Comic 56 - Seek a peaceful resolution

5th May 2018, 1:32 PM in Humble Beginnings at Humblestart
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Seek a peaceful resolution
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Morgenstern 5th May 2018, 1:32 PM edit delete
You tell everyone that you want to resolve this peacefully. You struggle, but still find yourself paralyzed. You can feel it starting to lessen, though--it's only a temporary status.

In the meantime, the others have to pick up the slack in defending you. You definitely seem to be the fairies' main target. Inzo covers you from the front, blocking barrages of wooden thorns and icicle javelins. Valley holds her broken stone sword high, blocking lightning bolts before they hit you.

...And sometimes, incidentally, shoving her tits in your face as she covers you.

You point out to the fairies that, if you WERE the panty thief, you'd have no reason to return to the scene of the crime.

"Who knows how the criminal mind works?!", they shout. "Maybe you got cocky. Maybe you're just crazy!"

You cite the fact that you don't have any panties on you. If you were the notorious thief, you'd be hauling around a bunch of underwear.

"Yeah, like," Valley adds, "I don't even have a pair."

You hear Lagrand sigh from behind you.

This does not, however, seem to appease the fairies. "So they don't even matter to you, then! It was the thrill of the hunt! The passion of the crime! You stole them all and then you just threw them away!"

You reflect on how you got here. Are there gaps in your memory?

...No. There aren't, not any that you're aware of. Your dad is a fisherman, and you grew up in Peace Calling. Becoming an enchanter was recommended by random travelers that came through town--anyone with magic experience suggested you would be good at it.

You didn't plan on it, though. You wanted to settle down in Peace Calling, follow in your dad's footsteps... maybe marry the girl that worked at the inn next door. That... last part didn't work out, and the more you talked to adventurers and looked into magic after that, the less you thought you'd be satisfied staying in your hometown.

So you set off.

And barely got as far as Humblestart before getting busted for crimes you didn't commit, crimes you COULDN'T have committed because you hardly left Peace Calling in the first place. The underwear thief has taken a pair from the kingdom's own princess; meanwhile, YOU haven't even seen the castle.

"There are all manner of ways the true thief could have deceived you!," Lagrand shouts at the fairy swarm. "Potions that alter one's appearance. Artifacts that do much the same. Spells that fool the senses. There even exist mundane masters of disguise that can mask their faces with only makeup and costuming! You have been fooled, my friends--and this poor lad should not have to pay the price."

Your full range of movement returns. You feel a little stiff, but you are no longer paralyzed.

"We wouldn't be tricked so easily!," the fairies reply. "There's no way stinky humans have disguises that good."


Zeraligator 5th May 2018, 1:58 PM edit delete reply
Pop the disguise potion
Tech 5th May 2018, 2:31 PM edit delete reply
Just about to suggest that; in the exact same words, in fact. +1.
Portal In Time 5th May 2018, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
Not all of the potion, though. Hopefully this just translates to a smaller duration, rather than less of a disguise.
1977 5th May 2018, 2:01 PM edit delete reply
Well, seems like it is time to use a disguise potion. Using it in front of them while they can see how it transforms you should be enough to convince them to at least consider the possibilities.

Also, the fairies are really kinda very racist. Or is that called speciest? I mean, humans and fairies are different species after all not different races right?
Zeraligator 5th May 2018, 2:21 PM edit delete reply
Exactly my point, 1977. Also technically we don't know whether it's a different race or species, though it's presumable that it's a different species.
Tech 5th May 2018, 2:35 PM edit delete reply
Fantasy genetics is weird. "Speciese" means that they can only breed amongst themselves (which is why you can't breed half-cat/half-dog, but there's different breeds of each), but fantasy has more half-human/half-fantastic creature than you can shake a magic staff at.
Zeraligator 5th May 2018, 2:44 PM edit delete reply
Yes but we also don't know and can't test whether fairies and humans can breed, that's why is said we don't know. Though they usually just go with different species.
Benjerbro 5th May 2018, 3:09 PM edit delete reply
+1 to popping the disguise pot and proving them wrong
Cloud 5th May 2018, 4:43 PM edit delete reply
Our high charisma is just failing at every turn here. Proving that humans can, in fact, easily change their apparence seems to be the only options to at lest get them to slow down the assault. Also this water has magical evil powers. Maybe we should collect some to trade back at the shop for another potion. I doubt that the keeper will be eager to give us the same offer again so soon, and now that we’ve been out of prison so long, the quicker we can disguise the better.
TerraNova 5th May 2018, 5:42 PM edit delete reply
Pop a sip of disguise potion, inform there have been thefts of massive quantities of it in the kingdom.
Cloud 5th May 2018, 6:16 PM edit delete reply