Can Glutton Knights speak? Or does it vary from armor types, original speech ability, and/or other factors?
It varies wildly, yes. Armor types
generally affect the look and functionality of the final change, but there can
be plenty of strange variations within armors of the exact same model,
depending on the individual in question. This impacts everything from speech to
mobility to ability to blend in.
The warping effect of the magic is
still partially guided by the afflicted’s will; while ‘normal’ magic is
directed by the conscious mind of a professional (whether they’re a wix, witch,
or sorcerer), insidious magic
infections are largely influenced by the subconsciousness…but a consciousness,
nonetheless, belonging to the infected individual. This can DRAMATICALLY alter the
final result of any magical change. A glutton knight’s ability to speak can be
determined by how much they valued speech in their human life. More rarely, a
knight rendered mute by the change who
desperately wishes to talk again might find their future mutations oblige
them, granting speech anew.
Augustine was a pretty quiet and
reserved person before becoming a glutton knight, and has accepted being nonverbal. They’re largely indifferent to it.
“Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1 for Dark Horse Comics”
I’ve returned with new Dragon Age covers! There’s a new series, written by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christian Weir, art by Fernando Heinz Furukawa and cover art by some pleb. The first in the five issue series will release on May 10, 2017. So expect four more covers to come!
I thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of lgbt+ fiction and stuff I have found. This list is far from complete and there are plenty more out there, these are just a few of some I enjoy. Feel free to add some of your own.
*Most of these are centered around gay guys. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find many lesbian centered works.
Welcome to Night Vale(podcast/book)
Imagine a town where every conspiracy theory is true. That's Night Vale. Radio host Cecil Palmer reports on the weird happenings in this small desert town and falls in love with a scientist named Carlos (and his perfect hair). There are five-headed dragons running for mayor, dogs that are literally Satan, mystic beings named Erika (who are definitely not angels), civilizations underneath bowling alleys, and so much more. There is a really diverse cast of characters and several lgbt+ characters (besides the main two). It has some horror elements but it’s more science fiction.
Yuri!!! On Ice(television show)
Japanese figure skater, Katsuki Yuri, comes in last place at the Grand Prix Final and returns home defeated. After a video uploaded of him skating to his idol Viktor Nikiforov’s (a Russian skater with 5 Grand Prix gold medals and considered to be the best out there) routine goes viral, Viktor himself shows up at Yuri’s place and becomes his coach. With Viktor’s help, Yuri attempts to win gold at the next Grand Prix Final and they both sort of fall in love along the way. Features a pretty diverse cast and doesn’t play into stereotypes. It’s considered to be in the sports genre but it has some romance moments in it.
Always Raining Here (webcomic)
Carter wants to get laid. Adrian is heartbroken. After Carter fails to get Adrian to have sex with him, the two end up becoming friends and have misadventures together. This is one of the cutest and most pure relationships I’ve seen (even though one of the very first things Carter says to Adrian is “We should bang”). There is some slight sexual content but nothing too major.
Check Please! (webcomic)
Eric Bittle joins the Samwell Men’s Hockey team but quickly realizes that this is way more intense than his Georgia hockey team and the team captain Jack Zimmermann isn’t making things any easier for him. There are lots of pies and you’ll end up learning about hockey. Lots of healthy relationships and does a wonderful job at portraying characters with mental illnesses. They’re also good friends with the Yuri!!! On Ice fandom.
Alice Isn’t Dead (podcast)
By the makers of Welcome to Night Vale, a woman becomes a truck driver in order to find her wife, Alice, who has been considered dead (she isn’t look at the title). She encounters a not-quite-human serial murder and ends up being chased by him wherever she goes. She learns more and more about her wife and finds out things better left unknown. Another wonderful portrayal of mental illnesses. It’s much darker and scarier than Welcome to Night Vale and I would not recommend listening to it at night.
Knight’s Errant (webcomic)
Wilfred is on a quest. However, being imprisoned in a city under siege puts a halt on their quest. Fortunately, they have a prison guard on their side. This one is different from the others since the main character so far isn’t in a relationship of any sorts (and doesn’t show to be in one anytime soon). There is a side relationship that will make your heart melt and Wilfrid is just a really likable character (they also don’t have a confirmed gender yet. It’s pretty likely they’re non-binary though). Also despite being set in a medieval European town it does feature some pocs which is nice.
