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So the last few chapters have taken place in the Legacy Estate and this arc of the story may be reaching its conclusion soon (depending on how Tom chooses to play out the fight against Brahn and Clovis I would guess one or two chapters at most before the story moves away from the Estate and even Edenmire). That begs the question though, what's next for the comic? Where are the different characters going?

Here are some key plot points and characters to keep in mind when discussing your theories:


-Both Team A and Team B are currently planning on going to Lyn'knoll.
-Flora is pregnant with Trace's child.
-The portal in Riftwall Tavern isn't quite as inactive as Adira claims.
-The Edenmire guard arrested Adira under suspicion that the Wolves used the portal to attack Edenmire.
-Euchre is currently recovering at a Templar outpost after being wounded by Neutral.
-Brahn is attempting to capture Trace, and his and Clovis' forces are currently trying to find a way in.
-Carver was "escorted" to the Basidian Isles and ran into the Western Basitins.
-Evals is planning on returning to the dog lands and Eric has agreed to escort him.

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Was that actually a human guard? I'm not entirely convinced; remember, we'd just had a number of Clovis' disguised wolves attacking the harbour, and Brutus and friends actually attacking the town while disguised as Templars. One more disguise wouldn't be too much of a stretch.
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SpottedKitty wrote: Sun Aug 23, 2020 9:32 pm
Was that actually a human guard? I'm not entirely convinced; remember, we'd just had a number of Clovis' disguised wolves attacking the harbour, and Brutus and friends actually attacking the town while disguised as Templars. One more disguise wouldn't be too much of a stretch.
Niether do I Adira Is quite the character in Edinmire and she was removed without even a reason also the guards, that work under Kieren and should know who she is. Seemingly Failed to recognize her. Considering the large amount of parties involved in town now. The guards, the templars under Brahn, Clovis, Trace and his dark rituals etc. I think it is safe to assume those were not just edinmire guards.

I was hoping for a predictions topic to pop up. I am not a gambling man, but if I were i would put money on to these theories:

After Dark!Trace manifest itself, pushed by either his dark Alexa AI he left behind or by seeing just how close he is to bring back Saria, he is gonna be barely contained by the power of Love.
Regardless of details The aftermath of the incident wont leave the manor standing.

Clovis and his men are gonna be slaughtered by the manor defenses or Trace if he feels like it. But Clovis will survive, he will also save Brutus, he realizes he cares for his subordinates more than he is willing to admit, despite being having his curse dispelled, and after seeing all his men turned to mincemeat he decides to do the first good thing in his life and save him from a similar fate. They are either able to escape or are pardoned by the party. they subsequently appear on side comics.

With the Manor destroyed and Clovis strike force wiped out Branh decides to storm what is left. either to kill or to collect Traces for his further plans. Or they have to high tail away from edinmire for any other reason, given very little options the cast saves Adira from the captors and escape through the riftwall. So Lyn'knoll is put on hold. At this point we may have to drop Reni for a while as she goes back to castle.

Since the original plan is disrupted, neither Mike is able to go to Lyn'knoll nor Evals is able to return to his home, they are forced to stick together. They are both glad they are able to stay together a bit more but the situation strains their relation further.

Carver stars his own basitin-harem themed side comic, where he realizes he is much happier living there than return to Clovis.

And that is all she wrote.
Well not really. These next theories are for the long run. What I imagine will happen in the next 10-20 chapters. Or at current publishing rate around 10 years in the future. So these are most likely wrong. But I think they are al least interesting enough to share. And it will be fun to laugh at them in a couple years in the future.

The party will spend a couple chapters stuck somewhere else. A lot of drama ensues, Mike and Evals bicker as a married couple as neither of them got what they want. Karen and Sythe wonder whether they should keep their relationship going forward, Flora has to come to term to the kind of monster the father of her son is, Trace has to come to terms with the kind of monster he was. Nat and Keith seal the deal and Zen hook ups with Kat. Red after much soul searching finally asks Raine to be her girlfriend and after the same amount of soul searching she accepts. Finally Eric falls of a cliff and dies, really what does Tom expect to do with his character beyond the Basitin isles is way above my paygrade.

