Comic 72 - Let Ranse have the ant parts

14th May 2018, 8:43 PM in Humble Beginnings at Humblestart
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Let Ranse have the ant parts
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Morgenstern 14th May 2018, 8:43 PM edit delete
You ask Ranse if the pyre ant parts could be of any use--especially for, say, making her a weapon.

"Y-... yeah," she says bluntly. After some pauses, and a few glances away, she continues. "You... wantmetohavethem? They could... be used by the others. Probably."

Lagrand flips his hair, and holds his hands out... like... almost a shrug. "I believe, as I'm sure Nast does, that you stand to gain the most from these materials. Personally, I'm focused on developing my magic... a weapon would only distract me."

Ranse rolls her eyes. "That...'s just a nice way of saying Ineedthehelp. ...Fine. Whatever. When... we find somewhere. To stop. I'll... take a look at them. I might... h-have some ideas."

There's a much longer break as the three of you wander the wild in silence, still sticking to the roads to try and minimize monster attacks.

Ranse finally breaks the silence, daring a glance at you to add, "Th... thanks."

You reach the bridge between Humblestart and the rest of the world. It seems like a pretty good choke point for thieves to attack a caravan--however, you don't see any thieves around. You suspect they may wait until it's darker outside to go after travelers, if this is indeed where it happens.

You press westward more, the sun just beginning to set. You discover a ranch.


"Sh..." Ranse pauses, pinching at the top of her nose. "Should. That be... Outlaw Ranch? In... steadof Outwall Ranch?"

"Well," Lagrand begins, "it is technically speaking on the outside of a wall. Its distance from the city is notab--"

Ranse makes... some kind of elongated breathing noise, not unlike a steady hissing. Lagrand stops, and after a brief quiet, Ranse speaks again.

"It's stupid," is all she says.


Fireopal 14th May 2018, 9:22 PM edit delete reply
Well let's go and talk to some new people and use our charm on them. Maybe we can find some information, maybe we can find some inspiration, and maybe we can find new party members. (Maybe even all three.)
Tech 14th May 2018, 10:33 PM edit delete reply
Find out what animals the ranch is raising.
Nieki 14th May 2018, 11:05 PM edit delete reply
I'm all for paying a brief visit. We should probably do our best to keep a low profile, but you never know when people will need a proper Adventurer-style hero to take care of something for them.
MightyDragonLizard 14th May 2018, 11:08 PM edit delete reply
I suggest we investigate the town while keeping a low profile.
1977 15th May 2018, 12:21 AM edit delete reply
Maybe it really is Outlaw Ranch instead of Outwall Ranch.
A Ranch full of thieves is definitely different than the usual hideouts.