Comic 116 - Go see your parents

5th Jun 2018, 1:41 PM in High Roads, Low Roads, Threeroads
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Go see your parents
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Morgenstern 5th Jun 2018, 1:41 PM edit delete
You leave the inn, and continue your tour of Peace Calling.

...Which, eventually, takes you to your parents' house. Or what was, not that long ago, also your house.

Your parents told you the door was always open. You take a deep breath... and walk inside.

"Ye gods," your father says dryly. "A stranger's broke into our house."

"Honey, that's Nast," your mother replies.

Your father, despite trying to keep a straight face, lightly chuckles. "Oh. It is? It is! Nast, what the hells didja do to your hair? And that outfit!"

"I am a little concerned," your mother adds. "Covering your face in this warm weather--"

"No, no," your father interjects. "I mean the shorts. We could have pulled a sword on you and not gotten you in a pair of shorts. Who are you, and what'd you do with my son?"

They both approach, your parents smiling as they hug you. You introduce your parents to Valley and Justice, and ask if they really... uh... haven't heard about... the whole thing going on...?

"Brooke was here the other day," your mom states. "She said something about wanted posters? Some criminal looks a bit like you."

Dad nods. "I said, 'my son's a weirdo but he's no thieving perv.' Still, I'd hate for the knights to mistake YOU for the guy. Brooke said there was a bounty and everything."

...You and Valley proceed to explain the situation: that you have, in fact, been mistaken for the underwear thief, and were then locked up. Valley was the guard of your jail cell, but she's come to realize you're not the thief, and she helped you escape. Since then you've been on the lam, trying to piece together clues to catch the real culprit so you can clear your name.

"Oh my goodness," your mother exclaims. "That's awful."

"I have seen the posters myself," Justice remarks. "The art presented does look identical to Nast. ...Without color, admittedly, but the details of the face and hair are perfect. Having traveled alongside him, though, I am certain he is not the burglar they seek."

"We're, like," Valley starts, "kiiinda wondering if maybe Nast has like... a twin? Like a secret brother or sister, maybe? Maybe he was like, magically cloned as a baby or some junk...?"

Your dad looks at your mom. They both shrug, lightly shaking their heads, looking a bit lost. They turn back to you.

"Nothing of the sort," your mother says.

"Yeah, I think I'd remember a baby disappearing," your dad adds. "Nast is an only child. Not for lack of trying, mind you."

"Hurley!," your mom exclaims.

Your dad just shrugs, and grins. "Can't really recall anything like that--you had a pretty normal childhood, son, far as I remember."

"I'm sorry you came out all this way not to learn anything new," your mom adds.

You shake your head. You wanted to visit your parents, anyway--getting any hints as to what's going on would just have been a bonus.

"Totally," Valley says with a smile. "We've been through some crazy stuff with Nast already, so like... we thought it might be neat to meet his family?"

"You're all welcome to stay the night," your mom says.

"Well, I mean--" your dad looks around, "if you can find a spot! We got a couch, and Nast's old room, but..."

Your bed was kind of made for one person.

Valley puts a hand on your shoulder. You don't turn to see her face, but you can hear the wide grin in her tone. "It's cool. Like, I can take the couch in here..." She squeezes gently at your shoulder. "You and Justice can take the bed."

"Are you sure?," Justice asks. "I really wouldn't mind--"

"Naaah, you're good," Valley cuts her off. "I'm a big girl. I'd totally feel bad if we like, broke Nast's old bed?"

You dare a glance at Justice. Does... SHE feel comfortable sharing a bed with you...?

Justice smiles. She bites, lightly, at her lower lip... just for a second. "I'm content with these arrangements."

...You don't want to, but you know you have to eventually. You turn your attention back to your parents.

Your mom has looked away, as if pretending not to hear the conversation. Your dad grins wide, nodding subtly, but approvingly.

"Our room and Nast's old room are on opposite ends of the house," your dad says. "We don't share a wall or anything--"

"Hurley," your mom says simply but firmly.

Your dad just nods again. A small sigh forces its way from you.