Eventually Trace comes to term that he needs to somehow fix the mess he caused because no matter he was a different man back then, it is still his responsibility. They return to the war zone and try to stop Brahn plans for world domination and get rid of the rest of Traces former co conspirators.
At some point Trace is used to finish whatever his plan for Keidran erradication was. Either forcibly or by reawakening his dark side yet again. After much struggle and with Dark Trace and his minions are finally put down in either a final battle, using the power of love, again, or Trace finally accept his past, that he is not omnipotent and there there are thing beyond his control an thus is able to get rid of his dark self. Or any combination of them.

At the end the mask freak out, the game simple got out of his control and they are about to reset the whole thing killing everyone. At this point Trace to stop the mask using them to play Age of Empires and break away from their ruling. Either by heroic sacrifice or by Deus Ex Machina: the elder god comes and removes the masks due to their transgressions against his will.

At this point everything ends and everyone lives happily ever after. Except Trace I honestly do not believe he will manage to outlive the comic and will die at the end one way or another.

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I have been wondering if this arc is more or the less the end of the story with some narrator endings. From a character development standpoint, it would make a lot of sense. The story begins with Trace losing his memories. Now the new man he has become is confronting the awful man he used to be.

Of course, that would leave the war unresolved unless Trace quickly retakes control of the Templar, but that could be wrapped up pretty quickly. The Master Architect is dead. The Master Spy (probably!) and Master Strategist supports new Trace. The Master Mage is a total mystery. The Master Seer is kind of ambiguous in his motivations, despite the Edinmire stunt, but even so Trace can take him if need be. Instead of a war of extermination Trace, as Grand Templar, could easily make it a short and ordinary conflict.

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SpottedKitty wrote: Sun Aug 23, 2020 9:32 pm
Was that actually a human guard? I'm not entirely convinced; remember, we'd just had a number of Clovis' disguised wolves attacking the harbour, and Brutus and friends actually attacking the town while disguised as Templars. One more disguise wouldn't be too much of a stretch.
We don't know. It's definitely plausible that it wasn't a human guard.

Anyway, here's my theory:

The mansion will probably be destroyed somehow by the end of the chapter and Rose will probably die completely, at which point Brahn and Clovis' army attempts to subdue Trace. However, Brahn betrays Clovis and decides to capture/kill the wolves in addition to Trace. Reluctantly, he and the wolves ally with Trace and his friends to fend off the Templar. After witnessing the events of the Manor and what the Templar is doing to Keidran, Trace decides he needs to clean up the mess he made and defeat them. However, he needs to build up an army of his own to stand against them so he and his friends split up and decide to recruit allies from the various Keidran and Basitin tribes. Trace, Flora, Sythe, Maren, and Karen visit the tigers (with Trace tagging along with Flora but not going inside the village because his presence wouldn't be welcome). Eric and Evals go to dog lands as planned, but instead with the intent of recruiting them to help, with Kat and Mike tagging along as well. Clovis and Brutus go to the fox lands. Euchre reappears and takes Raine and Red to the snow wolves (Team A finds out about Euchre's true nature from Raine and is uncomfortable with letting her go with him, but after losing Rose Euchre is the only connection she has left to her wolf side and insists on going with him). Keith, Lynn, Maddie, Natani, and Zen go back to the Basitin Isles and request King Adelaide to provide troops, and while there, they're attacked by Carver and the Western Basitins (who have been manipulated by Carver) who also ally with them after being defeated. They all return afterwards, I suspect they'll fail at first, but later on in the story they'll agree. Once they do, everyone who can fight stays and the rest of the cast go to Lyn'knoll and big war between Templar and the Allied Whatevers Trace has gathered starts.

