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Rocktopus 22nd Nov 2019, 5:13 PM edit delete
Rocktopus
Some old friends are making an appearance.

EDIT: I was on the fence as to where or not to used the armored version of the shark ogre I drew, or the unarmored version.
After some consideration, I decided to go with the armored one.
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Comments:

io 22nd Nov 2019, 5:45 PM edit delete reply
hopefully for their sake there is more to the plan than enraging a monster and fleeing
Rocktopus 23rd Nov 2019, 8:31 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Let's find out if they've learned any teamwork since last time!
Bookeater_otaku 22nd Nov 2019, 5:54 PM edit delete reply
Enormous giant shark with 4 legs. The ultimate predator can now follow you home. (You go to bed, close the light and THEN you hear the Jaw song.) Love the new monster got great detail, very streamlined like a shark should be.

Like how the arrow stick out of his head. Apparently someone said "Trap? Pfff, make your trap if you want, I will kill it with just one arrow in the gill, you'll see", when they should have get their mouth shut.

But WHY did they send the dwarf, the team member with the shortest leg, to be the RUNNING bait for the giant monster?! I'll admit he is the one with the least clothing slowing him down but still...
someone 22nd Nov 2019, 9:45 PM edit delete reply
That dwarf is a berserker, so he's probably surprisingly fast for his legs.

(In D&D, barbarians have a bonus to movement speed.)
Rocktopus 23rd Nov 2019, 8:34 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Thanks! The creature is a monster I always include in my d&d/Pathfinder games called a "shark ogre".

Ox the dwarf is a former member of a berserker tribe, whose warriors are extremely fit and athletic. Ox is one of the fastest runners in the group, despite his size.
Photomaginarium 22nd Nov 2019, 5:59 PM edit delete reply
Photomaginarium
love, love, love the architecture and perspective shots, man. just thrilling. fantastic work.
Thracecius 22nd Nov 2019, 7:18 PM edit delete reply
Thracecius
I heartily agree, this is a fantastic page! That dungeon sure has a lot of surprises, and not all of them are monsters!
Rocktopus 23rd Nov 2019, 8:34 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Thanks! I'm glad you like it!
chris-tar 25th Nov 2019, 5:07 PM edit delete reply
chris-tar
Ditto.
berdhers 22nd Nov 2019, 6:01 PM edit delete reply
berdhers
For the sakes of all their skins they better bet that traps more than ready O_O
Rocktopus 23rd Nov 2019, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
I think the shark ogre is after more than just their skins...
Bookeater_otaku 22nd Nov 2019, 6:01 PM edit delete reply
Forgot to mention.

Great page, absolutely love the great view of the floor. I see that they graduated from a sewer to a waterway. Progress!... Maybe. Again it doesn't favor some of the team members, like the knight and her heavy armor.

The design on the columns (pillars??) and walls look stunning. Great to hide traps and monsters. Like, all those tentacles sculptures and low relief? Great place to put mini-chameleon krakens.
Rocktopus 23rd Nov 2019, 8:42 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Thanks!

"Chameleon Kraken" sounds like a good idea, actually...
Worstcase 22nd Nov 2019, 6:23 PM edit delete reply
The jerk-party working on their teamwork? This will be interesting to watch.
Here is wondering whether this water level might have gelantinous cubes too.
Rocktopus 23rd Nov 2019, 8:43 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
I wonder what would happen if a giant shark monster ate a gelatinous cube
Worstcase 25th Nov 2019, 8:34 PM edit delete reply
It'd get awful heartburn and die of a stomach ulster if left untreated?
Leatherhead 22nd Nov 2019, 7:04 PM edit delete reply
A Shark Dragon? That's different.
Bookeater_otaku 22nd Nov 2019, 7:25 PM edit delete reply
I think you meant to say "differently awsome". But I like your name for it, "Shark dragon". Fitting.

But seriously,there is a great level of detail here. Like the Shark-Dragon got multiple rows of teeths. Or you can see the depth of the water on the side of path with the dragon webbed paw stomping in it.

