Year Four Epilogue
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  1. Ryufire

    Oh my King, these cliffhangers hurt! >.<

    • I like your hat

      ME want more ^-^

      • Camtheman16

        Alt Text for Le Phoners: “As fun as a grabbing cane might be, we’ll just pretend he can reach the doorknob by jumping for now”

        Poor King, them stubby legs. Also, seems Kings had enough Cosmic DnD for a lifetime xD

    • Salenstormwing

      That wasn’t a cliffhanger. That was the best way to solve the problem, by ignoring it. Also, this comic has a love of slamming doors. This isn’t a bad thing.

      • Frank

        Unless you’re a door

        • Salenstormwing

          They really should have a ‘Door Slamming’ tag, just because of how often doors get slammed in the comic. And yeah, be glad Doors aren’t sentient. That would be weird.

          • darkgloomie

            sure, keep saying that and have no respect for them door.

            I’ll be laughing when Doorknobder will conquer the world and you’ll be her first victim

            (incredibly nerdy comment xP)

  2. Dissension

    That seems like the most appropriate course of action. = P

    • I like your hat

      But she could just open the door….. with her spirit power

      • volkoseba

        She’s already standing behind him. What door?

        • FoxBlood35000

          Incorrect! If she cannnot find the remote, then the spirits cannot open doors.

    • 1boredcanadian

      King has the best response…EVAR! That I will agree with.

    • gaboris

      That and guess these things are almost part of a common daily routine for him. :D

    • Argent Stonecutter

      He’s in dire peril from the wolf cubs, from Bino, and from Duchess, even without bringing Pete back into it.

      Still, that’s pretty stupid of King. Typically so.

    • silverfang16

      It’s not like being in danger is anything new for him.

  3. Roadrunner

    Wow, cool indeed

  4. Daggy

    The door slam with a look of pure annoyance, such a fantastic thing.

  5. Jackalope121

    that was mighty rude there king.

  6. Lunyk Stormdragon

    Hmm…… Is it just me or is this a new art style Rick’s trying out? Things look different.

    • YoyoDude

      Might just be Tarot’s angle. It all looks pretty current to me otherwise.

    • Hi

      Her eyes are also green when they’ve been yellow gold.

      • Valerio

        that’s because it’s Spirit Dragon talking through her.

      • Keeshah

        Her eyes are green, when the spirit dragon is in control of her.

        • Verp

          I wonder if there is any significance to Karishad’s green eyes.

          • S*T*A*T*I*C

            Perhaps he is channeling Karishad

          • Draven

            Oh. My. Dog. This explains a lot, not everything, but quite a bit.

    • Dragongal

      All of their fur is all.. ruffled up like, and differently placed than before. (I’m pretty sure that’s it)

      • I like your hat

        its because tarots a fluffy Pomeranian ^.^

  7. Zukio

    Tarot looks adorable when she thinks someone is in danger. Also that grabbing cane would have been awesome!

  8. T-Squared

    Meh. Just another day of suffering.

    • Valerio

      Monday’s like that.

  9. McFly

    Don’t forget to lock it.

  10. Profesor Rod

    Cute :3

    He’s so sick of being a piece of this ridiculous cosmic chess.

    • I like your hat

      nu nu nu… its not chess its cosmic D&D X3

    • Zeundo

      i think you mean a piece in the cosmic D&D game
      rather than chess heheheh

      • Frank

        Oh, but can you really call the implements of D&D “pieces”?

        • Alucai Vivorvel

          Player, then.
          And you’re both wrong, it’s U&U. :P

          • Verp

            Unitarianism and Universalism? I’m a Unitarian Universalist (not to be confused with Universal Life or the Unification Church).

  11. nyathetexascat

    Proper good job mate!

  12. Xane

    Yeah. Concern for King or concern for herself? At this point I don’t believe a word that comes out of anyone known to be part of the game (but not The Game).

    • IceKitsune

      I feel the same

    • Avan

      I wouldn’t put any stock in players of The Game either XP

    • IceKitsune

      Considering she wouldn’t help him during the whole Duchess incident yeah this is more for Dragon’s sake then it is for Kings. Plus there is the fact that no matter how much of a jerk Pete is he isn’t actually any kind of danger.

