I don't quite have the skill. I need to practice. (This event took place on August 30, 2023.)
2023-08-28 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (072)
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Agatha, Albia, <Ninisinaa
Agatha worries about how Mechanicsburg is faring against the Polar Lords. Albia says the town is currently protected, but that Agatha is needed there. Albia then reveals some of the history of Prende's lantern: It was not built by Van Rijn, but by the God-Queen Ninisinaa and originally bore her name; she is the one who gave it the power to maniplulate time. Although it is broken and changed from its original form, Albia was able to recognize it immediately. The Queen admits she doesn't know how the device works.
Albia: "Behold! 'Prende's Lantern!' We were so surprised when your Smoke Knight brought it to us! We cannot imagine where Van Rijn found it! For make no mistake—he did not build it! It is broken—and changed—but we knew it the instant we saw it! In Our youth, this pretty device was called Ninisinaa's Star! She made it and poured the power of time into it."
Polar Lords (Polar Ice Lords), Mechanicsburg, An Alliance (The Shining Coalition), First Storm King, Prende's Lantern/Ninisinaa's Star (Prende's Chronometric Lantern), Your Smoke Knight (Violetta Mondarev), Van Rijn, Queen (Ancient God-Queen)
2023-08-30 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (073)
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Albia, Agatha
Albia admits she is not omniscient and reminisces about some of her Sister Queens, who she says had more knowledge than she, although Lucrezia still killed them all. She assures Agatha that the Lantern will aid her in freeing Mechanicsburg from its bubble of frozen time, although Agatha will have to test and calibrate it. Albia transforms the Lantern into something closer to its original form: A staff with a glowing bulb at the top.[105] Albia renames the device Lady Heterodyne's Star and warns Agatha to beware of Baron Klaus Wulfenbach once she has freed her town.
Albia: "But—one thing you must remember when you free your city. Klaus did this thing on purpose. He will likely not be pleased when you undo it. Be careful."
Ninisinaa, Ivaki, Bonatakinon, Lucrezia, This Device/Ninisinaa's Star/Lady Heterodyne's Star (Prende's Chronometric Lantern), Your City (Mechanicsburg), Klaus (Baron Klaus Wulfenbach)

Remember Gil and Tarvek? Now In Paris![]

Location: Paris

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2023-09-01 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (074)
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Gilgamesh Wulfenbach, Tarvek Sturmvoraus, <Eotain, <Othar Tryggvassen
Gil greets Tarvek, who is returning from a lengthy and fatiguing session debriefing Othar and his associates. Tarvek has been interviewing Eotain and hasn't learned much, but he did discover that Eotain hid in the Parisian sewers after the Geisterdamn were betrayed by Zola. Wounded and ill, she might have died if Othar hadn't found her and nursed her back to health.[106]
[Speaking about Othar Tryggvassen]
Tarvek: "Oh, and he apparently spoke fluent Geistersprache."
Gil: "What? How?"
Tarvek: "How does he do anything?!"
Gil: "I've always assumed that he's so annoying, reality tries to avoid him."
Tarvek: "I can believe that!"
Zola (Zola Malfeazium), Geisterdamen, Paris, Her Goddess (Lucrezia Mongfish), Geistersprache (Geisterspeak)
Meanwhile—
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New in Studio News (from Kaja): I'm so excited for September 5, when I can stream the whole thing! Well, start to stream the whole thing. I won't be doing it all that night, obvs. We plan to do some kind of launch stream event, watch our social media for that announcement. Also, it sounds like Phil and I will be making our first-ever trip to PAX this year! We'll be at booth 2525, in a little corner generously shared with us by PM Studios. Thank you, PM Studios!
2023-09-04 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (075)
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Tarvek, Gil, ~Agatha
As Tarvek announces he is off to bed, Gil notices several advertising posters featuring very sexy, scantily-clad images of Agatha. Shocked, he asks about about them. Tarvek explains that posters like them are all over Paris and Colette sent a large selection to him. Gil is afraid that Agatha will strongly object to the posters, but Tarvek reassures him. Gil, with some trepidation, accepts a couple of the posters when Tarvek offers them to him.
Gil: "What are those?"
Tarvek: "Oh! Weren't you paying attention in Paris? Agatha's taken the place by storm! Colette sent me a whole portfolio of advertising posters! See? She's everywhere!"
Gil: "Dressed like that?"
Tarvek: "Well, it is Paris."
Gil: "What's this one for?"
Tarvek: "Hats!"
Gil: "Ah."
Tarvek: "Yes. Rather obvious when you think about it."
Gil: "Has Agatha seen these?"
Tarvek: "Well, she was in Paris—and only a blind fool could have missed them…"
Gil: "And she's fine with this?"
Tarvek: "Well, the city's still standing."
Paris, Colette (Colette Voltaire), Hats, Ham, Chocolate
HETERODYNE VANILLA EXTRACT
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LADY OF MECHANICSB[URG] STYLE CORSET
STYLISH!
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L of M corsets
"STYLISH!"
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VELOCI[TY]? of SCI[ENCE]?
Poster, panel 5
CROWNING GLORY HATS
"DON'T NEED ANYTHING ELSE"
Back of poster, panels 6 and 9[107]
SUCCULENT PORK CO
Back of poster, panel 8
Announcement: Join us on Twitch: ProfessoressaFoglio
Girl Genius: AiCH release event with lead game dev Kenny Engelsen and comic artist Phil Foglio! Girl Genius - Adventures in Castle Heterodyne, Tuesday, September 5, 2023 • 4 pm PDT
New in Studio News (from Kaja): ANNOUNCEMENT! We'll be streaming the Steam release of the game live from my channel on Twitch on Tuesday Sept. 5 at 4:00 PM PDT! The game will release on the 5th on Steam (for PC, Mac, Linux) and later this winter for the Nintendo Switch. It looks wonderful and we are very excited!

Art Interruption: GG: AiCH Game Release[7][]

Occasion: The Foglios live streamed the Girl Genius video game release on Twitch

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2023-09-06 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Game Release!
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Castle Heterodyne#Portable Castle, The Beast, Agatha
The Portable Castle plays Girl Genius: Adventures in Castle Heterodyne, as the mini-Beast looks on and kibitzes. Watching them both and smiling, Agatha walks in with a tray of snacks.
Castle: "Muhahaha! Oooh, yes! Yes! Why, this game is marvelous!"
Beast: "I think you're supposed to keep them…alive…"
Castle: "What?! Oh, now that's just unreasonable!"
This Game (Adventures In Castle Heterodyne)
IT'S ALIVE!
Girl Genius: Adventures in Castle Heterodyne
PLAY THE GAME NOW ON GOG AND STEAM!
Large text, in a variety of styles, superimposed over the image, concentrated near the top and bottom of the page.
New in Studio News (from Kaja): ANNOUNCEMENT! THE GAME IS NOW OUT on GOG AND STEAM (for PC, Mac, Linux) It will be released later this winter for the Nintendo Switch. It looks wonderful and we are very excited!

Agatha Is Off to Europa[]

Location: Albia's Palace in England

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2023-09-08 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (076)
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Agatha, Zeetha, Violetta, Rakethorn
And then Agatha woke up… and it was all a dream—not![108] Agatha wakes up hungry, so the mammoth feast[109] was a dream, but she does have the magic time staff Albia gave her.[110] Zeetha tries to take hold of it and gets blasted across the room, confirming its magical powers. As Violetta realizes that it will be hard for anyone to steal the staff, Zeetha (who wasn't harmed) jumps to her feet. Agatha is surprised to learn from Zeetha and Rakethorn that they are about to leave and that Albia is sending yet another fleet with them. This one is specifically to escort Agatha to Mechanicsburg, protecting her from all the forces arrayed against her to prevent her from getting back home.
Zeetha: "O-ho! That is definitely a Super-Special Divine Artefact bestowed upon you by a Magical God-Queen!"
Super-Special Divine Artefact[111] (Lady Heterodyne's Star aka Prende's Chronometric Lantern), Magical God-Queen/Her Majesty (Albia), Mechanicsburg
ZOWNT!
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THUMP
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Shipping Out (non-canon)[8][]

Location: Observation deck of HMS Titan[112] leaving Londinium for Mechanicsburg

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2023-09-11 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (077)
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Violetta, Agatha, Zeetha, Ship's Officer, Mogg[113], Royal Guardsman, Necklace Bear[113], Rakethorn, Krosp, Agatha's Wasp eater
Violetta, Agatha, and Zeetha sit on stools on the observation deck on one of Albia's airships en route to Mechanicsburg. The sky can be seen behind them, through a large window. It is full of clouds colored by the setting sun and a swarming with other airships. The women are surrounded by some of the ship's personnel and passengers, including other members of their party. They discuss possible ways to rescue Higgs from Skifander. Violetta asks if Higgs knows any Skiff. Zeetha thinks about it and realizes that she taught her sweetheart at least one phrase that he defintely should not repeat to her mother!
[Talking about Higgs being stranded in Skifander.]
Violetta: "Can he even speak the language?"
Agatha: "They've been together for over two years…she must have taught him something. Right, Zeetha?"
Zeetha: "… He can't say that to my Mom!"
Him/Axel (Higgs), Mirror Gates (Queen's Mirrors), Skifandrian Rock (Brek'kah Stone), Your Swords, Mechanicsburg, Skifander, Wastelands, My Mother/My Mom (Zantabraxus), The Language (Skiff)
Soon—
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Time for Tea? (non-canon)[8][]

Location: Observation deck of HMS Titan[112] leaving Londinium for Mechanicsburg

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2023-09-13 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (078)
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Violetta, Agatha, Zeetha, Royal Guardsman, Mogg, Ship's Officer, Another Officer, Rakethorn, Necklace Bear, Krosp, Everyone Else[114]
Violetta and Agatha get a good laugh at the thought that the only Skiff phrase Zeetha taught Higgs was NSFM (not safe for Mom). But, before the jollity can continue, something strange happens. Nearly everyone on the observation deck suddenly announces a great craving for tea, stating their desire individually and in unison. Soon, they all leave the deck, still chanting "Tea." Only Agatha, Zeetha, Violetta, Krosp, Mog, and Necklace Bear remain, all looking very puzzled. Agatha and Violetta observe that what just happened was odd.
Everyone Other Than Agatha and Company[115] (spoken in unison): "I need some tea!"
Him/He (Axel Higgs), Anybody Else (Skifanderians), Tea
FIRE
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Return of the Rat Queen (non-canon)[8][]

Location: Observation deck of HMS Titan[112] leaving Londinium for Mechanicsburg

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2023-09-15 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (079)
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Francisia Monahan, Weginald[116], Another Large Flying Rat (Horrible Rat), Agatha, Violetta, Krosp, Zeetha
The mystery of the missing tea fiends is almost immediately solved, however, when Doctor Francisia Monahan appears and explains that she used mind control to get everyone but her intended audience out of the area. She regards this as a great prank; although she does admit it was was easy, since everyone already wanted tea. The others aren't particularly happy to see Monahan, being worried that she might still mean them harm. Monahan assures them that she doesn't… at least for the moment. When Agatha admits that she also would like some tea, Monahan conjurs up a table laden with tea and cake out of thin air, diconcerting Agatha, Violetta, and Zeetha.
Agatha: "Doctor Monahan!"
Violetta: "You're not here to kill us all, are you?"
Monahan: "Heavens, no! Not today!"
Tea, Albia
Poof!
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2023-09-18 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (080)
Forum:2023-09-18 (Monday)
Zeetha, Francisia Monahan, Agatha, Violetta, Weginald[116], Krosp
Zeetha brings up the fact that Monahan didn't rule out killing them all in the future; Monahan brings up the fact that Agatha is the daughter of her old frenemy Luci…well, more archenemy and worst nightmare than frenemy, really. Monahan and Agatha start arguing heatedly, everyone else seems to be losing their tempers, and it looks as if a general fight might break out. But then Monahan undergoes an ominous transformation[117] and swears that she will destroy Agatha and Europa rather than let anyone else like Luci arise. Monahan calms down at that point and admits that Agatha isn't even close to as awful as Luci was. She also admits that Agatha seems to hate Luci, too, and helped Monahan fight her. Monahan becomes friendly again at that point, everyone calms down, and and Monahan says she owes Agatha a debt and will pay it back, despite Agatha's protests that it isn't necessary.
Zeetha: "So…'not today'?"
Monahan: "Yes, well, she is Luci's girl. We cannot discount heredity—one never knows what she'll get up to in the future!"
Agatha: "Nothing even remotely like what you and she got up to, I assure you!"
Luci (Lucrezia), Europa, My Lovely Island (Island of the Rat Queen)