There is all the holes for the water to come and go, bars blocking smaller side passages, etc.

And in the lower case, in the upper right corner, there is that symbol like a rune present again. We saw it on other floors too, so it's not something that is associated with a particular floor design. My theory is that "Rune" is either the way that whoever is controlling the Marblegates, they are using those as camera to watch what is happening in the dungeon. Or they could be something anchoring all the floors into the dimensionnal kerfuffle that is the inside of the Marblegates. Like nails keeping everything in places.

... I wonder if there are any expert that venture into those depth in order to study runes or try to pierce the nature of the Marblegates and if we are going to meet them someday.
Rocktopus 23rd Nov 2019, 8:49 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Shark "Ogre", actually! An invention that I use in my RPG campaigns. There are scholars, and mage-college students who study marblegate as part of their master thesis. Marbelgate has been investigated quite a bit since it appeared again 75 years ago
Bookeater_otaku 24th Nov 2019, 4:42 AM edit delete reply
75 years?! Maybe I forgot about that plot point but I didn't realize so much time have passed since then. But a question rise: is it the same Archmage that we saw in the flash back from when the Marblegates appeared? Or maybe is one of it's successor?

In fact why is the Arcmage at the Marblegates? Shouldn't he be at the Wizard University or something? Doesn't his post mean he should be administrating this instead of the operation of the Marblegates? Maybe I don't understand what his job his about but shouldn't he delegates the administration of an operation like the Marblegates to someone else and concentrate on managing the school?

Or maybe it's that I don't understand what the job of Archmage does? Or the importance of the Marblegates? Even after 75 years, it must still be a political and influential... let's say "hot potato" for now. You mentioned that riches and great arcanes knowledge can be found in the Marblegates, so it's plausible that anything extracted from this deathtrap could cause great political upset if not properly monitored...

But 75 years... I wonder how long has Randolph been exploring the gates... Question: is it plausible to end up on the same floor as one you explored before? So how many time did Randolph ended up on the same floor that caused team wipe for him to end up like that?

And I am curious if Colleen and Randolph will take on a job to escort one of those mages that are doing their thesis?
Dalton Westmoore 24th Nov 2019, 5:35 AM edit delete reply
Dalton Westmoore
I sincerely hope that the Shark Dragon is an idea that you pick up.
HadACookie 22nd Nov 2019, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
So, suddenly we're cutting the "mail delivery" scene short and move straight into the middle of a "Giant Bulette Chase". What do you call that, a reverse cliffhanger?
Rocktopus 23rd Nov 2019, 8:52 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
I dunno, Colleen is about to meet one of the 6 most powerful people in the world... in his office.
padanew 23rd Nov 2019, 8:04 AM edit delete reply
padanew
My there sure are a lot of tentacles around here.
Rocktopus 23rd Nov 2019, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
DocMesa 23rd Nov 2019, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
DocMesa
I think that's a Bulette - that's the D&D name for them anyway. I'd love a barbarian that a had a bulette for a mount. That would be glorious.
Rocktopus 23rd Nov 2019, 9:20 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
It's actually a creature I use in my rpg campaigns called a "shark ogre" :)
Packless1 23rd Nov 2019, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
...we need a bigger boat...! ;-)
someone 23rd Nov 2019, 12:26 PM edit delete reply
That's a land shark, so they're gonna need a bigger cart!
Guest 23rd Nov 2019, 3:13 PM edit delete reply
Maybe a bigger land-orca? Though then there is the land-orca to consider... :).
Rocktopus 23rd Nov 2019, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
I'm holding out for the land octopus; an octopus with human feet
chris-tar 25th Nov 2019, 5:09 PM edit delete reply
chris-tar
That would be Cthulhu
magma-torra 23rd Nov 2019, 2:37 PM edit delete reply
ok first of all, amazing architecture for a sewer, second why is the trap so far away, and third why must you cliffhanger us about the message!
Bookeater_otaku 23rd Nov 2019, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
Like the reason for everything else:

"Location, Location, Location"
Rocktopus 23rd Nov 2019, 9:24 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
1. Thanks!
2. Because the shark ogre doesn't spend all day hanging around the trap, unfortunately
3. If you want to get the authentic "waiting in the receptionist office" experience, I guess you'll have to wait for that plot thread to continue!
Dalton Westmoore 23rd Nov 2019, 3:36 PM edit delete reply
Dalton Westmoore
You'd think that with all those tentacles that this would be a Cthulhu related Dungeon, but instead its got a big shark.

