Comic 197 - Dust him

2nd Aug 2018, 8:55 PM in High Roads, Low Roads, Threeroads
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Dust him
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Morgenstern 2nd Aug 2018, 8:55 PM edit delete
You yell that the kuo-toa is invisible, and toss the bottle of air to Mangobeard. For a pirate, he... doesn't seem to be swimming very well, and looks like he might need it.

Inzo turns, firing a stream of bubbles first toward the kuo-toa... then toward the ceiling. The explosions shake gravel and dust loose, though they also rock the cavern itself.

"You're going to cave it in!," Emerald shouts.

"Are ya bloody mad, goblin?!," cries Hemingway.

The tunnel doesn't collapse, though... and the ensuing dust tumbles toward the dock. Inzo opens his mech's fans and kicks them on, blowing the dust toward the kuo-toa and revealing its location.

You start to ready a wind slice, and Hemingway dodges a second punch while he readies to cast something--

but Mangobeard gets there first, fumbling around in the water as he spins in place, shoving a cutlass into the kuo-toa. It shrieks, stumbling back; Hemingway follows up with a fireball, launching the invisible creature backward and away. It hits the floor with a dull thud, and doesn't get back up.

The pyrestorm steadily fades, leaving the charred alchemist and... well, pretty much nothing of the other kuo-toa.

"Inzo is genius!," declares the goblin. "Not so dumb to break cave. Too smart!"

The cavern begins to rumble, and Inzo's face tightens.

Before you get any chance to breathe, water begins to bubble where the snake meets the surface. Something is coming up.




"FOOLS!," declares the... large... wolf... snake... octopus woman, reeling one of her hair serpents in. "Could you not defend against ONE rag-tag group of adventurers?! You have failed your goddess! Clearly, THESE strangers should become my NEW worshipers."

"Yarr, ye ain't a goddess tho," sputters Mangobeard before he flops face-first back into the water.

"Scylla," says Sheila.

"Besideses," Inzo begins, "Inzo still doing the catching up on OTHER worshiped thing! Still need to building a shrines."

"Oy," mutters Hemingway, under his breath. "Ought we be provokin' this lass? Last time we met a scylla she damn near capsized us."

"I can be both a scylla and a goddess!," retorts the scylla. "You don't know! I am a scylla goddess."

Mangobeard takes a breath from the air bottle, then holds it out in the water to... sort of propel himself over, putting his mouth back at the surface. "I very much be doubtin' it tho." He flails, trying to pull himself back onto the bridge, to no avail.

"You insolent fools dare to question my power?!," the scylla replies. The... wolf heads chomp at the air, the snakes hissing and the tentacles flailing.


Krylo 2nd Aug 2018, 9:38 PM edit delete reply
Ask the Scylla what worshipping her would entail.

Suggest you'd be down for it if going down is part of the deal.

Basically I'm saying seduce the scylla.

Lets get some monstrous inspiration and maybe convince her to leave peacefully.
Krylo 2nd Aug 2018, 9:41 PM edit delete reply
If we HAVE to fight, though, I say we have Emmy match her tentacle for tentacle, as a distraction technique (and also because, while I'm pretty sure she's too big/powerful to paralyze, the paralyzing tentacles have been shown to have PARTIAL effect on large creatures), while Nast and Hemingway give her another fire tornado.

And the others, you know, use the things they do. Anchors to the face, exploding bubbles, etc.
Jex 2nd Aug 2018, 9:44 PM edit delete reply
+1 to both parts
YetiOlwen 2nd Aug 2018, 10:09 PM edit delete reply
+1 pretty much everything I would have suggested.
Make love, and if that fails make war.
BjornTFH 3rd Aug 2018, 12:12 AM edit delete reply
+1 as well.
MakePeaceAndLove 2nd Aug 2018, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
+1 to Krylo's plan, basically what I'd have said. If she won't just quietly leave we'll throw everything we got to murder her horribly.

I am curious what sorts of inspiration she could grant, but I am also curious what sorts of ingredients she might provide once we defeat her. Also, try to steal!
YetiOlwen 3rd Aug 2018, 12:33 AM edit delete reply
Can't believe I'm saying this, but...

-1 to steal. We want to keep things civil (and sexy). So lets first try to get into her pants, not just into her pockets.

Not that she's wearing any pants, but still.
Jochi 3rd Aug 2018, 11:06 AM edit delete reply
No, the steal is only if the seduction fails. You know, if things go south, but not in a good way.
GS 3rd Aug 2018, 1:06 AM edit delete reply
Ehhh... -1 to seduction. If she's anything like mythological scylla, she'll have a monstrous appetite and is better appreciated at a distance.
Besides... the mechanics of it... I don't ... I CAN'T see how... Ehh...
Krylo 3rd Aug 2018, 1:55 AM edit delete reply
Man it sure is a good thing we learned that spell from the ranch hand to sate her appetite then.

Also, if we manage to seduce her you won't have to imagine how it happens. You'll get to actually see it.
planetbob7 3rd Aug 2018, 3:05 AM edit delete reply
+1 to both of these, would’ve said the same things
JiggilyJoe 3rd Aug 2018, 8:39 AM edit delete reply
Yep +1 here too.
The chicken guy 3rd Aug 2018, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
+1 to penis in vagina
lil Joshu 4th Aug 2018, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
I'm not saying she's not a goddess, I'm just going to point out that plenty of times in mythology, mortals get one over on gods, so it's kind of outdated to think that gods are better than mortals. It'd be much more straightforward if humans and gods could just get along on equal terms. And all this 'worshipping' that gods want... seriously, if they have a kink, just be up front about it, and there'd be willing people to fufill it who share it. You don't need to force people to obey you to get particular set of desires addressed.
Twyll on her phone 2nd Aug 2018, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
We would certainly never do something so gauche as question her power!

So, what does being a Scylla-goddess-worshipper entail, anyway? We know how to worship at a woman’s shrine in a metaphorical and euphemistic sense, at least~ And we’re working on learning to build shrines!

Not into like, sacrificing folks tho.
Krylo 2nd Aug 2018, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
The only sacrifice we're willing to make is at the altar of her womanhood.

^_Use that horrible pun pick up line if at all possible.
Jex 2nd Aug 2018, 9:46 PM edit delete reply
If she does demand sacrifice claim the Kuo-toa were sacrifices to her she just didn’t know yet. It was a surprise sacrifice for her.
ZincFingers 2nd Aug 2018, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
Claiming that the deaths of her worshippers was a preemptive sacrifice is good way to potentially get in her good books.
MakePeaceAndLove 2nd Aug 2018, 10:58 PM edit delete reply
+1 to the pick up line.

And as for using the Kuo-Toa as to prove we've got a sacrifice for her... I am a bit concerned that performing a sacrifice has some consequences we might not like. >.> It might just be bad karma, or it might put us under her power as a 'sealing the deal' kind of thing. I'd be wary of trying that even as a joke.
ZincFingers 2nd Aug 2018, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
As the ‘sacrifice’ was made without any form of agreement, implied or not, I think we are safe from getting stuck in a contract. If we want to avoid the word ‘sacrifice’ we could use ‘gift’ instead... or ‘peace offering’.
RicardtheDragoon 2nd Aug 2018, 10:13 PM edit delete reply
Definitely need to be careful how Nast speaks to her. First, ask for her name (in a subservient or at least respectful and polite tone).

Past that, Nast knows nothing about scyllas; make sure to ask her. (Lore is empty so far and though we can make a fair guess based on Greek myth and her appearance/environs, a direct explanation would be more useful). Since the pirates haven't been very respectful, Nast might want to disassociate from the pirates a little, along lines of 'we just met these guys'.

Milk her for information; let Nast's silver tongue shower compliments upon this overwhelming beauty. If worshipping her is unacceptable, politeness is still useful. Also, we should figure out why she is in the cave at all and if she needs help to leave it.

Lucky for Nast, it doesn't look like she wears panties.
GS 3rd Aug 2018, 1:03 AM edit delete reply
+1 to basically all of this.
ZincFingers 3rd Aug 2018, 3:54 AM edit delete reply
I’m in agreement with this, maybe don’t distance ourselves from the pirates too much, if she views us as separate entities she may attack them.
Instead of saying we just met, we could reprimanded the pirates for their rude behaviour, it would further position ourselves as the leader of this little collective.
pwzysk 2nd Aug 2018, 10:23 PM edit delete reply
So this lady(?) looks to be a very strong monster, and she clearly wants to be revered as a goddess. What if. Guys, what if we let her become a goddess. What if, in exchange for, uh, something (maybe some sort of summoning scroll for her?) we gave her the Monster Crown.

I realize that this would probably end very poorly for, uh, everyone, but my curiosity and hope compel me to at least share the possibility.
MakePeaceAndLove 2nd Aug 2018, 11:00 PM edit delete reply
I am also afraid that would end really badly for us, buuut I admit I am also curious what would happen.

So -1 to doing it, but +1 for sharing the idea, thanks pwzysk.
ZincFingers 2nd Aug 2018, 11:16 PM edit delete reply
Same as M.P.A.L, it’s an interesting idea, but I don’t think it’s the course of action we should pursue. Maybe, and it’s a long shot, coming back with a crown (if we find another) when we are stronger and offering some sort of alliance deal... who knows what the future holds?
GS 3rd Aug 2018, 1:03 AM edit delete reply
Hard pass. -1. No. Nein. Non. Njet. Nee. Ie.
Eyebrows 2nd Aug 2018, 10:32 PM edit delete reply
Be very very respectful, but also this is the monster we were born to seduce.
MakePeaceAndLove 2nd Aug 2018, 11:02 PM edit delete reply
+1 sounds about right to me.
Clearly only part of her body is of a (human?) woman, but that might just be enough for our needs. XD Hmm, I wonder if the wolves like petting (as in, head pats. brushing, you know)?
ZincFingers 2nd Aug 2018, 11:10 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, let’s try keep things respectful, don’t be afraid to call out the pirates if they start mouthing off.
GS 3rd Aug 2018, 1:02 AM edit delete reply
-1. Charm her, sure. The mechanics of "seducing" her make my brain lock up. There are some hurdles too high...
BjornTFH 3rd Aug 2018, 1:24 AM edit delete reply
That's why we need to get Inzo to quickly fashion us a step-ladder.
ZincFingers 3rd Aug 2018, 2:19 AM edit delete reply
A step ladder, a snorkel, and several snake muzzles.
Krylo 3rd Aug 2018, 3:05 AM edit delete reply
Ain't no mountain high enough, ain't no ocean deep enough, to keep us from lovin' Scylla.

Vilem 2nd Aug 2018, 11:08 PM edit delete reply
+1 Be respectful. Get more info.

I read Wikipedia summary of Greek Mythology Scylla. From a passing ship,she would grab a sailor in each mouth. Maybe too strong to fight.

Also avoid using fire against her if it comes to a fight. In myth, after Hercules/Heracles killed her, her father applied flaming torches to her body and brought her back to life.
Antarean 2nd Aug 2018, 11:30 PM edit delete reply
Wow, good catch. I honestly would not have guessed this was an actual creature from mythology.

And I'm glad it's called a scylla and not a . . . mer medusa cerberus or something. (Merduserus? Merberusa?)
GS 3rd Aug 2018, 1:00 AM edit delete reply
@Antarean: do you mean a Gorgon?
Antarean 3rd Aug 2018, 11:35 AM edit delete reply
Yes, but the word "medusa" combined better. :P
JiggilyJoe 3rd Aug 2018, 12:50 AM edit delete reply
+1 to no fire!
Guest 3rd Aug 2018, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
Also, she might have a pet Charybdis to back her up, if she's anywhere close to the original.
Vilem 2nd Aug 2018, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
After dealing with Scylla, remember to get the fresh invisible Kua-Toa and cooked alchemist Kua-toa to feed to our chicken. However, if we need their bodies to sacrifice to Scylla, so be it.
MakePeaceAndLove 2nd Aug 2018, 11:20 PM edit delete reply
I somehow doubt that the Kuo-Toa count as 'fish', despite appearances. Lagrand warned us against that before, too. And regardless, I wouldn't want to feed them to our baby chick anyway.

