Comic 126 - Go fishing with your dad

11th Jun 2018, 4:12 PM in High Roads, Low Roads, Threeroads
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Go fishing with your dad
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Morgenstern 11th Jun 2018, 4:12 PM edit delete
You head into the living room, where Valley and your parents are talking.

"Hey," Valley says. "I, like, told them about what happened last night?"

"Not too surprised it was a sahagin," your dad says. "We get 'em through here all the time."

Wait, really?

Your mom nods. "We do live on the coast, after all."

"Usually just up top looking for a bigger fish," Dad states. "Never met one that wasn't a hunter or fighter of some kind."

"If you're concerned that more bounty hunters could be pursuing us," Justice begins, "we would not wish to trouble you by staying."

Your dad waves a hand, shaking his head. "Nah, I'm not worried. Whoever shows up, I'm sure you guys can take 'em. We still on to do some fishing?"

You still want to, but you might need to go... uh... repair a door first. It was kind of a messy fight.

"It's no prob, Nast," Valley says. "Like, me and Justice can totally handle the door."

"C... Can we?," Justice asks, slightly confused. "I don't really have any experience doing repairs, I'm afraid."

"Me neither?," replies Valley. "But like... does Nast?"

You shake your head. She's right, you're just as lost about fixing a door as they would be.

"See?," Valley says with a shrug, "there you go. Justice is the only one here with a hammer, so like... we totally got this? Hammers are important for repairs, right?"

"Yes, I... have heard that they are," Justice replies with an uncertain smile.

"That, and I totally wanna spend more time with your mom," Valley tells you with a grin. "Like... I need stories. Little Nast stories."

Justice stifles a giggle, and you suddenly begin to question whether all this was really a good idea after all.

After having breakfast, you and your dad head toward the beach.


It's a sunny day. Further down the coast, you can see a few locals trying to clear the beach of giant, monstrous crabs.

You and your dad set up and start fishing off the beach.

It's quiet, for a while. You and your dad each catch an unimpressive trout... but after your dad catches his, you watch as he switches out his normal bait for that trout, then casts out again. You follow his technique, using your unimpressive trout as bait.

"It's gotta be tough," your dad finally says. "Doing the whole adventurer thing. I never had the chops for it, but... I respect folks that do." He smiles a little, staring off toward the ocean. "Fighting monsters, searching old dungeons for treasure, all that. My dad--your granddad--he did some adventuring himself when HE was younger. He had all kinds of stories, he just... never thought he was that good at it. I think his heart was always in fishing, even if he wanted the glory of something fancier."

You catch an antidote albacore, using your unimpressive trout as bait.

"Those'll cure poison," your dad comments. "You can eat 'em raw, but... well, I wouldn't," he adds with a chuckle. You still have a couple of unimpressive trout from before, so you cast out with another one.

After a little while, your dad catches a... jellofish. It's like a jellyfish, but appears to be made of slime. He starts to very carefully unhook it. "You can accidentally snag a lot of creatures that aren't really looking for a bite," Dad comments. "Like these guys! They'll give you some nasty paralysis, if they getcha too good. Something about the ooze they're made of."

He starts to chuck the jellofish back into the water, but he stops. "You prob'ly keep a lot of weird stuff, don'tcha? Be careful with it, but... I dunno, you might find a use for it."

He gives you the jellofish, and casts back out.

The comments about your grandfather get you thinking. What did he do for adventuring...? Was he a warrior, a mage, a thief...?

"Oh, he was a fisherman through and through," your dad laughs. "Hard to switch once you find yourself a class. He made it work, though--harpoons, nets... I still have a huge anchor he used to swing around. Even a chef or a merchant, or a tailor can do a little adventuring. It's not easy, of course, but anything's possible. He used to do this bad ass move--the sand shark, he called it--where he'd burrow into the ground. Like a damn mole or something! Then he'd bust out somewhere else, catch bad guys by surprise. He tried to teach it to me, but I don't have the mind for that kinda thing... I always get stuck with my legs dangling outta the ground."