TheMightyDragonLizard 5th Jun 2018, 2:36 PM edit delete reply
Well, we all knew this was gonna happen sooner or later. Anyway... before we have sexy times with Justice, we should probably see if there is anything else important in town, or check that area to the east... if there's still time.
Guest 5th Jun 2018, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
Well, that's that sorted.

I still think we should all go fishing with Dad tomorrow AM. Nice downtime, or whatever else happens. The only sad part is that we don't have good monster parts for bait.

Maybe ask about whether we should pick up old mining tools? And, why not, any rumors of local monster activity (either on- or offshore).
Iago 5th Jun 2018, 3:27 PM edit delete reply
Agreed. He might give us tips, if nothing else.

It also opens a more tactful way to touch on possible non-Mom related children. From before their union, I'm sure.
Plus he seems like he'd have fun embarrassing Nast, which could be a fun scene.

Ask about unlikely cousins, other potential family mysteries, a history of magic at some point, anything.

I will say, if that's a dead end, we might want to think about the goal of these thefts.
Princesses and fairies seem like a lot of effort for an ordinary pervert.
Is there any way all those panties could be used in some sort of magic, ritual or something ?
I've got half a mind to go back to the fairies to ask for more details about just HOW it happened.
They saw the thief, they're decently powerful, and he still got away. How ?
Krylo 5th Jun 2018, 3:33 PM edit delete reply
My theory is still that the panties are some wannabe Casanova's trophies.
GS 5th Jun 2018, 3:33 PM edit delete reply
We should ask Nast's mother the same thing.
You never know.
Iago 5th Jun 2018, 8:47 PM edit delete reply
I didn't mention it because it's quite simply harder to hide for her, but we readers don't know for how long the parents have been together - could be something.

Delegate that line of inquiry to the girls while we're fishing ?
GS 5th Jun 2018, 3:35 PM edit delete reply
As for how the thief escaped the faeries, they themselves said they just can't keep up with a human moving at top speed.
Barswanian 5th Jun 2018, 3:44 PM edit delete reply
Let's go fishing with Dad, absolutely.
G. Sansa 5th Jun 2018, 4:10 PM edit delete reply
Actually, tomorrow AM if we don't leave too crazy early, we can have the other party meet us here. They'll probably have some minor monster parts to use as bait, aside from the monking tail (if they succeeded on that score).

That way we can introduce the folks to the rest of the party, too. Then take the current party fishing; Justice and Valley are as good a crew as any for that.
SolomontheLionheart 5th Jun 2018, 5:04 PM edit delete reply
+1 to fishing with dad, use the unimpressive trout as baot. We can do that while the other members come. Also +1 for reinforcement and maybe justice and valley could hang with mum?
Before bed maybe we should explore or something, depends how late it is.
We all know what's about to happen with justice but it seems like justice might like some love making.
Guest 5th Jun 2018, 5:58 PM edit delete reply
+1 fishing with dad in morning. Also +1 reinforce things like doors plus the bed. Could get caught up on a lot of things plus get some needed tips on fishing.

Another comment mentioned patrolling or looking around would be a good idea.
Caydenite 6th Jun 2018, 4:35 AM edit delete reply
1977 5th Jun 2018, 2:41 PM edit delete reply
I like Hurley.

If there's enough time we could do a few things outside.
Otherwise let's eat a bit and then go to bed.
GS 5th Jun 2018, 3:37 PM edit delete reply
I like Nast's mom, too. ^_^ She's more restrained, but she knows what's up, and yet doesn't make an issue of it.
MakePeaceAndLove 5th Jun 2018, 4:08 PM edit delete reply
+1, I like them both. No wonder Nast is so cool.
MakePeaceAndLove 5th Jun 2018, 2:46 PM edit delete reply
No evil twin is good news I guess.

Meeting Nast's parents I feel confident saying that he inherited some of his mom's modesty mixed in with his dad's pervy grin.

And Valley chose for us, so it seems we're finally gonna get alone time with Justice. And get inspired!

Anything else can probably wait until tomorrow. Maybe dinner first, but nothing major left at this point, just wrap things up and head straight to bed.
Sonico 5th Jun 2018, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
I ask myself if inspiration will come from something priestly indeed or from Valley's smooth wingwomaning move perharps. :-)
Antarean 5th Jun 2018, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
While we're here we should cast Reinforce on a few things around the house, help them out a bit.

