Comic 124 - Leave the coffin alone

9th Jun 2018, 6:39 PM in High Roads, Low Roads, Threeroads
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Leave the coffin alone
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Morgenstern 9th Jun 2018, 6:39 PM edit delete
"W-w-we... we shouldn'tmesswiththis," Ranse forces out. "It could be a... a v-vampire, or a cursed... artifact, or something. We'll mark it on th... the map. And come back later. With Nast."

Inzo nods. "And a bigger robot! For fighting vampires, or arch mages."

Ranse almost does a double take, one eye twitching behind her glasses. "It's... i-it's definitelynotanarchmage!," she blurts out. "They're dead. They're... s-super dead."

"...Maybe even... UNdeads?," Inzo asks, adding a little spookiness to his tone.

Ranse huffs. "B-Bury the stupid coffin."

Inzo uses his big mech hands to scoop dirt back over the coffin. Before he finishes, though, Ranse leans down one last time... and with much hesitance, and a deep breath, pulls out the goblin knife. She uses it to dig a small piece off of the coffin's surface.

You acquire a piece of coffin.

Inzo thoroughly buries the coffin, and the two head off through the woods. Along the way, they find...

an unusually small, dead tree.

More bizarre still, on a close listen, it seems to be... snoring.

Ranse, upon realizing this, makes a sound not even Justice could possibly interpret, and slaps the tree. Lagrand wakes up, snaps out of the form, and almost tumbles backward.

"I have narrowly escaped the wrath of the monking!," Lagrand declares, blinking slowly. He covers a yawn with his wrist before offering a debonair smirk. "I trust the two of you snagged the tail?"

"And the crownses," Inzo adds. "And we--"

"A-are headed back. To town now," Ranse interjects. She does a decent job of not advertising her suspicion, but... her ever shifting gaze does cross Lagrand a little more than usual.

You wake up the next morning in your bed, with your clothes still on.

Looking aside, Justice is in bed with you... decidedly not with all her clothes on. All the cleric presently wears are a pair of panties, and her thigh high stockings. ...And her high heels. You're not sure if she just fell asleep so hard she forgot to take them off, or...

As you begin to stir, your movements wake her, as well. The bed is VERY small, barely enough for one person, which leaves Justice practically on top of you--her bare and sizeable breasts squeezing tightly against you. A soft smile eases across her painted lips as she meets your gaze.

"Good morning," she says. "I... didn't want to take any liberties with your clothing. Sorry if that made your sleep less comfortable."

You assure Justice that she absolutely has your permission to uh... take liberties with your clothing. Pretty much whenever.

Her smile widens, Justice biting gently at her lower lip. "Whenever?"

She leans over, just a little closer. You feel her stiff nipples pressing through the thin fabric of your shirt as her fat tits squeeze harder against you. Her mouth almost meets yours, her pouting lips ever so slightly agape. "I wanted to talk to you about that... actually."

One of her hands idly toys with one of the buttons on your shirt.

"I know... that no one else in the party believes what I do. They doubt my power is what I claim it is. I know I'm... not as capable in combat, as the others are."

After seeing how she used Status Martyr yesterday, you strongly disagree with that last point.

Justice smiles again. She undoes the button, her fingertip dragging down your chest to start playing with the next one.

"My point is, that... despite it all, you still treat me like another member of the party. You show me the same kindness and respect you show everyone, even if I haven't earned it yet, even if we have so little in common. And... I want that."

As she finishes undoing the next button, she closes the distance, her lips meeting yours. She kisses you softly, sweetly... but for a good series of seconds.

She's breathing just a little harder as she pulls back from the kiss. She stares into your eyes... and then climbs onto you more completely, straddling your lap.


Not until now, with her thick thighs squeezing at your hips, did you really notice how nice her legs are. She keeps her eyes locked on yours, but with both hands, she begins to undo your shirt more diligently.

"Valley explained to me how your magic works--how you... become inspired. I want you to treat me like any other member of the party. I want you to use me, Nast. Use me for inspiration."

Finishing with the buttons, she pulls your shirt open, running her hands along your bare chest... down to your stomach.

You... state rather firmly that it's totally not like that. Whatever spells you get from sex, they're incidental--you fuck for the same reasons most people fuck. You care about your friends, and... they're really attractive. You don't really like to think of it as 'using' anyone.

Justice... sighs. Just a small one.

"You are making this so difficult, Nast."

Making what difficult...?

Justice gives a softer, almost bittersweet sort of smile. "I... well... it's silly, it's so silly. You're just... strong, and confident, and trying to do good even though you don't have to, and... you look sooo good as a woman, but you still carry a lot of that like THIS, and I just..."

Justice stops to take a breath, looking toward the ceiling for a second before refocusing her gaze at you. "I've... maybe... developed just the tiniest little crush...? It's silly! I know, we barely know each other, and... you're nice to EVERYONE, I don't know what's come over me! I... was hoping, maybe, if I could stay detached... keep it professional, in a way..."

She runs a hand through her bright blue hair, blushing just a little bit. "I should have known, trying to make a move on you in your house, in your own bed... it would just make my feelings so much more complicated."

Justice slouches over, her big breasts pressing firmly to your bare chest. She gives you another, shorter kiss on the lips. She shifts, subtly, digging her hips into yours--grinding the surface of her panties against your lap. "I want... to ride you," she says, her face reddening substantially. "I want to make love to you so badly but I am so... so very afraid of doing something stupid. I'm not used to feeling like this. I don't... I don't quite know what to do with myself." She kisses you again, deeper, more passionately. "I feel so foolish, getting so worked up about you so quickly, but... I can't help it. I cannot hope to describe it, you're just..."

Her smile widens. "You are so many things that I've wanted for so long. Is it wrong to indulge that? Would it be more foolish to explore it, to worsen it...? I want you, and I know I can have you, but will that satisfy me? Or will it just... make me crave more...?"

The one, subtle shift of her hips becomes a little less isolated, and a little less subtle. She pushes herself up on her hands, staring into your eyes as she grinds her crotch firmly into you, rolling herself against the bulge in your shorts.

"Y-You can tell me no," she says with a shudder. "You can... tell me to stop, if you want. I understand. I want this, I just... I don't know if I'll be able to stop thinking about you after."


Nieki 9th Jun 2018, 8:03 PM edit delete reply
Aw, WOW. That's very, very sweet--I hope that Justice understands that we will still be good--even loving?--to the other members of our party, no matter what feelings grow in her.

I don't see a reason to tell her to stop.
Barswanian 9th Jun 2018, 8:10 PM edit delete reply
Explain that. Romp!
Sonico 9th Jun 2018, 11:24 PM edit delete reply
I think people are a little quick to forget Justice has already been playing with Valley a bit while in Threeroads and so is probably quite aware and not really bothered by the poliamorous angle, but having a little talk to be 100% sure should dissuade any missgvings.
Green Visitor 9th Jun 2018, 8:19 PM edit delete reply

Let her understand that your *charm* is your greatest asset, and you will have to use it to survive and to improve your magic. But she is special to you, and that you think the bond will increase as you have more experiences together.
Guest 9th Jun 2018, 8:53 PM edit delete reply
Can't stop now, can we?
Only issue is if one of nast parents show up right at the moment...
MakePeaceAndLove 9th Jun 2018, 11:15 PM edit delete reply
+1 Justice is too cute.

No reason to stop. Perhaps what she's feeling is due to our charm, but that's fine. If it doesn't stop, if the craving gets worse

reassure Justice that we'll satisfy her craving.

As often as she wants, though making sure the others get their needs satisfied too.

Also poke back at her crotch with Nast's erection. To stress we're serious.

