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17th Apr 2020, 3:02 PM in Chapter 7
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Rocktopus 17th Apr 2020, 3:02 PM edit delete

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chris-tar 17th Apr 2020, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
Another finely crafted, beautifully illustrated page.
Rocktopus 17th Apr 2020, 4:50 PM edit delete reply
Thanks so much! I love doing these tavern scenes, they have my favorite color palette.
Bookeater_otaku 18th Apr 2020, 2:11 AM edit delete reply
All the shades of brown?
Guest 18th Apr 2020, 1:07 PM edit delete reply
All the cozy and warm ones, at least :).
Thracecius 17th Apr 2020, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
Can someone smack those two jackasses for me? I can't seem to reach through the comic and do it myself. :P
Rocktopus 18th Apr 2020, 3:18 AM edit delete reply
Sturzkampf 17th Apr 2020, 5:34 PM edit delete reply
Is no-one at all concerned when a party member doesn't show up?
Bookeater_otaku 17th Apr 2020, 8:35 PM edit delete reply
They are back in town and all have each their own thing to do. They have been at it for a little while now so I imagine they arent always together for everything. And he did ask about Ox.

Please Ozzi, try to talk some senses into those two.
Guest 18th Apr 2020, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
I mean, they aren't in the dungeon and from what we know the town isn't dangerous at all. Also Ozzy just arrived so she isn't even that late yet probably.
Oldarmourer 17th Apr 2020, 5:39 PM edit delete reply
Two more drinks and one of them's going to say something out loud...
That or she's going to come in behind them...
MajorDZaster 18th Apr 2020, 1:38 AM edit delete reply
Technically, they've just said it out loud.
By two more drinks, it'll be "HEY GUYS! DO YOU THINK YOU CAN KEEP A SECRET?"
padanew 21st Apr 2020, 4:27 AM edit delete reply
How much you want to bet that the mug will spill the secret to everyone in the bar?
Bookeater_otaku 21st Apr 2020, 1:18 PM edit delete reply
Ok, now I can't see this NOT happening.
Bookeater_otaku 17th Apr 2020, 8:41 PM edit delete reply
I must say the tavern seems to have a good ambiance. Is it the only tavern in town? Or is there some competition? The birdeye view we had of the town we had so far didn't make it look like a big place.

In fact, so far we have the Marbles Gates, the Church, the Guard barracks, the War Bank, the Wizard Mansion/Office building, the market place (At least one blacksmith, one shop where they sell equipment and one tent where they sell insulting objects)and where ever is Colleen sleeping. And that's not counting all the various camps outside. Little by little we are getting the complete tour!

Beautiful page as always, nice work on the light effects and backgroud detail.
Rocktopus 18th Apr 2020, 3:19 AM edit delete reply
There's a marketplace and a pagan temple, too!
Guest 18th Apr 2020, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
There are probably several taverns in town. The fact that one is named "the nobby Knight"argues for at least one other. Otherwise it would be called "the tavern". We also don't have our boy and girl appearing in the same tavern scene. Not that there is much reason for them to even if they are in the same tavern, but it's still a point. And we have lots of adventurers and lot of tradesmen eager to get their gold. There are enough around to support well more than one tavern.
VickiC 18th Apr 2020, 8:15 PM edit delete reply
Generally, I'd assume that too - i.e. that there would be several taverns in a 'goldrush'-type town like that... but the barmaid's hair looked familiar, so I went back to Ch. 1 (forgot what page) - & it is, indeed, the only tavern in town. Which is also the inn & the place where Colleen is staying... Just how awkward is it going to get?
David Argall 19th Apr 2020, 2:13 AM edit delete reply
Yes, the tavern scenes do seem to all be in the same tavern [Knobby Knight] with the same waitress and general dedetails. Of course, our artist might point out that at the rate we are paying [nothing]we don't get a guarantee of precision artwork. However, the town is big enough to support 2 or more taverns.
Guest 19th Apr 2020, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
>(...) don't get a guarantee of precision artwork

Oldarmourer 19th Apr 2020, 5:17 PM edit delete reply
I'll wager there's another tavern....there pretty much has to be
One where dark deeds are plotted around dimly lit tables...
A den of debauchery and darkness for the dark and debauched
A wretched hive of villiany and disrepute...
Where the sawdust on the floor is yesterday's furniture
A seedy place frequented by seedy people...
Owned by the same person, of course...profit is profit ;)
ErictheTolle 20th Apr 2020, 1:32 AM edit delete reply
On the other hand, one way for the government to make money off the town would be to either sell licenses for services or set up a guild system for it. So there may be one tavern in the town (possibly in multiple locations) because one person or trade association bought exclusive rights.
Guest 20th Apr 2020, 2:23 PM edit delete reply
ErictheTolle: As far as I understand it, Marblegate is somewhat of a neutral area, with no nation laying claim to it, so I would guess that the only real government is the one by the Arch Wizard and the College of Arclight overseeing things. I would guess that they only provide basic services and protection, such as the town guards and the services related to the dungeon such as teleportation and checking returning explorers.

Though, how much they tax the town or dungeon explorers is unknown as far as I know. Since Marblegate is a sensitive political matter, I would guess that Arclight doesn't tax the town or dungeon explorers a lot, for the sake of helping relations and maintaining neutrality.
someone 19th Apr 2020, 9:47 PM edit delete reply
See -- the town is tiny! There are maybe two dozen houses in there.

It only seems to have adventurers (who reside at the inn) and those who provide services of direct use to adventurers. No agricultural activity (the one stable outside of the town is for travelers) which is kind of surprising from a medieval-style town, so they must import everything.

