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Slightly Damned 385 by raizy Slightly Damned 385 by raizy
I bet you guys didn't see this one coming. Anyway, introducing the mortori bird! The Median bastard child of a raven and a cockatoo. It's said they're attracted to death and their colors resemble the god of the same name. Will they be more important later on in the comic? Maybe!

I'm sure some of you will be able to figure out where I got the name.

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:iconcrossfireindonesia:
crossfireindonesia Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
he became bird at 5th panel,LOL
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Alex-Blackfaux Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
Speaking latin related laguages is usefull in this cases. Mortori sound like "mortuorio" in spanish, wich means mortuary in english. Thus, this bird appears to be related to death.
By the way, Ramirez is a last name of spanish origin, has that some kind of importance to the story?
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:iconraizy:
raizy Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
No, Ramirez being a Spanish name has nothing to do with the story.
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:iconcatwings7:
CatWings7 Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
omg! that is awesome!
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:iconrowanmikaio:
RowanMikaio Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
It makes me really happy that I know enough French AND Japanese to get it.
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:iconthe-jefe:
the-Jefe Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
Some insects are poisonous
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:iconedgemaster025:
edgemaster025 Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
My first thought was the vote incentive character was Ramirez, but that's not him, is it?
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:iconpompolic-b:
Pompolic-B Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
Watch as Cliff's approval rating skyrockets. d(*w*d)
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:iconfreyad-dryden:
Freyad-Dryden Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
You know, you're giving me the impression that you're just using Cliff to pull things out of your ass whenever you need it. First, there was that Deus Ex Machina moment when he saved Kieri and Buwaro from the angel, now this conveniently pops up when they discover Kieri's curse. Honestly, I find it a bit annoying when writers do this. Especially when there is nothing building up to it, no way we could have seen it coming and, worst of all, it never gets brought up again.
I do hope that I'm wrong and that this all will come into play in some fascinating way that defies my very conception of what good storytelling is.
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:iconraizy:
raizy Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
You're assuming a lot to say that what I introduce to the comic "never gets brought up again". Maybe it won't be a part of the story in the way that you expect, but I don't just forget everything that I write. The problem is that I can only manage to produce one page a week on a consistent basis, and as a result, the story moves slowly. This moves people like you to assume that the story doesn't move at all.

I've had this sort of thing in mind for years. If you don't believe me, check out pages that show the back of the wagon: there's a mortori bird statue there. That statue and this little anecdote are both called "foreshadowing". Like I said, the story moves slowly. That doesn't mean it's not moving.

Just wait until June. Then you'll see just how I "never bring up" things again.
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:iconfreyad-dryden:
Freyad-Dryden Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
That's reassuring.
I've really enjoyed the comic actually. Not sure why, it's not the usual thing I go for. Perhaps it's the characters. And perhaps it's because you had the courage to kill off a really likable character when you had to (most people don't (and the fact that when demons die, it's forever makes it even more impacting (:cry: = :thumbsup:))).
But I've seen a lot of really good stuff get ruined after a certain point because the writers either get cocky and think they can do anything, or they run out of ideas and starting making it up as they go. These reminded me of some of those moments.
And no, I never actually noticed the bird statue. Touche. A fine move.
So, I take it then, that Cliff and family are going to be in the script for a while to come. They've been in it for such a small period of time I thought they were just side-characters who were going to disappear after the main cast got where they were going.
Well, I look forward to more.
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:iconhawkfangor:
hawkfangor Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mort (death) + Tori (bird)

cute :3
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:iconallanpike:
Allanpike Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
XD
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:iconumbraecalamitas:
UmbraeCalamitas Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Professional Writer
3rd to last panel looks brilliant, with just him as the mortori bird, looking deathly evil (pun intended!).

