Comic 177 - Trade a boar to the rancher

11th Jul 2018, 5:00 PM in High Roads, Low Roads, Threeroads
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Trade a boar to the rancher
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Morgenstern 11th Jul 2018, 5:00 PM edit delete
You unhook the meat from the boar, and give it to Emerald--suggesting that she feeds the boar.

"What?," she asks, almost sounding offended, "why must I do it?"

"W-westill... don't know how, you and classes work," Ranse states. "This... might trigger. A reaction. Or... something. Idon'tknow."

The King Slime sighs... and gathers her courage. She inches close to the boar's face... and tosses it the meat.

Nothing spectacular occurs, but maybe it's a start to something? Lying on the ground, the boar begins to wearily snack on the meat.

You walk inside the ranch, your choice of attire immediately catching the rancher off guard.

"Hhhwhat in tarnation--"

His assistant giggles.

"L-longstory," Ranse manages out.

You present the situation: that you have ridden a boar from the forest to the west to here, thoroughly exhausting it. You want to see if you can sell it, or maybe trade it for a giant chicken.

"Y'got one of them BIG boars?!," the rancher clarifies, eyes wide. "Well heck yeah I'll give ya a trade fer that! I ain't never tried to domesticate no pigs m'self, an' even if I can't... well, that's a lot o' pork, pardner! If y'all wanna chicken, y'all can have a chicken--I got babies, I got adults, I got eggs, you take yer pick."

Ranse clears her throat a bit. "W-we might. Need a room... also."

"Done," the rancher replies. "Heck, if'n we ain't booked, y'all can use th' inn room whenever ya want."

"We're never booked, though," his female assistant clarifies quietly.

"Not yet we ain't!," the rancher retorts. "A big ol' pig might be just what this ranch needs!"

You're given an Outwall Room Key, and your choice of one free cockadoo.


Krylo 11th Jul 2018, 5:17 PM edit delete reply
Make pass at farmer's assistant.

Get cockadoo.

Crown cockadoo.

Lu!dot 11th Jul 2018, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
im really thinkin we should get a baby and feed it pyre ant parts first

EDIT: wait maybe not, doing a diplomacy with the pyre ants seems like it could be cool
GS 11th Jul 2018, 5:22 PM edit delete reply
+1 to buying a chick; we can do more with one, feeding it all sorts of things and training it up.

-1 to wasting a relatively rare and difficult to acquire resource on a giant chicken.
Krylo 11th Jul 2018, 5:45 PM edit delete reply
Remember, they aren't 'just' chickens. They can be bred into mounts for various terrains/flying/racing/fighting.

They're legally distinct from a certain other jrpg riding bird.

The crown could let us skip a lot of that and get a baller mount straight out the gate.

That said, I'm cool with Lu's idea to get a baby or egg and feed it pyre ant parts and THEN crown it, too. Might make something even better.
ZincFingers 11th Jul 2018, 6:47 PM edit delete reply
I’m with GS, get a young bird (or egg), feed and train, etc.
But don’t use the crown, or at least, wait until we see the final result of bird-raising, then determine if it is worth the crown.
Guest 11th Jul 2018, 5:57 PM edit delete reply
baby + pyre ants = phoenix?
phoenix + monstercrown = king phoenix? Queen phoenix?
Twyll 11th Jul 2018, 7:36 PM edit delete reply
Yeah the Pyre Ants seem like they *might* actually be diplomacy-able. They collect treasure, but there are also lots of them and I don't think we can realistically fight our way to the center of a hive to *get* the treasure, so it would be pretty excellent if we could figure out how to trade with them instead (if they have a concept of such a thing-- or if not, if we can teach it to them!).