Introducing Weginald![]

Location: Observation deck of HMS Titan[112] leaving Londinium for Mechanicsburg

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2023-09-20 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (081)
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Francisia Monahan, Weginald, Agatha, ~Weginald[118], ~Agatha[118]
Monahan presents Agatha with Weginald, a flying rat large enough for Agatha to ride, which is the whole idea. (Monahan displays an image or vision of a very happy-looking Agatha astride a pleased looking Weginald as a clincher.) But Weginald doesn't seem thrilled with the idea or with Agatha, and the feeling is mutual. Although Monahan is incapable of understanding why anyone wouldn't want an airborne rat-steed, Agatha convinces her that Weginald would be so sad to leave his Mistress that Monahan tearfully takes the rat back. Then she says this has given her an even better idea, despite Agatha's continued protests.
[After Dr. Monahan offers one of her flying rats to Agatha as a gift.]
Agatha: "Oh no, I couldn't possibly accept!"
Monahan: "Whaaaat? But…he flies!"
Agatha: "Amazing! But—but just look at his sad little face at the thought of leaving you!"
Monahan (crying): "Why, you're right! Poor dear Weginald! What was I thinking?! Oh! But now I have an even better idea!"
Agatha: "No! Really! It's fine!"
2023-09-22 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (082)
Forum:2023-09-22 (Friday)
Francisia Monahan, Agatha, Krosp, Violetta, Zeetha, ~Agatha[119], ~Violetta[119], ~Zeetha[119], ~Krosp[119], Agatha's Wasp eater
Monahan's latest attempt to make Agatha an offer she can't refuse is to propose giving wings to her and her companions and making them her personal knights. This time the whole group refuses emphatically and in unison. Monahan is exasperated at her failure to pay Agatha back and Agatha again says it isn't necessary. Monahan corrects her, saying the debt of a Queen must be repaid. Monahan goes on to say that she knows Albia owes a debt to Agatha (although she doesn't know why), and that Agatha can use this fact as a weapon against Albia.
[After Agatha and company refuse another gift from Monahan.]
Monahan: "You really are making this extraordinarily difficult."
Agatha: "You don't have to give me anything!"
Monahan: "tch. And that is where you are wrong. As Queens, Our debts must be repaid. I don't know what for, but Albia owes you a debt—and that is your greatest weapon against her."
My Personal Knights[119], Queens (Ancient God-Queens), Albia
2023-09-25 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (083)
Forum:2023-09-25 (Monday)
Agatha, Francisia Monahan, Violetta, Weginald, <Albia, <People[120], Zeetha, Agatha's Wasp eater
Agatha questions needing a weapon against Albia and Monahan changes to saying she needs a defense. Neither Agatha or Violetta can understand why they'd need a defense agaist Albia, either; she likes them. Monahan replies that Albia collects people she likes and, with Her powers, the Queen could make them think staying in Her court was their own idea. Agatha seems unsettled by this information and thanks Monahan for telling her. Monahan decides that passing on this useful information nearly repays her debt. When she sees Agatha's wasp eater pop out of the tea pot[121], she gets an idea.
Monahan: "But Albia collects the things she likes. Ideas, things, people—years from now, you may find yourself living happily at her court—and whatever took you there—will seem the most logical and natural reason in the world.
The Queen/Albia (Queen Albia of England) New in Studio News (from Kaja): "I've been spending my free time making a web site to sell our original art. Here it is, girlgeniusart.com! Of course, our main store is still the one at TopatoCo, but this little side one is for original art and extra stuff like the last of the OffWorld Designs Tshirts. I'll be posting things as I can, I have so much stuff I've let build up over the years, it's wild."
2023-09-27 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (084)
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Francisia Monahan, Agatha's Wasp eater, Violetta, Zeetha, Agatha
After taking a good look at Agatha's wasp eater, Monahan can deduce everything about it. Violetta is surprised, but Zeetha assumes that rat-expert Monahan must know all about weasels as well; rats and weasels are practically the same, after all! This annoys Agatha, who corrects Zeetha's misapprehension, but infuriates Monahan. After Agatha calms Monahan down, the Rat Queen gives wings to the weasel, saying this will make the creature hard to catch. She decides this completely cancels her debt to Agatha and vanishes.
Zeetha: "Rats, weasels, all those fuzzy little scrungly guys—they're basically the same kind of critters, right?"
Agatha: "Not at all! Mustelids and Murids are completely different families!"
Zeetha: "Well sure, but were talking about weasels and rats?"
Monahan: "Ah. How sad. Now your friend must die."
Agatha: "No!"
Luci/Lucrezia (Lucrezia Mongfish), Nasty Little Wasps (Slaver wasps), Revenants, Rats, Weasels (Wasp eaters), Mustelids, Murids
POF!
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POINK!
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Dice Calendar Winter[]

Art Interruption: Count-down calendar: Mechanicsburg Solstice[8][]

Occasion: Kaja realizes that Phil and Cheyenne need to finish art for a Dice Count-Down Calendar project, so the next page of the story is delayed.

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2023-09-29 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. Mechanicsburg Winter
Forum:2023-09-29 (Friday)
Numerous inhabitants of Mechanicsburg[122]
A scene of Mechanicsburg in winter, probably during the Mechanicsburg Solstice Festival, is portrayed. We see a festive street surrounded by decorated, illuminated shops with a bonfire at the end. People and monsters are patronizing the shops and a street vendor's cart, walking around, singing carols, building a snowman, dancing around the bonfire, looking on from balconies, and generally celebrating.
ZUT'S NUTS
GET 'EM H[OT]
Signs on street vendor's cart
[N]ON•EUCLIDIAN•SHAPES[123]
[RET]AIL AND TO THE TRADE
KIDS LOVE THEM
IN STOCK
Signs on first shop on left side of street
MONSTROUS
Sign on second shop on left side of street
Yeasty Beasty
BAKERY
CAKES
WHO WANTS CAKE?
SOLSTICE CAKES ARE IN
HAPPY HOLIDAY TO ALL!
Signs on first shop on right side of street
SWEET N SOUR
HOME OF THE SOUR SQUEEZE
Signs on second shop on right side of street
Note from Kaja, above image: "Tonight's page is from one of the four new pieces Phil and Cheyenne are working on for PipsMountain.com, a company that makes countdown calendars full of dice, for all occasions! This one is awfully Yule-ish, and will be going up on their site very soon."

Neena Stows Away[]

Location: On the HMS Titan[112] heading towards Mechanicsburg

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2023-10-02 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (085)
Forum:2023-10-02 (Monday)
Agatha, Violetta, Krosp, Agatha's Wasp eater, Neena, Zeetha
While her wasp eater joyfully trys out its new wings, Agatha muses about how God-Queens don't think like everyone else. Princess Neena, who has just entered the room, heartily agrees. She is dressed as a steward, but Violetta pegs her as a stowaway. Obviously discomfited, Neena instead claims that she is a freelance adventurer, joining Agatha's expedition surreptitiously to avoid unwelcome attention. Neena goes on to say that this expedition to Mechanicsburg will be her most exciting experience ever. Zeetha wonders how it can beat Neena's adventures on the Island of the Rat Queen, but Neena is sure that Agatha and company will manage to outdo that somehow.
Neena: "What is about to unfold in Mechanicsburg may be the most exciting thing to happen in my entire life, and I do not want to miss it!"
Zeetha: "I'd think escaping a disintegrating island full of crazed fish monsters and dangling from an airship in the middle of a battle between giant murder Queens would be pretty hard to beat as 'The most exciting thing to happen in your entire life.'"
Neena: "Oh, but I have confidence in you guys."
She (Francisia Monahan), Queen Ladies (Ancient God-Queens), Mechanicsburg, Disintegrating Island (Island of the Rat Queen), Crazed Fish Monsters (Corrupted Deepdwellers, Corrupted Song Keeper, and so on), Airship (Zeno of Citium), Giant Murder Queens (Monahan and Lucrezia)
CLEANI[NG]?
Written on "maid's trolley", panel 1

Dice Calendar Monster Guild[]

Art Interruption: Count-down calendar: Mechanicsburg Guild of Monsters[8][]

Occasion: Phil isn't feeling well and Cheyenne is busy, so another page of art for a Dice Count-Down Calendar project is posted in place of a page of the comic.

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2023-10-04 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. Mechanicsburg Guild of Monsters
Forum:2023-10-04 (Wednesday)
Dimo, Wee Beastie, Portable Castle, Krosp, The Empress, Doctor Hembelbrogg, Maxim, Zeetha, Violetta, Mamma Gkika, Tarvek, Snakkerjape, Agatha, Oggie, Gil, Vipsania Perrault, Franz, ~Humongulus[124], General Goomblast, plus a whole horde of unidentified monsters
We see a great gathering of many monsters including a lot of old friends and some new faces (and non-faces), along with some non-monstrous (It's really a great shame, but they can't help it, after all!) guests.
Note from Kaja, above image: "It's the annual meeting of the Mechanicsburg Guild of Monsters! Tonight's page is one of the four new pieces Phil and Cheyenne made for PipsMountain.com, a company that makes countdown calendars full of dice for all occasions. Now all four versions are in the dropdown menu on their site!"
New in Studio News (from Kaja): I've been spending my free time making a web site to sell our original art. Here it is, girlgeniusart.com! … I've also now added a page featuring our current licensees and vendors! Just in time for the Holidays, hooray!

