Volume 4 tier spotlight: Digital-Only Tiers
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Just as the inner Hermosa-voice is a good influence on Dexie, the inner Dexie-voice is a good influence on Hermosa.
So, uh, wow. The extra prep and early promotion I’ve been doing for Leif & Thorn Volume 4 has paid off — 24 hours from launch and we’re 57% funded.
Also, got that Project We Love badge from Kickstarter right out of the gate. Nnnnice.
I thought about trying to make the video exactly 3:00 long, to fit with the Eurovision theme…but decided that was too much work, so I kept it short instead:
Give it a watch! There’s a particular smash-cut that I know is coming, because I put it there, and still it gets me every time.
Most of the campaign page focuses on the drive to print Volume 4: Blazing Stars, because that’s the shiny new thing. But — and this is why the goal is extra-large this year — we’re also doing a whole new print run of Volume 2.
Behold, the Shelf of Backlist:
Now, I have more copies of Volumes 1 and 3, stashed in boxes under a bed. (The narrow space left above them is my cat’s favorite sleepin’ space.)
But for Volume 2, this is basically all that’s left.
It’s…it’s almost like these books are popular or something, you know?
So, hey, if you haven’t backed it already — go check out the Volume 4 campaign. Let’s make the shiny new book, restock the Leif & Thorn backlist, and just generally bring some nice things into the world.
Whoo boy, that was a long and harrowing mini-arc. But Leif is finally out of lockdown! We can go back to doing fun, lighthearted posts on Sundays now.
The last panel is a callback to this strip from Homecoming — that is, volume 1, storyline 1. From “the first time Thorn refers to heartswords, and Leif doesn’t even know what he means” to “Leif making a confident declaration what Thorn’s heartsword could and would do.”
(In other character-development news: Katya correctly guesses that, at this point, she can allude to Seditious Hacking Activity in front of Leif and he’ll roll with it.)
Tamaputian height chart for Leif & Thorn!
Including zoomed-in versions of the tiny characters we’ve already seen on full-size height charts.
The animal emblems under their names are the coming-of-age tattoos on the napes of their necks. (Atarangi and headmates don’t have one, because they were born and raised in Ceannis, without a lot of the sourceland traditions.)
Since the Tamaputian language only has one set of (gender-neutral) personal pronouns, you could refer to any of the Tamapoa natives as “they” and it would be accurate. But I’ll throw in Ceannic/Sønska/English pronoun suggestions, too.
Matatuhi “Mata” Kaihanga (he, beaver): Tiny engineering husband #1, lots of points and angles. Got his peacock-feather tattoo to celebrate top surgery. The perky one!
Patotara “Pato” Kaihanga (he, duck): Tiny engineering husband #2, lots of boxes and squares. Mute after a childhood illness, so he communicates with sign language and/or assistive spelltech. The chill one.
Pania Kaitangata (they/she/he, butterfly ray): Current archmage of Tampaoa. Star mage with a base nature affinity; tends to spontaneously sprout flowers. Genderfluid, intersex, not on any hormones beyond their naturally-atypical baseline. Great workout routine. Best abs in the group.
Atarangi Neineikura (she): Tiny magical woman with fire-based powers, lots of curves and roundness (and freckles!), currently a member of Thorn’s team. Shares the body, and the cool sleeve tattoo, with headmates Kallie (she), Kiki (she), and Sandy (they) (not shown).
Kahutaroa “Kahu” Wairua (she/they, kiwi): Tiny biologist with a special interest in island biosecurity. More freckles, plus a loose braid kept in one side of her hair. Ask her about fun animal facts!
Paikea Mawhai (he/they, crab): Tiny magical man with a special interest in exotic-animal smuggling. Finally made one of these characters a bigger guy (…relatively speaking). Lots of “you talkin’ to me, huh?” attitude.
The scientist here is Kaelan, a character cameo for a Kickstarter backer of the BICP Master’s Edition. He’s a fan of horses (well, in this world, unicorns), can you tell?
…and speaking of Kickstarters, the Leif & Thorn Volume 4 campaign is launching next week. Are you excited? I’m excited.
Just want to point out that, as of now, “all UI research vessels required to be named with puns” is a totally-canon-compliant theory.