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Roommates 285 - Shadowhunt by AsheRhyder Roommates 285 - Shadowhunt by AsheRhyder
In which some shadows are set free,

OR

In which mortals must face themselves, and myths must face their legends.

For clarity, Odin's shadow manifests as Fenrir, the giant wolf monster he'll have to face in Ragnarok. Arthur's shadow is a dragon, representing the weight and power of Arthurian myth (which, however, I don't recall having any actual dragons, but I'm probably wrong). The Erlkonig's.... well. Any guesses?

Transcript for Jareth, because my handwriting is abysmal:
P.4: My lords, gentlemen, I have cut loose your shadows and given them their own way. They are our prey tonight, all our own cunning brought against us. Catch your shadows, good sirs. The dawn is not so very far away.
P. 10: I wonder what kinds of shadows plague the steps of gods and legends...

Erik belongs to Leroux and Webber.
Jareth belongs to Henson, Lucas, and Bowie.
Norrington belongs to Disney, Bruckheimer, and Davenport.
Javert belongs to Hugo, Boublil, Schonberg, and Kretzmer.
Erlkönig, Odin, and Arthur Pendragon are mythological characters and belong to everyone and no one.
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:iconfighting-dreamers-94:
Not wise but I daresay deviously brilliant & fucking awesome.
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:iconmikazukiokami:
MikazukiOkami Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Ooohh, I think I'm going to be very surprised with his arc, it reminds me kind of Peter Pan. But this is 10x better!
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:iconthechinasorrows:
TheChinaSorrows Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Jareth always gets the best lines.
They're so, so, so, so, so, so very pretty!
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DolphinSilverwolf Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Erlkönig's shadow is...Harry Dresden?
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Dracorex4 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, there might not have been any dragons in the Arthurian myths (not that I'm all that well-versed in it).... but he is the Pendragon. It's a pretty appropriate metaphor.
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DaEvilKitty Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013

I must admit, I’m not particularly surprised that Jareth’s shadow was happy enough to sit on his arm instead of immediately buggering off. I wonder if this means that Jareth’s more in touch/accepting of his “shadows” than the others here?

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:iconnikimaweird:
NikiMaweird Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pure epicness. Lu Emoticon 
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:iconschaladresdan:
SchalaDresdan Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
The shadows are so pretty and appropriate. I love them!
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much.
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:iconetile:
etile Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
pretty shadows are pretty.
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you enjoyed them!
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:iconetile:
etile Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
i did
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AlbertPseudonym Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
The Arthurian legend (at least as far as I'm aware) did not have any literal dragons, the dragons motif was a major motif used to represent the two great (and at that time warring) powers of Britain one red and one white. If that helps.
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconalbertpseudonym:
AlbertPseudonym Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
No problem mythology is a passion of mine, especially German mythology so I must own up to no small bit of squee when the Erlking showed up.
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:iconmarizelda:
Marizelda Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Uh-oh, Jareth's eyes are all one color again.
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed.
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:iconmayaegyptkezi:
mayaegyptkezi Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
jareth looks hot like that. and this is goling to be an interesting learning experience for them i can tell
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope you enjoy.
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:iconinfectedscout:
infectedscout Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student Interface Designer
U did awesome on Fenrir!
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks muchly!
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:iconthebasketkid:
TheBasketKid Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Ah! So Fenrir is Odin's shadow. Very nice.
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks muchly.
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Withdrawn-Moonsilver Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Also: nice hint on Fenrir with the chains (was how I recognized him, well that and the size), but if my memory serves Fenrir was bound with a ribbon (made by the dwarves from various impossible things) specifically because no chain was strong enough to hold him.
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Note that all those chains are broken, though. Sort of like a 'nice try, Aesir' taunt...
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:iconwithdrawn-moonsilver:
Withdrawn-Moonsilver Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
I think I'm in love with this story.
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do hope so.
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TornAsunder7916 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Erlkönig's is definitely his human half. The one he uses when dating Mrs. Norrington. At least that's my guess.
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KizzyAnel Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jareth damn auto correct phone.
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:iconkizzyanel:
KizzyAnel Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow Gareth took that way far lol.
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everdeen13 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastic!

I love the art for this comic. The shading on the shadows is perfect.

Great work! Very excited to see how this plays out.
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AmbreeChristineSkye Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
This is sooo beautiful! I'm so excited for this arc! It's going to be awesome!! And is it okay if I use Jareth's last line as my new Signature? (credit given of course) I'm in love with it.
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Go for it!
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:iconambreechristineskye:
AmbreeChristineSkye Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Yay! *runs off to change it* :hug:
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:iconkiyoko-mai:
Kiyoko-mai Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student General Artist
OH. My. Freaking. nverjghbrjtnbuihignb I Am In Love With This Page! :iconepiclaplz:
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DarkBangle Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Erlkonig should have known Jareth would pull something like this. Wise isn't exactly his thing, but teaching lessons is. How better to learn than to face your shadow-self?
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:iconatemozzarella:
AteMozzarella Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student General Artist
ONE EYE FROM AMERICAN GODS/SANDMAN awwwwyeah
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:iconrecordirubini16:
recordirubini16 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you know who had to catch his shadow before...PETER FRIKIN PAN :D keep up the lovely work, so excited ^_^
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:iconwhitewolffie:
WhiteWolffie Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
The elf king's shadow is...a stag?
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:iconcatholicvampire:
CatholicVampire Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012   Writer
Actually, there were (at least) two dragons in Arthurian myth. They deal more with Merlin and the beginning of the legends, but they are there.
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TornAsunder7916 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah plus he is named Arthur Pendragon..
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Indigo-Night-Wisp Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
I KNEW that was Fenrir! XD

And Arthur is a dragon, and Jareth is an owl, and Erlkonig is... what? It looks like a teenaged emo version of his son...

I love, as always. Delighted with Erlkonig's expression in panel 8. And just Javert and Erik in general.
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sephypsycologist Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:iconclapplz: bravo and well done.
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Katkelman Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
I can't remember dragons being in Arthur's tale, but definitely in Merlin's. In fact, I remember reading that when Merlin was a child, the king who ruled before Uther Pendragon tried to have him killed for not having a human father, after people said only his blood could keep a tower from collapsing. Merlin did an awesome stunt about telling them to dig under the tower, finding a lake, draining the lake, and watching two dragons duke it out. This was a huge analogy about how Uther Pendragon would win the throne, Uther being Arthur's father. Could be wrong, haven't read the tale in a while.
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Kyrina10 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
It varies from legend to legend, one is Merlin witnessing the fight of the red and white dragons under Vortigern's collapsing keep before Uther is king and in another Arthur is witnessing the same event after Uther is dead and Vortigern has taken/usurped the throne.
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Fya85 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Well since the owl is already on his arm, I think Jareth just won.... ;)

Maybe Arthur and James' horses will grow wings?
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Whale42 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
So what does Jareth's shadow represent? Wisdom?
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
His affinity with owls, apparently.
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:iconellenmellenn:
ellenmellenn Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
So cool!! Ah can't wait for more! I love that you made Odin's Fenrir, that is so perfect for him.
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MollyTheWanderer Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm gonna guess Erlkonig's shadow is his doppelganger, a la the Cluracan in Sandman. Also, I love Jareth's response: "I dont do wise, Daddy."
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