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16th Dec 2018, 3:33 PM in Chapter 5
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Rocktopus 16th Dec 2018, 3:33 PM edit delete


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DocMesa 16th Dec 2018, 4:38 PM edit delete reply
It's an amazing coincidence that a beautiful emerald should happen to be in a dilapidated hall filled with spore infected dead bodies.
Rocktopus 17th Dec 2018, 6:45 AM edit delete reply
Yes of course...
Matt 16th Dec 2018, 4:45 PM edit delete reply
Next on Marblegate:
Rocktopus 17th Dec 2018, 6:45 AM edit delete reply
It belongs in a museum
Bookeater 16th Dec 2018, 5:58 PM edit delete reply
Hum, guys, that sure wasnt the first skeleton on this floor... Those two would be bad at games with object hidden in pictures or 'Where's Waldo' aren't they? Hey! Maybe to get the emerald, they have to answer the riddle of how many skulls they came across since they entered this floor?

Humm, people sure knew how to build a door frame then. Look at that wall! Didn't stay up for a misely thousand year.

You are sounding like a dragon Mister Dwarf, but at least you understand the principle of quality over quantity. And oh boy does it screams "TRAAAAPPPS!!!". But nice design for the jewel.
Rocktopus 17th Dec 2018, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
It's the first human skeleton they've seen on this floor thus far. Colleen didn't get a look at what was down that pit.

Though either way, she means this question for this floor in general now that she has a second to think about it.
Photomaginarium 17th Dec 2018, 7:40 PM edit delete reply
what Rocktopus said, plus this skeleton is clearly in a kind of cathedral-like environment, setting off our heroine's "jim jones mushroom-loving cult" sensors.

or perhaps just simple empathy between believers.
io 16th Dec 2018, 6:47 PM edit delete reply
faint heart never won fair treasure
however there are old mushroom hunters and bold one
but no old bold ones..
Rocktopus 17th Dec 2018, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
"Mushroom hunters"

sounds interesting
Lurker 17th Dec 2018, 9:20 PM edit delete reply
Old mushroom hunters are those who are extremely cautious at identifying what they collect before they eat it... Bold mushroom hunters simply assume that what looks edible, is edible. Needless to say, it doesn't take long before they find what they assume to be "edible" but in fact will kill them in most horrible ways.

IRL there are some mushrooms that are so toxic that 1/4 of a cap can kill a healthy adult. And there are some deadly toxic mushrooms that can be easily mistaken for a similar edible mushroom. In Marblegate, perhaps there are magically-toxic mushrooms (that will kill you dead in 19 different ways from which no resurrection magic could possibly bring you back, and that magically resist all attempts to cure the poison) that are magically-disguised (via illusion or polymorph, and have magical shielding against dispelling) as edible mushrooms. Swap a bunch of these with the real edible mushrooms at the local bar, and the next bowl of soup will be a literal bowl of liquid death... Ideas for Really Cruel GMs. :-D
BUMBLEBEE 16th Dec 2018, 7:44 PM edit delete reply
They can’t help themselves - they’ve got to go for that rock!
Rocktopus 17th Dec 2018, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
Who wouldn't? :)
Worstcase 16th Dec 2018, 8:20 PM edit delete reply
Instead of wondering who these people were, they should rather be concerned about the mushrooms growing in the skulls. The chance of a severe mushroom-brainrot infection still stands...
Rocktopus 17th Dec 2018, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
Indeed it does!
Guest 16th Dec 2018, 8:20 PM edit delete reply
That gem certainly isn't trapped at all...
Rocktopus 17th Dec 2018, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
Of course! Remember rule #1?
Vulcan 16th Dec 2018, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
I may have to include that gate and wall in a game somewhere.

Along with whatever took down the wall in the first place...
Rocktopus 17th Dec 2018, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
Hehe :)
Guest 17th Dec 2018, 8:23 AM edit delete reply
I know I am. It's going to manifest as a door just... there, like Marblegate's entrance. Not connected to anything. Do they go around it, or pick the lock and through it...
Lurker 17th Dec 2018, 9:28 PM edit delete reply
From the looks of it, whatever took down that wall must have been absolutely humongous. And I betcha that they're gonna have to go down that dark tunnel behind the gate and discover for themselves just how big (and nasty) that thing was.

