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Rocktopus 1st Oct 2018, 10:34 PM edit delete
Rocktopus
Hey guys! October already? We're coming up on Marblegate's 2 year anniversary in only a month! I can barely believe it! Thanks so much for reading and for all of your awesome comments and feedback! There's still a long ways to go but hopefully updates will pick up speed again in 2019.

Also, there's a new round of voting for the month on TopWebComics if you have a sec to click below and vote.

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Guanabana 2nd Oct 2018, 1:19 AM edit delete reply
Its Spook Time.


Also, Yai Aniversary
Guanabana 2nd Oct 2018, 1:40 AM edit delete reply
Also -May be next year this may become a Thing-.

Im Sorry My Little Girl, but: Here, There be Dragons...

-And a lot of Actual tangible Evil Stuff-
Rocktopus 2nd Oct 2018, 11:02 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Thank you! It is indeed Spooky time
Guest 2nd Oct 2018, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
Lets see what are we gonna run into there? Shadows? Shadow Demons? Shadow Mastiffs? Destrechan? The possibilities are endless! And terrible!
Rocktopus 2nd Oct 2018, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
I would think a Shadow is a bit redundant in Magical Darkness, tbh; like a water elemental while under-water.
Guest 4th Oct 2018, 1:09 AM edit delete reply
Shadows would be perfect, since no one could see them or even be aware that their Strength scores are being drained.
Rudofaux 2nd Oct 2018, 3:31 PM edit delete reply
Rudofaux
So she is actively keeping her symbol active. All this time I just thought it had a really long duration time.

Reading back, she did say she can keep the lighting up without problem.
Lurker 2nd Oct 2018, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
Yeah well, she can keep her light up in *natural* darkness, but this one here is *magical* darkness. It's darkness that defies the laws of physics, and persists in being dark in spite of whatever light source you may attempt to bring into it.

One can only shudder at the thought of who might have deliberately created this magical darkness, and for what purpose. What are they trying to hide?
Garth MindFeather 2nd Oct 2018, 4:59 PM edit delete reply
my guess is they were hiding peanut butter sandwiches and ramen noodles.
Lurker 2nd Oct 2018, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
Looking at the swirly edge of the darkness in panel 1, for example, I'm inclined to think you're right. :-P It's a particularly dark variant of peanut butter -- maybe it has a high concentration of chocolate, and ramen in black soup, probably black bean soup. :-D
Rocktopus 2nd Oct 2018, 11:05 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Or maybe it's a giant Black Pudding ooze!


And yes, she can keep her light going more or less indefinitely, even when she's not paying attention.
io 2nd Oct 2018, 6:54 PM edit delete reply
To what end does it wait a century to appear. is it hiding it's tricks? Or perhaps it seeks to influence history.
Lurker 2nd Oct 2018, 7:59 PM edit delete reply
My personal theory is that Marblegate, i.e., the gate itself, is a portal to some other plane where the dungeon actually exists. When the portal disappears, it could just have been moved back to its home plane... or to a different world to lure different people in.
Rocktopus 2nd Oct 2018, 11:09 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Good question! I can't say, but what I can say is Lurker is mostly correct.

It's known to the mages who study the Gate that the "inside" of Marblegate isn't underground; it's in its own dimensional space. More on that in some unspecified future chapter!
Worstcase 2nd Oct 2018, 7:38 PM edit delete reply
Colleen said she can keep up the magical light without any strain on her - but does that qualify as training when she keeps it up all night as well?
And seriously I wouldn't call that a bad decision to keep it on in a lightless basement while she is resting. In case of emergencies she doesn't have to search for her weapons and stuff in the darkness.
Aside from that it is much safer than a candle - seeing that the entire cellar is furnished with wood.
Rocktopus 2nd Oct 2018, 11:12 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Correct on all fronts!
padanew 3rd Oct 2018, 12:30 AM edit delete reply
padanew
Nothing wrong with a night light. And long term use of magic means you get better at using it right?
Rocktopus 3rd Oct 2018, 3:53 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Yup! In this world, mortals aren't meant to channel the powers of gods through them; so the ones that can have to slowly get used to it.

The more comfortable with channeling the powers of an immortal god through their mortal body they get, the less likely clerics are to be overwhelmed by the divine power and explode into featureless piles of gore.
padanew 3rd Oct 2018, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
padanew
Come worship me! 25% less exploding clerics!
Sturzkampf 3rd Oct 2018, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
Sturzkampf
What's the blast radius and damage? Could be the only way our cleric will ever manage to do any damage.
Rocktopus 5th Oct 2018, 2:02 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
"explode" isn't the right term; it's more like "melt apart"
padanew 5th Oct 2018, 2:32 AM edit delete reply
padanew
So like Ark of the Covenant then? Just remember don't look at the Ark.
Rocktopus 5th Oct 2018, 4:49 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Kinda like that, yeah
padanew 5th Oct 2018, 5:38 AM edit delete reply
padanew
Be sure to bring a mop and bucket to clean up your clerics mess.
Sturzkampf 3rd Oct 2018, 7:13 PM edit delete reply
Sturzkampf
No worries. True bravery is being terrified of something but doing it anyway.
Rocktopus 5th Oct 2018, 2:00 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
True!
noone 3rd Oct 2018, 9:45 PM edit delete reply
... isn't it amazingly careless and stupid NOT to be afraid and careful of the dark in extremely hostile territory, where there are both enemies, traps and dangerous terrain and environment?
Rocktopus 5th Oct 2018, 2:00 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
That's one way to look at it, yeah :P
noone 6th Oct 2018, 3:29 PM edit delete reply
One way to look at it? Isn't it the "maybe succeed and avoid dying horribly" way to look at it? But of course, Randulf seems to not really care, so... he might want to start caring and stop whining :).
URBAM 4th Oct 2018, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
Darkness closes in, haunting the hearts of men.
Rocktopus 5th Oct 2018, 2:00 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
It's dark but it's not Darkest Dungeon dark!
URBAM 5th Oct 2018, 3:49 PM edit delete reply
sorry, but i will keep shouting those quotes.
Forever.
and Ever.
And Ever.
Ever
8)
io 5th Oct 2018, 1:25 AM edit delete reply
can you brandish your holy symbol from behind a buckler?
Rocktopus 5th Oct 2018, 2:00 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
I don't see why not