Poisonous Frog

In most fantasy fiction, elves are portrayed as using various natural materials over manufactured tools.  Wooden bows, leaf armor, etc.  The reason most often given is that they don’t want to tear up the land by mining and despoil nature.  Also, they don’t want to pullute it by smelting ore and creating waste products of worked metals. 

But they have metal armor and weapons made of mithril…

Hmm.  A conundrum.  Maybe you don’t smelt mithril like you do other metals?  Maybe it’s magic and you refine and shape mithril with butterfly wings and moonlight? 

Then again, maybe elves have gnome slaves working in hidden mines and sweatshops.

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  1. Bobo the Halfling Bard

    I know the answer to that question. I once asked an elf I knew where he got his weapons and armour made and he told me. Told me to keep it a secret, but I can tell you now. Why can I tell you? Cause the world disappeared. Totally. Completely. Its gone now. I can’t find it. So now I am stuck in this one where all I can do is make snarky remarks.

    Oh, the question. Sorry, I got sidetracked. I do that alot. My mind flirts from one topic to another to another until eventually I run out of time or space and …

  2. Cedric

    It’s gnomes aint it? I knew it.

  3. Kristin

    R(er)ead The Hobbit sometime. They buy it from the Dwarves, and then antagonize the Dwarves once they’ve got their armies fitted out.

  4. Cedric

    See, that’s the problem with having a global economy. You just ship out the unsavory effects of certain industries like strip mining and deforestation to other contries to reap the benefits at home. Then you get involved in the battle of five armies and all you’ve got to show for it is some blood diamond called the arkenstone. 8)

  5. Robukka

    mm ha ha these humany animals.
    to improve: why No backgound no scenery?

    • Cedric

      Heh. I didn’t think background was really all that important.

      People though have sent me messages and disabused me of that notion.

      You’ll see more background scenery in later strips. :)

  6. Bobo the Bard

    John Ford, of movie fame, would often frame his shots with 2/3 the sky and the actors at the bottom 1/3. This symbolized and gave an epic or painting feel to his pictures. There are scenes where one could almost take wholesale and put them on the wall.

    Cedric, the John Ford of cartoonist. Or a confused bard, either one will work.

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