'And quoth the raven, "Nevermore!"' - Poe
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:iconboom08:
boom08 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Can't say I say that one coming.
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:icondeathbynature:
Deathbynature Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Oh my, the world is upside down now.
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:iconpastery:
pastery Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
its a trap
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:iconnuckleheaded:
nuckleheaded Featured By Owner May 15, 2010   Traditional Artist
that is funny, what are the odds!
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:iconhybridprojectalpha:
HybridProjectAlpha Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh dude it's Duster :heart:
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:iconenistoja:
enistoja Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
xD The best twist you could have ever put in there!
:3
Cliff's got a really colorful past!
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:iconlodoss-12:
Lodoss-12 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Ohhhh this was a gem of a page, hah hha gotta enjoy those awkward moments <3
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Gamefreak3991 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
LOL so many funny expressions in this page! awsome job!

In responce to the voting incentive: [insert anoying fanboy scream here]:excited:
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:iconlil-puppy23:
lil-puppy23 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Didn't see that one coming.
Is cliff a crow?
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:iconsulzala:
SulZala Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Mwahahahahahaha xD
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:iconthe-apiphobic-artist:
The-Apiphobic-Artist Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Student General Artist
Haha! I love how Duster looks in the second to last panel.
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:iconjaketheultimate:
jaketheultimate Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
From google, I'm guessing it's Italian for funeral.
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:iconsanxsasuke:
Sanxsasuke Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Student Digital Artist
very lovely ...bird^^
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:iconcrazymew:
crazymew Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
xD! HAHAHAHA!!! That's awesome!
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:iconhawkfire108:
Hawkfire108 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Wow.... Didn't see that coming.

But Mortori Cliff looks awesome ^^
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:iconacethegolden:
AcetheGolden Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
HA! I'd make a joke, but Duster covered that for me.
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:iconblackdeath2000:
blackdeath2000 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
PWNED
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:iconridayah:
Ridayah Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Moritorium? XD That would be my guess.

Awesome strip!
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:iconridayah:
Ridayah Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Or Mortuary. XD
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:iconpapermatt202:
PaperMatt202 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
HOLY CRAP! I truly did NOT see that coming!

Really cool, I must say.
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:iconchaz-gelf:
Chaz-GELF Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mortori Cliff looks awesome. :D
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:iconcmunch:
cmunch Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Is the vote incentive supposed to be Rheas old friend Ramirez? When are the two of them going to meet up?
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:iconsilenttinsoldier:
Silenttinsoldier Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
I love Duster's bugged out expression *do ho ho ho*
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:icontallen-forandi:
Tallen-Forandi Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Now I wonder, how does he keep from transforming all the time?
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:iconraptoranton:
RaptorAnton Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
-It wasn't funny...
-Oh no, it was! XD
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:iconedgemaster025:
edgemaster025 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Mortori!Cliff's first expression is priceless XD
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:iconthewhitechild:
thewhitechild Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Mort, the french word for death, and (niwa)tori, japanese for chicken? :3
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:iconkad-the-chameleon:
Kad-the-Chameleon Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
death chicken would be so bad ass
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:iconthewhitechild:
thewhitechild Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
DEATH CHICKEN

ONE BITE, AND HERE COMES THE GRIM REAAAAAPER
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:iconcool-welshy:
Cool-Welshy Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist
Now that is one badass looking bird. I wouldn't mind being turned into that.
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:iconal28894:
al28894 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my.... now I didn't see that coming.
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:iconhfar:
Hfar Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Student Writer
The Japanese term for bird and . . . I got nothing.
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:iconthewhitechild:
thewhitechild Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Mort, the french word for "death".
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:iconhyper-tails:
Hyper-Tails Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Even though they don't really look alike, Cliff reminded me of Kir from King of Bandit Jing in panels 7 and 8.
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:iconcharonbond:
charonbond Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
I like his "bug eyes" in the second to last panel.
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:iconhronawmonstamer:
HronawmonsTamer Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I know Cliff would peck my eyes out if I said it to him,but he does look cute as a motori bird! XD I love this page!
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