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Rocktopus 29th Oct 2018, 2:08 PM edit delete
Rocktopus
If only I could remember the name...
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stevie 29th Oct 2018, 2:20 PM edit delete reply
its not a beholder ,but rather just a holder
Rocktopus 29th Oct 2018, 4:01 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Literally, look at those eye stalks
DocMesa 29th Oct 2018, 2:35 PM edit delete reply
Ah, so if its not a real one, does that mean its just a...

*sunglasses*

...placeholder?
Rocktopus 29th Oct 2018, 4:02 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Ow, right in the puns
Lurker 29th Oct 2018, 4:57 PM edit delete reply
It's an eye-holder! Look at the eyestalks!

But more disturbingly, what ARE those mushroom things growing out from its ears? Methinks something is dreadfully wrong with this part of the dungeon... the fungi seem to have infested not just the place, but also the denizens... and probably will also infest any foolish victims that would venture in carelessly...

Now try imagining Colleen with mushroom caps growing out of her nostrils... EWWW.
knight from the edge 29th Oct 2018, 5:16 PM edit delete reply
hmmm....i cant tell if its a spectator or a gazer, either way its dangerous keep your guard up girl!!!!
Rocktopus 29th Oct 2018, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
I'll give you a hint... Gazer's are the size of house cats...
kyrtuck 29th Oct 2018, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
kyrtuck
Great panel layout!
Rocktopus 29th Oct 2018, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Thank you!
Photomaginarium 29th Oct 2018, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
Photomaginarium
there are some great Ted talks regarding fungi on youtube lately. one of my players insisted on being a mushroom warrior in a sci-fi game i'm running after watching a few. looks like this holder might have gotten hold of too much of a good thing though. as Dr Gonzo said, "You took too much, man, you took too much, too much ..."
Rocktopus 29th Oct 2018, 8:30 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Everyone likes mushrooms! Something about them is undeniably interesting, even if you don't know what
Worstcase 29th Oct 2018, 6:27 PM edit delete reply
The mushrooms seem to be a far bigger threat than the actual monster.
I can't really remember if the teleporter checkup-point is prepared for detecting spore infestations - that could cause a really nasty sort of plague 'upstairs'.
Product Placement 29th Oct 2018, 7:06 PM edit delete reply
Product Placement
Before you know it, we're gonna be dealing with The Last of Us - D&D edition.
Rocktopus 29th Oct 2018, 8:42 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Disease is an underrated, underused thing in fantasy games
Photomaginarium 29th Oct 2018, 11:59 PM edit delete reply
Photomaginarium
right there would be a mind-blowing Netflix movie. a mashup of Lord of the Rings and Contagion.
Lurker 30th Oct 2018, 10:47 PM edit delete reply
My favorite RPG diseases are the humorous kind.

One game I used to play featured treasure chests with diseased-needle traps, and one of the diseases you could contract gave you stomach aches and then you start defecating eggs. "Cluck cluck cluck... you lay an EGG. You feel ridiculous."

Of course, in addition to the humorous aspect, the disease also gave you some stat penalties (like -1 CHA... pretty obvious, if you're laying eggs!).

Another funny disease is Flaming Farts. 'Nuff said. :D
Photomaginarium 3rd Nov 2018, 12:24 AM edit delete reply
Photomaginarium
i just recently watched the pilot for the 2018 live-action version of THE TICK on Amazon prime. a "party" of 5 super-heroes was blinded by weaponized syphilis, and then ... things got worse. totally had me cracking up.
someone 29th Oct 2018, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
Whatever it is, there's no beauty in its eye.
Rocktopus 29th Oct 2018, 8:40 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
There IS some puss, though!
Sturzkampf 29th Oct 2018, 7:30 PM edit delete reply
Sturzkampf
Given the rest of the flora, I was wondering if it's a gas spore, but I can't see any tether. Probably not a beholder. They've been in view for at least 15 seconds and it hasn't tried to kill them yet.
Rocktopus 29th Oct 2018, 8:41 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Beholders are insane, after all...
Edmund 29th Oct 2018, 10:21 PM edit delete reply
Maybe it's a super duper OLD beholder?
Guest 29th Oct 2018, 10:49 PM edit delete reply
If it is a gas spore, that's a mean way for Randulf to get Colleen her self confidence...
Lurker 30th Oct 2018, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, a gas spore to complement all the *other* spores floating about everywhere here. Fits right in. :-D
David Argall 30th Oct 2018, 12:42 AM edit delete reply
This critter seems to be a home brew, and I will go with my likely wrong instincts on how to deal with it.
Approach and talk, offer to cure it, in exchange for treasure. Take great caution since the odds are great it will try to kill her, but... almost every dungeon has at least one critter that is no threat or highly helpful to the adventurer. This is to make the adventurer hesitate the next time when a real threat is encountered. Whoever stocked this dungeon doesn't think much of that tactic. Our dwarf seems to have never encountered such a nice monster, but that does not mean the number is zero. rare yes, but he may have just not taken a chance and attacked no matter how peaceful the monster tried to be. [And we already know a peaceful looking monster can be a vicious threat, so this is not an unreasonable strategy.]
So approach cautiously, assuming an attack at any time. At what seems a safe distance, talk, ask about it's sickness, offer to try to cure, in exchange for payment. be wary of any deal, but willing to make a deal. She will likely have to be rescued again, but it wouldn't do to just kill the innocent, unlikely that this is innocent.
Lurker 30th Oct 2018, 10:38 PM edit delete reply
I dunno, based on what Randulf himself said about this dungeon, it's not the kind of place where innocent creatures dwell. Literally *everything* is out to kill you, for no good reason other than that they're out to kill you. It's *that* kind of place.

