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Malaak IV p13 by Majnouna Malaak IV p13 by Majnouna
Don't forget to vote for Malaak on Top Web Comics, although the site is broken so I haven't been able to update the incentive :P

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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Dramatic tension! Who is that shadowy figure?

Barkshamash seems to be a good guy after all. My initial prediction seems off then.

This is shaping up to be epic.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
You have no idea yet :excited:
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
:omfg:
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JendiGirl Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Just out of curiosity, could you tell me what the horizontal crescent moon (for lack of better wording) with the circle means?
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
It's the sun and moon together :)
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JendiGirl Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I see! What does it symbolize?
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
That is what it symbolizes. As for what meaning people have assigned to it, that varies with cultures as it's a very universal symbol. But I took it off Phoenician scarabs (as in scarab-shaped seals) and what exactly they had in mind is lost. But I can tell you it's represented above enthroned kings and gods/goddesses.
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JendiGirl Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah. Well I should have guessed that. xD
Thanks!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
I got my hands on some rare books and just this week my research has answered this question abotu what the horizontal crescent with the circle means exactly :D This crescent is actually celestial, it represents the sky, and the circle is the sun carried by the sky, i.e during the day time as opposed to rising or setting.
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Joellehart Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
What is the symbol on the far left on the page of symbols, and why is it not as bright as the other symbols?
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Different levels of brightness correspond to different degrees of "lifeforce", for lack of a better word :) This one is a very old symbol form the palaeolithic, though it doesn't seem its meaning is known; it's fading, because at that point in time (in the story) it's falling out of use and so "dying".
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Engel08 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Student General Artist
groovy.

Yeah the thought that kept buggin' me was how Hitler completely changed a very potent and earthy symbol of Buddhism and Hinduism and turned it into a symbol of oppression causing a ripple of power so wide that it has a stigma. No matter where or how it is used. At least to the perceptions of some minds.
And although there is a man trying to single-handedly change it. (ManWoman) He probably won't be able to change the stigma or modern association of the symbol. But why not try?
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
:thumbsu: I was hoping someone would be this observant. I wanted to underline that point exactly that way. The swastika is still used without stigma in the East, and widely, but in the west I don't think it's possible to salvage it. It doesn't hurt to try, of course, but only an equally powerful momentum could undo what's been done, and that's extremely unlikely. And so literally in some places (like Armenia) they now use an alternate version of the swastika.
Not that the comic has anything to do with that particular symbol, but I felt it would illustrate the point, for those who have eyes to see :D
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Droemar Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
I love your world-building so very much ... it eases the pain of so many fantasy novels with cliche' dragons and quests and swords.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oohh thank you! :dance: It's painful to have to keep it all under the lid for the time being and just show it drop by drop, I've been developing something pretty vast!
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Rainpath123321 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry I haven't commented or favorite any of Malaak but I've read them all and there fantastic!!!!!!!!!!! (some day I'll favorite every last one of them...)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
It's ok, it's enough for me that you like them! :heart:
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Rainpath123321 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Alene Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ooh, lovely lighting effects!
And you have a typo in box three 'transforming or empowering a symbol requires many people." =)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks for that! :)
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