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"On the rail": This used to be the hardest physical labor you could be sentenced to, building the railroad through the arid interior mining lands of Caris to the ports on the coast. The project was started years ago during King Amakessar's reign and was only fully abandoned a few years ago, with far less than half of the slated lines completed. An unknown amount of people died on the rail, colloquially there are said to be a thousand souls per mile (though it is probably not that bad). But if for whatever reason you wanted to go out there, you can still find bones unburied by animals and flash floods, belonging to the unlucky prisoners who succumbed to the heat and pure exhaustion.
Nowadays prisoners sentenced to hard labor are sent far south to logging camps. A lot of prisoners who finish their sentences there stay on to work for a (low) wage, since they're often not welcome anywhere else (see: the jerks in chapter 1)
The Meek will be back posting real actual pages on the site on Jan 1 2020. Until then feel free to join me for the concluding pages of Mare Internum, posting to its site now until November, and these sketch pages, which as of next week will be updating exclusively to the $5 tier (followed by advance looks of the Real Pages in mid-late December).
From 2007-2009 I drew about 320 pages of The Meek as thumbnail sketches. I have a few of the full sketch chapters posted to Patreon, you can check some of em out here:
- Chapter 1: Going up on Friday the 11th~
- Chapter 2: https://www.patreon.com/posts/tm-ch2-original-5081753
- Chapter 3: Boy howdy u got another PDF comin I guess
- Chapter 4: https://www.patreon.com/posts/tm-ch4-original-4546417
- Chapter 5: https://www.patreon.com/posts/tm-ch5-original-14684853
- Chapter 6: my worst one and I don't want to show it to anyone lol
- Chapters 7 & 8: wouldn't you like to know
Thanks for reading~