Ok, so, Tarot and the dragon ARE separate entities
Which is precisely what I’ve said about a dozen times
Well, I’m fairly sure it was only twelve times. But that’s just me.
…a dozen times is the same as twelve times, lawlz.
Thanks for clearing that one up. Guess I was a bit confused for a sec, there.
i see what you did there
shouldn’t have been that obvious the moment the dragon said ‘Tarot is my avatar’?
ok… then whats the meaning of ‘avatar’ in this comic then.
It’s not giant blue cat people, that’s for sure.
I appreciate your wisdom, Argent
haaaay i didnt mean it that way :I
OK, how about a flyboy?
How did you do that Agent?
In general, an avatar is a representation of something else, or a secondary body. The term “avatar” in this comic lines up more closely with Hindu beliefs, which name an avatar as the descent of a deity to earth in another form. It’s safe to say that most people and animals would find gryphons, nine-tailed foxes and huge dragons rather surprising, so they use something inconspicuous.
I do have to wonder though… There’s Pete, the Great Kitsune, and the Spirit Dragon. The avatars they’ve chosen are Human Pete, Tarot, and… Sabrina???
FreakazoidVocaloid is making guesses as to who each diety has as an avatar, even though human pete is a disguise, not an avatar, and Great Kitsune, being the game master, doesn’t have an avatar.
and now I realize you were addressing anon_omis, and now the answer is that he was asking how you altered your avatar to include a flight helmet.
I was responding to anon_omis.
I agree, Pete doesn’t have an avatar. He was trying to get King as his avatar, but that hasn’t happened. Whether foxface has an avatar (or avatars) or not is unknown.
he wasn’t even at the game table while the other two were playing.
see the first panel.
PS, check out my blog.
Actually, I think anon_omis was reffering to your changing avatars between posts… how?
basically, the meaning of “avatar” in this is the physical representation of a spiritual being, whom in essense, is unlike that of any mortal creature, thus causing them to have to take on another creature’s shape and form, hence an “avatar” is created, which is basically a puppet of physical relevance of a spiritual entity in this case.
speaking of avatars, I finally figured out how to get one
indeed you have….some people just take time to realize it. X3
That one was firmly established some time ago… Personally I agree with Peanut. Why ARE they in an elevator?
maybeh it’s ah big house
What they meant is why there is electricity there. Really.. Why ?
cuz sabrina’s magic, duh!
The snow melted by now, and so the power must be back by now. ect. ect. ect.
Oh, yes. Magic too. Duh.
”Magic powers activate!”
Also, probably tarot, not sabrina
Or maby they have a backup generator somewhere in the house
Or maybe they PSYCH UP the elevator! Get it? Psych.. because they’re.. yea… I’ll go over here and be quiet….
o.o………….. oh ai get it! :3
The elevator is powered by the portable fusion generator they need for the flux capacitor.
Magical elevators are magical. Now why it plays muzak still, that’s an unsolvable mystery!
Hey, maybe they are like the Protos in Starcraft (whoops, geeked out again)
Maybe they are like the Protos in starcraft
The elevator isn’t powered by electricity. It powered by the lost souls of the underworld…
What? It’s… possible.
Ooooooh, I get what she meant. Why IS there music in the elevator – so strange….
(That was sarcasm, yes i know it was about the electricity)
And here I thought it was powered by a slinky.
YOU MUST CONSTRUCT ADDITIONAL PENTAGRAMS
I think that just gave me a seizure.
and which way are they heading? Up? Down? Sideways?
Diagonally ! or zig-zags…
no.. Sadly its just down xD
o rly now? >:3
hmm *points at comic title*
thats… what i said -.-”
How could I missed reading the title!? > .<;;;
Oh yeah, I was really tired. Thanks Valerio and Vlad.
Must be the elevator from Willie Wanka
Wonka. Wanka is a whole different thing, especially in Britain.
in a physical sense, yes. but in a spiritual sense, no. They are bound by spirit, due to the fact that Tarrot is in fact a figure of what the Dragon is spiritually, but put into a physical form in order to properly communicate with the lower-beings. also known as mortals. They are not seperate “entities,” though, because an entity can in fact have more than one form. what Tarrot is, is basically a puppet through which the dragon can communicate and do all of the things that mortals would do. When in fact, yes, they are separate, they also are one and the same. (deep, i know. xD)
Did you even read what Rick said?
