Darkest Dungeon Presents: The Arbalest

Jan
15

Darkest Dungeon Presents: The Arbalest

Darkest Dungeon Presents is a comic series that tells the half-remembered horrors of each of the playable character classes in the game. Issue #5 features The Arbalest.

#5 The Arbalest

Previous Issues

These wouldn’t be possible without an amazing collaboration with Trudi Castle. Each of these comics are written by our very own Chris Bourassa and Trudi is bringing them to life. Trudi has an amazing portfolio and we couldn’t be more excited for this collaboration.

Release is next Tuesday, Jan 19th! We won’t be doing any comics next week, but we will continue you them in the following weeks.

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This topic contains 48 replies, has 27 voices, and was last updated by  Charlie_Estate 4 years, 3 months ago.

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  • #92326
    Two-Steps-Back
    Two-Steps-Back
    Participant

    Anyway you slice it, the Arbelest witnessed the death of her family at a very tender age…

    #92328
    PorkyLabrador
    PorkyLabrador
    Participant

    I’m choosing to ignore the debate and just wanted to say… GREAT COMIC!

    The Arbalest is my favorite!

    #92331

    RevenantsBliss
    Participant

    I’m going to guess that the bunny’s name was Millicent.

    #92333

    ArgusEyedOracle
    Participant

    I swear I was thinking the exact same thing RevenantsBliss! And boy, the Arbalest went from one of the least concerned about lorewise to most controversial in like a few hours…

    #92335
    Earthen_Whispers
    Earthen_Whispers
    Participant

    Race is never brought up in the game. What we we do know are issues in their world:

    -Money
    -Power
    -Class (Estates,servants, vassals, peasants all mentioned)
    -Religion
    -The Occult

    Given the mood and scope of the game, it’s much more likely that the Arbalest’s father (or caretaker; we don’t know for certain he was the biological father) was lynched out of an accusation of blasphemy, crime, or association with the occult. Whether or not the accusations were true, that’s plenty of motivation for a lynch mob to burn a man alive. Race and sexuality don’t seem to be issues the people of this world struggle with, as the devout Crusader is as ready to relax at the brothel as the swarthy Highwayman. There’s not even mention of which sex each character chooses at the brothel; to each her own. No mention of race is made whatsoever. Given those facts, it’s unlikely a lynching was motivated by race or sexuality.

    Remember, this is a world where the undead can rise and wander, and horrors stalk the dark corners. Say a new family comes to live in the town and they don’t believe in “The Light.” Most of the town is devout in this belief. Someone in the town dies badly, mysteriously. No one knows why, the evidence is inconclusive. Who’s the obvious scapegoat? Hypothetical, yes, but it serves to demonstrate the point. Further reinforcing the “outsider” motif is the fact that the house they live in is spartan, bare, stands alone, and no others appear to defend this little family.

    My reading of the story is that the father figure was involved in an altercation that probably escalated into someone’s death. The father was badly wounded (see the bleeding wound in his abdmomen). There was already tension in the community over this issue, and the father/daughter were outsiders of some kind. Probably ex-military, given his ownership of the arbalest he gives the girl. The father, knowing how things would be perceived the community, flees home to send his daughter into hiding before facing his imminent death. He sends her into the darkness, her best hope for survival, armed as best she can be. In the end, he is killed and their home burned by ignorance and fear.

    #92349
    Klod
    Klod
    Participant

    Wow, right in the feels. I think this is the best one so far.

    #92361
    Terran Ghost
    Terran Ghost
    Participant

    I’m really hoping the bunny doll is a possible Arbalest trinket. These are getting fantastic. Especially this one, the Leper and the Highwayman. I’m excited to see the whole series. Maybe an artbook in the future?

    #92366

    Grahav
    Participant

    I’m going to guess that the bunny’s name was Millicent.

    No wonder she is so attached to her weapon.

