Comic 67 - Meet up at the inn

11th May 2018, 3:25 PM in Humble Beginnings at Humblestart
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Meet up at the inn
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Morgenstern 11th May 2018, 3:25 PM edit delete
You compliment Valley on her new outfit, and make a... light comment on the subject of nipple rings.

Valley steps toward you. The more open nature of her new top puts her deep, tightly squeezed cleavage bare and almost right at your face. "I could look into it, if you're like... into that." She grins wide. "It would totally cement my warrior cred, so... I wouldn't mind."

For now, you decide to rest and get your party together. While Valley returns the pieceplates to the local guards, your main party heads to one of Humblestart's inns. You make arrangements for a couple of rooms--at 30g, in total cost--and you START to ask about Inzo...

but he just kind of shows up on his own.

Apparently, your party members automatically know when you're trying to gather them or switch members out, at least in safe places like towns. Such is the power of the party system.

You suggest that it may be more cost efficient to get something permanent. Maybe a caravan, or a pocket dimension or something.

"Or, like... more tents," Valley suggests with a shrug.

"S-some... conjurers," Ranse begins, "theycandothat. Make... temporary structures I mean."

"Summoners, as well," Lagrand points out. "Though, their methods are a little different--summoning living trees that men can sleep within, for example. I meditated on such an idea when my own sleeping conditions were less than ideal."

"Wait, like," Valley holds up the discussion, as well as her hands. "Don't you hash out all your magic by meditating anyway? So you were like... meditating ABOUT MEDITATING?"

Lagrand tosses his hair, closing his eyes and tilting his head. "Such are the complex ways of a powerful witch."

Valley laughs, shaking her head. "I'm toootally starting to think you're just, like, lazy."

"Can trust cow," Inzo remarks. "Cow know lazy."

"Hey!," Valley snaps, pointing a finger at the goblin. "I'm, like... only lazy sometimes. Usually after food?"

"Magic dumb any hows," Inzo says. "Inzo could build BIG vehicle. Put beds inside. Easy."

"As if," Valley replies dryly. "How long would THAT take? Look, if there's like... magic that can make camps, there totally has to be magic items that do it, too, right? We just have to ask around one of the bigger towns about... like... foldable houses, or some junk."

Without a concrete answer to the meeting place problem, you all just head to bed. You consider using your rented inn room for shenanigans, but you're actually pretty tired--and the inn beds are far more comfortable than your tent. You fall asleep pretty quickly.

By the time you wake up, there's daylight outside, and you once again have a penis.


Krylo 11th May 2018, 4:16 PM edit delete reply
Apply penis to Lagrand. Possibly invite others.
Portal In Time 11th May 2018, 9:14 PM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
Yes, yes. Use penis on in Langrand.
Hambone 11th May 2018, 9:52 PM edit delete reply
Instructions unclear, dick stuck in toaster
1977 11th May 2018, 4:52 PM edit delete reply
Can we teleport to specific locations and then back to where we were?
This way we could just in the middle of the wilderness teleport back home and then afterwards back into the wilderness.
The HQ could then be anywhere, back in Peace Calling or in the SlimeCave or even - should we decide to go with Spider-Eats-All-Option for our goblinproblem - the goblinvillage.
K3001 11th May 2018, 5:04 PM edit delete reply
You were going to look for a new gear, right? Get to it. Ask Inzo about mechanical help he was thinking about a while ago.
Tech 11th May 2018, 5:17 PM edit delete reply
+1 to this
lil Joshu 11th May 2018, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
+1 as well

Can Inzo make an airship?

Can reserve party members have tasks they're working on?
Guest 11th May 2018, 7:44 PM edit delete reply
I think Inzo probably needs more experience/practice before he can build a multi-passenger flying machine. He hasn't even made one for himself yet.(If he had, we'd be comparing him to the Green Goblin)
Fireopal 11th May 2018, 9:45 PM edit delete reply
I was totally thinking how bad ass it would be for him to build us a flying base.
Tech 11th May 2018, 5:06 PM edit delete reply
Have Inzo make us a motor home.
Hambone 11th May 2018, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
Ranse definitely may need some more practical adventuring clothes. "Dirty Jacket" might not last too long.
Iago 11th May 2018, 8:51 PM edit delete reply
Speaking of, what does Ranse look like on this fine morning ? Still a lady ?

Building ourselves a tour bus might take a tad too long, much as I like the idea. He can still start thinking about it.

Does Inzo know how to make more GobJuice (tm) ? If not get Ranse to see if she understands how to do that, if s/he can find out what the recipe is - maybe improve on it even.

Btw, have those bandits done anything other than steal alchemical supplies ? Seems ... suspiciously specific.
Iago 11th May 2018, 8:53 PM edit delete reply
Also, thanks for the map tab.
1977 12th May 2018, 2:10 AM edit delete reply
The idea of Ranse being her own brother by day is flawed since the potion works for 24 hours and not 12. Even so it would mean getting practically no sleep whatsoever since she would permanently change to hold up appearences.

Others said they wanted an airship instead of a tourbus. I think that's a good idea. Airships for the win!

As for the Gob Juice, in the party it says he has a pretty good stock at all times, so I guess he's constantly making new ones.

