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Science time! When I became the writer for what’s now Our World, three of the four main characters had last names – Art didn’t. At the same time (~2010) I was reading a book on climate change called Under a Green Sky. It discussed a hypothesized past phenomenon called a Canfield ocean, in which excessive oceanic carbon dioxide levels choke out the kind of life we think of when we think “ocean.” The process is complex and kind of sad, but it’s not important right now unless you’re planning to go time traveling. So I read that and made an extremely obscure joke about it in this page by giving Art’s family the last name “Canfield” and his uncle a real-estate business. I did this with the warm certainty that absolutely nobody would get it. What I didn’t expect was that the term was so obscure that the original Our World site started showing up on the first page of Google results for “Canfield ocean.” I don’t know if that’ll happen again (we’d ended up on page two by the time the original site closed down), but if you’re here because you searched for “Canfield ocean” and you have no idea what you’re looking at right now… hi!
  • Tzivya

    Unf. That’s all I have to say.

    • Victor Masi

      MOOOOOOOORTAL KOMBAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • ACSB

        HAHAHAHAHH!
        Let us dance!

  • Tzivya

    Unf. That’s all I have to say.

  • M.Mitchell Marmel

    Ka-CHOP!

    Oh, wait. That’s Rip Haywire. Never mind. 😉

  • Victor Masi

    Shit just got real!!!!

  • Victor Masi

    Shit just got real!!!!

  • Jack Mcslay

    Lady, you’re drawing a damaged knife against someone with an enchanted buster sword 10x as big as your weapon

    • Phuufy

      It’s not damaged, it’s designed that way. Lots of daggers have similar blades like that.

      • LifeWulf

        Yes, easier to tear the flesh when stabbing into and ripping out the blade.

      • True- some knives have notches specifically designed to hook and sever arteries. Because party time.

        • Mafoc

          that doesn’t look like an intentionally notched blade though.

    • Gravedigger

      a weapon is only as good as the person holding it, Sesame may have a larger weapon but Dante is probably a more experienced fighter

  • She probably has something like Evasion lvl 100. Either she’s gonna dodge everything or she’s gonna get smacked down hard 😀

  • Victor Masi

    MOOOOOOOORTAL KOMBAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LifeWulf

    Never really realised just how well the postures are drawn until now. That second-last panel really opened my eyes. Not many people I know can pull off a posture like Dante has there.

    • Mafoc

      It looks like her tail was in the way though, should be trimmed a bit after that.

  • Gravedigger

    tippy toes, use them tippy toes

  • Gates

    Kill her quickly before she reveals her redeeming qualities and you can’t bring yourself to do it anymore!

  • Gates

    Kill her quickly before she reveals her redeeming qualities and you can’t bring yourself to do it anymore!

  • DarkMyste

    In the immortal words of every MK and street fighter games:
    Round 1
    FIGHT!!

    • Valkeiper2012

      Right now, Claire has no idea who Dante is, but I am sure she will want a few heated words (and maybe some gunpowder) when she finds out.

      • Victor Masi

        sigh, if only Farron had a sniper rifle in that pack of his.

        • James-Polymer

          Knowing him, he probably *did* and they just never asked. ^^

          • Gravedigger

            along with a cannon and a chorus of dancing girls

  • DarkMyste

    In the immortal words of every MK and street fighter games:
    Round 1
    FIGHT!!

  • Majinkoba

    Sesame really isn’t a good match up to fight Dante imo, if it were a game sure it could work, big hits to little hits, but in a more realistic scenario Sesame would be quite sluggish with a weapon of that size against Dante who has a much smaller weapon, not even taking into consideration what Dante’s special ability is, which could be evasiveness, speed, agility, or something more unexpected. Sesame should distract Dante so Claire can snipe her from a distance 🙂

    Of course the best person suited would be Kibbles, but she is feeling so bad right now I don’t think she could bring herself to risk using her spells on another person, even a thief like Dante.

    • Verager

      If decently skilled fighters fought with this matchup in reality, I’d put my money on the two-hander. The amount of weight and force it has means that the dagger-user can’t block, and if you just swing for the center of mass, the dagger user has to move so much to get out of the way (assuming its even possible), and there’s such a reach difference, that attacking becomes near impossible.

      If I was the dagger, I’d run. Only way I’d have any real chance is if I got the first strike.

      • Ralthar

        Not necessarily true. If you know where the balance point of the blade is (and you can learn that by studying the way your opponent wields their blade) you should be able to estimate a leverage point on the sword to block without breaking your blade, and using comparatively little strength, and you don’t need as much strength to parry/deflect an attack as you do to block it. Additionally a larger, heavier blade like Sesame is using will have a slower recovery time compared to the knife. Ultimately, Sesame can’t win this fight with power alone. Assuming that both are equally skilled fighters (something I doubt) a one-on-one showdown like that would most likely be won by whoever was faster or was able to force their opponent to make a mistake. But I am betting Dante is probably a more experienced fighter than Sesame, and more than likely has a few dirty tricks up the sleeve. Without backup, this likely won’t go well for Sesame.

        I predict that Sesame will take the offensive early, and Dante will just let her burn herself out with evasions and limited blocks. Very effective tactic when fighting someone stronger or with a heavier weapon.

        • Mafoc

          There is a cut-off on that leverage strategy, and i think we hit that with the bulk of Sesame’s sword. The width alone lets us know it has tremendous weight. This is assuming that the arcane fire ends up adding nothing to a blocked swing.

          • Gravedigger

            maybe Dante will give up and join the group??

          • Victor Masi

            I doubt that notion.

          • Gravedigger

            we can hope

        • Verager

          With enough technique, the dagger can win. No amount of equipment can get over a massive skill disparity.

          That said, the technique you describe is incredibly advanced, and impractical for most people to perform when the weapons have this much of a weight difference. It also has a very, very slim margin for error. Error here could easily be crippling injury, or death. How much can you roll the dice before you get snake eyes?

          By visible equipment alone, Sesame has a huge advantage. I don’t think we’ve seen Dante fight, but its a rare thief who doesn’t carry a few tricks, one way or another. Smoke, sand, or even a bit of rope could make this a very different fight.

          On the other hand, fire. Fire hurts.

          • Gravedigger

            it hurts even more when it cant kill you

        • Mr. Misfit

          Okay, I’m going to blow all your minds right now: Hollywood does not get it right.
          All that sword clashing you see in movies and video games is absolutely false (unless you had a monster sword like a Scottish Claymore) In most martial combat of the Middle Ages, they mostly carried a shield into battle. Why? Because *that’s* what you block with. If your stuck with only your blade, you would be doing one of two things: parry, which is *not* blocking, and even then that’s if you have no other option, or just completely get out of the way of the swing. If you look at blades like estocs or rapiers, they are thin, long blades, and if tried blocking a full on arming blade, a.k.a the long sword, that thing would snap in a second. Even against longsword vs. longsword, you don’t want to block. Sure, it may not break *that* time, or the next, but on the third or fourth, your opponent going to cleave right through that into you.
          So let me iterate: You. Do. Not. Block.

    • bladra

      im i the only one notic she appers when she goes to take a sword when its either from a monster or when she steals it

    • Bushmaster

      With Sesame’s strength I don’t think that the size of the weapon will slow her down much.

  • Majinkoba

    Sesame really isn’t a good match up to fight Dante imo, if it were a game sure it could work, big hits to little hits, but in a more realistic scenario Sesame would be quite sluggish with a weapon of that size against Dante who has a much smaller weapon, not even taking into consideration what Dante’s special ability is, which could be evasiveness, speed, agility, or something more unexpected. Sesame should distract Dante so Claire can snipe her from a distance 🙂

    Of course the best person suited would be Kibbles, but she is feeling so bad right now I don’t think she could bring herself to risk using her spells on another person, even a thief like Dante.

    • Verager

      If decently skilled fighters fought with this matchup in reality, I’d put my money on the two-hander. The amount of weight and force it has means that the dagger-user can’t block, and if you just swing for the center of mass, the dagger user has to move so much to get out of the way (assuming its even possible), and there’s such a reach difference, that attacking becomes near impossible.

      If I was the dagger, I’d run. Only way I’d have any real chance is if I got the first strike.

