We've reached the unofficial end of Chapter One of Oren's Forge!
Oren’s Forge will be resuming January 18th, once again posting Mondays and Wednesdays!
You can read it from the beginning right here on DA, or on Tapastic or www.orensforge.com/comic
A little more about the comic, etc:
Oren’s Forge is a graphic novel, which is to say, it’s long (100+ pages) and was written/scripted out before I started setting pencil to paper (er, well, e-paper.) I began writing the story in late 2013, then set it aside until early 2015 when I decided to come back to it.
All of it is written and much of the page layouts have been done. So why the chapter breaks? Partially, it’s so I can comfortably stay a completed chapter or more ahead of the game. The other part is the pragmatic reality that posting comics online doesn’t keep the coffee stockpiles full, so I have to take a little time doing some freelance work.
“Why not eat the birds?”
I’m actually surprised no ones brought up “why don’t they eat fish?” more often, but I have to say, martens aren’t hunting bison, so, they are obviously eating smaller game. They just happen to also get eaten by the apex predators.
In the anthropomorphic worlds I like to build, a wolf is still a wolf, otherwise I guess I’d just write about humans. In the stories I write, I like the idea of applying animal nature to allegory.
Wolves, wolverines, bears, cougars, etc, are all wholly separate species from their prey, much like a human is to a pig, or a whale, or an elk. It’s safe to assume that in the world of Oren’s Forge, a wolf doesn’t take the time to talk to her food. Maybe she doesn’t even speak the same language.
Back to birds— corvids (ravens, crows, jays, etc) are very intelligent. They’re also avian, which is to say, not a mammal. In this world, avians stayed the course and stuck to their wings, though that didn’t stop some of them from working in conjunction with other animals for mutual benefit. Such as the wolves and ravens in the Oren’s Forge, which is similar to the natural behavior of actual corvids and wolves.
I imagine given the chance, a wolf would gladly eat a pigeon, but probably not the bird that leads him to a nearly incapacitated bison.
I should note that there is nothing so far suggesting that in the world of Oren’s Forge, ravens don’t have the capacity to communicate. ;]
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Anyway, hope everyone has a FANTASTIC (and relatively safe) New Years! See you on the other side!!