Grandmama is missing[]

Location: Above Mechanicsburg on Castle Wulfenbach[125]

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2023-10-06 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (086)
Forum:2023-10-06 (Friday)
Tarvek Sturmvoraus, ?Varpa[126], Gilgamesh Wulfenbach, Xerxsephnia von Blitzengaard (Seffie), ?Sparafucile[127] Another Smoke Knight, Wulfenbach clank, Trelawney Thorpe[128], Guard, Gil's Staff, <Smoke Knights, <Grandmother's Staff
Gil walks out onto a large observation deck on Castle Wulfenbach[125] to find a Smoke Knight reporting to Seffie and Tarvek. Upon making enquiries, Gil is told that Tarvek and Seffie's Grandmother is missing. Not only that, their Grandmother's staff insisted that she was in her Paris quarters and Tarvek and Seffie's Smoke Knights had to violently force their way in to determine that this was a lie. Even for the Sturmvoraus-von Blitzengaard clan, this type of thing isn't normal, and Gil immediately suspects revenants.
Gil: "Oh? What's this? I return triumphant, only to walk in on some deep family intrigue?"
Seffie: "Gil. You may think you're being funny…"
Gil: "Hello Seffie! Never fear, I shall leave the buffoonery to my court jester here. Sturmvoraus—"
Tarvek: "Sorry. No jokes today. Our Grandmother is missing."
Grandmother/Princess Terebithia, Paris, Revenants
Meanwhile, in the skies above Mechanicsburg—
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13
Number on bulkhead above corridor entrance, panel 1
The long list of links under the heading "Social Media Spaces to watch:" below the "Studio News:" section which is below the page of the comic posted three times a week to the Girl Genius website has been removed, including the link to this wiki. (Sob.) But there is hope![129]
2023-10-09 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (087)
Forum:2023-10-09 (Monday)
Tarvek, Gil, Xerxsephnia von Blitzengaard (Seffie), <Martellus von Blitzengaard, Wulfenbach clank, <Grandmother
Tarvek points out to Gil that Lucrezia (with her revenants) isn't the only possible suspect. Gil agrees and names Martellus as another possibility. Seffie immediately objects and Tavek points out that his Grandmother did support Martellus' claim to be Storm King by staging an elaborate parade in Paris. Seffie agrees and (after mentioning that Tarvek is hoping for a parade of his own some day) says that Martellus would never work against their Grandmother; he holds her in very high esteem, as all the familiy do. Gil questions this, describing their Grandmother as ruthless and Machiavellian, but Tarvek and Seffie admiringly and heartily endorse this description.
Gil: "—But what if Martellus doubted your Grandmother's sincerity?"
Seffie[130]: "Absolutely not! He worships her! The whole family does!"
Gil: "Oh? She's a cold-hearted opportunist who rules through fear, manipulation and intrigue. She pulls strings and entire Noble Houses are betrayed, killed, or ruined—often for reasons known only to herself!"
Tarvek: "Oh yes! Even at her age!"
Seffie: "She's still got it!"
Tarvek and Seffie (together): "We're all very proud!"
Lucrezia, Paris, Valois (Andronicus Valois), A New Storm King
2023-10-11 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (088)
Forum:2023-10-11 (Wednesday)
Gil, Tarvek, Trelawney Thorpe, Boris Dolokhov, Seffie
Gil expresses disgust at Tarvek and Seffie's support for their Grandmother. Trelawney asks if any surviving wasp eaters have been found; a few members of the enemy forces claim to want to defect and she needs to find out if they are revenants. Tarveks says no, they will either have to wait for Agatha to arrive with her weasel or for the lab to finish creating new ones. Until then, the would-be defectors will have to be detained. Boris appears to announce that the Polar Lords' forces have suddenly abandoned the battlefield. This shocks everyone; it makes no sense unless it is some kind of trick.
Boris: "Herr Baron. Strange news."
Gil: "What is it, Boris? Not a night attack—?"
Boris: "Quite the opposite. The enemy isn't just driven back, they're leaving."
Trelawney: "What?! But why?! They moved across Europa so quickly—straight to Mechanicsburg! It had to haven been on purpose—"
Seffie: "They must have wanted something here!"
Gil: "That is a puzzle. The town is still sealed. Agatha isn't here—none of us were here when this started. It can't be our new vespiary lab, Agatha's wasp eater monograph must be all over Europa by now."
Trelawney: "Whatever it was, they sure wanted it a lot this morning. And now—after fighting like that—to just leave?"
Gil: "Hmm. Yes. Unlikely. Much as I would love to believe our prowess in battle has caused the Polar Lords to give up and go home—it's much more likely to be some kind of trick."
Your Knights (Smoke Knights), Vespiary Teams/Lab (Vespiary Squad), Revenants, Lady Heterodyne (Agatha), Her Wasp eater/Agatha's Wasp eater Monograph (Agatha's Wasp eater), The Enemy/Polar Lords (Polar Ice Lords), Europa, Mechanicsburg

Geisters and Jagers After the Battle[]

Location: Down below Castle Wulfenbach, in the valley near Mechanicsburg

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2023-10-13 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (089)
Forum:2023-10-13 (Friday)
Oggie, Maxim, ?Maxim's Mount[131] , Other Jägers and Wulfenbach soldiers[132], Geisterdamen
Maxim and Oggie are serving in the cavalry and infantry, respectively, of the Wulfenbach forces against those of the Polar Lords, as part of the fight on the ground outside of Mechanicsburg. Oggie comes across Maxim at night, after the fighting has stopped. He is sitting at a campfire outside his tent, and he and Oggie drink togther. They banter with each other and commiserate over Dimo's plight of being the only remaining Jägergeneral. They discuss the battle; Oggie praises Gil's leadership and Maxim expresses surprise that the Polar Lords ran away. A party of five Geisterdamen approach them. Maxim is surpised and wary, but Oggie reassures him that the Geisters are on their side and invites them to join him and Maxim for a drink.
Maxim: "Shaddap! Hyu infantry grunts dun know nottink."
Oggie: "Hy knows hyu needs anodder drink!"
Maxim: "Hyu reveal hidden visdom, brodder!"
Oggie: "Hey, Hy gots brains Hy haven't used yet!"
Dimo, General (Jägergenerals), Jägerhorde, Dot Vulfenbach Keed (Gil), De Enemy (Polar Ice Lords)
Down below, in the valley—
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HA HA H[A]
HEE HEE H[EE]
On jug, panel 2[133]
[HETERO]DYNE'S
[FI]NEST
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2023-10-16 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (090)
Forum:2023-10-16 (Monday)
Geisterdame, Oggie, Maxim, Four Other Geisterdamen
The Jägers and Geisters move into Maxim's tent and continue drinking by lantern light. Oggie is sitting at a small table with one of the Geisters. She finishes her drink in one gulp and offers to pour Oggie another. He thanks her and says the booze is "goot schtuff". He looks for Maxim and is startled to see that he and the remaining Geisters have passed out in a heap—the booze is really good stuff. The Geister says she made the booze herself, and needs it after everything she and her cohorts have gone through! Oggie sympathizes and the Geister suddenly seems to become very affectionate. Oggie expected her to come on to him, but is upset that her judgement is impaired by intoxication, which seems somewhat surprising for a Jägermonster. But then the Geister asks him if the Holy Child is a good person, and Oggie admits her wasn't expecting that.
Oggie: "Yah—it sound like hyu ladies haff had it rough."
Geister: "Chokka tenk vok rough! Tcha!So Awgeeyou are good person…"
Oggie: "Uh oh. Hy vos expecting dis, but… hyu is all drinky—"
Geister: "Is…is Holy Child…good person?"
Oggie: "Hokay—vosn't expectink dot."
Holy Child (Agatha Heterodyne)
SLAM!
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2023-10-18 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (091)
Forum:2023-10-18 (Wednesday)
Geisterdame, Oggie
The Geister with Oggie tries to explain the confusion and anguish she feels while trying to reconcile the benevolent, beautiful figure of the Geister's Holy Lady (Lucrezia) whom she was taught to revere with the frightening looking, physically dangerous, vengeful entity she witnessed killing girl Sparks, using mind control, and eliminating everyone who got in her way. As the Geister starts to get really upset, Oggie stops her and says that he believes the Holy Child (Agatha) is a good person who is good for the Jägers and could be good for the Geisters, too. Oggie draws a parallel between the Jägers enthusiastically serving the old bad Heterodynes, the role they were literally constructed to play, and the Geisters worshipping their Holy Lady. He say that he, at least, after having been exposed to Agatha, could no longer enjoy rampaging with the Old Heterodynes if they did return. This speech seems to make the Geister feel much better; so much so, in fact, that she asks Oggie for kissing lessons.
Oggie: "Our new Heterodyne, Hy tink she iz haffing a goot effect on us. At least, on some ov us. Makink us think. —Und makink Jägers think iz not easy! So, yah, Hy tink she iz a goot person. Mebbe be goot for hyu too. Does dot help?"
Geister: "It does! Noppa ze!"
Oggie: "Hokay den! Anodder—"
Geister: "Now. Teach me about this Europan thing called 'kissing'."
Otar (Othar Tryggvassen), Eotain, Our Holy Lady (Lucrezia Mongfish/The Other), Spark Girls, Jägers, Old Heterodynes, Old Bludtharst (Bludtharst Heterodyne), New Heterodyne (Agatha), Europan

Neena Explains Herself[]

Location: On the HMS Titan[112] heading towards Mechanicsburg

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2023-10-20 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (092)
Forum:2023-10-20 (Friday)
Agatha, Krosp, Neena, Rakethorn, Violetta
Agatha's tells Neena she cannot come with them because it will make her mother, Queen Albia, angry. Neena begs Agatha to let her come and not tell her mother. She goes on to say she can get away with it if Rakethorn doesn't spot her just as he discovers her, to Krosp's great amusement. Neena manages to convice Rakethorn that she will be helpful and should be allowed on the mission, while Agatha does an about face and supports her. Krosp and Agatha suspect that Neena used a bit of blackmail to help convince Rakethorn to give in.
Krosp: "Wow! Comedy! It's just like Sturmvoraus and that other chump are here!"
Agatha: "Behave yourself."
Your Mother/She/Her (Albia), Sturmvoraus (Tarvek), That Other Chump (Gil), Polar Lords, Big Monster (Hideous Extradimensional Being: Type 1)
CLE[ANING]?
Written on "maid's trolley", panel 1
2023-10-23 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (093)
Forum:2023-10-23 (Monday)
Violetta, Agatha, Rakethorn, Neena, Krosp
Convinced that Neena is blackmailing Rakethorn, Violetta and Agatha discuss what he might be up to. Agatha assumes he is trying to win her heart to help Albia. Violetta agrees and is impressed that Agatha figured it out so quickly. Agatha says she had help, glancing at Krosp. His crude reply makes her so mad she violently (and remarkably) stuffs him into a teapot. Yowling with dismay, he explain that Albia is so worried about Agatha, Gil, and Tarvek (and possibly Colette Voltaire) joining forces that she is trying to break them up. Albia is targeting Agatha with Rakethorn, Gil with Trelawney, and distracting Tarvek with the Muse Orotine. And Krosp expects Albia will find a human distraction for Tarvek soon enough. Agatha asks if Neena might fill that role, but Krosp thinks she is too naive. Neena then seemingly confirms this assessment by telling Agatha she thinks Rakethorn really, really likes her. Neena then begs Agatha not to tell Rakethorn she said so.
Neena: "Okay, I know I said I could keep a secret, and I can! But, I've just got to tell you! I think Doctor Rakethorn…um…you know…uh…I think he admires you!"
Agatha: "Really?"
Neena: "Yes! I think he wants to be your boyfriend! Don't tell him I told you!"
Krosp: "We'll keep it a secret!"
Albia, Doctor Monahan (Francisia Monahan), Europa, Wulfenbach (Gil), Sturmvoraus (Tarvek), Colette Voltaire, Trelawney Thorpe, That Muse (Orotine), Londinium
TEA (×3)
Written on three large tea urns in background, panel 1
2023-10-25 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (094)
Forum:2023-10-25 (Wednesday)
Agatha, Neena, Violetta, Zeetha, Krosp, <Albia, <?Albia's Minion or Local Guide
Brushing aside the news of Rakethorn's interest in her, Agatha asks Neena about the Polar Lords, saying that hearing Neena claim she knew about them and having Rakethorn endorse that statement is the reason why she changed her mind about letting Neena come along. Agatha explains that she hasn't been able to find out anything about the Lords and is desperate to know more because they are attacking Mechanicsburg. Neena is surprised Agatha has accepted her expertise as real; most people don't. Neena admits that she doesn't have much information; there just isn't much available. However, she knows from her Mother that the Polar Lords are at least as ancient as the God-Queens. Neena also managed to talk to former Polar Lord minions, known as the Snowfled. Neena says that it was hard to get much information from them because they are all insane. But, from what she could gather, their minions regard the Polar Lords as reality-bending wizards; if not demons or monsters—and Neena doesn't think they are lying.
Neena: "Wow. I'm not used to people taking my research seriously. I mean, some people listen to me, Doctor Rakethorn, Professor Brunel, Lord Snackleford, sure, but most people say I don't have enough evidence. It's just not fair-with the Polar Lords, there isn't much to work with! That's what makes them so interesting! Mamma remembers when the great ice retreated. She found terrible things they'd left behind! She…She won't talk about it—but they were ancient, even then. They usually stay up north, and kill anyone who goes near—"
Krosp: "Didn't Wulfenbach get a bunch of their people after that invasion a couple years ago? Did you talk to any of them?"
Neena: "I did! But—"
Zeetha: "You talked to the Snowfled? Gil settled them in the Wastelands. Axel said their lands are quarantined. Off limits to all travelers."
Neena: "Well, it wasn't easy. I had to do a lot of sneaking around! I was almost eaten by a giant purple worm!"
Agatha: "Did you learn anything from them?"
Neena: "A little. The problem is that they're all insane—so it's kind of hard to understand what they're talking about. They say the Lords are Wizards. Demons. Monsters. That they can control reality itself. …For what it's worth, I don't think they're lying."
My Seventy-Three Sisters (Princesses of the Realm), Polar Lords, My Town (Mechanicsburg), Doctor Rakethorn (Hadrian Rakethorn), Professor Brunel[134] (Hippocrates Brunel), Lord Snackleford (Quintillius Harmon), Mamma (Queen Albia of England), Wulfenbach/Gil (Gilgamesh Wulfenbach), The Snowfled, The Wastelands, Axel (Axel Higgs), Giant Purple Worm (Ash eel), Wizards, Demons, Monsters

