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9th Aug 2019, 7:36 PM in Chapter 6
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Rocktopus 9th Aug 2019, 7:36 PM edit delete
This page almost killed me, but here it is!


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lirvilas 9th Aug 2019, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
‘Tis a superb page!

Also: the Highfather forbids artists to die from cranking pages...
Rocktopus 10th Aug 2019, 4:49 PM edit delete reply
I may yet break that commandment
Worstcase 9th Aug 2019, 8:45 PM edit delete reply
If the villagers are smart, they keep their healer a secret from their lord.
But likely there will be a point where the villagers will demand too much of Colleen.
Rocktopus 10th Aug 2019, 4:49 PM edit delete reply
We'll see ;)
Worstcase 10th Aug 2019, 7:03 PM edit delete reply
Possible future scenario:

Frankenfurt finds out they have a buding healer in his land and demands that she serves in the army, so he can send his men right back to the battlefield after they get wounded. Not to mention repair broken weapons and purify spoiled rations.

But then Colleen is not at that level yet - as even he might realize - after it is pointed out to him.

So he sends her to clerical training - for 'gaining more power' and also so she can survive the battlefield for longer than half a minute.

He likely pays some money to the church for the expenses - and thus invents the student loan.

Which Colleen now has to earn back in Marblegate, if she doesn't want to be sent to Frankenfurt's army.
DanMan 13th Aug 2019, 9:26 PM edit delete reply
Could happen, but based on page 6-10 she wnet adventuring to earn money to save her town from the Draft.

Also that way she can go back and hook-up with Patrick-the-awesome-knight. Though based on time spent developing characters she will more likely become entangled with Ozzie-ditch-your-frends-chump-rouge.
Edmund 9th Aug 2019, 8:51 PM edit delete reply
And people say the mending cantrip sucks
Rocktopus 10th Aug 2019, 4:50 PM edit delete reply
In a regular, every day life scenario, Mending is life-altering
Andrew_C 12th Aug 2019, 10:07 AM edit delete reply
Or of you have a 150 foot cliff and 2 100 foot ropes, then a mending cantrip is much stronger than a knot. Lots of similar situations that could come up during adventuring. And then there's the routine maintenance of gear. I think you can use mending cantrips as a justification for most systems (even Rulemaster, IIRC) glossing over it.

And cone to think of it, if you need to build something and all you have is weak, rotten, knotty pine could several mending cantrips strengthen it enough? Although that's stretching the limits of the rules and the GM's tolerance.
Sensei Le Roof 12th Aug 2019, 3:10 PM edit delete reply
You couldn't use mending to make two ropes into a longer rope unless they used to be consecutive pieces of a longer rope in the past. Two ends of rope are not "damage to an object".
Andrew_C 12th Aug 2019, 3:57 PM edit delete reply
True, but I knew a couple of rules lawyers who could talk GM's into anything. I'm sure they could have found a way around that. Could be interesting watching them rules lawyering sometimes, but usually just extremely annoying.
DanD 26th Dec 2020, 7:17 PM edit delete reply
There are a lot of relatively low level things in D&D that could earn the adventurer a really good living. Mending is definitely one of those, but (3.5/Pathfinder) simply maxing out a crafting slot in something practical would do exactly the same.

The rules, and especially the prices, are definitely weighted towards adventuring, not day to day reality.
Zudz 9th Aug 2019, 9:19 PM edit delete reply
It's interesting that she theoretically /could/ cast more, but the price is prohibitive. Seems like a Checkov's... Spell slot?
Rocktopus 10th Aug 2019, 4:50 PM edit delete reply
Theoretically, yes, she could kill herself you cast one more spell
Averest 9th Aug 2019, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
Someone's definitely gonna blab.
Rocktopus 10th Aug 2019, 4:51 PM edit delete reply
How could you keep such a thing a secret ;)
Darkening 9th Aug 2019, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, it's always a bad time when folks run out of mana and start casting from HP.
MajorDZaster 9th Aug 2019, 10:06 PM edit delete reply
For balance, just make sure all the heal spells restore LESS hp than they cost to cast.
Otherwise you're looking at a ton of 'self life transference' shenanigans.
Lurker 9th Aug 2019, 10:51 PM edit delete reply
AKA a magical perpetual-motion machine. :-D
Rocktopus 10th Aug 2019, 4:51 PM edit delete reply
But it's worth it, right?
Lurker 9th Aug 2019, 10:53 PM edit delete reply
Now I'm wondering how all this ties in with the Duke demanding the peasants pay more than they possibly can. My suspicion is that Colleen is about to find herself in high demand, likely against her own wishes.
Rocktopus 10th Aug 2019, 4:52 PM edit delete reply
Bookeater_otaku 10th Aug 2019, 3:21 AM edit delete reply
That's one way to train and get experience. A little experimentation mixed in and you get a solid base.

