Comic 175 - Talk to the spirit

9th Jul 2018, 8:00 PM in High Roads, Low Roads, Threeroads
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Talk to the spirit
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Morgenstern 9th Jul 2018, 8:00 PM edit delete
"So, liiike... what's he gonna do now?," Valley asks.

Justice asks the spirit in his native tongue, and he replies. Justice translates. "He says that he is going into the mountains, to the north. He will be more comfortable there."

"That forge..." Lagrand comments, "is there a way to replenish it? A device that can strengthen stone items would be incredibly useful to us in the long term."

Justice asks about the forge, and translates the ippon-datara's answer. "He says... that its energies will return on their own, but it will take time. ...A great deal of time."

"Okay, are we talking like...?" Valley gives a small shrug, "A couple of days, maybe? Or more like..."

"Months, or years," fills in Justice. "He is a mountain spirit, and these woods are not ideal for the use of his powers--he is much weaker here, and as a result, so is the forge he made."

"Bogus," replies Valley.

The ippon-datara adds something, and Justice nods, smiling. "He says that if we find him in the mountains, after he's had time to settle in and accumulate power, he can do more for us. He is very limited here."

Lagrand nods solemnly. "That does follow with what I know of other spirits--a dryad would lose a great deal of oomph should they find themselves in a desert. Though, should this gentleman be interested, we DO know a certain goblin that could join his fan club..."

"Oh!," Justice exclaims. "That's right! Inzo could learn a lot from a crafting spirit!"

Valley seems less certain. "I dunno if Inzo's like... totally the religious type? I can't see him like, offering stuff to a shrine and junk."

Lagrand smirks. "I don't know Inzo as well as I should, but... I suspect he would go to great lengths, even entreating a spirit, if it aided him in building larger and more dangerous things."

Justice explains the situation to the spirit--that there's a member of the party, a goblin, who is a dedicated and passionate engineer. He experiments constantly, building with new materials and constructing more effective machines. If the spirit wants to take another mortal under their wing...

The spirit replies, giving what definitely sounds like a chuckle. He says... something, and Justice translates: "If Inzo will build a shrine for the ippon-datara... he will be there. He can go wherever he is beckoned... but for now..."

The spirit says something else... and looks away.

"He says that he has been here far too long."

The ippon-datara turns, and... just sort of walks into the wall, seeming to fade as its form passes through the solid stone.

"...Huh," remarks Valley. "Okay then."

The green flames of the candles, and the stone lanterns, flicker out.

"That certainly could have gone worse," chuckles Lagrand dryly.


Jex 9th Jul 2018, 8:51 PM edit delete reply
Yeah that definitely could have gone worse.

Maybe search around the shrine area for stuff.
Krylo 9th Jul 2018, 8:54 PM edit delete reply
I don't think we should steal anything from the shrine, but I'll +1 getting a good idea how to construct one of our own before leaving.
Antarean 9th Jul 2018, 9:50 PM edit delete reply
Sketch the shrine in the journal?
ZincFingers 9th Jul 2018, 10:49 PM edit delete reply
I’m all for examining the shrine.
MakePeaceAndLove 9th Jul 2018, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
+1 to searching and making a sketch.
Krylo 9th Jul 2018, 8:53 PM edit delete reply
I just want to comment that Ippon-datara is a pretty cool dude, and all dudes should strive to be as cool as Ippon-datara.

Also, now I think it is time to do some party swapping arounding.

So first, everyone should meet at the ranch, where we shall try the crown on a cockadoo--if we can convince the rancher to let us do it before buying it and MAYBE buy it after do that, otherwise buy then crown with everyone there in case it goes badly.

After that, Valley + Justice + Ranse head into three roads and ask around about the disguise ring, as well as getting news on the knights and sending it back via journal to Nast etc.

Then Nast, Inzo, and Emmy either head for the disguise ring if we can find information on where to get it, or to Lightbring if we can't AND we find out the knights aren't there.

