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Rocktopus 23rd Nov 2018, 4:09 PM edit delete
Rocktopus
Sorry about the 7 day delay; I moved in to a new place this last week and have spent most of my time packing boxes, moving furniture, and then unpacking boxes! I'm all settled now and things should be back to normal.
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StLOrca 23rd Nov 2018, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
StLOrca
Poor Colleen is not having A Good Day.
Rocktopus 23rd Nov 2018, 4:29 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
She's definitely had better, that's for sure
padanew 24th Nov 2018, 8:38 AM edit delete reply
padanew
or a goo day.
Andrew_C 26th Nov 2018, 1:12 AM edit delete reply
Andrew_C
Colleen and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Photomaginarium 23rd Nov 2018, 5:46 PM edit delete reply
Photomaginarium
CARRIE ...
Photomaginarium 23rd Nov 2018, 5:47 PM edit delete reply
Photomaginarium
welcome to your first dance, Colleen

way to wear your heart on your sleeve. literally.
Rocktopus 23rd Nov 2018, 6:52 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
I've never heard of that movie until I googled it just now; I see what you mean though
Photomaginarium 26th Nov 2018, 12:40 AM edit delete reply
Photomaginarium
way to make me feel old, dude. one of Steven King's first. i haven't seen it -- or the remake -- but the poster has long been iconic.
Guest 23rd Nov 2018, 6:18 PM edit delete reply
She's gonna need a bath. Now.
Rocktopus 23rd Nov 2018, 6:52 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Yup!
Bookeater 26th Nov 2018, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
And let me guess, the bath in the next room is the real trap?
Crinos 23rd Nov 2018, 7:30 PM edit delete reply
Ah, that's neat, so in this world instead of Gas Spores just being fungi who look like Beholder, they are Beholders who became infected with fungi, like those fungi who infect ants.

Also, I'm gonna gueess Coleen is about to start tripping balls.
Rocktopus 23rd Nov 2018, 7:46 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
If we're talking Dungeons & Dragons, Gas Spores tend to vary from setting to setting, edition to edition. In some they are fungus that look like beholders, in others, they're infected beholders, in others still, they're decaying beholder corpses that mutate into exploding spores because of all the magic still floating around in the dead body of the beholder.
Sturzkampf 23rd Nov 2018, 8:21 PM edit delete reply
Sturzkampf
Oh and Colleen? Close your mouth dear... Ah... never mind.
Leatherhead 24th Nov 2018, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
Now I am forced to wonder what it tastes like.
Rocktopus 24th Nov 2018, 6:52 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Like fresh mushroom soup, no doubt
Sturzkampf 23rd Nov 2018, 8:24 PM edit delete reply
Sturzkampf
Taking in laundry in Marblegate must be an interesting and lucrative job.
Lurker 23rd Nov 2018, 8:57 PM edit delete reply
It should literally be a booming industry, seeing as how returning adventurers would need their laundry done, and probably with industrial-strength detergent. Perhaps even wizard-grade, to disinfect magical infections. :D
Rudofaux 24th Nov 2018, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
Rudofaux
That'll wash right now.
StLOrca 24th Nov 2018, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
StLOrca
A little club soda and it’ll wash right out.
Sturzkampf 24th Nov 2018, 6:04 PM edit delete reply
Sturzkampf
Bloodstains only wash out if you use cold water.

Er... so I’ve been told.
Rocktopus 24th Nov 2018, 6:54 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Gotta pay those wizard college tuition fees somehow
Guest 23rd Nov 2018, 10:12 PM edit delete reply
She can go back to the mimic's waterfall and clean up there.

I hope she made her fortitude save not to be infected with spores...
Auraknight 23rd Nov 2018, 10:16 PM edit delete reply
Well, at least he told her to get away! If not a little late. And this is why you always celebrate victory with your mouth shut NOW, and open later, usually at a bar.
Rocktopus 24th Nov 2018, 6:55 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
It's the thought that counts
crowbar 23rd Nov 2018, 11:36 PM edit delete reply
crowbar
"We should have put newspapers down!" https://youtu.be/6fFnJNC0K0w?t=134
Rocktopus 24th Nov 2018, 6:55 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
lol yes
Dentedhelm 24th Nov 2018, 4:52 AM edit delete reply
This poor girl ohmygod
Rocktopus 24th Nov 2018, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
:(
someone 24th Nov 2018, 7:09 AM edit delete reply
This is why every character should take one level of sorcerer, wizard, or bard. Prestidigitation is a cantrip that can do your laundry.
Leatherhead 24th Nov 2018, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
No lie, it's my favorite cantrip just because you can be fresh and clean at all times. All the other cool stuff is just a bonus.
Rocktopus 24th Nov 2018, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Mending is another must-have
padanew 24th Nov 2018, 8:37 AM edit delete reply
padanew
After surviving black thurday/friday I can feel for Colleen. But good news! Blood (or whatever) washes out!
Rocktopus 24th Nov 2018, 6:57 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
But the shame... the shame never goes away,
lipa 24th Nov 2018, 8:38 AM edit delete reply
Let's hope someone has cure disease cause else she's going to be having one hell of a day.

Also reminds me of a passage in my Biology book:


mycosis: The general term for an infection in an animal by a fungal parasite is mycosis.

