May 152014
 

SatansBestBuddy wrote:
… what are you looking at? Like, which building? And who are you speaking to? Do you think they can help or something?

You, ah…

You guess you were speaking to the back of the inn. It just kinda seemed like the right thing to do.

Maybe you’re starting to figure this witchhunter thing out. Or maybe you’re losing your mind. Either one sort of seems like a step up at this point.


Wham wrote:
Check inventory for telekinesis

Look, you’ve explained this before. Your inventory is a mental abstraction of the items you are carrying, not your abilities! And even if it did show your abilities, it’s just an imaginary list showing what you have. It doesn’t actually store things or allow you to access them. That would be utterly impossible and ridiculous.

You turn your attention back to actual, non-stupid ideas.


Unclevertitle wrote:
If Destruction takes willpower then what does Mysticism take? Intellect?
Enduring pain builds willpower what builds intellect? Reading? Learning? Thinking?
I’d say analysis covers all of that. Gaining information, piecing it together, and reasoning a solution.
Analyze the problem.

You’ve already been analyzing the problem, and so far it hasn’t done anything.

Regardless, you carefully consider what you know. According to the witchhunter ghost, puns and wordplay aren’t the “proper” way to trigger telekinesis, eliminating your one mildly reliable approach to magic. If you’re using telekinesis properly, then the amulet of silence shouldn’t be able to stop you. And apparently, the secret is to “think like a witchhunter”. You’re still kind of figuring out what that means.

Soooo… you guess you’ll try a whole bunch of things.


bird wrote:
You have to lift peg without touching it thats not that hard


OfficerSkeleton wrote:
Just kinda…imagine it floating.


JJR wrote:
peg: continue to be composed mainly of earth and refuse to rise, in the absence of a violent or unnatural force, in accordance with Aristotelian Physics.


Turtles wrote:
Simple. Birds fly, telekinesis makes things fly. Just imagine the force of your mind like a bird flying into stuff! Or picking up stuff and flying over to other stuff!


RacistCatDay wrote:
Stare at the peg. Think like the peg. BE the peg.


SiBby wrote:
Peg: Lift from the table.


Cromwell wrote:
Look, mysticism is old fashioned stuff right? Like super old fashioned. Perform something equally old like a rain dance of some kind to tap into those ancient roots and get the peg to float.


demanji wrote:
focus on a single peg.
clear your mind of everything but the peg.
focus on an upward motion.
if all else fails try to start a fire under it to move it upwards



CommonSense,BadlyTimed wrote:
MAKE FIRE.
BE CAT.
MEOW MEOW.
YOu HAVE GATO MAKE FIRE.
YOu ARE GOING TO KNEAD TO MAKE FIRE NOW.
Fire.
………meow.


Greyfox wrote:
How about if you remove the pendant before trying to use the spell?

Yeah, this… this isn’t working. This is stupid.

You tell the insane ghost elf how stupid this is. You can see the amulet flashing and sparkling; it’s blocking all your magic just like it’s supposed to. If you could just, you know, take it off, you could concentrate on the pieces, do the pun thing, and have no problem getting them to move with your mind.

The ghost rolls his eyes, looking a little frustrated by now. That’s not moving, he says, that’s flopping. That’s like downhill skiing on snowshoes, or giving a haircut using a halberd – the sort of shit you’d expect from a nord. Being a witchhunter is about acting with nuance. Throwing nothing but raw energy at a problem gets you nothing but a problem lovingly slathered with cold, sticky energy.

But it worked, you say. With the amulet off, you actually got things to move… a little. If nothing else, it was easier than what you’re trying now.

It wasn’t easier, the ghost explains, you just knew how to do it. Sometimes the easiest method you know is the hardest method there is.

It’s like… to someone who only knows how to dig with a spoon, the notion of digging something as large as a trench will terrify them. All they know are spoons, so as far as they’re concerned, digging is simply difficult. The only way they can imagine it getting any easier is if they change – digging with a spoon until they get stronger, faster, and tougher. And the dangerous people, they’ll actually try this.

Everyone who will ever oppose you in life is a crazy, burly dude with a spoon, and you will never be able to outspoon them. Even the powerful people, they’re just spooning harder and more vigorously than everyone else, like hungry orphan children eating soup. Except the soup is power. I’ll level with you here: I have completely lost track of this analogy.

What I’m saying, giant talking cat, is that everyone is stupid. They attain a narrow grasp of reality and live their life as though there is nothing else. But you, me, creatures with imagination – we aren’t constrained by our experiences. We’re inspired by them. If we have trouble digging with a spoon, we build a shovel. If we’re stopped by a wall, we make a door. And if we can’t make a door, we ask ourselves whether we really need an opening to pass through something solid in the first place.

You point out that you’re not a ghost, and that you do need an opening to pass through solid objects.

No – that’s your mistake, he replies. That’s why you’re still not thinking like a witchhunter. You’re trying to do things right, and that’s wrong. Mysticism means taking a step back – accepting that the very laws of reason and logic you abide by are merely one option of many. It means knowing you only see half the picture in a world where everyone else thinks they see the whole thing. It means having the sheer arrogance to have humility.

That’s why I’m saying you have to think like a witchhunter. You have to be a little wrong to be completely right – to abandon truth in favor of questioning falsehood. If you think something’s the easiest way, you have to know you’re wrong. You have to understand how to stand against the very stance of understanding! You have to know you are inferior; that your knowledge and perceptions will never stand up to the true scope of all possible reality. You have to be a little further from perfect, and embrace that notion.

Can you do that, Jo-Khajiit? Can you make mistakes, fearlessly pursue the worst ideas, and be inferior?

I’m the best fucking fuckup in Cyrodiil.

Additional resource credits:
Cider – all the good animations
Squiggles – all the good linework
Malic – first draft help
Kryptos – almost fixed the website problems

  • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

    And the dangerous people, they’ll actually try this.

    I’m the best fucking spoon-digger in Cyrodiil.

    • JJR

      The dangerous ones aren’t the best at spoon digging, they’re the best at spooning. A subtle, yet important, difference.

      • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

        Spoon-digger, gold-digger, we’re all the same at the end of the day. So I’d suggest that you, get ready for it, spoon off. :/

        Pity, looks like I’m too ridiculously excited to make anything other than punny half-assed jokes.

    • sporkaganza

      Using mainly spoons…

      • JJR

        True spooners would use spainly moons.

      • Alex Franklin

        Use manly spoons!
        Moon spoony men!
        Spam looney uses?

        • actua

          There’s definitely a looney in the mix.

          • SuperGnome

            Should-… should we spoon him?

    • http://aluckart.deviantart.com/ Kamaru1991

      katia is your picure

  • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

    Squiggles’ resource tag link is messed up. Small things are the most tedious. :3

    • Kazerad

      Whoops, fixed! Thanks.

      (Though try to keep content in your posts, or use the edit button! I’m gonna delete a few of the shorter ones)

      • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

        I regret nothing! Nothing. :}

        • Psithief

          Downvoting all of your spam…

          or did I?

          • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

            Went a little crazy this update, sorry. :{ You’re still pretty cool to do that. Though I don’t think down voting does much besides bumping it down the list when comments are sorted by ‘Best’; I might wrong.

          • Psithief

            I didn’t get around to it. :P I figured saying I did would be good enough. (witchhunter easymode)

            But that’s exactly what downvoting does, yes.

          • Dorran

            ” exactly what downvoting does”
            ….
            By the nine thats it! Quick someone make a post as the Table with the pegs on and then everyone of us upvote that post to the the top of the list!! It will then have risen to above all things!

          • pride-and-parliament

            The Heretofore Undiscovered Law of Katia Managan (it is not the same as Clarke’s law):
            Magic=Internet

            How forum posters are able to transfer their thoughts to the alternate dimension of Skyrim: from Katia’s perspective, it’s clearly magic. Of course, we’re supposing that Katia is real, and thus that Kazerad’s creativity is fueled by the memories of Katia propelled to our dimension through her future self’s amazing powers of mysticism. It seems like a reasonable assumption.

          • ADECOSTAR_ELITE

            Now you’re thinking like a witchhunter!

          • Gren

            It’s not Skyrim. It’s Oblivion.

          • Lucid Cataclysm

            It’s neither. Skyrim is a region/nation in tamriel. Oblivion is a separate plane of existence altogether.

          • IG Aka Inglorious bastard

            Actually it’s Cyrodil.

          • Gren

            He was talking about dimensions so I thought he meant the game. If you want to be specific then we’re at the end of 3rd Era in the Imperial province of Cyrodiil, continent of Tamriel, planet Nirn (or Mundus).

      • JJR

        Yes delete his post thereby lower… I mean I am most
        certainty not engaged in some sort of status game that involves trying to be
        the one with the most posted comments. That’s just silly.

        • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

          Pretty sure we’ve already lost that one, hate to say.

          I could try to be your nemesis though, if you still want to…

        • Bob

          Clearly post/upvote ratio is where it’s at. Think I’m doing pretty solid there so far.

          *Waits patiently with steepled fingers for more upvotes*

          • pride-and-parliament

            By your method, the best option is to try not to get any upvotes or downvotes, so the ratio of posts to upvote is (asymtotically approaching) infinity (on the real-number plane).

            Parenthetical portions for sticklers about mathematical terminology. You know who you are. (Come over to the grammar-Nazi side. We have correctly-placed commas.)

      • JJR

        Speaking of resource tags
        Cider – all the good animations
        Squiggles – all the good linework

        So who did the bad animations, or the bad linework?

        • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

          Looks like Kazerad might be a bit green in the eyes over others getting to do all the fun frames. :}

          Jeealousyyyy… All aloOone in the mooonliiight… On my own, something somethiing somethiiiing…

          Nailed it. But really, come on, it’s Cats. CATS. Irony held a knife to my throat and gave me the choice: do it, or acquire an extra orifice.

  • ThacketyMarch

    A NEW PAGE. A NEW COMMENT SECTIONNNNNN. DOUBLE SCORE.

  • Gribble

    Happy Birthday Kazerad!!

    • Kazerad

      My birthday was five months ago!

      • Duncake

        Happy late birthday Kazerad?

        • unclevertitle

          HAPPY KAZERAD, BIRTHDAY!!

      • JJR

        Well then, a very happy unBirthday to you.

      • SmaggTheSmug

        Birthday wishes at speed of updates!

        • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

          Fair’s fair? An eye for an eye leaves the whole world with their birthdays unacknowledged and updateless.

          I was going to say ‘with their birthdays unconsummated’, but thought better.
          EDIT: Then un-thought better, cause it’s awesomer.

          • JJR

            But then you said it anyway. In fact you said to in order to point out that you weren’t saying it, making it untrue that you didn’t say it.

          • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

            True. Fixed. :}

        • needsomemiracle

          Ooh, buuurn.

        • Don Quixote
      • pride-and-parliament

        But Gribble lives in a different time zone, which causes him to experience relativistic time dilation.

      • Kane

        Happy halves to the next, then.

      • http://relth.deviantart.com/ Relth Mcroth

        :(

  • it’s out

    YES!

    • SrLupinotuum

      My mother is sacred!!! *bitch slap*

  • Duncake

    PREQUEL is the best thing I have ever read. When I found out what it is I read every single panel from the beggining in one go and then I spent a whole night just fangasming over it. Thank you. Thank you so much for this. It is worth every day of waiting just to see another update.

    • Woodledude

      That’s the reaction most people have, I think. Great time to discover it, too. XD

  • As I Cry, ‘Dat Cat’

    I may or may not be dancing around my room right now screaming in victory.

    • Bob

      I hope it looked a little bit like this. That’s what mine was like.

      • As I Cry, ‘Dat Cat’

        The trick is in working your face. People don’t take your enthusiasm seriously until they’re screaming from the unholy movements you just made with your face.

        Oh man, I’m still crying a little from that link. :’) Too good.