Meanwhile Lagrand can meditate on the seed he ate.
Green Visitor 9th Jul 2018, 9:01 PM edit delete reply
If you meant Lightsend i say +1. Talking to Inzo about forge and stuff, and searching for a puppeteer among other thing. Sort of wanted Justice in Lightsend it's her hometown.
Green Visitor 9th Jul 2018, 9:08 PM edit delete reply
And +1 to the other stuff. Meeting at the ranch seems reasonable, and may give some leveling time and R&R. Also need to discuss which gear goes to whom, and which materials go to crafting and which for sale.
Krylo 9th Jul 2018, 9:13 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, I'd prefer having Justice got to Lightsend*, which is what I meant, but I'd like to send our most normal people into Three Roads to ask around for stuff.

Then if we find info on disguise ring, team weirdy mcweird can go after the disguise ring while team Justice of Normalacy can go, I don't know, hit up the cave that probably has fish people.

Then another party swap to send Justice, Nast, and, I don't know, lets say Inzo, to Lightsend to meet Justice's parents and the puppeteer once both groups are done with what they're doing.
MakePeaceAndLove 9th Jul 2018, 11:11 PM edit delete reply
I like those two teams. And meeting up at the ranch sounds alright to me. I'd prefer if we buy the cockadoo before trying to put the crown on it, we don't know if doing that first would, hmm, change the price?

I'd actually point Nast, Inzo and Emmy towards the submerged cave and try exploring that, since if there is a tunnel connecting it with Threeroads the two parties could meet beneath the city and switch members again, if we want to, like if we're confident in our performance to try joining the Entertainer's Guild, maybe once it gets dark outside.

That said, I don't mind sending them out to Lightsend. They're a group without a proper healer but they should still manage... I guess. Just play it safe if we run into any tough enemies.

Oh, and it would be a chance for Nast to help Emmy and Inzo resolve any smile/goblin differences, perhaps.
Krylo 10th Jul 2018, 12:21 AM edit delete reply
I think we should send Justice to the cave as I'm like 300% sure that's where the Kuo-toa is and we want someone who can talk to them.
GS 10th Jul 2018, 3:27 PM edit delete reply
-1 on wasting the crown on a giant chicken.

+1 for heading to Lightsend! We need to find us a puppeteer! ^_^
Lu!dot 9th Jul 2018, 9:52 PM edit delete reply
hey, sometime we should try having emmy absorb a HWE, could give her some extra power
also we should see about teleporting the forge onto a wagon in peace calling and escorting it to the mountain
ZincFingers 9th Jul 2018, 10:52 PM edit delete reply
An interesting idea. I’d advise against use a whole HWE, at least at the start. Give her a little bit and make sure it isn’t harmful, then, if all goes well, might as well see what the result is.
MakePeaceAndLove 9th Jul 2018, 11:14 PM edit delete reply
Well, it's not like we can choose where exactly in Peace Calling we'll appear after casting Return. If you want the shrine on a wagon, then we should bring the wagon here, to the stonemason's place, carefully place the shrine onto the wagon and then cast Return around everything.

It's an option, though I wonder if the ippon-datara wants this to stay here and for us to make a new shrine for it. It's too late to ask now, but... something to consider. >.>
JiggilyJoe 10th Jul 2018, 1:24 AM edit delete reply
I think that if we moved the shrine, the forge here would never work again.
1977 10th Jul 2018, 1:06 AM edit delete reply
Mountains in the north, seems like he goes to the mines near Peace Calling.

Should be easy to find him again then.

Lu!dot and MakePeaceAndLove suggested bringing the forge and the shrine there.

The forge I suppose can not simply been rebuild so we have to transport them, but the shrine should be possible to just build a copy in the mountains and then we can ask him about building another forge or how to bring this one to him.

I guess Inzo can easily build a forgetransporter if necessary.

For now I suggest we upgrade the Stone Gauntlets.

Back with the others lets see about our new mount?
Ride to the ranch and see how we treat the boar there.
Kill it, give it to the rancher, keep it, but we should finally decide.

Then it is time to regroup.
1977 10th Jul 2018, 5:52 AM edit delete reply
Just looked through our inventory.
Seems like the stone we forged is listed as Exceptional Rock (?).
Nast or Ranse should identify it as soon as they can.
Same goes for the Stone Zwei+ of course and whatever we decide to forge before leaving.

