Comic 42 - Talk to the spider

30th Apr 2018, 12:47 PM in Humble Beginnings at Humblestart
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Talk to the spider
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Morgenstern 30th Apr 2018, 12:47 PM edit delete
You first try to talk to the spider. You introduce yourselves, and you tell it that you come in peace. You're just here to speak with its superiors.

The spider crouches low, hissing louder. Inzo hisses back at it.

It doesn't seem like the spider understands you. You start to reach for your language potion--

the spider rushes, and FAST. Lagrand steps to the side, managing to fire a wood spear that slips between Inzo, Valley, and the pillar on its way to the monster. The spider, mid-run, spews a shot of web--hitting the spear as it courses through the air, webbing up its tip and dulling its end. It bounces off the spider's round body, hitting hard but dealing minimal damage. The spider pushes on undeterred, tackling you to the stone floor.

This all happens in about a second, so fast that you barely catch it.

"Gods of gobs, spider fast!," yells Inzo.

As Valley feared, there's not much room to use her club--a vertical swing could hit you, while a horizontal swing will get blocked by the nearby pillar. She instead charges ahead, trying to physically shove the spider off of you.

The spider is no slouch in the strength department, either--sticking itself to the floor to stay on top of you. Valley, with her bare hands, at least manages to hold the spider off from sinking its fangs into your torso. You yell for Inzo to throw some gob juice.

Inzo hurls a bottle, keeping a low and strong arc--that way, if the spider dodges, the gob juice won't hit you instead. Valley has to duck to avoid it, but her one hand gripping the spider's head keeps it from aiming another web shot. The bottle slams into the top of the spider, the creature screeching as the gob juice explodes.

The spider launches itself backwards, clearing some distance from your group and slipping right out of Valley's hands.

...However, you weren't just laying there helpless while the spider tried to bite you.

You managed to wrap some of its legs in reinforced vines, of which you have plenty. It should, at the very least, reduce the spider's speed by a fair bit--in fact, you're pretty sure the spider meant to leap back farther than it did.



TerraNova 30th Apr 2018, 1:36 PM edit delete reply
Reattempt negotiations. Should be able to utilize the language potion now that it's slowed down by the vines. Offer to tend to it's wounds if it will listen to diplomacy. Be cautious, though; It seems scared, and we probably didn't help it by blowing it up.
1977 30th Apr 2018, 2:14 PM edit delete reply

With the help of the Language Potion and a lot of the good old Je Ne Sais Quoi we should be able to calm the spider.
Cloud 30th Apr 2018, 2:22 PM edit delete reply
+1 to attempt to communicate. Also, are we able to stand back up? We did just get pounced on by a giant spider. We should try to get back on our feet. Negotiations from the ground probably won’t go as well as they otherwise could. Inzo should have a second gob juice ready just in case.
Cloud 30th Apr 2018, 2:24 PM edit delete reply
Also, when this spider is dealt with, one way or another, we should check that little hole in the wall before we move on.
Tech 30th Apr 2018, 2:27 PM edit delete reply
If we're able to talk to it, tell it we've heard about people across the sea who eat spiders.
Wolfe 30th Apr 2018, 3:39 PM edit delete reply
+1 to all this. "We didn't come here to fight, just give us a chance to explain, we are seeking audience with the varies. We mean no harm to anyone"
Wolfe 30th Apr 2018, 3:43 PM edit delete reply
Guest 30th Apr 2018, 4:50 PM edit delete reply
Wolfe 30th Apr 2018, 5:33 PM edit delete reply
Shadoe 30th Apr 2018, 5:48 PM edit delete reply
Honestly at this point i feel like we tried the peaceful way and it didnt work. Take out our sword and with Lagrand as back up take spidey out. Have Inzo see if his fans are strong enough the blow the web shot off course and have Valley be on the defensive.
TerraNova 30th Apr 2018, 7:18 PM edit delete reply
But if the negotiating becomes successful we might get a fuzzy spider party member! :D