Comic 131 - Visit Grandpa's grave

14th Jun 2018, 4:35 PM in High Roads, Low Roads, Threeroads
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Visit Grandpa's grave
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Morgenstern 14th Jun 2018, 4:35 PM edit delete
You welcome Delmora to continue her investigation--you're confident that, as intelligent as she seems to be, she'll discover proof of your innocence. You point out a few minor inconsistencies in what she's concluded thus far, and you point her in a few directions--the fairies in the Witch's Woods, for instance, and the fact that the thieves guild in Threeroads has started buying up disguise potions in bulk. ...And the ridiculous severity of the punishment attached to the underwear thefts. Somebody, somewhere, knows something they're not spilling.

Delmora glares at you with skepticism, but doesn't argue. It's clear she doubts your intentions, though that doesn't invalidate your points.

You compliment her--not TOO flirtatiously, but maybe a little--and tell her the offer is still open to join your party after she realizes you're not the thief. You take your books and you, Valley, and Justice leave the bookstore.

You quickly update your journal to warn everyone else about the increasing number of bounty hunters.

With that minor crisis averted you decide to visit Grandpa's grave site, since you're still here in Peace Calling. You also cast Identify on his anchor once in a while as you walk, trying to gauge roughly where the anchor's illusion is pointing to.

Oddly, the anchor's spell seems to be trying to pull you toward... Grandpa's grave.

When you arrive, and cast Identify again, you feel a strong pull to exactly this location.


You haven't been to this grave since you were much younger. Inscribed on Grandpa's headstone is a series of musical notes; you remember your dad saying it was some old sea shanty.

Did... Grandpa set up some elaborate puzzle before he passed away...?

"He did, like, beat up monsters with a big anchor?," Valley points out. "Like, I didn't know the guy, but... I would toootally not put it past him. Adventurers are like, way weird? WE'RE like, way weird."

"There may be a different explanation," Justice states. "Those no longer living can still have great influence, especially over their own burial sites, and over objects that were important to them in life."

"Wait, like..." Valley's eyes widen. "Are you saying the anchor's totally HAUNTED?!"

"That's... not quite what I meant," Justice replies.


Krylo 14th Jun 2018, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
Sing a shanty.
Jex 14th Jun 2018, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
Possibly play the notes somehow too
Some Random Guy 14th Jun 2018, 5:30 PM edit delete reply
holy poops thats it

Perhaps we are supposed to sing or play the song inscribed on the grave in order to summon some sort of magical effect.

Ooooor, the grandpa REALLY just wanted the anchor to be buried alongside his coffin. Who knows!
Dysprosian 14th Jun 2018, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
MakePeaceAndLove 14th Jun 2018, 10:31 PM edit delete reply
Caydenite 14th Jun 2018, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
Note Notes. Can anyone in our party sing/whistle/play? Justice maybe had training for hymns? If so, they could try playing the tune. If not, something to keep in mind in the E-Guild. Maybe Sweet, though puns seem more her jam.

Gather party, and either craft or set out to find that last potion ingredient?
SolomontheLionheart 14th Jun 2018, 5:29 PM edit delete reply
+1 to playing the notes
Some Random Guy 14th Jun 2018, 5:33 PM edit delete reply
Dysprosian 14th Jun 2018, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
Grew up on the coast theres gonna be shanties nast has heard growing up. Can ask dad for reminders.

Lets impress the ladies with some singing! Justice could use a new song, bet shes heard plenty of the choir.

If there are notes to play on the tombstone the fam should know them.
MakePeaceAndLove 14th Jun 2018, 10:32 PM edit delete reply
Portal In Time 14th Jun 2018, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
Cast identify on the grave, examine the sea shanty in greater detail.
Portal In Time 14th Jun 2018, 5:33 PM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
... Shit, what if Valley uses Sand Shark on the grave? That was grandpa's signature move. His semi-enchanted weapon brought us to his grave - What if that's actually the solution?

Ask dad for his thoughts, then ask for his blessing on doing this
Caydenite 14th Jun 2018, 6:14 PM edit delete reply
I'm for not desecrating the grave. I'm also doubtful that Valley would like to dive face first into Grampa's rotten skeleton.
JiggilyJoe 14th Jun 2018, 6:31 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, that's a big -1 on the sand shark.
ZincFingers 14th Jun 2018, 6:39 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, until we have concrete evidence, let’s not go grave diving.
MakePeaceAndLove 14th Jun 2018, 10:33 PM edit delete reply
-1 to the Sand Shark, but +1 to try Identify on the grave, sure
Jex 14th Jun 2018, 5:32 PM edit delete reply
I feel like the notes themselves are important so write those down. Try playing the notes, or finding someone to play the notes.
Korsha 14th Jun 2018, 5:48 PM edit delete reply
If no one in the party can hold a tune or play an instrument, write the notes down for if we get Jester or someone else from the entertainers guild.
Krylo 14th Jun 2018, 5:59 PM edit delete reply
It's a sea shanty. If you're singing it in tune you're doing it wrong.

That said, if the lyrics don't provide clues and it doesn't open with our singing, this is a good idea.
Korsha 14th Jun 2018, 7:06 PM edit delete reply
You should hear some pirate shanties in a bar when everyone knows the song. It. Gets. Awesome.
Iago 14th Jun 2018, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
Nuns should know how to sing well enough.
Not what she's used to, admittedly, but have Justice direct you and sing the song of your ancestor with her.
Valley probably would enjoy that kind of song, and she has the anchor, the sand-sharky skillset and the lung capacity, so she's welcome to join in.
Plus for shantys, the more the merrier. Clearly.