Other assorted plot points that I can't find a place for:
-Maeve goes to Trace and Flora for help in freeing Adira, having no one else to turn to. They take her in while attempting to find a way to free her and she becomes an older sister figure to the baby once it's born. I suspect she'll undergo a lot of character development and go from being the precocious little kid to being a dependable older sister willing to protect her family and friends, with the baby taking the precocious little kid role. They also find out about the portal in Riftwall Tavern some time before or after Adira is freed.
-Zen, Natani, and Brutus find out about Clovis' "condition", Zen and Natani find the karma hilarious but Natani eventually empathizes with Clovis because they're both going through something similar. Brutus meanwhile doesn't care and still looks up to him regardless and Clovis accepts his identity as a female and starts a relationship with Brutus.
-Sealeen and Landen join Team A I guess, Tom seems to be setting up for this to happen, but I can't see much to do with them.
-Zen and Kat develop feelings for each other as Kat cares for Zen in the Estate, with Zen wanting to start a pack himself after seeing Natani form a relationship with Keith. Kat meanwhile is torn between Zen and Eric, even though Eric sees her as a sister, she can't seem to let him go emotionally. Eric dies soon after taking Evals to dog lands though, perhaps sacrificing himself to save Kat, and Zen and Kat start a relationship.
-Maren and Sythe pick up where they left off in the Estate at some point.

And there'd be still plenty of room for more plot points in later arcs such as the identity of Mrs. Nibbly, heading to Lyn'knoll, who killed Saria and why (I have a theory about this). There is much more they can do with this story, I feel like we may only be at the halfway point.

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So I was thinking about this topic again (mainly because of Detritus' appearance, I'm finding it increasingly likely that Rose is going to sacrifice herself to stop him) and I was thinking, if I'm right about where Maeve''s character is going, maybe there's going to be a time skip in the comic? A time skip to when Maeve is a teenager/adult would further demonstrate her maturity and show how much traveling with Trace and co. would change her, and Flora's child could take the precocious little kid role. 3-4 years would be about right for that and wouldn't put the rest of the Keidran cast into greyfur age (since most of them are about 10-14 at this point in the comic). Maybe the timeskip occurs as a result of the war. The chapter before leads up to the beginning of the war, and then next chapter jumps 3-4 years into it.

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I am 1000% sure this isn't happening but a small part of me wants to see it get blown up... like Natani goes nuke mode on it, because why not.
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TheMasterOfOats wrote: Mon Nov 02, 2020 5:43 pm I am 1000% sure this isn't happening but a small part of me wants to see it get blown up... like Natani goes nuke mode on it, because why not.
I am pretty sure someone is gonna go nuclear this chapter. My money is on Trace thought. Failing that Raine.
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Why is no one responding to me?

Yeah, I think the mansion blowing up is actually going to happen, and I think there's a lot of people that assume that. The resurrection ritual is probably using a ton of mana and Trace is probably going to end up using a ton to stop it. The result of all this conflict is probably going to be a big boom.