        • pride-and-parliament

          I solved your anagram, CT. :3 You win all the internets for this.
          “Liar entrapped a mind” doesn’t seem to work as well…

          • As I Cry, ‘Dat Cat’

            Does it not wow and amaze?? Of course, it means I have a serious problem with posting too much. Oh how it’s been fun, making all the heads talk and dance. Just how many have you found? I’m up to quite a few, certainly too many for me to claim optimal mental health.

          • pride-and-parliament

            Oh, wow, I just found Cardiac Tasty and As I Cry, Dat Cat.
            You are fantastic. Here’s my email: goddess.he.wolf@gmail.com.
            NOTE: I edited out my real name anagram because it’s better safe than sorry; I’m not going to turn this into an anagram retroactively (word usage?) though.

          • JJR

            Anagram? CT?
            Is this what I think it is?

          • Stray Cat Acid

            “Minds that have wIThEreD into pSyCHoSis are far more tErRIfyiNg than any character of fiction.”

          • pride-and-parliament

            Where’d ya get the damn schizophrenia quote, lost leaf Turnbull? Not Skyrim videogame, Turnbull!

          • damned lie; par, in part

            Well gosh, then… I haven’t played Elder Scrolls, bro! Don’t quiz me on that beautiful, murky argument!

          • As I Cry, ‘Dat Cat’

            “There is a face beneath this mAsK, but it isn’t me. I’m no more that FAcE than I am the muscles beneath it, or the bones beneath that.”

          • Racist Cat Day

            “We children of schizophrenics are the great sEcREt keepers, the ones who don’t want you to think that anything is wROnG.”

          • A Sry Cat Adict

            “Masks bENeAtH masks until suddenly, the bare bloodless sKuLL.”

          • Scat Cat Diary

            “Iä! Iä! Shub-Niggurath! Iä! GoF’nN huPAdGh Shub-Niggurath!”

          • YC aSadCatTri? I<3ta CYrCatSad

            “For a moment at least, be a sMiLE on someone else’s fAcE.”

          • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

            In other wORdS, I’ve nO IDeA what you’re tAlKiNG about.

          • JJR

            So the person I am locked in epic comment combat with is actually half a dozen of the users, and maybe more.
            You realize this makes you the villain, right?

          • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

            Oh most definitely, I took that for granted when we started this. Luckily, I don’t believe in happy endings. {!

          • Da Scary Attic

            Of course, a true puppet master wouldn’t take his bow during the middle of a performance; for this, he needs be chastened. The show must go on, even when a member of the audience stands and points out the wires.

            As a new face appears, let us proceed to Act 2. I wonder; when does the mAStEr become a puPpET?

          • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

            This… may be a problem.

          • YC aSadCatTri? I<3ta CYrCatSad

            And look, you’ve left your toys out again! After ‘one’ finishes with his fun, ‘one’ really ought to clean up after ‘oneself’, lest the shadows creep in and give new life to ‘one’s’ creations.

            I particularly like this one. Such a dark and twisted wit, so much barely contained sadism and bile. He and I will have such fun together, watching the cat cry out in the pain that she so undeniably deserves.

            We’ve studied you, Mr. Cardiac, we’ve studied your propensity for too. much. emphasis, your… beat delivery, your constant linking to cleverly applicable snippets, even the occasional use of an explicative to accent your fucking point.

            So, what do you say, CT? Shall we dance, you and I?

          • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

            Wow, you aren’t kidding. I was worrying how one of my faces spontaneously started talking, I started to wonder if I’d finally flipped my shit; I have been going through a little more of a… mind shattering patch recently. That, or someone slipped into my shoes and started walking around, which I must admit is kind of cool if not a little frightening.

            Um, since you’ve clearly already got the general style down, what say you and I team up? I guess it’s fine, sort of. not really? >:

          • A Sry Cat Adict

            I must admit that I have something a little more… sinister in mind.

          • Scat Cat Diary

            sinister in mind.

          • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

            :{

          • pride-and-parliament

            Freaky

          • damned lie; par, in part

            fakery.

          • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

            Curses, foiled in my master plan, meddling kids. >:s But I’ll be back on top eventually Mr. JJR, and you shall rue that day!! >:/

            “…what’s that smell?”

          • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

            You may think so, but I have already set my sights on the next target, dtlux14. And on that day, when I am first, they will gaze upon my profile and say, “He has way too much invested in that little number.”

  • JJR

    New page, but still no peg movement. Does this mean that none of the commands were correct or are those going to be used in the next update?
    Also, yay, one of my commands was used. It was the one I thought had no chance, but does this mean that physics in Prequel is Aristotelian? As in, the peg is explicitly obeying Aristotelian physics as opposed to Newtonian?

    • Alex Franklin

      Remind me, is that the take on physics that among other things states objects fall because they just want to be closer to the ground?
      If that’s how this world works, do we need to prove to an inanimate object that its reason for staying on the ground is logically flawed? That sort of sounds like something Aggy would support…

      • Khoth

        Actually if we follow this line of thought we must convince the peg that it is fire the element that rests above air naturally in Aristotleian physics. To accomplish this we could set the peice on fire to further convince it.

        • JJR

          But we tried lighting it on fire in this update, and that didn’t work ’cause the puppy amulet blocked that spell to.

      • JJR

        Maybe?
        Part of what I am wondering about is that when I was writing the command to tell the peg to not move, I almost went with a version that referenced Newtonian physics instead. So, why was that one chosen? Was it because it referenced Aristotelian physics and Kazerad wants us to know that’s how the prequel universe works? Or maybe it was some other reason and the Newtonian version would have also been accepted.

        • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

          It could be trying to convey that Katia still fundamentally expects the peg to continue obeying some set of physical laws, whether that be Aristotelian or Newtonian. And from a world flavor standpoint, it would make more sense for the people of Cyrodiil to support an Aristotelian paradigm.

          Intentional or not, I like how your command gives Kazerad the resources to hint at Katia’s latent intelligence. It’s kind of neat to see that she unconsciously understands concepts like Aristotelian Physics; I wonder if we’ll see more commands like it as she grows more confident.

          • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

            That would mean it was Katia thinking that thought, which would make more sense than what I was thinking. I thought that it was the peg, but pegs tend not to have thoughts, as far as I know.

            That would mean that there is a philosopher named Aristotle in the Prequel universe that Katia is familiar with, who wrote about physics. Of course any such philosophers existing in Prequel would have something to say about the influence of magic, so maybe Katia is already familiar with the proper way of thinking and just needs to be reminded.

          • The peg

            Oh, you have no idea what we’re capable of…

  • Viewer

    Why is the horribly insane racist ghost the best mentor we’ve encountered so far?

    • JJR

      What other mentors do we have to compare him to? There was that guy who gave us some training with heavy weapons. I don’t think any of the other characters have done any mentoring.

      • unclevertitle

        Well Asotil… but he was only slightly saner than Aggy.

    • Imp

      Because insane racist ghosts make the best mentors.

    • tronn

      He seems perfectly lucid in this update though. I think his so-called insanity is just a mixture of witchhunter thinking and onset of ghost dementia, basically an act.

      (the racism is real, though)

    • ADECOSTAR_ELITE

      He’s the only Mage yet to try and teach Katia proper Magic. I guess it takes an insane one to do something considered insane by the others.

  • Watcher

    So, uh… There’s a spider building a web off of the puzzle board. Is that gonna be a problem?

    • Iridell

      Hopefully not. I have been wrong before though…

    • JJR

      Yes, If you analyze the traffic patterns typical to insects, taking into account regional and seasonal variability, the number of flies we can expect the spider to catch with a web in that location is less than required to maintain metabolic function. Sadly the spider will not survive the winter.

      • Iridell

        Nor will any flies, gnats, or any other flying insect.

      • FoolishOwl

        The most intelligent spiders are concerned with creating a legacy that will outlast their biological lifespan. One approach is through spelling out messages in webs.

    • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

      I believe it’s not so much a problem in and of itself, but an allegorical indication of another problem; that it’s taken us two months, and we still haven’t moved the peg. It’s literally about to start collecting cobwebs.

      Plus, it might be reffing this. It does seem like something Kazerad might do…

      • Iridell

        You’d think that with two months of snow, people would investigate. When was the last time Kavatch snowed before?

        • JJR

          Why investigate? Snow is perfectly normal, as a matter of fact it’s been snowing for the last two months.

          • Iridell

            But there should be piles of snow on the ground by now. Even without Aggy using that spell, would it have been raining this long too? If so, the cities’ sewer system should be replaced with storm drains that lead right down the mountain, or somewhere convenient for the people to use it.

          • Pajaul

            Everyone knows that was cut because they couldn’t get it to compile right.

            “Much snow in Skyrim. Enough snow. M’aiq does not want any more.”

          • SrLupinotuum

            Is not just regular snow, it is magic snow!

  • Corovaneer

    Is it… self-hate? Self-irony?
    World-irony?

    • JJR

      Ive been waiting for someone to name a song I could Katiaficate in the comment section, this is close enough.

      An young elf turned ninety-eight
      He found a unicorn and died the next day
      It’s a stuck peg in your puzzle thing
      It’s realization two minutes too late
      And isn’t it ironic… don’t you think

      It’s like rain on your kitty fur
      It’s a free orange when you’re already drained
      It’s the ghost advice that you just couldn’t take
      Who would’ve thought… it figures

      Ms. Play It Safe was afraid to sleep
      She burned her bottle and kissed her mind goodbye
      She had lived her whole damn life having that dream
      And as the King rose up she thought
      “Well isn’t this nice…”
      And isn’t it ironic… don’t you think

      It’s like rain on your kitty fur
      It’s a free orange when you’re already drained
      It’s the ghost advice that you just couldn’t take
      Who would’ve thought… it figures

      Well thieves have a funny way of sneaking up on you
      When you think everything’s okay and everything’s going right
      And ghosts have a funny way of helping you out when
      You think everything’s gone wrong and everything burns down
      In your face

      A brave guardsman when you’re already safe
      A no-magic piece on your magic-less neck
      It’s like ten thousand puns when all you need is a thought
      It’s meeting the man of your dreams
      And running for the sake of your life
      And isn’t it ironic…don’t you think
      A little too ironic…and, yeah, I really do think…

      It’s like rain on your kitty fur
      It’s a free orange when you’re already drained
      It’s the ghost advice that you just couldn’t take
      Who would’ve thought… it figures

      Ghosts have a funny way of sneaking up on you
      Ghosts have a funny, funny way of helping you out
      Helping you out

      • As I Cry, ‘Dat Cat’

        …this is fantastic.

  • Samuel

    Why did she lose her tail in the second image?

    • JJR

      It’s not there because she forgot to visualize it when checking her inventory.

      • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

        I knew it! The entire perception of herself being a cat-person is actually a side effect of extreme low self esteem. As she progressively gains more confidence, she’ll lose more and more of her kitty features.

        Everyone knows Khajiit-ism is just an indication of psychosis. Nords don’t exist either; we’re actually just Argonians with incredibly low morale.

  • ZizZazZuz

    Best fucking fuckup in Cyrodiil. Love it.

    • JJR

      I think she is selling herself short though. She is the best fucking fuckup in Tamriel, at least. She might even be the best fuckup on all of Nirn.

      • VariedCookies

        Gah, you beat me to the punch!

        At least she’s aware that she’s the best at something. Today it’s in all of Cyrodiil, tomorrow it’s all of Nirn. C’mon, baby steps.

        • JJR

          More like, kitten clumps.

          • Duncake

            *random fire starts somewhere*

          • JJR

            ow ow ow, my hair…. I regret nothing… except maybe the fire…

  • Guest

    can’t we just like… hold on I’m going to try something crazy

    >*seeker moves the beg over one space*

  • Nyrohn

    best final line ever

    • Moo?

      Agreed

    • JJR

      I hope not, that means it’s all downhill from here.

  • Derrath

    I laughed soooo hard at the pole dancing!~

    • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

      You work that pole, Katia, just like that, oh I like that. Awww yeaaah.

    • JJR

      Did we get disaster avoided points for that? Is the Orc feeling a strange sense of shame?