I think that the Avatar here kinda work like the Angels’ in Supernatural: the angels and their vessels are different beings, however the angels can interact with the world (without screwing it up) by possessing certain people. Unlike demons, who don’t care who they possess, angels need explicit consent from their hosts to use their bodies.
This sounds about right. Tarot =/= Dragon because a.) Rick says so (and I think he would know) and b.) Pete was trying to get King as an avatar, and I doubt the “benevolent” rules of the game would allow him to turn King into nothing more than a meat puppet. My guess is that the Dragon communicates with Tarot in some way and provides her with assistance and Tarot enacts her will as best she can in return. Then if the Dragon needs to, she can possess Tarot with Tarot’s consent for short periods. Think of it this way – what’s the point of playing a game with low order beings on the board rather than inanimate objects if the low order beings are just puppets and don’t act on their own?
I like that comparison. I was trying to think of an example of the way I think it works, and I feel stupid for nit thinking of that one.
Elevator rides are so boring.
unless it gots a disco ball and strobe light in it ;3
Which would make it the most epic elevator in the history of elevators. If you know of one like this, I will gladly travel just to ride in it.
…Which would give my mom a seizure. :/
In all seriousness, I would definitely love to see ^an elevator do that. Anything is better than elevator music. >_<
except for Justin Bieber
Wot’s the difference?
I won’t shoot myself if i hear elevator music in an elevator…
Elevator music rlz xD
but the strobe light wouldn’t be fun if you had epilipsy.
I would press ALL the buttons if I saw that in an elevator
No, Elevator rides are awkward.
only if you don’t know the people with whom you are in the elevator.
Is this first or was I ninja’d?
Alt Text: Okay obviously I divided your attention here — My bad
Thanks for the alt! But i didnt get it :/
oh i get it now, nvm x3
I didn’t get it…
Sabrina is saying that she should have mentioned the dragon before taking him to the elevator if she wanted a reaction to the dragon. as it stands, he’s too distracted by the elevator to notice what she said.
how does the elevator work-is what is going on in Peanut’s heads. just think, what will get your attention: an elevator that works in a power out, or a person who speaks to spirits every day and suddenly mentions a dragon.
why would you need to ask how an elevator is working when the people running said elevator can use magic?
So why can’t she just power the whole neighborhood, and put a special force field to shield from the snow.
It doesn’t work that way. well, it does, but the spirits hate it.
but the more they help, the more their re-birth in there new life will be better…I think…
Weren’t these thing must be done while they were still living? I mean with all that carma stuff?
true. if they’re spirits, they are just rebirth row inmates, waiting for karmic retribution to come.
Oh, Peanut, so affably oblivious. <3
Also, I like that there's elevator music. *giggles*
oh peanut :3
but sabrina shoulda seen dat comming X3
That’s PEANUT, foh ya!
lol peanut, you always make my day
also, electricity back?
Wait.. isn’t the power out? So how does the elevator… Never mind. I forgot who I was talking about for a sec.
I was actually wondering, Why an elevator?
But then, you got to remember. WE knew about the dragon. PEANUT on the other hand, has not been informed whatsoever.. that we know of, at least. (Or that I remember)
Yes all we know about the Dragon, but my question is, How big is that house to have an elevator?
More than one floor. We still don’t know if their owner is disabled. I don’t think.
It could be going down, hence the name.
And now I feel dumb because I JUST now noticed that.. after you pointed it out to me… ^.^’
Big enough for the dragon, and the batcave (for batbat).
Teleportation circles can’t beat elevator music I guess. *shrugs*
What about Transmutation circles?
I think you need to sacrifice someone’s blood to make it work. That’s dangerous.
not really. you only need to lose something of equal value to that which you wish to gain that is the law of equivalent exchange.
I have to say, I love elevator music… and Queen, also The Beatles, Weird Al and others.
For some reason, Peanut reminds me of Max, my sister’s dog… I miss Max
lol ah peanut. your funny
Somehow I imagine that is exactly what a dog would say about excitement.
He is one seriously happy pup. I love how he’s just dancing to the elevator music.
Seriously though, why are they in an elevator?
Rule of Funny?