      • Zukio

        I think that King can’t be put in physical danger, but that doesn’t mean that Pete can’t emotionally damage King by destroying relationships or something.

        • IceKitsune

          Ok yeah he could do that.

    • Jackalope121

      if you look at her reaction during this and the one from the first i would say its genuine concern for king.

      • I like your hat

        im not too sure….bout the genuine concern part

      • Camtheman16

        Think about it, she may not have helped with Duchess, however, she knows what it’s like to be in love…Well, maybe. And if that’s the case, she doesn’t wanna see King get hurt via emotionally :3

    • Valerio

      I’d agree with you, but once again, Tarot herself may know only a part of the truth and acting out of good faith.
      I want to believe so because otherwise she is as bad as the nerds to play along with them

      • Xane

        Her eyes are green and she’s not using her powers, so it’s probably Dragon overriding her brain to speak through her. I kind of wonder how much she’s aware of what is said when Dragon takes control.

        I’m sure Tarot doesn’t know the whole truth, especially seeing how manipulative all the Cosmic Nerds are.

  13. IceKitsune

    King just doesn’t care anymore and I don’t blame him I would be beyond fed up with this if I was him. And isn’t that technically Dragon talking since Tarots eyes are green?

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Good catch, that seems to be the case.

    • Avan

      Right.

    • nyathetexascat

      True, now what’s dragon’s up to?….

      • Cristian100n

        Im not sure but she’s probably woried that pete might have an ace up his sleve and beat her at their game. Idk its just me

  14. Shoan

    *Thinks about Past* oh, reference to a past strip (without the punch)

  15. Verp

    Fascinating.

  16. Cristian100n

    hes probably mad cuz she wouldnt help him

  17. Elwood Blutarsky

    Why do I get the feeling Pete will hurt or try to hurt Bailey to get to King.

    • Kitch

      He would probably be in deep doo-doo if he directly interfered with a mortal in that fashion.

    • Xane

      I don’t think he’d hurt anyone, but he probably wouldn’t have any problem pretending to be Bailey on the phone breaking up with King in order to send him into a sneaky hate spiral.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Or just let Fox and Bailey know that King used to be Joel.

        • I like your hat

          That would probably destroy his happiness i mean his best friend who hates who he used to be and his GF.

          • Alucai Vivorvel

            But isn’t that the point? He’s a Dark Paladin or whatever Pete said, so he (Pete) gains more points the unhappier King is.

        • BillyMT

          Uh, aside the whole PETA thing, Bailey got nothing personal on Joel. Now Fox… Truffle Shuffle on horizontal :x

          • Argent Stonecutter

            1. Bailey is Fox’s cousin, so she’s got a dog in the hunt*.
            2. Bailey may be a little freaked out to discover she’s dating a human.

            * Yay inappropriate metaphors!

          • BillyMT

            She would react like that for her crush? No lovers’ slack-cut discount? >.>

  18. SilverZeo

    King must be very uncaring, or just find ignorance bliss.

    • Ryufire

      Cypher would agree! :3

      • Nohbody

        Right up to the point he was ganked, anyway… :P

  19. D-Rock

    Story of his life, now.

  20. SilentWolfXIII

    Hey hey, that wasn’t cool, King. >:( Tarot is my favorite character

  21. Valerio

    Oh, so I am in dire peril. wow, totally unexpected.
    So, hm, when will someone come and fetch this stupid watch?

  22. Jinxed

    King can’t reach the door, he just used the Force, or whatever the Game equivalent is. Of course, he doesn’t suddenly realize this until right as he is drifting into sleep, and then forgets about it after that.

  23. Darkewulf

    I’m currently wondering how King can even reach that doorknob, what with his stubby little arms and legs…

    • Nohbody

      The alt text covered that.

      “As fun as a grabbing cane might be, we’ll just pretend he can reach the doorknob by jumping for now”

  24. fastbreak333

    I think that’s the first time I saw those two shorties together.

  25. Verp

    We do know he finally put the shovel down.

    • Frank

      Oh my… I had totally forgotten about that!

    • nyathetexascat

      I could I ever forget about shovel? Lolol you made my day

  26. CrimsonFox

    you know, it’s actually kinda hard to see how short he is until an object like a door comes up x3

  27. RegularBird

    LOL poor Tarot

  28. Maxwell

    Hahahaha!

