Unearth | Chapter 2 Page 51

“Have you been drinking?” This brings up Unearth’s ahistorical absence of abundant alcohol consumption, which was the norm in that era. Seems like I should be getting these people all liquored up.

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36 Responses to Unearth | Chapter 2 Page 51

  1. Jules Verne says:

    If I might point out, there are a bit more instances of “h” in that betrothal than I am used to. (Of course, this might have been noted in advance if such a thing as time travel were still possible, but alas it seems the laws of physics have been altered to no longer permit that sort of endeavor. Pity.)

  2. Number 6 says:

    I’m not sure that (M)Alice and “enjoyable wedding night” are two concepts that are likely to go together. And that’s even before you factor in that they supposedly only have moments left to live and everything she knows about romance she learned from Roderick. 😮

    • mvandinter says:

      It’s just guy talk.

    • Custom avatarwintermute says:

      Any lovin’s better than no lovin’. I bet she could be a wildcat. (sorry, I’ll shut up now, this is a family webcomic, ahem)

      • Number 6 says:

        If by “lovin'” you mean Philo cowering in a corner all night whimpering while Alice hurls a series of heavy objects at him, then yes, that’s exactly what I’m expecting it to look like. Is that too violent for a family comic? We could have her hurl slightly less heavy objects if that would help. Maybe she could toss them underhand rather than overhand?

  3. Thorin Schmidt says:

    Whoops! for a minute there, I thought that was Charlie in a wedding dress, like they were worried about her and Roddy. Then I took another look and realiz3ed it was a flashback. Poor Philo… He was caught off guard that day, and never quite recovered, did he?

  4. Custom avatarwintermute says:

    Oooh, a wedding! How romantic!

    • Hornet says:

      Actually I think that was the engagement ceremony.

      • Thorin Schmidt says:

        no, that was the Bethrothal ceremony. a somewhat creepy practice. It’s essentially calling legal “dibs”. In order for either of them to marry someone else, they’d have to first get an actual divorce, which in that day and age would be a BAD THING

        • Custom avatarwintermute says:

          Wow, that is creepy.

          But I wasn’t referring to that, I was looking forward to the captain’s offer becoming a reality. While also being sarcastic.

  5. Petaybee says:

    Philo: Wedding night! I have no desire to experience the fifth and seventh circles of hell before our impending and imminent demise takes us there!

    Eaton: Surely, wouldn’t the second circle be more apropos?

    Philo: Only if by ‘lust’ you mean a lust for anger and violence.

  6. Aslandus says:


    • Number 6 says:

      No, Philo, don’t do it! Don’t listen to Aslandus, don’t give up hope! There is a beautiful, scantily-clad, pterodactyl-riding cavegirl just waiting for you in the UnEarth, the banner-ad has promised it! Banner-ad would not lie! Trust in the Banner-ad!

      • mvandinter says:

        How do you know that “cavegirl” isn’t actually Alice after discovering her wild side?

        • Number 6 says:

          Because *you* previously said she was a new character? 😀 (Unearth Explained#3) Unless that was just misdirection? Never trust the author, they’re tricky.

          • Aslandus says:

            As they say, if you lie constantly then you can spoil anything you want and nobody will believe you… Like that kid who kept telling everyone that a band of wolves was coming to play a concert and he ended up being the only one with a ticket 😛

  7. wnp says:

    Ummm….just what do we mean by marriage and is it valid even if it isn’t true. No marriage is perfect but it can be good enough if you’re willing to work on it. Many tons of dirt have to be sifted to find a few ounces of gold.

    As far as drinking goes in that time It was probably tapering off from any sort of continuous inebriation. None could really afford it and probably most tales about it are exaggerations of what was perhaps the only notable thing about the era. Somewhen about the time of William Wilbeforce, much later, English society became notable for it’s elevated forms of courtesy which would be when you could actually find a butler like Godfrey.

    • Hornet says:

      If the Captain marries them it’s just as real as if a priest had done it.

      • Thorin Schmidt says:

        Well, the reason a Captain can marry someone at sea is because he is the highest authority in International Waters. Which, brings me back to my comment about how far down does England go? At what point ot they cross into “International Dirt”?

        • mvandinter says:

          I don’t believe that boundary issue is clearly resolved in international law today, let alone in the 1820s. Let’s just say that Philo’s driller goes through dirt as if it were water.

          • Number 6 says:

            I’m not sure about while they are in transit, however once they arrive at the Unearth it is, just as with any previously unexplored territory, his duty as a British citizen to claim the entire place as British soil, and inform the current inhabitants that they are now British citizens and covered by British law. He should then appoint himself interim Governor-General, pending a formal appointment by the crown, and he may make the law as he sees fit (particularly regarding marriage). Unless, of course, some French tunnel-digger has arrived there first and already declared it part of France, in which case…WAR!!

            • Number 2 says:

              6? what are you doing here? This was not one of your programmed entertainments… Do I need to send Rover?

              • Number 6 says:

                Ah, well, I had thought it seemed uncharacteristically lenient of you to have these internet connections installed for us – 42 had opined that you were just giving us enough rope to hang ourselves with, so to speak, but I said no, maybe that 2’s not such a bad sort after all, and perhaps this place isn’t so terrible now that we can access our favorite webcomics. I should have known it was just another trick, and furthermore – Hey! Look over there! *runs away*

      • juasayshi says:

        Does it make you a real captain, with real marrying authority, if one of your school buds hires you to hang out with him for a trip on his dirt-ship-invention? …y’know what, even if the answer’s no, I’m sure it’ll be entertaining to watch. Nvm, carry on!

  8. JuaSaysHi says:

    Archive Binge! But now I’m all caught up :'( …I started reading, oh, sometime around the kidnap-a-butler part of the prologue, but lost you in a computer crash. That it’s taken me this long to re-discover you makes me think there’s something fatally wrong with how you’re getting promoted, because you’re brilliant. BRILLIANT.

    • Number 6 says:

      He should probably fire the head of the promotions department.

      • mvandinter says:

        Done and done. Consider me fired. The trouble now is that I don’t have the budget to replace myself.

        • juasayshi says:


          • mvandinter says:

            I did a lot of promotion for a year prior to the Kickstarter campaign, yet it was a dismal failure. Since being made available a year ago, the printed book has sold less than 20 copies. The weekly readership of the webcomic is a third of what it was halfway through the prologue. I’m not sure I want to initiate another means of measuring disinterest.

            • Number 6 says:

              I suspect this is my fault – all the TV shows I’ve ever really liked got cancelled after the first season too. Something about me enjoying a story drives the rest of humanity away in droves, it seems. Coincidentally, I started reading about halfway through the prologue. 🙁

              • Number 2 says:

                MMM… yes, sometimes the Village’s entertainment protocols result in unfortunate collateral damage. If only there hadn’t been so many Residents who were also fans of the webcomic… sigh…

            • N8 says:

              Part of it is probably people catching up. There are dozens of comics I loved while I was binge reading, but once I caught up I couldn’t bring myself to care about for one or two pages a week. So there’ll likely be a tide and ebb of people binge reading, and then waiting until there’s a buffer.

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