ALSO yay we found Lagrand! And we even got a piece of the coffin. That's great.
GS 10th Jun 2018, 1:06 AM edit delete reply
+1 to making clear how things are so we both go into this with eyes open.
Reassure her she's easily as valuable a member of this party as anyone else, and that we really do like her.
After that... if she likes that position, go for it. ^_^
Fireopal 10th Jun 2018, 1:14 AM edit delete reply
+1 to all of this!
Zeraligator 10th Jun 2018, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
I genuinely find this extremely cute.
Phyco 9th Jun 2018, 8:29 PM edit delete reply
Justice, we would've asked you last night were we not so physically exhausted. Right now, in this moment, there's nothing we want more.
MakePeaceAndLove 9th Jun 2018, 11:16 PM edit delete reply
Portal In Time 10th Jun 2018, 12:52 AM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
She should keep the stockings on.
GS 10th Jun 2018, 1:07 AM edit delete reply
If she likes, yes. Thigh-highs are quite fetching. ^_^
SolomontheLionheart 10th Jun 2018, 10:06 AM edit delete reply
+1 for keeping them on
Antarean 9th Jun 2018, 8:38 PM edit delete reply
Explain to her that there is absolutely nothing wrong with attraction or exploring physical intimacy. Make sure she knows that we would love to have sex with her as well, but that it would not be at the exclusion of the rest of the party (since sex with them is also very enjoyable :P ).

Then, assuming she still wants to go for a ride (and I think it would be very likely that she would), we can go ahead and give her a "religious experience." :)

Also, are we still wearing Ranse's panties? If so we should come up with something witty for when they're discovered. :P
MakePeaceAndLove 9th Jun 2018, 11:17 PM edit delete reply
+1 to all these
Krylo 9th Jun 2018, 8:55 PM edit delete reply
Do this if, and only if, Justice is okay with a friends with benefits situation.

If we take her without having that talk, then we really are using her and are kind of a shitty person for doing so.

We aren't quite ready for commitment yet, and we need to make that clear even at the risk of ruining the mood.
Guest 9th Jun 2018, 9:00 PM edit delete reply
Benjerbro 9th Jun 2018, 10:03 PM edit delete reply
Barswanian 9th Jun 2018, 9:01 PM edit delete reply
ZincFingers 9th Jun 2018, 10:15 PM edit delete reply
Hmm, also let her know that if she wants to do things with others, we are totally okay with that, she needn’t restrict herself to us.
Dysprosian 10th Jun 2018, 12:12 AM edit delete reply
+1 zincfingers. And play with her to arouse her a bit too.

Justice seems totally good with the benefits side as well, also concerning her interest in valley. Tell her threesomes are also gonna end up happening and not to be shy.
MakePeaceAndLove 9th Jun 2018, 11:18 PM edit delete reply
+1 also to what ZincFingers said
GS 10th Jun 2018, 1:08 AM edit delete reply
NordicWrath 9th Jun 2018, 9:35 PM edit delete reply
An explanation of open relationships and polyamory is in order!
MakePeaceAndLove 9th Jun 2018, 11:22 PM edit delete reply
Yes but keep it short - or keep undressing us while explaining. It's rude to keep a lady waiting, particularly when she's grinding on our crotch!
Eyebrows 10th Jun 2018, 12:27 AM edit delete reply
Yeah polyamory seems the only practical type of relationship in Nast's situation.
GS 10th Jun 2018, 4:46 AM edit delete reply
For now.
The future remains unwritten.
Cloudy 9th Jun 2018, 10:12 PM edit delete reply
Been awhile
Too dyslexic to even try getting through the comments these days..
Good job on how big you’ve grown, though!

We could keep a shared journal?
That would be in our shared inventory
So other members could read our latest exploits or we could read there’s
Send each other notes, ask questions about things from a distance, etc.

It could be a method of sending messages across long distances using the cell-like membrain of the space warping field that is the shared inventory, blowing logic into the wind, like a warm southern Alpine fohn.
A cellular-membrained fohn’ed message, or a cell-fohn message for short.
Cloudy 9th Jun 2018, 10:13 PM edit delete reply
MakePeaceAndLove 9th Jun 2018, 11:29 PM edit delete reply
+1 to the party diary. Maybe when our party reunites, I feel it would require some explanation and setting of rules and such.

For example, once it's an item, it could be stolen by a thief. What can we do about that?
ZincFingers 9th Jun 2018, 11:34 PM edit delete reply
Alternatively we could look into magical means of long distance communication. Of course it wouldn’t have the written record nature of a diary.
GS 10th Jun 2018, 1:09 AM edit delete reply
That is a GREAT idea, Cloudy! +1
Magister Dicks it 10th Jun 2018, 7:42 AM edit delete reply
I suggested something similar a couple of chapters ago :) but it was with mailboxes.

about losing the diary, we can enchant it somehow to always return to our inventory. and even have a kind of notebook that allows to remove and put back each page (all numbered!). so you only need to take off your page to write on it (instead of the whole diary), and put it back in place.
hmmm too complicated? xD

anyway maybe in the future we should recruit a passionate bookworm/writer that would manage this better, AND that would be writing books/novel chapters based in our wacky sexy adventures and make some money out of it :)
G. Sansa 10th Jun 2018, 12:20 AM edit delete reply
"Justice, you're sweet. And you're cute. But before we go any further, there's something I have to tell you. Ever since I was in that jail cell in Humblestart, I feel confused. I want one thing, I want another at the same time; it's as if I had many voices inside me, all saying different things.

"Well right now, most of the voices agree on one thing. I want this. But I shouldn't pretend I know what they'll say tomorrow. I know that some of the parts of me love you best of all, and maybe there are some that aren't capable of love but still prefer your charms. But I know that tomorrow or the next day there will be parts of me that want somebody else just as much.

"So that's the deal. If you know that and you still want me, all the parts of me, then here I am now. And the parts of me are all ready, each of them, to be with you. I think you can feel that well enough. Here in the same bed where I first dreamed of this happening to me."
Fireopal 10th Jun 2018, 1:16 AM edit delete reply
Professor Cupcake 10th Jun 2018, 5:33 AM edit delete reply
Professor Cupcake

+ an extra 1 for the meta points. :D
Alex Nipal 10th Jun 2018, 8:16 AM edit delete reply
MakePeaceAndLove 10th Jun 2018, 3:19 PM edit delete reply
Eyebrows 10th Jun 2018, 12:26 AM edit delete reply
Make sure she understands it's not going to be an exclusive thing and you will likely do things with other people. That said she can do whatever she'd like.
1977 10th Jun 2018, 1:03 AM edit delete reply
Almost nothing to add since all the others already said everything.
Yes to explaining this is not an exclusive relationship.
Yes to sex with Justice.

So, that leaves me to compliment Morgenstern on the awesome job he's doing with the comic so far.
Maintaining 2 interactive comics and the lorepage here is sure quite some work.
That said a few things I'm missing in the lore:
no entry for Sahagin
no entry for Elves
no entry for Humans
no category Humanoids in Bestiary (though, this last one explains the first 3 I guess)
RicardtheDragoon 10th Jun 2018, 1:54 AM edit delete reply
Good points (both the ones about what other poeple said and the bestiary), but Morgenstern has two interactive web comics and one of them is this intriguing? Wow.
Fireopal 10th Jun 2018, 1:17 AM edit delete reply
+1 to the nonexclusivity talk, but assure her that if her feelings grow stronger, she can have this from us anytime. She need not ask.
GS 10th Jun 2018, 1:19 AM edit delete reply
Silly as he can be at times, Ranse should not dismiss Inzo's concerns about it being an archmage in that coffin.
All we know for sure is that their power was broken and several were killed by heroes. They could do anything. Some might have faked their deaths once they saw their peers starting to get bumped off by the people they'd pushed too far.
SolomontheLionheart 10th Jun 2018, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
+1 whatever it is, we need to be as careful as if it were
GS 10th Jun 2018, 2:13 AM edit delete reply
Looking at the clerics' uniform -- thigh-stockings, skirts slit to expose them and high heels... I think bishop Falk may very well be a bad, bad man.
ZincFingers 10th Jun 2018, 4:04 AM edit delete reply
Hey, a guy can have a bit of a pervy streak and still be good... just look at Nast.
GS 10th Jun 2018, 4:39 AM edit delete reply
Sure. But this guy assembled sn all-girl order as far as we've seen, stuffed them in kinkwear and is likely sleeping with them.
Regardless whether the O.H.G. is real or not, the bishop is coming across as a cult leader - in the bad sense of the word 'cult'.
ZincFingers 10th Jun 2018, 6:04 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, that is a fact assessment of the situation. Maybe we’ll just have to hope to be pleasantly suprised should we ever meet the man.
GS 10th Jun 2018, 9:00 AM edit delete reply
"Hope for the best, yet expect the worst, and all surprises shall be pleasant."
Guest 10th Jun 2018, 2:56 AM edit delete reply
Can’t remember if we already did this, but reinforce the bed.
1977 10th Jun 2018, 3:40 AM edit delete reply
I can't recall the page but he did already reinforce the bed, and everything else in the house, before leaving PC for the first time.
ZincFingers 10th Jun 2018, 4:06 AM edit delete reply
The only thing I know for certain that was reinforced was the couch.
CruntKnockler 10th Jun 2018, 9:22 AM edit delete reply
Whilst I'm all for having the non-exclusivity and romping with the sexy, blue haired cleric I can't help but feel a bit harsh on Ranse. Or of everyone in the party she's the thirstiest for some wizard dick, but after this morning she'll be the only female party member who Nast hasn't fucked.
Some Random Guy 10th Jun 2018, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, she only did oral, not any actual penetration, right?