      • Ralthar

        Not necessarily true. If you know where the balance point of the blade is (and you can learn that by studying the way your opponent wields their blade) you should be able to estimate a leverage point on the sword to block without breaking your blade, and using comparatively little strength, and you don’t need as much strength to parry/deflect an attack as you do to block it. Additionally a larger, heavier blade like Sesame is using will have a slower recovery time compared to the knife. Ultimately, Sesame can’t win this fight with power alone. Assuming that both are equally skilled fighters (something I doubt) a one-on-one showdown like that would most likely be won by whoever was faster or was able to force their opponent to make a mistake. But I am betting Dante is probably a more experienced fighter than Sesame, and more than likely has a few dirty tricks up the sleeve. Without backup, this likely won’t go well for Sesame.

        I predict that Sesame will take the offensive early, and Dante will just let her burn herself out with evasions and limited blocks. Very effective tactic when fighting someone stronger or with a heavier weapon.

        • Mafoc

          There is a cut-off on that leverage strategy, and i think we hit that with the bulk of Sesame’s sword. The width alone lets us know it has tremendous weight. This is assuming that the arcane fire ends up adding nothing to a blocked swing.

        • Verager

          With enough technique, the dagger can win. No amount of equipment can get over a massive skill disparity.

          That said, the technique you describe is incredibly advanced, and impractical for most people to perform when the weapons have this much of a weight difference. It also has a very, very slim margin for error. Error here could easily be crippling injury, or death. How much can you roll the dice before you get snake eyes?

          By visible equipment alone, Sesame has a huge advantage. I don’t think we’ve seen Dante fight, but its a rare thief who doesn’t carry a few tricks, one way or another. Smoke, sand, or even a bit of rope could make this a very different fight.

          On the other hand, fire. Fire hurts.

          • Gravedigger

            it hurts even more when it cant kill you

    • Bushmaster

      With Sesame’s strength I don’t think that the size of the weapon will slow her down much.

  • BladeWolves

    STOP RIGHT THERE, CRIMINAL SCUM! NOBODY BREAKS THE LAW ON MY WATCH!!!!

  • Background Music:
    “We Are Finally Cowboys” – No More Heroes

    Very fitting xD

    • Gravedigger

      I think “know what your songs did in the dark” by Fallout Boy or “TNT” by AC-DC would be more appropriate

      • Mafoc

        Mighty ride of the firelord by Rhapsody. Well the beginning at least.

        • Gravedigger

          never heard of it

    • Victor Masi

      I was thinking more along the lines of Riders of Doom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0o9yLcJqOw8

  • qbo277

    Hey Teh Phuufs. Can you draw Kibbles, Sesame, Claire and Mason genderbend?

  • Borderwolf

    Whoa, the fur is going to fly.
    *gets some popcorn and sits back to watch the fight*

  • Borderwolf

    Whoa, the fur is going to fly.
    *gets some popcorn and sits back to watch the fight*

  • Anonymous K

    If Claire still has some ammo and her gun she could go for a surprise attack

  • Random Wolfgirl

    Im supposig im not the only one thinking Sesame will get stabbed by a ninja american mink right?

    • Gravedigger

      or they stop fighting and start making out??

      • Valkeiper2012

        I rather doubt Sesame wants to get THAT intimate. She wants more ‘slice and dice’ at the moment.

        The only penetration desired at the moment is all metal thru flesh.

        • Gravedigger

          it was just a an idea

        • Victor Masi

          yes…bring forth the blood-soaked carnage of a brutal and violent fight to the death…….OUR TESTOSTERONE-FILLED-MAN-PENISES DEMAND IT!!!!! FIGHT!!!! FIGHT!!!!! FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!!! KILL!!!!! KILL!!!! KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLL!!!! nah, I’m just joking around….but I do hope the fight’s levels of epicness go through the roof…and that it avoids dragging on like Michael Bay’s boring schlock (though that’s highly unlikely in here)

        • Corey

          I can’t tell if she has a Scottish accent or what. I think I’m stuck read her as that now, though.

          • Al

            Cajun.

          • Corey

            thx, but Im still probably gonna read her in a scottish accent unintentionally.

