Comic 104 - Do some fishing

29th May 2018, 2:46 AM in High Roads, Low Roads, Threeroads
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Do some fishing
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Morgenstern 29th May 2018, 2:46 AM edit delete
You decide to sit down and do some fishing. You don't have any bait, so you have to borrow some from the kuo-toa... but they don't seem to mind.

You take a moment to relax, and reflect on how you got here. You thought this was going to be your life; your grandfather fished in Peace Calling, and your dad fished in Peace Calling. Your dad met a woman in town, they fell in love, they got married, they had you.

You figured that's what your life would look like, too. You had a crush on a girl that worked at the local inn--you imagined falling in love, getting married, and living out your days as a fisherman.

"Sh-she... shotyoudown. Didn't she?," asks Ranse.

Inzo snickers, but contains himself.

It was... kind of the opposite, actually. When you did finally work up the courage to ask her out, she rolled with it. The two of you dated for a while, but... she didn't want a commitment.

Her whole life, she'd been told how her life would be: she'd get married, have kids, and keep working at the inn. If she was lucky, maybe she'd own it someday. She didn't want that. She wanted to buck the mold Peace Calling had built for her--she wanted to move to a big city, fuck strangers, live life. She didn't mind being friends with benefits, but... she didn't want to settle down.

...Which kind of put the kibosh on YOUR dreams, and made you re-evaluate your place in the world. You could have gotten with other girls, sure, but... you didn't want other girls. That wasn't your dream, your plan.

It made you reconsider everything. Why have a plan? Why stick to the formula? You'd been told repeatedly you had potential as an enchanter--you even had some basic tips from random adventurers that came through. You could have stayed in Peace Calling, fished for a living... either died alone, or found some other girl to marry.

But why?

Was it what you really wanted? To just follow in others' footsteps? To just stick to the script, and relive someone else's life?

You didn't know what else you wanted to do, but... maybe that was the point. You left Peace Calling with no real goal, no plan, no recipe to follow. You just wanted to practice enchantments, and... find something. Something new.

Then you got arrested at the first town you wandered into, because all the magic charisma in the world doesn't account for bad luck.

"S-small... towns. Blow," states Ranse. "That... feels like a running theme. Here. I... was going stir crazy. In Humblestart. Valley... didn't want, to settle for being, a dairy cow. In some t-tiny ranch."

"Inzo sees the glory of gobkind," Inzo adds. "Rest of tribe not see glory so much."

"That... s-still... what you want?," Ranse asks. She pauses a little. "S-settling down?"

You're not sure anymore, to be honest. Finding out that your use of magic has rendered you incapable of having kids has kind of struck a double line through your original plans. You're in uncharted territory now, switching sexes and trying to fuck a slime.

"Living... someone else's dream. Probably," Ranse jokes dryly. "I... don'treallyknowwhatIwant. Either. ...Suck a lot of magic dick. Do alchemy. That's... what I gotsofar."

"Humes need goals!," Inzo declares. "Need ambition. Inzo not settles for anything less than world dominationing."

Well, you do have ONE goal at present... and that's clearing your name, and figuring out why the panty thief looks like you.

"I..." Ranse gives a very long pause. "Was kind of mad. At first. Hearing about the thief. ...Jealous. Rumors... as he went, from... t-town to town. Shopkeeps. T-tavern girls. T-then... aristocrats. Royals. It's... s-stupid, but... but I thoughaboutit. How. Nobody wanted to steal... m-mine."

You... politely agree, that is kind of silly. You're not real sure why the thief is hijacking underwear to begin with, but it's probably nothing to do with how important or attractive or... anything, anybody is. He stole the panties off of fairies. You're still perplexed by that one. It might as well be random, at this point.

"Inzo would steal Ranse's panties," states Inzo.

Ranse heaves a sigh, and rolls her eyes. "T-thanks. I guess."

After a great deal of fishing, you catch three unimpressive trout, one of which was trapped in a dirty ring.

You offer your fish to the kuo-toa; he accepts one with a nod, but insists you keep the rest. ...As much as he can insist anything, with hand gestures and broken language. He also splits the rest of his fishing bait with you.