The Polar Lords Arrive[]

Location: On the HMS Titan[112] encountering the forces of the Polar Lords

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2023-10-27 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (095)[135]
Forum:2023-10-27 (Friday)
Zeetha, Rakethorn, Krosp, Neena, Crew Member, Great Sky Wurms, Other Flying Monsters, \Polar Lords[136]
Suddenly, the temperature plummets on the airship; tea gets cold and Krosp's saucer of milk freezes solid! Neena shouts a warning that the Polar Lords have arrived just before battle stations is sounded. As Rakethorn reacts to the alarm, a crewman appears to announce that an enemy ship has been sighted. The Polar Lords' ship is an eldritch horror, cyclopean not only in scale but possessing a single huge eye on the bow. The vessel, which dwarfs the zeppelins of Albia's fleet, is a chimerical combination of a monstrous fish and a sailing ship with a sphere (possibly a balloon) where the sails should be. Many dragon-like creatures (apparently Frost Wyrms[137]) are attached to the ship by long chains, seemingly propelling it or keeping it aloft. The ship is coated with frost and ice, surrounded by fog, and accompanied by bolts of lightning.
Neena: "It's them! The Polar Lords! They're here!"
Rakethorn: "That's battle stations!"
Ship's Officer: "Commander! Enemy ship to port!"
OOONT! (×2)
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2023-10-30 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (096)
Forum:2023-10-30 (Monday)
Zeetha, Agatha, Neena, Rakethorn, Other Passengers/Crew, Krosp, Communications Officer[138], Tactical Officer[139], Fleet Captain Sunhillow, Other Crewman
Everyone on the airship, including Agatha and company, reacts to the intense cold and the appearance of the Polar Lords' vessel with discomfort and dismay. Agatha asks Neena for advice and she says to flee. Krosp notices that another of Albia's airships is under attack. The other vessel is quickly, completely, and mysteriously disabled. After determining a machine shop exists on board, Neena insists that Agatha and Rakethorn accompany her there. On the bridge, the crew inform Fleet Captain Sunhillow that their ship is being disabled by the cold, despite the fact that it is supposed to be able to withstand much lower temperatures. Fearing that the Polar Lords have some deadly new trick up their sleeves, the Captain angrily initiates a forced landing.
Communication: "HMS Boggart appears to be…dead, sir!"
Tactical: "Captain, we're losing altitude! And the controls are freezing up!"
Sunhillow: "Infuriating! This vessel is rated for far lower temperatures! This is some new deviltry of those Northern Ice Chewers! Initiate forced landing protocols!"
HMS Boggart, Those Northern Ice Chewers (Polar Lords)
Stylized musical note
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Meanwhile, on the bridge—
Caption, upper left, panel 7
New in Studio News (from Kaja): "Oh no, I've run out of Girl Genius game to stream on Twitch! Last Wednesday night Victor taught me to play Terraria, which was fun. I'm still not sure what I'll be doing this coming Wednesday! I'm ProfessoressaFoglio on Twitch, you can join me and find out what I decide on if you're feeling bored!"
2023-11-01 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (097)
Forum:2023-11-01 (Wednesday)
Zeetha, Fleet Captain Sunhillow, Navigation Officer[140], Other Crew Member[141]
As the whole fleet is forced down by the cold, Zeetha yells a warning to Agatha, Rakethorn, and Neena and entreats them to hurry with whatever Neena has planned. Captain Sunhillow asks his navigator for a report on the terrain below, since the view is almost completely blocked by snow and mist. The response is that they are over open land, perfect for ground forces…which are already present!
Sunhillow: "Navigation! We're flying near blind! What's the terrain like down there?"
Navigation: "Our position says grasslands, fields and farms, sir!"
Sunhillow: "Good! Perfect for ground forces!"
Navigation: "Yep. Just like those."
Agatha, You Guys (Neena, Rakethorn), Ground Forces
2023-11-03 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (098)
Forum:2023-11-03 (Friday)
Fleet Captain Sunhillow, Navigation Officer[140], Communications Officer[138], Tactical Officer[139]
Sunhillow curses the poor visibility and orders his bridge crew to report on which ground forces are below his ship. The Navigation Officer thinks they are Wulfenbach forces and the Communications Officer confirms this, naming the units and stating that they are moving from the Bosporus to Mechanicsburgh to join the Baron. Navigation adds that Wulfenbach troops are surrounded by those of the Polar Lords. The Captain demands to know why the Polar Lords are there and not attacking Mechanicsburgh and how they could have moved without being reported. Communications replies that something is interfering with communications, apparently the Polar Lords' weather control. Sunhillow isn't happy to be landing in such a mess and orders a situation report from his Tactical Officer, who suggests that they land outside the Polar Lords' perimeter, leaving the Wulfenbach forces to be overrun. The Captain categorically refuses to do this. He sends a message to all ships in the fleet, ordering them to land within the surrounding Polar Lord troops and directly aid the Wulfenbach forces by every means at their disposal. Just then, Navigation reports that the Polar Lords' ship is following them down.
Sunhillow: "All ships! This is Fleet Captain Sunhillow! All ships are to land equidistant within the Wunfelnbach perimeter. Prepare all gunnery crews and ground forces for 360 degree defense, and be ready to engage directly upon landing! We go to aid our allies!"
Navigation: "Sir! That ice ship! It's following us down!"
Wulfenbach Forces, Third Electrate Horse Cannon, The Laughing Cavaliers, The Bosporus[142], The Baron (Gil), Mechanicsburg, Polar Lords, Valley of the Heterodynes, That ice ship
HMS TITAN
Back of clipboard, left side of panel 3
New in Studio News (from Kaja): Oh no, I've run out of Girl Genius game to stream on Twitch! That's ok, now we're playing Teslagrad 2, which also has a cute adventur-y heroine. It also has nasty vikings in airships, which to date Girl Genius does not have. Fantastic! I'm ProfessoressaFoglio on Twitch, I'm streaming officially on Wednesdays and unofficially whenever I feel like it.
2023-11-06 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (099)[143]
Forum:2023-11-06 (Monday)
Fleet Captain Sunhillow, Navigation Officer[140], Communications Officer[138], Tactical Officer[139]
The Polar Lords' ship stops descending just above the fleet. Angered by the Ice Ship's actions and perplexed by the Lords' motivation, Fleet Captain Sunhillow confirms that his ship is still disabled. He then states that it isn't his job to fight the Polar Lords directly, but to aid Baron Wulfenbach's forces. He orders his Communications Officer to contact the person in charge of the Wulfenbach troops, who turns out to be General Banks, and puts the entire fleet at the General's disposal. He readily agrees to provide artillery support, troops, armor, supplies, and medical care.
Sunhillow: "Thunder and ice! Do they plan to land right on us?"
Navigation: "No, sir. They seem to be staying just above the fleet."
Sunhillow: "Perfect. Well, let's just hope there's only the one. We still can't ascend?"
Navigation: "Afraid not, sir."
They/The One (Ice ship), General Banks

Wulfenbach And British Forces Meet Up[]

Location: On the ground, near where the HMS Titan[112] came down

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2023-11-08 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (100)[144]
Forum:2023-11-08 (Wednesday)
Royal Transport Officer, Major Green Goggles, Many other members of Albia's forces and the Wulfenbach ground troops, including infantry clanks
An officer from Albia's Royal Navy compares notes with Major Green Goggles on the dispostion of their forces and those of the Polar Lords. Surrounding them is a mass of bustling activity taking place in a snowstorm, with supplies being unloaded from the downed airships, troops disembarking, and transport vehicles, cavalry, and clanks moving in every direction. Banks explains that the Wulfenbach forces ended up surrounded because they ran into the forces of Polar Lords in the thick of the snow and fog and were enveloped before they could see them properly. Banks thinks that the Polar Lords assumed all the Wulfenbach forces were revenants, and so weren't concerned about encountering them, but he can't understand why the Lords stopped attacking Mechanicsburg and ended up in their current location, or where they are trying to go. The Royal Navy officer doesn't know where the Lords are going either, but knows Albia doesn't want them to get there.
Green Goggles: "What could you lads see from up top? Anywhere we can break through?"
Transport Officer: "Afraid not, sir. Not easily. How'd it happen?"
Green Goggles: "In this stuff, you could march a platoon past ten meters away, and we'd never know it. So that's just what they did. Must have assumed we were all revenants. That we'd turn to their side and march along with them. That's been their strategy—all the way down to Mechanicsburg. Hasn't been working, of course, not on our boys. We still lose a few, folks who were already infected long ago, but it's far less than it could be. They release those little wasps as they go. Ugh. Good thing the Young Baron's preventative works so well. Oh, but your lot should watch out…"
Transport Officer: "We'll be fine. Our Queen protects us."
Green Goggles: "Ah? Grand."
They (Polar Lords/Ice Ship), Frost Wyrms (possible related to the Great Sky Wurms), Revenants, Mechanicsburg, Little Wasps (Slaver wasps), Young Baron (Gil), Preventative (Inoculation draught), Our Queen/Her Majesty (Albia)
Soon on the ground,
Caption, top left, panel 1
71
On armed and armored, tracked transport vehicle, panel 1
4050
'RASCAL'
On another armed and armored, tracked transport vehicle, panels 1 and 2
7001
HMS TITAN
Grounded Airship, panel 1
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New in Studio News (from Kaja): "Tonight's page and Monday's page got a little mixed up...sorry about that. Monday's "page 99" is now Wednesday's "page 100" and the new page I'm uploading tonight is hiding. I'm sorry about that! Just jump one day back and you can catch up, no problem. I'm sorry for the confusion! I trust it will be of short duration."
2023-11-10 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (101)
Forum:2023-11-10 (Friday)
Major Green Goggles, Wulfenbach trooper, Naive Wulfenbach trooper[145], Wulfenbach Corporal[145][146], Resigned Wulfenbach trooper[145], Wulfenbach Sergeant[147][145], Captain Berton[145], Snowbounders
Major Green Goggles also doesn't want the Polar Lords to have their way, but admits he doesn't think he can stop them, even with the help of Albia's forces. He says he has sent out a party to parley, much to the amazed disbelief of a soldier near him. This sentiment is echoed by a member of the parley party, while another smugly says that all he knows is he is getting hazard pay and extra leave for being there. But as the Polar Lord's forces slowly and ominously approach, barely visible through the snow and fog, accompanied by the sound of footsteps and a mysterious screeching noise, the temperature continues to drop and the joking comes to an end.
Green Goggles: "Well, neither do I, but I might have to let them. Even with you lads, we're not going to stop them here. I've sent out a party to parley."
Enlisted man: "'Parley'? You really think that'll work?"
Them (Polar Lords), You Lads (Members of Albia's forces, as opposed to Us, members of the Wulfenbach forces)
KKKK
kKKk
SFX, panel 3[148][149]
kkKKKK
kKKk (×3)
kKkkk (×3)
kkkkKK
KSSKKSK
SFX, panel 4[148][149]
KSSKKSK? (×?)[150]
SHEEEEEEEKEKKKKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKEKKKKEEEEE[150]
SFX panel 5[148][149]
New in Studio News (from Kaja): "I've started streaming regularly: I'm ProfessoressaFoglio on Twitch. My schedule is officially on Wednesdays and unofficially whenever I feel like it."
2023-11-13 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (102)
Forum:2023-11-13 (Monday)
Snowbounders, Captain Berton[145], Naive Wulfenbach trooper[145], Wulfenbach Corporal[145], Resigned Wulfenbach trooper[145], Wulfenbach Sergeant[147][145], Polar Grand Duke[151]
[Although the two conversations recorded below, one among the members of the Wulfenbach forces and the other between the Polar Lord and his/its troops, overlap in time, they have been separated for clarity's sake.]