      • unclevertitle

        That sense of shame stopped feeling strange a long time ago.

    • Stray Cat Acid

      I guess all the exercise means she won’t freeze to death. Shame that she’s giving away a free show, though.

      • JJR

        Nah, she’s intimidating the competition in the dance contest. Surely only good things can come from the spontainious pole dancing, which is the best idea.

  • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

    And… the snow has been animated. Great.

    • JJR

      How on Earth did I not see that… I guess I was distracted by the great big cat dancing around in the foreground.

      • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

        One must train oneself to never get distracted by the giant cats dancing in one’s life.

        Of course, that’s mostly metaphorical. For the more literal? Medication helps.

        • JJR

          Interesting, I saw the Gorilla but missed two of the passes.

          • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

            Also, I don’t know who knows this, but so long as we’re locked in epic combat, we might as well be fighting on equal ground. Here’s how to embed links in comments, plus all kinds of extra tastiness.

            Sorry if this comes off as elitist or snobby or something, you’re totally awesome. Here’s a picture of a puppy confirming it, if you’d prefer a more credible source.

            EDIT:
            Just realized, that site doesn’t really explain how to use any of that stuff.
            *sigh*
            Basically, making a link is as easy as slapping stuff around a url. So when you do this:

            <a href=”SOME URL“> The most delicious phở recipe in the existence of ever </a>

            It becomes this:

            The most delicious phở recipe in the existence of ever

            Same goes for emphatic-emphasis (<em>words</em>), let-me-be-very-clear-here text (<strong>words</strong>), tongue-in-cheek (<s>words</s>), really anything else you see on that page.

            Wham-bam, you now know the basics of HTML. :D Good luck.

          • Bob

            Stop.. making me hungry. I JUST ATE.

          • JJR

            You didn’t sound snobby at all.
            And thanks for the detailed explanation, I finally know how to embed links.

    • Aulakauss

      That.. is amazing. How did I also fail to notice this?!

    • xKiv .

      Is she moving the snow instead of the peg?

  • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

    Katia Managan: Puppy Soul Abuser.

  • TheTurnipKing

    This update took ages.

    …it was time well spent.

    http://www.prequeladventure.com/this/story1658.gif is simply amazing

  • http://www.thevoid.no/ Tim

    Rejoice, Prequel is back! Still super curious as to what is going to happen with the magic stuff!

  • Reiza

    Yes~! Been anticipating this update so much since i’ve been off youtube :D

  • Guest

    The peg refuses to move an inch, right? So instead of trying to move the peg up, try moving the universe down.

    • Psithief

      No no no no no.

      Suggestions go here, not in the comments.

      • Groucho112

        I-I’m sorry!

        • Stray Cat Acid

          It’s chill, don’t get too frazzled. A few people here just really hate having their inboxes pounded by all the chatter that the Prequel comment section generates. That or they’re sick of how stupid everyone around them seems to be, or maybe how everyone here seems to be a star-crossed fanboy, I haven’t quite pinned it down yet. I think the reason is probably more interesting than what I can imagine by myself.

          Great suggestion though, nice and witchhuntery. You should totally submit it. :)

          • Psithief

            No, it was a comment that popped up while I was writing my own. Groucho’s response is gold, though.

            I am frustrated that I can’t fix the problem. I can only let newbies know what they’ve done wrong.

            The website needs a little reminder just before the comments section that suggestions go to that link.

  • ganonlink

    “It means having the sheer arrogance to have humility.”
    That line is AWESOME. I didn’t really get it the first time I read it, but once I did it was the best thing ever.

  • Bob

    So, now we’ve seen her epic dancing skills. This is progress. But we NEED to see the pineapple-and-yoyo-trick. Censored or otherwise, I MUST KNOW WHAT THIS LOOKS LIKE!

    Also, best collection of gifs ever.

    • Psithief

      Even Kaz doesn’t know what this looks like.
      That’s the joke.

      • Bob

        I know, if he actually had an idea of what the trick was we’d have seen it. But in this universe most of Anvil knows, and that’s enough to make me FURIOUS WITH JEALOUSY.

    • JJR

      It does not look like anything, whenever it’s performed Alkosh breaks time to prevent it from happening.
      More importantly, it is that which should not be; turn back traveler lest you see what it is, you will never be able to unsee it.

    • Alex Franklin

      It’s not much, but in an interview Kazerad said he got the idea from a line in a Dave Barry book. Something about seeing women who could do an unbelievable feat using a fruit and her vagina… which I guess is slightly more specific since it mentions an involved body part? But that’s all I’ve heard him say on the matter.

    • Guest

      I think that this might be the pineapple thing. If so, Katia has truly learned from the best.

  • Psithief

    I’m going to throw in one last suggestion, then call it quits at two. This one needs to be even more profound, I guess.

  • Woodledude

    Great heavens, of course. Thinking like a witch hunter is the same as thinking like a scientist – Most people assume they’re right, but a scientist knows he’s probably wrong, and embraces that. Which allows them to do amazing things… And you hid it all behind the clever guise of a madman. Kaz, you’re a genius.

    • Bob

      “Nothing is impossible! Not if you can imagine it. That’s what being a scientist is all about!”
      -Dr. Farnsworth

      Clearly, one in the same.

      • JJR

        Even better, Cubert’s sarcastic reply was, “No, that’s what being a magical elf is all about.”

        And we just so happen to have a magical elf with us.

        • Bob

          And as I recall the dark matter engine which powers the ship that he sort of invented worked by moving the universe around it.

          I think I see how this peg is going to move.

          • Pajaul

            Exactly, the peg doesn’t need to go up, the universe needs to go down, and Katia is an expert on going down.

            …wait.

          • Woodledude

            In more ways than one, I suppose.

  • Tesla

    C’Mon kitty. All you have to do is pretend the laws of the universe don’t apply to you! Believe!

    • TheTurnipKing

      That’s not what he’s saying.

      What he’s saying is that your knowledge and understanding of the laws of the universe could well be faulty.

      I mean, you take it forgranted that, if you stack an object on top of another object, and then you remove the bottom object, the whole stack will fall over, right? That is expected behavior, and Not Thinking Like A Witchhunter.

      We gotta train Katia to exploit the fuck out of any “bugs” we can find in this universe.

      • FoolishOwl

        This universe is different from our own: ideas precede matter. The laws of physics are the Earthbones — the souls of the Eight Divines, rendered mortal and bound to this plane.

  • Uzi_Man

    Heh, this update makes me think of how Katia is such a beautiful and graceful character in her own unique way.
    The new animations are very well done, too.

  • Moon

    …….hope she does it soon and the next update is soon..now can anyone praise the sun?

  • Anonymous

    Yes!!!!! Finally! An update!

  • dude

    This has become a fucking cesspool of “oh my life sucks and isn’t good.” The story has gone nowhere in the past year and it has simply lost appeal.

    • Anon

      You don’t get it. She’s just about to turn her god damn life around by embracing mysticism. This is when shit goes from flat to rising action, or at least making us a good portion of the way up.

      • dude

        Do you get it? Did you read it before when it was great? Before there weren’t attracted to women inspirational panels and “OMG XDDDDDD SO FUNNY” random ghosts that said things that are supposed to be cool. Did there used to be italic text every sentence that mean to convey a message that “Oh you can overcome this.” The comic has deteriorated. If someone showed me it right now I probably wouldn’t give it a second thought and discard it to the heap of stupid things I see all day. Oh, and people like you? That are with this whole fucking bandwagon of “She’s just about to turn her god damn life around by embracing mysticism.” That’s pretty fucking attracted to women. This whole base that this comic has obtained that probably fucking cried after they read “I’m the best fuckup”? You’re all bad.

        It’s not polite to use “gay” in a derogatory manner! I have expanded all instances into “attracted to women”. – The moderation

        • Livn Lern

          It does feel a bit more whiny than it did starting out.the constant pessimistic tone feels like it has just over stayed it’s welcome a little. The story might have just picked you up and then dropped you too many times and the fact that “being a fuck up is a good thing” now (at least as implied) felt a bit overkill, however, it does seem to be picking up again in some capacity. Hoping it works out.

        • Bob

          I literally just read the comic start to finish, and the only change I’m seeing is things looking (very slightly) up for Katia. ‘S been entertaining from cover to cover. You don’t like it? Good thing you don’t have to read it. There’s also nobody compelling you to complain about it.

        • Pajaul

          Attracted to women inspirational panels vs what, horrible depressive pessimistic panels? Random ghost that said things that are supposed to be cool vs what, random orc who says things that are supposed to be cool? This comic is going the same as ever with the exception of better art, more artistic influence, and yes, fuller writing. Did you prefer when each panel was simply a minor altercation of the last, or perhaps a copy of the last in sequence to show taking a long time to think, or mayhaps you mean you’d rather Katia no longer showed any interest in improving? Or maybe you want to see her suffer more and try less? You note a great deal of attracted to women things but don’t suggest an alternative.

          For me this comic has not risen optimistically nearly enough, mainly because that is the running joke, making a cat cry, and you can not have ‘down’ without the ‘up’. But let’s be fair, we’ve been at this for literally years. There is only so much of one flavor one can serve before it become bland. There are spices now and again, mostly artistically, such as the animated panels, the dream sequences, the costume changes and so forth, but the over all formula has not changed. Try- Fail – What did we learn? -Try – Fail – What did we learn? The teacher may have changed, and the situation may be taking a different turn; It may not be progress, it may not even be directional, but it’s a change and if you do not like change, then you can’t possibly be ready for any kind of progression. But if you are, we’d be happy to hear what direction you think it should take. Commands to that purpose would also be appreciated. Never give up the fight my friend.

          –Stop right there attracted to women!

    • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

      Technically, it started as a fucking cesspool of oh my life sucks and isn’t going good. Technically, most of our lives are perpetual cesspools of life suckage and not goodness, unless you get lucky, work hard, or die. Sometimes, all three. I think it’s why we keep coming back; if our life has been a cesspool and Katia’s life continues to be a cesspool, then maybe if Katia’s life gets better, ours will too.

      We’re so desperate for something to validate our wishing, so wrapped up in hope, that we’re willing to grab onto characters we empathize closely with, such as Katia, and slip into the belief that they could serve as an example for us. And looking to an example is something fundamental to being human; it’s rooted deeply in how we learn. Any sufficiently talented story teller could (and I’d propose, does) abuse this pseudo-weakness by creating a sufficiently ‘human’ character. The best writers milk it for all it’s worth.

      The harsh truth is, at the end of the day, this is only a made up story about the life happenings of a particularly sad cat. But it still feels good and maybe could, I dunno, inspire someone to go solve their own problems. Sort of like a security blanket. Or painkillers.

      …you know what, I think I might of just stumbled across one of the things Kazerad could be observing/playing with/experimenting on, all while under the guise of writing a free comic. He’s systematically manipulating people through taking advantage of their hope.

      Fuck. That’s diabolical. {&

  • Darkoh Grubb

    did anyone think of the pond analigy

    eh, instead of just watching I might start taking part.
    insanity ho, another voice enters the fray

  • Broddiccus

    god i love the hard lines, these panels are beautiful the toning on the old guy, katia’s LINES. THOSE LINES ARE SO FANTASTIC

  • dtlux14

    YAY! UPDATE! This was the first update I had to WAIT for. It was worth the wait too. I can’t wait for more, keep up the good work. I also like how the art on this page is different. Keep up the great work. Also, notice that Cider did most work. I LOVE THESE GIFS! BEST OF THE STORY!

  • Christopher Gargani

    Yessssssssss.

  • VanityPirate

    OCRAP Sorry accidentally pressed enter too soon. I wanted to say that your art looks fantastic and the story is building up great.

  • Anonymouse

    I cannot believe how much this comic has come to mean to me, personally, as a fellow total fuckup. Thank you so much.

  • KillerTamarin

    Woohoo, another part of the PREQUEL series, now I have to wait for the horribly painful emptiness to pass then again wait for another part of the series.