You catch another antidote albacore. One unimpressive trout left... but it's not like you were using them for much else, and you can always catch more with your normal bait. You cast out with your last unimpressive trout.

You end up telling your dad a few stories from your adventure thus far--like your foray into the fairy temple, and scaring the goblins out of the slime cave. You tell him what Threeroads is like, and how you're stuck trying to find a way into the thieves guild.

Your dad grins. "As terrible as it is that you're being confused for that other pervert, you gotta give him credit--he's given you a goal. It's always good to have something to focus on, even if it's a wrong to be righted. ESPECIALLY if it's a wrong to be righted, I guess. The difference between an adventurer and a real hero is what kinda adventures they go on. Even if you do get caught up in some weird stuff, hanging out with thieves and... I don't know, pirates or whatever, never lose yourself. A lot of folks have gone off the deep end in pursuit of more powerful magic, and I don't want you turning into one of those crazy mages. You've got a good head on your shoulders, son... and nice friends."

He grins anew, giving you a slight nudge. "And good taste in friends, gods almighty. What're ya feeding these girls?"

You feel a bite. Reeling it in, you catch... a slightly bigger unimpressive trout. Good heavens, these monstrous beasts are cannibals.

You hang out with your dad a little while longer, when suddenly he gets a bite.

...A big one.

Like, a BIG one.

After a brief struggle, it quickly becomes apparent that he cannot reel the creature in himself. You drop your own rod and join him, both of you fighting to bring in what must be a pretty massive fish. Even with your combined strength, the battle rages on.

But eventually... you drag the behemoth to shore.

Your dad catches a flabby flounder.

Wiping the sweat from his brow, your dad gives a hearty laugh. "Well, that covers MY expenses for a month or two. That is one tubby fish."

He pats you on the back, and gives you a respectful nod. "Thank ya, Nast. I needed this. You ready to head back?"

You thought--with the two of you alone--he may reveal some deep, dark secret about a long lost half-sibling, or... something. However, it seems as though your father bears no such drama, only fishing skills.


Jex 11th Jun 2018, 6:08 PM edit delete reply
Now we can fish better. Always important.

Idk how many options we really have here so just go back and check in with the door repair, maybe cast reinforce as a an apology.
Professor Cupcake 11th Jun 2018, 6:25 PM edit delete reply
Professor Cupcake
I kinda like the sound of that anchor. Perhaps Valley can give it a go, hm? I'm sure her swinging something like that around would be absolutely terrifying.
Cloudy 11th Jun 2018, 6:35 PM edit delete reply
+1 to Valley swinging around that thing *exclusively after* an extensive bit of training with it. That sounds scary to be near.
Guest 11th Jun 2018, 6:49 PM edit delete reply
+1 to anchor, but certainly ask father's permission. He seems like a chill dude, but might want to keep it. Also ask if he could show Valley the sand shark technique as best he can, since she can already use some earth attacks.
Krylo 11th Jun 2018, 7:59 PM edit delete reply
+1 on showing Valley the sand shark.
Lapdragon 11th Jun 2018, 6:46 PM edit delete reply
+1 - see if Dad wants to part with the family heirloom, we'll take it for some more adventures! :-)
MakePeaceAndLove 11th Jun 2018, 11:01 PM edit delete reply
+1 to asking if Valley can take the anchor and letting dad show her the land shark. With her skills she can probably make something out of it!
ZincFingers 12th Jun 2018, 5:59 AM edit delete reply
If we want to get crafty, get Inzo to attach the anchor to a chain (Reinforced chain).
This is, of course, provided we have our parents blessing to take our grandfathers old weapon (Which... I mean anchors are pretty big right? Gramps must've been a beast of a man).
Tech 12th Jun 2018, 1:36 PM edit delete reply
If weapons are class-locked, are we sure that Valley can use a Fisherman's weapon?
1977 12th Jun 2018, 1:48 PM edit delete reply
Anchor could count as twohanded hammer, then everythings fine. :)
Guest 12th Jun 2018, 2:41 PM edit delete reply
I am firmly reminded of
Cloudy 11th Jun 2018, 6:41 PM edit delete reply
Give your dad a hug and thank him for some quality father son fishing time. He seems like a hugger, honestly. Tell him you’ll meet him back home, and then Go help the locals with the crabs if there are any left, or walk along the beach and look for anything worth note.
If nothing eventful happens we should go home and make sure our mum isnt Telling too many embarrassing stories.