Naive Trooper: "…They're just…standing there."
Corporal: "Think happy thoughts."
Berton: "Stand firm, men!"
Naive Trooper: "Where would we even run to?"
Corporal: "Yeah, way too late for that."

Grand Duke: "Whyyy do you stooop?"
Snowbounder: "They seek parley, Lord. They carry the flag."
Grand Duke: "Fooool—advaaaanceee"
CRAK
SFX, panel 6
2023-11-15 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (103)
Forum:2023-11-15 (Wednesday)
Wulfenbach Corporal[145], Captain Berton[145], Resigned Wulfenbach trooper[145], Polar Grand Duke[151], Snowbounders, Naive Wulfenbach trooper[145], Wulfenbach Sergeant[147][145]
Corporal: "Sir…we're cut off."
Berton: "That fact had not escaped me, Corporal. It's…so big…"
Grand Duke: "You. Commander. I speak. You listen."
Berton: "Uh…yes. Of course. We are here to parl—"
Grand Duke: "No. I have… mis-spoken. I speak. You obey. All will surrender to the harvest. Tell them."
Berton: "Yes. Lord."
All Wulfenbach troopers: "Aaaaaa!"
The Harvest
CRAK
SFX, panel 3
New in Studio News (from Kaja): I've added original pages from volumes 6-8 to girlgeniusart.com! Yes, I've been spending my free time making a web site to sell our original art.

Diplomatic Aftermath[]

Location: On the ground, near where the HMS Titan[112] came down

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2023-11-17 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (104)
Forum:2023-11-17 (Friday)
Mister Tombleson, General Banks, Hat owl
Captain Berton[145], The Others (Naive Wulfenbach trooper[145], Wulfenbach Corporal[145], Resigned Wulfenbach trooper[145], Wulfenbach Sergeant[147][145]), The Harvest, Medical[152], Artillery Crews
FZOMP!
ZZFOOM!
BOOM!
SFX, pael 7
2023-11-20 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (105)
Forum:2023-11-20 (Monday)
Snowbounders, Snow Monsters, Polar Grand Duke[151]
Snowbounders: "Aieee!"
Snowbounder: "Lord! We—"
Grand Duke: "Cooold—garb yourself in the cooold."
All Snow-minions: "Ssssssss!"
Grand Duke: "Now, go."
The Cold
FWOOM!
SFX, panel 1
FSHHHHHH
SFX, panel 3
New in Studio News (from Kaja): This week I'm probably skipping the stream on Wednesday, because we have Thanksgiving barreling down on us and we have family coming in that day. Yes, I've started streaming regularly: I'm ProfessoressaFoglio on Twitch. My schedule is officially on Wednesdays and unofficially whenever I feel like it. So I might still pop up here and there, but not on the actual scheduled day this week. Heh.

I've added original pages from volumes 6-9 to girlgeniusart.com!

2023-11-22 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (106)
Forum:2023-11-22 (Wednesday)
Guy with Binoculars and White Cap, Captain T-Hat[153], Blond-haired Guy, Bald Guy with Goggles, General Banks, Hat owl, Guy with Binoculars and Visored Hat, Polar Grand Duke[151][154]
White cap: "We...we hit them! I saw it!"
T-Hat: "Sir—behind the enemy—in the fog—there's something there. Something huge. —And the rapid drop in temperature is centered there. It's directionally radiating cold. How is it doing that?"
Owlhat: "I don't know—but the reports from Mechanicsburg mentioned these creatures. We're reasonably certain that they are the commanders. We're still not sure how to kill them. Or if we even can."
T-Hat: "—But sir, then what can we do?"
Owlhat: "Well, Captain, we haven't got much choice. We'll just have to throw everything we have at it—and hope. All heat weapons—concentrate fire on these coordinates!"
Them/Something Huge/These Creatures (Polar Lords), Mechanicsburg New in Studio News (from Kaja): Join our mailing list! I might even get that newsletter done in time for December! I'm excited to try it out anyway. I'm collecting addresses over on girlgeniusart.com, my new SquareSpace site that I'm using as a place to list our original art.

I've added original pages from volumes 6-10 to girlgeniusart.com!

You DARE[]

Location: On the ground, near where the HMS Titan[112] came down

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2023-11-24 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (107)
Forum:2023-11-24 (Friday)
Polar Grand Duke[151], General Banks, Hat owl, Red-haired crew-woman, Guy with White Cap, Bald Guy with Goggles, Guy with Binoculars and Visored Hat[155],Captain T-Hat[153], Other Crew Members[156]
Polar Lord Grand Duke: "Aaaaa! You dare! You dare! To a Grand Duke of the Arcana! The endless void between the stars is filled with cold beyond your imagining! Mine to command! Now! Feel it now! Come to me!"
Owlhat: "It didn't work! All forces! Pull back! Pull back!"
FWAAAAUMM!
SFX, panel 1
New in Studio News (from Kaja): I've started streaming regularly and it's a lot of fun! I'm ProfessoressaFoglio on Twitch. My schedule is officially on Wednesdays and unofficially whenever I feel like it. Also I think we're very close to getting the PS2 talking to our streaming equipment. I can't wait to play Ratchet and Clank again.
2023-11-27 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (108)
Forum:2023-11-27 (Monday)
Polar Grand Duke[151], Miscellaneous Members of Wulfenbach Ground Forces, Guy with Binoculars and Brimless Cap, Captain T-Hat[153], General Banks, Another Guy with Brimless Cap, Agatha
FSHHHHHH
SFX, panel 1
CRAKkkKk
SFX, panel 2
2023-11-29 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (109)
Forum:2023-11-29 (Wednesday)
Rakethorn, Neena, Gunnery Crew-members, Polar Grand Duke[151], Guy with Binoculars and Brimless Cap, Unicycle messenger, General Banks, Hat owl, Bald Guy with Goggles, Captain T-Hat[153]
Warmlander
PUM (×7)
SFX, panel 2
CHAK!
SFX, panel 4
WHROOOOOOO…
SFX, panel 6

It Is The Hated Sun[]

Location: On the ground, near where the HMS Titan[112] came down

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2023-12-01 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (110)
Forum:2023-12-01 (Friday)
Polar Grand Duke[151], Hat and Round Goggles, Chin Beard, Page Boy Hair and Cap, Curly Hair and Earrings, Glum Wrench Wielder, Long Hair and Square Specs, Bald Boom Fan, Full Beard, Stiff Hair, Helmet and Goggles
Polar Lord Grand Duke: "Sssssss!"
Hat and Round Goggles: "Think it'll work?"
Chin Beard: "I don't actually know what 'it' even is."
Page Boy Hair and Cap: "We all worked on it."
Curly Hair and Earrings: "Parts of it. I just did the hover mechanism!"
Glum Wrench Wielder: "The math worked. It'll be fine."
Long Hair and Square Specs: "The theory is sound, at least…"
Bald Boom Fan: "But, of course, it could still explode! We don't know! Isn't it exciting?"
Grand Duke: "Aieee! It is the hated sun!"
…OOOOOOOOoOOoooOOOOoooOOoOoOoOeEEEEEEeeeeeeeEEoOoooOO…
SFX, panel 1
eeeEEoOoooOOooo—
SFX, panel 4
FOOM (×7)
SFX, panel 5
2023-12-04 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (111)
Forum:2023-12-04 (Monday)
Snowbounders, Polar Grand Duke[151], Captain T-Hat[153], General Banks, Hat owl, Red-haired crew-woman, Guy with Binoculars and Brimless Cap, Unicycle messenger, Guy with Dark Skin and Brimless Cap
Polar Lord Grand Duke: "Noooo! I forbid it! I banish it!"
Captain T-Hat: "Sir! The temperature surrounding the creature is dropping again!"
General Owlhat: "Fire! Quickly!"
Polar Lord Grand Duke: "Screeeee!"
The Creature (Polar Lord) New in Studio News (from Kaja): "This week, Phil and I will be at the Eternal Weekend in Pittsburgh, a Magic the Gathering event hosted by CardTitan. It will surely be a great time!"
     ⋮
I've started streaming regularly and it's a lot of fun! I'm ProfessoressaFoglio on Twitch. My schedule is officially on Wednesdays and unofficially whenever I feel like it. I'm skipping this week though, because of the aforementioned trip to Pittsburgh.
2023-12-06 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (112)
Forum:2023-12-06 (Wednesday)
Snowbounders, Polar Grand Duke[151], Captain T-Hat[153], General Banks, Hat owl, Rakethorn, Neena, Hive Engines
2023-12-08 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (113)
Forum:2023-12-08 (Friday)
Guy with Binoculars and Brimless Cap, General Banks, Hat owl, Polar Grand Duke[151], Snowbounder, Hive Engines, Slaver Wasp Queen and the Swarm
CLUNK
WhoOoOooo
SFX, panel 4
FSSSSSSSHHH
SFX, panel 7

One Two Punch[]

Location: On the ground, near where the HMS Titan[112] came down

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2023-12-11 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (114)
Forum:2023-12-11 (Monday)
Slaver Wasp Queen and the Swarm, Polar Grand Duke[151], Agatha
FFFFFFFFH—THK!
SFX, spanning panels 1 and 2
WHUMMMM
SFX, panel 5
vip
zop
zap
POK
CLICK
VOP
pok (×4)
SFX, panel 6
CRACKLE
SFX, panel 7
2023-12-13 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (115)
Forum:2023-12-13 (Wednesday)
Agatha, Violetta, Polar Grand Duke[151], Captain T-Hat[153], General Banks, Hive Queens
New in Studio News (from Kaja): "Cheyenne is moving house this week and so we're just posting the line art until he has a chance to get the colors done. Sorry about that, I think this page is going to look amazing when he's done with it!"
2023-12-15 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (116)
Forum:2023-12-15 (Friday)
Agatha, Violetta, Polar Grand Duke[157], Neena, Snowbounders
Ixthaliox
…[o]rks
OIL
ZonaiteWorks
Written on hovercraft, lower left, single-page panel
New in Studio News (from Kaja): "I've added original pages from volumes 1-10 to girlgeniusart.com!"