  • JJR

    File this under things I didn’t notice at first. If you hold your mouse cursor over the second image the inventory bar stays out and labels for everything appear.

    • As I Cry, ‘Dat Cat’

      Yep, it’s also where a peep could set his profile pic, cough cough. c:

      How was that? Could we be Prequel People, aka ‘peeps’? I’ve always wanted to be part of the naming of a group/club/cult. It’d make this, like, official ‘n shit. Maybe it’s too reminiscent of chicken though, idk.

      • JJR

        And now I have a profile pic, of course when I first loaded it disqus disappeared from my computer for about half a minute. I was worried I would never be able to comment on Prequel again. Even worse my first thought was, this must happen to other people, I’ll just post a comment asking how… oh yeah….

      • unclevertitle

        “Preeps” maybe?

        • Pajaul

          “tears” perhaps?

        • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

          Seconded.

  • tronn

    I like Cider’s art style – it’s different from yours but it fits the comic and is frankly more expressive.

    Also, our voices seem to originate to the left and bit downwards from Katia’s head, that’s nice to know!

    • Bob

      I haven’t noticed it being any more or less expressive – but we are getting more of the up-close full-face views and less of the round face. That I definitely like. But perhaps that’s just the nature of the last few updates. In any case it’s more about the story.

  • Darkening

    That’s heartwarming at the end :)

  • Livn Lern

    I find it incredible that after reading through this entire journey so far, Katia has yet to even consider suicide. It’s not at all unwelcome but it still seems odd that with all her wanting to escape this miserable life, she has not considered… well, death. Of course if I just jinxed it and next time she might hit the ground once more she actually thinks it up… I apologize.

    • Alex Franklin

      That’s the thing about Katia. She may have a terrible life, but she has aspirations. She still holds out hope that things can get better, regardless of luck, patterns, or narrative foreshadowing!

      • JJR

        And that is just the sort of linear thinking needed to be a witchhunter.

        • Livn Lern

          Indeed

    • tronn

      She’s stupid that way, she just doesn’t know when to give up hope and take the easy way out.

  • peregarrett

    Hooray, a new page!

  • Estradus

    I don’t understand why the pegs aren’t just like, flying all over willy nilly. Oh, sure, theres things like gravity holding them down, but everyone knows how unreliable that is. I bet the whole table could just go floating up into the sky now, totally reasonable. I wouldn’t even blink an eye in confusion if that happened. Bonus points if it remembers gravity after a minute and crashes back to earth somewhere… Maybe, back in through the roof of the tavern, back to where it was suposed to be all along. Yes, that is what could totally happen. It is a perfectly reasonable thing for a table to do, they travel home on their own accord all the time.

  • billy

    Hey it took a month but now we know we’re a fuckup and we still haven’t moved a peg, dont gte me wrong… super cute stuff happened. I’m still saying slow progress

  • Fullmoon

    …It means having the sheer arrogance to have humility…
    Now that’s the damn best speech about general relativity I’ve ever heard. Or quantum theory. Or any other advanced physics theory, for that matter.

  • Evan McArdle

    I’m half expecting her to attempt it with the amulet off, and have the table get flung all the way to Anvil.

  • needsomemiracle

    This is getting increasingly esoteric and philosophical.
    I like it.

    What I’m not sure whether I like or not is a shift from crispy choppy pixel-y art and animation to a more fluid, flash-animation-like panels like when Katia is trying out different stuff with the peg.

    • Scaffolding

      To be honest, I’d personally prefer to stick with the first kind of art style.

      • needsomemiracle

        I’m glad I’m not the only one then.
        There’s a certain charm in the pseudo-Lo-Fi, MSPA-style art that I think has become an integral part of Prequel.

  • DD

    Love his speech here :) its actually pretty wise words, for imagination and discipline in a humorous style…

  • Aulakauss

    Animation! Quotable awesomeness! Cats losing their everloving shit!
    And Katia’s eye being apparently better now.

    BEST NON-INTERACTIVE EPISODE EVER.
    (Because seriously, some of those interactive ones bordered on straight-up fucking witchcraft and Katia in Kvatch: The RPG is neigh unbeatable.)

  • Guest

    if doing something wrong is the solution, try to make the peg remain stationary. if you mess that up, that means it will move.

  • BattleCattle

    Hiya. Wow, it’s a li’l crowded in your subconscious, ain’t it? Anyway, got a wild guess for ya, mate. Remember back when ya learned to toss fireballs at apples, ya had to draw the magicka from within, toss it and conflagrate it in mid air? I think ya forgot the first bit here. Ya can’t just imagine it movin’ and expect it to do what ya want just ’cause ya asked nicely. That puzzle there’s a unicorn: If ya just get on the darn thing expectin’ it to go where ya want, the unicorn’s gonna disagree and go its own way: So, put a harness on the unicorn and point its head in the right direction, and you can make it do what ya want.

    Magicka is the harness. It isn’t meant to ask the unicorn if it’ll be a chum and go in the direction ya want, it’s meant to remove all options contrary to the desired result, and let ya sit back and watch magic happen. I can’t tell ya how it’s s’posed to work in practice, that’s what the rest of your head’s supposed to figure out..
    Welp, there ya go.

  • alekksandar

    Oh, shit’s about to get fucked up.

  • Kodak

    So basically, Aggy is saying instead of trying to succeed and be perfect, you should understand that you’ll fail and try to fail in a productive way. Sounds good to me!

  • Nachtrae

    Epic update was epic. Love all the different gifs, it brings so much life to each panel :D

  • Codydudetm

    Be the Dao. Find your own Way, without hindrances like logic or thought. Language is just a construct that fails to conceptualize Mysticism. It’s like using a trap to catch a fish. Once you eat the fish, you don’t need the trap. Once you learn an idea, you don’t need the words.

  • Rosque

    Maybe she should try uh, reverse psychology on the peg? She’s so terrible at everything… what if she’s the best at doing /exactly what she’s thinking about trying to do/?

  • Kiryn Silverwing

    These updates are getting downright inspirational. I love it =D

  • QuarterDollar

    Your weakness is strength, Katia!

  • Cobweb

    We need a side history explaining how the puppy spirit came to be captured.
    Man it’s great to see things moving again!

    • JJR

      No thanks, there’s sad and then there’s puppy farm/magic item factory sad.

  • Flind

    “You have to be a little wrong to be completely right – to abandon truth in favor of questioning falsehood. If you think something’s the easiest way, you have to know you’re wrong.”
    Katia, instead of moving the peg from the puzzle board, try to move the puzzle board away from the peg.

    • Anon

      Make the entirety of Tamriel move back an inch from the peg. Bam, levitation.

      • JJR

        Also massive ‘quakes and flooding along the lower laying areas. I would vote for moving all of Nirn down, not just the one continent.

  • sonicfan315

    This.. this is setting up for an ‘I reject your reality, and substitute my own’ joke isn’t it.

    • pride-and-parliament

      Pretty much to a tee, I’d wager. Avast ye, SonicFan!

      • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

        Again a malarial extra infests… eh, ‘hon’

    • damned lie; par, in part

      Fantasy come true, yet what a Savage prediction!

      • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

        Anagram fail, this line has one extra ‘a’…

  • yerdong

    The fucking poledancing picture. I completely lost my shit. XD

  • James Almasy

    Stop concentrating, and start procrastinating.

    Katia. Think about yourself having a spiritual arm, like aggy’s. You hold your hand out in front of you, but that spiritual arm reaches 5 times as long. It can pick up the peg. You have 20-foot arms. Or Twenty Arm Foots.

    Make no sense, it’s right.

    • Livn Lern

      I’m beginning to think that ELFEN LIED.

  • http://huffingtontheonly.deviantart.com HuffingtontheOnly

    Guys… I think we have to insult Katia about her capability to screw up. like how shes so screwed up to think that the pegs could never move or something like that. kind off in the alternate title “Making a Cat Cry”… we have to make her cry internally…

    • Da Scary Attic

      That’s like taking three right turns to make a left. Or, like, purposefully missing your turn, backing up to try again, turning the opposite direction just for the lulz, then parking and taking a cab because you are a terrible driver.

      Breaking your capability to be broken? Witchhuntery has got to be the least efficient way to do things.

  • Sommie Riggs

    Hehe, the pole-dancing in the background was brilliant… though a little bit out of character for the moment. Still good comic relief though!

    • Livn Lern

      Well she HAS been implying that that’s the only “dance” she knows.

  • Shaggy Anubisllol

    shes gonna have to do the pineapple thing isnt she?

    • YC aSadCatTri? I<3ta CYrCatSad

      I do hope so. I’d be pleased to see this lesson require rather degrading activities of her in exchange for some small modicum of success; just as life has and will continue to do, of course. We can’t lose focus of who she is, afterall: a miserable animal wherein opportunity is wasted.

  • Anonymous

    This kinda sounds like the start of a philosophy of science lecture. “The map isn’t the territory” “You will be wrong 100 times before you are right” “Nothing is absolutely certain, even the most established theories can be toppled by a single experiment.”

    • JJR

      “Nothing is absolutely certain, even the most established theories can be toppled by a single experiment.”

      What sort of experiment would you use to topple this theory?

      • tronn

        That’s not a theory though, just a principle.

        • JJR

          Ok, but it’s still a thing which means it’s not absolutely certain. At least I think that’s what it means.

  • Ultimate lol

    The awnser is clear now. Bring the booze!

    • JJR

      Look out! Look out!
      Pink ukanorns on parade
      Here they come!
      Hippety hoppety
      They’re here and there
      Pink ukanorns everywhere

      Look out! Look out!
      They’re walking around the cat
      Look at that
      Clippity cloppity
      Arrayed in braid
      Pink ukanorns on parade

      What’ll she do?
      What’ll she do?
      With this unusual brew

      She can’t stand the king of worms
      Or look at microscopic germs
      And technicolor ponys, Nirn, is really too much too see

      she is just the type to faint
      When things are odd or things are quaint
      And seeing things she knows that ain’t can certainly give her an awful fright

      What a sight!
      Chase ‘em away! Chase ‘em away!
      She’s afraid, needs your aid
      Pink ukanorns on parade
      Pink ukanorns…
      Pink ukanorns…
      Pink ukanorns…

  • sexy man with corn

    that was fucking deep

    • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

      Your name alone. What splendor; what class.

    • JJR

      humans fucking love corn.

  • DanteVael

    Is it a bad sign, or a good one, that from what I’ve read so far, I think exactly like a witch hunter?

    • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

      Depends. Do you like spoons?

    • unclevertitle

      It means you won’t bother digging trenches with spoons. So yeah, in that regard it’s a good thing.

    • JJR

      It’s a good sign, though you should probably avoid Aggy’s racism.

  • anonymous

    Wow, you can really see how much the art has improved here. These updates are well worth the wait.

  • M’aiq the Liar

    M’aiq has seen men dig great distances with spoons, but M’aiq finds that a fork works far better

    • unclevertitle

      Yeessssss.

    • http://huffingtontheonly.deviantart.com HuffingtontheOnly

      M’aiq, why don’t you work with Katia? shee seems to need some cooperation.

      • M’aiq the Liar

        M’aiq prefers to adventure alone. Others just get in the way. And they talk, talk, talk… Of course M’aiq will leave his words of wisdom but many do not listen

  • ganonlink

    Those last panels looked good, but I think the lines are a tad too thick.

  • ADECOSTAR_ELITE

    You guys do realize we are basically trying to teach Katia to use the force.

  • Kane

    People who pretend like they’re nonsensing. sense more then sense orientated people, because they’re too busy sensing to be too busy trying to sense, so they can sense harder without having to SHOW more sense. you so boss karezard, if more people said what they felt rather then trying to feel what they say and then say what they’re saying they’d say a lot more in a lot less and others would sense more of it, because you think in riddles and talk in answers but never question why you answer something no one questions without answering what people question and questioning what you answer.

  • fredsite

    This whole thing is better and more inspirationalizing if you just let the music from the flash from Aggy’s extrapolating (while Katia/you are trying to solve the puzzle) run. The analogies make more (or less) sense, so maybe she/you should try thinking about it while that music is playing. BUILD THAT SHOVEL!