We could maybe feed it skelecan bits though. Skelecans suck and I'm fine with killing those!
Jex 11th Jul 2018, 6:11 PM edit delete reply
Definitely try and get the best cockadoo we reasonably can before considering crowning one
Sanityfaerie 11th Jul 2018, 6:43 PM edit delete reply
Add me to the +1/-1 brigade: Get a chick and feed it interesting things. *Then* crown-upgrade.
MakePeaceAndLove 11th Jul 2018, 11:14 PM edit delete reply
I'm also in that +1/-1 camp. Get a cockadoo, but don't crown it, raise it first. Pyre-ant parts seem like as good a first path to take as any.

Besides, why would you want to 'skip' the raising part to a powerful cockadoo? Raising it is part of the fun. And after it's all grown and powerful, THEN crowning it for another power boost makes sense to me.

I think of the crown as a Pokemon upgrade item in that way. We can jump to the first evolution with it, or we can raise to the first evolution the hard way and then hit the second... assuming there is a second. Maybe there is no difference in the crown bird compared to when we use it, now or later, but I'd at least like us to get some experience with a smaller cockadoo before we get a king cock on our hands.
GS 12th Jul 2018, 1:18 PM edit delete reply
Another argument against crowning our immanent acquisition: Breeding giant chickens is supposed to be nigh-automatic; all you need is an adult bird and sufficient food, and eggs happen automagically.

That said, we needn't rush to crown the first chicken we get access to. We can experiment a bit, see what makes an optimal bird. Once we know that, if the majority still wants to crown the critter, we can.

If we immediately use our monster crown, there's no telling how long it'll be before we find another one.
Twyll 11th Jul 2018, 5:17 PM edit delete reply
Let's get the derpiest cockadoo, because as convention dictates, that's the one with the most potential to grow into a devastatingly powerful one after spending enough time with us.
JiggilyJoe 11th Jul 2018, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
LOL. Nice.
G. Sansa 11th Jul 2018, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
+1. Derpiest chick! Feed it ants! Then crown it!
GS 11th Jul 2018, 5:18 PM edit delete reply
Suggest we buy a chick. It may not be able to carry us yet, but we can feed it up and train it using choice monster parts.

As before, I want to advocate Nast engages in physical exercize and maybe some weapons practice before bed. Let's build up his physique some!

Other posters have also advocated expending all of Nast's mana before bed, in order to hopefully increase his mana reserve. Let's give that a whirl!

Do something nice for Emerald; she seemed put out, and we don't want to ruin her first day as an adventurer for her. She's already had some bad moments. Maybe get her something extra special to eat?
Twyll 11th Jul 2018, 5:23 PM edit delete reply
We should also explain to Emerald that we don't want to be having her do menial labor or anything like that; when we suggest that she do things, it's about getting her as broad a range of experiences as possible. (Sure, we want to do that because we're not sure if a particular activity might spark her to choose a class, but it's *also* an important part of being a ruler to know at least a little bit about a lot of different things, so we're not exactly working at cross-purposes here.)

Next time we request that she do something, maybe phrasing it as something she's exploring and learning about, rather than just some mundane task we want her to do, would help it go down better.
JiggilyJoe 11th Jul 2018, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
+1 to Twyll
Magister Dicks it 11th Jul 2018, 5:52 PM edit delete reply
+ 1 to what Twyll said
Green Visitor 11th Jul 2018, 6:10 PM edit delete reply
Another +1
Magister Dicks it 11th Jul 2018, 6:08 PM edit delete reply
I like the idea of exhausting the mana reserve to increase the mana capacity over time, specially in places like this that seem safe.

+100 to make Emmy happy. Just recalled that there are a lot of minitaurs here...consentacles party?
G. Sansa 11th Jul 2018, 6:24 PM edit delete reply
How to use mana:

Reinforce everything in our inventory that isn't already. Then reinforce random ranch stuff, as a favor. Reinforce whatever random plant matter Emmy is going to eat — maybe the magic will rub off on her.
Sanityfaerie 11th Jul 2018, 6:44 PM edit delete reply
+1 to all of the above.
ZincFingers 11th Jul 2018, 6:54 PM edit delete reply
From Twyll onward these have been solid ideas, so yeah, add another digit.