  29. Tsunemara

    I did that same thing to my cousin. Lol.

  30. WizzardRabbit

    It’s funny cause King had the entire thing explained to him already concerning the game those gods play. Since Pete can’t interfere with the lives of those close to King directly it’s most likely just going to be King in a series of nonchalant gags. Can’t tell for sure though.

  31. Shuma Jindivi

    He finally gets used to this. It’s a good start…in a way.

    • Shuma Jindivi

      Let’s hope he won’t regret not taking the advice later…

      • Xane

        There’s a very high probability that the advice would be more beneficial to Dragon than to King. I’m sure Pete wouldn’t actually tell Dragon what he’s planning on doing so any “dire peril” is more Dragon/Tarot being ridiculously overdramatic than anything concrete.

        • Lookatmyfakename99

          Pete could be bluffing, just to make king live in fear that something bad will happen, when in reality, nothing will actually occur.
          The fear part doesn’t seem to be working well though :3

          • Shuma Jindivi

            Well, if King is content in being King, none of Pete’s schema would accomplish.

  32. spencershot4

    he doesnt even care anymore :P

    • Gary (from Radio Free Housepets!)

      King’s happy as is.

  33. I like your hat

    And king makes an appearance YAY :D

  34. SkyRover

    Finally, a decent update! …With slamming doors. Well, not gonna complain about that…

  35. Gabe23

    Who saw that comming ??? … well … Tarot should ….

  36. I like your hat

    oh… OH i get it now i know this is completely off topic but i have to say i finally understand this comic after looking through the tarot tagged comics looking for a reference for a post http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/06/17/inappropriate-title/ SHES TALKING TO DRAGON…. finally get it :3

  37. OverlordDWolf

    What happens if Pete is counting on that spirit dragon trying to alert king at any costs, thus ruining any chance King has at peace in the process while he searches for a new avatar? Technically it’s what I would do if I took note of my adversary’s nature to try and subvert my plans at winning.

  38. randomperson

    At this point King just DOES…NOT…CARE!
    Now let’s see if the strategy of ignoring the gigantic cosmic U&U game…thing you’re part of makes it go away (I’m thinking no).

  39. Lionbone

    I strongly hoped his eyes go yellow before he slammed the door. Would be Pete’s way of saying: “Oh, no you don’t “

    • RedDwarfIV

      Yeah, but Pete’s speech bubbles are black.

      That would be more creepy.

      • I like your hat

        and hes not Pete’s avatar anymore if i remember correctly.

        • Nohbody

          Nope, and Pete is barred from the mortal world until he gets a legit avatar of his own.

          • I like your hat

            hell probaly try to make his life hell again tho :/

  40. Stevie Maxwell

    Y’know, when you’re literally holding your own fate in your own hands paws, it’s very easy to not care about what beings of higher powers have to say to you.

  41. Kalasnokov

    Must what? i mean what can king do? Pete will find him anywhere probably

  42. adambluewolf

    i think he knows but he just wants to relax till then

  43. Draven

    Not a single darn was given.

    • Frank

      He’s saving his Single Darn for someone else

      • Draven

        It isn’t just about not giving a darn, it’s about being the center of darns not given.

  44. Z24

    Anyone else imagine Tarot barking like one of those annoying little purse dogs?

  45. DanTwelve3

    Door slammed in her face, just like she was a door-to-door salesperson.

    A bit more gentle than how he was greeted when he knocked on the door .

  46. Frank

    Yep. That sums up the year pretty well

  47. Revolution25

    Nope. Not dealing with it.

  48. The Maverick Man

    I think he might get the message from someone taller than him

  49. Foxyjosh

    It’s not that he is jumping for the knob, It’s that the knobs are lower in the Milton Estate.

  50. Stravagante

    I’m beginning to think that King’s only hope for a life without the other Cosmic Geeks not interfering with him is to get a hold of a U&U Player’s Handbook and look for a loophole himself.
    That or take player levels himself or something, Goblins-esque.

    Though mostly, when I look at this strip all that is thought is: “Bigods is Dragon-Tarot fluffy. Like, REALLY fluffy.”

    • Argent Stonecutter

      The actual rules are apparently too complex to fit into a book.