    Also, I’VE FIANLLY CAUGHT UP!!! (Not that big of a feat, but still…)

  • Dr. Curiosity

    “Being a witchhunter is about acting with nuance.”

    I read that as “…acting with nuisance.” This may still be true.

  • jkjkjk

    -2 months later-

    “so has the cat flipped the table yet?”

  • Wuffles

    Katia => Be the best fuckup.

  • An Explosion

    YES FINALLY AN UPDATE

  • Valdimarian

    the line “I reject your reality and replace it with my own” was made for this instance

    • pride-and-parliament

      It’s substitute, apparently.

    • damned lie; par, in part

      But it is patently true, saps!

    • Psithief

      Info-dump

      First appearance: The Dungeonmaster (1984 movie) as “I reject your reality and substitute my own!”
      Subsequent popularisation: Adam Savage (Mythbusters co-host)

      Contentiously, wikipedia says it’s rephrased from The Deadly Assassin (Doctor Who episode, 1974) “I deny this reality.” “I deny it. I deny it!”

      I call bull****, I mean [citation needed].

      If anyone has a Wikipedia account, I beg you to go and delete that comparison.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dungeonmaster#In_popular_culture

      • pride-and-parliament

        Shit, Psithief, you don’t need an account for that! But sure, I can do it this time. I’m not busy and it’s very easy.

        citation: hit fancy edit button, substitution (yay), my IP address is on site–huh–out forever– man…
        *chastened*

        (these anagrams are exhausting and also I forgot my password for the other account)

        • Stray Cat Acid

          Oooh, how I laughed at this. We forgive you for stopping if you want. :}

          *chastened*

          Huehuehue. :> I swear, whenever I take an attempt at an anagram longer than a few words it always ends with loads of random trailing crap. I guess that’s why this was so funny. :B

        • Psithief

          Um, yep. Thanks, I guess. Sorry.

  • Fit

    Do you ever plan on having a Patreon or something similar for Prequel? I want to pay you for making such a wonderful experience.

    • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

      A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, or last week on 4chan, Kazerad was playing around with the idea of a Prequel store. Also, he crumbled to peer pressure and sang a song made entirely of meows. It’s 4chan; weirder shit has happened.

      I don’t know about the rest of us but if I knew Kaz was seeing a good chunk of the funds, I’d buy this shirt so fast my mouse would leave scorch marks in my desk.

      EDIT: You know how you’ll be lying in your bed at three in the morning, just lying there in the dark, awake, and it hits you that you painfully butchered a reference to the most popular movie series of all time and now everyone will be writhing in agony while they’re trying to read your comment?

      …I fucked up.

      • As I Cry, ‘Dat Cat’

        I’d buy all the pins and posters.

        My wall; it hungers

      • /fitgv/

        I didn’t know Kaz was a 4channer! I suppose ’cause I never stray very far from /fit/, /v/ or /tg/…

        • Kazerad

          I would not call myself a “4channer”, but I do watch everywhere people talk about the comic and usually drop in if someone has a question or something. As much as people act afraid of it, 4chan is a pretty cool place.

          • Guest

            4chan? Don’t they ban people for like, no reason? I wouldn’t go near that place.. Tumblr is slightly better.

          • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

            4chan sounds more and more like the old haunted house that everyone tells you to stay away from, but it’s really just a rumor started by the people who want to feel special that they’re the only ones who get to have crazy parties in the house’s basement.

            It’s like 4chan is some elite exclusive club where the so-called scum of the internet gather to bask in the taboo and risque, when it’s really just a bunch of dudes who get bored at work or have too few friends irl.

      • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

        So that’s what Kazerad sounds like. Also I found the song that he was meowing, and Katiaficated it.

        Somebody once told me that Nirn is gonna roll me
        I ain’t the sharpest claw in the paw
        he was looking rather foal with his finger and his thumb
        In the shape of a horn like a blue straw

        Well the dreams start coming and I can’t stop shacking
        Back to the world and my eyes are both aching
        Didn’t make sense not to live for fun
        Your brain gets drunk and your head gets numb

        So much to do so much to smell
        So what’s wrong with touching old elf wells
        You’ll never know if you don’t go
        You’ll never shine if you don’t glow

        Hey now you’re a Khajiit get your rob on, go raid
        Hey now you’re a Suthay get the dance on, get paid
        And all that logic you’re told
        Only Atronachs break the mold

        It’s a cool place but the ghost made it colder
        You’re furred up now but make sure you don’t moulder
        But the magical men beg to differ
        Judging by the hole in the mage’s guild picture

        The life we live is getting pretty ruff
        The tears are getting low so you might get some tough
        My furs on fire how about yours
        Not the way I like it but at least I’m not bored

        Hey now you’re a Khajiit get your rob on, go raid
        Hey now you’re a Suthay get the dance on, get paid
        And all that logic you’re told
        Only Atronachs break the mold

        Hey now you’re a Khajiit get your rob on, go raid
        Hey now you’re a Suthay get the dance on, get paid
        And all that logic you’re told
        Only Atronachs break the mold

        Somebody once asked could I spare some change for ship
        I need to get myself away from this place
        I said nope but the concept
        I could use a little trip myself
        And we could all use a little change

        Well the dreams start coming and I can’t stop shacking
        Back to the world and my eyes are both aching
        Didn’t make sense not to live for fun
        Your brain gets drunk and your head gets numb

        So much to do so much to smell
        So what’s wrong with touching old elf wells
        You’ll never know if you don’t go
        You’ll never shine if you don’t glow

        Hey now you’re a Khajiit get your rob on, go raid
        Hey now you’re a Suthay get the dance on, get paid
        And all that logic you’re told
        Only Atronachs break the mold

        And all that logic you’re told
        Only Atronachs break the mold

        • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

          …how did I miss this.
          THE IRONY. IT BURNS.

          Gah, it’s way too appropriate. Thank you Kaz, thank you. :B

        • As I Cry, ‘Dat Cat’

          Can I just say your Katiafication of songs is ridiculously awesome?? You sneak in so many goodies that just make me laugh such ugly laughter. C:

          Now I’m going to go listen to this song while reading your superior lyrics.

          • As I Cry, ‘Dat Cat’

            And all that logic you’re told
            Only Atronachs break the mold

            I mean how?! How do you get the words to fit so perfectly, how?!? Just… amazing.

            EDIT: You are the most wonderful person in the world if you intentionally put ‘shacking’ instead of ‘shaking’. I just realized that that may not have been deliberate, but it makes it sooo much funnier.

            EDIT EDIT:

            The tears are getting low so you might get some tough

            GAAAH SO WONDERFUL

            EDIT EDIT EDIT (getting ridiculous, I know): Fixed; nerdgasming so hard that I didn’t even think to turn on my grammar-nazi.

          • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

            You ask me how I get the words to fit perfectly while simultaneously preserving one of my errors, it should be ‘you’re’ not ‘your.’ I had to go back and edit some things like that.

            Edit:

            EDIT: You are the most wonderful person in the world if you intentionally put ‘shacking’ instead of ‘shaking’. I just realized that that may not have been deliberate, but it makes it sooo much funnier.

            That was not deliberate at all; I meant to put ‘shaking,’ but I’ll leave it as it is.

        • Stray Cat Acid

          Just one more comment, sorry sorry, this is just way too good and totally worth it.

          You, sir, have just made my day. I’m a little giddy from the how perfectly this conveys Katia’s situation; it’s like Prequel just had a mini-update. :D

        • Gren

          MY GOODNESS! PLEASE. SOMEONE. DO A COVER. OF THIS. I CAN’T. STOP LAUGHING.

  • Alex Franklin

    I believe she needs to think about her mind-state the last time she used raw magic in spite of the amulet. Could it be tied to the fact that she had just quit drinking, something that took new levels of pure willpower? Maybe you need to achieve a similar feat with regards to intellect. She should try seeing what happens if you devote all effort into believing the nonsense that ghost is spewing. Take on a whole new mindset! EMBRACE the madness! Look at the world through his eyes and see if that changes anything.

    • As I Cry, ‘Dat Cat’

      Look at the world through his eyes and try to find the things that don’t change. Ghost-sight is some pretty freaky shit.

  • pride-and-parliament

    Aah, I love this time-travel cop show on Syfy! *imagines greater*

  • damned lie; par, in part

    *hoots* Hello; I vow it’s me! Everything I say is a perfect anagram!

  • FoolishOwl

    The command I submitted wasn’t accepted, but I feel like our mentor here is offering a similar train of thought, so I feel vindicated.

  • Tau

    So the trick seems to be to get it to make sense. Think about it, magic does always seem to be connected to thoughts and feelings. So thoughts are not just thoughts, they are also magic. At least yours are. Which means that it’s not so strange for a thing to behave differently when it’s filled with your thoughts. And really, all those weird attempts to move that peg have already made that peg special. This is your peg. It doesn’t need to obey gravity anymore. Hell, seeing as it now has a connection to you, it would probably share your talent for failure. And what is flying if not attempting to hit the ground and missing? There’s really no way for this to not happen to this peg.

  • Saminjutsu

    My command that I just posted, what do you guys think?

    “Katia, listen to Aggy. You need to be more flexible with your thinking.

    It’s not a matter of HOW you should get the peg to move, its WHY the peg should move.

    Maybe a giant invisible unicorn just happens to fly by and the force of its passing creates a vacuum that causes the peg to move.

    Maybe the rock you are holding is ACTUALLY an eldritch artifact that was designed by THE ELDER GODS TO SPECIFICALLY MANIPULATE PEG LIKE WOODEN OBJECTS.

    Maybe these voices you are hearing inside your head are actual gods of the world and if you asked them nicely they would move the peg for you.

    Are these likely to be true? Probably not. Yes, they are highly improbable.

    But here is the kicker: THEY ARE NOT IMPOSSIBLE. There is no reason that these COULDN’T happen. And that’s the key.

    Believe in the improbable. Toe the line between rational and crazy.

    Walk that thin line knowing that you can because instead of walking straight down it, you decide to turn it horizontally and realize that the next thin line that someone has to toe (say, between good and evil, black and white, taco and burrito) is right next to it and you can stand on both of them at the same time without falling off and shimmie sideways down the two of them.

    BS the universe using its own rule book. No magic, no skill, no training. Just sheer luck/unluck and playing the system.

    For instance:

    You think the universe has it out for you? You think that EVERYTHING you do is wrong?

    No longer THINK that, BELIEVE it. With all your being. KNOW it.

    When you can achieve that level of understanding: Simply pick up the peg and drop it, knowing that you are such a screw-up that you will miss the ground so completely the peg will have no choice but to fall up.

    (You can then try to fly by throwing yourself at the ground and, true to form, missing. The great Mystic Arthur Dent used it to great effect)”

    • tronn

      That’s, like, way too long. Kaz wants a line or two at most.

      • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

        Really?
        So my five point plan to break into the mage’s guild and get our stuff back has no chance.
        Has Kazerad ever revealed how he chooses commands?

    • http://huffingtontheonly.deviantart.com HuffingtontheOnly

      words words words….

    • http://huffingtontheonly.deviantart.com HuffingtontheOnly

      that said, this is a nice short essay to Katia.

    • anon

      My reply was a bitsimilar, though much shorter.

      It basically went along the lines of: “Why is the peg not moving? Because of the Laws of Physics? Why should it follow those laws, when there are numerous other options said peg could pick? Screw the laws. You’re such a fuck-up anyway that you could easily make a simple peg forget the laws of physics, yeah? (And then focus your magic on that).”

      • Pierre_of_Highrock

        I just told her to hallucinate like she did at the picnic and picture another her moving the peg for her.

        • Gren

          That was not an hallucination. The sandwich had a temporal detect life effect.

          • Pierre_of_Highrock

            Not THAT picnic. The “picnic” with Lady Millona Umbranox. The dinner she went to and then promptly changed her perception of to suit her needs.