Oh yay. Do we get to learn more about the whole celestial D&D crew?
it’s actually the U&U crew
Only in a simply sense so WE may comprehend it. ^_^
lol Peanut just doesn’t care at all about Dragon
He was just distracted by something more misterious ! …or obvious
Spirits, dragons, it’s all astral to him.
He should, he helped release one of them. The most horrible one.
Almost every time I see elevator jokes I think about that looney toons episode of baby daffy duck in an elevator.
“Elevator go down the hole” He says every time he pushes the button. And the occupants get smashed on the cieling or floor. I also have to wonder when Peanut will start to think he’s hallucinating.
it was a tiny toons episode about baby Plucky,actually.
and here it is:
My mother used to LOVE baby plucky. She’d watch tiny toons just to see him stick something in the toilet to say “water go down the hoooole”
Don’t know it for sure,but i think,Tarrot and Sabrina live in quite a cool house,since it has an elivator,and who knows what secrets lie in the upper chambers.
Oops..I mean the downer chambers..didn’t see that it’s “Going Down” ..sry
Downer Chambers… That sounds like a depressing place to be. XD (I’m just full of terrible, terrible jokes tonight…)
Lower chambers and i am guessing some sort of portal, either magic one or something hi-tech mojo-made variance
Downer Chambers? That sounds like the name of a bad Metal band…
Everybody’s a comedian..
downer chambers, I don’t even know her.
hopefully this is not too inappropriate.
I don’t know how inappropriate it is, but it made me lawl regardless.
Leave the guy alone! He made a misspell so big deal …
not exactly a misspelling, but I know what you mean. I’m okay with poking’ fun at him because if I messed up, I’d make fun of myself. also, my comment could easily have been applied to “lower chambers” as well, so I’m not even actually poking fun at his mistake.
wasn’t talking about anyone in particular
I know, you were addressing all of us, so I was defending myself.
Chill guys..I didn’t meen to be harsh,it’s just that i had a long day and sort of a “problem”,if you know what i mean.
no i dont know what you mean
never mind,the good thing is it’s over (the day i mean)
Serious peanut face in the last panel
Yeah,but they are so cute in panel 3 ;3
Sabrina in panel 4 = SCRITCHABLE chest
Sabrina in panel 4 … wait just a second… isn’t she “mad” at anyone for a first time, for i don’t remember he showing that side of her anywhere in the comic
ok it seems that i made a Typo, “he” above is mistyped “her”
Ah yes well the dragon and…OH MY GOODNESS. What does their owner do that requires an elevator? And is that a generic instrumental version of “Girls from Ipanema” on the speaker?
Wait.. how would you know what the song was? Are you.. are you a GOD?!? v^Wide awestruck eyes^v
No I was making a Blues Brothers joke *points to name*
And I may have just walked into a Ghostbusters one. Everyone clear your minds!
I just thought of something that he couldn’t POSSIBLY hurt us with…
What I find really hilarious about this whole conversation is that the Blues Brothers and the Ghostbusters share a guy. XD
Speaking of which, today’s Groundhog Day.
Ok, if Bill Murry is here, make sure we keep Columbis away
NO ONE got the “Zombieland” reference!?!?!?
I never got around to seeing that movie.
If you like zombie movies/games you HAVE to see it!
I probably will eventually.
In our defense you misspelled Columbus.
“I just thought of something that he couldn’t POSSIBLY hurt us with…” – Lupin the Vapour
Meanwhile a 50 ft. Spo destroys New York City…
destroys or annoys? or both?
Probably annoy since that’s funnier
“annoy”? So that’s my new nick-name?
*Murray, and yes annoy IS your new nickname
The elevator works, does this mean the power is back on? Or did I miss something?
It’s an unknown power source. I want to believe they’re using solar enegry.
It’s an SPG(Spirit Powered Generator) I tell ya!
or maybe they have some sort of hidden Protoss Pylon
You must construct additional SPGs! (Just to be a nerd.) XD
You require more Ectoplasm!
Mixing ghost and Starcraft jokes isn’t funny, you know
Nuclear killjoy detected.
w00t! The Dragon is coming back! Elevators are too slow. Ooo DJ Khaled on the tunes? Awesome!
