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It's Tuesday which means a new page of 'A Year and a Day'. Today we learn a little about Allen's background, including the fact that he's part Pyrenees. Oh 'eck! They're EVERYWHERE!

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Bear
2014-10-14 00:19:09 
Nice page
Darc
2014-10-14 12:21:04 
Thanks!
Sulnim
2014-10-14 00:57:07 
I love how you have the little quip about permitted vanity only on the written page, not in the "spoken" word. Very wonderful touch. Robert seems to look more like the Allens rather than the Pyrenees. I'm sure we're going to find out the old saying about "Grass is Greener" will be true.
Krimsonnekros
2014-10-14 01:04:10 
Isn't it always?
Darc
2014-10-14 12:22:27 
He does have a splash of Pyrenees red on one shoulder. Unfortunately, I can't see him being all that willing to show it off.
Parou
2014-10-14 04:50:54 
Ahhhh... we see already a clue as to Allen's actions... the absorbed hereditary military response to a superior's order.... and the sense of chivalry that comes with a royal household butler role of the era... True about greener grass, Sulnim... I'm sure he did not imagine actually facing the Queens, Jack, a raging Princess or the other things when he thought of his cousin's reports.
Darc
2014-10-14 12:24:54 
He's turning into an interesting fellow. I'm still trying to pin down his voice, though. He's a little more formal than I'm used to. :D
Carla Rae
2014-10-19 19:01:13 
Might I recommend a listen-to of Alan Napier? ;-) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Napier#External_links http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0621002/ http://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi672137241?ref_=nmvi_vi_imdb_13
Darc
2014-10-20 18:35:21 
Ooo, good idea! Thanks!
Brighttail
2014-10-14 08:17:19 
The life of a servant back in the day was one of honor and tradition. I would imagine in Allen's position, his first loyalty is always to the monarchy. In the case of his disobeying the Princess' orders, while true, he was obeying his overall directive which is to protect her at all costs. That is the sworn duty of all who work in the palace, monarchy first and if that means disobeying orders from said monarch, so be it. Obviously when Spooky told Allen to take the Princess back, Allen and Spooky both believed her life to be in peril, thus this left little choice. Had Morraine been more adept with her magic and able to take care of herself, it would have been a different story, but Allen had just witnessed that she was not able to control her magic, yet and so he acted like a proper/loyal servant should, in service to the crown and not the person.
Scotty K.
2014-10-14 10:58:32 
Beautiful page!! When I saw you were doing a new comic I was sooooo exited, and within these first two pages that it's going to be a wonderful series. As folks above have already said I like the idea of this being a journal and a recollection rather than being in the moment. I also would like to mention that I love the format of the web page now! Very well done. Keep up all the great work Darc!
Darc
2014-10-14 12:27:14 
Thank you! I've been waiting to start this side series for a while now. It should be interesting to see where it goes. :D
lemurvid
2014-10-14 11:57:42 
As a Brit, may I say you have the vernacular down to a tee. My only problem is that I find the font a little hard to read. It actually looks a little fuzzy on my screen. Strangely it's actually easier to read in his journal.
Darc
2014-10-14 12:28:56 
Thanks! I'm sorry about the font looking a bit blurry. It's the opposite for me, the text in the journal is a little fuzzy to my eyes. I wish I didn't need to shrink the pages for the net. The originals are slightly bigger and much clearer.
Darc
2014-10-14 12:40:00 
I'll see if I can't find a better font for Allen's handwriting later this evening. Everything I have on hand is too cramped and hard to read when not at title-size.
lemurvid
2014-10-14 15:58:30 
Oh, don't worry on my account. Strangely, it looks a fair bit better on my tablet. Enlarge it on my PC monitor and the text falls apart. On the tablet this doesn't really happen. Never seen this before, it's weird. So it may be that the problem is partly at my end. The art looks great though!
Darc
2014-10-14 17:11:21 
No worries. I couldn't find another font that seemed to work and I wanted to avoid using the speech font in Allen's written boxes. So I enlarged the font by a few sizes. I didn't change the words in his journal since I ended up merging those layers while working yesterday. *blush*
jrh150482
2014-10-14 17:07:37 
So, is he Michael's cousin or Joshua's?
Darc
2014-10-14 17:23:30 
Allen is Michael's cousin. Joshua isn't born just yet. He's the youngest of four brothers and the first one's still on the way. Genealogy - first cousins, second cousins, removed or not - always confuses me. But if I'm understanding things right, Allen here would be Joshua's first cousin once removed.
Sulnim
2014-10-15 02:44:19 
First Cousin Once Removed means that Allen and Michael's grandparents were siblings, among other things.
A Nonny Mouse
2014-10-17 22:25:47 
The number of cousin (first, second, etc.) is how many generations you need to go back to get to siblings. So, first cousins have parents that are siblings. Second cousins have grandparents that are siblings. The number removed is the generational difference between two people. Once removed means one person's parent is the other person's Xth cousin. Twice removed means the first person's grandparent is the other person's Xth cousin. For example, my first cousin thrice removed is my parent's sibling's great-great-grandkid. I hope this makes sense. Drawing it out in a diagram might help.
A Nonny Mouse
2014-10-17 22:29:39 
A few more examples: My first cousin is my parent's sibling's kid. My first cousin once removed is my cousin's kid (or my parent's first cousin - the terminology works in both directions). My kid and my cousin's kid are second cousins. My grandkid and my cousin's kid are second cousins once removed.
Siraj
2014-10-14 20:20:10 
This is going to sound unbelievably strange, but of all the details on this page, the one I really can't get over is that platter. I can see the danged molding and curves! There are very, very few artists that would go to that level of detail for a simple object like that, and it's fantastic to see here.
Darc
2014-10-15 09:55:25 
Thank you! I thought it would look a little plain otherwise. Especially since there isn't much happening visually in this page. Allen's a bit of a talker when you let him. :D
lemurvid
2014-10-15 04:36:18 
Re the great mail bag page, when I was a kid Geller was on UK TV all the time. And, yes, his whole schtick was that his tricks were 'psychic powers'. He had everyone going, was on the covers of all the newspapers etc. Nice to see the wiki article putting the boot in. He He.
Darc
2014-10-15 09:57:32 
I'd never heard of him before. After reading about him all I could think of was doing a gag with spoons. Probably not the kind of response the person asking the question had in mind. :D