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first there was vike the boy viking in a series of short online comics, irreverent and experimental, then came the the vikariad, a scrolling epic from lemming drops studio. the vikariad was to be the 21 part tale of a young viking's growth into a revolutionary leader, fighting the catholic invasion of norway at the end of the first millennium. the 21 parts were to be in three sections (of 7 parts each), only one of which was completed. this first section, "on the slopes of mount megiddo", tells a straightforward story (of the abduction of vike's sister vina and the loss of vike's father in an attempt to rescue her and vike's eventual rescue of his sister, with much violence and blood and humor) that stands quite well on its own. the second section, "in the fields at regjereshod", was started but will likely never be completed, and the battles of the third section will never be drawn. that last fact is a particularly sad one as the panel layout concept (scrolling to the right in one line) came out of a single image idea, a line of viking warriors across the horizon. but, it should be noted that the completed section and some of the ideas for the further sections have been on my mind of late as possible incorporations into my gardea stories, vike now vik, the son of a mud farmer outside of krig on the edge of the balkor, the plotline relatively the same, though taken more seriously
on the slopes of mount megiddo: being an account of the death of halden the dark:
in the fields at regjereshod: being an account of the death of arkyn the red: