The story so far

Given how long it’s been since the last chapter, I figured some people might like a refresher on the story (without having to go back and reread everything). So here is a basic summary of all the chapters so far (not including the interludes for now). Do I even need to warn for spoilers? There are spoilers.

CHAPTER 1: The Moon is Rolling in Her Grave

Princess November has run away from her home and her impending marriage to a peasant boy, in order to find a cure for her insomnia. An old woman she meets on the road informs her that she will sleep again when the missing Moon is brought back from the dead. The woman tells her to find the Moon by searching for a coffin, a cross, and a candle. To help her on her quest, November seeks out Perrault, a talking cat with a reputation as the cleverest man in twenty kingdoms. Perrault is eventually persuaded to accompany her, though he soon has doubts when he meets November’s other traveling companion: an infamous red-hooded witch.

CHAPTER 2: Whose Woods These Are I Think I Know

November tells Perrault the story of how she stumbled across Red’s home in the woods one stormy night. Following Red’s nose, the three break into an ornate mansion in the middle of the woods. Its sole resident is a Beast, whose sullen temper over his true love leaving him is exacerbated by the arrival of these vandals. Red throws him out the window, and the three head back out into the woods.

CHAPTER 3: A Modest Proposal

November, Red, and Perrault arrive in a village that has been plagued by numerous child disappearances over the years, the latest case being a woodcutter’s two children. The alleged culprit is a woman with silver hands, found in the woods and set to be burned in the square the following morning. November questions the woman, Clare, and learns that Clare actually met the Moon several years ago. November sets out to prove Clare’s innocence.

With Perrault’s help, November finds an old witch living in a strange house in the woods. November talks to her, while Perrault and Red rescue the woodcutter’s two children. They soon discover that the other missing village children were all eaten by the witch. Red flies into a murderous rage and burns the witch in her own oven. The next morning, Clare is set free. She offers to take November to see someone who knows how to find what November is looking for.

CHAPTER 4: Idle Hands

Clare brings the group to a grave under an old tree deep in the woods. Red and Clare track down an  acquaintance of Clare’s — a former soldier who now wears a bearskin as part of a bargain he struck for his soul. Meanwhile, November and Perrault meet a talking bear, whom Perrault tricks into digging up the grave for them. The bearskin soldier gives the group directions, and reveals that Clare’s husband King Gareth will be returning home. Clare and November open the “grave”, which is actually a door, and fall in. Red and Perrault follow.

 

  • Apricot

    I just re-read the whole thing. More entertaining that way.

  • Minoette

    “Red throws him out the window…”

    Maybe I’m just really tired, but something about how casually that was mentioned is hilarious.

  • http://muchtodrawaboutnothing.tumblr.com that one guy

    Awesome! I’m so glad your back. I was getting worried there for a bit… but yeah, this saves me some time from having to reread everything. (Not that I wouldn’t enjoy it)

  • Laura

    I’m so glad you’re back! Read the new pages, and now I’m in the mood to re-read everything :) .

  • cheshirecat3

    YESSSS!!! you have absolutely no idea how happy this made me :D it’s like chrstmas all over again!!!! ^^<3

  • Navi

    So glad you’re back, love your work, will take the time to re-read the whole thing again

  • http://evadiendome.com catsdontsmile

    Welcome back. (:

  • Executor

    Yaaaaay!

  • http://havocthecat.dreamwidth.org havocthecat

    Hooray! We get to have this continued!

  • http://www.mfkcomic.com Nilah

    Omg omg omg.

    I was just looking up No Rest a few weeks ago and reminiscing on how this was one of my favorite webcomics… and then tonight I was scrolling through the Mix March Madness nominations list and I saw the name and thought, “No way, but the rules say no comics on hiatus…” so I pop on over and O_O. This is like Christmas for me. I don’t even know how to feel right now.

  • Neverra

    I love this comics, and re-read this with great pleasure.
    But thank you for you care of us)
    (Sorry for my bad English)

  • Leila

    I rediscovered this through “Mix March Madness” too! It’s been years, it seems, since I checked for an update. I had forgotten that this comic sparked my love of the name November — a gerbil in my house is indirectly named after the leading lady of “No Rest for The Wicked.”

    Also, November’s quest is surprisingly similar to a personal…quest of my own. I guess what I’m trying to say is: I’m really glad you’re back.

  • Danielle

    Gosh, I’m so glad you’re updating again. X3 I love your comic and all the fairytale references from Grimm and the original tales before Disney got a hold of them. I can’t wait for more pages :) .

  • Linda

    To repeat everyone else… love love love this comic. Love that it’s back. My list of regularly read webcomics contains way too many slice-of-life comics, fantasy/D&D-based strips, and wry humor one-offs — gets kinda dull sometimes. This story is really in a category of its own, & it’s a breath of fresh air! One of my favorites! :)

  • Nanta

    Awesome. Good to see this comic back.

  • WillowW

    I’m so, so happy that this comic has returned; thank you, thank you, thank you!  It’s always been my favorite,  unforgettable, moving,  rich in ideas and characters.  

  • Bob

    Demand more