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13th Feb 2019, 7:06 PM in Chapter 5
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Photomaginarium 13th Feb 2019, 7:51 PM edit delete reply
Photomaginarium
don't worry Colleen, you can always donate what you want to worthy causes. make sure you divinely scry them against ripoff outfits and thieves guilds beforehand, of course. if you find you still have too much money, i myself am a worthy cause listed in the books as "Ye Old Randulf's Liver and Goodness." which you might notice, if you scramble the letters, spells "GLORY".
Rocktopus 13th Feb 2019, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
lol
Worstcase 13th Feb 2019, 8:17 PM edit delete reply
I highly suggest that they forget about town portal on their next visit and go for a new dungeon setup through the main entrance.

Either that or buy the entire jewel's worth in high percent alcohols, pour it over those mushrooms during their next visit and then throw a burning match in that room x_x
Rocktopus 13th Feb 2019, 10:20 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
I'd agree!
Guest 15th Feb 2019, 12:06 AM edit delete reply
You're still not using enough fire.
chris-tar 13th Feb 2019, 8:32 PM edit delete reply
chris-tar
Highly detailed cross section of the centipede's decapitated neck...
Rocktopus 13th Feb 2019, 10:21 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
I used an actual diagram of a centipede's innards for reference
chris-tar 13th Feb 2019, 10:48 PM edit delete reply
chris-tar
dang...
Photomaginarium 14th Feb 2019, 1:57 AM edit delete reply
Photomaginarium
right on. that's the way.
Rudofaux 14th Feb 2019, 5:05 PM edit delete reply
Rudofaux
Randulf has unlocked a new title "The Surgeon".
Stevie 13th Feb 2019, 9:09 PM edit delete reply
Time to Celebrate! or find new companions...its better to get a third of a treasure hoard than to not have backup.
Rocktopus 13th Feb 2019, 10:21 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Problem is, who wants to work with the town laughing stock like Randulf?
Haegan2005 14th Feb 2019, 1:19 AM edit delete reply
Haegan2005
Considering the money they just received, I am not so sure that they are still a laughing stock.
Bookeater 14th Feb 2019, 2:53 AM edit delete reply
Money is almost second to Reputation for an adventurer. Often, his/her own life only take third place.
Stevie 14th Feb 2019, 8:41 PM edit delete reply
¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Bookeater 14th Feb 2019, 2:58 AM edit delete reply
Is it possible...? Are we out of that BROWN hellplane? Oh sweet primary color I missed you!

And nice cross cut of the bug. Not many author would have bothered with the detail. Bravo.

Why do I feel, Randolf agreed to let his partner keep a bigger share because he was impressed or more likely dont want to loose the only partner he can work with in long while? A way to keep her from quitting after facing some of her phobia I read the dwarf correctly.
Rocktopus 15th Feb 2019, 4:15 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
You may be on to something there
padanew 14th Feb 2019, 4:41 AM edit delete reply
padanew
Study closely the dead monster body. Knowing where to stick the point thing into is important to know. Plus also Ya Victory!
Rocktopus 15th Feb 2019, 4:16 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Hooray!
landvaettr 14th Feb 2019, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
Great work as usual, I much enjoy reading Coleen& Randulf's Andventures! I Noticed the arcane glow around Coleen's Shield is off centered in the first panel, is that intentional or an omission (my guess is that the first arm you drew was lower so was the shield, then you changed the arm while the arcane glow remaining at the same spot in a hidden layer ;) Am I right did I win the internet today? Anyway keep up the awesome work Rocktopus!
Worstcase 14th Feb 2019, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
The arcane glow is the light spell Colleeen coninually casts, and it isn't centered on her shield but on the holy symbol she is holding in her hand.
landvaettr 14th Feb 2019, 1:44 PM edit delete reply
Holy shite you're right, my bad :/ it's just because most of the time the glow was perfectly centered around the buckler. Feelin dumb right now XD
Rocktopus 15th Feb 2019, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Yeah I was kinda lazy about it the last chapter, but the halo is supposed to be around the symbol, not the shield. Her hand is usually behind the shield, that's why
Oldarmourer 14th Feb 2019, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
Why do I get the feeling Colleen leveled up in Paladin, settling her fear issue and giving a little more 'oomph' to her attacks ? Wonder if 'Holy Sword' works on maces in this setting ? or if the 'bless weapon' spell exists ? looks like she ended up with a little bonus vs undead skeletons and centipedes ;)
Rocktopus 15th Feb 2019, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
She'll need better armor than leather to be a proper paladin!
Oldarmourer 16th Feb 2019, 12:49 PM edit delete reply
Maybe she has the gold for it now ?
Or maybe that leather armour means something to her ?
Or perhaps her Order forbids metal armour and edged weapons ? (never mind that a flanged mace can draw it's share of blood quite well ;) )