You missed the magic, mister
Sorry, this was supposed to be a reply to kimbawlion 12:42 comment
I love the irony of the story about a big snowstorm now being accompanied as I type this by a raging blizzard outside. Stay safe everybody.
Sabrina le habla de dragones y Peanut pregunta por elevadores jejeje
Bueno, el perro tiene sus prioridades en su lugar. jejeje Además, se trataba de un traductor en línea … Lo siento por la gramática horrible …
If you can’t understand that last bit, and can read this.. I apologize for the online translator grammar.
Hey, so cyrilic is forbidden, but Spanish(or Portugal) isn’t?
it’s the same alphabet as English, so banning it would ban all English speakers, including Rick himself.
that is not what i meant …
but the only way that Cyrillic is forbidden is because it’s a different alphabet.
i wasn’t talking about that, and it is quite easy to write in languages like Bulgarian or Russian in latin, but it will be equal to chinese for those who doesn’t understand cyrilic. And what i meant is that we should all write in english, so that all of us can understand what are others writing, right?
agreed. but there’s really no way to enforce it.
i think there can be made for certain words to be forbidden (i am not sure) but it is quite annoying, so it’s up to one’s character
You know what why did Sabrina try to tell Peanut about Dragon anyway and if Sabrina thought it was ok to tell him why hasn’t Tarot told him already?
because in doing so, Tarrot would have to show her true form, thus creating a paradox because the “Tarrot” that Peanut knew is in fact non-existant, but basically an avatar for a higher-spiritual being, and thus having to prove that sed avatar is in fact an avatar, the knowledge of the higher-beings would then be spread, thus causing those higher beings to have to destroy their universe, because there is an infinite amount of mortal universes within the so called “spiritual-realm.”
Wait… What the heck did i just say…? I’m confused now… xD
Because Rick wanted to make the elevator joke.
Because the Spirit Dragon would have to admit she loves Peanut.
no, tarot loves him.
Peanut makes me remember of Pixel, ‘The Cat Who Walked Through Walls’. Just like him, Peanut, simply not being bound by the ‘common etiquette’ toward magic, will not be scared or amazed by it and walk through spells as if they were the most normal thing…
O.o I must read this…
Things are starting to get very interesting.
BTW. Is the elevator going up or down?
wait *reads title
No worries. It seems a lot of people are making that mistake around here..
Totally random, but I FINALLY know where your avatar comes from. Summer Wars. Thank you, random ad on YouTube while watching a playthrough of Birth by Sleep!
Yes. King Kazuma is awesome!
Summer Wars is a really good movie if you haven’t checked it out.
I know what she wants to be asked about.
How that music is playing without power!
An orchestra playing on the roof of the elevator.
Better question is: How come there’s power in the elevator? Tarot has her own spirit powered power plant? (An army of enslaved spirits run it to no end.) XD
BTW if you knew Tartot yourselves would you ask ANY questions even if you heard somethin like that?
Why did Who the What do When in Where?
Before you die, you see…
… *shivers and looks behind him, gasping at the sight of a tall, slender man in a black suit and with a white, featureless face*
Slendy! *glomps slender man*
*blinks* Didn’t see that coming.
Canine Attention Deficit Disorder.
actually, I think he has canine attention deficit hyperactive disorder.
Canine Attention def– Oooo! Squeaky toy!
*tugtugtugs on the squeaky toy with you!*
Kevin runs in
“tackle squiky toy!!”
*squeaky toy breaks*
(don’t worry, I have extras)
Fox has a squeaky toy!
more precisely, a squeaky bone.
Aww. Peanut looks so cute in the 3rd panel.
Peanut looks cute in every panel.
…Of the entire comic series. >:3
Sabrina: “Oh well, whatever, nevermind.”
Smells Like Teen Spirit. another fine chance for lyrics.
Here we are now, entertain us.
I feel stupid, and contagious.
Of course the dragon IS a spirit.
wrong. it’s a diety. a dragon of spirits, not the spirit of a dragon.
Now you’re making unjustified assumptions.
true, it may be the spirit of a dragon of spirits.
*puts an icepack on her brain*
careful, you might get brain freeze
I think I saw that in the liquor store.
No that was Antifrezze, I had to get that yesterday.
Dragon spirit dragon: http://sheilasspirits.net/images/dragon-berry-ad-600.jpg
I wonder if it will show the dragon to peanut.