Edit: although maybe not the consentacles party, that might be throwing the poor King in the deep end a little early (and I doubt she’d agree anyways)

Second edit: Apologies to GS, didn’t realise that Twyll was replying to your comment, which I also agree with.
MakePeaceAndLove 11th Jul 2018, 11:18 PM edit delete reply
+1 to what GS, Twyll, and G. Sansa have said. Put me in the overall agreement camp then, except for the consectacles camp.
Korsha 11th Jul 2018, 5:29 PM edit delete reply
I'm for the idea of crowning a cockadoo, but do anyone have some idea what we might get from it?
A big cockadoo? A dinosaur? Hawk-man joins the party?
Krylo 11th Jul 2018, 5:47 PM edit delete reply
I'm hoping for golden cockadoo that can travel over multiple terrains... but no, no one really knows.

That's why it's science. Experiment, observe, record results.

We should really get a few thousand crowns and cockadoos so as to get a statistical sample, buuuut...
JiggilyJoe 11th Jul 2018, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
I say we buy a young chick, and raise it to our specifications. Maybe some day crown it, but no decision on that now.
Get something to eat for us and especially Emmy. Praise everyone for a good job today.
Flirt with the ranchers assistant, flirt with Ranse, let's go check out the room. ;)
MakePeaceAndLove 11th Jul 2018, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
+1, sounds perfect to me.
Magister Dicks it 11th Jul 2018, 5:57 PM edit delete reply
I'm more into growing one of these from the very start (there's the trope of the very first person they see once they're born is "momma").
Nast and Ranse should feel and smell the eggs to check which one any has a more interesting magic to it (if there's anything like that).

we should strike in this euforic moment to get the best business, so we may just try to get an egg and a chick!

that way
Magister Dicks it 11th Jul 2018, 6:03 PM edit delete reply
dammit I posted it before time.

I was saying, we could probably choose the derpiest chick that no one will ever pick (somebody suggested that already ;) ) as well as the egg with the biggest magic potential (if that makes sense, maybe these creatures don't hold magic at all). raise this couple of brothers however it will seem fit throughout the story and maybe crown one of them in the process.

+ 1 to flirt with the assistant

+ 9000 to have some naughty time with Emmy and Ranse and who knows more
ZincFingers 11th Jul 2018, 6:50 PM edit delete reply
That’s a nice touch have Ranse and Nast inspect the eggs first for which had the best magical potential.
You have my support.
Barswanian 11th Jul 2018, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
Make sure we journal our current location, ask everyone's opinions on cockadoos.
G. Sansa 11th Jul 2018, 6:25 PM edit delete reply
Maybe browse the Chickepedia and see if it has any useful hints.
Green Visitor 11th Jul 2018, 6:27 PM edit delete reply
Good on all you for picking up that Emerald may need some inspirational talk.

Also explain that you may have some recreational mating to celebrate the victory. Of course, if such things bore her, she could get her own room equipped with whatever needs she has.

As for the ranchers assistant, flirt very lightly but make no particular first move. We are guests here, and should be somewhat respectful. Well, for good balance, flirt lightly with the rancher as well. Ask about his interest for breeding, whether it's a profession, a personal calling or just something he has a particular interest to him. Some small talk about copulation. If things turn into an awkward silence fast, just say something utterly outrageous and make a quick retreat to the rooms.

Chickenpicking is a matter of tomorrow.
Sanityfaerie 11th Jul 2018, 6:47 PM edit delete reply
We should also ask for advice on the care and feeding of cockatoos. In particular, we know that feeding them Awesome Things will wind up with a more capable bird, but we have relatively little idea of which Awesome Things lead to what improvements. Sure, we're going to have to figure out a fair bit of this ourselves, but the more info we get going in, the better off we'll be.