The bandits have specifically stolen only Disguise Potions and the ingredients to make more, nothing else of note.
Nikki 11th May 2018, 8:52 PM edit delete reply
Let's review what we know so far, from the local rumors and tasks we've accomplished.
--We've discovered (and had some fun with) the WITCH and KING SLIME, who has a cavern where we're (ostensibly) welcome.
--We have a reasonable amount of equipment, and have visited the INN and ALCHEMIST. The SMITH is a blind spot for us still--maybe they can do something with the rusty sword we found.
--Unfortunately, we don't have any leads on the actual panty thief. Going to our hometown (where we were arrested) is a dangerous move, but it might be our only option for fresh intelligence.
--We also haven't found a DIGNIFIED LADY for the GOBLINS. That might... take a while.

I suggest we check out the SMITH, which is the last major point of interest in this town (assuming Valley bought her things at the general store), consider SLIME CAVERN our impromptu base of operations (as towns are dangerous), and perhaps head for Peace Calling.
Fireopal 11th May 2018, 9:46 PM edit delete reply
Reflect on how we missed our opportunity to discover if our female genital fluids are changed by magic. We need to remember to test this out the next time we drink a disguise potion. For science.
Fireopal 11th May 2018, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
Side note: we should probably keep from having Valley and Inzo in the party at the same time, as they don't seem to get along.
Krylo 11th May 2018, 10:25 PM edit delete reply
Or ONLY have them together. Like how always take Morrigan with Alistair in Dragon Age. For the snark.
Espylacopa 11th May 2018, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
Them not getting along hasn't been much of a problem but I agree about splitting them up. The reason is they both primarily attack through brute force and I prefer more variety in my active party unless the situation specifically calls for an abundance of one thing.
Hambone 11th May 2018, 11:20 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, nothing wrong with a little bit of tension. They're snarky, but not outright hostile. No conflict is no fun, otherwise it would just be Nast, chilling, not adventuring. Definitely right about the "party comp". Although having only 3 people will probably make it a bit more... lenient in adventures I'm sure.
Hambone 11th May 2018, 9:51 PM edit delete reply
Oh hey!!! Tiny house spell! That's right!
Arislide 12th May 2018, 4:28 AM edit delete reply
I'm sure a good old fashioned orgy would inspire a tiny hut spell for continued shenanigans.
Gallstone 11th May 2018, 11:33 PM edit delete reply
Why not see if we can combine Inzo's tech with Lagrand's magic?
Inzo knows how to create an engine; his mech must have one. Lagrand can shape plants; he can create the vehicle shell.
Add in Valley's strength and some alchemy (fuel potions?) and we really could have a mobile base.
Cloudy 12th May 2018, 1:18 AM edit delete reply
I’m pretty sure his mech is Woden cogs and levers. might be wrong though? But I’m pretty sure we ain’t that advanced yet.
Gallstone 12th May 2018, 2:44 PM edit delete reply
That's where Ranse's alchemy comes in: 'a potion of motion' to serve as fuel! :)

And if it works, the patent can make the party Mad Money. ;)
Morgenstern 12th May 2018, 1:05 AM edit delete reply
Just as a heads up, the next post will be running a little late. Sex scenes take me sliiightly longer than normal pages (for reasons that should be pretty obvious), and this one was already going to run slightly long for totally unrelated reasons. Even if I got all the sprite work done, I'd be in total zombie mode for the writing portion.

Complicating matters, a friend is taking me to see Infinity War when I wake up tomorrow. So, expect the next page up sometime tomorrow... afternoon? Evening-ish?

To make up for it, I've posted a preview of the Lagrand business on my Patreon. Anyone signed up for $3 or more can see my sprite work so far (which isn't all that exciting tbh, it's just the line work and flat colors and still needs a lot of fixing). Thanks for your patience!
Hambone 12th May 2018, 1:26 AM edit delete reply
Thanks for the heads up!
Nikki 12th May 2018, 3:44 AM edit delete reply
No worries! This has been a really fun and fluffy read so far. I bookmarked it!
BoneIdol 12th May 2018, 8:33 AM edit delete reply
Talk with Inzo. Magic and technology don't have to be opposed to each other, after all have the parts of his mech we reinforced needed to be replaced yet? Maybe we can workshop some interesting tech that takes advantage of our enchanting to function.

like a glass shield that is initially very hard but then can be made incredibly fragile and explosively smashed to serve as a flac-cannon.
Twyll 12th May 2018, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
I, for one, am very in favor of Valley getting nipple rings. Sexiness AND warrior cred, yes please!
Gallstone 12th May 2018, 2:46 PM edit delete reply
Hmm? And what kind of body-mod is Nast going to get for Valley's pleasure?
Hambone 12th May 2018, 3:08 PM edit delete reply
Matching nip rings to tease?
Espylacopa 12th May 2018, 8:26 PM edit delete reply
If nipple rings equate to "warrior cred" to her it might be slightly insulting for a mage to get them. Maybe a tongue stud would be more appropriate.
Hambone 12th May 2018, 8:59 PM edit delete reply
Ahh, good point. I like that idea with the stud too though.
Twyll 12th May 2018, 7:02 PM edit delete reply
Dunno if she's into the idea of Nast getting a body mod or just likes the idea of one for herself, but we could maybe get Nast a nose ring? Nipple piercings for Nast would also be a good option, provided we can make sure they don't get caught on things when we use disguise potions XD