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13th Feb 2019, 7:06 PM in Chapter 5
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Rocktopus 13th Feb 2019, 7:06 PM edit delete


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Photomaginarium 13th Feb 2019, 7:51 PM edit delete reply
don't worry Colleen, you can always donate what you want to worthy causes. make sure you divinely scry them against ripoff outfits and thieves guilds beforehand, of course. if you find you still have too much money, i myself am a worthy cause listed in the books as "Ye Old Randulf's Liver and Goodness." which you might notice, if you scramble the letters, spells "GLORY".
Rocktopus 13th Feb 2019, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
Worstcase 13th Feb 2019, 8:17 PM edit delete reply
I highly suggest that they forget about town portal on their next visit and go for a new dungeon setup through the main entrance.

Either that or buy the entire jewel's worth in high percent alcohols, pour it over those mushrooms during their next visit and then throw a burning match in that room x_x
Rocktopus 13th Feb 2019, 10:20 PM edit delete reply
I'd agree!
Guest 15th Feb 2019, 12:06 AM edit delete reply
You're still not using enough fire.
chris-tar 13th Feb 2019, 8:32 PM edit delete reply
Highly detailed cross section of the centipede's decapitated neck...
Rocktopus 13th Feb 2019, 10:21 PM edit delete reply
I used an actual diagram of a centipede's innards for reference
chris-tar 13th Feb 2019, 10:48 PM edit delete reply
Photomaginarium 14th Feb 2019, 1:57 AM edit delete reply
right on. that's the way.
Rudofaux 14th Feb 2019, 5:05 PM edit delete reply
Randulf has unlocked a new title "The Surgeon".
Stevie 13th Feb 2019, 9:09 PM edit delete reply
Time to Celebrate! or find new companions...its better to get a third of a treasure hoard than to not have backup.
Rocktopus 13th Feb 2019, 10:21 PM edit delete reply
Problem is, who wants to work with the town laughing stock like Randulf?
Haegan2005 14th Feb 2019, 1:19 AM edit delete reply
Considering the money they just received, I am not so sure that they are still a laughing stock.
Bookeater 14th Feb 2019, 2:53 AM edit delete reply
Money is almost second to Reputation for an adventurer. Often, his/her own life only take third place.
Stevie 14th Feb 2019, 8:41 PM edit delete reply
Bookeater 14th Feb 2019, 2:58 AM edit delete reply
Is it possible...? Are we out of that BROWN hellplane? Oh sweet primary color I missed you!

And nice cross cut of the bug. Not many author would have bothered with the detail. Bravo.

Why do I feel, Randolf agreed to let his partner keep a bigger share because he was impressed or more likely dont want to loose the only partner he can work with in long while? A way to keep her from quitting after facing some of her phobia I read the dwarf correctly.
Rocktopus 15th Feb 2019, 4:15 PM edit delete reply
You may be on to something there
padanew 14th Feb 2019, 4:41 AM edit delete reply
Study closely the dead monster body. Knowing where to stick the point thing into is important to know. Plus also Ya Victory!
Rocktopus 15th Feb 2019, 4:16 PM edit delete reply
landvaettr 14th Feb 2019, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
Great work as usual, I much enjoy reading Coleen& Randulf's Andventures! I Noticed the arcane glow around Coleen's Shield is off centered in the first panel, is that intentional or an omission (my guess is that the first arm you drew was lower so was the shield, then you changed the arm while the arcane glow remaining at the same spot in a hidden layer ;) Am I right did I win the internet today? Anyway keep up the awesome work Rocktopus!
Worstcase 14th Feb 2019, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
The arcane glow is the light spell Colleeen coninually casts, and it isn't centered on her shield but on the holy symbol she is holding in her hand.
landvaettr 14th Feb 2019, 1:44 PM edit delete reply
Holy shite you're right, my bad :/ it's just because most of the time the glow was perfectly centered around the buckler. Feelin dumb right now XD
Rocktopus 15th Feb 2019, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
Yeah I was kinda lazy about it the last chapter, but the halo is supposed to be around the symbol, not the shield. Her hand is usually behind the shield, that's why
Oldarmourer 14th Feb 2019, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
Why do I get the feeling Colleen leveled up in Paladin, settling her fear issue and giving a little more 'oomph' to her attacks ? Wonder if 'Holy Sword' works on maces in this setting ? or if the 'bless weapon' spell exists ? looks like she ended up with a little bonus vs undead skeletons and centipedes ;)
Rocktopus 15th Feb 2019, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
She'll need better armor than leather to be a proper paladin!
Sturzkampf 14th Feb 2019, 7:34 PM edit delete reply
Ah, but did Ms Colleen get back without being sick all over the floor again?
Rocktopus 15th Feb 2019, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
Asking the real questions here
padanew 14th Feb 2019, 7:53 PM edit delete reply
Can you tell us about the monsters that they kill now that they are dead?
Rocktopus 15th Feb 2019, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
Sure, I'll make a youtube video about it some day when I'm not so financially tight and have more free time to work on Marblegate.

But to summarize; the entire floor was covered in what is called "Party Fungus" (named after the various different fungus that make it up, looking like a party full of guests wearing different costumes)

It's a single, interconnected living organism, and also a minor (thankfully rare) epidemic-level infection that only breaks out in places where both magic and decay are in abundance. The spores are totally harmless to healthy, living creatures and can't get past their immune system. Instead it infects dying creatures and dead bodies. It runs tentacle-like roots through dead bodies and skeletons to sort of "marionette" them around (look closely at the destroyed skeleton in the first panel of Page 5-34)

More horrifically, its spores infects living things with weakened immune systems (such as the sick or dying) and can infect their brain and cause them to become disoriented, delusional, and violent (similar to rabies in dogs).

Both dead and infected hosts are used by the Party Fungus organism to kill or maim other creatures in order to create more hosts and expand itself.

Cave centipedes have formed a symbiotic relationship with party fungus; fully carriers of the spores themselves while simultaneously feeding on the mushroom's juices and nesting inside them.

Party Fungus is most common in the Feynest (a series of magical enchanted forests that are home to wood elves and fey). What keeps a Party Fungus organism from completely overtaking the forest is actually the Carnivore Fairies, who eat the fungus and its hosts like swarms of locust on wheat fields.
Bookeater_otaku 15th Feb 2019, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
That's a very nice bio of the monsters. I hope you will find the time to do more in the future (past and future monsters) and maybe put them in the comic in the form of a bestiary that our adventurers consult after a dungeon dive.

But this also raise a peculiar questions about this dungeon. Since the Party fungus exist somewhere in the world and is not just found inside the Marblegate, does it mean it was imported into the dungeon from a previous time those doors made an appearance or it was the opposite and the fungus was exported from it and introduced into the world?

This question tie in with how the Dungeon gain it's floors. I have a theory that turn around the concept that the Gate appear in the world in order to attract and trap people and monsters in it so each 'group' or individual (if powerful enough) is given a fresh floor or some kind of territory they have to dig out and protect in order to survive. Each floor is in competition with the others for ressources.

It tie in with my other theory that the Gate doesn't just disappear, it actually goes to another world to repeat the process and attract more loot/prisoners.
padanew 15th Feb 2019, 6:37 PM edit delete reply
Thank you for telling us! It was fun thinking about what was causing this floor.
Io 14th Feb 2019, 7:54 PM edit delete reply
In the end yon whip centepede resembles summer grass winter worm. To bad it does not have medicinal value
Rocktopus 15th Feb 2019, 4:38 PM edit delete reply
I think eating it would have the opposite effect!