Maybe give a quick try of a small bit of your irregular foliage as fishing bait while you’re at the beach.

Plenty to do, hahaa.
Guest 11th Jun 2018, 6:53 PM edit delete reply
Maybe try the poisoned meat later, but only with full party nearby, I have feeling we might catch something nasty.
MakePeaceAndLove 11th Jun 2018, 11:03 PM edit delete reply
+1 to thanks and hugs. Dad's awesome.
GS 12th Jun 2018, 3:13 AM edit delete reply
+1. ^_^
Sonico 11th Jun 2018, 6:49 PM edit delete reply
Now i want to know about Nast's grandad adventuring fisherman/sailor past.

Kind of curious about how advanced he actually was, not to mention HE might have had other kids - and grandkids - no one is aware of...
Green Visitor 11th Jun 2018, 6:57 PM edit delete reply
I speculate the same, but there's only weak hints and no evidence.
MakePeaceAndLove 11th Jun 2018, 11:16 PM edit delete reply
+1 from me. Even if it's unlikely, at the very least hearing stories of grandpa should be entertaining.
GS 12th Jun 2018, 3:14 AM edit delete reply
See if Granddad left a journal, maybe...?
Green Visitor 11th Jun 2018, 6:51 PM edit delete reply
I can feel the morale rising.. But no big reveals, unless we put in a little speculation.

Bookstore next? And maybe pick up some fishnet while in Peace Calling. I think we could have Inzo make a landing net for Nast.
Twyll 11th Jun 2018, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
Or perhaps a net thrower to add to the mech, for capturing creatures.
MakePeaceAndLove 11th Jun 2018, 11:17 PM edit delete reply
Check up with mom and how the door repair is going, then yeah, bookstore next and we can look around for pick ups.
JiggilyJoe 11th Jun 2018, 7:15 PM edit delete reply
Ok, let's meet back up with the girls, see if they learned anything.
Then we need to get everybody back together for a talk.
I really think we need to hunt down the Ex and talk with her. It seems a little odd that shes been so many places and knows a lot about us.
Krylo 11th Jun 2018, 8:02 PM edit delete reply
I still think she might be the thief.
Guest 11th Jun 2018, 10:12 PM edit delete reply
When we are in the same town, sure. For now, lets stay on task with the potion mats.
MakePeaceAndLove 11th Jun 2018, 11:18 PM edit delete reply
Maybe she is the panty thief, but I'm not buying it based on our current clues. I feel the panty thief must be someone we still haven't met at all. That's just my hunch, though.
Fireopal 12th Jun 2018, 12:09 AM edit delete reply
Besides, if she were the thief, why would she coming here looking for us? I think she might be some good help, and we might get her to join our party.
1977 12th Jun 2018, 2:56 AM edit delete reply
Why is it odd that our exgirlfriend knows things about us?
She was just in Threeroads and seen the wantedposters, got back home to inform our parents and then back to travel.
I don't see any unusual behaviour from her.
Barswanian 11th Jun 2018, 7:34 PM edit delete reply
Was real good to spend time with Dad. Also teaches us that there is a lot out there we can't expect.
MakePeaceAndLove 11th Jun 2018, 11:19 PM edit delete reply

And we caught some nice fish too.
Nieki 11th Jun 2018, 7:35 PM edit delete reply
I'm up for visiting the Bookstore, too. While we're there, in addition to the more general purpose stuff we're looking for for our Aspiring Monarch, we should probably see about reuniting with the rest of our wayward party--after all, they've had quite the adventure of their own.
G. Sansa 11th Jun 2018, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
1. Books.