Why ARE they in an elevator when the power’s out?
Because you’re not supposed to use the elevator when there’s a fire. Obviously this isn’t a fire. Just a power outage!
I still stand for the Hidden Protoss Pylon
Silly Peanut is silly. And we all love him for it! X3
I LOVE THIS COMIC!!!
and if i had a friend that does what Tarot can do, knowing she gets help from a dragon would never faze me, i mean, i already saw her do a representation of pridelands with her mind! dragons? PFfff.. WHO CARES!
get help? Tarot is SD’s Avatar …
You beat me to it!
I liked the “barking at it from the distance” comic. It reminded me of my dog.
I meant ‘comment’, not ‘comic’.
I think their playing “Witchy Woman”
or puff the magic dragon.
The names familiar, but it aint ringing any bells
it’s a song. here’s a cover:
is it a stupid kid song? because in that case I’ll live with not knowing
actually, some believe it’s actually about drugs. It was originally by a folk music group in 1963 and they claim it’s about the lost innocence of childhood.
Peanut doesn’t even care about the symbols or spirits…..
This is definitely why I have a dog.
Why did it put this here…? -_-’
did you almost reply here, decide against it, and not cancel the reply?
Pretty sure it’s been asked, but how’d they get power? Magic? Did the power just come back on?
And I wonder how Sabrina knows about Spirit Dragon…
…Speaking of Sabrina, Rick, you ever gonna let us read your WriMo from this year?
Er, I meant last year. Silly me. ^^;
Has anyone used the same pic I used for their avatar?
YES!!! i cant believe that im the first one to make that as an avatar!
It looks like someone’s hitting you with a frying pan.
He actualy has a mask
I know what it is, I also know what it looks like.
PS: That’s why I used my trollface avatar.
You call THAT a trollface?
I’ve been kicked out of parcels for showing up with it.
Sabrina’s having a “Grape” moment in panel 4.
Oh my god your avatar Is so cute (this is off topic )
Peanut’s a bit slow on this whole “summoning magic stuff” scene
But it’s a valid question, what are they doing in an elevator in a power outage?
standing, talking, listening to elevator music, and going down is the answer to that question. A more valid question would be “why are we in an elevator?”
the English language has evolved to accept poor wording.
shut up you English nazi!!!
whatever you mean by that… I know what you mean…
*POOF* Where am I?
I wasn’t faulting the usage of the English language here, I was faulting the language itself. another example is when I once presented the argument that the question “how not?” should make sense by the same logic of “why not? making sense.
I’m more like a grammar vigilante. I fight for grammatical justice.
but my that same logic you do it illegaly
well, no one likes me doing it, do they. the grammar Nazis will try to capture me while those who break the laws of grammar will be annoyed.
Do you know who else was a grammar Nazi?
No need to remind us of the Grammarcaust, Stonecutter.
Die Sprache macht frei…
also sprach Zarathustra.
Immer mit der Ruhe!
(p.s: I don’t speak German, I’m using Google translate)
hehehe… peanut didnt get it… power was out yet the lights and elevator was working… xD
Pointing out the obvious, while simultaneously missing it.
yay finally got an avatar.
UGH IT WONT WORK!!!!
looks like it’s working to me.
yeh. i got it to work less than a minute after posting this, hahaha xD
realized that i had to put in the website i was using for my avatar in the “WEBSITE” tab. HERP-DERPTY-DERP on my part. xD
Huh? What “website” tab? You mean the “website” entry when you post here? You don’t need to put anything there, I have mine pointing to my blog.
O.e …crap… haha! now i have made a TRPILE “HERPITY-DURRRRP DERRRRHHHH!!!” xD …i’m… just gonna go…over…somewhere else to avoid embarassing myself anymore… e.O
we all have our moments.
how to you get an avatar to show up? i got one using Gravatar.
k, think i got my avatar working.
It sometimes takes a while.
k, ty guys. yeh, i had a stupid moment. haha, forgot to put the website in which my avatar was in the “WEBSITE” tab. HERPITY-DERPITY-DURRRHHHH! xD
…turns out i didnt need that. hahaha, just coincedence that it popped up when i put it there. xD
hmm ok so its 2 things.
one. peanut already knew about it but doesn’t care much
two. he just didn’t listen to her well XD
I wonder what tune is playing in the elevator? Hmm hmm…
If it’s from “Best of Queen” I posted the track list in the previous strip’s comments.
