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26th Sep 2018, 6:38 PM in Chapter 5
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Rocktopus 26th Sep 2018, 6:38 PM edit delete


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Worstcase 26th Sep 2018, 8:49 PM edit delete reply
Being slowed down could be enough to kill you in a magically dark room.
Too bad Colleen doesn't have an illumination spell strong enough.
Though Randulf as a dwarf may have darksight?
Guest 26th Sep 2018, 10:05 PM edit delete reply
Darkvision can't penetrate a Darkness or Continual Darkness spell though, so he's out of luck there.
Rocktopus 27th Sep 2018, 1:46 AM edit delete reply
There really is a lot of things that can go wrong in a magically dark room, and there's not a lot of solutions for noobs...
Lisekmaly 26th Sep 2018, 11:33 PM edit delete reply
I just love the possibilities this sets up for our intrepid adventurers. My gaming group has literaly a pool going on what will jump at the Dynamic Duo in that darkness. Also, thank you for your work, its addictive.
Rocktopus 27th Sep 2018, 1:45 AM edit delete reply
Wow, that's cool to hear! What did everyone guess?
Lisekmaly 1st Oct 2018, 5:36 PM edit delete reply
We have a slime/ooze option from my brother ( he argues it would actually be surprising to see two similar monster types instead of the usual "fruit salad"). One friend went with a grimlock or something like that. His girlfriend bets on some kind of mechanical trap. Our GM grinned and said "a pit, with centipedes, the crawly, bity, inquisitive ones" but shes always like that. I hope for a cuddly kitten but Im betting on spiders or a badger (badgers are my personal nemesis of sorts).
Rocktopus 1st Oct 2018, 10:34 PM edit delete reply
Well, we'll soon see who (if any of you) wins!
MajorDZaster 7th Mar 2019, 6:51 AM edit delete reply
Grimlock? What gives your friend the idea that a dinobot is going to be in Marblegate?
padanew 27th Sep 2018, 4:06 AM edit delete reply
This is why it is good to have a mage in the party that can cast either Dispel or fireball.
Rocktopus 27th Sep 2018, 4:10 AM edit delete reply
Those can both basically be the same thing depending on the situation.
Try and cast that spell when you and everything around you is a smoking ruin
padanew 27th Sep 2018, 5:55 AM edit delete reply
I attack the darkness. (Starts playing upbeat J-pop)
Rudofaux 27th Sep 2018, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
It's a good thing this is a digital medium. Just think of the cost of black ink if this was a physical comic? The next pages would be quite the pretty penny.

Back on track, if this darkness is impenetrable by light (normal, divine, magical, etc.) wouldn't that also mean that whatever is in there is also equality blind?
knight from the edge 27th Sep 2018, 8:38 PM edit delete reply
no, actually some creature in DnD have blindsight like bats and others have tremorsense like earth elemental's. and with tremorsense they can "feel" the vibration in the ground as you walk and can see you like that.
Rudofaux 29th Sep 2018, 2:16 AM edit delete reply
Kinda like the Graboids & Daredevil huh? I have to admit. I didn't really utilize underdark settings.
Rocktopus 29th Sep 2018, 3:09 AM edit delete reply
I've tried doing physical ink comics before.
Never again.
io 28th Sep 2018, 5:46 AM edit delete reply
I am a big fan of fantasy can't wait to see what will try to get them next. ps. is ox a dwarf or other miscellaneous species?
Rocktopus 28th Sep 2018, 6:32 PM edit delete reply
Thanks! Ox is a dwarf as well.
TerryTroll 28th Sep 2018, 8:17 AM edit delete reply
Although a magically dark room does save the artist a lot of work. "Flood Fill - Black and done. Now to add the dialog."
Rocktopus 28th Sep 2018, 6:32 PM edit delete reply
Man, you have no idea how right you are
Lurker 28th Sep 2018, 6:46 PM edit delete reply
This reminds me of "Irregular Webcomic!", where the author would often write a gag consisting of 4 completely black panels.

There was even one time when something the characters did caused the universe to implode, which led to several pages worth of 4 completely white panels with no text at all. :-P The white gradually faded out into shades of color, also lasting several pages, before finally getting to the page where "normal" comic material reappears. One of the most memorable and hilarious stunts pulled in that comic.

Of course, Marblegate may not be totally suited to this kind of 4th wall breaking gag, being more serious in nature, so I anticipate "normal" artwork in the panels with a darkness filter applied afterwards, rather than straight out black panels (though I'm also anticipating at least a few of those :-P).
io 28th Sep 2018, 11:50 PM edit delete reply
colleen is wearing green vestments noncelebratory normal time?
Rocktopus 29th Sep 2018, 1:44 AM edit delete reply
That's a work/travelling priest's outfit. Her ceremonial robes are a lot more ornate.
Garth MindFeather 29th Sep 2018, 4:16 PM edit delete reply
i was very amused by the little touch of having the final speech balloon partly in shadow. cool idea. also having the last PoV be "inside" the darkness looking out is excellent.

over on the webcomic "Ten Earth Shattering Blows" we get to see someone walk through a portal -- but not entirely from behind as they disappear. we also see what it looks like from the front.

not sure if links work here, but i thought you'd enjoy the perspective work. if the link doesn't work it's page 48,49,50 of chapter one --
Rocktopus 30th Sep 2018, 12:44 AM edit delete reply
Thank you very much! I know Ten Earth Shattering Blows well and I've talked with its creator a few times! He actually advertises Marblegate on his website.
Garth MindFeather 1st Oct 2018, 2:42 PM edit delete reply
right on. i didn't realize the advertising for webcomics on other webcomics pages was necessarily that specific or intentional. that's cool.
URBAM 30th Sep 2018, 9:20 PM edit delete reply
The darkness holds much worse than mere trickery and bogeymen.
Paul 26th Apr 2019, 9:48 AM edit delete reply
Alternate last panel:
*BONK* Dwarf walks into wall.
Dwarf: Or actually just stone painted very black.