Comic 109 - Slice your way free

1st Jun 2018, 2:12 PM in High Roads, Low Roads, Threeroads
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Slice your way free
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Morgenstern 1st Jun 2018, 2:12 PM edit delete
Morgenstern
Justice uses her Status Martyr ability, taking Valley's paralysis onto herself. Valley turns her sword vertically, using it as a shield to deflect another lunge from the tingly toad... and a subsequent lunge from a second of the amphibians. Valley continues to block their bounces while Justice recovers from being paralyzed, which rarely lasts very long.

You cast Poison on the skelecan, then use your wand to wind slice your way out. It doesn't kill the skelecan outright, but it does do a hefty chunk of damage, slashing its throat pouch wide open. You spill out and tumble through the air, awkwardly using your wind wand to slow your fall toward the dock.

Justice recovers, and Valley attempts to get a hit on the toads. However, the toads are very small, and very... well, jumpy. By the time she gets a full swing going with her zwei, the toads have already moved. Valley has a lot of power, but can't seem to swing fast enough--not that way, at any rate.

She changes her grip on the weapon and, with a bit more effort... swings it horizontally, sweeping it across the top of the dock. She takes one of the tingly toads out entirely, practically obliterating it. The other leaps straight up and over the swing of the zwei, and spits... some sort of acid straight into Valley's face.

"Gah!"

It doesn't look that potent, but it does give her some pause. Meanwhile, the third toad is still hanging back, perhaps looking for an opportunity to strike.

The skelecan continues to soar overhead, looking for its own chance to move back into the fray. However, the poison you inflicted it with is steadily taking its toll--all you really need to do is wait it out.

Comments:

Korsha 1st Jun 2018, 2:33 PM edit delete reply
Quickly lick the third toad, hoping for inspiration! You'll most likely get paralyzed, but hopefully Justice will come out of it, and be able to martyr again.
GS 1st Jun 2018, 2:49 PM edit delete reply
... -1. That's not how toads have sex. Besides, Nast only gets inspiration from humanoids; he's an Enchanter, not a Summoner. ^^;
1977 1st Jun 2018, 3:53 PM edit delete reply
@GS
While I agree that licking a toad don't equal sex we don't know if Nast only gets inspired from humanoids.
Until now we just never had the chance for sex with monsters.
It is definitely something we should think about.
Tech 1st Jun 2018, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
Licking toads gives you a teensy dose of the toxins in their slime, ideally getting you high.
GS 1st Jun 2018, 2:48 PM edit delete reply
Use the air wand, blow those toads away!
If we can't reliably damage them, knock them into the water and take them out of the fight for now so we can focus on the skelecan -- and air slash its wings!
K3001 1st Jun 2018, 3:14 PM edit delete reply
+1. Alternatively, we can blow the frogs down mid jump. Or blow their spit back to them or to the bird.
Gandalf 1st Jun 2018, 3:45 PM edit delete reply
Gandalf
+1. Yes it would be ideal to come out of this with both skelecan and toad parts, but this is turning out not to be the cakewalk it should be and it's not worth the risk of ending up as toadfood.

Blow the toads into the sea, take out the bird, then see what's next.
MakePeaceAndLove 1st Jun 2018, 3:45 PM edit delete reply
+1 It's worth a try.

I'd rather we fight defensively and help Valley not get paralyzed again. Keep that Wind Wand ready to Wind Slice the skelecan if it approaches.

If we can wait it out till the Poison finishes it off, it might drop onto the dock and the Toads could jump onto it instead, at which point it's our chance to attack them or to retreat.
V.V.V. 1st Jun 2018, 5:34 PM edit delete reply
Agreed. Blow the toads into the salt water where they can zap themselves into oblivion, slice the bird until it's dead, and generally get this over quickly because I don't think Valley's going to enjoy how that acid plays out.

Or else she's going to enjoy it a lot and we'll want to be available for that.
JiggilyJoe 1st Jun 2018, 3:09 PM edit delete reply
JiggilyJoe
Wind slice a toad, maybe it can be salvageable. I doubt the one Valley smashed is much good anymore. remember we entered this fight to hopefully get some frog goodies.
GS 1st Jun 2018, 3:30 PM edit delete reply
We can always use a skelecan drumstick, instead. ;)
Guest 1st Jun 2018, 3:14 PM edit delete reply
Lunge in and grab a toad! It may paralyse you, but by that time you will already have your hands around it, and can hold it in place for one of the others to strike before it can spit acid. Then justice can martyr the paralysis and you can do the same combo with valley.
Squirrel Quing 1st Jun 2018, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
Throw your shield at the third toad before it notices you're behind it.
Nieki 1st Jun 2018, 3:42 PM edit delete reply
What's needed here is a little lateral thinking. Try tossing some FISHING BAIT at the toads to distract them--it's usually made of things toads would eat, right?
Professor Cupcake 1st Jun 2018, 3:42 PM edit delete reply
Professor Cupcake
I'd suggest that Valley use the flat of her blade and try to squash them against the floor.
1977 1st Jun 2018, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
Not sure what to do exactly, so i just throw a few ideas out there:

Use your shield like a bumerang to slice the toads.
Use your wind wand to slice a wing from the skelecan.
Grab a toad to poison them.
Use wind wand to subdue the skelecan with a tornado.
Use wind wand on the toads, either tornado or slicing.
Insult your enemies, it worked great in the Monkey Island games.
Jochi 1st Jun 2018, 4:04 PM edit delete reply
If the zwei is too slow, have Valley switch to the old sword. It may not be very sharp, but it will be faster and they are little frogs, they don't have many health/hit points.
Nast wind slice frog 3. Does he have to actually TOUCH an opponent to Steal using the bandana?
The skelecan will return to the fray momentarily, but by that time the tingly toads should be out of it.
Krylo 1st Jun 2018, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
Toads are soft and easily squished.

Swing your wand down like you did with the skelecan at first, to attempt to squish a frog. At the very least it should stun it long enough for Valley to score a hit.

Failing that: frognado.
Sparly 1st Jun 2018, 4:48 PM edit delete reply
Make a stabbing motion with the wand against a toad. maybe that will do something good