Comic 686 - Gatekeeper

21st Jun 2015, 8:15 PM in Ch. 25: Wings
Average Rating: 4.8 (10 votes)
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Jocelyn 21st Jun 2015, 8:15 PM edit delete
I'm sorry. The "gatekeeper" thing is such a dumb and probably obvious joke, but I couldn't help myself. XD

There hasn't been a lot of original fantasy Rain references in this dream sequence. Not as much as I expected to be using, for sure (the Kaminari angle changed a lot from my initial vision). But Fara's costume is virtually identical to how it looked back then (we'll see it better next time). Heck, she was in a bandit gang in the old version. Oddly canon!

Vincent's meanwhile, is completely different. And he didn't use an axe back then either (I just thought it was appropriate in this instance because he's a musician. Get it? He uses an axe?).

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j-eagle12212012 21st Jun 2015, 10:48 PM edit delete reply
That axe pun -_- I got nothing (I also have a really bad headache and my brain hurts so I can't come up with anything funny right now)
Eliza 22nd Jun 2015, 1:27 AM edit delete reply
Axe! ah I love puns
Mina 22nd Jun 2015, 6:37 AM edit delete reply
This gang has its secret base on maps and no gatekeeper... How fantastic. XD

Pretty obvious, yes. But it never hurts to do obvious jokes! :3
RainFan 22nd Jun 2015, 3:45 PM edit delete reply
What is the original fantasy Rain? (sorry if this is a silly question)
Jocelyn 22nd Jun 2015, 6:44 PM edit delete reply

Before Rain was the slice-of-life story we know today, it was originally meant to be a fantasy story. Same basic idea of having trans and queer characters, but with a different kind of setting. Honestly, it wasn't very good though. When I changed it to what we know today, it just felt more natural and had a better feel to it (plus I'd grown up and learned a lot that I didn't know then).

It's better the way it is now. Trust me. ^_^
RainFan 23rd Jun 2015, 9:18 PM edit delete reply
Wow I had no idea! Glad you found what you wanted it to be :)
Noelle 22nd Jun 2015, 8:59 PM edit delete reply
Can I just say, on the subject of "no gatekeepers", I JUST HAD THE BEST APPOINTMENT WITH A PSYCHOLOGIST EVER <3

After years of gatekeeper shit, I had a meeting with a psychologist yesterday. I was kind of expecting the worst, but I'm always optimistic so I went in smiling. I sat down, and she was really great! There was lots of stuff about how I've clearly thought all this through, and how I'm not crazy or hurting myself, and she said the only reason I haven't got a letter for hormones right now is that it takes more than an hour to tick off the boxes on the WPATH checklist!!!

Mina 23rd Jun 2015, 6:23 PM edit delete reply
Yay! Congratulations! :D
CJ 23rd Jun 2015, 10:33 PM edit delete reply
Rain's face in that last panel is Priceless
summer 24th Jun 2015, 1:19 PM edit delete reply
rain you weren't the only one waiting for fara to make an appearance.
Akane 10th Jul 2016, 10:59 PM edit delete reply
That gatekeeper was the best pun of the story yet. Whom else could have it been? xD
Now I'm really curious whom we find inside...
Some Ed 16th Jun 2017, 9:11 AM edit delete reply
Yay, best guard ever! Say hello and get free xp!
BASHparallel 15th Feb 2018, 2:49 PM edit delete reply
haha that's such a dumb yet amazing joke
Guest 7th Mar 2018, 2:24 PM edit delete reply
I beg of thee, fair storyweaver! Min heart cannoth withstand such terrible puns!
Troywhoisyaboi 15th Jan 2020, 4:08 PM edit delete reply
I don't understand the joke... i'm sad :(
Mturtle7 3rd Mar 2022, 9:12 PM edit delete reply
I know this is two years later, but what the heck, maybe some other future reader will not get the joke, but then scroll down and read this.

The "not-a-gatekeeper" bandit in the dream here is actually Rain's therapist, Vincent, in the real world. "Gatekeeper" literally means someone who physically guards a gate, door, or other portal (and is kind of an old-fashioned term that gets used a lot in medieval fantasy settings), but it's also a modern slang term for someone who enforces harsh and arbitrary limits on who gets to be considered a legitimate member of a social group. And in the specific context of therapists for trans people, it means a therapist who keeps refusing to acknowledgement their patient as a legitimate trans person, so they can't legally medically transition. Earlier in the comic, Rain expressed worries about her therapist being a "gatekeeper", and was overjoyed to find Vincent was nothing of the sort. So, in Rain's dream, Vincent looks like like a formidable guard watching the entrance to the bandits' lair - a "gatekeeper" - but is then very emphatic about not being a "gatekeeper". Which is what he did in real life for Rain, just with the other meaning of "gatekeeper". I hope that's clear.
JustRaining 3rd Aug 2022, 5:54 PM edit delete reply
Ah, reading the beginning of your comment, I hoped you would explain the axe pun 🙈 because this is the part, I'm not getting
no 11th Nov 2020, 3:13 AM edit delete reply
...or maybe this one. these jokes just keep getting better and better
Dark Niwa 12th Jan 2021, 7:20 AM edit delete reply
.... i have no words beyond these....
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