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sailor mars 27th Dec 2020, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
sailor mars
Awww, is someone starting to thaw out a bit?
Rocktopus 27th Dec 2020, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
We can only hope.
padanew 27th Dec 2020, 7:16 AM edit delete reply
padanew
Considering how hard working she is she doesn't seem like the type to have a lot of spare time.
Rocktopus 27th Dec 2020, 10:55 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
"Personal interests" as in, her personal reason for being here in the dungeon.

Maybe that was the wrong choice of words. Are people getting confused by what she means here? I might change the line for the sake of clarity.
Nonscale 27th Dec 2020, 11:54 AM edit delete reply
I knew what she ement. But you could change it to "personal reasons"
someone 27th Dec 2020, 2:58 PM edit delete reply
"Personal interests" is IMO clear enough, especially when considering she phrased it this way to get through to Randulf, who had just previously shut down after hearing the word "reason".
chris-tar 27th Dec 2020, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
chris-tar
I guess even the most battle hardened veterans have some measure of compassion, somewhere, deep inside.... even if it is minuscule.
Rocktopus 27th Dec 2020, 10:59 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Colleen at the very least seems to believe so. Let's hope she's right.
VickiC 27th Dec 2020, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
Colleen isn't the type to give up!

... And a little reminder that 'hobbies' and 'personal interests' were foreign concepts in medieval society, especially in poor villages.
Rocktopus 27th Dec 2020, 10:37 AM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
"Personal interests" as in, her personal reason for being here in the dungeon.

And that's not true. Even poor folk in the medieval times had hobbies, wrote music, made arts and crafts, told stories, fished, drank and celebrated, and played sports and games. Their activities were likely much simpler, and they may have not had as much time for these things as people in the modern world, but people did not spend a thousand years just sitting down and doing nothing when the days work was done.
Oldarmourer 27th Dec 2020, 6:23 PM edit delete reply
if anything, people had more time for hobbies but once it got too dark to work, candles were expensive and 'rush lights' didn't last long so even if they did read, they couldn't...especially if they weren't rich enough to afford books.

Things changed a lot with the advent of reliable lighting, be it gas, oil or later on, electric.

Up until the latter part of the 19th century, and later in some parts, the norm was to work until dark, eat then make or repair things until it got too dark to see even by firelight, then go to bed and get up again around midnight to start the next day's bread rising then go outside and chat with neighbours who were up too, or just go back to bed and work on the next generation ;) then sleep until just before dawn and start all over again.

Sleeping through the night is a relatively recent development and our bodies still fight it.
Jordan179 27th Dec 2020, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
That's so unselfish ... and so very COLLEEN.
Sturzkampf 27th Dec 2020, 12:21 PM edit delete reply
Sturzkampf
Why don't you just string the bastard up on the nearest tree?
Bookeater_otaku 27th Dec 2020, 2:18 PM edit delete reply
Ready to explore the Dungeon once again.

Checkered floor design? Not bad. Couple of traps and monsters that can be used with that.
Oldarmourer 27th Dec 2020, 6:15 PM edit delete reply
"..and what you spent on booze after the last trip in here would have covered that and I could have been home by now"
BornOnTheNinth 27th Dec 2020, 9:58 PM edit delete reply
It's a frightening thought, but will Colleen's village even be there when she gets back? It is caught in the middle of a succession war, after all.
Guest 27th Dec 2020, 11:01 PM edit delete reply
The knight working for the duke did say "there isn't a lot to pillage here." So I think it would be. If they were in trouble, her parents would have sent word in a letter by now for sure.
BornOnTheNinth 1st Jan 2021, 5:50 AM edit delete reply
Even if there wasn't much in the way of material value, there would still be reasons for enemy soldiers to commit atrocities there. The King might give his men orders to disseminate terror through the rebellious Duke's lands by burning villages such as these, or the King's soldiers might decide on their own to "teach them a lesson".
VickiC 4th Jan 2021, 1:38 PM edit delete reply
If I remember correctly, the duke is fighting his brother rather than a liege lord (s.a. the king); and I got the impression from Sir Patrick's comments that the brother is not that bad (at least, compared to the duke himself). So the greatest danger to the village comes from guess who...
Anna Nom 27th Dec 2020, 10:14 PM edit delete reply
Regarding "personal interests": It does not necessarily mean "hobbies", that's just one special meaning.
Indeed, using anything other than "personal interests" here would be strange, I'd say.
MajorDZaster 30th Dec 2020, 8:43 PM edit delete reply
You could probably use ‘motivation’ instead of interest, but yeah, personal interest works fine.
ZombieMinion 28th Dec 2020, 12:49 AM edit delete reply
I feel bad, even if she gets what she wants out of the dungeon the duke will probably raise the taxes for her village if he thinks there is more money to be gained there. With nobility that corrupt they don't care if they starve out their own people :(
How much is "a lot"? 28th Dec 2020, 1:58 AM edit delete reply
On the one hand, I don't think the comic would be served by lots of accounting talk with specific amounts, but I do think it would be good to have a sense of how Colleen is doing in comparison with whatever her target amount of money in target time period is. Does she actually know exactly how much she needs to earn for the village to feel secure? Does she feel like the pace of adventuring they've been doing might get her there, or is she about to say, "Which is why we need to increase the amount of money we're earning or I'll never get there."?
Bookeater_otaku 28th Dec 2020, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
I agree. Having a relative amount Colleen has to achieve within the story that she has to reach would give a certain narrative pressure.

After a bad dungeon delve she looks at her gain vs her own expenses, she start to worry and take more risk to gain more money and Ozzie and Randulph have to hold her back before she get herself killed... it's a story that is writing itself.

Kudo to the author to provide such a fertile setting for storytelling.
Worstcase 28th Dec 2020, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
How long do dwarves live in this game world?
Maybe Randulf had a relative (or a dwarven VIP) exploring Marblegate when it disappeared for some century(s) last time (or someone carried a dwarven relic inside his clan needs back) and he and some of his clan started out looking for them - now Randulf is the last survivor of his generation exploration team but he can't return home unless he finds whatever it is?
Varyon 28th Dec 2020, 4:26 PM edit delete reply
The prelude noted that Marblegate stays gone "until the world has forgotten about it" (or rather, centuries after this). If this means literally nobody knows about it, then even if one of Randulf's great-great-etc grandparents delved it, he wouldn't have known (unless he discovered this in the dungeon, but he couldn't have known before coming). If it instead means just that the world at large doesn't know about it, I suppose it's possible the knowledge may be retained in secret, although I doubt Randulf would just so happen to originate from such a place. I think some semi-suicidal survivor's guilt may be sufficient to keep him delving, particularly as returning home might mean he has to tell the families of his original party what became of them.
PDark 28th Dec 2020, 10:55 PM edit delete reply
... and there is only one possible reaction from the dwarf: A cynic comment about her naivety. "Lass, your duke is a bastard who doesn't care about his people. Even if you drop a mountain of gold in his lap, he'll waste that faster than I can swallow a drop of booze from my mug. Most likely to start some stupid war. Where your kin will have to fight and get killed."
Packless1 31st Dec 2020, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
...i'm afraid, that's how it works...! :-(
Ranasp 4th Jan 2021, 12:12 AM edit delete reply
Colleen, you're thinking too small! Earn so much money you can buy yourself a title, and OUST the bastard!
Packless1 4th Jan 2021, 7:23 PM edit delete reply
...this might even work...!