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GND223 - Approaching Skittish Wildlife by Pika-la-Cynique GND223 - Approaching Skittish Wildlife by Pika-la-Cynique
Godsdamnit Hat, they don't need that. -_-

(and nope, I ain't designing Snorkacks!)
(but these ones are quite cool: [link] )

What’s with the costume change?
Well, there’s been some adventuring off-screen with our motley crew. After exiting the Fiery Forest they found themselves on the outskirts of the Marshlands of Existential Ennui. This is fed by river water that comes from sources in the mountains that ring the Labyrinth, and then carries on all the way over to Fantasia before widening into the Swamp of Despair – its manifestation within the borders of the Underground is far less perilous, thankfully. So they skirted the Marshlands with barely a dampening of spirits and boots, and eventually reached firmer terrain near the foothills. Jareth was in full Pemberley mode during this lap, amicably answering most of Luna’s questions on Goblin-rearing, and Sarah was watching their interaction most thoughtfully, when she fell into a Sudden sinkhole.*

This resulted in a mildly thrilling interlude quickly solved by a timely Wingardium Leviosa from Miss Lovegood who levitated a mud-sodden Sarah from the sinkhole; but before she could apply one of her custom Squeegee spells, Jareth courteously intervened and magicked Sarah into the nifty little leather number she is wearing here**. This caused some surprise and heated debate and accusations of using her as a decoy, met by the Goblin King pointing out that it better clarified her temporary role to the dimmer Goblins and that the Blikins had already attacked her regardless of her garb. Sarah eventually relented and subsided into glaring at His Majesty because she didn’t feel like voicing her suspicions that he was getting some pervy gratification from dressing her like him (and the rather snug leather jerkin) in front of the others present.
(Pendant worn down the front of her shirt at present. Sarah is in this case correct to assume Jareth is indulging in some discrete thrills of delight thinking of it there.)

And then they came across the shallow valley the Snorkack herd is grazing in.

(*) Sudden Geography is one of the topics covered by cryptogeology, a sadly obscure branch of study on almost every plane save Discworld, where Professor of Cruel and Unusual Geography Rincewind is an expert, and the Lancre witches know a thing of two (see: Gnarly Ground). Had Luna chosen to major in that field, rather, she could’ve explained that the sinkhole Sarah fell into was in fact a Whee Groaner (or Wee, the spelling is a matter of controversy). It is a form of Sudden Geography where local trace narrativium in the ground reacts with the passing of questing characters to throw an unexpected and plot-irrelevant obstacle their way (see: Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth); the name comes from the reaction of onlookers and audiences who’ve read the damn book and/or can tell there’s no way a major character is going to get killed off halfway through the first film by a random rockslide…. for example. Their arguable use is to keep things thrilling and the soundtrack rocking, occasionally furthering character interaction, but they do not react when tested for true Plot. At first glance a beginner cryptogeologist may not see the difference between a Whee Groaner and a Cockiness Chute, but their narrativium consistencies are markedly different, and a simple test for dramatica ferrous levels will ascertain which is which. The pit of Helping Hands is a remarkable Cockiness Chute of interest in the Labyrinth; still, nowhere near the impressive sight of the Pridegoethbefora Falls.
(One of the field's great tragedies was that Underground cryptogeologists never encountered Discworld trolls, while their Discworld colleagues would've found Ludo's symbiotic relationship with the landscape equally fascinating.)

(**) Actually recycled from a long-ago collaborative work with *MelissaFindley


This is a work of fanart and solely intended for shits and giggles and vicarious fangirl thrills. Not mine, not making money from it.

Sarah, Sir Didymus&Ambrosius, Bird-hat, glittery sets, Jareth [Labyrinth] (c) Lucas, Froud, Henson; Connelly&Bowie
Luna Lovegood [Harry Potter] (c) JKRowling and WB

Based on the original Roommates comic by *AsheRhyder
Colours by *LouisaGallie
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gotta love the hat!
NightShadow13 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
*slow chant* Oubliette, oubliette...
LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Igenlode Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
What, we never get to see the Snorkacks after all? :(
I have to admit I hadn't actually noticed the costume change...

