Comic 130 - Insist you are not the thief

13th Jun 2018, 7:28 PM in High Roads, Low Roads, Threeroads
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Insist you are not the thief
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Morgenstern 13th Jun 2018, 7:28 PM edit delete
Morgenstern
"Nast is not the thief," Justice states. "I have been accompanying him of my own free will, as has Valley."

"Totes," agrees Valley. "He's been framed."

"Framed?" The dark elf scoffs. "The chances of that are WELL into the single digits. If someone's capable of escaping a jail cell, capable of breaking into AND out of the king's own palace, what need would they have for framing another individual? Even if their identity was known, they've still demonstrated ample ability to evade the law--falsifying their identity would be wholly unnecessary. The only reason to do so would be if the thief were a well known public figure, one whose reputation would be damaged if their true face were recognized--which I find HIGHLY unlikely."

"But like..." Valley scratches her head. "Why would that be weird...?"

Justice nods, thinking to herself. "That's... all a fair point. The actual thief clearly has the ability to disappear--the only reason to frame Nast is that their identity is, itself, a liability. The thief must be someone well known, someone with something to lose from their face being exposed."

"Precisely!," replies the dark elf. "Anyone with that sort of influence could fulfill their sick perversions in a more traditional fashion--hiring women, leveraging power, bribing the aware to keep their mouths shut. Breaking into the homes of commoners, steadily escalating that primitive thievery until it reaches the castle... that's all beneath the sort of individual who would need to hide their face! Either their identity is irrelevant and there's no need to frame another person, or their identity IS a significant one and they can get themselves off with far less effort!"

Valley squints. "But like, what if the thief totally gets off on the breaking and entry part?"

"Or," Justice chimes in, "what if it's not merely an act of perversion, but something more sinister? Like a way to upset the king's authority with an outlandish crime spree."

"Either are distinct possibilities," the elf admits, "but incredibly unlikely. That would be a HORRIBLY specific fetish and a VERY cumbersome method of undermining the government, respectively. Firmly single digit probability, as I stated earlier."

You point out that you didn't leave Peace Calling until recently, and numerous people can verify that.

"A fine alibi, but easily fabricated," replies the elf. "Family and friends may be aware of your misdeeds, but disagree with the severity of the manhunt and thus will lie on your behalf. As an alternate hypothesis: you could easily use your charms to deceive the locals. Slipping out of Peace Calling unnoticed is no difficult task--I've made numerous trips out of town myself in the past month."

...So the elf thinks that you've been sneaking out of Peace Calling for a long time, completely unnoticed by anyone, stealing underwear from all over the kingdom while keeping up the masquerade of being a normal guy living in a tiny fishing town.

"Correct," she says simply. "Extremely manageable for someone with the ability to steal from the king's own castle."

Alright. So, humoring that line of thought--if you're really that good, skilled enough to keep up that charade for so long, skilled enough to break into and out of the castle and hijack royal panties... how did you get caught in Humblestart? It's not exactly the best of the best in terms of law enforcement operating over there.

"It's toootally true," Valley affirms with several nods. "The guards there are bogus? There's, like, no way a master thief is getting caught in Humblestart."

"Obviously, you--" The elf stops. Her expression doesn't change, but she does hesitate for a lengthy period. "...I'll need to do further research, and verify if there were any altercations prior to that that could have left you at less than optimal efficiency. No one is perfect, and even the yokels in Humblestart could catch you if you wandered in with zero mana."

You compliment her deductive skills, and ask if she might like to join you. You and your party are searching for the actual thief, because you need to clear your name. If she comes with you, she can see for herself that you're not the infamous criminal... and that you're making efforts to figure out who is.

"Plus," Valley adds, "Like... if you did come with us? And you still think he's the thief? That would totally put you in a better spot to catch him."

"Negative," the dark elf replies. "Given your charms and my weakness for exotic hair colors, there's at least a 70% chance that my accompanying you would lead to me becoming enamored, and thus I would cease to consider the situation objectively. I must investigate these newly presented factors independently."

You sigh, and pay for the books. Can you at least get her name...?

"You did say that we cannot prepare for you, regardless of our knowledge concerning your plans," points out Justice.

"...Fine," concedes the dark elf. "My name is Delmora."

Comments:

Caydenite 13th Jun 2018, 9:14 PM edit delete reply
Princess is the panty thief! Calling it now.