2. Get Dad and/or Mom's help turning the raw fish into something we can carry without spoilage and eat quickly in battle. Salted? That goes for Antidote, and Trollface if the latter is big enough for several portions. Otherwise, use tuna for (3).

3. Get Ranse to crafting with all our nice ingredients. Priority order: mandragora (for silence effect), tuna (if she can make it into more than one potion), jellofish, acid enzyme, albacore.

4. Get Inzo upgrading. Get him mining parts and let him use animal fur, coral, foliage, and anything else he wants. No crown though.

5. Go to Tumbletart, switch party to Ranse/Justice/Nast (and ask her what her Dad says about the crown and the coffin), go buy 2 cockadoos (enough for 3-4 people) so we have a mount for Slimey if she wants to join us, and go see if Slimey wants to join us. Ask nicely if Ranse can smell her crown to identify it. All 3 of us can coach her on adventuring if she wants it (including choice of class? I mean maybe "slime" is a class, but maybe there are various slime-compatible classes like "shapeshifter" and "master of slimey secretions that have spell-like status effects and come out of a mana-like pool" and some normal ones like "thief" and "engineer".)

Meanwhile, Valley can... help fight giant crabs? Hang with Mom? And Lagrand can meditate.
Fireopal 12th Jun 2018, 12:09 AM edit delete reply
I say we smoke the fish.
Jochi 12th Jun 2018, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
No time for recreational possible hallucinogens.
Oh, you meant for preserving, like the salting. Spoilage doesn't seem to be an issue with stuff in our inventory.
+1 to seeing if Valley can learn Sand Shark, and asking about borrowing the anchor and if gramps kept a journal.
Also, don't forget about the unowned mining equipment, if any, and eventually we need to get Justice a shield and/or a staff. Inzo should be in the party if and when we go to the mines.
G. Sansa 12th Jun 2018, 6:07 PM edit delete reply
Even if spoilage isn't an issue, carrying around raw fish when we're being tracked by a shark man seems unwise. Salted, smoked, whatever. Mom and/or Ranse have the skills.
Krylo 11th Jun 2018, 8:01 PM edit delete reply
Meet up with the girls and then bookstore. For king slime.

I suggest books on politics, economics, monsters (especially slimes and goblins), and romance (to widen her perspective there).
MakePeaceAndLove 11th Jun 2018, 11:23 PM edit delete reply

Maybe something on magic? If there are books on that subject that would be all the way out there in Peace Calling
ZincFingers 12th Jun 2018, 2:52 AM edit delete reply
The town kinda boomed, and then died down quickly, it wouldn't surprise me if the bookshop is full of decent books that just haven't been sold due to a lack of relevant customers.
1977 12th Jun 2018, 3:07 AM edit delete reply
+1 to checking the books (and probably the girl(?) who sells them) out.
HS 12th Jun 2018, 3:16 AM edit delete reply
+1. Also look for books on monster lore for the party!
Korsha 11th Jun 2018, 8:04 PM edit delete reply
Ask dad if he can tell us the basics for Sand Shark
MakePeaceAndLove 11th Jun 2018, 11:24 PM edit delete reply
+1 to this

We're already at the beach too, where the sand is! And if dad gets stuck we can help pull him back out.

Though it's probably more important for Valley to see than us, unless we want to show her our best attempt later.
ZincFingers 12th Jun 2018, 2:49 AM edit delete reply
He never specified the move was restricted to sand, so I'd assume it can be performed on any sort of dirt / sand / clay / loam, etc.
Antarean 11th Jun 2018, 8:29 PM edit delete reply
Hm, did we neglect to tell dad about our encounter with the Kuo-Toa?

Are the locals down the beach still fighting the giant crabs? Depending on the size of them we might be able to help rather effectively; wind slice the legs off, then just attack from behind, and Bam! Crab cakes for everyone.

