“The Servant of a Grim Master” You may be asking yourself two questions. The first question is “Why is everything so brown?”. Some of you might not, especially if you know anything about sepia… specifically the treatment for black and white photos. For those of you uninterested in clicking links, it warms up a photo, turning blacks and grays to shades of reddish brown. Going black and white or sepia is one way to imply a flashback, and that is what is happening here in the first five panels. My “sepia” is not quite true, but I based mine on my stock warm brown color: the Tenné I use for wood, the gobos’ belts and other such items.

The second question you might be asking is “He survived!?!” Why yes. Yes he did. Unlike Hans Gruber, the leader of the Snake Gorge Raiders did not fall onto a cement sidewalk. Apparently he must have adjusted his fall into a dive towards the end and survived… with at least a broken leg! He also appears to be the narrator of the flashback, which might explain why there are, um, certain inconsistencies. It would seem that the “Captain” is just the servant of a grim master, add is spinning the tale to paint things in a better light. Literally, the Captain is trying to save his skin, and it seems to have worked… for now.

Be careful out there.

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