          • ACSB

            I read it in a russian voice because i imagine her sounding like a female version of heavy from tf2.
            SANDVICH!

          • ACSB

            Cajun i think.

      • Al

        …Why?

        • Gravedigger

          cause hot girls making out is awesome

          • Al

            Yeah, great idea. Throw character consistency and actual good writing out the window in favour of exploitation and pandering to horny boys whose understanding of female sexuality clearly comes from Hollywood romcoms, anime and porn. That’s totally what this comic is aiming to do.

          • Gravedigger

            but it would be within Dante’s character to use unexpected tactics and exploit any circumstance, you cant just assume I know nothing about girls because I enjoy watching hot girls make out

          • Al

            Okay, so now you just assume that if Dante used a kiss to psyche Sesame out and open her up for attacking, it would turn into a full-on makeout session and Sesame would be right the hell into it.
            Yeah, cause that’s so much better and totally isn’t still throwing out character consistency and good writing in favour of bullshit.

          • Gravedigger

            you need to relax, your reading way to much into this

          • Glenn Sellers

            Is garlic considered a spice? I always thought it was an aromatic herb. I guess I was wrong.

          • Dominik Grudel

            same for me

          • Al

            Yeah, great idea. Throw character consistency and actual good writing out the window in favour of exploitation and pandering to horny boys whose understanding of female sexuality clearly comes from Hollywood romcoms, anime and porn. That’s totally what this comic is aiming to do.

          • Gravedigger

            but it would be within Dante’s character to use unexpected tactics and exploit any circumstance, you cant just assume I know nothing about girls because I enjoy watching hot girls make out

          • Al

            Okay, so now you just assume that if Dante used a kiss to psyche Sesame out and open her up for attacking, it would turn into a full-on makeout session and Sesame would be right the hell into it.
            Yeah, cause that’s so much better and totally isn’t still throwing out character consistency and good writing in favour of bullshit.

      • ACSB

        Yep
        SPOILER ALERT:
        Sesame and Dante make out.
        (Not really)

        • Gravedigger

          its just a suggestion people get over it

        • Gravedigger

          its just a suggestion people get over it

  • Random Wolfgirl

    Im supposig im not the only one thinking Sesame will get stabbed by a ninja american mink right?

    • Gravedigger

      or they stop fighting and start making out??

      • Valkeiper2012

        I rather doubt Sesame wants to get THAT intimate. She wants more ‘slice and dice’ at the moment.

        The only penetration desired at the moment is all metal thru flesh.

        • Gravedigger

          it was just a an idea

        • Victor Masi

          yes…bring forth the blood-soaked carnage of a brutal and violent fight to the death…….OUR TESTOSTERONE-FILLED-MAN-PENISES DEMAND IT!!!!! FIGHT!!!! FIGHT!!!!! FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!!! KILL!!!!! KILL!!!! KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLL!!!! nah, I’m just joking around….but I do hope the fight’s levels of epicness go through the roof…and that it avoids dragging on like Michael Bay’s boring schlock (though that’s highly unlikely in here)

  • Valkeiper2012

    Right now, Claire has no idea who Dante is, but I am sure she will want a few heated words (and maybe some gunpowder) when she finds out.

    • Victor Masi

      sigh, if only Farron had a sniper rifle in that pack of his.

      • James-Polymer

        Knowing him, he probably *did* and they just never asked. ^^

        • Gravedigger

          along with a cannon and a chorus of dancing girls

  • bladra

    im i the only one notic she appers when she goes to take a sword when its either from a monster or when she steals it

  • Cory Tenorio

    Round one…FIGHT!

    • James-Polymer

      …is anyone else completely unable to see the comic page? At all? There’s just that little box with an “X” through it indicating a broken link. I have checked that Flash is installed and enabled, and I don’t have a problem viewing any other webcomic. =/

      • James-Polymer

        …aaaand now it’s working perfectly again. D’oh. XP

  • Cory Tenorio

    Sesame has strength and Dante has speed. This is gonna be good!

