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Jacqueline draws the chimera’s ire on page 8 of Engagement on Vineyard Hill. Jacqi is the best rider in the squadron (and in the colony of Aradie). To see what Vivienne thinks of next, please vote for Snow by Night on Top Web Comics.
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I actually feel sorry for the chimera. Whichever critter it started as didn’t ask for this. :(
Yeah, it does rather bring up the subject of Ethical Treatment of animals…
That chimera is truly a magnificent combination of bizarre and terrifying.
*and* adorable, and immoral (to mirror Ladybug’s comment below)
(*Uck!* How’d I get frog spit on my shirt?)
Great perspective in that last panel–Makes the danger more immediate to the viewer!
The tongue on the chimera is pretty long and gross. I like the animal combination.
Her horse seems well under control. Are warhorses trained to not panic when they can see or smell monsters?
Warhorses are trained to withstand the chaos of battle, the sharp crack of musketry, the acrid smell of gunpowder, and the tang of blood. That’s why trained warhorses are so much more valuable than a normal horse. The chimera would smell most like a lion since mammals tend to be smellier than amphibians or insects. It’s a testament to Jacqi’s skill that she’s above to control her horse in such a situation.
In real life a war horse can have trouble with the unexpected, so yes takes more skill and a better horse to cope with this. For example war horses did not want to charge war camels.
Interesting. I did not know that. *scribbles note*
Elephants were often used to scare horses when charging into battle, especially if they’d had no previous experience with them–
In fact, generally speaking, most horses need special training to deal with elephants, their size and trumpeting being a natural cause for alarm among flight-motivated herd animals.
That is awesomely strange to even contemplate.
That creature reminds me of something from Alice in Wonderland the way it’s drawn. The back legs as a frogs are creepy! LOL, going t o be a tough one to get through/around! Good luck!
Barrels of gunpowder or cannons would likely be the most surefire way to kill it. Another method would be to lead it off a cliff.
One Chimerae with indiscriminate tastes and one battalion of enemy line infantry. Seems like if she can lead it somewhere, she could turn two problems into one solution.
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