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Chapter Five Vote results
And no one was surprised...

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote! We had the same number of voters as last chapter - 32! The majority of votes came through on Smackjeeves, which certainly seems the location with the most active readers.

By a landslide, Arrow won the vote. So, we'll be returning to Arrow's POV for Chapter 6: Call of the Siren. Please note, the other options, which did not come to pass, will be visited in the written vignettes that I include in the print volumes.

On that note, I have an important announcement to make. Thanks to your feedback, I will be posting new pages once every two weeks over the next while, so that in the weeks between I can get Chapter 4 finally finished up for print (it's about 80% done). This may continue so that I can catch up with getting the Chapter 5 print ready as well. We'll see based on reader responses. If you'd like to follow along on the progress, there is a Facebook fan page here:…
and my Tumblr here:
I'll be updating my progress on the off-weeks, as well as asking and answering questions with readers. So, if you want to chat and hang out while I work, I'd be happy to.

I'd also like to host a stream of working on the cover for Chapter 6, which will be on a Sunday. I'll confirm the date and time if there is sufficient interest.

Thank you all again for participating in where this story will go. Time to write Chapter 6's script!
Weaponry - Chapter Five Vote
Avast me hearties!
It is once again time to vote on which direction you'd like to see the comic take! For those that have been with us for some time, the only change this time around is that I'll be accepting all Votes through the Comments section.
For those that are newer to the comic, or for those of you choosing to vote for the first time, please note:

1. Each reader may vote only once! Choose carefully; due to the medium, you will not be able to change your ballots.
2. The option (Arrow, Blade, or Gun) that wins will dictate which direction the story will go in.
3. The options listed above give you a glimpse of what flavour that chapter will have (but may not include everything you can expect).
4. The winning vote will also dictate who Chapter 6 will be narrated by. Please note that each protagonist has a slightly different narration style.
5. The other options that do note win will be given a brief written vignette in the print copies of the comic as to what would have happened if that option had won.
6. You have 2 weeks to cast your vote (Votes will be tallied on the 16th of January).

I want to thank all of you in advance, as this comic would not be possible without you. Your feedback, thoughtful questions and insightful commentary inspire me as a writer, and push me to improve my craft. I have written three potential directions for the next chapter, and it's your choice that will decide which one I flesh out and script, so thank you for your assistance!

I look forward to seeing what you choose!
Weaponry - Pieces of Eight 34
(menage a quatre?)

Here we are at the last page of chapter 5. I'll be posting the official vote next week with the places to enter in the poll. Due to complaints about previous consolidated polling, I'm still trying to figure out the best way to host the poll. I'm thinking of allowing people to post their vote in the comments on the various sites where I host pages and just tally the ballots the old fashioned way. Thoughts?

As a preview to the official plot options, you'll get to choose which of our three protagonists beds down with Siren this night. Depending on who you have her choose, you will be setting in motion the next steps of the climax to the story (including the shape that future will take).

Get your voting pencils ready! We'll be starting off the new year with the Chapter 5 Vote!!
Weaponry - Pieces of Eight 33
Deadly beauties abound...

It looks like Gun actually took Shrapnel's warning to heart!

Second to last page of the chapter! We'll be starting the new year with a vote, so get ready to decide how this chapter will end.
Weaponry - Pieces of Eight 32
Do you guys have lots of fancy events going on for the holidays? I'm working on some projects, including a party game, a cosplay, and some artwork, while also trying to sneak in my holiday shopping and cleaning up for our annual Secret Santa.

Alright! Colours! And the additional comment of: the ladies in the bottom panel are: Scylla, Nimue, Pixie, Kali, Frey & Angrboda, Grine, and Guinevere.
  • Listening to: Legend of the Quill Prelude
  • Reading: Legend of the Quill ~ Astra Crompton
  • Watching: Red Dwarf
  • Playing: Zodiac (on Gaia Online)
  • Eating: Stuffed Pablano Pepper
  • Drinking: Cherry Blossom Tea
Hello, hello, hello!

After a mad-cap pace and gruelling schedule, which may have permanently bloodshot my eyes I am happy to report:

Legend of the Quill is ready for print!

For those of you who read First Born, this is the next book in the Ul-Zaorith world, and the start of an epic high fantasy trilogy!

The book clocks in at just over 440 pages, and is illustrated by yours truly. It will be released at this time only in soft cover. The selling price is only $25 and you can pre-order your copy here:…

If you're outside of the Victoria area and would still like to order a copy, please send me a message and I can get a shipping estimate for you. I will be basing my initial order numbers off of the Pre-Order interest, so if you want one, now is the time to get in on this great deal! I'll be signing and doing a sketch in each copy for the Pre-Order, and you'll get a limited edition bookmark to go along with it, so please do order a copy!

For those who aren't familiar with Quill:
This is an epic high fantasy, in the tradition of saga stories. If you like books like The Malazan Book of the Fallen, or Lord of the Rings, or The Eternal Champion, you will probably like my book. It does contain some scenes that may be too graphic for young or sensitive readers. Buckle in for magic, sword fights, ancient prophecies and mischievous Demons -- all set in a unique and fresh setting with new races and cultures for you to explore. I've spent 15 years building this world, with history, languages, maps, flora, fauna, gods and magics, so I truly hope you'll take a chance on me and read The Prophet's Tale, Book One: Legend of the Quill.


Astra Crompton
Artist | Professional | Varied
Astra was born and raised in Victoria, Canada. An only child, she found ways of entertaining herself through self-taught drawing, singing, sewing, painting, writing and creating worlds for her numerous stories. The majority of Astra's art features her original fantasy characters, from Steampunk to sci-fi to high medieval fantasy genres. She is a published author for her Ul-Zaorith novels, runs multiple web comic projects, and hopes to someday put out the related table-top role-playing game Ul-Zaorith: Otherworlds for which she is already working on illustrations and writing. She also freelances for children's books illustrations, book cover design, tattoo design, game design, clothing modification and creation, and character illustration.

Current Residence: Canada/Ul-Zaorith
Favourite genre of music: alternative, contemporary, classic rock, classical, etc.
Favourite style of art: strong line-art, soft colour, dynamic manga,
Operating System: PC
MP3 player of choice: Winamp: tried, tested and true.
Favourite cartoon character: Zuko & Iroh, Jessica Rabbit, Nightwing, Wiccan & Hulkling,
Personal Quote: What is to give light must first endure burning.


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d-a-price Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday!!!
tarorae Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
PersephonesDaughter Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Student General Artist
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tarorae Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
eProductSales Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Happy Birthday!!  *wohhooo*  :party:  Hope yours is awesome!  :heart: :cake:
tarorae Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016
In a short time hence, may you have a most happy birthday, for that is the day that you descended upon the Earth in a shower of lightening! :D (Big Grin)  Also, have delicious Have your cake and eat it too that day!
BelRhaza4017 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
An early happy b-day wish to u, my dear lady :)
:party: :iconcakeplz:
zenphoenixa Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Astra dear! Hello! :D :D Lovely to see you again, it's been many... years *gulp* XD;; I still fondly remember drawing Ahddy for you. :) It's great to see you've kept busy over the past years developing your awesome art and story! Thankyou for stopping by and checking out my latest offerings. :D
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