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Eclipse wrote: Thu Oct 29, 2020 1:23 am So I was thinking about this topic again (mainly because of Detritus' appearance, I'm finding it increasingly likely that Rose is going to sacrifice herself to stop him) and I was thinking, if I'm right about where Maeve''s character is going, maybe there's going to be a time skip in the comic? A time skip to when Maeve is a teenager/adult would further demonstrate her maturity and show how much traveling with Trace and co. would change her, and Flora's child could take the precocious little kid role. 3-4 years would be about right for that and wouldn't put the rest of the Keidran cast into greyfur age (since most of them are about 10-14 at this point in the comic). Maybe the timeskip occurs as a result of the war. The chapter before leads up to the beginning of the war, and then next chapter jumps 3-4 years into it.
Honestly no entirely sure about the timeskip idea. As you point out one of the weaker points in world building the comic has is the accelerated aging of Keidran, even a small timeskip, couple years, would turn all non-human cast into middle aged people, at least chronologically if not biologically. They do not have that many years to begin with, skipping them might not make the most narrative sense.
In any case i think Trace soon to be objective will be to stop the war from starting in the first place, which will necessarily make him and everyone else to not go to Lyn'Knoll. Personally i feel the comic will end around the same time Flora gives birth. When Brahn is stopped, Trace has reconciled with his past and the war has been adverted all with too much time hopping.
However you may be on to something. I remember seeing once a comic page, not colored ,where Trace is looking a bit older talking around a campfire about his story up to that point, he was also talking about getting Lyn'Knoll defenses ready to repel opposing army attack. so effectively a timeskip.
This page was supposedly produced when Twokinds was on hiatus, like ten years ago. And i only saw it once reposted on the forum once several months ago, and i can't find it since i do not even know where to look for. Heck it might not even exists and i dream the whole idea. But that is beside the point. what i am trying to say is that despite not being what I think will happen there might be good narrative reason for a timeskip.
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Technic[Bot] wrote: Thu Nov 05, 2020 1:21 am Honestly no entirely sure about the timeskip idea. As you point out one of the weaker points in world building the comic has is the accelerated aging of Keidran, even a small timeskip, couple years, would turn all non-human cast into middle aged people, at least chronologically if not biologically. They do not have that many years to begin with, skipping them might not make the most narrative sense.
There's really not a huge difference in aging between a young adult and a middle aged adult, and most of the Keidran in the main case would be middle aged after 3-4 years. The only exceptions would be Clovis and Adira, who would be in their 40s-50s in human years, Rose and Euchre, who are already greyfurs who have exceeded their natural lifespan, and Maeve who would be a teenager/young adult. Flora's unborn child would also just pass their feral stage and would be a young child. It just all fits so neatly for Maeve and Flora's child to age up while everyone else stays relatively similar. Yes, that is a large chunk of their lives, but the comic isn't about their entire lives from cradle to grave so that wouldn't necessarily affect the narrative.
Technic[Bot] wrote: Thu Nov 05, 2020 1:21 am In any case i think Trace soon to be objective will be to stop the war from starting in the first place, which will necessarily make him and everyone else to not go to Lyn'Knoll. Personally i feel the comic will end around the same time Flora gives birth. When Brahn is stopped, Trace has reconciled with his past and the war has been adverted all with too much time hopping.
I doubt it, that'd be somewhat anticlimactic if the war is averted. It's been hinted at and the story is building up to it, so if it just ends without happening that wouldn't be as satisfying an ending. Also, it's not as simple as just taking down Brahn, there's also the Master Mage, he could promote underlings that Trace and co. have to deal with (Brahn is proclaiming himself the new Grand Templar, maybe he forms a new group of Master Templar under him?), and we still don't know to what degree Euchre and Sirus are allies (Euchre himself seems to imply the two of them might become enemies down the road). And even after all that, the Masks might step in as well. This is going to be one huge mess and I doubt it's stopped before it's started.
Technic[Bot] wrote: Thu Nov 05, 2020 1:21 am However you may be on to something. I remember seeing once a comic page, not colored ,where Trace is looking a bit older talking around a campfire about his story up to that point, he was also talking about getting Lyn'Knoll defenses ready to repel opposing army attack. so effectively a timeskip.
This page was supposedly produced when Twokinds was on hiatus, like ten years ago. And i only saw it once reposted on the forum once several months ago, and i can't find it since i do not even know where to look for. Heck it might not even exists and i dream the whole idea.
Interesting. That would provide a better narrative reason for them to go to Lyn'Knoll than to just escape Trace's past and live happily ever after (which we all know isn't going to happen), maybe Lyn'Knoll becomes the capital, or at least an important player, in Trace's side of the war.
Technic[Bot] wrote: Thu Nov 05, 2020 1:21 am But that is beside the point. what i am trying to say is that despite not being what I think will happen there might be good narrative reason for a timeskip.
What I'm trying to get at with this theory is that the narrative reason for wanting a timeskip would be to show how the war affects their character development. If you're familar with Zelda, think how some of the characters changed in Ocarina of Time. The characters get more mature, more focused, and more willing to fight and defend their way of life.

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I have to agree with Technic[Bot] about not being sure about the timeskip. Doing a such a thing would not only make all Keidran characters age substantially, but would completely sacrifice many potential storylines. Natani, Zen, Kat, Mike, Evals and Sythe would pretty much have their storylines severed, when in the current comic they have plenty of potential to develop, let alone finding out what happens with the new Tiger-Templar alliance. I don't see the comic tossing aside all of those potential scenarios solely to focus on A) a character that doesn't even exist yet, and B) a character that although popular in Patreon sketches, is still just a very minor secondary character on the comic itself. I can't even see Maeve joining either of the teams. She is a small child, so is not someone you could take along on an adventure. If for whatever reason Adira was removed from the scene for good, I could only see Maeve staying in Edinmire with Reni and the locals, or going under Eric and Kathrin's care, as those are the only two options that could provide a stable home for her if she were to lose her mom for good.