So Many Secrets[]

Location: On the ground, near where the HMS Titan[112] came down

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2023-12-18 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (117)
Forum:2023-12-18 (Monday)
Neena, Violetta, Polar Grand Duke[157], Agatha, Wulfenbach clanks
Sparks, Your (Agatha's) Family (Old Heterodynes), Your (Agatha's) Mother (Lucrezia)
2023-12-20 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. (118)
Forum:2023-12-20 (Wednesday)
Polar Lord Apparition[158], Polar Grand Duke[157], Violetta, Neena, Agatha
The Arcana, The Ice
2023-12-22 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. (119)
Forum:2023-12-22 (Friday)
Crewman with Dark Skin and Brimless Cap, General Banks, Hat owl, Polar Lord Apparition[158], Agatha, Neena, Violetta, Crewman with Binoculars and Brimless Cap
Crewman with Dark Skin: "Sir! That huge ship! It's landing!"
General Owlhat: "Stuff the ship! There's another one of those monsters out there! Wait—it was there! It was! Curse this infernal fog! How can we fight them if we can't even see them?"
Crewman with Binoculars: "Sir! We may not have to! Their troops—they're getting on the ship!"
General Owlhat: "They're leaving? Just like that? What…what is going on out there?"
That Huge Ship (Ice ship), Their Troops (Snowbounders)

I Think We're Good For Ice[]

Location: On the ground, near where the HMS Titan[112] came down

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2023-12-25 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. (120)
Forum:2023-12-25 (Monday)
Neena, Violetta, Agatha, Polar Grand Duke (deceased)[159]
This Guy (Ex-Polar Lord), Mammoth, Polar Lords, Mechanicsburg

Art Interruption: 2023–2024 Holiday Break[8][7][]

Occasion: Filler art celebrating the end of volume 23 and of the year 2023

Kittens![8][]

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2023-12-27 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-10 p. 2023 Kittens!
Forum:2023-12-27 (Wednesday)
Krosp, The Empress, Agatha, Kitties
In a scene from a possible Girl Genius future, Krosp and the Empress, in an affectionate pose, look contentedly on as a laughing Agatha plays with nine kittens, which appear to be their offspring.
Happy end of the volume and end of the year!
Title above bonus illustration
From a comment by Kaja on the Patreon entry for today's page (only available to patrons): "We ended the latest volume! So here's something cute just because Phil didn't want to make everyone work too hard over the last few days."

Mad Yule![8][]

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2023-12-29 (Friday)
Vol.2-10 p. 2023 Mad Yule!
Forum:2023-12-29 (Friday)
Uncle Barry, Young Agatha
In a scene from a possible Girl Genius past, a very young Agatha gazes with joy and wonder at a miniature zeppelin, which is one of her Christmas gifts. Her other gifts shown on the page are a small clank, toolbox, and death ray. Her Uncle Barry relaxes in an armchair next to her, smiling. He is wearing slippers and holding a steaming mug of coffee or some other hot beverage. On a table next to him is a small, decorated Christmas tree.
Phil says he's on vacation for the rest of the year, and the comic will be back Wednesday, January 3. Happy New Year and thank you for reading Girl Genuis!
Note above bonus illustration
EZ BAKE DEATH RAY
Label on miniature cart-mounted beam projector, lower right, full page illustration
MY FIRST TOOLKIT
Label on miniature toolbox, lower right, full page illustration
New in Studio News (from Kaja): "I've started streaming regularly and it's a lot of fun! I'm ProfessoressaFoglio on Twitch. My schedule is officially on Wednesdays and unofficially whenever I feel like it. We got the PS2 hooked up to my computer, so I've started streaming the original Ratchet and Clank video game, which I love. It's fun to revisit it after all these years!"

Happy New Year![8][]

Identifier
Page
Characters
Actions
Quotes
Names Used Text Extras
2024-01-01 (Monday)
Vol.2-10 p. 2023 Happy New Year!
Forum:2024-01-01 (Monday)
Copterbot[160], Krosp, Vanamonde, Neena, Violetta, Moloch, Higgs, Zeetha, Othar, Seffie, Gil, Agatha, Tarvek, Fleeing People of Mechanicsburg
In the foreground, some of the main characters of Girl Genius celebrate New Years' Eve with (presumably) champagne. In the background, a large, rampaging, clock-tower-shaped clank (the time on the clock is a few minutes before midnight) charges towards them, chasing a fleeing crowd. All of the forground characters are staring at Agatha, most with surprised, apprehensive, or accusing looks, while Agatha shrugs with her eyes rolled skyward.
Phil says he's on vacation for the rest of the year, and the comic will be back Wednesday, January 3. Happy New Year and thank you for reading Girl Genuis!
Note above bonus illustration
HAPPY NEW YEAR
On banner, upper right, full page illustration
The illustration was originally posted in black and white, but was updated to a color version by January 2, 2003.

References

  1. This is the first page of volume 23 (overall) or volume 10 of The Second Journey. The Foglios created a second section title for this page, "We're Sneaking Here" (listed below), which also links directly to it; this is the only time they have done such a thing. Apparently because both titles link to the same page, the second one ("We're Sneaking Here") is the only one that displays in the navigation menu, even if the first ("---First Page of Volume 23 (Act 2: BOOK TEN)") is chosen.
  2. The unconnected speech bubble in Panel 1 is Agatha's reply to a question on a previous page.
  3. Typo for O34.
  4. As mentioned in a Kaja Patreon note, the unseen speaker is Krosp.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 This character is not visible but is present, concealed inside the airship Zeno of Citium, in panel 1.
  6. It is also possible that Bang does something to speed along Lunevka's demise; but, if she does, it is not clear what it is.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Although this is a non-canon section, it is considered to be an important navigation item, so it has been promoted to the same heading level as the canonical sections.
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 8.12 8.13 8.14 8.15 8.16 8.17 8.18 8.19 8.20 8.21 8.22 8.23 8.24 8.25 8.26 8.27 8.28 8.29 8.30 The title for this section is not from the Canon; that is, it is not from the Girl Genius website navigation menu. It was added for easier navigation within the chronology.
  9. Perrault is finally identified on page 12 of this story.
  10. Franz is quoting from another Great Dragon.
  11. Othar's recorded voice appears in panel 2.
  12. Possibly a reference to Young Frankenstein's "How I Did It, by Victor Frankenstein"
  13. The etymology of dinosaur is from the Ancient Greek for 'terrible lizard'.
  14. Potential reference to the Monty Python sketch It's a Tree, the Mad Magazine background gag Arthur the Potted Plant, and/or a Questionable Content strip.
  15. A reference to the cartoonist B. Kliban.
  16. Reference to Flight of Dragons.
  17. 17.0 17.1 The Octopode Inc. banner is seen partially in two separate pages .
  18. Vipsania is holding a book with the Corbettite Railway logo in panel 4, perhaps the actual schedule.
  19. The grease suggests Jägers plan on a little pig wrestling.
  20. At some point before we first meet Humongulus (in the main story), he had the phrase "DOST THOU EVEN LYFT?" inscribed on his chest and it is still there. Since it is a constant feature of the clank, it will not be trascribed again in this volume of the chronology unless it is removed, altered, or directly figures in the plot in some way.
  21. Brother Marcus is identified by name in 2022-11-14 (Monday) .
  22. Iram Solis is likely Latin for "Wrath of the Sun."
  23. The 'steal from the dragon' gang initiation ritual is discussed here .
  24. Possibly an area of the Court of Gears.
  25. The Dragon Wastes are referred to by name later .
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 26.5 26.6 Hector was first identified on page 46 of "A Story With Franz" and was formerly known in the chronology as the Mysterious Figure, due to his costume and mask.
  27. At least one von Mekkhan has a documented fondness for coffee .
  28. Humongulus' enthusiasm for excavation may be a Shovel Knight reference.
  29. The motto of the Corbettite Order is originally shown to be "Ite Animose". Due to Phil's occasionally creative spelling, the motto is sometimes rendered as "Ito Animose" (or "Ito Animus" or other close variants), and it appears as such in "A Story With Franz". Although the text on the Corbettites' hats is often truncated, hard to make out or completely illegible, or even missing entirely, it will be assumed to always be "Ito Animose" from now on and will not be transcribed again in this volume of the chronology. However, exceptions will be made if the spelling seems to be deliberately changed (for the sake of a joke, for example) or it becomes directly relevant to the plot at some point.
  30. While the speaker is not visible in panel, the question uses Franz's distinctive speech bubble.
  31. Someone beyond the boundaries of the first panel is yelling "Ghooost!" Based on her behavior in the recent past, Lumi von Mekkhan seems to be the most likely culprit.
  32. Initially nicknamed 'Professor Mouth' on this wiki, Hector's mysterious commander is later revealed as Blintzie von Wyrmhaut.
  33. Possibly, Hector doesn't know about Humongulus, but he is listed here anyway.
  34. In Blintzie's speech balloon in panel 3, Franz Scortchmaw is spelled "Franz Scorthmaw". Presumably, this is a typo.
  35. Vipsania Perrault provides the name "Ash eel" for the first time on the next page, although the creature first appears on this one.
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 36.4 36.5 36.6 36.7 Even though the ash eel vocalization is in a dialog balloon and therefore technically counts as speech, it doesn't seem to qualify as an attempt at communication (except, perhaps, a warning). Therefore, it will be treated in the chronology as a sound effect.
  37. Although the "stem" of this dialog balloon just leads to the edge of a panel, the balloon itself displays the unique bottom-border style used for Franz. The utterance is also consistent with Franz being startled or in pain from having Kliban holding on to his head.
  38. It seems very likely that this speaker is Lumi von Mekkhan, even though the voice comes from out of panel, because she is the last person who spoke to Vipsania, only a few moments ago.
  39. After spending most of the story sporting a lengend starting with "ITO ANIM…", Brother Marcus' hat suddenly shows the original version of the Corbettite motto in panel 2, "ITE ANIMOSE". Probably. While the first word is clearly "ITE", the second is somewhat unclear, but does appear to be "ANIMOSE". His hat also appears in panels 1 and 5, but doesn't bear any visible text in these appearances.
  40. 40.0 40.1 The dialog balloon in panel 5 that contains nothing but laughter presumably belongs to Hector.
  41. Normally, a character that appears on a page is not included in the Names Used section, even if they are referred to by another character on that page. But, since Hector is hidden and referred to by an alternative name at one point, he is included in this case.
  42. Patreon commentary suggests that Mountain Kings may be dwarves, but the Professors haven't decided yet.
  43. This panel was originally uploaded without sound effects in the last panel.
  44. This is possibly not the previously seen Lord High Conservator, given his last appearance .
  45. Without further guidance on how this name is capitalized, it seems reasonable to follow the example of La Place de l'Étoile.
  46. Initially spelled 'Heterdoynes'.
  47. "Princess Stompy Boots" earlier appeared as a childhood toy of Agatha's.
  48. Arson & Sterno and Ragland T. Tiger are characters from Crusader Rabbit.
  49. A reference to Gleep from MythAdventures.
  50. Phil's lettering is rather unclear for this word. It has been transcribed here as ending with "POD'S" because there is what looks like a picture of a snail on the building at ground level, to the right of the door. A snail is a gastropod, hence the "POD" ending. But the word could be OCUPOP'S, OCOPOD'S, OCOPOP'S, or even something else. And there may be one or more hidden letters before the first visible one. LOCOPOP'S has been suggested as a pun on Coco Pops for the name of a train-themed breakfast cereal for Corbettite Monks.
  51. This is not the first time Vipsania Perrault has been referred to as a thief during the course of this story. Franz calls her thief on pages (001) and (006), Mamma Gkika calls her "leedle thief" on page (009), Franz introduces her as a thief on page (012), and describes her as the "official thief of the party" on page (037). At that point, Lumi von Mekkhan joins in, coming up with a couple of synonyms for thief. In every case, Vipsania denies being a thief and insists that she is a librarian.
  52. The phrase "un imbécile complet" is French for "a complete fool".
  53. According to this passage (from the International Iron Metallics Association), it sounds as if any ingot cast from molten metal using a sand bed could be called a "pig".