Poor, poor Ranse.
SolomontheLionheart 10th Jun 2018, 10:05 AM edit delete reply
We've got her pants, she's going to get it the very next chance, we get which will probably be tonight if we add her to the party
GS 10th Jun 2018, 2:13 PM edit delete reply
Ranse has done only what she wanted to do. If she wants to do other things, she'll tell us so.
CruntKnockler 10th Jun 2018, 3:09 PM edit delete reply
@GS, but after she got enthusiastically buttfucked by Inzo she said she never got herself off because she's holding out for Nast. That was a while ago and it's not happened for her yet. Poor lass...
MakePeaceAndLove 10th Jun 2018, 3:22 PM edit delete reply
+1 to this, I feel for Ranse. We have great girls but Ranse remains my favourite.

I hope that Ranse endures and when her turn finally comes we'll make all that waiting worth it.
Guest 10th Jun 2018, 10:25 AM edit delete reply
This reply messed up the formatting of the comic.
Maybe the author can set a limit on stretching, but if not can we please agree to not do this anymore? (And by this i am refering to posting single words, 25thousand letters long, stretching the textbox and therefore the comic)
On topic: love the comic, agree on all thats been said about Justice.
Tomorrow we should bring ranse, and see just how crazy we can make her (sneakily caress her ass, blow some gentle wind under that skirt of hers,that sort of stuff) beat her at her own next level play.
Kidd 10th Jun 2018, 10:40 AM edit delete reply
I apologize for that. I really didn't know that this would happen.

Next time, I'll just do ten Us.
Some Random Guy 10th Jun 2018, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
This doesn't exactly relate to the matter at hand, but in the LORE section, it is noted that Justice's class can utilize shields. Since she is primarily a support character, and therefore required when someone gets hit really hard, we should keep the task of getting a shield for her as a note-to-self that we will fulfill after this morning's . . . sexual venture.
1977 10th Jun 2018, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
Personally I think we should get her a staff ASAP, but that could only be me.

I'm just more inclined to using staves when possible.
Hammer and shield is not to bad either, but for me it were always more of a necessity before getting a good staff.

Probably the staves here can double as magic wands, that would definitely be a big plus to getting one.
You can cast spells with it and when you're out of mana you can still hit your enemies with it.
Some Random Guy 10th Jun 2018, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
Do we still have that Mandragora-or-whatever seed?

Perhaps we could utilize it in a sound-based staff or shield?
Twelveseal 10th Jun 2018, 11:15 AM edit delete reply
Or lrt Lagrand look it over for possible inspiration.
uynhygfxgcjv 10th Jun 2018, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
Hey, we have one of the three items now!

Tail: check!

Fungus: not check

Ancient piece of something: not check

Actually, would the piece of the coffin count?
Twelveseal 10th Jun 2018, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
Probably. So fungus is left. Also, tap that, for great Justice.
Lapdragon 10th Jun 2018, 5:23 PM edit delete reply
I suggested taking a splinter of the coffin for alchemical purposes near the bottom of the comments on the previous comic - I’m pleasantly surprised that Morganstern saw and implemented it :-)

It remains to be seen whether it’s the “permanence” item that Ranse’s father needs, but in the lore section Morganstern specifically says that while the splinter is fairly valueless gold-wise, it undoubtedly has use as an alchemical ingredient of some sort.
Guest 10th Jun 2018, 12:35 PM edit delete reply
Damn. Justice looks good!