Either way, "Monsters are dead, loot is sold, it's shoppin' time !!!"
Sturzkampf 14th Feb 2019, 7:34 PM edit delete reply
Sturzkampf
Ah, but did Ms Colleen get back without being sick all over the floor again?
Rocktopus 15th Feb 2019, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Asking the real questions here
padanew 14th Feb 2019, 7:53 PM edit delete reply
padanew
Can you tell us about the monsters that they kill now that they are dead?
Rocktopus 15th Feb 2019, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Sure, I'll make a youtube video about it some day when I'm not so financially tight and have more free time to work on Marblegate.

But to summarize; the entire floor was covered in what is called "Party Fungus" (named after the various different fungus that make it up, looking like a party full of guests wearing different costumes)

It's a single, interconnected living organism, and also a minor (thankfully rare) epidemic-level infection that only breaks out in places where both magic and decay are in abundance. The spores are totally harmless to healthy, living creatures and can't get past their immune system. Instead it infects dying creatures and dead bodies. It runs tentacle-like roots through dead bodies and skeletons to sort of "marionette" them around (look closely at the destroyed skeleton in the first panel of Page 5-34)

More horrifically, its spores infects living things with weakened immune systems (such as the sick or dying) and can infect their brain and cause them to become disoriented, delusional, and violent (similar to rabies in dogs).

Both dead and infected hosts are used by the Party Fungus organism to kill or maim other creatures in order to create more hosts and expand itself.

Cave centipedes have formed a symbiotic relationship with party fungus; fully carriers of the spores themselves while simultaneously feeding on the mushroom's juices and nesting inside them. They are technically more aggressive and violent, too. But most cave centipede sub-species are too small and harmless to be any sort of danger. Most, anyways.

Party Fungus is most common in the Feynest (a series of magical enchanted forests that are home to wood elves and fey). What keeps a Party Fungus organism from completely overtaking the forest is actually the Carnivore Fairies, who eat the fungus and its hosts like swarms of locust on wheat fields.
Bookeater_otaku 15th Feb 2019, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
That's a very nice bio of the monsters. I hope you will find the time to do more in the future (past and future monsters) and maybe put them in the comic in the form of a bestiary that our adventurers consult after a dungeon dive.

But this also raise a peculiar questions about this dungeon. Since the Party fungus exist somewhere in the world and is not just found inside the Marblegate, does it mean it was imported into the dungeon from a previous time those doors made an appearance or it was the opposite and the fungus was exported from it and introduced into the world?

This question tie in with how the Dungeon gain it's floors. I have a theory that turn around the concept that the Gate appear in the world in order to attract and trap people and monsters in it so each 'group' or individual (if powerful enough) is given a fresh floor or some kind of territory they have to dig out and protect in order to survive. Each floor is in competition with the others for ressources.