Requiem of the Rose King (manga)
The previous ones have featured very healthy and loving relationships but this one is a bit different. It focuses on Richard the third of York who is intersex in this case. This causes some really messed up and really confusing love triangles. There is some incest (not very large at least for now) in it and large age differences so if that bothers you then I would advise against this. Despite all this Richard is in a pretty cute relationship but it’s pretty tragic at the same time. If you want happy gays stay away from this. Also features gore and violence.
19 Days (manga)
The adventures of Jian Yi and his best friend Zhan Xixi. This one is another cute one. Their relationship goes at a believable pace (but sometimes it feels like it’s taking forever) and there is a pair of very lovable side characters to go with it. Some sadness but nothing life ruining at this point.
A knight errant comes across a naked princess chained to a rock as an offering to a dragon. He frees her, to her great annoyance.
“It was only a bit of healthy roleplay,” she says sullenly. “You interrupted just before the best part! We’ve had this planned for two weeks and now we’ve got to reschedule! She’s a busy dragon and it’s getting to be too cold for outdoor nakedness. You knights are so thoughtless sometimes!”
I’m a 47 year old Ishgardian Ronin (knight-errant for you gaijins). I draw Doman artwork on traditional scrolls, and spend my days perfecting my art and playing superior Doman games. (Shogi, Go, Chinese Checkers)
I train with my Katana every day, this superior weapon can cut clean through steel because it is folded over a thousand times, and is vastly superior to any other weapon on Hydalyn. I will earn my samurai soul on the 21st sun of the 3rd Umbral Moon in the 1st year of the 7th Astral Era, and I’m going to get better every day!
I speak Doman fluently, both Othard and the Au Ra dialect, and I write fluently as well. I know everything about Doman history and their bushido code, which I follow 100%
When I get my Doman visa, I am moving to Kugane to attend a prestigious dojo to learn more about their magnificent culture. I hope I can become the shogun of shoguns like my idol Legatus Xenos Yae Galvus!
I own several kimonos, which I wear around Ul'Dah. I want to get used to wearing them before I move to Doma, so I can fit in easier. I bow to my elders and seniors and speak Doman as often as I can, but rarely does anyone manage to respond.
I recently enjoyed the great honor of doing a guest piece for @knightserrantcomic! It’s been one of my favorite webcomics for years now, and many of its characters keep me entranced. Thanks to @theyoungdoyley and @sparklermonthly for having me!
Apologies if you've been asked before, but i'm in love with your glutton knight concept and I was curious. Do you think there'd be any non-human ones? Often horses and occasionally even dogs wore armor when brought into battle, (I live near an armory museum so I've even seen some on elephants and the like) so i'm curious to know if it only affects humans !!
Nope! Becoming a glutton knight requires some form of intent. It’s not just magical contamination and armor that makes them what they are; the combination of duty, the doggedness in which they are trained to pursue their quarry, and the righteous aggression towards supernatural creatures all play into what REALLY makes a glutton knight: their preternatural thirst for magical blood.
Which isn’t to say that animal armor doesn’t become part of a knight at times. Glutton knights will shed irreparably damaged, undersized, or otherwise unsuitable armor like hermit crabs and replace it with whatever metal they can find. Those not driven by vanity (or maybe just with weird fashion sense) may make…odd…choices.
An older knight known only as Kerberos is known for incorporating the helms of its fallen steeds into its armor, for example, and even mutating around them to form false ‘heads’. It’s not the only knight to undergo pronounced bestial changes due to deliberate choice in animal-themed armor.
A figure of medieval chivalric romance literature. The adjective errant (meaning “wandering, roving”) indicates how the knight-errant would wander the land in search of adventures to prove their chivalric virtues, either in knightly duels or in some other pursuit of courtly love. // In chess the knight can move to a square that is two squares away horizontally and one square vertically, or two squares vertically and one square horizontally. The complete move therefore looks like the letter L.
Slightly longer review: Oh, I have sorely missed Christina Weir and Nunzio Defillipes’ presence in monthly comics! And then they had to go and make their return all the sweeter by bringing in a comic that remembers that city elves haven’t gotten a lot of love in this franchise as of late.
Our POV character is Vaea, an elf from Edgehall alienage, traveling with the garrulous Ser Aaron as his squire. They arrive in Kirkwall as guests of Viscout Varric Tethras, but Vaea has her own goals in mind for this visit… namely, looting the long-abandoned Gallows. It goes about as well as one might expect, and winds up with Vaea getting a visit from an agent of the Inquisition…
This was a very strong first issue. The character voices are spot on. Furukawa does an absolutely fantastic job rendering Kirkwall’s particular brand of unwelcoming aura.