  • Wolfee

    Yes
    YES
    A NEW PAGE!, KAZEKARD OR WHATEVER ITS SPELLED I LOVE YOU
    …lets have a family shall we?

    • http://omgzdenek.deviantart.com/ OMGZDENEK

      lol

  • Gage Garls

    ok i actually understood that it makes a kind of sense. was it supposed to or did this make me go insane?

  • http://Galladorn.com SubOptimizer

    Sheogorath must be the most powerful Mystic ever… or never. Time is relative.

    • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

      I would agree, this story is a perfect example of out clevering brute force. Of course, Hircine probably would tell the story differently, or maybe just kill you if you asked.

  • Lillihandra

    Is it bad that the crazy ghost is quickly becoming my favorite character in this comic?

    • http://omgzdenek.deviantart.com/ OMGZDENEK

      every goddamn crazed uncle in films,books or games is always beloved by comunity.Sheogorath,Dr.Holofaust,Deadpool,Zaphod Beeblebrocx and that guy from Clockwork orange.Every one of them boys is crazed lunatic and every one of them is beloved.

      • As I Cry, ‘Dat Cat’

        What can I say? I love me some crazy.

  • Carrnage

    i might be posting a bit too many commands, but there’s just so many possible options!

  • Guest

    Kazerad ==> make a patreon.

  • rogueSnail

    Just me, testing out my gravatar.

    • rogueSnail

      Alas, it works.

      • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

        Alas?
        You were hoping it didn’t?

  • Grimm

    Whelp, if its okay with Kazerad I’d like to say something that sounds silly, but is very true. It relates to the story…kinda.

    • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

      You should hit him up on Steam! :D Or maybe Skype or AOL or something. He’d probably get back to you much more quickly.

      • Grimm

        Well its just that…ah, screw it.

        I just wanted to thank him for making this webcomic. I just recently had to change schools because literally all of my friends decided that I was an attention seeking whore (I’m a guy BTW) and they didn’t want me around anymore. Normally I’d just brush it off because I’ve delt with this since I started school, but knowing EVERYONE around you is laughing made me hit rock bottom and hard. I came so close to attempting suicide. That’s when I came across this. I read and I read. I saw Katia fall over and over again, but she still got back up. (Okay this is where it starts to sound weird) Despite the fact she’s a fictional character, she gave me the strength to get my life back on track.

        Go ahead and laugh but I feel as though I have a connection with Katia. Oh, and if anybody makes one rude comment, I will hunt you down and make your life as miserable as possible.

        • As I Cry, ‘Dat Cat’

          I can’t say whether I love or hate the fact that I’m here living through and identifying with this; your post/situation, Prequel, my situation, the fact that Kazerad is both brilliantly sympathetic and a manipulative bastard, all of it. There are just too many voices screaming in my head to know exactly which way I feel; I’m glad someone is not only going through something similar, but can convey it as well as you just did.

          This is arguably pretty rude. Feel free to punish the mean motherfucker who posted it.

          • Kaytavo

            damn you you replied a mere second before me >:.(

          • As I Cry, ‘Dat Cat’

            Hah ha! My fingers are lightning. :]

          • Kaytavo

            indeed they are

          • Grimm

            The weird thing is the fact that I too have voices in my head.

          • As I Cry, ‘Dat Cat’

            YES. Though some may claim otherwise, I’m pretty sure crazy is actually pretty normal.

          • Kaytavo

            ^this
            so much this

          • Grimm

            My voices are very complex. To make myself feel more comfortable, I made them into actual people in my head. Of course I couldn’t let them wander aimlessly throughout the void so I had to give them somewhere to stay. It became a whole facility.

          • Grimm

            There is one little detail that I haven’t told you though…

          • Kaytavo

            as do i and i must say they have really good ideas sometimes

        • Kaytavo

          *makes one rude comment*

          lol but srsly i think a majority of us feel a connection to katia of some sort (thats what makes this comic so popular) so there is no real reason to laugh at you about that

          • Grimm

            Well *ahem* let’s just say mine is a bit unusual…

        • Grimm

          Okay, I’ll say it. Due to the fact that basically everyone I know doesn’t like me because of the way I act, walk, or talk. I can never seem to find a friend or for that matter, a girlfriend. After learning about Katia’s personality…you know what, I think you can guess the rest.

          • As I Cry, ‘Dat Cat’

            Too true, gots teh same feels, too true.

          • Grimm

            You and me, we can be bros okay?
            Together pursuing her! Although if it has to end with a fight to the death, I won’t fight you.

        • Jo khajiit

          I too feel a rapport with Katia

    • Stray Cat Acid

      From what I’ve seen he mostly leaves the comment section to its antics, only really stepping in to clarify assumptions and to fling snarky comments.

  • Fritts ShockTrooper

    seeing as how the chances of getting picked for the In-put comments directed at Kat are extremely low, I find it amusing that its not just my in-put, but perhapes thousands or at least hundreds of comments not being picked, that perspective keeps my sanity intact i guess.

    • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

      I would guess hundreds, I would be surprised if there were more commands than comments. At least I write more comments than commands, maybe I’m an outlier.
      Out of curiosity, how long have you been submitting commands?

  • Keldor

    Hmm – Shouldn’t it be Ja-Khajiit rather than Jo-Khajiit?

    • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

      Maybe. Ja-Khajiit refers to someone who lacks experience, or a kitten, while Jo-Khajiit would refer to a wizard. Either would work since Katia is trying to be a wizard but lacks experience. I guess we could always ask, via command, which one Aggy was trying to say.

  • Jababa

    ITS BACK!!! YES

    • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

      ITS FRONT TOO!

  • Goldking

    So… How do you suggest stuff for the comic?

    • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

      Look for the, “Submit Commands,” Link in the sidebar, on the right.

      • Goldking

        Ah K. Thanks.

    • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

      We really need a button or reminder or something right before the “disqus_thread” div. Not that people asking this question is getting tedious; it’s kind of fun to see new faces and I think asking where to submit a command breaks the ice around leaving comments. It’s just horribly inefficient.

      • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

        Is that a dark wizard beating a man to death with a spoon?

        • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

          Yep, basically. :B Threw the link into that shiny oldest comment at the top.

      • Cobweb

        Well, since you don’t mind silly questioning… how you put a link in a word like u did there in your post? I usually post the entire link, but it not so neat!

        • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

          Putting links in requires the use of HTML tags.
          For a link use <a href=website URL> then write the words you want to use as a link here </a> tells the system to stop transforming words into links and you can finish your message normally.

          as an example, <a href=http://help.disqus.com/customer/portal/articles/466253-what-html-tags-are-allowed-within-comments> example </a>.
          Becomes example.

          Also, the link provided leads to a website that defines the HTML tags that can be used.
          Another thing to keep in mind is that these tags will not be displayed in a comment when used, in order to make them show up in my comment to you I had to modify them with other tags so that they no longer looked like HTML tags to the system.

          So in order to provide the example I actually typed
          as an example, <<em>a href=http://help.disqus.com/customer/portal/articles/466253-what-html-tags-are-allowed-within-comments </em>> example <<em>/a</em>.
          Becomes <a href=http://help.disqus.com/customer/portal/articles/466253-what-html-tags-are-allowed-within-comments> example</a>.

          • Cobweb

            Thanks man, now I get it. I’m not that bad with HTML, but I not used to forums that much…

        • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

          Looks like JJR’s got this one, nicely done. We were talking about this just a few days ago if you care for a look, but everything you need to know is already in the above post. Or below it, if you’re a superior being (like my good self) and sort comments by newest.

  • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

    Ok, I don’t know how many times I’ve looked at this update, but I only just noticed that panel three is animated. How do I miss these things?

    • Rob

      You clearly haven’t mastered the art of staring. I studied it for four years and I’m still noticing new details every time I read a page. It’s all in the iris.

      No, seriously, the little details I didn”t notice the first (four) time(s) just blow me away. I’m rereading everything now and realizing that I missed every single flame that popped up after cat jokes prior to the Ayleid ruin incident. And, if you didn’t notice, a fire pops up EVERY time a cat joke is told. I guess it was kind of obvious with comments like “That cat burn was so sick it lit the candle”… I’m kinda slow.

  • gasjdhbahsd

    welp go to scotland and listen to the wind in the caves then win..

  • Enryu57

    The problem is that you’re trying to move the peg. Move everything else.

  • Onix

    I just had the craziest dream In which i was a Mandalorian. Katia was my partner and she wore diapers. It was all sorts of fucked up.

    • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

      I’d suggest decaf next time. Brains aren’t supposed to do that; mine keeps making this weird grinding noise whenever I try to imagine what your dream could’ve possibly been like.

      Also, you know that Extra-Funtime Purple Juice you can always find under your sink? Yeah… that’s cough syrup. Might want to lay off that as well. :{

      • Goldking

        I hear that there is a chemical in Apple Juice which makes you have crazy vivid memorable dreams. Could be that maybe

        • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

          Oh, that makes more sense.

          Of course, that chemical is called alcohol, and that Juice is less Apple and more Hard Cider.

          • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

            Wait, wait, wait…
            So Cider does animations and hallucinations.
            Yeah, I guess that makes sense.

          • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

            Well duh; rhyming makes anything make more sense. I mean, if the ends of two words sound alike, it’s pretty obvious that they’re connected in someway. It’s an elementary law of the universe, like, think law of gravity, except for rhyming. Even kids know this.

        • Unclever title

          It’s in bananas actually. I’ve read that large amounts Vitamin b6 can cause vivid dreams and increase dream recall. No foolin.

          • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

            GUYS. GUYS. I THINK WE JUST SOLVED… EVERYTHING.

            The moral of this comic? Keep the big sad yellow thing away from the skinny long yellow things. Obviously Kazerad has been waiting for us to come to this realization; let us celebrate our triumph over his cunning by submitting several dozen commands warning Katia about the dangers of banana addiction.

  • Stray Cat Acid

    Weird. You know how when you follow a comment section, Disqus is supposed to send an email whenever a new comment is posted? Well, sometimes I get that email right after a comment is posted, and sometimes I get it days after the fact.

    Anybody else experiencing this? The inconsistency is irritating.

    EDIT: Like, within literal seconds of posting this I got the email. Very confusion. Much sick of doge meme.

    • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

      Wait, I thought e-mails were sent when people responded to you. I don’t think I have ever gotten a notification of a new comment being posted.

      Edit: So do you have press the favorite button, or something else?

      • Stray Cat Acid

        I twiddled with mine; it’s in the settings somewhere. I see aaaall the comments. :B (sometimes I like to pretend I’m Kazerad, pressing his little moderator buttons while wearing his extra-special moderator vest (with his matching sock ‘n sandal combo, of course))

        …wait, so if you haven’t been getting the emails, and you’re still as much the sexy posting fiend as you are…
        o.O

        Do you check this thread like every five minutes?!? How do you maintain such dedication??? How do you even find new comments, reread the entire thread?? I mean, wow, take the prize, you definitely deserve this win; now it feels like I’ve been cheating this whole time. Course, I am the villain, so I guess that’s kind of a No Shit Sherlock situation, but still.

        • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

          I don’t check that often, I think. I think it’s mainly because prequel is the only comment area that I am very interested in at the moment.
          Also, ‘extra special moderator vest.” Does that give a bonus to two handed weapons, for the banhammer?

          Last thing, “Stray Cat Acid.” Is that supposed to be the acid from a stray cat, or the stray acid from an unmodified cat? And as long as I’m asking about your user name is that a Lewis Acid , a Bronsted Acid or maybe something more fun

          Edit: Ok, maybe I do check back a little too often.

          • Stray Cat Acid

            Lols, banhammer, good one. :]

            I’ve been pondering that myself for quite some time; I’m thinking it’s ‘Stray Cat-Acid’, like it’s gonna hit’cha in teh face if you’re not careful, rather than ‘Stray-cat Acid’, which would be some sort of Brønsted–Lowry based Cat-B-Gone solution, cause who the hell uses Lewis’s definition of an acid? Though sad cats are ridiculously addictive, so maybe the last is the most appropriate.