Let's go see how the door is coming along and tell Valley and Justice how the fishing went.
Krylo 11th Jun 2018, 9:07 PM edit delete reply

Might as well help out. Good will with the people is good to have when you're wanted.
MakePeaceAndLove 11th Jun 2018, 11:25 PM edit delete reply
Yeah I'd go help out, it's simply good manners. Plus, even if it sounds like they have it covered, at the very least we'd see a giant crab for ourselves.
GS 12th Jun 2018, 3:17 AM edit delete reply
Barswanian 11th Jun 2018, 8:57 PM edit delete reply
I'm a little interested in getting a training session in with Valley leading for hand to hand things. Could really help the team coordinate better. And we could really use the help for when mana runs out.
MakePeaceAndLove 11th Jun 2018, 11:26 PM edit delete reply
Sounds good to me. Training session with the whole party even? When we reunite. Pairing up and practicing then switching partners and continuing. Would lead to some fun interactions I hope, and maaaybe some new combos?
GS 12th Jun 2018, 3:17 AM edit delete reply
+1 for combat drills!
MakePeaceAndLove 11th Jun 2018, 11:39 PM edit delete reply
So, check up how the girls are doing with the door, maybe leave them with dad so they get some conversation time,

go see mom to talk and help out (we really need her name at last, even if Nast would just call her Mom)

Meet the girls again and hit up the bookstore, then, hmm

possibly pass by the mining equipment again, though I doubt we'll find anything - like in many RPGs, after you pressed A on all the items there's nothing left.

Then we head back to Humblestart and check how the rest of our party is doing? Tell them how our trip went, decide what to do with our items for selling or crafting, etc.

And since people mentioned it, we can go help the townfolk with those giant crabs and/or ask dad to show us the Land Shark as best he can. Probably with Valley watching, as long as he doesn't get nervous about performing before a bigger audience. XD

..... ahh, one more thing. Since dad mentioned grandpa, and talked in a tone like he's no longer with us, can we pay him a visit too? Surely Nast would know where his grave is around here, if there's no single cemetary then every family keeps their own graves, perhaps. We would just go and pay our respects, it wouldn't take long... from what Dad was saying, Grandpa would be proud of Nast if he could see him as an adventurer, right?
GS 12th Jun 2018, 3:18 AM edit delete reply
+1 to all of this. ^_^
ZincFingers 12th Jun 2018, 5:54 AM edit delete reply
Question; visit the grave before or after retrieving the party? and / or do we want our parents along for it?
Caydenite 12th Jun 2018, 7:15 AM edit delete reply
I say we go alone. It's a personal moment, and I doubt Granddad will rise from the grave to attack us.
Fireopal 12th Jun 2018, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
If Granddad rises from the grave, we totally invite him to join our party.
Caydenite 12th Jun 2018, 12:26 PM edit delete reply
@Fireopal I was Totally thinking that! Of course, I doubt we'll be getting inspiration from them.
GS 12th Jun 2018, 1:38 PM edit delete reply
I say we bring Hurley.
It'll be special for him, too.
Delta 12th Jun 2018, 12:10 AM edit delete reply
The lore is missing the flabby flounder.
Espylacopa 12th Jun 2018, 1:27 AM edit delete reply
Unless I've missed something, lore entries on items only appear for items we have had in our possession. The flabby flounder went into dad's inventory, not ours.
1977 12th Jun 2018, 1:29 AM edit delete reply
Flabby Flounder is dad's catch.
He said it's enough for this month so he kept it.
It's not ours, not in our inventory, not in the lore.
MakePeaceAndLove 12th Jun 2018, 9:33 AM edit delete reply
Makes sense. Of course I'd have been happy with more lore, but - well, we can catch our own one day.

Something about this reminds me of collecting Pokedex entries in Pokemon. Only, we have to either get the item or fight the enemy... till death? Or till a resolution of sorts, to get their lore entry. We got an entry for the faeries although we didn't kill a single one, yet we battled Nereus in a tough fight and we didn't get a Sahagin entry. Next time, I guess. >.>
1977 12th Jun 2018, 9:53 AM edit delete reply
About the missing entry for sahagin, after looking every day under Aquatics I developed another theory for why there is no entry.

If you look you can see that there is no Category:Humanoids.