I guess the economy of the town can be justified by three factors:
- There's a giant magic dungeon full of monsters right next to it; and nobody wants to settle for life in an area with giant magic monster dungeons. So no farmers.
- There's a giant magic dungeon full of monsters right next to it; so adventurers come from the world over to extract wealth from the monster mine, allowing the town's economy to be entirely import-dependent.
- There's a giant magic dungeon full of monsters right next to it; and it's not gonna stay there forever since it's known that the Marble Gate disappears after a hundred years and then reappears somewhere else. So it doesn't have that much time to accrete population through the age; Marble Gate Town is basically a boom town that's gonna go bust in 25 years.
David Argall 20th Apr 2020, 1:05 AM edit delete reply
The town is small, but not tiny. Our city scene shows a hundred or so people, and our crowd scenes suggest that is way low. Then there are the people inside those buildings, many of which are multistory. Perhaps most important, we really only see the one street and the end of another. That could lead to another section town at least as large [and it should. When drawing up a town, there is always something neat you don't think of until later, so you need some blank spaces.] Add them all up and the town population likely exceeds 1000, maybe not much by modern standards, but quite sizable by the standards of the day.
Gabrielli 17th Apr 2020, 9:20 PM edit delete reply
Flynn Rider: "You smell that? Take a deep breath through the nose! Part man-smell, and the other part is REALLY BAD man-smell. I don't know why but all together it reminds me of the color brown."
padanew 18th Apr 2020, 4:01 AM edit delete reply
I really would like to go to a tavern like what you see in fantasy game/books it always seems like a fun place to start an adventure!

Also, there is our friend the judgemental artifact maker!
Da5id 18th Apr 2020, 6:44 AM edit delete reply
I wonder what the economics of this town are? Is it a gold rush situation where the traders and service providers make lots of money off of the labor of the adventurers?
Sturzkampf 18th Apr 2020, 8:38 AM edit delete reply
In a gold rush, the best, quickest and surest way to get rich is to sell everyone shovels.
VickiC 18th Apr 2020, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
The sellers of alcohol and prostitutes tend to do pretty well, too :).
Bookeater_otaku 20th Apr 2020, 12:08 AM edit delete reply
Oh yeah... it wasn't mentioned but it seems strange that there isn't an official brothel.
David Argall 23rd Apr 2020, 2:27 AM edit delete reply
There is almost certainly a brothel, or several, but no official one. The ladies may tolerate our sneaking off to visit one, but we don't dare announce that is what we are doing.
And the brothel is likely to stay "off camera". As a "decent girl", our lass has very little reason to visit one. We can think up something fairly easily, but it doesn't really fit.
Guest 23rd Apr 2020, 1:22 PM edit delete reply
In mining towns for instance, the vast majority of workers in the mine(s) were men. Their families (if they had any) may or may not have lived close by, and the gender split might have been heavily skewed towards men. If there was a brothel (possibly owned by the mining company) in the mining town, some of the workers might have spent their money there, and some of them might have sought to save up money in order to seek to facilitate creating a career and start a family elsewhere after their mining career. Though, I recall reading about mining towns where the mining company owned the town and didn't actually give the workers money, but instead made-up "credits", in order to give the workers very poor wages and exploit them greatly (such a town would likely be one to leave as quickly as possible, or some other suitable action).

I would imagine that for some cases, especially for long-lived mining towns, the workers and their money would attract women looking for marriage and families, and a proper town might have eventually sprung up with families for the mining workers, and other businesses might likewise come into existence eventually, though that also depends on how suitable the mining town would have been for other enterprises.

In this town, there seems to be a split between the genders among shop keepers, explorers, etc. that might not be far away from 50%, and romances/marriages seem to happen frequently between peers. Marblegate might also not be that remote or far away from for instance smaller farming villages.
Oldarmourer 24th Apr 2020, 3:02 PM edit delete reply
Bang on, it happened a lot, reference the line in the song..."I sold my soul to the company store"...
Many companies, especially when they were the only one around, paid their workers in 'company credits' that could only be used at the 'company store' where the prices were ridiculously high but it was the only one in town...
Edmund 18th Apr 2020, 11:49 PM edit delete reply
It's the animated objects guy in the second pannel!!
Bookeater_otaku 20th Apr 2020, 12:09 AM edit delete reply
Your right! It's been a while. Wonder how he is doing. Maybe his origins will be explained in a side story one day.
John 20th Apr 2020, 5:20 AM edit delete reply
Ah come on, that was comedy gold, don't be a sourpuss! Life's too short and grim to take everything serious
Blackwing 20th Apr 2020, 6:16 AM edit delete reply
I bet Ozzie is thinking, if this is how they talk about Marigold behind her back, I wonder what they say about me behind my back.
BornOnTheNinth 20th Apr 2020, 11:18 PM edit delete reply
Took him this long to realize his teammates are assholes?
Andrew_C 22nd Apr 2020, 12:09 AM edit delete reply
What a pair of asses. Mari is an ass too, but she deserves better.
Oldarmourer 24th Apr 2020, 3:05 PM edit delete reply
methinks we're about to see the end of two parties with the best of each going on to make the one that's going to tell the real story...
Everything so far has just been the prologue...stuff's going to get real now :)
Ike 7th Feb 2021, 6:57 PM edit delete reply
I wear kilts all the time and you can't put your legs high up like that without the kilt falling towards your waist and 'everything' flopping out. If anything the tallness of the elf would exaggerate the effect.

Yeah, nobody wants to sit there after he gets up.