Tell her she's welcome to investigate the situation all she wants, and as you're confident her obvious intelligence will eventually revel the truth of your innocence the invitation remains open. Tell her you like her hair too.
Jex 13th Jun 2018, 9:22 PM edit delete reply
What if the real panty thief is actually trying to resurrect an archmage and this process somehow requires panties because magic.

Also +1
Tentechoes 13th Jun 2018, 9:26 PM edit delete reply
A princess hiring men to steal panties for a fetish or a ritual. Yep, it does seems like she is the panty thief. But why frame Nast?


top 10 questions soon to be answered
Anon 13th Jun 2018, 10:45 PM edit delete reply
I think Nast getting framed is an unhappy accident. From what we've heard about disguise potions, it may be just coincidence that the panty thief looks like Nast when disguised. Nast is a bit too, uh, unknown to be framed anyways.
lil Joshu 14th Jun 2018, 9:38 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
+1 to saying offer remains open once her intelligence reveals Nast is innocent.

Also +1 to asking chances of 'framing by accident' which is a hypothesis we have. Afterall, wanted posters are black and white, and regional similarities in appearance are a common thing.

It also wouldn't have to be framing by the panty thief, just the person in charge of making the posters.

Might run a few of our considered possibilities by Miss Delmora. If we're innocent, it could help her future party members. If guilty, the information would be of no use to us. We could possibly even pay for her analysis in helping track down the real thief.

Ask her "Assuming innocence, what would be the most likely traits of the real thief, whoever framed us, and the likelyhood of them being the same person?"
Jex 13th Jun 2018, 9:19 PM edit delete reply
Not that Nast would know this, but being in the single digits in terms of probability isn't necessarily significant.

And what of travel time? Nast would have needed to get to a number of relatively far away places and back in a time frame that is at the very most 10 hours. He would only be able to get around by foot. And what time of day was he captured in the first place. Also an enchanter with the necessary sneaking skills to raise no alarms in the king's very own palace would have no effort not being caught in Humblestart even without mana.

Obviously she wouldn't change her mind through our direct input but might as well add more doubt.
MakePeaceAndLove 13th Jun 2018, 11:03 PM edit delete reply
Unless she suspects that Nast is a master of teleportation AND an enchanter. Can teleport from one end of the kingdom to the next, teleport into locked rooms without triggering any traps, teleport panties off of people to steal them almost effortlessly.

That would be VERY mana intensive though. And if the thief's last trip to the King's Castle cost all their mana, then getting caught in Humblestart would be possible. Charm only works if the soldiers give you time to open your mouth, and they can hurry one another to stop doubting your guilt.

So it's not as outrageous, but there are definitely other problems with what she said to undermine it.
Gandalf 14th Jun 2018, 12:41 PM edit delete reply
Gandalf
Not so farfetched: Nast now has a teleportation spell in the form of the Return enchantment.
Tentechoes 13th Jun 2018, 9:23 PM edit delete reply
Welp, we tried to get her into our party. Might atleast help her abot by giving info about what we know about the panty thief(or not if we dont have any o o f). Say thank you about complimenting our looks in a logical manner.

Also, can we still go back to our parents and ask about our dead grandpaps' grave? Lets see if our grandfather anchor affects the grave in any ways or just visit our grandpap once in a while.
MakePeaceAndLove 13th Jun 2018, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
+1 to this, especially returning the compliment.

I find it awesome that she's aware she'd fall for us if she joined the party. XD Somebody is really using her head here.
V.V.V. 14th Jun 2018, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
+1 to... yeah, and the panties. Let her know that we would appreciate her asking us or others independently for information before leaping on us in an unfriendly fashion, but that we are confident enough both in our innocence and her skills for us to work separately. We are both happy to volunteer any information that may help her in her hunt and, ultimately, to, er, help in a more immediate sense.