Species met but not added are:
(Dark Elves were mentioned to exist but we didn't see any so far)

My theory, all of these are humanoid species but for some reason Morgenstern doesn't add Humanoids to the lore.
Caydenite 12th Jun 2018, 10:31 AM edit delete reply
I can see the humanoids theory, but that raises a lot of questions, like why goblinoids are counted different.
echo 12th Jun 2018, 11:03 AM edit delete reply
RicardtheDragoon 12th Jun 2018, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
Good catch, echo. That lends a tad more weight to 1977's theory as well.
Green Visitor 12th Jun 2018, 4:54 PM edit delete reply
Too much lore kills the magic. The great master Tolkien deliberately left some mysteries unresolved in an otherwise cohesive world. Also, some thing should remain a mystery even to the creator. Are orcs always evil?
GS 13th Jun 2018, 1:27 AM edit delete reply
Tolkien apparently struggled with that, due to his religion and belief in the soul and free will.
Some people believe one of the lines in his work, that (paraphrased) at one time all Middle Earth's tribes save the Elves were divided by the battle between good and evil", indicates there may have been some good Orcs.
They just didn't show up in the Lord of the Rings...
1977 12th Jun 2018, 3:03 AM edit delete reply
Are our parents onlychilds?
No aunts and uncles?
No cousins who could bear a familyresemblance?

How about cloning?
Someone snatched a genetic sample of Nast and cloned him.
The clone is the pantythief.
If the technology is not far enough for that you can always say 'Blam A Wizard'.
MakePeaceAndLove 12th Jun 2018, 9:37 AM edit delete reply
If it was cloning I'd guess either an archmage or some transmuter did it, but it seems far-fetched.

I get that the similarity between Nast and the panty thief the key to the story from the beginning, but I think the reason is different than most people expect.

Maybe... it's not that the panty thief is secretly connected with Nast, but it's Nast who is connected with the panty thief somehow? And in a way Nast doesn't suspect, or possibly not even the culprit - at least not initially, but he (or she?) can start paying attention if we keep adventuring and earn some fame of our own.
Fireopal 12th Jun 2018, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
Time travel. We really are the panty thief, but from the future. We came back in time to get us accused of the crime so that we can start this grand adventure and meet all these interesting people. Lol
G. Sansa 12th Jun 2018, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
That would still be pretty immoral. Panties are nice, but 100 people with 1 pair that they wear, and a sense of security, is better than 1 person with 100 pairs and everyone else feeling insecure.

But I suspect they're for some scary ritual.
Guest 12th Jun 2018, 3:24 AM edit delete reply
See if you can get your dad to teach you what he know about this sand shark move. It sounds pretty cool, like something we might like to pull off in a tricky situation.
Caydenite 12th Jun 2018, 4:15 AM edit delete reply
+1 to finding the girls and seeing if Dad might be willing to lend the Heirloom Anchor and/or teach Sand Shark to Valley. (Also, if mundane professions can be battle ready, we should try and recruit one of those bakers for the party. I just wanna see what techniques they can use.)
+1 to checking out the bookstore, looking for anything related to leadership, monsters, relationship and politics. Also, keep an eye out for shields for Justice.
Caydenite 12th Jun 2018, 8:51 AM edit delete reply
Oh, when we get together, we should give the jellofish to Inzo; Paralytic gobjuice ftw! He should be ok to handle it too, he's used to oozes.
Guy Incognito 12th Jun 2018, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
Some Random Guy 12th Jun 2018, 11:53 AM edit delete reply
Green Visitor 12th Jun 2018, 5:09 PM edit delete reply
Let's not provide him the idea that slimes are suitable as ingredients.

Have Ranse do the alchemy on jellofish. Her moral compass is set to kink more than world domination.
Green Visitor 12th Jun 2018, 5:16 PM edit delete reply
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Green Visitor 12th Jun 2018, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
It didn't .. *Prays for a deletion*
TheBiggestWinkle 12th Jun 2018, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
Hey you know how the page icon for this comic is a small yellow and red chest? I see one that looks just like it on the mantle, maybe we should check it out if we don't already know what it is and its significance.