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20th Mar 2020, 3:05 AM

Joe England

3/27/2020: I almost forgot, here's a little YouTube message from me to you!

3/20/2020: Happy Spring everyone. Well… as happy as we can manage! I'll put my real-world commentary before the flavor text today because there's important stuff to talk about right now.

It’s been too long, but I wanted to finish this so I could maybe perk some folks up with another bit of post-Zebra Girl world building. I know a lot of you might need cheering. I do too! Yeah, it’s not exactly easy street in my neck of the woods either. Your patient support is, as always, deeply appreciated. Its value cannot be overstated, in ways both obvious and subtle. To say that it’s a great help to me and my family is a vast understatement.

I think we all could use support right now. Just recently I talked about a condition that’s been on my back all my life, and so many of you offered such kind discussion. Now we’ve all got something hovering over our heads, and that sort of kindness is going to be crucial in the weeks ahead.

Hopefully, in the long run, this pandemic won’t be much worse than an inconvenience for most of us. You might even enjoy sheltering at home, and good for you! Nothing wrong with that! Fine opportunity to peruse comics and stuff! Maybe create art of your own, or work on a book, like me! Or just get cozy.

But, yeah, for lots of us this is going to be a very hard time. Folks who can’t do what they need to do to get by, or who, God forbid, actually catch this damn bug. Many surely will. Some may not survive.
So, for as truly kind as you’ve been to me by participating in my work, I urge you to also look into ways that you can help others. You don’t even have to go outside! Maybe donate to a cause, like No Kid Hungry, or City Harvest. Or any other reputable charities you can find! And, hey, ever hear of Folding at Home? Fight disease by donating some of that computer power you’re not using! And remember, stay indoors, wash your hands, keep those fingers off of that face, play it safe… take care of yourself. That helps too. And if you’re facing dire straights, know that you’re not alone, even if you’re under shelter. We’ll get through this.

Now the PSA has been said and I wish us all the very best of luck and love. Having accomplished that, I offer this latest little slice of lore for your leisure. Let’s have another File from the Stone Society!

(vampires pictured from left to right: Rebecca, Daryl, Jerry, and “Southpaw” Sally)

-Joe


From the writings of Victoria Stone, noted Vampirologist (date unknown):

Vampires were reclusive and largely nomadic during magic’s long hibernation. They rarely had the wherewithal to bother developing more than the most rudimentary standards and practices beyond the general dictates of their particular instincts. But the stabilizing influence afforded to their communities by the patronage of benefactors like Khazandra of the Eastern Lake encouraged the haemovores to finally settle, to endeavor, and to cultivate their own traditions.

For example, the marriage of Daryl Shoy and Jeremy Whittier established several customs which would become staples of vampire weddings. For their part, the pair have gone on the record as stating that they never expected their choices to become widely adopted. Nevertheless, it is now quite normal for vampires to wear capes as nuptial garb, to speak their vows while levitating in the sky (those wishing to be present without the ability to fly are often assisted by hired wizards), and for the ceremony to be solemnized by a powerful supernatural being rather than by an ordained minister or secular officiant.

Naturally, more familiar “human” paraphernalia are often liberally incorporated into the affair to whatever degree may suit a vampire bride or groom, many choosing to retain the trappings of whatever religious persuasion they may carry over from their mortal lives. As for that, it bears emphasizing that the characteristic vampiric allergy to emblems of spiritual reverence is only problematic when such items are consciously wielded by antagonistic sapient beings. In fact, the shift in philosophy regarding this mysterious ailment has ironically popularized their presence. For further clarification refer to the essay “God’s Kisses: the Modern Vampire’s Perspective on Symbols of Faith”.

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21st Mar 2020, 7:20 AM

Voidbane

Thanks for being here for us.

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21st Mar 2020, 12:52 PM

Joe England

Thanks for being here for me, too.

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21st Mar 2020, 8:31 AM

euphewl

Thanks for the good cheer - it is certainly welcome in this crazy time!

Stay safe, sane(ish) and healthy Joe.

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21st Mar 2020, 12:52 PM

Joe England

You too, Euphewl!

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21st Mar 2020, 10:37 AM

Some Dave Guy

Aww, that's so cute!

Here's hoping we all pull through this with a minimum of suffering, and come together to make necessary changes once the current crisis has passed.

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21st Mar 2020, 12:53 PM

Joe England

I'll second that!

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22nd Mar 2020, 11:31 AM

ttaxus

Aw! They're a couple?! This is the cutest thing ever, you did so well on all the facial expressions.

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22nd Mar 2020, 10:02 PM

Joe England

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27th Mar 2020, 8:03 AM

CyberSkull

Glad to hear from you! :D

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27th Mar 2020, 10:54 PM

Joe England

And you, CyberSkull! I hope you're doing well.

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