The mage here is Ariel — a character cameo for Mara, as a reward for supporting Leif & Thorn on Patreon.
Back in June, I was already this far ahead in drawing the comic, but somehow I figured this bit of social commentary wouldn’t stop being relevant any time soon.
Juniper: Can I . . . help you?
Mage: Yes — we’re with the Central PD. We got a request to do a wellness check at this home.
Someone saw a commotion and was concerned for the children living here.
Officer: We’re not here to arrest anyone! Especially if it’s just a rowdy party. But if anyone needs help, we’re here to serve.
Mage: If anyone’s not well, I can heal them. If you have safety concerns, I’ll do magical repairs.
Officer: I have years of social-work training — I can check on the kids without scaring them.
Mage: It’s almost like our whole purpose is to make situations better, not worse.
Juniper: Kinda seems like a bare minimum standard we should be able to demand from the police, huh.