Staffer: Remember, as long as you work here, the Lady is entitled to drink from you whenever she feels thirsty.
But she’s not allowed to kill you, so if you die, then you can sue. Aha! There’s Lady Stanczia. Look sharp.
Stanczia: You’ll be the new accountant, I see. What’s your name?
Imri: Imri, milady.
Ah, that’s why she loves him.
He makes her money so she doesn’t have to work.
You mean he manages her money so she doesn’t have to work? Because she has money before he is even conceived. She has probably a hundred times what he could earn.
The point is, we know why he’s even around.
And I thought /my/ job was sucking the life out of me.
This is why I like telecommuting. Just saying.
I wonder who the poor sap that does her hair is. Because I find it hard to believe that Stanczia would brush/wash/etc her own hair. She probably intimidates someone into doing it for her…
Do vampires produce hair grease? If not then she wouldn’t really need to wash it.
It would get dirty though, especially if she allows it to brush the carpet like she seems to do. Even if she was more careful about that, dust and stuff would still get in and accomulate.
She probably has a handmaiden that does all the tedious cosmetics. They existed in the past and I can easily imagine her having one.
The question is how she treats them on a scale of 1 to Bathory.
There may be magic involved. Either “natural” vampire magic or she may be using some spell.
I was confused by the purple-haired person in panel one, thinking it was a younger Leif with longer hair. Then I realized that based on Lady Stanczia’s comment about the Wacky Bracelet company closing 100 years ago, Lord Imri has been a vampire for about 87 years, thus the purple-haired person could not be Leif. Maybe a relative? Also, upon closer inspection, that person in panel 1 is wearing clothing cut for a female body.
Also I came up with 87 years based on Ickle!Imri being 14 and now appearing to be 27 (based on appearance and job position). And assuming the bracelet company lasted only a year, as fads often do.
Then, something else occurred to me about the timeline that was confusing. Stanczia and Imri speak a language that no longer exists, and that linguists and historians love them because the undead pair can fill in the gaps in the researchers’ knowledge. But less than 100 years doesn’t seem long enough for such a loss of information. Hmm…unless the start of this arc happened longer ago than the “now” of the comic’s title characters. But then, that leads to some interesting discussions on the spell-tech of this world, as Lady Stanczia was looking at a smart-phone analog in comic 1 of this arc. Hmm…
I love this comic. 🙂 It makes my research-y nerd brain very happy, in addition to being an excellent story with well-devoloped characters.
Imri being under 100 years old doesn’t preclude speaking a language fluently that isn’t spoken by 99.999% of people. Lady Stanczia could easily feel that it was worthwhile teaching a junior vampire a language only spoken by vampires.
What makes you think that they are speaking a language that researchers forgot during this story arc?
Also, comic 1 takes place more or less in present time. The time with the interview was a flashback.
Yes, the purple-haired person is supposed to be an ancestor of Leif’s!
Wacky Bracelets were a thing roughly 200 years before the present day. (Although the fad didn’t last long, the toy company had a lot of experience staying on top of new toy trends, and managed to keep it up for at least a century.) So in this arc they’re speaking in recognizable Sønska, give or take a few centuries of technology and slang.
Stanczia was born 900-something years before the present day, and Imri’s knowledge of more-ancient language comes from her. His deadname (hah) was contemporary to the year he was born; he chose to replace it with a name from Stanczia’s era. At this point he frequently gets mistaken for an actual 900-year-old, and he doesn’t bother to correct people because it’s funnier this way.
Actually an ancestor of Lief’s, huh? I wonder if this is where his debt got started.
Knowing all of this makes me happy and squishy-feeling. 🙂