And we can tell them tales of our adventures (leaving out some details. . . probably most details) and tell them about our new spells (but maybe not how we get inspired :P ). Ask dad if he'd like to go fishing tomorrow, and offer to help mom prepare supper if we haven't already missed it.
GS 5th Jun 2018, 3:27 PM edit delete reply
+1. It'll be good to help Nast's folks out with our growing powers and catch them up. ^_^
ZincFingers 5th Jun 2018, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
Reinforcing things around the house is a good idea.
As well as helping out in the kitchen, because, you know it’s just a nice thing to do.
I’m sure our dad’ll jump at the chance to go fishing with us, good chance to catch up, maybe pick up some more fishing tips.
Before we sleep, we should have a quick look around our room, make sure there aren’t any personal items we want to bring along with us.
CruntKnockler 5th Jun 2018, 3:58 PM edit delete reply
+1 to going fishing with dad in the morning for some quality catching up. Mind, we've not been gone long, by all accounts, but still, would be a nice change of pace.
G. Sansa 5th Jun 2018, 3:42 PM edit delete reply
We got inspired with Reinforce from Brooke. I'm sure we already practiced on household items and fishing rods and stuff before we even left.
MakePeaceAndLove 5th Jun 2018, 4:02 PM edit delete reply
+1 to these. It can only help us out.
Krylo 5th Jun 2018, 3:21 PM edit delete reply
Well we're down to either someone disguising themselves as Nast on purpose, pure coincidence, or evil mirror universe.

Also, Hurley is great.

Anyway, on the 'disguised as us on purpose front', let's ask around town tomorrow about anyone in town with the skills to do so, as it'd have to be someone we know. Also, think about anyone from our childhood who might have a grudge? Maybe someone else with eyes for Brooke that saw/sees Nast as competition/the reason she left?
G. Sansa 5th Jun 2018, 3:43 PM edit delete reply
You forgot time travel from future.

And you forgot Mom.

But +1 to the suggestion.
MakePeaceAndLove 5th Jun 2018, 4:05 PM edit delete reply
Honestly with what we just learned, the time travel theory just took the lead in likelihood compared to our lost sibling and evil twin.
Krylo 5th Jun 2018, 4:11 PM edit delete reply
Time travel is just mirror universe with extra steps
Corwin of Amber 5th Jun 2018, 3:21 PM edit delete reply
+1 to Nast's Dad in general. We should probably take a stroll around the property before dark, in case anyone looking for Nast has this home watched. Have some dinner and then Justice for dessert.
GS 5th Jun 2018, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
+1 to some patrolling. Just in case.
CruntKnockler 5th Jun 2018, 3:42 PM edit delete reply
Whilst we're reinforcing stuff, why not Nast's old bed? Concern over breaking it seemed to be Valley's main concern about joining you in it, after all.
GS 5th Jun 2018, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
Nah, she's being nice, giving Nast and Justice a chance for a one-on-one experience for their first time together, and not giving away to Hurley and Nast's Mom that the team has been experimenting with moresomes.
CruntKnockler 5th Jun 2018, 3:51 PM edit delete reply
Fair do's. Totally replied to the wrong comment there btw, so sorry about that.
GS 5th Jun 2018, 3:54 PM edit delete reply
No worries. ^_^
MakePeaceAndLove 5th Jun 2018, 4:06 PM edit delete reply
+1 to patroling, sure
Wii G 5th Jun 2018, 3:24 PM edit delete reply
It seems everyone can see where this is going.
MakePeaceAndLove 5th Jun 2018, 4:07 PM edit delete reply
Including Nast's parents.

They have really fun reactions. As does Nast, for that matter.
GS 5th Jun 2018, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
I'd like to know the name of Nast's Mom. :)
MakePeaceAndLove 5th Jun 2018, 4:07 PM edit delete reply

Let's find out
SolomontheLionheart 5th Jun 2018, 4:56 PM edit delete reply
+1 she seems lovely
Barswanian 5th Jun 2018, 3:55 PM edit delete reply
Dinner? We have those trout to share in inventory.