If you’re hungering for a return trip to Thedas, this is well worth picking up!
Glutton Knights can add to their armor after turning (though they need to rotate/change out new pieces frequently if they don’t want them to become permanent, or at least painful to remove) and often take pieces from fallen foes and even other Glutton Knights. Sometimes it’s done out of practicality, sometimes it’s just to change things up a bit, yknow? Life as a hunted monster needs a bit of brightness here and there. Auggie definitely falls more on the side of aesthetic choices and likes to make temporary wardrobe additions to keep it spicy
It’s kinda complicated? Europe, in this setting, is basically still in a 600-year dark age. But that’s not indicative of the rest of the world!
The main diff right off the bat is the geography itself. This world has way more
land bridges. The continents are also a little closer to each other, Pangaea
style, so intermingling of cultures happened earlier and with different overall
results. Magic changes the lay of the land as well. While it’s
naturally occurring in all areas of the world, like…water, I guess, there are
hot spots of intense saturation. Wellsprings. Europe is basically one huge hot spot.
Here’s how some of the continents break down in terms of
advancement and society (I’ve only figured a handful out, sorry!). These are really rough generalizations:
Middle East holds the most technologically advanced societies in
the world. The library of Alexandria was never lost, and became a cornerstone
in the region’s scientific advancement. There’s low arcane activity in
these areas (the ley lines through here dump excess power straight into Europe,
like rivers to an ocean), so people spend less time fighting
fucking dragons or whatever and more time progressing society. Magic is used in a highly regulated manner, usually for powering automatons and gem matrixes
(kinda the equivalent to computers). Automated prosthetics and basic motor
vehicles also exist.
note: weaponry in this setting is mmmmostly still swords just because magical interference makes mechanics jam, but guns can still be used in areas of low arcane radiation
Invading the Americas went…badly for Europe. One key factor was that while
magic was well-studied there, it was—unlike in Europe—done for mostly
non-combat uses. Which led to the development of semi-modern medicine. Which
prevented the diseases brought by Europeans from ravaging their cultures, which
really fuckin helped. They’ve deadlocked
hard against the invaders across multiple centuries. The only ‘success’ was made
by the conquistadores; after decades of tensions with the Aztec and Incan
empires (which had allied to repel them), a truce was proposed involving
intermarriage of high nobility. This unified a big chunk of South America with
the Spanish Empire in a peaceful manner and encouraged a lot of beneficial immigration
on both sides. Spain + South America is kind of a power couple in this setting.
Polynesia is a
trading empire boasting the most beautiful islands and diverse peoples in the
world. It established itself early on as a safe oasis, acting as a meeting
place for international councils and haven for immigrants alike. Great 3000-foot
docks are built out into the ocean that hold some of the most diverse markets
on the planet; beneath the islands, there are underwater cities that stretch up
to a mile deep. Unlike many areas, Polynesia has endeavored to not discriminate
against anyone—or, more importantly, anything—in
order to keep the place as inviting as possible. Scholars from the east who
want to study magic will often pass over dangerous
Europe and instead go to Polynesia, seeking out more monstrous European expatriates
Lastly, Europe. Like
I said, Europe is one enormous magical hotbed. Mutation to the
degree that you see in, say, a glutton knight or dragon is super rare elsewhere—I mean, magical creatures aren’t uncommon, but
sufficient contamination for a human
to become a monster? What the fuck? That you could get that much arcane
exposure in day-to-day life is absurd and terrifying to the rest of the
world. Europeans are seen as a little bit insane and a whole lot
backwards; while they’ve made great magical progresses from sheer necessity, they
can’t even get a gun working reliably. To people who have already figured out basic cars, that’s a little ridiculous.
The saving grace of Europe is that their arcane knowledge
and internal military efforts are pretty fuckin great. All countries are allied
in a weird medieval UN, and function kind of as a single big country with lots
of little city-states. Knights are trained and educated rigorously, and legally
2/3rds of all active knights must remain in the region (even in times of war)
to deal with internal magical threats, which means that Europe has a pretty
killer defense system.
And then there are the tales of the once-human horrors rallying
alongside their former mortal companions in times of need. Of dragons mobilizing
in huge groups to blast nuclear fire down on armies, witches eating the
eyes of entire companies in the dead of night, too-quiet things of gleaming metal and teeth slinking out of woodlands to
terrorize troops. Europe is a bogeyman-filled no-man’s-land to the rest of the