Though in this case, I'm not sure the (whatever)holder is the primary threat here. It's the ubiquitous fun guys... :^D I'd be more wary of the spores than this old hag of a holder.
Rocktopus 31st Oct 2018, 3:11 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
@Lurker Don't forget 3-49 ;)
David Argall 1st Nov 2018, 5:08 AM edit delete reply
Dang. I had forgotten it. And our dwarf even said it was harmless [Well, not precisely, and it might still prove deadly, but when every thing else seems to threaten immediate death, or worse, the worst it could be seems a life long friend by local standards.]
So our current foe could be "friendly" and a less than all-out war approach may be best. But there are counterpoints to consider. DMs usually keep "good" monsters rare, and having used one, may not use another for some time. Using a 2nd this soon seems dubious. And our dwarf knows this one too, and doesn't think this one should be ignored. He deems it weak and suitable for slaughter, but seems to feel it will kill PCs if it gets the chance.
I'll stick with the idea of a "friendly", but very cautious approach. It's high risk, but even murder-hobos should be nice people.
io 30th Oct 2018, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
is there an opthamologist in the house
Lurker 30th Oct 2018, 10:35 PM edit delete reply
What do you call opthalmologist jokes?

...

Vitreous humor.
Rocktopus 31st Oct 2018, 3:10 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
What do you think the medical coverage is like in Marblegate?
John190 30th Oct 2018, 9:36 AM edit delete reply
Ha! They Eyeholder looks like me on the monday morning.
Rocktopus 31st Oct 2018, 3:10 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
That looks like me every day
Rudofaux 30th Oct 2018, 3:18 PM edit delete reply
Rudofaux
I can relate to how he looks.
Rocktopus 31st Oct 2018, 3:09 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
mfw
padanew 30th Oct 2018, 3:27 PM edit delete reply
padanew
Its funny that everyone comes into the dungeon to kill no one comes into the dungeon to trade. Just think about how much a few gallons of eye wash would go for?
Lurker 30th Oct 2018, 10:33 PM edit delete reply
But what will you be paid with? Eye pus? I suppose that could be useful as currency with certain ... denizens ... but still.
Rocktopus 31st Oct 2018, 3:09 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Who says no one does? :)
Bookeater 30th Oct 2018, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
Look like its Brown Fungal Flu season in the dungeon too. Or he got a conjunctivitis.

The room look interesting. The monster seem to have been placed there to guard the place, which look like a study room of some kind, but the fungus invaded, infecting the monster bound to guard the room.

Since it look like the mushrooms are invading they're probably not from this floor and are probably from another one who is trying to get more territory. It also mean that probably most of the original defence of this floor could have been affected by the fungies.

Back to the room, lots of knick-knaks around, so once they secure the room, it's time to loot everything that's not nailed down! I spoted a tall urn, a telescope, a neat little book on the shelves, a jar with something in it, maybe a book or two, some mischalenous and two closed cupboard. And that's only what we see with the the few angle with have here.

I am impressed with all the different shade of brown I can see with just this page alone. I think once this chapter is over, we will be sick of that color!
Rocktopus 31st Oct 2018, 3:16 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Believe me, I'm going to be sick of brown a lot more than you when this chapter is done!
crowbar 31st Oct 2018, 1:13 AM edit delete reply
crowbar
That is the most pathetic-looking beholder I've ever seen (and I mean that in the best way possible).
Rocktopus 31st Oct 2018, 3:17 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Not his best day, that's for sure!
DaveP 31st Oct 2018, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
Ophiocordyceps unilateralis.
Or the magic version thereof.
Rocktopus 31st Oct 2018, 3:20 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
That's a scary thought
melaredblu 1st Nov 2018, 5:46 AM edit delete reply
melaredblu
In this dungeon are many wonders and treasures. Visine is not among said treasures.