It tie in with my other theory that the Gate doesn't just disappear, it actually goes to another world to repeat the process and attract more loot/prisoners.
padanew 15th Feb 2019, 6:37 PM edit delete reply
padanew
Thank you for telling us! It was fun thinking about what was causing this floor.
Lurker 15th Feb 2019, 10:17 PM edit delete reply
Wow! That's some pretty amazing and in-depth world-building you have going there. I didn't expect that even the Carnivore Fairies have a nice tie-in with the party fungus. (Awesome name, btw. In a sickening way. :-D) When you have the time/resources, you should seriously consider dedicating a section of the website for Marblegate lore. It'd be awesome for juicy tidbits like these to be kept in an easily-accessible place for those who are curious to learn more about this world and its inhabitants.
Guest 16th Feb 2019, 1:33 AM edit delete reply
*copies, pastes into his notepad file of "things to throw at his players" for later*
Io 14th Feb 2019, 7:54 PM edit delete reply
In the end yon whip centepede resembles summer grass winter worm. To bad it does not have medicinal value
Rocktopus 15th Feb 2019, 4:38 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
I think eating it would have the opposite effect!
Oldarmourer 16th Feb 2019, 12:53 PM edit delete reply
Have you considered instead of an intermittent schedule, publishing once a week on a fixed day ?

That might let you build up a bit of a buffer since you publish a little more than once in seven days now and also give us a little predictability and let the anticipation build to a known point.

Fridays would be good, not so many weeklies publish on Friday or so it seems.
Rocktopus 16th Feb 2019, 4:43 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Would people prefer that? That would mean less page updates a month. Would a consistent update schedule be preferable to slightly faster updates?
Oldarmourer 16th Feb 2019, 9:24 PM edit delete reply
Compromise with one update a week and a bit of lore or other artwork or somesuch on another day ? Most artists continually complain about their buffer being depleted or have nothing when an unplanned hiatus arises, stockpiling a few 'spare' strips or other things might come in handy someday, you never do know. On the other hand if you want to go daily, feel free ;)
Averest 16th Feb 2019, 9:57 PM edit delete reply
Maybe Rocktopus gets super excited about finishing a page and can't wait to show it off! But, in all fairness, a buffer would probably be a good idea.
Grim 16th Feb 2019, 10:00 PM edit delete reply
Well I'm sure everyone would love an every Friday post; but my impression is you don't have the time to produce a full Marblgate cartoon every Friday, so you post a bit more sporadically. I think a good trade off could be a full cartoon every other Friday, with old character sketches, typed up bios or lore, or pages out of your sketch book that show some of your world building. I don't know about you, but when I'm planning out a campaign I've got lots of little maps and sketches that I make around my text and story blocks. I think that would be fun stuff to see. The Erfworld comic intersperses pages of story as text in between full comics. Not saying you should do that;but it seems to work well as off-comic content and I think maps, lore, and your old sketches would be well received. Whatever you decide; love the comic! Keep up the great work
Grim 16th Feb 2019, 10:14 PM edit delete reply
Nevermind, I'm an idiot, you've been averaging more than once a week but the spacing threw me. I think a comic every Friday would be great!
Oldarmourer 17th Feb 2019, 1:02 AM edit delete reply
A description of a monster like the one just posted, or a spell from this world that we've already seen used would be a nice thing for a little filler that could go in a 'lore' section at the top of the page.

Speaking of spells, how does divine spellcasting work here ?

We seem to see Colleen praying for a spell as she casts it, which to me makes much more sense than praying for specific ones the night before, long before you know if you'll even need them.

I always considered divine spellcasting should be more like a D&D Sorcerer but a little different.

Instead of getting so many spell 'slots' for each level spell, treat it more like a 'manna pool' where you can either pray for one 6th level spell or two 3rd levels or a 4th and a 2nd, etc....with only so many 'levels' of prayer available before your deity gets tired of listening to your incessant whining and begging and stops listening for the rest of the day :) (except for maybe a low level signature spell that deity can't resist showing off with, like Colleen's light or maybe her shield spell) you could either pray wisely for small or medium ones to aid you as you go along or ask for the 'big whoomph spell' which might get you ignored faster once you ask for too many of them.
Grim 17th Feb 2019, 5:38 AM edit delete reply
I like the "mana-pool/ -prayer points" idea. May try to homebrew and test play that idea sometime.
Oldarmourer 17th Feb 2019, 12:57 PM edit delete reply
It works great, especially if you let there be a tiny chance with every high level spell cast that the deity gets irritated at being constantly pestered (adjusting that chance for differences in alignment even if the deity allows a range of believers) and drains a few XP instead...sort of like a mage having a chance to make an error in casting a spell and having it blow up in their face ;)