Irregular Webcomic!

Archive     Blog     Cast     Forum     RSS     Books!     Poll Results     About     Search     Fan Art     Podcast     More Stuff     Random     Support on Patreon
New comics Mon-Fri; reruns Sat-Sun
<   No. 1608   2007-06-22   >

Comic #1608

1 Dwalin: I thunk 'tis gettin' lighter. We moost be approochin' thu ind o' thu toonel. {translation: I think it's getting lighter. We must be approaching the end of the tunnel.}
2 Draak: Yes. Light mess with Draak heat sight.
3 Mordekai: "Heat sight"? Wait a minute. You have infravision? You can see in the dark? Why didn't you tell us?!
4 Draak: Not same as see in dark. Bare rock not show heat...
4 Mordekai: Don't give us your primitive pseudoscience excuses!

First (1) | Previous (1607) | Next (1609) || Latest Rerun (2597) | Latest New (5215)
First 5 | Previous 5 | Next 5 | Latest 5
Fantasy theme: First | Previous | Next | Latest || First 5 | Previous 5 | Next 5 | Latest 5
This strip's permanent URL:
Annotations off: turn on
Annotations on: turn off

Again 1st Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons comes to the rescue. The 3rd Edition rules have some newfangled thing called darkvision, which apparently allows those who possess it to see in pitch blackness exactly as they would be able to if there was light. Yeah, yeah, I know it's fantasy, but that's just lazy. We had a perfectly good thing called infravision that worked with heat signatures, and was cool because it was different and based on real-world physics and geeky.

2017-08-23 Rerun commentary: The new 5th Edition rules change darkvision to only allow vision in the dark equivalent to seeing with dim illumination, and only in shades of grey - no colour. This is a kind of halfway-house approach between the previously cool and the utterly silly. At least it's not as crazy as being able to see in full colour in the dark.

And yeah, it could just be magical and the way it happens to work, but it doesn't need to be magical.

LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO Group of companies, which does not sponsor, authorise, or endorse this site.
This material is presented in accordance with the LEGO® Fair Play Guidelines.

My comics: Irregular Webcomic! | Darths & Droids | Eavesdropper | Planet of Hats | The Dinosaur Whiteboard | mezzacotta
My blogs: (daily updates) | 100 Proofs that the Earth is a Globe (science!) | Carpe DMM (long form posts) | Snot Block & Roll (food reviews)
More comics I host: The Prisoner of Monty Hall | Lightning Made of Owls | Square Root of Minus Garfield | iToons | Comments on a Postcard | Awkward Fumbles
© 2002-2024 Creative Commons License
This work is copyright and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 International Licence by David Morgan-Mar.