Then onwards to the grave!
ZincFingers 13th Jun 2018, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
ZincFingers
Yeah, onward to Gramps’s grave. Although we should tell Delmora that we look forward to her catching us with our pants down. No saying what she’ll find in said pants, but we look forward to it all the same.
MakePeaceAndLove 13th Jun 2018, 11:08 PM edit delete reply
+1 ZincFingers, just for that phrase alone. XD That would be such a fun tease.
GS 14th Jun 2018, 1:04 AM edit delete reply
+1 to all of this.
Eyebrows 14th Jun 2018, 1:55 AM edit delete reply
She'll find Ranse's panties.
Placeholder 13th Jun 2018, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
Tell her about your grandfathers anchor and the enchantment we felt on it and get her analysis.
Dragos 13th Jun 2018, 10:45 PM edit delete reply
Might be better to get our good friend Ranse to do that, then we can reward her by helping her blow iff steam ;)
MakePeaceAndLove 13th Jun 2018, 11:05 PM edit delete reply
+1 to Dragos' suggestion, let's leave that to Ranse.
GS 14th Jun 2018, 1:05 AM edit delete reply
-1. For now, Delmora is not quite an enemy, but also not quite a friend. Keep her on-task for verifying our innocence.
Krylo 14th Jun 2018, 2:31 AM edit delete reply
-1 She's not friendly right now. And we don't even know if she can attempt identification to activate the spell if she were.

Leave it to Ranse.
Fayti 13th Jun 2018, 9:31 PM edit delete reply
The elf just told us that the thief broke into and out of the castle. Would the charmer that Nast is need to do that?

Also she has had to sneak out of town regularly in the past month...
Sonico 13th Jun 2018, 9:45 PM edit delete reply
As an aside, Nast knows of at least ONE testimony that implies serious magic is at play on this - the theft of the Fairies panties.

Also, still no idea of why would someone steal hundreds of doll-sized mini panties in the first place, though it DID lead to majorly pissing them off, that had serious consequences to the forest and its environs...
MakePeaceAndLove 13th Jun 2018, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
For a moment I thought that the panty thief was someone high up in the royal hierarchy and who did NOT look like Nast at all, but merely chose Nast's face to put on all the posters and lead the thief hunt astray...

Then I remembered that the faeries clearly recognized Nast as having the same posture, voice, and face as the panty thief. Seems like it's much more complicated then, and yes there's definitely some magic at work, especially to be able to steal all of their tiny panties.
Antarean 13th Jun 2018, 9:54 PM edit delete reply
70% you say? I like those odds.

Well, now we *really* can't let her know about the Return spell. Not only would it add to her hypothesis of us flitting about the kingdom unnoticed, but it could easily lead to a speculative narrative where we popped into Humblestart without any mana. Oh, we should also avoid using the Bandit Bandana for the next little bit as well in case she's watching us, no point adding fuel to the fire.

Also she's discounting the possibility that the true thief is a famous person with a fetish because the fetish in question is overly specific (stolen panties in this case)? *Someone* clearly hasn't spent much time on the internet, there's all kinds of niche fetishes on there. :P
MakePeaceAndLove 13th Jun 2018, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
+1 to not telling her about Return, but I think we'll still need to use Return while adventuring for other reasons or because the situation forces us to do so. No point worrying about it though, but it won't hurt to leave Peace Calling normally. Maybe Return to Humblestart after we've left the town slightly behind us, at least.

She really underestimates the chance that it's a niche fetish, yeah... but I doubt it's purely because of a fetish. Then again, I don't think it's to use the panties for magic, either... unless...

What if the panty thief made a deal with a demon for awesome teleportation magic and the price is, like, one million panties? In which case tiny fairy panties would still be worthwhile, if each still counts as one.

If the panty thief is actually working for somebody else then we can split their motivation from themselves - their boss could be the pervert, not the panty thief themself.
Fireopal 13th Jun 2018, 11:29 PM edit delete reply
And considering those odds, I'd like to suggest making Return trips to Peace Calling on a regular basis to have discussions with her. She may not be willing to go, but she can't stop us from coming to her. Our charms can still work on her then and I think she would be an excellent recruit for our party.
GS 14th Jun 2018, 2:05 PM edit delete reply
I'm not sure Delmora will stay at the shop after this...
Guest 13th Jun 2018, 10:30 PM edit delete reply
Thank Delmora for the help, let her know the offer is open as if she is accurate and it is someone in power, you'll need all the help you can get being free of the bad rap you've been given.

Then, after leaving, make sure we note in our shared journal that there are bounty hunters out and about. If people saw us with our friends before, then they need to be careful.
GS 14th Jun 2018, 1:06 AM edit delete reply
+1
MakePeaceAndLove 13th Jun 2018, 11:20 PM edit delete reply
Okay, then how about this line of thinking?

The panty thief is someone significant with a lot to lose if their identity were revealed AND

They are not stealing panties to get off or get a kick out of it. They are forced by the situation into utmost secrecy and to act alone instead of calling using their resources and influence over others to make this easy.