    The term “pig iron” dates back to the time when hot metal was cast into ingots before being charged to the steel plant. The moulds were laid out in sand beds such that they could be fed from a common runner. The group of moulds resembled a litter of sucking pigs, the ingots being called “pigs” and the runner the “sow.”

  54. Some of the forty kinds of cheese that Hector can (supposedly) identify.
  55. As stated in the eponymous article, the name Hydrargyros means mercury in ancient Greek.
  56. 56.0 56.1 The Composition and Formulae of Dragonflame with Examples
  57. Franz Scortchmaw is not visible on this page at all, but his flame is shown several times and the distinctive appearance of the dialog balloon in the upper right corner of panel 9 clearing indicated that Franz is the one speaking―or rather groaning—here.
  58. Franz Scortchmaw's voice (identified by his distinctive dialog balloon style, as well by what is said, is coming from outside of panel 2 and Franz himself is not shown.
  59. Von Wyrmhautian Metamorphosis is first mentioned and defined in "A Story With Franz" page (095).
  60. In panel 8 of the page for Wednesday, July 19, 2023, the entrance to Hydrargyros' Lair is shown from the outside and it can be clearly seen that the door has been completely melted through. Exactly why Franz's flame has suddenly become powerful enough to accomplish this isn't clear, but it is presumably an unforeseen side effect of all of the alchemical reagents he has been dosed with. Whether or not his flame blast, if it had been less powerful, would have triggered the door's normal opening mechanism will undoubtedly never be known.
  61. Detail of pencil sketch version of panel 6 of Girl Genius page for Friday, April 21, 2023, showing that after Franz Scortchmaw passed out, his tongue protruded.

    Franz's protruding tongue.