Buuut we can keep them as ingredients, sure. They're bound to have some future use.
Krylo 3rd Aug 2018, 12:09 AM edit delete reply
They may not be fish, but they're still aquatic creatures either way, so they should count for what we're going for.
Guest 2nd Aug 2018, 11:31 PM edit delete reply
Should see if we can salvage that invisibility injection too.
YetiOlwen 3rd Aug 2018, 12:23 AM edit delete reply
And salvage any of the shattered potion as well, if we can. Just to see if Ranse could identify it. I'm just curious what it was, not really expecting it to be useful anymore.
GS 3rd Aug 2018, 12:59 AM edit delete reply
-1. Using sentient creatures as food when we're not starving, or using them for ingredients, strays too close to the dark side for my tastes.
Krylo 3rd Aug 2018, 3:03 AM edit delete reply
Dark Side is the best side.

Besides, we didn't kill them FOR parts. It was self defense and letting their bodies go to waste would be, well, wasteful.
GS 3rd Aug 2018, 4:10 PM edit delete reply
These aren't animals bred or hunted for food, but enemy combatants.
The 'wasteful'-argument does not apply.
ZincFingers 3rd Aug 2018, 4:17 AM edit delete reply
I’m with GS, feeding the remains to our bird seems highly disrespectful, especially to our fellow fishing enthusiast.

Loot by all means, but the bodies belong to Scylla, they were her worshippers and should be treated as she dictates.
JiggilyJoe 3rd Aug 2018, 8:37 AM edit delete reply
Wait, I thought we were going for healing cock, not fishy cock....
Barswanian 3rd Aug 2018, 8:59 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, healing not fish. -1 to feeding sentient creatures to chick.
RicardtheDragoon 3rd Aug 2018, 2:23 PM edit delete reply
If the chick's food determines its nature, feeding it bits of sentients could make a cannibal cock which sounds like a monster from a bad erotic-horror movie. it sounds unpleasant as well as undermining the plan Nast has been using with the chick.

Perhaps, we could ask our kuo-toa friend about kuo-toa burial practices though a little bit of corpse robbing would not be amiss. This assumes this scylla doesn't want them which seem a suiting punishment for such 'fools' to this scylla.
GS 3rd Aug 2018, 4:11 PM edit delete reply
+1 for talking to our kuo-toe friend about this regardless what happens to the corpses.
Antarean 2nd Aug 2018, 11:35 PM edit delete reply
First of all, someone fish the captain out of the water.

Second, +1 on talking/flirting. Ask her her name, about her species, if she's stuck in the cave and would like some help getting out, etc. Compliment her on how powerful she is.
BjornTFH 3rd Aug 2018, 1:25 AM edit delete reply
+1. Good point, have the Orc haul him out with the anchor, it's got the reach and something to grab on to.
RicardtheDragoon 3rd Aug 2018, 2:25 PM edit delete reply
Great idea. He would certainly appreciate it. Also, the scylla might be less likely to eat him out of hand if he isn't in the water.
YetiOlwen 3rd Aug 2018, 12:28 AM edit delete reply
Really doubt we'll need to, but keep in mind that a Deinforce+, the bomb or something similar could take out that beam and cause the tunnel to collapse.
ZincFingers 3rd Aug 2018, 12:47 AM edit delete reply
Deinforce+ and some exploding bubbles should do it, with the advantage that the bubbles can’t be swatted into the water like the bomb could. Still, hopefully it doesn’t come this.
GS 3rd Aug 2018, 12:58 AM edit delete reply
Compliments to Morgenstern for going all-out on the scylla's design.
Iago 3rd Aug 2018, 5:20 AM edit delete reply
Pretty sure it's the first time I've seen someone do a "scylla" monster that actually looks like Scylla.

