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HadACookie 26th Oct 2021, 8:27 AM edit delete reply
Summon Monster I: Celestial Sheep
hman 26th Oct 2021, 8:36 AM edit delete reply
Sooooo that... pyramid thingy (sorry)... isn't just for holding the clothes, but a holy symbol? Or did she manage to pray without? Because that would seem a major step in her ... let's call it clerical level.
I think her cross was dangling behind her, with the weapons.
Rocktopus 27th Oct 2021, 3:31 PM edit delete reply
Using divine magic in this world doesn't require a holy symbol. All it actually requires for people with the Gift to cast spells is the faith that it will actually happen when you ask for it. You have to completely believe that your deity will intervene on your behalf and grant you their power. Holy symbols, hymns, and prayers are techniques used by divine casters to concentrate and make it easier to believe, but are not technically necessary.

Colleen finds it easier to use her powers when she's holding a symbol of her faith and repeating prayers she learned as a child. She has a backup holy symbol around her neck just in case she loses her other one. She can do it without one, but poorer concentration can lead to doubt. And even the tiniest bit of doubt will make it harder, and more taxing on her body to use magic.
Bookwhyrm 26th Oct 2021, 8:37 AM edit delete reply

Surprise Sheep! Woolly believe that?!
DocMesa 26th Oct 2021, 9:05 AM edit delete reply
Baaaad news for brain guy.
chris-tar 26th Oct 2021, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
"You have a family. Beasts have herds. Ants have colonies."
This is how I think the "ruing elite" feel about us!
Rocktopus 27th Oct 2021, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
Same as its always been, unfortunately. Kings exchanging peasant lives like currency.
Lorkonius 27th Oct 2021, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
It was not always so.
chris-tar 26th Oct 2021, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
Expecto Patronum!
(forgive me)
Nutster 26th Oct 2021, 1:59 PM edit delete reply
The telekinetic brain and statue are a little high. Her heart is under the breast, not above it. Mind you, stabbing there will likely bisect the ascending aorta, so it will likely be instantly fatal anyway.
Dodom 26th Oct 2021, 2:37 PM edit delete reply
It might be too far off to the side for that. Likely to puncture the lung though, it's hard to survive that without surgery, but it won't be quick..
Rocktopus 27th Oct 2021, 3:44 PM edit delete reply
I don't imagine alien brain monsters have a great understanding of human anatomy. The fact that they were even close to identifying the location of an organ they don't have means they've done some research :)
padanew 26th Oct 2021, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
What if I let you have my Ram? You can Dodge it!
Oldarmourer 26th Oct 2021, 3:05 PM edit delete reply
It wasn't the bomp-she-bomp, it was the rama-lama-ding-dong !!!
nailfile 26th Oct 2021, 5:15 PM edit delete reply
I love the cracked, half not there design of these creatures. It's really striking, and I have no idea how I would describe them in a tabletop game
Rocktopus 27th Oct 2021, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
Sometimes you gotta show, not tell!
Lurker 27th Oct 2021, 7:38 PM edit delete reply
Technically, the creatures are just a brain in a sac with a hand-like appendage underneath. Everything else is just a convenience animated by telekinesis.
Microraptor 26th Oct 2021, 5:26 PM edit delete reply
Saved by the bell lamb!
Bookeater_otaku 26th Oct 2021, 10:03 PM edit delete reply
The Brains are starting to hear Boss music.
Jadaski 26th Oct 2021, 10:12 PM edit delete reply
Chicken: "Wait, I have a family!"

Farmer: "But you also have chicken nuggets."
padanew 27th Oct 2021, 12:05 AM edit delete reply
One day I will find the nuggets on a chicken!
sailor mars 26th Oct 2021, 11:08 PM edit delete reply
sailor mars
Meanwhile in other news, Randulf is closing in on the treasure.
Doomroar 26th Oct 2021, 11:55 PM edit delete reply
No NTRing Sheep God's followers today!
Rocktopus 27th Oct 2021, 3:21 PM edit delete reply

someone 27th Oct 2021, 5:18 PM edit delete reply
Ha! She knew what that means while I had to look it up.

Definitely not as innocent as she lets on!
SFCGaTor 27th Oct 2021, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
NTR. What meaning? As a military guy I think Nothing To Report, but it obviously has a different reference here? Colleen looks angry about it though.
padanew 27th Oct 2021, 12:07 AM edit delete reply
Just noticed but she started bleeding. So I guessing she can cast without her symbol but at a higher self-damage cost.
Rocktopus 27th Oct 2021, 3:51 PM edit delete reply
She's in the dungeon for a while, and has already used divine magic today. When she starts feeling sick, that's when she's used it up for the day. If she starts bleeding, it means she's spent enough that her body is starting to damage. Any more beyond this point will likely be her death.
someone 27th Oct 2021, 5:20 PM edit delete reply
Though at this point, not using magic is even more likely to result in her death, so damn the nosebleeds, full spell ahead!
melaredblu 27th Oct 2021, 3:07 AM edit delete reply
I mean, I'm totally rooting for Colleen to get out of this one, but I gotta admit, that line in panel four is pretty raw in a terrifying way.
Rocktopus 27th Oct 2021, 3:53 PM edit delete reply
Thanks for saying so! I'm glad my writing is effective.
kyrtuck 27th Oct 2021, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Oooh, they're really heartless!
Lurker 27th Oct 2021, 7:42 PM edit delete reply
They *are* just brains in a sac with a hand-like appendage below, so yeah. Definitely heartless. :D
Archives 27th Oct 2021, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
Can I just say that you've somehow made a character with a round nose and buck teeth incredibly compelling? I can't wait to see what happens next!
Rocktopus 27th Oct 2021, 3:57 PM edit delete reply
Thank you! I knew there must be a way lol.

I don't remember why I was so weirdly determined to find a way to make a round nosed, bucked-toothed female hero compelling back when I started in 2015, but I'm glad I was able to!
Lurker 27th Oct 2021, 7:44 PM edit delete reply
I especially loved your comment when Colleen made her first full appearance in the comic: "Just some character that you'll probably never see again after this panel." And then you proceeded to make her a compelling hero character. That's skillful storytelling!