It's pretty cheap, common fishing bait--you suspect you could catch more interesting fish with better bait, even monster parts. Where you fish also matters a great deal; you can find fish in some very odd places. The better the bait, and the better the fishing spot, the better the fish (and other things) you'll catch. Most fish can just be sold off for quick money, but there exist special fish that make for good alchemical ingredients, engineering materials, and other supplies.

You clean off the dirty ring you found, and cast Identify on it. It's a ring of awakening, which prevents the sleep status effect.

...Something about it sticks out to you, but you're not sure what.

"I... don't know why," Ranse states. "Th-they're... pretty common. You can. Just buy those. Allovertheplace."

You're not sure, either. Just... something about the way it looks is reminding you of someth--

Mel was wearing a ring like this.

"Not at the ranch. She wasn't. I... w-would have noticed."

No. Not at the ranch. ...At the thieves guild, when you went to her room. She touched your cheek with one hand, and it had a glove on it. The other hand didn't for some reason, but it did sport a ring like this. You couldn't put your finger on it, but something felt off--it was that. She was wearing a ring to prevent sleep... and she wanted you in her room alone.

"Was going to sleep Nast," Inzo suggests. "Make out session turn into slumber party."

Ranse begins to glance aside more... rapidly, clearly turning it all over in her mind. "Th-there's sleeping potions y-you canapplywithtouch. Sh-sh-she might have... she could have dosed her l-lipstick. Y-you'd... have fallen asleep. Kissing her. N-No callingforhelp. You'd... never know."

But then what? She'd be locked in her room with your passed out body, sure, but you'd have had your party members waiting outside in case of shenanigans.

Inzo shrugs. "Maybe thief have way into secret labyrinths under town."

...You and Ranse both slowly turn to stare at Inzo.

Inzo shrugs harder. "What? Threeroads have hollow streetses. Thiefses guild too big for cellar! Run under houses. What else run under houses? What run under thiefses guild? Inzo not know how deep secrets lair goes. ...Could humes not tell?"

No, humes could not tell that there's a secret network of labyrinthine tunnels running under Threeroads.

"Inzo thought it was obvious," he says nonchalantly.

So, to recap: Mel may or may not have had sleep-inducing lipstick, and a ring to prevent it from affecting herself. You would have entered her room, had a sweet makeout session, and passed out halfway through. Then, through a possible trapdoor in her room, she'd have snuck you out of the thieves guild... probably to the local guards so she could turn you in for the reward money.

Phew. Well, that's a mystery solved. It's amazing how much you can clear your head when you go fishing.

"S-stupid," Ranse blurts out almost laughing. Just a little. Maybe a tiny one.


Green Visitor 29th May 2018, 4:04 AM edit delete reply
Great update!
G. Sansa 29th May 2018, 1:40 PM edit delete reply
Sparky 29th May 2018, 11:57 PM edit delete reply
ZincFingers 29th May 2018, 4:04 AM edit delete reply
So do we set up camp for the night or head back to town?

We should probably reinforce the fishing rod, wouldn't want to lose a decent catch to sub-par equipment.

Let Ranse know if she ever needs any help with her dream, we are at her service.
K3001 29th May 2018, 4:08 AM edit delete reply
Suggest to reinforce kuo-toa's fishing rod or other things. He was nice to us, why not?
ZincFingers 29th May 2018, 4:10 AM edit delete reply
True, it'd be a nice gesture, and it'll pay him back for the bait.
GS 29th May 2018, 9:00 AM edit delete reply
+1 for reinforcing both fishing rods. ^_^
Guest 29th May 2018, 8:58 AM edit delete reply
Camping out sounds good, it is late after all. Plus casting reinforce is a great idea.

Also i thinks its time to get some solo with ranse. Althought it seems late enough in the evening nast may turn back into a man mid game... ranse does seem to like magic at work and nast.