Nuuuuue, that was the CD she put on; not necessarily the same as the elevator music.
In that house, it will turn into “Best of Queen” eventually.
So far as the “Avatar” deal I consider it like a character in a MMORPG…While playing the game you are in a sense the character….Heck, when you talk to your friends or family with whom you play the game with, you recount your (the character’s) activities…”Spirit Dragon” even for a second in panel seven of July 9, 2010’s strip (http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/07/09/and-nothing-but/) slips-up and says, “I… …Tarot still loves him.” So within the “Universes and Unrealities” game Spirit Dragon is in a sense is “Tarot”.
Heh, oh man I have the feeling the story is gunna get wonky again.
Yeah, kinda like that arc that went from an innocent BBQ to King’s most insane experience yet.
I wouldn’t mind seeing that happen again.
isnt this getting away from the “snowed in” theme of this arc?
perfect contrast. King finds out about the dragon in a summer arc, while peanut finds out in a winter arc.
didnt the dragon say that peanut was her avatar?
no tartot is her avatar, but her avatar loves peanut. I’m still a little confused about the whole “the avatar was not a dog in the past”, saying that grape was the last avatar, but is now king. Does that mean king’s body belongs to another dog?
No, it belongs to him. And just because someone is an avatar doesn’t mean they are being controlled
Well, they have to obey the control tower.
Just to make it clear:
Peanut is Peanut
Grape is Grape
King is King
Tarot is Spirit Dragons Avatar, but that doesn’t mean she is under control from SD 100 % of the time …
A horse is a horse, of course, of course…
Wonder if the elevator is playing musak of the Pridelands movie….
No probably the theme from “X-files” or “The Twilight Zone”
it’s “ghost in you” by the psychedelic furs.
Or an instrumental version of “Ghostbusters”
or the instrumental of “Ghost Riders in the Sky”
Instrumental version of “Don’t Worry Be Happy”… wait, what?
Orchestral version of One Winged Angel. Then when the doors open we’ll find the Spirit Dragon engaging in combat with a group of evil adventurers.
Peanut: “Wrong comic?”
Sabrina: “Definitely wrong comic.”
There are webcomics that could happen in, but this isn’t one of them.
I’m fighting the urge to tell you that you shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition. you should have said “in which that could happen.”
oh, look at that. the urge won.
I didn’t end a sentence with a preposition, I ended a phrase with a preposition.
i realized that while I was typing, but I got lazy. but that’s still not right.
It is the kind of shenanigans up which with you will not put.
*up with which* I will not put.
Never use a preposition to end a sentence with.
and it is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
That only applies in Latin.
GOD!!!! German grammer is SO much easier, and I’ve only taken 1 1/2 years of it!!
Oh Peanut… you never change.
Why do I feel Peanut’s hearing “The Girl from Ipanema”?
Months later, but I got my answer. Tarot is aware of Spirit Dragon. Oh, and Peanut is missing the point. It’s awesome.
Once again i will make it clear – Tarot is SD’s Avatar
I’ll make it clear. Peanut and Grape were around before we learned of the game. They were both potential avatars. I didn’t know if Tarot knew of the dragon as a separate entity to herself. Now I know. She is.
* does, not is…
Elevator Music!!! Yaaaaay!
Wrong e-mail lol
NO … srsly why they are in a elevator ?
Patience, we are yet to see
I would assume they are going to see Tarot in the basement.
Why Do they have an elevator in their house?
In case of the shover robot.
what is a shover robot?
Do you have stairs in your house?
New HPF, Don’t ask.
Argent, Don’t tell him/her.
I have no intention of telling ‘em anything. That won’t stop ‘em finding out.
Wait… no power but the elevator works. They must have a generator.
Yes they have a generator powered up by 300 hamster
That works for me.
2 x 4 Technology!
oh no, not an KND reference!!!
What if. . . the elevator is a living entity that powers itself?
That is a really old fashioned candle!!!
Happy year of the heavy metal rabbit, everyone!
I better get more luck than with the bloody tiger.
yay! for new commix
Wait, if the power’s out… does the elevator run on occult energy or something? XD
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