It could be that the panty thief is working for somebody else and that other person is the pervert, seperating their motivation. Like, somebody the panty thief cares about was kidnapped, and the kidnapper demanded one million panties to release the captive, and will kill them if the panty thief tells anyone about what's going on?

........ they could just BUY panties with their resources though, if they were somebody rich - but not if those have to be used panties, specifically stolen, each from a different owner? Cause there was no mention of the thief stealing entire drawers' worth of panties from victims, only straight off their glorious behinds, apparently...

The more I think about it the more I'm convinced that the panty thief is working for somebody else, covering the motivation behind that crime spree.
JiggilyJoe 14th Jun 2018, 1:00 AM edit delete reply
JiggilyJoe
More flirting as we say goodbye, and that we actually look forward to meeting her again.
We should let her know about the fairies and their stolen panties as well. I get the feeling she wants to solve this mystery as much as we do, but doesn't want out "outside influence" I say we give her all the information we have and let her go.
But yes, we need to avoid the teleportation around her, and head to HS the old fashion way. Stopping by Grandpa's grave is fine. I would think Nast should know where it is. I really want to get back with Rance before tonight. ;)
SolomontheLionheart 14th Jun 2018, 4:22 AM edit delete reply
+1 to all this
Lavitz 14th Jun 2018, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
+1
GS 14th Jun 2018, 2:04 PM edit delete reply
No to flirting.

Flirting will only make her put her guard up.

Delmora is someone we need to impress intellectually and persuade we are capable of approaching her on a higher plane.
MakePeaceAndLove 14th Jun 2018, 2:31 PM edit delete reply
+1 to GS there, that's how I see it too.
GS 14th Jun 2018, 1:12 AM edit delete reply
+ Suggest to Delmora that she gathers as many eyewitness reports of our arrest in Humblestart as she can.

+ Give her our info about the thieves' guild doubling down on the theft of disguise potions and their ingredients, and ask she start a line of deduction based on that data.

+ Don't tell Delmora about the faeries; they initially were convinced it was us, until we persuaded them otherwise. Under the circumstances, with Delmora currently believing we use our charm to escape the long arm of the law, that would not look good.

+ When leaving, give her a proper handshake, look her straight in the eye, and say: "Until next time, detective."
1977 14th Jun 2018, 1:31 AM edit delete reply
Now that we have the chickepedia we can buy one cockadoo from the ranch and start hatching the eggs and raising the chickens.
The one from the ranch is already bred for speed, so the first chick we raise should be fed in a manner that we get a fighter I think.
I said earlier it is so that they can help us in our encounters and not for professional cockfights.
Thinking about it a bit more, why not both?

Tell her about the fairies and then leave PC.
Ranse and/or her Dad can help with the anchor.

I thought about a possible Class for KingSlime if she needs one for coming with us.
Bard.

I already mentioned it earlier, so here again.
If it's not to late for it then we should see about the Jellofish in oour inventory.
I'm not sure how KingSlime will react to what is essentially a SeaSlime, but if it's alive it would definitely better for us.
Slimes in general are pretty resilient in every sense of the word.
G. Sansa 14th Jun 2018, 4:56 AM edit delete reply
+1 in general, especially to "Bard".
Caydenite 14th Jun 2018, 1:16 PM edit delete reply
I suspect King Slime's class will be 'Slime', to best make use of there acidity and morphology. Hopefully it gives tentacle attacks.
G. Sansa 14th Jun 2018, 1:52 PM edit delete reply
You've never seen "tentacle bard" as a class option? What RPGs have you been playing?
Caydenite 14th Jun 2018, 2:14 PM edit delete reply
The wrong ones, obviously.
1977 14th Jun 2018, 2:18 PM edit delete reply
I doubt that 'Slime' can be a class, but the fact that grandpa's class was 'Fisherman' it is entirely possible that 'Queen' or 'Empress' or something along these lines could be a class she's essentially stuck with due to her 'job'.