...and if he doesn't now, maybe he'll have an idea of who to talk with to ask?

Also, don't forget to rob the exiting birds, assuming that we haven't done that already.
ZincFingers 11th Jul 2018, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
I agree we should ask for advice on raising the birds, but let’s not rob the ones on the ranch... it might initiate combat and we don’t want to be forced into killing the Ranchers flock.
MakePeaceAndLove 11th Jul 2018, 11:23 PM edit delete reply
Yeah let's not try to steal from them, that might get us into a fight and we don't want that.

Also, we really should give that chickepedia a read and see what we learn. After that we can ask the rancher about details not mentioned in the book, so we don't bug him about the absolute basics.
Crestlinger 11th Jul 2018, 7:21 PM edit delete reply
Return-recall room, 'Rooster' Raine, rest, repurpose rowdiest raptor rearling.
Crestlinger 11th Jul 2018, 7:50 PM edit delete reply
Caydenite 11th Jul 2018, 10:13 PM edit delete reply
Victory party in room first, then looking into chicken stuff tomorrow. We should definitely check the book we bought specifically to inform our chick choices before making any decisions, +1 to whoever said that. (GS, maybe?)

Does ES know that Ranse is the author of thoes books which inspired her technique? That might be an interesting conversation starter.

Oh, and +1 to farmgirl flirting, but nothing too serious; we have immediate plans, so its more laying some long term groundwork.
MakePeaceAndLove 11th Jul 2018, 11:26 PM edit delete reply
+1 to everything Caydenite said. Especially keeping it at light flirting with the farmgirl, as laying groundwork.

I suspect that Emmy might want to watch Nast and Ranse, to study up and compare with what she learned from the books. Ranse watched us in action before and enjoyed us watching her with Inzo, so I'm hoping she'll enjoy Emmy watching too. And if Emmy feels like it, she can join in.
Krylo 12th Jul 2018, 1:20 AM edit delete reply
Why lay ground work when you can lay the farm girl?

Yeah yeah, victory party, but Emmy's not going to want to get it, and Ranse seems to prefer watching to actual sex (though up to her if she wants to switch it up tonight).
Sen 12th Jul 2018, 12:28 AM edit delete reply
Get some alone time with Ranse. She has been waiting patiently for a while now since the encounter with Inzo in the tent. Make her feel special.
1977 12th Jul 2018, 1:37 AM edit delete reply
All the others made already good suggestions like flirting with the rancher (male and/or female?) and exhausting your mana reserves before bed.
Identify everything in the inventory and cast reinforce on everything should help reducing the mana.

Reassure Emmy that we didn't want to offend her when saying she feeds the boar.
We want her to experience as many things as possible.
A future Empress like her need such experiences to understand the need of the folks better.

The sexy times with Ranse can begin.
At first Emmy ahould be only a spectator.
Explain to her that you want to show her what she until now just read about.
She can decide to join in at any time.

The next morning we should get an egg and hatching it ourselves.
We have the Chickepedia so we can have a look what to feed it, ask the rancher for additional advice.
I think raising a fighting type first is best.

As for using the crown on a bird, maybe the Chickepedia has already some chapter dedicated to that.
Should we end up experimenting ourselves we need to find more crowns so we can try it on an adult, a chick and an egg.
Right now only an adult we raised from the egg of course.
Guest 12th Jul 2018, 12:47 PM edit delete reply
I wonder can we put a stone thing that's already been improved upon back in the forge to make it even more betterer?
1977 12th Jul 2018, 1:54 PM edit delete reply
You mean like a Stone Zwei++?
Ace of Hats 12th Jul 2018, 2:18 PM edit delete reply
You mean Very Exceptional Rock (?)?
MakePeaceAndLove 12th Jul 2018, 2:46 PM edit delete reply
I'm guessing it just wouldn't catch the fire, for the same reason that fire went out when the item was fully reinforced.