  • James-Polymer

    …is anyone else completely unable to see the comic page? At all? There’s just that little box with an “X” through it indicating a broken link. I have checked that Flash is installed and enabled, and I don’t have a problem viewing any other webcomic. =/

    • James-Polymer

      …aaaand now it’s working perfectly again. D’oh. XP

  • Alex Smith

    maneuverability versus power. lets see this battle.

    She also has to fight while carrying around the stolen item.

  • Alex Smith

    maneuverability versus power. lets see this battle.

    She also has to fight while carrying around the stolen item.

  • Victor Masi
  • Anomaly

    Arcane fire barbecue with roast Dante.

  • Gravedigger

    maybe Dante will give up and join the group??

  • Corey M

    I can’t tell if she has a Scottish accent or what. I think I’m stuck read her as that now, though.

    • Al

      Cajun.

    • ACSB

      Cajun i think.

  • Anomaly

    You sure you weren’t born as a girl Art? there’s not a lot of guys I know who can cross their legs like that comfortably.

    • Shadowkey392

      Really? I can, without any discomfort at all.

      • Anomaly

        I only know one friend that can do that. Otherwise it just seems uncomfortable to me.

        • Shadowkey392

          Huh. Interesting

          • MrAMP

            [QUOTE=”Eradose, post: 218270, member: 298″]Nice origin story, but I fail to see how it pertains to the question at hand, Tina.[/QUOTE]
            :dropYuki: You…have no idea do you?
            :heartTina: …
            :cryTina: No.

            So, the origin story of Tina’s parents is based on the Dangun Mythology? That’s really interesting to say the very least, which does beg the question as to why they aren’t being experimented on or taken to a secret lab for testing since this would be a marvel of science!

          • Sora Neku

            Consider that in a world where magic is real, magic might not be unusual enough to get the level of excitement that it would in our world.

            Also, it’s possible the people in her world aren’t uncaring jerks.

  • Anomaly

    You sure you weren’t born as a girl Art? there’s not a lot of guys I know who can cross their legs like that comfortably.

    • Shadowkey392

      Really? I can, without any discomfort at all.

      • Anomaly

        I only know one friend that can do that. Otherwise it just seems uncomfortable to me.

        • Shadowkey392

          Huh. Interesting

  • Great Basin Coyote

    Who’s the Brit on the creative team?

    My thoughts wandered around why is Jill a trained metallurgist and most likely received some sort of university degree, while Pete is most likely a wage slave? Was Jill the only one of the two with scholastic pursuits in mind?

    And, why dif Art not pursue a path of an education in music?

    The financial woes of Art’s parents must have reversed if they could afford a Bassoon for one of their children.

    • Gaboris

      4th Google page for Canfield ocean brings up the Katbox forum thread of this page. I’d say that’s still a nice spot. 😀

      Oh Uncle Art how I still love that character… and his Trabant. 😛

  • Great Basin Coyote

    Who’s the Brit on the creative team?

    My thoughts wandered around why is Jill a trained metallurgist and most likely received some sort of university degree, while Pete is most likely a wage slave? Was Jill the only one of the two with scholastic pursuits in mind?

    And, why dif Art not pursue a path of an education in music?

    The financial woes of Art’s parents must have reversed if they could afford a Bassoon for one of their children.

  • Gaboris

    4th Google page for Canfield ocean brings up the Katbox forum thread of this page. I’d say that’s still a nice spot. 😀

    Oh Uncle Art how I still love that character… and his Trabant. 😛

  • Glenn Sellers

    Is garlic considered a spice? I always thought it was an aromatic herb. I guess I was wrong.

    • Dominik Grudel

      same for me

  • MrAMP

    [QUOTE=”Eradose, post: 218270, member: 298″]Nice origin story, but I fail to see how it pertains to the question at hand, Tina.[/QUOTE]
    :dropYuki: You…have no idea do you?
    :heartTina: …
    :cryTina: No.

    So, the origin story of Tina’s parents is based on the Dangun Mythology? That’s really interesting to say the very least, which does beg the question as to why they aren’t being experimented on or taken to a secret lab for testing since this would be a marvel of science!

    • Sora Neku

      Consider that in a world where magic is real, magic might not be unusual enough to get the level of excitement that it would in our world.

      Also, it’s possible the people in her world aren’t uncaring jerks.