Last page I joked about a StoneDildo to be brought to the forge.
Now we know it reloads over time so we could probably really do it in the future.
The result is surely unique.
1977 10th Jul 2018, 2:05 PM edit delete reply
After giving it a bit of a thought I'm now wondering.
Some asked before why we couldn't use an ordinary stone as the old ingredient for the asspotion since basically all stones are old.
It was rejected as being no magic involved.
Now we have an ordinary stone we put into the forge and made it into an Exceptional Rock (?).
Could this be used in the asspotion?
It can't hurt to ask Ranse's Dad about it.
Sanityfaerie 10th Jul 2018, 1:21 AM edit delete reply
So... we have one forging left. We can spend it on a shield, on the gauntlets, or on Inzo. To me, it depends on whether the guantlets count as a weapon or an accessory. If they're an accessory, they could be pretty useful for Valley. If they're a weapon... she already has two quest-upgraded weapons, and I'm not convinced anyone else in the aprty can use them all that effectively. Shield might be okay, but I don't see it being super-amazing. Instead, I'd be inclined to hang on to the two we have, and if they start degrading too far, look into having someone else make a tower shield out of something that is not stone. That leaves Inzo and his mech, which seems like a *great* idea. It means getting Inzo back out here, but we want to do that to let him check out the shrine for himself *anyway*.
JiggilyJoe 10th Jul 2018, 1:34 AM edit delete reply
We need to forge the gauntlets first. I don't see us needing to forge any other stone items for awhile.
Then this party needs to head towards the farm. If they can't make it before nightfall, then they need to camp somewhere safe. I wonder what Valley and Justice can get up to... ;)
As for Nast and party, when last we left, there were many suggestions for Nast giving Ranse a reach-around as they rode towards the ranch. Also, do we still want Nast in the bunny suit when we get there?

At the ranch, I wouldn't recommend putting the crown on a chicken just yet. I think raising one as our own first would make a lot more sense.

Lastly I think that if possible we need to stay the night at the ranch. Poor Ranse has needed Nast for quite awhile.

We can figure the party out after we get everybody there.
lil Joshu 10th Jul 2018, 3:54 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Horrible yet brillaint idea...

The forge makes 'made' things better, right? Minitaurs are an artificial species. Maybe if she sticks her hand in there, she'll get super-buff or something?
1977 10th Jul 2018, 5:43 AM edit delete reply
This would only work if minitaurs were made of stone.

Though that brings to mind what would happen if a gargoyle climbed into the forge.
MakePeaceAndLove 10th Jul 2018, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
Now you made me imagine a gargoyle evolving into a stone gundam of sorts.

If we ever find one we NEED to find out!
GS 10th Jul 2018, 3:31 PM edit delete reply
-1, -1, -1!!! 0_0

No sticking Valley in the forge; the original Minitaurs may have been made, but subsequent generations are born creatures.

Also -1 to upgrading a gargoyle before we've actually met and gotten to know one.
Guest 10th Jul 2018, 3:59 AM edit delete reply
We could forge the helmet for Baby Blue. Gotta keep that little cutie safe all the time!
Guest 10th Jul 2018, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
Definitely use up the forge before leaving. My preferences, from highest to lowest:

Stone heart
Helmet with Blue inside it (yes, Blue inside forge).
Gauntlets, simultaneously.
Gauntlets, one by one.
Helmet, without Blue inside it.
Homemade dildo.
Wait for Inzo to make a homemade vibrator then do that.

Then, swing by Tumbletart and ask Ranse's dad about the satyr. He's the kind of guy who might know about a lingerie pedlar.

Then, meet at ranch and switch parties. Buy a nearly-mature chick and start to care for it. We want it to like us before we put a crown on it. Also we can feed it monster parts as available (maybe find some lonely pyre ants and instakill them for chicken food, before they get a chance to release hormones).