            Now it’s your turn in the chair with the bright light: What’s JJR stand for? I’ve held this burning curiosity for far too long.

          • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

            You need to be careful with that ‘curiosity’ stuff around here, lest you hurt Katia.
            As to the answer it’s just my initials.

      • Stray Cat Acid

        It’s in [Edit Settings] which kicks you over to the Disqus site, wherein you click this little checkbox that then auto-subscribes to any thread you comment on. There’s also a little Subscribe link at the bottom of every comment section.

        Huh. Looks like there should be an RSS link for Disqus down there too, but maybe it’s disabled?? I don’t know. Maybe I’ll ask Kazerad when he’s finished with his precious TF2Time, maybe not.

  • Ravan

    Anybody here?..

    • Stray Cat Acid

      Well, now, yes. Sup?

      • Ravan

        Just first time here and have a few questions. Can you help?

        • Stray Cat Acid

          Gladly. :B What would you like to know?

          • Ravan

            Well, let’s start with the fact that my English is very weak. So I hope the translator did not distort my thoughts… ᴗ_ᴗ
            1. How often in the history of comics moving forward?
            2. What is the probability that your actions be in the story?
            3. Comic authors might be interested in the introduction of a new character, which will take place in the story and will often overlap with the main character?

          • Stray Cat Acid

            I’ll try to use simple English then. :)

            1. The comic has one author; his name is Kazerad. He gives us the next part of the comic, or updates the comic, when he thinks it is ready. This usually happens every two weeks, but in the past five months Kazerad’s life has been very busy, and the comic has only updated every month. He’s sad that it’s so slow; he’s trying to get faster.

            2. The way to have your actions be in the story, or get Kazerad to select your command, is to give Kazerad a lot of actions! :} Kazerad hasn’t told us how many commands are given to him for each update, but we think it isn’t more than the comments, so I would guess Kazerad gets less than a hundred commands every update. There’s a very good chance that your command will get in, especially if it’s funny or weird. Like really weird; try to make Kazerad’s brain hurt. {&
            The best commands are the kind that make Kazerad say ‘Huh. Never thought of that, that’d be kind of cool to draw…’

            3. If I understand your question correctly, and you’re asking if Kazerad will put somebody else’s character in the story, he hasn’t done this in the past (besides, you know, this entire comic being based around other people’s characters). But if you have an idea of a character you would like to see in the story, be excited! We, the fans of Prequel, love fan fiction. Love it. So write us a story with your character, or draw us an awesome picture! We totally love it.

            I hope this is easy to understand. If you don’t mind me asking, what languages do you speak?

          • Ravan

            1. Sad to hear it… And what exactly the problem the author, he did not say? Simply, I do not think it really hard drawing…

            2. Well, I’m not a big fan of mental pain, so I’ll stick with sound logic… But if my thoughts will be ignored for too long, then I’ll join the path of insanity.

            3. I’m bad artist… But if we talk about the stories that… Let’s just say they are… unusual. And yet, what do you mean by “write to us”?

            My native language – Russian, although I ‘m learning English and doing it quite well, but it is still difficult to speak or write confidently. x_x

          • Stray Cat Acid

            You’re right about the drawing being easier. The part of the comic that takes time is the writing. It’s hard to write as skillfully as Kazerad does. Also, Kazerad has had all kinds of things happen in the past half of a year; people have died, he’s helped a few friends through depression, he won a few contests, and his internet got knocked out. He’s found a few people to help with the drawing, but he’s still kind of limited to himself with the writing.

            Yisss, join the path of insanity, only the craziest will survive, mwahaha…

            By “write to us”, I mean write a story and give it to us. And unusual is the best kind! Now I’m really curious, what kind of story would you like to write?

          • Ravan

            I get it.

            We’ll see…

            Well, at first planned to create a character to help Kate… In her dreams… But then there is glitters and ghost. So it was not necessary. And now remained only option to create a Breton born under the sign of apprentices. Something like this, although I still do not think it is possible for him to be in the story…

            I even pulled out some flash elements from comics and began to create mine, but abandoned the project…

          • Gren

            *cough* Stephane *cough*

          • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

            Stephane does not seem likely to help Katia, unless we somehow convince him that she is a mythical hero.

          • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

            The solution? Katia must duel Sigrid to the death over the affection of Stephane. It’s the classic gender-reversed love triangle drama.
            Oh, and one of them is a cat.

          • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

            Oh, and one of them is a cat.

            Isn’t that normal in Cyrodilic love triangle dramas?

          • Gren

            Is that or lusty argonian maids.

          • Gren

            That can be arranged. *working on future commands*

          • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

            If he knew that Katia has been getting the same dream of divine origin for most of her life, that might help. But his criteria involves having Fate had things to you on a silver platter, and being at ease in everything that you do. I don’t think those terms describe Katia very well.

          • Gren

            Well, if you’ve played the game then you should know that Sigrid is no big deal. She barely escaped when the invasion began and Stephane wasn’t with her which means he’s either dead or decided to follow Katia instead.
            He already knows that she is an Atronach and that’s pretty rare among people what makes her kind of special (in the good way). She only has to prove him (and herself) that she’s not a disposable, expendable cat. And what a better way to prove it than beating Sigrid in her own game on her own ground. I’m sure Sigrid’s fate is determined by luck just like Gharug and Dmitri. But Katia’s fate is far from that since there’s a higher being messing with her life.

          • Ravan

            What?

          • Gren

            You were asking for a Breton mage so I thought Stephane fits the profile. Thus, there’s no need to add a new character, we just have to convince him.

          • Ravan

            Серьезно? И как мне это в голову не пришло…
            And what makes you think that he Breton?
            Still, tolerates such nastiness as “voluntary” robbery, it does not fit my description.
            Спойлер: Ключ => ловушка.

          • Gren

            1- Please don’t speak to me in Russian and I won’t speak to you in Spanish.

            2- It was confirmed here.
            Sigrid: … Don’t mind his douchiness; being a Breton, he’s probably just huffy at the idea he might be the third best mage in this room.

          • Ravan

            My English suck…

          • Gren

            Yeah mine too. I’m just doing my best to not sound like a caveman. Perhaps that’s the reason why my commands haven’t been selected yet? Is that or I’m just terrible to come up with commands. I think I prefer to believe the first one is the actual reason. ಥ_ಥ

          • Ravan

            Understood.
            Hmm … Do you really think that Stefan can be … good?

          • Gren

            Yes, he may be mean and snide but that’s the way he is. He has good intentions and that’s why he decided to be a priest in a chapel instead of a cultist in a daedric shrine. He also wants to turn Sigrid into a good person and has entrusted that mission to Katia. If things get ugly for Katia I’m sure he’ll give her a hand somehow. You don’t need to have a creepy smile in your face to be a good person, you know.

          • Ravan

            One more thing.

            If I Submit command for Katie, it should appear somewhere?

  • dtlux14

    I can’t wait for update. And I also remember that great time when I was the only one without a default picture, and that made me special. I miss that time :)

    • As I Cry, ‘Dat Cat’

      Me too! I mean the update part, I never got to be one of those special fancy-pants with the only profile pic to be seen in the entire thread.

      I’m still pretty special though. Sometimes it makes me randomly laugh. Which makes me more special.

      • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

        I’m still pretty special though. Sometimes it makes me randomly laugh. Which makes me more special.

        Which would make you laugh more, making you even more special. That’s a positive feedback loop. I recommend somber music played on a gramophone and chanted laments to bring you down before you die laughing.

        • As I Cry, ‘Dat Cat’

          NOT HELPING

      • dtlux14

        Everyone was a soldier, then here I come with a picture of Katia. Welp, 11:15 on a school nigh, good night to you sir.

    • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

      Maybe you should go back to the default, so that you can stand out again.

      • dtlux14

        Nah, I like this picture. Also, it would just seem like one picture in many, because it was all one picture before, but now it is many :P I wish I could read for a whole 11 days again without knowing what would happen, but then I’d need to not read for 3 years. Can’t wait for an update.

  • IHaveNeverPostedHereBefore

    Why not leave the peg where it is, and move everything else down? Like everything. Like the entire universe.

    • Psithief

      Heh.

      “IHaveNeverPostedHereBefore” you say? Unfortunately for you, three others have already failed to find the ‘Submit Command‘ form with the exact same suggestion.

      Here, here and here.

      Of course, if you have posted here before, failing to find the correct place for suggestions is even funnier.

  • Cobweb

    With this kinda effort she should have accomplished a lot already.Go slut cat… GO!

    • Cobweb

      OK. Can someone please tell me what the hell did I do wrong in here! The link got screwed up… shit!

      • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

        You need to start with <a href=http://s28.photobucket.com/user/cybermasterdza/media/LiftIt_zps81d7a9da.gif.html>
        then type the words you want to act as a link
        then end with </a>

        • Cobweb

          I correct the earlier statement I’ve made… I don’t know #@%*& of HTML!

          Thank’s man.

          • Cobweb

            I mean thanks man… I don’t know shit of English either!

  • pheonixflyer13

    This got updated a week ago? Where have I been?
    Katia, use the fuck-upery! You have been training for this your whole life!

  • Skyrimian

    The submit command thing isn’t working for me.

    • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

      Is the link not working or the command not submitting? Because I just tried and it worked.
      I ask because, if you can’t get it to work you could put it in a comment, then I’ll post it for you.

  • HahnDragoner523

    Your mistake is that you are trying to move the pug in the first place. You are trying too hard. Don´t try to lift the pug with your mind. Make the pug lift by itself BECAUSE of your mind.

    • Ravan

      Done.

  • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

    I’m getting that urge to start speculating wildly again. So here it goes.
    I think that the Oblivion Crisis is about to happen. Why? because things are looking up for our Sad Cat; To me this means that the downside is about to hit her. As to why I think that downside will take the form of a daedric invasion, mostly it’s because we say those shady characters when Aggy was on his way to Kvatch. Also Katia met that cultist at the gate and I find it hard to believe that he was there on the wrong week.
    I do think we still have time to rob Sigrid though. I think that’s inevitable because she has a responsibility of 100 in the game. At some point Stephane will convince her to be nicer.

    • Ravan

      JJR: …At some point Stephane will convince her to be nicer.

      Why it seems to me that everything would be contrary…

      • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

        Like I said, in the game Sigrid is an NPC with 100 points in the mercantile skill, we have already seen that. She also has 100 points in the responsibility variable. This means, in the game, she will report crimes that she sees and will not steal things. Given that she is perfectly willing to steal things now she is not like she is in the game. I just think that at some point she will be.

        • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

          BRILLIANT. T.T

    • Rob

      I didn’t even notice that cultist’s robes. It might have just been another little reference to the game, or foreshadowing… it kind of works with the Black Horse Courier article you can find in the Argonians’ house, “THE DRAGONFIRES LOOK FINE TO ME!” This hypothesis is viable.

      Then again, if there’s any point where things will actually turn around for Katia, it’s here. All that’s standing between her and success is the things Sigrid took, and if she unlocks her powers (and I don’t see how she won’t, with the time that’s already been put in with Aggy) I think that’s entirely possible. Also, I think it’s too soon for her to crash and burn again.

      I think if she can finally get her magic under control, it’ll give her the confidence she needs. She’ll be able to defend herself, get her stuff back, get in with the (real) mages guild, and find work. But what I think is going to become the real focus in the coming pages will be the source of her dreams. While I was rereading the whole part where she was learning about the Captian’s experience with Vaermina, I couldn’t help but think that a LOT of time was put into that, and that it hinted to a bigger conflict coming. As we know, the dreams are kind of the root cause of her current situation, and I think it would be very fitting for those to be taken care of.

      OR, perhaps it’s Mehrunes Dagon BEHIND the dreams because he knows Katia could stop him. Or something. Yeah, how’s that for hypothesizing?

      • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

        I agree that it’s too soon for things to crash and burn. After getting our stuff back and winning the dance competition, then things will be high enough to crash. I don’t think there is going to a point where things turn around for Katia, where she starts winning all the things. Instead I think the ‘up’ parts and the ‘down’ parts will get more extreme.
        I do agree that exploring the source of the dreams are probably going to be important relatively soon. I have seen some speculation that they mark her as the Oblivion hero, and the Emperor is having scary dreams of being trapped in a room with a Khajiit.
        My own thoughts on the dreams. They appear to be very harmful to the people who have them. They ruined Katia’s life and seem to have isolated Captain Atrum from his friends. So I think the purpose of the dreams is to be debilitating, not helpful.
        Of course the place I am starting from is one where there will be no player hero. Partly because prequel is a webcomic, not a video game. Partly because I don’t think Kazerad would want to follow the main story of Oblivion; at least, it seems less interesting to me as a reader. I also think that that cultist was not there early, a whole week early is a little hard for me to believe. In my opinion, he was there on time, it’s just that the invasion was postponed on account of the Emperor not being dead yet. I expect that those shady characters are working on a plan B.
        Of course, the thing that I am expecting is some sort of crash. That the crash will take the form of the crisis is me going really far out on a limb. The other scenario I had in mind was getting caught be ASOTIL while robbing Sigrid and getting all our stuff taken away, again, and thrown in prison.
        The other thing I have been thinking about in regards to the Oblivion crisis is that the webcomic is called Prequel. If the gates open though, it’s not really a prequel anymore.
        Last thought; maybe some one needs to submit a command for the crisis to start before it will actually start.

        Edit: Also your hypothesizing was great.

        Another edit: Just submitted a command for the Oblivion crisis to start, under the name Merrunz Ja’Khajiit. Don’t think anything will come of it, but why not.

        • Rob

          Well, on your comment about the highs and lows becoming more extreme – I disagree simply based on the last low. She’s two days without drinking (after two days with, correct me if I’m wrong on either) and while she crashed after the Mage’s guild she still turned down a bottle of booze and her powers went fucking crazy. Crazy enough to show that if she could just control them, she’d be an ossum mage. And now she’s learning to do do just that, from an expert*. While it may be worse for her, for now, I see them as less extreme.

          Edit – Also, on the subject of magic and her lows, I feel like all it’ll take to pull her out of this is a little confidence. I feel like if she just has something to believe in herself with – such as wicked magical abilities, which, again, I feel like they’re going to be hella wicked – she’ll start to really avoid these ruts, or be less affected by them. She may have been really excited to go see Sigrid, but let’s remember this is still just after she spent hours hanging by a thread in a well a few inches away from some slaughterfish. Basically I’m saying magic ability might really empower her enough to do some things right for a change. Yeah, she’ll still have lows (especially if there’s some epic antagonist behind the dreams) but maybe they won’t be as bad.

          On the cultist and the Oblivion crisis – okay, let’s consider that the story is most definitely a “prequel” and will probably end as soon as she’s stable and all. Assuming that the story is actually going somewhere and not a massive troll – based on the quality of the whole damned thing I refuse to believe it’s all about making Katia miserable. Anyway, it’s then conceivable that this is the prequel to the story of Oblivion – Katia basically sorting out her shit prior to that. It’s actually the only thing I can think of for this to be a prequel to – then again, I’m not writing the story. Anyway, in this case, it would figure that the story would end as soon as the Oblivion crisis starts, because we already know that one. And then it would no longer be the prequel.

          However, I feel that the cultist’s presence was probably just a little easter egg of sorts. I can’t say for sure, of course, but here’s my reasoning – assuming that Katia isn’t the hero of Kvatch and all that jazz, it would kind of consume the story if Katia became involved with the Oblivion crisis in any way, including just being there for it. Like I said, I see the dreams and whomever may be causing them to be the upcoming focus of the story, perhaps even the ultimate antagonist.

          Another edit – on the dreams, they affected a potentially wicked awesome mage and the CAPTAIN of the guard in Kvatch. Both of whom are potentially powerful players in Kvatch around the time some Mythic Dawn cultists are gathering there. Coincidence? Perhaps not.

          *Expertise may have deteriorated due to ghost insanity. While ghost insanity may indeed affect quality of magic training, we do not consider it a valid cause for refund or reassignment of a different trainer. We are sorry if this causes you inconvenience. We hope you enjoy your training and reach your dreams of magic mastery!

          • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

            I would argue that having her powers run out of control and burn most of the stuff in the Chapel is worse than the two times she got drunk.

            Edit: it also seems worse to me because of the nightmare she had that night.

            All the stuff about this being a prequel to the Oblivion story makes sense. It would be rather straightforward for Katia to get her stuff together, then somehow end up in the Imperial city prison. Then the webcomic ends as the main story from Oblivion begins.
            On the other paw, Kazerad’s most recent Tumblr post says that Transistor was too straightforward. After reading that, I am expecting some sort of twist to happen, or for the story to go off in some unexpected direction.

          • Rob

            There’s always a twist. I’m considering it a possibility and nothing more. In any case, I just see progress.

          • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

            Oh. Oh WOAH, I didn’t realize like, any of this. O.o

            You two might be the most brilliant two people out of the entire Prequel fan base. Seriously, the amount of insight/sheer wit in this thread is brain-melting. Just, your jobs are to keep putting the words on my screen, ‘kay? C: It’d make me so happy…

          • Rob

            Brilliant is not a word I ever expect to be referred to as. I’m just saying it like I see it.

            Your job is to make sure I never use the word “hella” again. If I do you are authorized to shoot me.

          • Livn Lern

            It kinda fits that these dreams are meant to prevent her from ever meeting the emperor or any other royalty of the bloodline to prevent her from being given the amulet and thus stop her from being the hero the world needs. While it’s possible that she will straight up become that hero anyway after a long and painful journey, it is also possible that that fate is stolen away from her but taken on by a new hero in her place. It’s even possible she is the one who ensures that someone is there to take that task on themselves whether it’s something she decides herself or if she has to make a sacrifice of some sort. There’s no telling what our little Katina will do and we, for all intents and purposes, ARE her.

          • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

            Kind of a wild ride, isn’t it? HAHA, understatement of the century, especially when you begin to grasp just how very many ways this little unassuming commiseration can apply. The meta-think around this comic is boggling.

          • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

            The meta-think around this comic is boggling.

            I recently found myself comparing Khajiit racial stats from the various Elder Scrolls games to see which one fits Katia best.

            For the record I think she has the -10 to luck that female Khajiit get in Daggerfall.

          • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

            I don’t know about brilliant, the more I try to put my thoughts to words the more muddled they feel. That’s probably just because I really, really want my super-duper radiant A.I. theory to be true. But I am thinking that Bob is right, and this is a Prequel to the Oblivion story. Of course, In the short term I expect that we need to finish our ghost training and go rob Sigrid, regardless of what Prequel is.

            Edit: is there any way to use multiple HTML tags on the same chunk of text?

          • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

            From my experimentation, some tags play nicely with each other when they’re in a specific order and some don’t. Maybe just fiddle with it until it works? I dunno.

            I’ve found having a comment sandbox where you can post a test version to see how it looks, then twiddle with it without the entire world seeing, is handy.

            And you guys are far too humble! You probably spend inordinate chunks of time crafting such brilliant wit, and your literary skills are deliciously impressive. :} I can’t tell you how many times I’ve burst out laughing, or fallen back in my chair wide eyed. Oh man, hella. Still makes me chuckle. And of course Kazerad is going to give us some crazy twist, why didn’t I think of that?? He basically confirmed it in his tumbler post.

            Seriously, you guys are awesome. C:

  • jam

    feel it in your bones

  • Vince

    Loved it, but I gotta say that the animations by Cider didn’t look much like Katia. Face proportions and the way she was mocked up, it was too obviously a different artist for my taste, and I don’t think he captured her personality. It looked too much like HIS style and like his other art – can he duplicate you a little more closely?

    • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

      Which panels were Cider vs Kazerad, I can’t tell.

      • Gren

        Me neither. I think he’s just being a bit picky. >_>
        I’ll be happy so long the updates come faster. Though I’m sure the delay has nothing to do with the art but with the writing. At least most of the time.

    • Rob

      I think it’s just the nature of these silly panels. And, I gotta say, I LOVE ‘EM.

      There are more up-close shots in general, though, which I like.

  • http://aluckart.deviantart.com/ Kamaru1991

    she is cute

    • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

      I agree, that spider is cute.

      • Rob

        Spiders are adorable. Especially those little jumping spiders that are so afraid of me.

        EDIT: IT ONLY GETS BETTER

        • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

          Spiders are like Nature’s way of saying ‘Oh, you’re hoping for something besides the usual nightmares tonight? FUCK THAT.’

          Little buggers are always biting me while I’m tossing in bed trying to sleep; I’m ignoring one of their tremendously itchy bites as we speak.

          Gah, I hate spiders.

          • Rob

            Spiders are like the bug police of my house. There’s one patrolling every room, making sure any unwanted bugs that get in don’t bother me.

            And how can you ignore THOSE ADORABLE SPIDER HATS? Or THIS?

          • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

            So, what do you use to make sure that the spiders don’t bother you?

          • Rob

            I give them a raise every six months and a whole month of paid time off each year, plus a pension. They go on strike every few years but fortunately it’s not too difficult to rehire.

          • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

            Ok, but how do you stop them from, you know… unionizing.

          • Rob

            I cut off their collective bargaining rights at the same time that I threw a big company party for them and their families. They loved it, and most of them didn’t even hear about the changes until afterwards.

          • http://omgzdenek.deviantart.com/ OMGZDENEK

            LOL

  • Ravan

    Question: If I Submit command for Katie, it should appear somewhere?

    • http://huffingtontheonly.deviantart.com HuffingtontheOnly

      Answer: Only if the comics maker and lovely god Kazerad thinks that it fits the page/situation. and even then he might not use it. So yes, possibly. and if so, then you are lucky and/or able to write commands well.

      • Ravan

        Question: Sacrifice accepted?

        • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

          That is… not an angle I think anyone here has ever considered. I don’t know.

          • Ravan

            Question: What do you think I mean by sacrifice?

          • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

            I think it was a reference to HuffingtontheOnly calling Kazerad a, “lovely god.”

            The other thing I can think that you might have meant would be giving money. And that is after I put, ‘sacrifice’ through Google translate and found жертвовать as a possible translation that also means, “donate,” “give,” or “contribute.”

          • Ravan

            Well, it’s not quite what I had in mind…

          • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

            What did you have in mind?

          • Ravan

            Well, I did another flash clip of Katie’s nightmare…

            Only the word “did” is not really appropriate here …
            Most of the items I picked up from the second dream.

          • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

            So you mean fan art? Sorry I don’t know how that works. I only know that it can be found here.

          • Ravan

            Well, I thought the fan-art and fan-flash are two different things …

          • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

            So where is this potentially tasty flash clip? It sounds amazing, I love the weird fan made stuff.

  • Deluxxe

    this story speaks to me.

    really loved the flash about solving the puzzle.

  • http://aluckart.deviantart.com/ Kamaru1991

    I am looking forward to how it goes

    • Ja’ Jarsha Rovandi

      I’ve been trying to take Aggy’s advise to heart and remembering forward to see how it will have gone. So far I only remember a very angry Khajiiti bartender in the near future, and even that is a little… fuzzy.

  • http://omgzdenek.deviantart.com/ OMGZDENEK

    hey Cider why u no longer have deviantart account?I was checking your art an POF!i found out you gone….

    • http://cardiactasty.tumblr.com/ CardiacTasty

      Man, I hope he’s doing okay. He’s been going through more tough times lately, I wish he could grasp just how many people are blown away by how talented of an artist he is. The man has some serious skill, and has had a shitty life. Welp, he’s got the respect and support of at least one person; a maniacal internet-dweller by the name of CardiacTasty. B]

      He’ll probably come back and when he’s back on top, his creations will wow and amaze even more than they did before. Cider’s just cool like that.