As for the manor, I agree with it being likely destroyed by the end of this arc, but I don't think either Clovis or the Templars will have to do with it. I suspect Clovis twin wolves will die in the Manor and Clovis and Brutus will barely manage to escape with their lives. Right now it is very clear Trace cannot control Detritus, and I don't think Stoney alone will be able to take him down, and protect Trace and Flora at the same time. So I guess either Rose is gonna save them and die in the process (and being the manor's "heart" her death will destroy it), or DarkTrace will surface just long enough to deal with Detritus and Rose. We saw he didn't wanted Detritus to be freed (that page where he outright screams "No!" ) and if GoodTrace dies, he will die as well, so I could see self preservation being a strong reason to get involved, even if it is for a short time.

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MatyMaty wrote: Fri Nov 06, 2020 7:19 am I have to agree with Technic[Bot] about not being sure about the timeskip. Doing a such a thing would not only make all Keidran characters age substantially, but would completely sacrifice many potential storylines. Natani, Zen, Kat, Mike, Evals and Sythe would pretty much have their storylines severed, when in the current comic they have plenty of potential to develop, let alone finding out what happens with the new Tiger-Templar alliance. I don't see the comic tossing aside all of those potential scenarios solely to focus on A) a character that doesn't even exist yet, and B) a character that although popular in Patreon sketches, is still just a very minor secondary character on the comic itself. I can't even see Maeve joining either of the teams. She is a small child, so is not someone you could take along on an adventure. If for whatever reason Adira was removed from the scene for good, I could only see Maeve staying in Edinmire with Reni and the locals, or going under Eric and Kathrin's care, as those are the only two options that could provide a stable home for her if she were to lose her mom for good.
A timeskip wouldn't be mutually exclusive with their character development, and could potentially enhance what might happen with their characters. Either that, or the current part of their arcs would conclude before the timeskip and that would start entirely new arcs in their character development. Natani may face even larger gender issues during the war if certain characters question whether or not she can be a good fighter (probably not anyone in the main cast, but outside characters). Zen may have to learn to fight on his own instead of constantly needing to fight alongside Natani all of the time. Kat, assuming she gets with Zen, would have to deal with maintaining their relationship while he's out fighting (since I doubt she'll be doing any fighting). Mike is still trying to find his new place in the world, so he could easily join the war effort. Evals I'm not as sure as because IDK what happens with him after he inevitably doesn't go to Dog Lands and live happily ever after, he might end up going along with what Mike is doing. And Sythe's goal of being a diplomat would becoming closer to reality but even more challenging if he has to negotiate during a war. This wouldn't sever their character arcs at all, it would just be the next step in their development after they've resolved their current issues.

As far as Maeve, I'm skeptical that she has anywhere else to go if Adira is out of the picture for an extended period of time. It's not really clear if she has any friends or family in Edenmire. Reni wouldn't be a good choice because she'll probably be fighting too. Plus I doubt that she'll want to sit around and wait for Adira to be freed, even if they make her stay in Edenmire, I suspect she'll sneak away and want to come with Trace herself. Trace saved her and her mother in the wolf attack, so she would think Trace could do it again. So I think she'll insist on coming with them to save her mother.

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Eclipse wrote: Sat Nov 07, 2020 4:35 pm
A timeskip wouldn't be mutually exclusive with their character development, and could potentially enhance what might happen with their characters. Either that, or the current part of their arcs would conclude before the timeskip and that would start entirely new arcs in their character development. Natani may face even larger gender issues during the war if certain characters question whether or not she can be a good fighter (probably not anyone in the main cast, but outside characters). Zen may have to learn to fight on his own instead of constantly needing to fight alongside Natani all of the time. Kat, assuming she gets with Zen, would have to deal with maintaining their relationship while he's out fighting (since I doubt she'll be doing any fighting). Mike is still trying to find his new place in the world, so he could easily join the war effort. Evals I'm not as sure as because IDK what happens with him after he inevitably doesn't go to Dog Lands and live happily ever after, he might end up going along with what Mike is doing. And Sythe's goal of being a diplomat would becoming closer to reality but even more challenging if he has to negotiate during a war. This wouldn't sever their character arcs at all, it would just be the next step in their development after they've resolved their current issues.

