Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Eldritch: Lineage 051


So… I have had the good fortune of not having faced much trauma in my life, and most of those bad moments were fairly quick, like car accidents.  However, for me, in the instances where things have gone badly, I find that I tend to react to it in stages… the first of which being getting out of danger, the second of which making sure I stayed out of danger, and the last part being the emotional overflow once it was all over.  It was upon that which I based Faith’s reactions here… she escaped, and upon being found, made sure that her friends had a way out for her, and now that she knows she’s safe, the stress of the whole ordeal is weighing on her.

However, while that’s all fine and dandy, for me, the really key thing here and in an earlier page is that she’s crying.  This may seem perfectly normal, however, some would argue this.  Montegue Summers explains in his book, currently published under the title <I> The Werewolf in Lore and Legend</I> that the <I>Malleus Maleficarum</I> at one point says that witches (which I would like to point out were also werewolves sometimes) were not able to shed tears.  Similarly, according to Joannes Arculanus, a werewolf’s eyes are unusually hot and dry, and thus, they too are unable to weep.  This inability is, in a way, a sign of the monster that these people have become… something Faith has had some, well, trouble coping with.  The shedding of tears here are a sign of her humanity, in spite of her lupine form.

…Okay, okay, I’ve rambled long enough, now I gotta get to work on the last page of the chapter.

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