Comic 189 - Cure Inzo

24th Jul 2018, 4:44 PM in High Roads, Low Roads, Threeroads
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Cure Inzo
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Morgenstern 24th Jul 2018, 4:44 PM edit delete
While Inzo attempts to bounce his tiny frog body at his mech's levers with enough force to open the transparent dome, you commence looting your fallen foes.

You acquire one acid enzyme and two paralyzers.

You also check the remains of the fungus, and obtain a couple of... weird eyes.

Inzo finally gets the dome open, giving you access to him. You have a frog potion in your inventory, but you're pretty sure that just turns people into frogs; it wouldn't do much good turning him back, unless two wrongs somehow make a right. You do have a cleanse potion, as well, but only one--and since that works on any status effect, you've kind of been saving it for an absolute emergency (like poison, or petrification).

You do have one other idea.

You've heard stories of frogs turning into princes with a maiden's kiss.

"Oh, no," Emerald insists. "Absolutely not."

If she's not willing to try it, then you may have to take a massive detour to Justice's church, or wait it out here while maybe the B team can research a proper cure--

Emerald gives the biggest of sighs. "Truly? Do you sincerely believe this would work?"

You're not actually sure, but it IS the cheapest and most readily available option at the moment.

Inzo shakes a froggy fist, not seeming too thrilled with the idea, either. But... it is what it is.

Emerald's face scrunches up as she approaches the mech, not at all gentle as she snatches him from inside it. She hesitates, staring him down--the frog, in turn, glaring at the King Slime. For a very brief instant, you almost fear that she's just going to crush him.


after a very long pause to talk herself into it, Emerald plants a very quick kiss on the top of Inzo's head... and then, disgusted, tosses him back into the mech.

Emerald wipes her mouth on one of her gloves, making expressions you've never seen on a slime, as Inzo climbs to his froggy feet.


A tense silence ensues, finally broken by Emerald.

"Well, that is just great! After having to subject myself to--"

she's cut off by a huge puff of smoke from inside the robot... and as the dust settles, Inzo is sitting upright in his seat, having returned to his normal goblin self.

"Phew," Inzo huffs, "not think that work for a secondses. Nast quick thinkerer! ...For a hume. Better than some gobs, maybe."

Emerald crosses her arm, not seeming especially relieved, but... at least her efforts weren't in vain. "Perhaps we should have just kept him a frog."

You compliment them both on handling themselves, though you do suggest trying to remain calmer in the face of combat in the future.

You check the two crates near the door as Inzo gets his crab robot resituated; inside the boxes are, completely unorganized, a bunch of... well, pirate things. A scaling knife, two cutlasses, and pirate clothes.


Krylo 24th Jul 2018, 5:27 PM edit delete reply
Wear pirate clothes and wield a cutlass before going further.


Because why not is why.
Eyebrows 24th Jul 2018, 5:30 PM edit delete reply

I would've suggested this if you didn't.
Jochi 24th Jul 2018, 5:47 PM edit delete reply
Will Inzo's mech fit thru that door without breaking it?
Sonico 24th Jul 2018, 6:18 PM edit delete reply
+1 to that. Not only fun, but a change of clothes could be a first step toward something like disguise not alchemy/magic dependant.
Korsha 24th Jul 2018, 5:45 PM edit delete reply

Sell Emmy on the romance of it. A dashing rogue taking an innocent princess on an adventure. There's no real point, but hey, if you can't have fun, what's the point of living?
1977 24th Jul 2018, 5:48 PM edit delete reply

Also, a cutlass is sure better than the old iron sword anyway, so we have finally found a better weapon.

I hope the clothes fit.
Is it only one set of clothes or more?
We could probably all change.

Dont forget to reinforce(identify?) at least the things we use rightaway.
Krylo 24th Jul 2018, 6:35 PM edit delete reply
+1 to reinforcing.

Also getting everyone to change if there's multiple outfits. I just read it as there only being one.
Twelveseal 25th Jul 2018, 2:20 AM edit delete reply
Guest 24th Jul 2018, 5:50 PM edit delete reply
+1, maybe give Inzo the scaling knife as like a backup weapon in case the monsters target his mech instead of him next time.
Rent 24th Jul 2018, 7:15 PM edit delete reply
+1 When the world gives you pirate clothes, you wear pirate clothes
BjornTFH 24th Jul 2018, 8:54 PM edit delete reply

Because you never don't go pirate.
YetiOlwen 24th Jul 2018, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
I also suggest a bottle of rum in our non cutlass hand. Because you know if we meet a room full of murderous pirates fresh off a killing/raping/pillaging spree the first thing we'll offer them is to peacefully stop their lives work and join our party and the rum will help seal the deal.
Gandalf 24th Jul 2018, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
If there are pirates in the next room, do we really want to walk in wearing their clothes and carrying a cutlass we've just stolen from them? I'm not all that concerned, just thought we should consider it.

Either way, onwards through the doorway!
Krylo 25th Jul 2018, 9:33 AM edit delete reply
I did ask 'why not' in my suggestion.

That said, I definitely want to be decked out in their own pirate clothing with a cutlass and a bottle of rum if there's pirates in the next room.

They will either respect us as equally piratey, or they were not worth speaking to.
MakePeaceAndLove 24th Jul 2018, 11:45 PM edit delete reply
+1 to wearing pirate clothes and wielding the cutlass. Have our entire party change if we have more than one set of these.
lil Joshu 25th Jul 2018, 1:37 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu

Pirate clothes + Je Ne Sais Quoi = Jhonny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow
Guest 25th Jul 2018, 2:47 PM edit delete reply
arr, ye be cap'n nast, scourge of... whatever
Doughnut 24th Jul 2018, 5:50 PM edit delete reply
Is Inzo a prince now?
Korsha 24th Jul 2018, 6:03 PM edit delete reply
Future ruler of a Goblin Nation, close enough.

