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More Mandrake Speak!

By JGray

This page contains what may be the most pictogram speak Keith and I have ever put together. We actually had to discuss which symbols to use, at one point, to make sure the meaning came through clearly. We're seriously discussing putting together a "dictionary" to share with the readers at this point. There's been enough Mandrake speak to fill a page or two.

Also, introducing the castle of rain! Always under a cloud.

Be our guest when we return on Monday!


By JGray

Writing Mandrake is always a challenge. I have to convey what she's saying as a series of images, which poor Keith then has to turn into ACTUAL images. Every time I wonder, is this the time when the readers can't piece together what the pictogram sentences mean? Does Mandrake lose her charm then?

Fairportfan asked if this is taking place in Mandrake's home arcana, the Moon. This is not. This story takes place in a new arcana not yet visited in the story. Mandrake likes to visit it because it reminds her of stories about how her world used to be before the megaplexes began sprawling across the surface of the world. As for why her new "friend" is speaking in speech bubbles, remember the translation spell the Inn puts on people. Since this is Mandrake's story, we get to see everything from her point of view. And from her point of view, words are turned into her own native tongue.

So! Can you translate Mandrake's speak? What's she saying in this page?

See you Thursday!

Pictographic Speech

By JGray

I remember when I first conceived of Mandrake. Small, goth-punk faerie who spoke in pictures. That was the entirety of her character. She was originally supposed to be something of a support character - there to help the plot move along and serve drinks in the background.

How little I knew. It became obvious, the minute I put her on the page, how essential she was to the story and how amazing she was as a character. Readers responded to her and I responded to her as well. I knew we'd see much more of her.

Mandrake hasn't gotten the screen time given to Chrys and Theresa but I feel like, along with William, she's the strongest of the secondary characters. If this were a television show, she'd have title credits, absolutely.

What do you think of Mandrake?

See you Monday!