I observe that Jareth's mind immediately links the concept of 'aesthetically pleasing' to 'sleeping with' (at the very least in its most literal sense!), although Sarah doesn't seem to pull him up on that so is presumably expecting nothing less (or nothing better :p) He actually looks remarkably meditative and straight-faced in that panel -- rather than trolling for reaction -- so it may be an unconscious bit of self-revelation.

What on earth is Luna doing with her scarf and the bag in the fifth panel? I thought for a moment she was using it as some kind of boom  mike -- one of those big fluffy things they use in sound recording -- but evidently not as it is firmly round her neck again in the last panel. Is she doing something or other wand-related?

The Hat really doesn't seem to have the survival sense of, say, Hoggle, when it comes to irritating the Goblin Monarch; presumably Jareth hasn't been forced into prolonged proximity with this particular one of his 'subjects' before, since one feels its survival in its current form (and distance from the Bog) would probably otherwise have been limited!

Poor Sir Didymus is desperately trying to warn Sarah of some approaching danger and being totally ignored due to her bickering with Jareth...
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Jareth is lightly trolling here, in that he is trying to frame his stalking/interest in Sarah in the ''objective'' terms of her visual appeal, which is both a sly compliment and so a massive understatement it borders on bald-faced lie, really, so yes, the conversation slipping from ''aesthetically pleasing'' to ''waking up besides'' is really not a surprise and they are both on that train of thought. Also, directing the conversation to Hoggle's ugliness is also a shortcut to annoying Sarah.
To be quite fair, he gets whimsical/droll in reaction to her snarky jab about neglecting his kingdom for stalker proclivities, which probably actually stung a tiny wee bit (responsibilwhatsits?), at a point of their implied/offstage shared trekking time together where both had been behaving quite civilly - Jareth was quite honestly sharing his mild perplexity about the Snorkacks with her, in a companionable fashion. He takes cues from her here.

[And on a more meta note, there have been acts of 'Jargle' committed on a labyfic community I participate in, and the suggestion of it here was a wee horrifiedly amused note to its (I hope) ironic proponents.]

Ah, poor colour choice I didn't pick up on - that's not Luna's scarf in panel 5, more like a deckchair or tent being pulled out of her Bag of Holding to set up field camp.

There is some fanon to the effect that the Wise Man is actually a pretty powerful creature, sometimes an incarnation of the sentient Labyrinth; without quite going down that path, I am vaguely of the opinion that Jareth respects and keeps some distance from him, and thusly the Hat, usually. (''I don't consult the Oracles needlessly'', waaaaay back during the Blackmail Date arc - plus, the Wise Man and Hat's tendency to deliver cryptic/caustic truthbombs probably make GK a little uncomfortable.)

And Sir Didymus is actually reacting to Sarah's rudeness in shock and disapproval. Flowery courtly knight aghast at his Lady's irreverent and foul-mouthed bickering with His Majesty.
Igenlode Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Aha, so those are tent-poles sticking out of the end of the blue-and-white thing then.

And I hadn't previously picked up on the Hat's addressing  blonde Luna as 'Heidi' as she gallops surefootedly down the slope ;)

Didymus' shock: ah well, no need to worry about unknown hazards at least!
shorewall Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Luna is forever my favorite.  The way she stone cold silences chicken hat!  :)  Her serious bidness attitude.  And I'm liking her reparte with chicken hat.  It's a good dynamic.  Funny/annoying hat, kindly girl, and the girl has the ability to muzzle the hat, yet most times lets him ramble.  A very good mix, and I really enjoy how you write them.  :)
FlailingHands Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
I adore this page.
chrj Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
I love the outfit change
FlailingHands Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
I adore the explanatory note to explain the outfit change.
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