As for mel, wait for the next day. may be wise to be prepared for such an encounter. After all, she hasnt called the guards on you yet. There may be more to this thiefs tale yet and jumping to conclusions can be costly if botched. Eapecially when we only have two towns on our map.
Lapdragon 29th May 2018, 11:02 PM edit delete reply
+1 to reinforcing the rods (heh) - also, reinforce the LINES - fish rarely break rods, but fishing lines are another story entirely.

See if Ranse wants to reinforce our rod a bit tonight too, as we're short our normal gaggle of party members - we know she likes to watch, but I don't know how much she likes being watched, and she strikes me as needing a bit of affection (and a shot at some inspiration wouldn't hurt).
Jochi 30th May 2018, 3:46 PM edit delete reply
If Reinforce makes the rods less springy, it could actually make them less useful and possibly MORE likely to break.
Reinforcing the lines is a good idea though.
1977 29th May 2018, 4:09 AM edit delete reply
So, you can't trust thieves? If you can't trust them then I'm soo not looking forward to meeting politicians.

Seems like limiting our interactions with the thievesguild to an absolute minimum is a good idea.
Only deal with them when it's absolutely necessary.
Still want Sweet in our party though.
GS 29th May 2018, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
+1 to THAT.
Do we even need to deal with them anymore right now? If not, I say we keep away.
Green Visitor 29th May 2018, 4:13 AM edit delete reply
Noticed the fishing rod in inventory. Was this a gift? If so, show appreciation to the kuo-toa. In all cultures it is good form to exchange gifts. Offer some of the pyre ant parts, they were hard won but we can get more. Or ask Inzo if we can part with some gob juice potions. I hope we can return later with Justice.
1977 29th May 2018, 4:24 AM edit delete reply
We already shared our catch with him.
He is content with only one fish and didn't want more.
We can try offering to reinforce his fishing rod and other things.
Green Visitor 29th May 2018, 4:36 AM edit delete reply
@1977 : Good points!
K3001 29th May 2018, 4:22 AM edit delete reply
So, what is the mechanic of the magic rings? Do they work forever? Are they draining user's magic to be useful? How many rings can a person wear for them to be working? Is it possible to wear two rings on one finger? Does fingers on a feet count as "able to wear rings"?
Green Visitor 29th May 2018, 4:35 AM edit delete reply
Mel used it on a finger. And she isn`t a magic user, Ranse would have noticed at the farm.
Ghest 29th May 2018, 4:37 AM edit delete reply
I don't think any of our party members have fingers on their feet. A toe is not a finger.
K3001 29th May 2018, 6:34 AM edit delete reply
Still, it's able to hold a ring. The question is, would it work or not...
Szled 29th May 2018, 9:09 AM edit delete reply
Ever played Oblivion? If you put on an enchanted ring it gives you a *passive* effect, like make you stronger (cuz you know, magic n stuff), but in that game you may only ever wear 2 rings and 1 talisman, and the rings may not be the exact same, they would at least have to differ in name.
G. Sansa 29th May 2018, 12:53 PM edit delete reply
I suspect that in this setting, most female characters get a max of 2 magic rings, male characters get a max of 3, and somebody like Valley might max out at 4 if we could figure out how to install them.

Speaking of which, who should wear the ring? I suggest that the priority order should be Justice>Valley>Nast>everyone else, depending on who's in the party.

Justice: she can always share her protection via "status martyr".
Valley: She's the tank, and isn't stupid. I'm ready to trust her to get us out of a "sleep effect in combat" jam. Whereas Inzo as a tank already has gas protection and reach protection against touch effects.
Nast: Well, duh.

(If we do the "deliberately spring Mel's trap" trick, we should try to do it via Justice wearing the ring. That way, if Mel checks for rings, it's not visible.)
G. Sansa 29th May 2018, 1:06 PM edit delete reply
(Obviously, at night, the ring would be worn by whoever's on watch duty.)
Anonymous 30th May 2018, 4:45 AM edit delete reply
+1 for having Justice use status martyr to remove sleep, but we don’t know what is required for her to cast it. Does she have to touch the person, as with Nast’s enchantments? Does she need line of sight? The concept still works, though.
lil Joshu 29th May 2018, 4:50 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
New plan...

