#256 | Chapter 8, Page 19 Posted by: Clownfish Studios , February 17, 2013 Share! Tweet Kneon So we’ve gone from Rhen’s taxes to Rhen’s politics. Oarboar Oh, well played. Havockitten Last panel is the most human Rhen has ever looked. Not anatomy-wise, but personality-wise. He isn’t flashing his trademark ‘good looks’, he’s just himself =3 I like that version of Rhen XP LuRa Witt I was just thinking the same thing. For once he stopped his show as one of of the last few mages, and looks like a young man who’s seen more of the world than someone his age should. He becomes more human, in that last panel. Even as a powerful mage, life hasn’t been all rainbows and cupcakes for him. He has lost loved ones, and suffers ‘survivors guilt’ and is quietly being eaten away by regrets. Kam Very much so. I like to say Rhen is a “hot mess” for a reason. He has had it rough. We will reveal more and more as we go on. There are very good reasons for why he is like he is. We are working on something that would explain a lot more about Rhen’s life and why Tristan is there too. Kneon Rhen’s past… is complicated. But like Kam said… we WILL get around to telling it, in one form or another. Havockitten Well for now, I’ll just have to be happy with this one panel of normal-Rhen =3 Insectoid Rhen has a good heart and sense of honor. For a mercenary. Liz Staley *hugs Rhen tight* Don’t look so sad!!! Dammit, now I have Rhen Feels… Kam LOL Thom keeps talking about the “feels” in regards to Rhen’s backstory. Kneon Little Rhen cried a lot. 🙁 Lothahnus Why is Rhen even alive last we saw him he was about to die by the anti magic dude. What happened there? will this info come to light? Kam Mia was dreaming. But will it remain just a dream? That is the question. nesu42 Rhen is right, of course. Anyone spending that much time raising money for the needy, without the needy seeming to get any less needy, is suspicious. And even with real philanthropy, if you try to help everyone you destroy yourself eventually. Much safer to stick to a case-by-case basis, helping only those you can actually help and won’t bleed you dry. Hornet No! it’s always that way, the more you spend on the “needy” the more “needy” they become. Welfare is a TRAP actually it’s a T.A.R.P., but anyway. nesu42 Wasn’t really talking about welfare, as that is governmental assistance to the needy (which does tend to be exploited), but philanthropy, which is engaged in by private individuals or charitable organizations created by private individuals. The philanthropists gets to choose who they help for their own reasons. If they are gullible or excessively generous they end up getting ruined. If they are cautious and reasonable, they can really make a difference. If they are selfish and cutthroat, it’s an effective scam. Arkanabar Speaking from my own experiences in poverty, I can say that a fair number of poor people wind up that way as a result of choices they make. After making some different choices, my situation is remedying itself. Compassion nevertheless compels one to help the less fortunate. Aryn Arkanabar, there are so many other ways one can end up in poverty due to circumstances beyond one’s control and just changing your ways is not always enough. Anything can happen ranging from a hacker accessing your banking information and emptying your account to ending up stranded in an unfamiliar area with no way to even call somebody for help long enough to lose your job, home and loved ones. And then there are those in modern society who do everything they can to change their lives for the better and do the right things but have luck that is so bad they end up getting nowhere due to random events they can not control. There are also those who lose homes and the people who support them due to natural disasters…the list goes on. Aryn As for welfare, the welfare system is not so much a trap but a system that is under funded and does not properly investigate those who collect from it allowing those who are smart to get more than they need to survive and the rest not getting even enough to pay rent. Aryn Speaking of which, since I dislocated my shoulder and know I will be well in a few days (last time that happened I was back to work in 2 days) I could go to the welfare office and collect more money than I would be paid at work for the month (due to this week being very slow) from them claiming that I believe I lost my job as a result and a week later going back to work knowing they will not ask for the money back.