Today’s prompt being “(T)roll for initiative” – so, taking the definition of ‘initiative’ a little more broadly than who gets to roll first (💚), I thought about how recent inspirations have helped me take initiative with my own Faerie work. Which means, again, my recent enjoyment of “The Folk of the Air” series by Holly Black – represented here by Aslog, from the most recently published “How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories,” illustrated by Rovina Cai.
(I do not imagine she would react well to Tock handing her a bowl of flowers, no. But don’t worry, Onna’s right off screen ready to help if need be! Though of course, Tock can save her own skin with her wits, first and foremost.)
Roller skates are currently gaining in popularity in Gnomish culture. And yes, Tock did have a pair for a while. Her adoptive inventor brother-in-law/mentor made them for her…. and of course, chaos ensued.
Leading Bumble to steal and hide them from her within a week.
(The aforementioned mentor then ended up making those stilts for her to make up for it.)
Today’s prompt being “The Tooth Gnome/Partners.” So, a tooth-faerie sprite has enlisted some Gnomish assistance in their work. …..Looks like it’s going well, yeah?
This would also normally be World Building Wednesday for “Tock the Gnome,” but as I mentioned to my patrons, I’ve suspended/elevated world building posts for the month – there’s a LOT of world building opportunities in these prompts, so instead of just having one day per week set aside for that, I’ll be scattering world building notes throughout the entire month instead!
And on that note, this exact partnership is technically possible in that realm (thus the use of the same kind of sprite I draw in the comic) BUT not exactly likely. The beings of that realm do not have the same tooth rituals we humans do. It is, however, possible for one of these sprites – who are closer in substance to the primordial energy of all Faerie – to enlist the help of a more embodied faerie being if they need it. This happens rarely, since they themselves are able to take physical form if they need to. If it does come to this, the being approached would need to consent to the work, and then is magicked to forget it once the work is over.
Not sure yet if this has happened before in any way that impacts the main plot or the characters. We shall see 🧚♀️💕
Today’s from Qd’s prompt for yesterday, “…a pumpkin?”
The Orcs of “Tock the Gnome” are hunter/gatherers, living in a climate that is temperate, with a full range of seasons. Pumpkins seem to have originated in tropical/subtropical climates here on Earth, so I think that any Orc stumbling upon one as they forage would be quite surprised!
Tock’s realm is of Faerie though, so you never know what could bleed through where it’s not “supposed” to! 🎃
So, though we’re faaaaaaar from this in canon, there IS coffee in “Tock the Gnome.” Actia has access to it already, Bumble will be introduced to it eventually, and then of course so will everyone else.
…..Tock doesn’t need any, though, so it looks like Onna gets a coffee break on her own!
(And of course, Actia and Bumble getting coffee first is no accident, thanks and props to my coffee-loving Wife 💜)
(“Bricky” meaning “brave” or “fearless” in Victorian slang.)
I’ve been working on this one for ages, but today’s finally the day to share it (because my birthday is tomorrow!).
Tock and Bumble will be separated in the comic proper for a while, but they are still better together, and I will miss their antics (though I am veryverymuch looking forward to the upcoming schmoop). So here’s this, until they reunite. You can read all their stories here, as well.
Almost last of the prompt list catchup posts, I think (there’s one more from earlier in the month, and the next few, including what’s technically today’s, will be up later in this week – just a day or so off, each).
So. Here’s a Centaur of “Tock the Gnome,” having physically manifested to hunt and gotten into a disagreement with a smaller faerie. Luckily this Elf stepped in to try and smooth things over. May all three go about their day peacefully – and may yours go peacefully, too!