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Roommates 70 - Moral Compass by AsheRhyder Roommates 70 - Moral Compass by AsheRhyder
I could have sworn this went through earlier... It's not been a good day for computers for me, and I hope this isn't the beginning of another long fight with electronic equipment and internet things. Long story short, if this ends up posted twice, I'll fix it later.

There was a longer explanation of this comic and some of the choices I made regarding the events in it, but it took me an hour to figure out what I wanted to say, and I've forgotten it all by now. We can sum it up with, "The Journey is about the steps you take to get you there, not where you end up when you're through" and "James is not as dumb or as cruel as he sometimes appears to be; Elizabeth and Sparrow bring out the worst in him".


ETA: Somewhat found the missing version, and here is the original note:

Yes, it's *that* compass. I don't think I want to know how he got it. This one may take some explanation.

True, it would be infinitely easier to hunt down the historical treasures of the world with something like the compass. The important thing about Indiana Jones' adventures, however, is not the end result (since he never gets to keep any of the treasures anyway), but about the journey and the things learned along the way. Following the trails of knights, conquistadors, and other ancient people, discovering what they knew and how they thought, that's the important part.

James, for all his less-than-brilliant decisions when Elizabeth or Sparrow is involved, is not a fool, or a bad man. He doesn't want to see people hurt, and he knows what the compass can do (even if he didn't particularly believe in it at first). The compass is dangerous because it can lead the way, but not prepare the searcher for the trials they may come up against. After all, would Dr. Jones have survived the Last Crusade if he hadn't known the significance behind the traps? And, of course, there's always the chance the Bad Guys will get it...

So, there's James' little moment of wisdom. Sorry if this one seems rushed or forced.


Norrington belongs to Disney, Bruckheimer, and Davenport.
Indiana Jones belongs to Lucas and Ford.
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:iconfighting-dreamers-94:
Awesome job! Love the reasoning.
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DolphinSilverwolf Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
At least Jones treats James as a professional equal rather than letting any ego into the picture.  I guess the whole "Fortune and Glory" of Temple of Doom didn't suit him.
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TheChinaSorrows Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
What a perfect end panel!
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GalCantHelpIt Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Think this is one of my favourite pages from your series.
Just discovered your Roommates and Pika's GND two days ago - I'm hooked, thank you!
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rose-harp Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Add in the fact that it just points to what you want and...yeah.

Someone could hold it and it would point them to the rum.

*snickers*

But where, or who, is the compass pointing to when James holds it?

*curious*

...I'm rereading so I can catch up. I haven't been able to read this recently. *pouts*

(Still awesome, however)
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AsheRhyder Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One has to wonder... Glad you're enjoying!
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mayaegyptkezi Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Yay Dr. Jones! And Aww poor James
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed...
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AnaxErik4ever Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Writer
I thought it was Jack Sparrow's enchanted compass. And Dr. Jones Jr. and James getting some time together. Hurrah.
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed.
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Knot221 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Why is he upset by "absolute trust and good faith?" He didn't lie.
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's that awkward moment when someone who frustrates you endlessly thinks you're fantastic, and you feel like a jerk for being frustrated with them all the time.
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Knot221 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ah... that makes sense. Thanks for explaining :)
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah. Dr. Jones has no idea that he is the 'rival' to poor James' attempts at teaching.
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rose-harp Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It doesn't seem rushed or forced to me!

Mostly because I got it when I read it. He's seen what this compass can do in the worst of hands (I can think of a few, Sparrow being the least of them), has seen what it does to people. He doesn't want to see that happen to Dr. Jones, even if he's stealing all of Jamie's students.
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AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah. James is a good person, deep down inside.
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rose-harp Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*snuggles with Jamie*

It amuses me that Jareth, Erik, and Javert were all good influences on him.

Plus his redemption arc.
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KAMwuzhere Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
what the hell is Jack doing without that?!
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One has to wonder...
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KAMwuzhere Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
now he's got absolutely NO HOPE at finding his rum.
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romancefreak Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: True, true.
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two-tailed-cat Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
mm! i swear, i'm putting Norrington's quote as my tag line! this is the best one yet!! Serious, makes a story tellers point "journey not the destination", with an killer (almost literally) punchline!
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AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks muchly.
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Blarging Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
I like this scene. I was worried about the first time you referecnced indiana Jones, but this sort of solemn

"Ah. One of those kinds of things."

That was great.
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AsheRhyder Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indy's got some experience with things that are Probably Best Left Alone...
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alwaysnerdy Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
ROTFLMFAO
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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usernamesarestoopid Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Ahh, that's so sweet! I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that the entire time I was reading your explanation I kept thinking of Avatar and Chong the hippie: "You've gotta focus less on the where, and more on the going". Voice and all. But anyway, you're awesome.
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JarethsSlave Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Oh my god I love Chong!  "SECRET TUNNEL!  SECRET TUNNEL!"  "Oh, I just remembered the ending to that song!  AND DIE."  
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AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much.
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TheBasketKid Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
LOL
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you enjoyed.
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umyeahsure Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
so, uh... speaking of the dear captain(or rather, his compass, but whatever...)... are we ever going to get a visit from him??? ^_^
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait for it... He does show up...
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umyeahsure Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
YAY!!! <3
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SeskiLexi Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
I'd take Jamie's history classes over Jones' archaeology classes any day (then again, I'm a history buff...)

But I think you drew an awesome Jones/Ford here. Especially in that second to last panel.
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AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you enjoyed!
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hesterj Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
I still prefer James over Jones in this comic. XD
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So do I, but I'm not sure he appreciates it.
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MarissaSunshine Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
"I could have sworn this went through earlier... It's not been a good day for computers for me, and I hope this isn't the beginning of another long fight with electronic equipment and internet things. Long story short, if this ends up posted twice, I'll fix it later."

I've been having the same problems submitting my work as of late.
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Funny how computers do that to us, eh?
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:iconmarissasunshine:
MarissaSunshine Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yeah it moves extremely slow when I submit my stuff, then I get an error, or broken page...UGH!
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CMY187 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
That...that...compass. It couldn't be...

...this won't end well...
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Probably not.
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shikari06 Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
woohoo and Apperance by Dr Jones! And I love the wisdom Imparted and that it was listened too!
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you enjoyed!
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PHantomDragon-56 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011   General Artist
Absolutely marvelous. I like the serious air to the conversation they had and you drew Dr. Jones perfectly. Questionable how he got Jack's compass though. Oh well, another mystery to be answered another day :XD:.
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One has to wonder...
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al28894 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Excuse me, can I have that compass? I need to find my lost things...
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It certainly would help...
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