Next stop, Threebroads. I think the party there should include Nast and Emmy so we can get into the EG with Little Bunny Foo-Foo or similar campiness. Nast should just cover his face entirely until he gets to the EG; an adventurer in a bunny suit with his face covered is obviously too strange and specific to also be the panty thief.
G. Sansa 10th Jul 2018, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
Sorry, that was me.
Green Visitor 10th Jul 2018, 7:04 PM edit delete reply
Realized it was G. Sansa when i read Tumbletart.. :-)
xenonni 10th Jul 2018, 7:35 AM edit delete reply
+1 to forging the stone heart. The zwei was the most important item to reforge and we already got that
Magister Dicks it 10th Jul 2018, 9:38 AM edit delete reply
+1 to this, hell yeah!!

I think the stone hearts might even replenish the flames since it gave life to those stone golems beforehand!

If not, at least it should upgrade it, and if we learn how to use it, imagine that installed in Inzo's Mecha!
or an armor or weapon that would incase the user on stones (maybe upgraded stones since it came from an upgraded stone heart?)

worst case scenario, it won't upgrade just like the wood and then we can upgrade somehing else.

ok... being over pessimistic, worst case scenario the forge will become a terrifyig golem xD

still worth it, we just prepare the teleport spell beforehand
G. Sansa 10th Jul 2018, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
Yes, forge the stone heart. But drop both rock piles outside first. A stoneheart+ might be able to make an inventory golem and that would be bad.
MakePeaceAndLove 10th Jul 2018, 10:30 AM edit delete reply
I'd put down my vote for letting Inzo use the forge, or waiting on this last use. Definitely -1 to putting the stone heart into the forge. Even if it doesn't come awaken and make a new golem... I suspect it wouldn't simply 'upgrade' as people here think. Plus, we might need it in its current state when we meet the puppeteer.

On that note, without Nast in the party we can't Return safely, so we really shouldn't take that risk. The forge has been here for a long time, since the mason died, right? That's been years ago. It won't just spontaneously go out, would it? If it lost power like that it'd have gone out earlier, too.
Antarean 10th Jul 2018, 9:35 AM edit delete reply
I personally vote for using the forge on the shield, it would be nice to have one matching the stone zwei +.
MakePeaceAndLove 10th Jul 2018, 10:31 AM edit delete reply
If we do upgrade the shield, give it to Inzo's mech. Valley does well with her two-handed weapons but Inzo had to guard with just his fists at times, so I imagine putting down a tallshield of reinforced stone would be useful sometime.
Magister Dicks it 10th Jul 2018, 9:47 AM edit delete reply
Come on people, this comic is all about wacky adventures where we can experiment crazy things and test out weird theories!

Let's try something diffeent and upgrade the stone heart!!
all the other items are cool to upgrade, but the outcome is predictable already. The stone heart though might simply offer awesome features.
Or not! Feel free to crucify me later if we end up not knowing what to do with a stone heart or an uograded one.
But we should at least try!
MakePeaceAndLove 10th Jul 2018, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
When we eventually build a new shrine for the mountain spirit, we'll be able to upgrade more items. If we haven't found a use for the stone heart before then, I'll be happy to try upgrading it at that time.

For now, I'd really hold off. We got one last item so let's choose it wisely.
Sonico 10th Jul 2018, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
+1 to that. Maybe put the stone heart within onee of the remaining statue/armors and put THAT into the forge for a little extra!
G. Sansa 10th Jul 2018, 1:50 PM edit delete reply
I hope you're kidding.
GS 10th Jul 2018, 3:34 PM edit delete reply
I think the stone heart might be helpful for when we finally craft our golem.
Sonico 10th Jul 2018, 11:59 AM edit delete reply
On an aside, would the mountains the spirit mentioned be the same as the monster-infested abandoned mines we heard about in Peace Calling and other places?

Because that could lead to wacky shenanigans indeed in the future, i guess.
GS 10th Jul 2018, 3:33 PM edit delete reply
Looks like. Maybe he'll have a civilizing influence?

Then again... he's listed as a type of oni, so possibly not.
G. Sansa 10th Jul 2018, 4:13 PM edit delete reply
I think he'll set up to the northwest of the mines, north of our current map.