Romp with Justice. Valley is mah girl, but this is one reason why.
MakePeaceAndLove 5th Jun 2018, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
Better keep quiet about those unimpressive trout and try to catch something better tomorrow, with dad.

Justice has been waiting for her turn for a long time, and so have we, for that matter. I do love the way Valley set us up for some one on one time with Justice though.
ZincFingers 5th Jun 2018, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
According to the Lore, the fish is really called Unimpressive Trout, and whilst yes, it is not the greatest fish, the story accompanying how we caught it is probably something our dad would really enjoy.
TheBiggestWinkle 5th Jun 2018, 4:19 PM edit delete reply
Aww, Nast's parents are so nice. We should definitely try and get some activities in before we leave. I've seen people suggest we do some fishing with Nast's dad, maybe we could help his Mom with something as an excuse to have a bit of a talk with her as well if she doesn't share a hobby with Nast.

We should also probably do a little asking around the town as well. The broader mechanics behind disguise potions are still vague but I find it weird that if the panty thief is indeed using them they would get our face when we got a perfectly unique female form. Its possible that the thief might cavorted about peacecalling at some point and pick up our face, so maybe someone saw something weird at some point.

(My personal theory is they have some kind of disguise artefact that lets them assume the identity of another and just picked up Nast's face by chance. With this in mind, the reason disguise potions are getting bought up could be unrelated... but it would also make for a great red herring to throw people off the trail of what's really going on)
Krylo 5th Jun 2018, 4:39 PM edit delete reply
Your theory is pretty similar to mine, but I think Brooke has disguise/shapeshifting magic, we inspired her, and she's the panty thief.

She was in Threeroads and then so were the police in force. The Panty Thief also passed through Humblestart early on.

And Brooke said she wanted to get out and sleep around. Panties as trophies are a common trope, and the death sentence makes a lot more sense if the king's daughter is a jilted lover on top of a victim of underwear theft.
MakePeaceAndLove 5th Jun 2018, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
We could help out mom with gardening, or cleaning the house, or go shopping together. There's all kinds of things, and we could learn something in that skill as we chat, too, just like we might improve our fishing with dad.

I kind of agree that the panty thief is using something else for their disguise, and possibly the disguise potions were just there to throw off the knights searching for them, since everyone in the know noticed the disguise potions are going missing?

I'm not sure that Brooke is connected there, though. We've been trying to match everyone we know with the panty thief but if it's still someone we haven't met at all then that's in vain and we got to keep our options open for the real thief.
Krylo 5th Jun 2018, 10:46 PM edit delete reply
Thing is, if the disguise isn't completely random happenstance that it looks exactly like us--which is unlikely to say the least--it MUST be someone we know.
Sonico 5th Jun 2018, 5:26 PM edit delete reply
Has anyone commented on checking out rumors and stories about the mine and caves in the mountains? From what has been said so far, i'm guessing they might be too high level for the party, but learning more to know for sure would be nice.
MakePeaceAndLove 5th Jun 2018, 10:41 PM edit delete reply
Can't hurt to learn more, so sure. Either we go there cautiously ourselves or we ask people if anything changed there recently, or both?
Nieki 5th Jun 2018, 9:28 PM edit delete reply
Aww, they're good people! It's always nice to see good people who're parents of a protagonist. Yeah, a little catch up time with Dad--mom too--in the morning would be good. We really shouldn't hang out too long in the town, given that, well, we were hauled off from here the first time, but it sounds like this place is an all right place to live.

Telling your dad the story about the slime queen might be fun, even if he pokes a ton of fun at you about it.
MakePeaceAndLove 5th Jun 2018, 10:42 PM edit delete reply
If I recall right we were captured as we arrived in Humblestart, not hauled off straight from our doorstep, but other than that you're right.

And +1 to sharing our stories with dad. He seems like he'd appreciate hearing about those.
Corwin of Amber 5th Jun 2018, 10:51 PM edit delete reply
If we do catch up with dad we should mention the night fishing with the Kuo-Toa. I'm sure he'd get a kick out of that. Given that the twin seems unlikely and time travel and evil universe twin are really far fetched. Maybe we should consider someone who feels wronged by Nast? Perhaps someone hurt by our dating Brooke and/ or her leaving town? Maybe someone Nast himself once rejected?