Comic 85 - Ask the cleric some questions

20th May 2018, 4:43 AM in Humble Beginnings at Humblestart
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Ask the cleric some questions
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Author Notes:

Morgenstern 20th May 2018, 4:43 AM edit delete
Morgenstern
You ask for more info about the bishop.

"Oh, Father Falk? I believe he's a high elf. I'm not certain how old he is... high elves live for a very long time. I've not had a chance to speak with him much--he's very busy, even more than clerics like myself."

You ask about the One Holy Goddess--does she have a name? What all is known about her?

The cleric smiles a little wider. "The gods have not taken a direct hand in quite a long while, instead choosing to act through us mortals. We only know about the goddess what can be gleamed from ancient writings, and what we can tell from the miracles she provides. We know not her true name... but from the power she gives, we know that she is a protector, and a healer, and she loves us very much."

Speaking of those miracles... you ask what a miracle is like.

"Well..." begins the cleric, "like this."

She places her hand on your chest. A great, golden light briefly shines from her palm... and you feel a rejuvenating warmth run through your body.

"If you had been hurt, that would have mended your wounds," says the cleric.

Behind you, Valley gives a nudge and a glance to Ranse. Ranse shakes her head, keeping her voice low so as not to alert the cleric. "D... doesn't. Smell like any school. W-witchcraft... never does. Doesn't... feel like Lagrand's, but... Lagrand's doesn't smell like necromancy. Witches are... all different."

"But, like," Valley whispers, "the fact that you CAN smell it means it's totally magic, right?"

Ranse hesitates. "N... notnecessarily. A... alchemical effects. Have smells. Feelings. Monster... m-monster abilities. Too. Doesn't... meananything."

"Wait, so like..." Valley pauses. "This could be, like, for real?"

"No," Ranse replies flatly. "It's... indistinguishable from witchcraft. There's... no evidence of gods. Justoldstories. These... people are just... j-jumping from, one conclusion to another."

To her credit, the cleric waits quite patiently while Ranse and Valley loudly whisper at each other.

"Is there anything else I can do for you?," the cleric finally asks. "I am always eager to do more."

Comments:

Gallstone 20th May 2018, 5:17 AM edit delete reply
1. Make sure Ranse doesn't go off on a tangent at any of the clerics, especially this one.
1.a Ranse is a skilled alchemist, but she is not omniscient, and neither are we.

2. Ask the cleric's NAME, for pity's sakes! And introduce us properly; good manners cost nothing, yet yield huge dividends. ^_^

3. Ask about the temple's work in the city.

4. Ask whether this particular cleric would like to join our party; she'd have an opportunity to get out a bit more, we'll be able to find out more about her and her order, and she might find other woes that need fixing. Not to mention we are on a righteous mission (stopping the panty thief and possibly the raids on the caravans), which might be right up her alley.
4.a If she does come with us, make sure she has her own bivouac every evening. Don't want to horrify her right off.
1977 20th May 2018, 5:54 AM edit delete reply
+1 to all of this, especially 4
K3001 20th May 2018, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
+1. She's not as absent-minded as everyone else, seems more friendly and actually helpful. Also, introduce yourself and your group. Ah, and don't let your group to make a wrong first impression. We can discuss this church all we want, but not as we're actually INSIDE it.
Guest 20th May 2018, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
+1 to everything but 4. We don't know anything about her. See if we can maybe to a quest for the church first. Then we can possible add her to the party. Also, ask about what the Goddess approves of, and disapproves of. For all we know, negotiating with spiders, or having sex with .....everyone might be the worst offense of this church.
TerraNova 20th May 2018, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
+1 to that. She seems incredibly useful
Gallstone 20th May 2018, 5:19 AM edit delete reply
Interesting that a High Elf started the faith of the one goddess... Remember how Ranse said some of the Elves still worship the old gods, from before the archmages?
Now why would one of them start a new church...?
1977 20th May 2018, 5:57 AM edit delete reply
Why not?

On a more serious note it is very well possible that The One Goddess were always worshipped, only now after the fall of the assmages this persisted more then the other, smaller gods.
Guest 20th May 2018, 8:54 AM edit delete reply
+1 tp referring to them as assmages from now on
Sonico 20th May 2018, 7:50 AM edit delete reply
Well, considering how the idea of this one goddess supposedly comes from an extrapolation on already existing divine hierarchies, it might have been simply a matter of inspiration...
Nieki 20th May 2018, 5:51 AM edit delete reply
I don't know about asking her to join straight away, but knowing a friendly name face wouldn't be the worst idea--even if we don't stay here long. We should probably be a little circumspect about our own, uh, adventures, though.
Guest 20th May 2018, 8:59 AM edit delete reply
+1 to that.
Polenk 20th May 2018, 6:35 AM edit delete reply
Ask her name
Try and find out more about the church,
(bluff) Ask if she knows about praising the divine goddess in private. Offer lesson so she can have a religious experience.
Szled 20th May 2018, 8:39 AM edit delete reply
What kind of ill minded person are you want to know about praising anything else but the sun and boobies?
Guest 20th May 2018, 8:59 AM edit delete reply
This isn't a solely porn comic. Asking to bang people you just met only works with Valley because of plot convenience.
Gallstone 20th May 2018, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
That and Valley's racial traits; minitaurs were made to be a fast-breeding race.
Polenk 20th May 2018, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
Currently pretty much everyone he has met has been asked if they would like to go for a ride.. Including some slime and recently a thief with very little in the way of introduction.. Even the witch guy has gone around..
DÆMONBIRDY 20th May 2018, 7:25 AM edit delete reply
The "godess" is Jane doe from blood is mine.
Sonico 20th May 2018, 1:30 PM edit delete reply
I had no idea Morgenstern had this other webcomic, nice joke/callback. +1
Guest 20th May 2018, 9:03 AM edit delete reply
I was just thinking, to Morgenstern, Would you add an NPC page if it became relevant, or is remembering that stuff on us? (No complaints/criticism either way)
Morgenstern 20th May 2018, 2:01 PM edit delete reply
Morgenstern
Yeah, I think I might leave that to you guys, lol. An NPC list would get really long after a while.
Mind Fever 20th May 2018, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
Whoa. She just cast a “miracle” on us without our permission or knowledge. Isn’t that kind of rude and a breach of general magic ethics? Makes me nervous.
Yes ask her name.
Also ask if performing the miracle tired her in any way (trying to connect it to systems of power we are familiar with)
Note that she didn’t seem to petition her deity to perform that miracle and ask why that is.
Also ask if the goddess ever refuses to empower a miracle.
Finally, ask about her. When did she convert, what was her former manner of life, why did she join this cult, etc.

I sense a mask. Maybe the right questions can reveal the edges.
Royell 20th May 2018, 9:32 AM edit delete reply
Ask how she joined the faith, what inspired her conversion? Nothing too probing, but could be nice to know some of backstory about her.
Krylo 20th May 2018, 9:37 AM edit delete reply
I agree with asking for her backstory. What she did before and how she found the light of the goddess.

I don't agree with asking her to join yet, though.

I don't trust the church here yet.
Fireopal 20th May 2018, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
Ask how she learns new miracles
Guest 26th May 2018, 6:10 PM edit delete reply
Spellcheck - "gleaned" :(

Sorry