    If you look at the pencil sketch version, it is clear that the thing coming out of Franz's mouth in panel 6 of the page for Friday, April 21, 2023 is supposed to be his tongue. (See the image to the right.) But why is it black? It turns out that a side effect of taking Pepto Bismal is that the bismuth in it can react with naturally-occurring sulfur in your saliva and turn your tongue black temporarily.
  62. The phrase "se habet crapulam" from panel 1 of page 102 of the side story, "A Story With Franz", seems to be Latin for "he is drunk" or "he is hungover" (see the entry for crapula on Wiktionary. Also see the discussion forum for the page in question for more information and speculation.
  63. Franz Scortchmaw's sigh in panel 6 of the page for Monday, April 24, 2023 is arguably a vocalization; but, since it is rendered as a sound effect (SFX) in the comic, it is so presented here.
  64. 64.0 64.1 The unidentified voice shown in the third and final panel of the page for Wednesday, April 26, 2023, is confirmed to belong to Blintzie von Wyrmhaut and the item being searched for to be the Iram Solis on the page for Friday, May 5, 2023.
  65. Since Chelonian refers to the taxonomic order that includes turtles and tortoises, Humongulus seems to be comparing himself to a turtle on its back.
  66. It is obviously Humongulus who speaks in the first panel of this page, so his name is listed first, even though he is not visible in the panel.
  67. The page is misnumbered as "010".
  68. See the page for Friday, September 9, 2022 for the details.
  69. 69.0 69.1 69.2 69.3 69.4 These characters are portrayed in a fabulous (in the sense of a fable) tale told by Hector.
  70. 70.0 70.1 70.2 70.3 These characters are portrayed in a flashback, as remembered by Franz Scortchmaw.
  71. This sign is protrayed in a scene set in a version of Mechanicsburg imagined by Hector as he tells a story of the legendary Doctor Hengst von Wyrmhaut.
  72. Cerisia de l'Étoile appears on this page in a rather risqué painted portrait which portrays her from behind. In it, she is wearing scanty lingerie and a fancy cap. She is writing in a book with a quill pen, but stops for a moment to glance over her shoulder and smile alluringly.
  73. Cerisia de l'Étoile
  74. Although there is no note from Kaja on this page, the next page reveals that this is the left half of a double-page spread. It was posted as a pencil sketch on Friday, May 19, but the color version of the image was posted on Monday, May 22, at the same time that the right half of the image was posted as Monday's page.
  75. This page proves to be the right half of a double-page spread of which the previous page was the left half.
  76. This dimly seen entity's identity is confirmed as a Fun-MADD on the next page.
  77. Referred to as a "Fun-Sized Mobile Death Dispenser" on the page, without any agony! Kids today! They just can't be bothered to use the correct names for things. Shame on you, Lumi!
  78. The blast that causes the book to explode and ignite in panel 1 comes from Lumi's fire wand.
  79. This seems to be the same gigantic sword that Humongulus found inside one of the Ash eels.
  80. This seems to be the same enormous shovel that Humongulus mysteriously produced and used to single-handedly excavate an ash-chocked lake during the course of one night.
  81. "Growf" is a reference to "What's New with Phil and Dixie", an early comic by Phil Foglio. In it, a nameless small dragon was featured. This dragon is notable for its seeming low intelligence, its incredible destructiveness, and the fact that the only noise it ever makes is "growf". A humorous description of this creature as if it were a monster in Dungeons & Dragons gives an accurate idea of the role it played in the comics. It first appears in a very early episode of "What's New".
  82. The person speaking first in panel 1 is represented by a dialog balloon with a tail that trails out of the frame, indicating the person is out of sight. The person speaking is almost certainly either Vipsania Perrault or Lumi von Mekkhan. Because both of them are shown in a later panel, the speaker here is not marked with the hidden sigil ('\'). And because Vip has been doing more talking than Lumi recently, she seems more likely to be the speaker.
  83. Someone unseen throws the book that strikes Blintzie von Wyrmhaut, disarming her and knocking her off the Fun-MADD. It is unclear which individual did this. Since Franz appears on the next page and uses the Iram Solis to destroy the Fun-MADD, it could have been him. However, he is shown with the device in his right hand and is using his left to hold the door open; it is hard to imagine how he could have thrown the book and ended up in that pose. Since Brother Marcus has demonstrated a talent for hitting targets with improptu, hand-thrown projectiles, he seems to be a likely candidate. And, since Vipsania Perrault is shown on the next page standing right by shelves of books and she has thrown one very recently, it could have been her, as well.
  84. It is not entirely clear that Franz's attitude is entirely a bluff. Or, at least whether it would be one if he was without certain of his companions. However, it seems likely that he wouldn't have actually let Blintzie kill anyone.
  85. Brother Marcus is standing near a a box with an open lid that looks very much like the trap control panel that he operated several pages ago to temporarily stop the Fun-MADD.
  86. Kliban's purring is a sound effect in the comic and is also rendered as such in the usual way in this Chronology entry, using the same case for the SFX text in the entry as is used on comic page itself; but, since it is also meaningful as part of the "conversation" between Vip and Kliban, it is repeated as part of the quote and rendered there as if it were spoken dialog.
  87. 87.0 87.1 87.2 We eventually learn that the ghostly apparition of Hydrargyros is an illusion generated by Sparky technology activated by Brother Marcus, using the control panel seen in panel 3 on the page for Monday, June 12, 2023 , panel 4 of the page for Monday, July 3, 2023 , and panel 2 of the page for Wednesday, July 12, 2023 . Once the control panel is destroyed, the "ghost" disappears. Since Hydrargyros' ghost seems to some sort of optical projection of a simulated spirit, rather than a genuine supernatural manifestation, it is marked as "imagined" using the appropriate chronology sigil.
  88. These black roses are the same as the one Hector left behind when he escaped after being discover hiding behind a rock on the page for Friday, January 13, 2023, which was identified by Brother Marcus as being from the palace gardens of the Grand Duchy of Tibalsin.
  89. Since the last sentence quoted is in a "disembodied dialog balloon" in panel 5, it is not certain that the Red-headed Student is shouting it. The assumption is that Franz has convinced her to rally the other students to fix Humongulus, under threat of being devoured.
  90. This book is volume two of a series of supposedly lost books by the Hungarian storyteller Masat which started with Tales of Star and Spark and which may have another volume.
  91. This is a very likely a Rocky Horror Picture Show reference, to the song containing the line "In just seven days, I can make you a man."
  92. A photo of Blintzie von Wyrmhaut is printed on the back page of the Mechanicsburg newspaper "The All-Seeing Eye".
  93. 93.0 93.1 Agatha Heterodyne and Humongulus are shown together in a photo printed on the front page of the Mechanicsburg newspaper "The All-Seeing Eye", after Agatha has given Humongulus a medal and, apparently, knighted him.
  94. This is the watch that Vipsania Perrault gave to Franz Scortchmaw near the start of this story, when she was trying to bribe him to let her examine one of his books, a volume by Masat generally thought to be lost.
  95. 95.0 95.1 Othar Tryggvassen is present on this page in two ways. His recorded voice narrates one of his past adventures, while the same events are portrayed in flashback panels, with the narration overlaid. Othar himself appears in one of these flashback panels, so his name is listed twice, once for the recording and once for the flashback. See the Chronology Sigils Key for more information on the sigils used.
  96. The rightmost of the women in panel 4 of the page for Friday, July 28, 2023 has what appears to be a Winslow hand puppet on each hand. Since the implication is that the women in this panel are all Priestesses of the Lizard God, this further implies that this Lizard God is yet another instance of the Winslow manifesting Its divinity. Since the puppets are a representation of the God and not the God itself (presumably), the "imagined" sigil is used.
  97. Part of the motto of the Royal Engineers in our universe, it is a Latin phrase which can be translated as, "Where Right And Glory Lead".
  98. 98.0 98.1 98.2 98.3 98.4 98.5 All the characters in this "story so far" section are shown in scenes from the past, so they are marked with the "flashback sigil", even though they are not portrayed in the traditional sepia flashback tints.
  99. There appears to be a mimmoth peering down from the canopy of the bed in the upper left portion of the second panel on the page.
  100. We have seen Albia in this form before, when Gilgamesh Wulfenbach and Trelawney Thorpe visited the Queen's Henge. There, they witnessed Albia rummaging through her "off-loaded" memories, stored in a magical (err…that is a second-stage Sparky-tech) well. Albia took on her original appearance as she talked about her past, when she was an ordinary Spark, before her second ascension. At this point she had a much fuller figure, with generous hips and thighs reminiscent of a fertility goddess.
  101. In this scene, Agatha is wearing an animal skin bikini which is an obvious homage to the iconic costume worn by Raquel Welch in the film One Million Years B.C.
  102. The transformation of the flame from unnatural light blue-green to the usual yellow-orange-red color isn't quite complete in the first frame.
  103. The appearance of the standing stones is rather like Stonehenge.
  104. As she promised to do right after finally disposing of Lucrezia/Lunevka on the Island.
  105. Albia may have at least partially repaired Ninisinaa's Star as well, since she tells Agatha that she has studied it, albeit briefly.
  106. This is much the same story as is related in Othar's Twitter, in which a relatively recent series of messages (starting in October 20020) report some events that mesh with events mentioned in the comic, but from a different perspective.
  107. The full text on the back of the hat poster is reconstructed by looking at both panels, since only part of the text is shown in each.
  108. After sleeping for three days, Agatha wakes up and very shortly is transported by Albia to a place that the Queen says is "A dream. A memory. A place of and for mysteries," for a private conversation. Given the surreal nature of the place and the fact that she woke up at the end of the conversation, if Agatha didn't have physical evidence that something real happened, it would be easy to think it was just all a dream .
  109. Page (068), panel 8, Agatha: "Whoo! I'm stuffed!"
  110. Page (073), panel 7, Albia: "From now on, let it be—Lady Heterodyne's Star!"
  111. The British spelling of artifact.
  112. 112.00 112.01 112.02 112.03 112.04 112.05 112.06 112.07 112.08 112.09 112.10 112.11 112.12 112.13 The airship Agatha and company are on at this point in the story is the flagship of a fleet sent out by Albia to protect Agatha during her return to Mechanicsburg. It seems to be named the HMS Titan. This information comes from the page of the comic posted on Friday, November 3, 2023. A ship's name is printed on the back of a clipboard being held by a woman who seems to be a communications officer on the ship. While it isn't certain the name on the clipboard applies to the airship everyone is on, it is a reasonable guess for the time being. (The clipboard can be seen all the way to the left in panel 3.) The captain of the vessel identifies himself as Fleet Captain Sunhillow in panel 5 of the same page, so the ship he is on must be the flagship of the fleet. A huge, grounded airship with the name HMS Titan painted on it can be seen in the background of panel 1 on the page posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, showing that a ship with that name is definitely part of the fleet.
  113. 113.0 113.1 The two bears are giving the stinkeye to the Bearskin cap worn by the guardsman.
  114. Determining how to order the character list for this page is somewhat challenging since there are many unidentified characters who all start speaking at once in the last few panels. Therefore, the usual front-to-back, left-to-right ordering is modified.
  115. The only entities who are not affected by a mysterious, overpowering craving for tea are Agatha, Violetta, Zeetha, Krosp, and the two bears.
  116. 116.0 116.1 Weginald is one of Doctor Monahan's large rats, given wings and the power of flight after Monahan became a God-Queen. Weginald is referred to by name for the first time by Monahan on the page for Wednesday, September 20, 2023.
  117. Francisia Monahan's appearance changes radically in one panel of the page on Monday, September 18, 2023, when she becomes completely enraged thinking about her treatment by Lucrezia Mongfish, whom she calls Luci. During her rant, Monahan's coloration shifts to resemble a photographic negative and she seems to become somewhat transparent, with a dot-and-line pattern appearing withing her head and body that resembles those associated with technology created by the Great Ancient Civilization.
  118. 118.0 118.1 Francisia Monahan is somehow projecting an image of a joyful Agatha using Weginald as a noble, mighty, airborne steed, hence this character is marked with the imagined sigil.
  119. 119.0 119.1 119.2 119.3 119.4 The outfits and wings given to Agatha, Violetta, and Zeetha in Monahan's "vision" seem to be a parody of the Sailor Guardians/Sailor Senshi/Sailor Soldiers from the Sailor Moon franchise. Krosp's outfit and appearance is a parody of Tuxedo Mask from the same source.
  120. People collected by Albia, that is.
  121. Zeetha and Violetta, who were drinking tea from the pot the weasel pops out of, are quite surprised and not at all pleased to see it emerge.
  122. There don't seem to be any familar faces in this crowd scene. If some are discovered later on, this note should be removed.
  123. This should be spelled Non-Euclidean.
  124. Centered above the fireplace is a small oval portrait of Humongulus.
  125. 125.0 125.1 The physical location of the characters in this scene isn't explicitly revealed, but it is described as being "in the skies above Mechanicsburg", so it is presumably on an airship, and it seems natural that Gilgamesh Wulfenbach, as acting head of the Wulfenbach Empire, would be on the airship that has been used as the "capital city" and adminstrative headquarters of said empire for years.
  126. It is far from certain the Smoke Knight reporting to Tarvek in panel 1 is Varpa, but Varpa serves Seffie. And, even though this character is shown from far away, what we can see of the Smoke Knight in question (small stature, heavily cloaked and hooded) matches Varpa's usual appearance.
  127. The person standing to the right of Seffie in panel 1 of the page for Friday, October 6, 2023, may be Sparafucile. She often accompanies Seffie and even though the character is portrayed from a great distance, the details that can be made out looks correct.
  128. The person in green, to Gil's left in panel 1 of the page for Friday, October 6, 2023, is almost certainly Trelawney, since she shows up unequivocally in a couple more pages.
  129. Someone asked about the missing links on the Girl Genius reddit and Kaja (as "slagblahighpriestess") replied, "I’ll add them back in some less cluttered way but things were getting messy on the main page and I’m in the middle of reorganizing a lot of stuff."
  130. The speaker of these lines isn't shown, but considering that she has already defended her brother, Martellus von Blitzengaard, it seems more likely that Seffie is speaking them than Tarvek.
  131. There is a beast behind Maxim that may be his cavalry mount, apparently eating some kind of fodder out of a trough. It is shown at a small scale, so it is difficult to make out details, but it seems to be wolflike.
  132. There are a few other figures in the background of the scene who appear to be human, but they are shown at a very small scale, so it is hard to be sure. There are many more tents and even more campfires shown in the background of the panels on this page, so it seems safe to assume that all the available Wulfenbach forces—Jägers, regular soldiers, contructs, clanks, and so on—have been deployed.
  133. While there is a suggestion that there are more repetitions of "HA" and "HEE" than the three transcribed here, possibly running completely around the jug, this may be a reference to the song, "Little Brown Jug". While in the original lyrics the chorus is "Ha ha ha, you and me, Little brown jug, don't I love thee", the song was re-written for a 1948 sing-along animated cartoon with a new chorus, "Ha, ha, ha, hee, hee, hee, Little brown jug how I love thee". A version closer to the original but with the chorus from the cartoon was also recorded. Since the original version of the song and most of the subsequent re-recordings were about drinking alcohol to excess, a reference to it seems appropriate as the label for a jug of booze.
  134. The assumption is being made here that the "Professor Brunel" mentioned by Neena is Major Hippocrates Brunel, Lord Moonbark, but (as a fan pointed out), so far Hippocrates Brunel has always been referred to by his aristocratic or his military title, or both.
  135. This page (the one for Friday, October 27, 2023), should be numbered 95 (095), but is in actuality identified as page 23 (023), on the version of the page that appears on the Girl Genius website page for today.
  136. Inside the ship, presumably.
  137. A member of Albia's forces mentions Frost Wyrms while apparently describing the Polar Lords' ship: "—Like nothing I've ever seen! —And they've dug up more of those Frost Wyrms, just to make things worse."
  138. 138.0 138.1 138.2 This crew-woman with a clipboard seems to be a communications officer on the HMS Titan, but this is a guess based on her actions during the story. See Friday, November 3, 2023, panel 5.
  139. 139.0 139.1 139.2 This crewman with a Union Jack eyepatch is addressed as "Tactical" by Fleet Captain Sunhillow and responds on the page dated Friday, November 3, 2023, panels 3 and 4.
  140. 140.0 140.1 140.2 This crewman with untidy black hair, a mustache, and dark skin is addressed as "Navigation" by Fleet Captain Sunhillow on the page dated Wednesday, November 1, 2023, panel 3.
  141. The back of a person's head can be seen all the way to the left above the back of a chair in panel 3 on today's page.
  142. Presumably, this is the geographical location in Europa that corresponds to the Bosporus Straight in modern-day Turkey in the real world.
  143. The page image for this page originally posted on the web page for today (Monday, November 6, 2023) was moved to the next web page (dated Wednesday, November 8, 2023) and a new page image was posted on today's web page. See Kaja's note in the next entry for more details.
  144. This page is numbered as (099) on the website, but in her note on the page in the "Studio News:" section, below the comic, Kaja notes (heh) that the page number has changed. (The text of the note referred to is quoted in the "extras" section in this entry.)
  145. 145.00 145.01 145.02 145.03 145.04 145.05 145.06 145.07 145.08 145.09 145.10 145.11 145.12 145.13 145.14 145.15 145.16 145.17 145.18 145.19 This member of the Wulfenbach forces is part of the group (also known as the diplomatic party) sent to parley with the Polar Lord and his forces, the Snowbound.
  146. This Corporal is addressed as such on the page for Wednesday, November 15, 2023 by Captain Berton.
  147. 147.0 147.1 147.2 147.3 Since this member of the parley party is giving orders to the other men standing behind Captain Berton, one of whom is identified as having the rank of Corporal, and no one objects (although they also don't seems to pay much attention to him), he is tentatively identified as a Sergeant.
  148. 148.0 148.1 148.2 The SFX (sound effects) on this page are heavily obscured by the coloring job done by Cheyenne Wright, trying to portray a heavy snowstorm. This SFX transcript has been prepared from the pencil sketch shown on the Girl Genius Patreon page for today's page, which is only available to patrons. The letter 'K' used in these SFX is displayed in many sizes and it is often not clear whether an upper- or lowercase instance of the letter is used. The way the SFX are recorded here is the best guess of the transcriber.
  149. 149.0 149.1 149.2 It is hard to be sure what the SFX represent, but in at least one fan's opinion, sounds like "kkkkKK" and "KSSKKSK" are supposed to be the sound of footsteps crunching in snow and ice and "SHEEEEEEEKEKKKKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKEKKKKEEEEE" is either the wind (all the Ks in this sound representation make that seem somewhat unlikely) or a heavy sled of some sort being dragged or driven across the snow.
  150. 150.0 150.1 There are a great many SFX using various combinations of mostly Ks and a few Ss that overlap each other in this panel, forming a large cloud, with the long SFX contaning many Es superimposed over it. All of the SFX are obscured to varying degrees by the coloring of the page.
  151. 151.00 151.01 151.02 151.03 151.04 151.05 151.06 151.07 151.08 151.09 151.10 151.11 151.12 This Polar Lord refers to himself as a Grand Duke of the Arcana on the page posted on November 24, 2023 .
  152. Presumably, a medical bay, which would indicate they are are a large vessel of some kind.
  153. 153.0 153.1 153.2 153.3 153.4 153.5 153.6 There is a insignia on the visor of this female officer's hat that looks like the letter 'T'.
  154. The Polar Lord is seen dimly through a telescopic targeting scope.
  155. The crown of the hat has changed color from dark blue on the previous page (Wednesday, November 22, 2023) to white on this one (Friday, November 24, 2023), but it is clearly the same person.
  156. There are several other people in uniform portrayed on this page, some in the background and some obscured behind a dialog balloon, who are not listed individually, since they are not shown in detail or are hard to see.
  157. 157.0 157.1 157.2 This Polar Lord is now extremely dimininished in size. On the page for Friday, December 15, 2023 the Lord is apparently no larger than a child, albeit a gaunt and mummified-looking one. However, on the following page (posted on Monday, December 18, 2023 ), that very small size seems to have been a trick of perspective and the Lord appears to be a scrawny, ancient man of average height. The shrunken and defeated Polar Lord may be visible in the lower left corner of the first panel of the page for Wednesday, December 20, 2023 as a tiny silhouette. On this page, this Polar Lord is addressed as "Ixtha" by a huge Polar-Lord-like Apparition. It is not clear whether this is the shrunken Polar Lord's full name or not. If it is, the Apparition is probably named "Ixthaliox"; if "Ixtha" is short for "Ixthaliox", then the Apparition is addressing the Polar Lord contemptuously by a diminutive form of his name and we don't know the name of the Apparition.
  158. 158.0 158.1 It is not clear if this ghostly entity is actually immaterial or if what we are seeing is some sort of projection of a physical form. This being may be named Ixthaliox; if not, we don't know what it is named.
  159. The Polar Lord who earlier declared himself a Grand Duke of the Arcana seems to be dead now and his skeleton is starting to crumble.
  160. Agatha's flying dingbot, known by fans as Copterbot, was not in the pencil sketch that was originally posted before the color version was ready. In this sketch, one side of the banner displaying the message "Happy New Year" was suspended by a rope that extended beyond the top edge of the drawing, with no visible structure nearby which could be supporting it. Presumably Cheyenne Wright, in addition to coloring the image, extended the canvas upward and added the dingbot holding on to the rope as an explanation for how it was being supported. While this has not been confirmed by the Professors, it is known that Cheyenne has made minor changes to Phil's drawing before to fix small errors or inconsistencies.


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Act 1 1 Book red

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