      • Shoan

        Well, technically it can fit into a book, though the font type will be very small, in German and will contain from 25,000,000 pages for the basic version to around 300,000,000 pages for the standard version, the expert version is infinite :)

  51. Revolution25

    Idk… he’s got the wolfs, fox and miltons on his side… mabey he’ll be ok.

    • legendario13

      theres no force that can protect him from pete, even if he had listen to tarot/dragon it would had been not enough

      • Revolution25

        Well. Looking backs, Pete can’t interfere with king. And if anyone can exploited a loophole, its the miltons. Who also agreed to grant king asylum should Pete return.

  52. GameCobra

    Poor Tarot. =(

    She jumped in at the wrong time </3

  53. Gary (from Radio Free Housepets!)

    REJECTED!

  54. SkyRover

    Dat king’s barely existent tail. Makes up for the less talkie part of this cut.

  55. Reptle

    You know… you’d think she’d have seen that one coming. Her first words probably should have been ‘Don’t slam the door!’ ;)

  56. Thalateya

    Tiny Tarot next to tiny King makes Tarot look so much cuter! She looks so fluffy! <3

  57. FutuisticFox

    I forget about how short tarot is

  58. Sonic Fox

    I wouldn’t blame him.

  59. Faved

    Hey! Where is the frame of king jumping up to reach the door handle? He is obviously to short to reach the handle and to cute to not be jumping…

  60. illeatyourself

    Not enough Peanut and Grape, not enough King! I want more of BOTH! Thanks for putting King in this year’s epilogue! XD

  61. Tomas Aldrete

    She knew that was going to happen yet she did it anyway

  62. Ozimul

    NOPE.king

    Poor Tarot!

  63. Z24

    Anyoen else imagining Tarot barking like Dino form The Flintstones?

  64. RockstarRaccoon

    lol, “NOPE!”

  65. Saphron Cat

    King needs to learn how to listen when an omnipotent being is telling him he’s in danger…
    -_- this isn’t going to end well

  66. Elena

    They’re both so cute and little!

  67. ZokuFire

    Does anyone else notice that Tarot is naked? No collar. That’s obviously why King slammed the door in her face.

    • DanTwelve3

      Her Eye of Ra is just barely peeking out from under her chest fur. Look closer and you’ll see it.

  68. adrian

    Oh clifhangers…

    how I hate you so.

    • legendario13

      More a Hate/Love thing

  69. Verp

    I am getting adds for tarot readings at the top of the page.

  70. DJ Nightfire

    And this is what I expected from King. Can’t be any happier or excited on what will happen next.

  71. Gabe23

    You know whats funny, almost each “End of year” strips are with Joel/King =

    End of Year One: http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/29/end-of-year-one/
    End of year Three: http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/06/03/end-of-year-three/
    End of year Four: this one …

  72. Mystery Ezekude

    “…I should’ve known…Why should I even bother?”

  73. Mega Creep

    Surely King slowly becomes one of MAJOR character in HPC…
    He is indeed dog with most interesting story for the time being…

  74. Milamber

    Poor King… that’d be my reaction too.

    Tarot/Dragon – “You’re in mortal peril!”
    King – “So what else is new? I’m ALWAYS in mortal peril… literally. Every day. I live with WOLVES!”

    P.S partial colour blindness still sucks. I still can’t tell the colour difference in her eyes when she’s Dragon’s mouthpiece.
    There should be a ‘Dragon-through-Tarot’ tag

  75. Verp

    I am thinking perhaps by letting Dragon try to get though to King, she will end up being the source of his discontent. Pete will simply step in and help King use the power of that discontent to solve both of their problems at once.

    • Verp

      Perhaps King can get in the middle and drive both gamers nuts. Maybe get them both turned mortal. He literally has his soul in his paws; I wonder if he can somehow elevate himself to the level of the gamers. Maybe drop it into a pool of mana? Even if Karishad has green eyes because he is connected to the dragon, he might be enough of a loose canon to really complicate things for everyone. I am just thinking out loud.

  76. eevee10

    I love the way he reacts to this!

  77. Verp

    I am driven by sehlat curiosity. I would have carefully listened to what Tarot had to say. If what she had to say simply sounded like it was part of the game, I would have laughed and then slammed the door.