Act two, Chapter one: 009

5th Dec 11:00 PM, 2013 in Act Two: Chapter One
Act two, Chapter one: 009
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MsMegan 5th Dec 11:00 PM, 2013
Fun fact: there's, like, NOTHING about pre-renaissance animal euthanasia online.


cattservant 5th Dec 11:36 PM, 2013
Lots of recipes
One presumes...
Rosen 6th Dec 12:28 AM, 2013
So, not sure if it helps at all, but I do know of a few cases in the medieval period where animals were executed for committing witchcraft or murder in the medieval period. These were uncommon, but did occur. My general feeling though, is that in general, an animal probably was kept until it was no longer useful. In some instances, royals might bury an especially loyal and beloved horse, dog, or falcon...but I think most of the time, when an animal became ill, it was viewed as being necessary to kill it and generally, the rest of it's body was probably taken apart and utilized in a variety of ways as food, clothing, materials...what have you. In the middle ages, it was heavily debated whether or not animals had souls, the general consensus being that they did not. However, people also worked, lived and relied on animals much more intensely than they do now, a horse was your livelihood, a pig ate the trash and kept your space clean, a sheep provided wool, etc. Growing up in the country, I have met ranchers, the general sentiment most of them seem to have is that it's best to just do it quickly and not make them suffer. What you have here doesn't seem too far off, an animal that was killed was probably killed quickly, but with a sense of compassion. Around here it's usually viewed as an unpleasant but essential task if an animal can't be healed. Some people do seem to be less affected by it, but I do know that some really dislike it because they either have developed an attachment to the animal, or they feel the animals are too similar to people.
RosesnWater 6th Dec 12:57 AM, 2013
Totally didn't just cry a bit
specially with that cute face of the dog in the second frame and the knife and the littl noise she makes
yah I'm fine
*sobs in corner*
Allison 6th Dec 3:05 PM, 2013
Again with the heavy hit. All the panels since this section began have been incredible.
This one took me right back to when it came time to put my beloved childhood dog down. It wasn't with a knife thank goodness but she died in my arms.
Heather 6th Dec 4:17 PM, 2013
... I just blew through the archives in about two days. Need more soon! I like the different twists you've added and can't wait to see how things play out. And your artwork shows a lot of attention to detail. I love the stained-glass, kind of art-deco rose.
MsMegan 6th Dec 5:29 PM, 2013
Thank you, Heather! I cant take full credit for that rose design, it is indeed an art deco period design (good eye!) called a MacKintosh rose. It's anachronistic, but I haven't exactly been historically faithful to ANY period, haha.
Creed 7th Dec 12:33 AM, 2013
Anyone else notice how the young man's nose is the same as The Beast's only human sized? Just saying...
cattservant 7th Dec 3:03 PM, 2013
An observant observation!
Guest 8th Dec 4:52 AM, 2013
I just love the way you shaded all their faces. Makes it seem more like a memory. That all these people are shadows in the past.
Kim M 14th Dec 2:06 PM, 2013
Ah, poor puppy. And does Aornis translate to anything? (I found a reference to a fictional tributary of the river Styx in the Tuesday Next series by Jasper Fforde, but that's not very helpful :D)
MsMegan 14th Dec 7:13 PM, 2013
Aornis is one of those names I just really liked the sound of of -- If my research is correct, Aornis or Aornos is the name the Greeks gave the mountains around the Pir-Sar river, where Alexander the Great's last siege took place. Its literal meaning is (again, if my very passing research is correct) "without birds", which...might make more sense later? Or this guy just might be a bit of a history buff.
Kim M 21st Dec 4:00 PM, 2013
Oooh, cool. Thanks! :)
AbigailBrooks 18th Jan 4:14 PM, 2014
Ohhh...poor puppy! I mean, I'm glad they're going with euthanasia rather than letting her suffer until she dies, but it's still a sad end for her. Poor human Beast, losing what might just be his favorite hunting dog. I'm glad his mentor is there to offer emotional support...well, and a knife.