Nonetheless I'm still hoping for 'bard' as her class.
Just imagine the show for the E-Guild.
We start the performance and everyone thinks she's only there to play the part of the tentaclemonster and then suddenly she begins to sing an aria.
Jax 14th Jun 2018, 1:36 AM edit delete reply
After buying the book invite her to talk to the town in detail and see if there is any sign that you were known for steal and the genius level of planning and subterfuge it would take to break into a princess's room IN THE ROYAL PALACE and get out with her panties not to mention frankly if there has ever been a sign of this being out fetish.... ALSO I think this is a fine time to unequip Ranse's panties and have it in the party equipment walking around wearing another person's panties when have been framed for this crime is asking for trouble.
Krylo 14th Jun 2018, 2:27 AM edit delete reply
Before we leave poke a few more holes in her logic:

It's only an 'oddly specific fetish' if it's a sexual one. A highly skilled thief could very easily decide to go after panties--high value panties at that--purely for the challenge to their skill. Testing one's limits in one's hobbies is at least half the point of hobbies, after all. And what better way to test the limits of a thief's skills than to steal panties from the royal princess? This fits particularly well with a 'gentleman' thief who doesn't need to steal for compensation. Someone whose face may be known.

Secondly: She discounts multiple reasons someone might wear a disguise.

For instance, a highly skilled thief would utilize multiple fail safes to make sure that even if plans a through c failed, plan d would still ensure their escape. Such as may have happened when Nast's face was seen at the scene of the crime. Perhaps the thief is not disguised to hide a famous face, but just to ensure they can escape a difficult heist if it goes awry by losing sight and dropping disguise.

Or, we know there's magic that allows people to transform their bodies to great effect (see bramble arms ala Lagrand), whose to say that whomever is doing this isn't some kind of shapeshifting mage who is taking the appearance of Nast to make use of his Je Nai Se Quois or other Nast specific capabilities in the line of theft. Say the mage who passed through Peace Calling and told Nast to become an enchanter, for instance.

Thirdly, the thief could be from Peace Calling and simply hate Nast. Perhaps the disguise had nothing to do with being disguised, or escaping, or making the theft go better. Perhaps the disguise, instead, had everything to do with framing Nast for some slight, real or imagined, from their past growing up together in Peace Calling.

Annnnd then bounce.

I'm honestly not sold on inviting people to our party who are after the bounty on the Panty Thief until we know more about the Panty Thief than that they're stealing panties. There's way too many people willing to kill the dude/dudette over what amounts to a kind of gross petty theft.
Guest 14th Jun 2018, 3:42 AM edit delete reply
Identify and follow the anchor. One more side quest can't hurt, right?
G. Sansa 14th Jun 2018, 4:53 AM edit delete reply
+1
Brb 14th Jun 2018, 4:17 AM edit delete reply
You can bet your ass that the panties are needed to summon some eldrich tentacle monster from the doungeon dimension
MakePeaceAndLove 14th Jun 2018, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
+1 If they're supposed to be used in a magic ritual then I hope it's for something like this. XD
Tentechoes 14th Jun 2018, 9:21 AM edit delete reply
Now im inclided to believe that the ritual will be for tentacle actions ;))))))
Iago 14th Jun 2018, 5:30 AM edit delete reply
Point out any other inconsistencies we've noted in the official story, direct her to the fairies as witness, mention the massive stockpiling of disguise potions by the thieves' guild ... Any other details, really, as long as it doesn't incriminate friends of ours.

Do point out the severity of the verdict, and the hurry in'executing it : a panty thief getting the death penalty, by the king's own knjghts, the verybfirst day after gettkng apprehended ... Seems excessive, princess or not.
Finally, if we were half that good, we wouldn't be talking right now. She'd either already be under our influence, or we'd have beat her up.

We merely ask that, before condemning you, she makes her own investigation, double-checks what we've told her, what the proof of our guilt is, how easily it can be falsified and forges an opinion for herself.
On her own, although we advise her to be careful, there might be real power behind all of this.

If she's as competent as she appears, we trust that she, unlike Threeroads' "yokels", will not be satisfied with using Nast as a scapegoat.
At that point, we would welcome her in our party. Whether to hunt down the real panty thief or not.
Satisfaction and fraternization would be no issue then.