I like it.
MakePeaceAndLove 3rd Aug 2018, 8:46 AM edit delete reply
Aye, +1 for the Scylla design, this is already a rare mythological monster and actually showing her off in her full... glory, is very impressive.
1977 3rd Aug 2018, 1:46 AM edit delete reply
Almost nothing to add here.

+1 to try and seduce Scylla

About the beginning and Mangobeard's swimming abilities, if I'm not mistaken then the pirates, and other sailors for that matter, couldn't swim either.
The reason was simple that there was no sense, once you went over board you were as good as dead anyway.
At least when you can't swim it doesn't take so long for you to drown.
Things like life jackets, lifebelts, lifeboats and so on are relatively new inventions.
ZincFingers 3rd Aug 2018, 2:30 AM edit delete reply
Once all is said and done, I still think we should get the ol’ rod out and see if we can catch anything interesting... I’m talking about fish, not STDs.
Magister Dicks it 3rd Aug 2018, 5:12 AM edit delete reply
MakePeaceAndLove 3rd Aug 2018, 8:47 AM edit delete reply
+1 to fishing in the cavern, and seeing if... anything bites.
Hambone 3rd Aug 2018, 2:43 AM edit delete reply
I can't help but wonder if Morg anticipated us wanting to fuck Scylla. Like, I'm sure he thought it was a possibility, but looking at the comments so far it seems nigh-unanimous lol.
MakePeaceAndLove 3rd Aug 2018, 8:49 AM edit delete reply
I'm pretty sure he did. There's been voices calling for it with Nereus, the Sahagin bounty hunter, so expecting for Scylla to attract some fans had to be an easy guess.
Gandalf 4th Aug 2018, 3:20 PM edit delete reply
I'd certainly be disappointed if Scylla turned out to be nothing more than a boss monster for us to defeat.
1977 3rd Aug 2018, 7:03 AM edit delete reply
Just thinking out loud here:

When this is Scylla, where is Charybdis?
Tharvis Rose 3rd Aug 2018, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
Charybdis? As in the sentient, black-hole-like vortex that makes Scylla look like a mere litter of (very bad) puppies in contrast? We already defeated the "Invisible Man," er, kuo-toa, here, but if Charybdis is anywhere even kind of nearby, someone should say the following possibly pertinent line from an early 2000s TV show about a transparent guy: "Oh, crap."
RicardtheDragoon 3rd Aug 2018, 2:17 PM edit delete reply
Since this is a scylla, not the scylla. There might not be a charybdis with her. I'd be more worried if her name was 'Scylla'. Such a creature would be far more likely to have Charybdis as a pet. On the other hand, since this is a scylla, there could be a charybdis as well. If there is, the pirates will probably say something.

In terms of the myth, Charybdis is not a "black hole like" creature. It has a fixed amount of water it can inhale. After it reaches its maximum, it exhales that water, minus any tasty bits. In the myth, "sentient" is not a requisite but is likely.

So, in this cave, Charybdis would only be a threat to those in the water (if we ignore erosion and the possibility of high-pressure water cannon).
Guest 3rd Aug 2018, 5:45 PM edit delete reply
Two things to add to the barrage of good ideas:
1. Fucking a Scylla seems like it could be possible on a physical level, as we met a summoner who could learn to summon new monsters by having sex with them. However, suggesting this certainly isn't very respectful to the creature who is our goddess, at least until we leave the cave. Maybe give that a miss.
2. Emmy, get Mangobeard out of the water.
G. Sansa 4th Aug 2018, 11:03 AM edit delete reply
Get her drunk. And get drunk. With pirates. What happens, happens.

I want to see what Emmy and Inzo are like drunk, too.