Get a glove. Wear sleep prevention ring. Take up mel on her offer. Act knocked out halfway through, see what she starts to do. Then there's access to the underground tunnels, catch her off guard. Have a keyword for others to burst in through door with if need be.
Hellbovine 29th May 2018, 5:50 AM edit delete reply
+1! Let's catch her off guard!
Gandalf 29th May 2018, 3:49 PM edit delete reply
+1 to this. As someone else says below: Mel is obviously a risk, so worth taking the opportunity to catch her off guard and deal with her. Big bonus if she reveals a tunnel entrance to us in the process.

No rush though: reinforce the fishing rods and rest up first. And do we have a disguise better than the sex-change potions (which are running low anyway)?
Professor Cupcake 29th May 2018, 5:54 AM edit delete reply
Professor Cupcake
Having to pretend to be knocked out seems a little too risky for my liking. She could quite easily check.

Could try to find these tunnels ourselves. Inzo seems to be a bit of an expert. If we can find the entrance Mel uses, we can have people waiting there to catch and/or follow her. It will require some trust in our party members, though.
Green Visitor 29th May 2018, 8:26 AM edit delete reply
@ Lil Yoshu : You are suggesting to use the old, "we know it`s a trap, so now we can enter it safely" logic..

Not first choice for me, but if we do it and want to elaborate a bit , (and have a plan within the plan in case she spots the ring due to some intimacy) we could do it like this:

[While doing a puzzled Mel] Nast: How strange, you`re the hottest thing but I felt so sleepy suddenly.. Luckily this strange ring I found jolted me and I`m still all here at your pleasure
[Trap is sprung] Mel: Can I see that ring, it reminds me of something ..
Nast: Sure, here, *yawns*, sleeps.
Nearby: Justice falls asleep, - whoa that status martyr specialty is handy!
Mel: Now that he is sure asleep I can talk to myself about my secret plan.
V.V.V. 29th May 2018, 1:28 PM edit delete reply
Yeah. Reinforce both rods, pitch our tent tonight, and have Inzo help us go looking for some nice tight tunnels in the morning.
Krylo 29th May 2018, 12:48 PM edit delete reply
+1 Was going to suggest exactly this. Learning about an entrance into those labyrinths could be exceedingly useful.
1977 29th May 2018, 5:57 AM edit delete reply
Next time me meet with Mel and she wants us alone we can use an elaborate excuse.

"Alone? Without an audience? Just you and I in your bedroom like any old married couple? Boooring! How am I supposed to get in the mood under such circumstances? Now, if it were a Wife in her bedroom with the danger of her husband coming home at any moment, or on the townsquare with dozens of onlookers. But without thrill of any kind? Sorry but no."
1977 29th May 2018, 6:34 AM edit delete reply
If any of you thinks that's a bit unbelievable for Nast, think again about all the sexual adventures so far.

The most 'normal' sex we had was with Valley in our tent. The rest? Future plans?

- with Valley in prison
- with Ranse in the shop
- with Lagrand in the hotel and Ranse as audience
- with a goblintribe
- with a KingSlime
- with Fairies

So it is quite believable that Nast is some kind of exhibitionist or sexual thrillseeker.
ZincFingers 29th May 2018, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
I can see that holding up in court.

"Members of the jury, I may be a perverted, exhibitionist, cross-species fornicator, gender-swapping, lover of orgies; but I am not, I am NOT, a panty thief."
Gandalf 29th May 2018, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
Why do we need an excuse? Seems like she wants us alone for ulterior reasons, so just decline unless we want to play along with a scheme of our own.
DNucleicA 29th May 2018, 6:50 AM edit delete reply
"Inzo would steal Ranse's panties," states Inzo.