"Systemic mycoses, by contrast, spread through the body and usually cause very serious illnesses. They are typically caused by inhaled spores. For example, coccidioidomycosis
is a systemic mycosis that produces tuberculosis-like symptoms in the lungs.
Each year, hundreds of cases in North America require treatment with antifungal drugs, without which the disease could be fatal."[1]

[1]: Neil A. Campbell Biology A Global Approach (Global Edition) Pearson (2017) Page: 722
Rocktopus 24th Nov 2018, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Those wizards at the teleporter always scan for diseases on the way out.
Guest 25th Nov 2018, 9:01 AM edit delete reply
I've actually given two of my groups a version of that set of "detection glasses". Good times.
Packless1 24th Nov 2018, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
...but...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVv8VdHReh0
Hope it's not THAT BAD...! ;-)
Rocktopus 24th Nov 2018, 6:59 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Reminder that Super Tetanus is a disease in oldscool RPGs
ErictheTolle 24th Nov 2018, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
Oldschool rpgs are the games that gave came up with brain parasites, because players kept listening at doors.
kyrtuck 24th Nov 2018, 3:20 PM edit delete reply
kyrtuck
Its dead enough.
Rocktopus 24th Nov 2018, 6:59 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Nah, give it a few more wacks
David Argall 25th Nov 2018, 10:38 PM edit delete reply
As described, the teleport scrolls are just that. You walk a block/mile/whatever. At whatever point you want you read the scroll and are returned to the start. When you enter again, you are returned to the reading point and can continue, or you can turn around and go back to any area you have visited before [ignoring cases like you get badly hurt going down a cliff, read, heal up and return, only to find the cliff is unclimbable]. So they would seem to be able to return to any water they found. Now of course, they may well not want to. It could be water, or "water", and a cleared room is not necessarily safe. It is broke however, and so going back to town is likely wiser.
Rocktopus 25th Nov 2018, 11:52 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Oops! I meant to delete my comment and accidentally deleted the whole thread!

You're close; the teleporter scrolls take you back to the nearest teleporter room that they're connected too. When you use them outside the teleporter room, they leave an "locator" in the spot that they were used, which allows the teleporter to open a portal up again at that exact same spot, provided you still have the same used-up scroll that dropped the locator.

Those locators only last for a day or two before fading away, meaning that by now, the locator on the floor with the mimic is long gone... and so is the floor. The only way to get back to it now would be to take the stairs and hope you miraculously get the same floor you did already (which as almost never, ever happened).

Teleporter scrolls are only good for 1 use, then they're spent. But the locator that they drop can be reuesd over and over again at the teleporter room to reopen portals back to where the locator was dropped, provided it hasn't faded away yet.

Exactly how the teleporter works will be made more clear in future chapters, when it's important!
Sheepyhead 26th Nov 2018, 9:30 AM edit delete reply
HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN TO MEEEEEE
Rocktopus 27th Nov 2018, 1:34 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
♪ Mmmm watcha saaaayy...
Elderac 26th Nov 2018, 2:34 PM edit delete reply
If she has Create Water prepared, she could get a quick shower now.
Lurker 26th Nov 2018, 7:49 PM edit delete reply
In front of the drunkard dwarf? How indecent! ;-)
Rocktopus 27th Nov 2018, 1:37 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
The blood may wash away, but the memory never will
URBAM 26th Nov 2018, 9:02 PM edit delete reply
Collen's resolve is tested...
URBAM 26th Nov 2018, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
again
Rocktopus 27th Nov 2018, 1:49 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Heart Attack
Dungeoneer 27th Nov 2018, 1:24 AM edit delete reply
+100 Stress
Rocktopus 27th Nov 2018, 1:49 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
*Ragequits*
*Deletes Save*
Lurker 28th Nov 2018, 12:47 AM edit delete reply
Two days later: can't stop thinking about "what if I had done X instead of Y early on in the game" or "but what really *did* lie behind that mysterious door I never got to open?", and pretty soon, you're binge-playing the game again. From the beginning. :D
Edmund 27th Nov 2018, 2:34 AM edit delete reply
Just noticed the website photo updated!! A bit of a spoiler but good to see the team as a whole. That spell Colleen's got looks like an advanced dancing lights? Minor illusion/silent image?
Keep up the good work!!!
Rocktopus 27th Nov 2018, 5:46 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
They're not together in a group; Ozzi is just notable enough of a character to get his face on the banner!
Edmund 27th Nov 2018, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
Aw :(
Well at this point nothing is confirmed then.
On the other hand, eyes seem to be a key point in in this worlds religion of this particular diety. Is there a reason behind this? If it's a plot point I won't press but it seems like a reoccurring theme at the very least.
Rocktopus 27th Nov 2018, 7:01 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Sure, it's a bit of expanded lore. "The Eye of the Highfather" is a key symbol of the Highfather's church. The Highfather does not look like a person; his true form is indescribable and inscrutable (a bit like a benevolent, angelic-looking version of a Lovecraftian eldritch god).

The Eye is based on an excerpt from their holy scripture, where the prophet, Saint Stromulus witnessed a tiny sliver of the Highfather descending from heaven. He describes

"...and then I saw descending from the parted clouds a colossal, gleaming, writhing mass of angelic shapes that stretched in every direction as far as the eye could see. And at the center of it was a single great eye; shining like the sun. And around the eye, countless millions of terrifying angels were flocking and singing hymns too beautiful to be sung with human voices. And both the great Holy mass, and the millions of angels that flocked around it, were covered with many eyes that looked back and forth across the world.

This is how the glory of the Highfather appeared to me."
Sturzkampf 28th Nov 2018, 6:29 PM edit delete reply
Sturzkampf
Saint Stromulus would be well advised to cut back on the recreational narcotics.
stevie 27th Nov 2018, 4:39 PM edit delete reply
well that went pear shaped fast
Product Placement 27th Nov 2018, 11:08 PM edit delete reply
Product Placement
Coleen.exe has stopped working...
-> Check online for a solution.
-> Crawl into a ball.
Lurker 28th Nov 2018, 12:51 AM edit delete reply
Nah, more like:

Coleen.exe has experienced a fatal error. Mycological Scanner tests positive for a fungal infection. Quarantine, Cleanse, Delete? (Q/C/D)