Developing The Tail

A look into some of the comics created while developing the story
Augho and the Tree of Life

The Tail is a multifaceted story that spans many centuries and generations. Many side stories were developed during it's development. Augho and the Tree of Life is the story of the creation of the "Greater Evil," a character that embodied evil and was meant to serve as an arch-nemesis to the protagonists. While this nebulous character was eventually abandoned in favor of Griol, this unfinished comic was intended to explain his origin. This is also where the concept of "no-tails" was first introduced to the story. In the world of the Lorimerillians, to have no tail was to be cut off from the source of magic.

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The Tail of the Stolen God
Special sneak peek preview!

This comic was created when The Tail was originally expressed as a web comic. This story segment was meant to be the prologue of The Tail of the Order of the Blue Maiden. However, when it was decided that Mieu's story, The Tail of the Stolen God would be first in the series chronologically, this framing narrative was moved to be its prologue instead. So what you are seeing is the first scene of Stolen God.

In the original version, this event is triggered by Vell Lomaik's attempt to achieve immortality. However, later it is revealed that Griol manipulated the wizard to do his own bidding, making Griol ultimately responsible for damaging the Tree of Life.

Though the web comic was abandoned in favor of the novels, this snippet shows the event that sets the whole story into motion.

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What are you up to Ayan Brewerson?!?

This short comic amounts to little more than a comic strip that you'd find buried behind a feature story. When the comic was still called The Vagrant Song, this strip was created to introduce Ayan and highlight his youthful innocence. In the end it is perhaps a bit too innocent, and not really what you'd expect from an adventure story. Still, it is a humorous moment that adds insight into Ayan's personality.

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