And I betcha the gem is cursed, or otherwise trapped, and touching it or attempting to remove it from its place will almost certainly trigger Very Bad Consequences.

At the end of the ensuing fun, though, that gem would most certainly fetch a pretty price. They could have a major equipment upgrade after this run.
pkrankow 16th Dec 2018, 11:42 PM edit delete reply
The setting looks like treasure too.

Or is it all trap? Eye on the prize and feet on the path... well maybe eyes on the path to the prize, without distraction.
Rocktopus 17th Dec 2018, 6:49 AM edit delete reply
"Rule #1 : Assume everything is trying to kill you. Including the stands holding the things trying to kill you."
Edmund 17th Dec 2018, 5:18 AM edit delete reply
*Drunken dwarf drawl* Rule number 1 of dungeoneering, assume all treasure is trapped!

Seriously though, that's one honking huge emerald. I am genuinely curious how much one of those would be worth in GP.
I don't have much official material on me at the moment, but according to the 'tales from the yawning portal' campaign collection, an eye-socket sized Ruby from a Demilich's face is worth a whopping 50,000 GP. This one seems to be even bigger than that.
Can I get a second estimation?
Rocktopus 17th Dec 2018, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
According to Pathfinder rules (which this world is most closely based off of with bits of other games and my own designs mixed in) an emerald is worth about 5000gp
Edmund 17th Dec 2018, 5:52 PM edit delete reply
Thats still pretty freaking good. Assuming they make it out alive.
padanew 17th Dec 2018, 3:26 PM edit delete reply
Just about how many shades of brown do you have in your photoshop program?
stevie 17th Dec 2018, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
where is that damn 4th chaos emerald?
Silly Zealot 18th Dec 2018, 7:55 AM edit delete reply
Hey, darkins don't count as people? Come on, man! They are evil but they have feelings, too!
Rocktopus 18th Dec 2018, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
lol true

What's considered the distinction between a "person" and a "monster" in this world is a "person" is a member of the four civilized races; humans, dwarves, elves, halflings. At least, that's what people of those four races consider the distinction. Those lines get awful blurred when "monsters" start building simple civilizations of their own!
Sturzkampf 18th Dec 2018, 7:20 PM edit delete reply
A wizard would be handy about now to use unseen servant to get the loot. Or Monster Summoning I is always fun. Hey goblin, just walk over there and fetch the green shiny thing, there's a good fellow.
Rocktopus 21st Dec 2018, 1:33 AM edit delete reply
In my D&D group, we jokingly call summoned monsters "minesweepers"
Thracecius 21st Dec 2018, 12:57 AM edit delete reply
Archive dive finished!

I really enjoy both your art and your great storytelling. Colleen is such a sweetheart and smart as a whip (in a bookish sort of way, which is belivable and appropriate), while Randulf is both battle hardened and worn. I don't think it's a coincidence that they've ended up together, because she's definitely been a good dose of healing for his weary soul and he, while still suffering from issues of reliability, is the kind of mentor she needs to build confidence and skill, even if it's not always intentional. I suspect that these two will become fast friends in the future and become the core of a new group of experts that will eventually include Ozzi and Ox.

Looking forward to seeing how this current foray develops! :)
Rocktopus 21st Dec 2018, 1:34 AM edit delete reply
Wow, thank you so much! I'm really glad you like it! I have no intentions of stopping until it's done, so you can look forward to it!
Thracecius 21st Dec 2018, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
You're welcome! :)

I really like the concept you appear to be working with because it seems to be an untested mix of genres. I've read a few comics that are done with an RPG style narrative, both meta gaming (Darths & Droids) and PnP flavor (Yet Another Fantasy Game Comic), but this feels like it blends both an episodic adventure while hinting at a more epic storyline. Will the dungeon's apparent master seek revenge on Randulf? Will Colleen be collateral damage or will she help her newfound friend solve the riddle of the Marblegate?

Glad to see you are committed to seeing it through to the end, because I'm hooked. :)
chris-tar 18th Jan 2019, 9:44 AM edit delete reply
I hope they get the emerald and upgrade their gear.