Clearly Inzo DOES think of Ranse and her butt, and might want her to join his domination plans since it was only a few minutes after Ranse told Inzo "Learn my name, and we'll see" that Inzo says her name instead of just Hume. Ranse needs to call Inzo on this. =)
Anonymous 29th May 2018, 7:38 AM edit delete reply
You should go and see Mel again... ring in one pocket, goblin knife in the other. Kiss her, cast poison on her and slip the ring of awakening on. Pretend to fall asleep, then wake up and get the knife out when she opens the tunnels. You can sneak to the entertainers’ guild via the tunnels, but what to do with Mel?
Barswanian 29th May 2018, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
We should camp for the night. Unless we want to risk a night fight.
If we risk night fight on way back to town, then head back and get some sleep whatever group inn the group's found. Hopefully with one of our lovely lady friends.
Green Visitor 29th May 2018, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
About time, the disguise potion won`t last forever. I guess we have maybe 12 hours before we should leave town, or at least have the potion wear of while we are doing something interesting.

Which means the tentacle-fetish play with Ranse and Lagrand to get into the entertainers guild have to happen ASAP tomorrow morning. (we all agree on that one, right?)
Nieki 29th May 2018, 8:33 AM edit delete reply
Wow, Nast really had a mind-clearing moment, huh? It's nice to grab those, among all our Capital A Adventures and sexual escapades.

Additionally, we have a lot of stuff we didn't before--including our first magical ring. It might be common, but it's more than we had before, right?

I'd suggest camping for the night. We really have wandered a fair bit away from town, and Ranse and Enzo have really pulled their weight. ...Also, Ranse seemed to have something on her mind earlier, though I don't know how attracted she'd be to the smell of fish...
Professor Cupcake 29th May 2018, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
Professor Cupcake
Maybe we should suggest to Inzo if he wants to... ahem, be a king for a night. This feels like the best chance we'll get for the little blighter.
Green Visitor 29th May 2018, 9:01 AM edit delete reply
G. Sansa 29th May 2018, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
Inzo doesn't seem particularly into us; I think that would just be using him.

However, Inzo and Ranse... that seems to have some potential. If we could encourage them to pair off (without being creepy about it), and then watch and self-inspire, we get to test the theory about re-inspiration in disguised form giving a new version of the same spell. And of all the spell effects that would be useful in a new form... an other-directed version of Je Ne Sais Quoi would be pretty awesome.

Also, Inzo clearly wants it, and if Ranse gets off on watching she might well like to be watched as well (seems it was that way with Valley). So this would be a favor to them. We might even get some alchemical inspiration from it.

Agreed on Green Visitor's suggestion that in the medium term we should be working towards the tentacle-fetish play for Entertainer status. We should get Lagrand to suggest some "heroes overthrowing archmages" mythic framing device for it, so that we learn background info while we have fun.
SolomontheLionheart 30th May 2018, 1:30 AM edit delete reply
Nah it's already been tested with Lagrand, he fucked us first and we were inspired, then we fucked him again when we changed back to a guy, and no inspiration.
Espylacopa 29th May 2018, 12:56 PM edit delete reply
Inzo said Ranse's name.
Guest 29th May 2018, 1:00 PM edit delete reply
The trout was stuck in a finger-sized ring?
'Unimpressive' is probably the nicest way to describe how small that is...
Pseudophibian 29th May 2018, 1:30 PM edit delete reply
Agreed. It's also worth noting that we've very likely irreparably damaged a perfectly healthy marriage between two peaceful fish. Are we a monster?
GS 29th May 2018, 2:03 PM edit delete reply
Um. Guys? Our teammates may be in danger.
If Mel wants the reward for the panty thief, but we're unavailable, what's to stop her from pointing the finger at our friends as the thief's accomplices?
We need to deal with her somehow.
Preferably before she decides to cut some other thieves in and they start tracking the whole party. o_o
Placeholder 29th May 2018, 2:29 PM edit delete reply
Unless she wasn't taking us to the guards but to the actual pamty thief. Then the thief would only have an interest in us and not our allies.
Green Visitor 29th May 2018, 3:13 PM edit delete reply
The rest of the party doesn't match the description for the panty thief. Only Nast do.
GS 29th May 2018, 3:27 PM edit delete reply
But if she can persuade the guards our friends are the thief's accomplices...
016 29th May 2018, 6:13 PM edit delete reply
Without evidence?
GS 30th May 2018, 1:19 AM edit delete reply
This is a medieval-style world, mostly, from what I've seen.
Evidence may not count for much unless it's overwhelming and presented to/by higher authorities.
Krylo 29th May 2018, 4:50 PM edit delete reply
Am the only one not fully in the RansexInzo ship? I mean she doesn't seem super into it, and honestly I'd prefer not trying to set up anyone in an actual relationship.