Nice subversion of expectations!
Leatherhead 23rd Nov 2019, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
I mean, Cthulhu could still be in the dungeon.
It's clearly aquatic-themed with the octopus motif and flowing water everywhere. And Cthulhu comes out of the ocean.
Rocktopus 23rd Nov 2019, 9:26 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
The architecture is that of a temple to the ancient kraken Tako; god of the deep sea, and of ocean predators and ocean scavengers, and of gold and treasure
Sturzkampf 24th Nov 2019, 3:20 PM edit delete reply
Sturzkampf
Perhaps there's a Sharktopus.
Photomaginarium 29th Nov 2019, 4:47 PM edit delete reply
Photomaginarium
i'm thinking more along the lines of "Sharky McSharkface."
Blackwing 24th Nov 2019, 7:44 PM edit delete reply
It's funny, I was just thinking that I might like to see an aquatic-themed level in Marblegate populated with various horrors of the Deep. I think it was Randulf's offhand mention of rum that started me thinking along those lines.
BornOnTheNinth 23rd Nov 2019, 9:10 PM edit delete reply
That's a cook sharkmonster. I really like the bizarre and creative monsters we've seen so far, and I look forward to more.
BornOnTheNinth 23rd Nov 2019, 9:11 PM edit delete reply
Typo correction: I mean to say "cool"
Rocktopus 23rd Nov 2019, 9:36 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Thanks! Glad you like them! For this one, I actually used a miniature that I own as a loose inspiration for the design
Guest 24th Nov 2019, 4:40 AM edit delete reply
wait , you also create miniatures ?
Rocktopus 24th Nov 2019, 4:50 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
I don't create them, no. I just bought this one.

I actually do have a friend from college who I play Pathfinder with regularly that does create miniatures. You can see them here:
https://www.cometlordminiatures.com/
Guest 24th Nov 2019, 9:17 AM edit delete reply
wow! really impressive!
chris-tar 25th Nov 2019, 5:14 PM edit delete reply
chris-tar
Those are the most amazing miniatures I have ever seen.
io 23rd Nov 2019, 10:26 PM edit delete reply
SWAAAANN!!!!
fo4
Sturzkampf 24th Nov 2019, 3:19 PM edit delete reply
Sturzkampf
Relax guys. It just wants you to remove a fish bone that's stuck in its teeth.
Sharp 25th Nov 2019, 1:28 AM edit delete reply
It takes a brave man to put amour on a walking shark.
Grim 25th Nov 2019, 2:05 AM edit delete reply
Everyone sees the tentacles, but I bet most people miss the octopus eyes because of their wild pupils.
chris-tar 25th Nov 2019, 5:06 PM edit delete reply
chris-tar
Fantastic update!
I would love to see a video game made of your dungeons!
chris-tar 25th Nov 2019, 5:06 PM edit delete reply
chris-tar
Fantastic update!
I would love to see a video game made of your dungeons!
Bookeater_otaku 26th Nov 2019, 7:58 PM edit delete reply
Wait. Was the armor added afterwards? I seems I remember it wasn't there before.

Is it because people kept saying it's a shark dragon and you wanted to make your point across that it was a shark-ogre?
Rocktopus 26th Nov 2019, 9:59 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
I have two versions of this page.

I was on the fence as to where or not to used the armored version of the shark ogre I drew, or the unarmored version.
After some consideration, I decided to go with the armored one.
Guest 29th Nov 2019, 6:58 AM edit delete reply
Armor implies someone's there to put the armor on in the first place, unless it's natural armor...
padanew 28th Nov 2019, 8:08 AM edit delete reply
padanew
For fun, they should be running from a giant turkey!