It's always good to find out what you can and can't do. Sometimes it's the little sub-abilities and little everyday little tricks that are more useful. I like how she could remove blight from potatoes! For a farming community, it's pratically a priceless ability.

Hummm... I bet being blessed and being able to do all that just made her harder to marry a little but. She is more "valuable" now (as horrible as it sound) so her parents might have begun to get some more offers for her hand. Or it's the opposite and it's turning away prospect husband...

I wonder when she will get her training in fighting...
Rocktopus 10th Aug 2019, 4:52 PM edit delete reply
That certainly threw a wretch in their arranged marriage plan!
padanew 10th Aug 2019, 4:35 AM edit delete reply
You can be a blessing to those around you. You just have to find out how that blessing is needed.

Also, Good news flies far and fast.
Rocktopus 10th Aug 2019, 4:53 PM edit delete reply
Very fast!
Packless1 10th Aug 2019, 2:34 PM edit delete reply
Don't know...
It's a 'double-edged sword...!
Very useful in case of REAL emergency...
...but o.t.o.h. people tend to rely on the easy way...!
...b.t.w. what would e.g. the carpenter say, if she puts him out of business...? (middle panel, left picture)

People get used to it, and unlearn to do stuff the 'normal' - and more difficult - way...!
Like in RL...! Many people would be helpless today without their Smartphones...!
Or, who still knows today, how to navigate by map, when every car has GPS today...?

And IF (i don't hope so) she breaks down, the village will be screwed...!
...and it can, and - i'm afraid - WILL happen to her...! :-(

Her mentor warns her for good reason of course...!
Rocktopus 10th Aug 2019, 4:55 PM edit delete reply
Her powers are still limited to only a couple uses a day at this point, so she's definitely not putting anyone out of business!
Sturzkampf 10th Aug 2019, 3:51 PM edit delete reply
I trust the villagers are donating a small token of their appreciation.
Rocktopus 10th Aug 2019, 4:54 PM edit delete reply
In a small village, everyone helps everyone like family!
chris-tar 10th Aug 2019, 4:57 PM edit delete reply
Cool! Coleen could have prevented the Irish Potato famine!
Rocktopus 10th Aug 2019, 4:59 PM edit delete reply
Curse D&D fantasy worlds not being real!
BornOnTheNinth 10th Aug 2019, 9:13 PM edit delete reply
That might surpass the limits of her powers. Either that or Charles Trevelyan would have thrown her in prison.
Andrew_C 12th Aug 2019, 10:11 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, way beyond the limit of her powers, to cure potato blight in a whole country would need a miracle. Also the famine itself was politically engineered. The UK could have fed Ireland if they needed to, it was a deliberate and considered choice not to. Much like the Bengal Famine during WWII and the Holodomer.
BornOnTheNinth 10th Aug 2019, 9:14 PM edit delete reply
How bad was that injury in the first image? Did Colleen save that guy's life?
ErictheTolle 11th Aug 2019, 1:28 AM edit delete reply
In the post AD&D editions Im familiar with, if the guy was dying from being below 0 hit points, then a 1-point healing cantrip will bring him back up to 1 hit point.
io 11th Aug 2019, 4:51 PM edit delete reply
It is like saint theresa of avila said if this is how you treat your friends no wonder you have so few
Frosty 12th Aug 2019, 5:38 PM edit delete reply
TWI sends it’s readers over here. Looking forward towards reading your story :) looks promising
Rocktopus 12th Aug 2019, 10:25 PM edit delete reply
Yes, I've noticed! Welcome here!
Sim 12th Aug 2019, 7:37 PM edit delete reply
Was that Lenin she healed?:)
crowbar 13th Aug 2019, 2:48 AM edit delete reply
Just wanted to let you know how much I'm enjoying Marblegate.
Rocktopus 13th Aug 2019, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
Thanks for saying so! I hope I keep earning your readership!
Wanderer 13th Aug 2019, 2:01 PM edit delete reply
Overcasting yourself to death is a horrible way to go. Headsplosions!
giodan 14th Aug 2019, 5:12 PM edit delete reply
heard of this comic from the The Wandering Inn webnovel and is really good!!!! keep it up!!!!
Rocktopus 14th Aug 2019, 5:58 PM edit delete reply
Thanks! I will definitely keep it up!
magma 16th Aug 2019, 4:01 PM edit delete reply
does this comic series have any concrete upload schedule i somehow missed or is it just whenever a page is done?
Rocktopus 16th Aug 2019, 4:23 PM edit delete reply
New page every Friday!
If you are in a different timezone, it may be on Saturday.