12 years is a very long time on the internet. Ancient perhaps. Among such peers as geocities, altavista search, realplayer video, and other fossils of a by gone era. Perhaps you are wondering dear readers what may have welcomed your first visit on Drowtales back in the days? Few would remember. Some elders such as Emperial and Miburo may recall being present back in these early days, able to testify as to the horror they have witness. Some may believe i exaggerate. Then unbeleivers, bask into the very first cover page of drowtales 2001!!!
Still there? I command your fortitude. Don’t mind the fallen bodies around you, they were too weak to survive this sight. There, have a cupcake point for your pain(exchangeable at your nearest Kite station). If your curiosity into the morbid has yet to be satiated, drop by the internet way back machine to see the (un)glory of the very first web site..
Done? Good, let’s us proceed further in time to 2004. Back when the very first few attempts at social medias begun, Oekakis board were all the rage, and sharing meme flash video was the thing to do! Yes, it is during that year that Chirinide became a protagonist, one of the main point of view for our stories to unfold. She had been there before, as early as late december 2001. Simply a secondary character. With chapter 10 coming around, she had her chance to shine during an experiment in making a self contained story outside of Ariel’s arc. A new clan. New characters. A bloody setting. And the oldest unmodified chapter to remain in our archive. It was a big change , one that brought people such as Kite into reading the comic for the first time. To honor this old work, the recent story line with Chiri had an intentional callback drawn into it.
Say hello to sad eyed greenish Chiri. She sure has grown in 9 years! Even her hair has changed colors… It’s probably all the chocolate she eat.
Characters grows with the comic and the society changed over the years. It’s a massive work, it’s my baby. And i realize i’ll probably be working on it for couple more years before it’s complete. 2014 will mark the end of arc 2. But when arc 3 will bring closure to Moonless age, that i can’t say. I realize i couldn’t continue without your support. For this, i say thank you. I want to make people feel invested, to give people the chance to have their say, to have their characters integrated in. Even if it is in a small way ; you’re all part of the story. Sometime this backfire but for the most part, it’s beneficial to the work. The last year has been a landmark of changes on this topic. As early 2012 marked to me an undeniable shift , one that i was afraid would bring a premature end. A hard time for me and Kite, leading us to make difficult decisions. Thankfully cameos were a success, a big success. We don’t have as many team members as we used to but the team is still large and strong. I’d say the studio is on a stronger footing at the moment than it used to before. With a clear direction as to where to go and the possibility to grow. Onward to better arts, better story, better interactivity!
To mark this day an anniversary special was prepared . Kiel has a page to have her say ending with the animation finale:
(Where is the flash version? The server prevented it from being uploaded and there is too little time to get Martin to fix this. Instead you get the youtube version in the main archive for now)
A short 6 episodes but a good experiment that is now wrapped up. Canon too, except for that Chirinide costume at the end. Now as to what is coming next on the animation front ; i don’t know. It has to remain modest to be doable in our busy shcedules. And it has to remain both seperate from the main arc while being pertinent. If there is something you’d like to see covered in an animation, shoot your request through a comment
The anniversary special was meant to end with a dance party . Except, well, the dance gif did not come up as i thought. It’s funny to look at it, just not quite fitting in the main archive:
By Felix of daydream archive 3.
Leopardwerecat, thanks for being such a steadfast supporter and for making this picture to commemorate the day:
Kiel has certainly become the mascot in the last year. May her crazyness bring us many good stories!
Unpoisoned cake preferably.
Hmm cake. Now excuse us while we go ponder on which cake we shall devour to commemorate so many years of life were invested into this work. Countless nights and days. Okay that’s going down a depressing slope ; LET’S GET BACK TO CAKE!