Granted, I could just be biased as Ranse is my pixel waifu, but still.
Guest 29th May 2018, 5:14 PM edit delete reply
It's not a real relationship until Inzo finishes taking over the world.

Meanwhile, I think Ranse would be into it if Nast watches, and self-inspires, and switches genders halfway through. I mean, Ranse and Nast can have eyes locked the whole time, Inzo only cares about the other end. Then once Inzo is down for the count, Ranse can start eating the results (dual gender mixed Nast fluids!), and Nast can get a second Awakening from the ring (hey, if it's big enough for a trout...)

Or whatever. I trust Morgenstern's judgement on all of this, anyway.
Placeholder 29th May 2018, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
Most of the comments seem to just say we mention that Inzo said Ranse's name and let Ranse take it from there.
Jed 29th May 2018, 9:57 PM edit delete reply
Think it's high time Nast and Ranse had some fun the likes of which he's had with Valley and the wizard. Make camp, find a quiet secluded place and rock the alchemists world.
Eyebrows 29th May 2018, 11:47 PM edit delete reply
Hehehe. You could give her an interesting surprise if you visited her again while wearing that ring.
Sparky 30th May 2018, 12:00 AM edit delete reply
This is an amazing update and so wholesome. Fishing is great, and I love how they finally got to grab some RnR.
God knows they needed it
Morgenstern 30th May 2018, 12:44 AM edit delete reply
Hey. Due to some dumb personal stuff AND random power outages, the post I was planning for tonight is probably going to happen tomorrow. Like the last time I felt like I was taking too long, I've posted a preview of what I have up on my Patreon for the $3+ tier.

Sorry about the delay, folks.
ZincFingers 30th May 2018, 4:40 AM edit delete reply
No stress man, content like this is worth the wait.
TheMightyDragonLizard 30th May 2018, 1:04 AM edit delete reply
Okay, here's what we do, we reinforce both our fishing rod and our fishy firend before camping out for the night (with some smexy times with Ranse). Then in the morning we go back into Threeroads and update the part on the tunnels. From there we work with Inzo to find said underground tunnels and find a way to SNEAK into the Entertainers guild!
Alex Nipal 30th May 2018, 1:20 AM edit delete reply
It looks like some people want to go deal with Mel while others want to wait the night and have some fun.

+1 for waiting the night. If we want some fun we should definitely let Inzo make a move if he want: as DNucleicA and Esykacopa noticed he did make the effort to use Ranse's name. We could volunteer for guard duty and watch... the surroundings. I don't think the tent is spacious enough to spectate at a confortable distance.

I don't like confronting Mel. We only talked to her twice, the rest are only our theories. She could just be wearing that ring casually. She may find it annoying to handle her daggers with the ring on. She hasn't attacked us yet, lets not accuse her early. That said, she did tell us she wants money and we just met her, being cautious is in order.

If we do go confront Mel we should at least put the Peasant clothes before entering the town to attract less attention. We could also try to discretly Identify her ring if we can, but it is unlikely an untrained dude like us can pull it off.

+1 for reinforcing the fishing lines, if they are not yet enchanted. If the spell is that cheap and lasts forever the crafters may enchant them before selling them.

Finally, thanks for the details on Nast's upbrignings. If our ex wanted to move to a big city we might cross her path. It might be nice to have a character we are romantically attracted to. Now that Nast no longer want to settle down we might have a chance to get back together, and I don't think she'd mind if we have sex with others too.
Gandalf 30th May 2018, 2:11 AM edit delete reply
I don't think anyone said to confront Mel, only to go visit her prepared against possible funny business.