Either way, we wish her good luck. Not that she needs it.
We do appreciate the compliment, and will return one in kind, as she is looking quite fancy herself.
Jochi 14th Jun 2018, 9:50 AM edit delete reply
+1 to pointing out that as far as we know only one pair per victim has been stolen. I had noted that no laundries or seamstresses or the like had been hit, only panties apparently being worn. It is either the challenge, a fetish, or some intended magical or alchemical use.
+1 to the idea that the thief (or his 'employer' if any) is intentionally framing Nast personally, either the mage who suggested he take up magic, or his ex from Peace Calling, or someone with a grudge against him (or all three boosted by disguise magic.)
+1 to making sure Delmora is aware of the thieves' guild's obsession with disguise potions. Tell her "we're sure she already knows, but".
+1 to trying Identify on the anchor again while AT Grandpa's grave. Delmora is delayed as a threat and we have no other need to leave town within the hour or anything.
Guest 14th Jun 2018, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
+1 @ Jochi . In particular the thieves guild obsession.
Guest 14th Jun 2018, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
+1 @ Jochi . In particular the thieves guild obsession.
Fireopal 14th Jun 2018, 12:12 PM edit delete reply
I wish we would stop accusing the ex. She has no motive for trying to frame us, and her concern in looking for us actually suggests she cares about our well being.
GS 14th Jun 2018, 2:01 PM edit delete reply
Agreeing with Fireopal.
MakePeaceAndLove 14th Jun 2018, 2:30 PM edit delete reply
I also agree with Fireopal. It's technically possible but unless new evidence comes to light supporting it, I just don't see it.
Some Random Guy 14th Jun 2018, 3:45 PM edit delete reply
+1
Green Visitor 14th Jun 2018, 10:06 AM edit delete reply
Ask about her motivations for finding the panty thief. I think it's something personal, and I would like to know.
Antarean 14th Jun 2018, 10:47 AM edit delete reply
I just had a disturbing thought. What if the panty thief's motivation for framing Nast and even stealing the panties in the first place, is so that Nast has a goal to work towards and therefore a more exciting adventure? Hurley already told us that goals are important.

Of course if that's the case, it suggests that the panty thief's identity is Nast's grandpa (he might have faked his death or something) and/or an old friend (or group of friends) from his adventuring days. Could be a thief with an enchanter helping him, perhaps.
Fireopal 14th Jun 2018, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
This aligns with my "time travel" theory that the panty thief IS us, but from the future. We have not heard of a single panty being stolen since the start of our adventure.
Korsha 14th Jun 2018, 1:23 PM edit delete reply
Ask if she's into freaky goblin gangbangs, for if so, boy was the diviner right about that opportunity!
Green Visitor 14th Jun 2018, 1:26 PM edit delete reply
That would be funny! Still, -1.
G. Sansa 14th Jun 2018, 1:49 PM edit delete reply
This seems worth it, but only if we're subtle and leave room for deniability. "Speaking of specific sexual fetishes, we happen to know of an opportunity for a woman who has a fetish for multiple partners of small stature and high stamina. Our own interest in the situation isn't sexual but in terms of the effects it would have promoting peace. If you know of such a woman, I'd be happy to give you the details, no questions asked. There's also a possibility that we could offer cosmetic magic of either a temporary or permanent nature to the woman involved, if she desired. We could pay a modest finder's fee, or, if you'd rather call it that, a bounty."
GS 14th Jun 2018, 2:00 PM edit delete reply
-1. >_< We have two better lines open on that issue, which do not require us ticking off a bounty-hunter who might yet become an ally.
Some Random Guy 14th Jun 2018, 3:50 PM edit delete reply
Funny, but this conversation isn’t the time for any sort of gangbangery to be mentioned.
Twelveseal 14th Jun 2018, 1:29 PM edit delete reply
Twelveseal
+1 to the future Nast culprit.
Joch 14th Jun 2018, 3:44 PM edit delete reply
+1 to the thought that the severity of the punishment being a clue that maybe the situation is worse than just an annoying thief able to penetrate royal security. Maybe the royals KNOW the purpose of the panty purloining (awaken an archmage, summon Cthulhu, whatever) and are desperate to stop it at all costs. That's as likely as some royal perp wanting a quickly-silenced scapegoat, although that's highly possible too.
Some Random Guy 14th Jun 2018, 3:53 PM edit delete reply
This is just a thought, but you know how the Lore only contains class descriptions for characters in our party? If you ever have time, it would be nice if you could add entries for reoccurring characters that aren’t on the side of the protagonist.
TheBiggestWinckle 14th Jun 2018, 4:38 PM edit delete reply
Thank her for at least being polite about things, the last bounty hunter practically took our party's heads off.

(Ideally this'll help sque our dynamic with her yowards being more pleasant)
Evonix 14th Jun 2018, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
What if the princess was lieing about how she lost her panties? For that matter what if there's verios different panty theives with the later ones being inspired by the former. Also it needn't be someone with a feitish for breaking in and stealing panties, they could like the thrill of breaking in firstly and steal panties as a sort of arbitary trofy.