    I’m really hoping the bunny doll is a possible Arbalest trinket. These are getting fantastic. Especially this one, the Leper and the Highwayman. I’m excited to see the whole series. Maybe an artbook in the future?

    Like:

    +Protect
    +Stress Resist
    -Attack

    #92369
    Holy.Death
    Holy.Death
    Participant

    Damn. What do you think the father did to earn the mob’s ire?

    Most likely nothing.

    People will always find an excuse to justify themselves when killing their fellow human. In the end it doesn’t really matter what their reasoning was. It most likely wasn’t just to begin with and that’s what’s the most important to me.

    Personally I am waiting for the Crusader. He’s one of my favorites, although I am genuinely curious about everyone’s story.

    #92374

    Morris
    Participant

    Sigh… I find it really sad to see such raging debates about racism despite the complete lack of in-universe context regarding the game world’s people of color.

    I mean look at the house, the clothing, etc. The crossbow isn’t traditionally an “african” themed weapon either (though it may be in a fictional world). It’s quite clear that the Arbalest’s family has co-existed with the rest of the populace for a very long time, maybe they have been even born there. Also, we do not see the Arbalest’s mother. She may have been white, black, or mixed, we don’t know.

    Racism could very well be involved, but I think it goes a bit deeper than that. This mob with pitchforks and torches invokes imagery of a witch hunt. My guess is that the Arbalest’s mom was a herbalist (that’s why the Arbalest knows much of healing), and the father either a hunter or a poacher (hence the hut in the woods, plus the crossbow). Herbalists and other countryside healers were often scapegoats in times of plagues, and if they are a minority, they were even more likely to suffer such atrocities. I could draw a parallel with gypsies, for example, in medieval eastern europe.

    On a sidenote: can anyone access and extract the Arbalest’s afflicted lines? They may help shed light as to what happens in the comic exactly.

    Fan class suggestions - Musketeer, Ratcatcher and more:
    http://www.archives.darkestdungeon.com/topic/class-idea-musketeer/

    #92381

    Agrivar
    Participant

    Although I like these “character personal stories”, I find all of them a bit at odds with the general concept of the game, as there is not just ONE arbalest, but multiple arbalest which come to the hamlet, so what are we seeing here is the personal story of just one given arbalest. I suppose not all Arbalests (and Highwaymen, and Lepers, and Man-at-Arms…) that come to the hamlet have suffered exactly the same kind of personal tragedy (i.e.: all arbalests lost their father at the hands of a lynch mob).

    #92384

    Morris
    Participant

    @agrivar that is a decent point to bring up. But we have to remember that all representatives of each class have the same afflicted speeches. I don’t really know how this could be rationalized.

    My headcanon is that there is a “founding member” from each class (much like Reynauld and Dismas), who would end up as the top tier heroes before anyone else from their respective classes (provided they survive). And these horrific stories are about the past of these “founding members”, who survive from beginning until the bitter end.

    Fan class suggestions - Musketeer, Ratcatcher and more:
    http://www.archives.darkestdungeon.com/topic/class-idea-musketeer/

    #92386

    ArgusEyedOracle
    Participant

    Honestly, in my head canon there is only one character for each class. I knew it kind of diffuses the tension when one dies, but I prefer to think of it that way.

    #92388

    Morris
    Participant

    Speaking of headcanons:

    Man-at-Arms lost a child in his comic.
    Arbalest lost her family in her comic.
    Man-at-Arms and Arbalest joined the game in the same update.
    Conclusion: the Man-at-Arms is the Arbalest’s adoptive father.

    Okay, maybe not, but I like to think so. They even compliment one another so well. Even their basic behaviours are so very compatible with each other. Coincidence? You decide.

    Fan class suggestions - Musketeer, Ratcatcher and more:
    http://www.archives.darkestdungeon.com/topic/class-idea-musketeer/

    #92394

    ArgusEyedOracle
    Participant

    ….Wow. If any of you see this in my fanfiction, I swear I wrote it before your posts. Cause I literally just wrote something along those lines yesterday, Morris.

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