No hurry though.
Twelveseal 30th May 2018, 1:31 AM edit delete reply
My suggestions:
1) Reinforce the fishing rods, including the lines. Good for us and a nice thank you to our fishing buddy.

2) +1 to sexing Ranse tonight, possibly timing it for a mid-act gender reversal. I like that Inzo is a bit more open about his interests, but it feels like the chemistry between Ranse and Inzo isn't up to snuff yet. Maybe we can have Nast and Inzo threeway her at some point in the near future. If she likes tentacles, she might be open to a gangbang with the boys.

3) See if we can fit that ring on things other than fingers. It might be able to resize on the fly to fit different creatures. Nast could use that to potentially turn it into a toe ring that can be hidden from Mel just by keeping his socks or shoes on. If he doesn't pass out during the screw, her plans are going to have to change. Who knows, self inspiring with it as a sizable sex toy might give us a sleep spell or something.

4) that cave might be part of a smuggling tunnel connecting to the tunnels under the city and to the thieves' guild. Don't camp near them, especially if you light a fire.
Lavitz 30th May 2018, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
Sonico 30th May 2018, 8:44 AM edit delete reply
Still in favor of the Lagrand & Nast Magical Bukkake Xtravaganza as a way to jumpstart Ranse into the right direction. :D
1977 30th May 2018, 9:04 AM edit delete reply
Just wanted to say something about our future plans with Mel and the Guilds.

First about Mel: Some have suggested poisoning her. When you read the info about statuseffects you can see that poison in this setting is extremely powerful, so they are saying we should outright kill her. I see no reason to go this far. Especially considering the info about the thieves guild and their policies about murderers. We would essentially murder a thief within their own guild! Do you really think we would come out of this alive?

Another thing was using the tunnels to sneak into the entertainers guild.
While it is sure useful to know more about the tunnelnetwork, why should we sneak into the E-Guild?
Sneaking into a buildung doesn't help you getting a membership card.
We want to hire entertainers, not rob them.

People seem to forget that we want to clear our name, not become the most wanted criminals in the realm. So far the only illegal thing we did was the prisonbreak. Everything else was perfectly legal adventuring.
G. Sansa 30th May 2018, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
I think that we should not be trying to set up Ranse and Lagrand.

This is a fantasy setting in more ways than one, so there's going to be plenty of sexytimes for all. But not being creepy means being alert to everyone having a good time and not feeling pressured. Ranse is all about the smells and she doesn't like the smell of witchcraft. We should not ignore that.

I totally support Ranse getting her tentacle on, but that's what King Slime is for. As an alchemist, I think Ranse would actually be pretty interested in King Slime, and in this setting scientific interest can easily shade over into sexual interest.

What would King Slime get out of this? Insofar as she gets sexual gratification, it's likely to be at least somewhat abstract, so we should be trying to have something else for her to get. Her base-level motivation as a slime is eating; her rational motivation is general curiosity/learning and resolving the goblin conflict. So here's how I'd play it:

- Ask Ranse about the plotlines of the literature she's seen. Look especially for anything that involves historic epics (comparable to the side-plots in the Ramayana) so that we learn something from it.
- Recruit Slimey, telling her that it will help us find an entertainer and thus resolve the goblin thingy.
- Form a party with Nast, Ranse, and Slimey. Set up a private viewing session for entertainers and/or entertainer-clients.
- At the viewing session, start with epic framing device / cosplay.
- Nast "deposits" "food" in interesting parts of Ranse.
- Slimey eats the "food" tentacle-style.
- Perhaps at the same time, Ranse gets to be eating more of the same food (which Nast is able to produce with intimate use of the ring of awakening, and because he eats special cake beforehand).
- While we have special cake, we should give some to Slimey and see if it helps increase her humanoid-style libido.

All of this would take at least 4-6 episodes to carry out, plus adventures en route. That's a lot so we should stay flexible and roll with events.
G. Sansa 30th May 2018, 10:12 AM edit delete reply
But we could start tomorrow AM by going to Humblestart (with an improv diguise) and getting books and making party changes there.