Make All Goblins Awesome
Antarean 24th Jul 2018, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
Maybe cast Identify on the weird eyes. The lore says they contain faint traces of unusual magic. Ranse or Lagrand might be interested in them.

Go through the next door *carefully*. If we encounter another aquamold we should be prepared to take it out from a distance/obscure its vision/take out some of its eyes before it sees us. I sorta get the feeling they might be territorial though so maybe we won't come across another one.
YetiOlwen 24th Jul 2018, 11:36 PM edit delete reply
If we detect there is another aquamold I suggest getting a bottle of rum ready as a molotov cocktail (provided we have some way of setting it on fire). If the fire doesn't directly burn the creature it might at least dry it out some and at minimum the flames/smoke will block its frog eyes.
MakePeaceAndLove 24th Jul 2018, 11:47 PM edit delete reply
+1 to using Identify on the eyes. And going onwards carefully.

Rather than using our rum, Inzo can always throw a gob lob at that thing, that or his mech's bubbles, but it's all a matter of outspeeding it before that dreaded frog gaze.

Although I wouldn't mind another aquamold, provided that next time it's Nast that gets frogged and Emmy has to kiss him to turn him back. >v>
YetiOlwen 25th Jul 2018, 2:12 AM edit delete reply
Gob juice is only an explosion right? No lasting smoke or flames to burn or block the frog stare which is why I suggested a molotov cocktail. However another thought occurs, what if we add some rum to the gob juice? Would it create a Mologob cocktail? Explosion+flames&smoke without wasting all our delicious rum?

OR what would happen if we cast Abundance on a gob juice? Bigger boom hopefully (Goboom juice?) Don't know if we should add both rum and Abundance at the same time till we know what they do on their own first. And would casting abundance on the rum turn it into moonshine? (We should really ask our party alchemist about mixing and enchanting our potions for different/better results)
YetiOlwen 25th Jul 2018, 2:20 AM edit delete reply
Ok upon further thought can we use Abundance on our fishing pole/bait to get bigger and better fish? Regardless if that works or not we need to fish in this cave once we kill(or befriend) the boss at the end.
Guest 25th Jul 2018, 1:42 PM edit delete reply
+1 to fishing in the cave.

As an aside, are the avatars a patreon perk, or are y'all HTML'ing them in?
JiggilyJoe 25th Jul 2018, 3:22 PM edit delete reply
You have to log into ComicFury.
ZincFingers 25th Jul 2018, 3:24 PM edit delete reply
Avatars are from ComicFury accounts, the hosting site for the comic, there is a link down at the bottom corner of the page.

Post-script: well sniped JiggilyJoe.
YetiOlwen 24th Jul 2018, 10:03 PM edit delete reply
Woo finally caught up to current events! Yay! Now I can finally start adding my own contributions to the story!

So first, how about we attempt to recon the next room for once, instead of just barging in? I don't know how slimes actually see but could emerald sneak a tentacle into the next room and be able to see what's in there? Or maybe puddle herself and just creep in and out and let us know what she can sense?

Failing that we could just listen to see what sounds we might hear. Croaking frogs, pirate skeleton bones rattles (or zombie moans) , ... fungus noises?, pirate yar's and shanties.
MakePeaceAndLove 24th Jul 2018, 11:48 PM edit delete reply
+1 to scouting ahead, especially if Emmy can do that for us.
Gandalf 25th Jul 2018, 4:34 AM edit delete reply
+1 to more looking and less blind leaping. We've not made very good use of the HWE as a scout when we've had it available either.
Guest 24th Jul 2018, 11:44 PM edit delete reply
Use something reflective like polished knife to check around corners for more fungus. Don't need anyone else turning into a frog in combat
YetiOlwen 25th Jul 2018, 2:27 AM edit delete reply
We should have Inzo rig us up a periscope later. But +1 for any scouting info we can get now
TGWMoC 25th Jul 2018, 1:22 AM edit delete reply
So, based on the timing, I actually have a hunch that the kiss didn't work, and that the frog effect really was on a timer. This makes me even happier that we got them to kiss for some reason.
JiggilyJoe 25th Jul 2018, 1:50 AM edit delete reply
That was my thought, but Emmy kissing Inzo was worth it! Plus it builds team comradery.
ZincFingers 25th Jul 2018, 2:58 AM edit delete reply
I too am of a mind that it was just a coincidence of timing. Hopefully if Emmy finds out she sees the humor in the situation.
MakePeaceAndLove 25th Jul 2018, 9:32 AM edit delete reply
Oh, this I hadn't considered, but if that's the case I'm happy too.
YetiOlwen 25th Jul 2018, 4:06 AM edit delete reply
You know, it may have been really poor planning to send every one of our healers away into the B team. Valley, Ranse and Justice with their milk, Health Concoctions, and healing hands. Maybe we should use the journal to message our entire team of healers to stash a bottle or two of milk in the inventory for us to magically pull out. Or we could just use some of the healing items already there. We don't need any healing now but I have a strong suspicion that we will soon.
Cptn_Nerdrage 25th Jul 2018, 5:51 AM edit delete reply
Just a reminder, we should be trying to Steal every combat if we can.
MakePeaceAndLove 25th Jul 2018, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
+1 to this, though not when the battle seems so tough. Stealing is literally free goodies (other than the targets can get angry with us).
Evonix 25th Jul 2018, 8:53 AM edit delete reply
When I first found this I parsed it as Nast the Human-Enchanter IE someone who enchants humans. Perhaps Nast should try making a ring of disguise