As far as Maeve, I'm skeptical that she has anywhere else to go if Adira is out of the picture for an extended period of time. It's not really clear if she has any friends or family in Edenmire. Reni wouldn't be a good choice because she'll probably be fighting too. Plus I doubt that she'll want to sit around and wait for Adira to be freed, even if they make her stay in Edenmire, I suspect she'll sneak away and want to come with Trace herself. Trace saved her and her mother in the wolf attack, so she would think Trace could do it again. So I think she'll insist on coming with them to save her mother.
A time skip would mean all of those things wouldn't happen in the comic and instead just be told through exposition, and that would be a huge waste of storytelling (And lets not forget Raine's jorney to control her magic). I just don't see the comic just losing all of those chances for character growth just for Maeve to become more important. Maeve might get lots of Patreon sketches, but in the comic she's even below Eric, Mike and Evals in story importance. Heck, I'd see the story focusing more on Adira and how she gets out of the trouble she is in, than on Maeve. Also, other than the manor issue, the main storyline seems to be the war with the wolves, and how the tigers allied with the templars against them thanks to Clovis. I don't see how a timeskip would add to that.
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As far as Maeve, I'm skeptical that she has anywhere else to go if Adira is out of the picture for an extended period of time. It's not really clear if she has any friends or family in Edenmire. Reni wouldn't be a good choice because she'll probably be fighting too. Plus I doubt that she'll want to sit around and wait for Adira to be freed, even if they make her stay in Edenmire, I suspect she'll sneak away and want to come with Trace herself. Trace saved her and her mother in the wolf attack, so she would think Trace could do it again. So I think she'll insist on coming with them to save her mother.
We don't know what's going on with Adira. For what we know, she might just be in jail in Edinmire. I don't see Maeve just abandoning her mother in jail to go on adventures with Trace. Not to say how irresponsible would from Trace to take a child into dangerous situations. If that were to happenn I'm sure Trace and co would stay in Edinmire until Adira was set free, or they helped break her out of jail. If we assume the new panoramic drawing contains canon elements, then it looks like Adira will be freed and Maeve will stay in the tavern. I guess I just fail to see the interest in making Maeve grow up and become a protagonist, when she's alright being a seconday child character.

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I just want to pop in here real quick, since I've been thinking about it. On the subject of time skips and character development:

There are definitely certain things, certain... defining moments... that cannot be simply glossed over. Keith and Nat's first kiss, Eric's "like a sister" comment, things like that. Those must happen in comic to be of note, else they will not have anywhere near the same effect. There are other things, though, such as a group traveling together and bonding over doing so, that can simply be covered with a plain "A few weeks/months later". Group B did that fairly well, as they left their village and the tavern to head to Lyn'Knoll, which was several hundred miles away, and they're now in Edinmire. By the world map, that was a long trek without much exposition. Granted, not much happened during that period, save for them just being acquaintances, but the relation between Sythe and the group went from "He's a soldier who tried to kill us, now he's following us" to "I'll hunt us some dinner. Fish alright with you guys?" And that didn't really get much of an explanation other than the time skip, and him being part of the group during it.

It's definitely possible to have some fairly significant changes in group dynamic, structure, character behavior, or pretty much anything else that we'd figure was going to happen. It can also open the door for a sudden unexpected change, leading the reader to wonder what happened, until someone "comes clean" and confesses what the heck happened. I don't see that happening here, though, at least not in the "this is how things are now, and you don't know why muahaha" kind of way.

A time skip after this chapter is inevitable, given the distance to Lyn'Knoll from where they are. But it could be anywhere from a day at a time for several pages, to a year or more, depending on how Tom wants to play it. I'd wager it to be close to a week skipped, due to monotonous travel time, interrupted by the occasional Keidran tribe, wild animal, abandoned village, etc. But without a skip of some kind, they'd reach their destination somewhere around 2030, and I really don't see Tom dragging this out that long.
Gearhead in the digital world, who will probably grow up to be a very grumpy old man.

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