Be in contact with the anchor as well by the way, in case of weird tuning forkish hijinks.

At the very least, as a sailor and adventurer, Grandpa should appreciate a pretty girl or two singing for him, wherever he ended up.

If that does nothing, note down the inscription, see if there's a trick to the engraving.
If the tombstone radiates magic, identify.

Where's the rest of the party these days ? Rance's nose would be useful right now (as would Lagrand's knowledge) - but I might just be partial at that point.
MakePeaceAndLove 14th Jun 2018, 10:34 PM edit delete reply
Placeholder 14th Jun 2018, 6:10 PM edit delete reply
Fuck, we need a Bard. Anyone know if there's a Bard's guild?
Iago 14th Jun 2018, 7:59 PM edit delete reply
That would be the Entertainers.
And I doubt they have a monopoly in singing. That would be weird.
Dysprosian 14th Jun 2018, 9:49 PM edit delete reply
Son of a fisherman, grandson of one will definitly know a few shanties. most kids grow up hearing varied songs from the groups they live in and nast grew up on the coast.

Just go to his dad for a reminder of one if he dont remember one.

Hes gonna sing drunken sailor and the grave will glow when he mentions the captains daughter.
JiggilyJoe 14th Jun 2018, 6:33 PM edit delete reply
Unless Valley or Justice have any musical training we have two options; either look around town for someone who does, or head out of town.
If we're going, then let's head for slime king on the way to HS.
JiggilyJoe 14th Jun 2018, 6:35 PM edit delete reply
Also, take the journal and either copy, or create a rubbing of the notes on the headstone for a musician to look at.
ZincFingers 14th Jun 2018, 6:41 PM edit delete reply
A rubbing is a good idea, removes the chance of us copying it to poorly to be of use.
Caydenite 14th Jun 2018, 7:10 PM edit delete reply
+1 to taking a rubbing.
Caydenite 14th Jun 2018, 7:10 PM edit delete reply
+1 to taking a rubbing.
ZincFingers 14th Jun 2018, 6:40 PM edit delete reply
Did Lagrand have an instrument at some point? Or am I miss-remembering? If so see if he can’t get here quick like.
Twelveseal 14th Jun 2018, 6:47 PM edit delete reply
This is totally giving me Legend of Zelda vibes, especially the N64 era goodness. As we have no Ocarina, can someone in the current party maybe whistle the tune? Singing it won't do us much good if we don't know the lyrics.
Kidd 14th Jun 2018, 7:22 PM edit delete reply
+1 in the nostalgia department. Dang, games like LoZ were pretty great ones.
MakePeaceAndLove 14th Jun 2018, 10:36 PM edit delete reply
+1, cool idea
Guest 14th Jun 2018, 7:13 PM edit delete reply
Maybe return at night, screw in time to the music and use orgasms for notes. While it may seem gross, we could both unlock the secret and be inspired to Necromancy!
Some Random Guy 14th Jun 2018, 7:20 PM edit delete reply
Sex in a graveyard?


I mean, this is an adult interactive webcomic, but that seems . . . unusual at best.
uynhygfxgcjv 14th Jun 2018, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
Not to be the one guy that brings out that one joke/possibility, but maybe we'll learn Necrophiliac.
Krylo 14th Jun 2018, 7:28 PM edit delete reply

We are not fucking on our grandfather's grave.
Barswanian 14th Jun 2018, 8:02 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, no.

I mean, Valley's breasts might be able to get a ghosts attention, but not what we want to do here.
ZincFingers 14th Jun 2018, 8:47 PM edit delete reply
We don’t need to invent new ways of getting exotic diseases.
MakePeaceAndLove 14th Jun 2018, 10:37 PM edit delete reply
I don't see it working out. Not because of the 'sex in a graveyard' part, but actually because the idea of orgasming IN TUNE is ridiculous, when orgasming you can't really focus on singing/moaning in tune. Still, thanks for that mental image.
Drago 14th Jun 2018, 8:13 PM edit delete reply
Cast Identify on the grave and see if its magical, then play the tune?
MakePeaceAndLove 14th Jun 2018, 10:38 PM edit delete reply
Green Visitor 14th Jun 2018, 8:21 PM edit delete reply
If things get real weird quick, then leave the mess to Justice wearing the skull helmet. She would then be able to handle or communicate with almost anything coming fram a grave.

(Expanding that thought a little too much: If "boner" is a monster in this universe I've just "called it". Justice would probably hammer it though, which hardly reduces the squick )
ZincFingers 14th Jun 2018, 8:49 PM edit delete reply
Solid plan, though have her put the helmet on before we start, that way we are ready should things go sideways.
Antarean 14th Jun 2018, 8:21 PM edit delete reply
+1 to singing the shanty or at least singing/humming the notes. Or if no one in our current group actually has any musical talent, we can go ask dad about it, he might know the tune and the lyrics.

And it might be that we need to play the music in the presence of the anchor, not necessarily the grave, it wouldn't be much of a puzzle otherwise.

+1 on casting identify on the grave, maybe it points to the anchor or to something else entirely.
MakePeaceAndLove 14th Jun 2018, 10:39 PM edit delete reply
+1 seems like that's the general consensus for now
Corwin of Amber 14th Jun 2018, 8:40 PM edit delete reply
Never a bard around when you need one. Wondering if we attach fishing line to the anchor if we can create a string instrument to play the notes