I was surprised at some point, to see Syphile, again, after all those years, today.
But I wasn't unhappy, after all. Her »problems« had much affect on the first chapters after all (unwritten chapters or not unwritten).
And the »punch« is funny, somehow.
To be honest, I don't know how long I read DT regularly.
All I know is, that I read it first between August 2001 and March 2002 the very first chapter was in its below 10 pages or so, back then. To be honest: The first pages of the very first chapter were very »rogh«
compared to today's pages, back then. So I paused some weeks or months until I returned, again and stayed. I read some other Drow-related web-comic, back then. I don't remember the name of this comic, but »Hevia« was the author (this comic didn't survived the second or third chapter, or so…)
And I know that I sent my first 5 $ via snail mail for DD between August and November 2002.
So, for me it's at least 15 years as well, I'm getting old…
And I can't remember Ariel to be barefooted in any of the first chapters (rewritten or not).
It's just a one of Ariel's nightmares, after all.