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#34 "War"

1st Mar 2013, 2:25 AM
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#34 "War"
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Draginbeard 1st Mar 2013, 3:12 AM edit delete reply
ooooow! Long spear to the FACE! So much detail in there! Mass battle goodness!

Not to mention a little Edwin Starr to season things a little.

Such a great page here!
Songgu Kwon 1st Mar 2013, 3:54 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Thanks! This one's an homage to Edwin Starr. What a voice!
chris-tar 1st Mar 2013, 3:47 AM edit delete reply
I'd rather have a clean decapitation than a halberd to the face. Ouch
Songgu Kwon 1st Mar 2013, 4:06 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
I agree. Pole arms will seriously fuck some shit up. I splattered that drawing a bit with the ol' toothbrush dipped in ink and the end result looks 75% more brutal.
Centcomm 1st Mar 2013, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
ow! talk about criticals, he wont be eating pie any time soon will he! the toothbrush trick is a good one :D
Songgu Kwon 1st Mar 2013, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
I used to eat pie like you. And then I took a corseque to the face.
hibou 1st Mar 2013, 10:28 PM edit delete reply
don't you mean "...i took a corseque to the pie hole"?
Blurlok 1st Mar 2013, 10:41 AM edit delete reply
LOL - it ain't nothin' but a heartbreaker.
Songgu Kwon 1st Mar 2013, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Friend only to the undertaker.
Dean Clark 1st Mar 2013, 12:32 PM edit delete reply
Dean Clark
Makes for a good Facebook post.
Songgu Kwon 1st Mar 2013, 2:16 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Okay, I just posted it on FB.
Reginald Parr Esq. 1st Mar 2013, 6:34 PM edit delete reply
Reginald Parr Esq.
I'm getting all the power of Kirby, without any of the usual style ripoff cliches; a rare treat in itself, but then Edwin Starr too?
Hats off to you sir, it really doesn't get much better than this.
Songgu Kwon 2nd Mar 2013, 3:49 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Thanks, old fruit! And long live the spirit of Kirby!
RoboBoy4Prez 1st Mar 2013, 6:34 PM edit delete reply
RoboBoy4Prez 1st Mar 2013, 6:35 PM edit delete reply
also, "wo-oh-wo-oh-wo-oh"
Songgu Kwon 2nd Mar 2013, 3:52 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Ha ha, that could've doubled as background woeful sounds.
hibou 2nd Mar 2013, 12:56 PM edit delete reply
so what's up with that golem thingy??
Songgu Kwon 2nd Mar 2013, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Clay Golem "Maurice"

HIT DICE: 163 hit points
DAMAGE/ATTACK: 4-40 or 3-30
SIZE: L (12' tall)

Originally constructed for besieging the walled city Calubrig over 200 years ago, Maurice went berserk a few years after this battle and had to be destroyed.

His remains now adorn the grounds of an abandoned abbey on the outskirts of Mebora. The hulking figure is said to be completely covered with plants and flowers.
Blurlok 20th Mar 2013, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
Survived by brother constructs Robin and Barry I wonder.
hibou 2nd Mar 2013, 2:00 PM edit delete reply
poor maurice! at least his remains are proving less destructive...
gibberish 2nd Mar 2013, 3:04 PM edit delete reply
Remains to be seen. Also, if you're ever in Mebora you have to stop by the Pig & Swine Tavern. The alchemist who owns the place makes the finest brew.
Songgu Kwon 2nd Mar 2013, 8:29 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Boar slow roasting in the hearth, six different home brewed ales & beers, axe throwing contests... my kind of place! Arrgh!
gibberish 2nd Mar 2013, 11:30 PM edit delete reply
And let's not forget it's the place to be for Orctoberfest.
Dean Clark 3rd Mar 2013, 1:07 AM edit delete reply
Dean Clark
Maurice is only the second reference, albeit an indirect one, to spell casting I can remember in Elf so far. The first was the throwaway reference to Summon Monster in "Goblin Hero." There've been several swords so far, but not so much sorcery. Now I'm curious if the next mojo we see will be in the flashback or real time. Perhaps the tavern keeper in Mebora's famous magic mushrooms. If there's any shock and awe to come in this battle, that's likely to be courtesy Goodwurst's Battlebutter®. Back in real time, we can expect to eventually see some specialist Wombat magic, or at least evidence of it, depending on how secretive about it they really are.

Speaking of swords, the depiction of this battle is commendable for its generous mix of death-dealing devices. There aren't so many swordsmen, but more pikemen and archers. (A sensible mix, as archers were the most effective countermeasure to pikemen). We're shown at least one soldier wielding an axe, one with a halberd, and Maurice with his custom-built morning star.
Songgu Kwon 4th Mar 2013, 9:11 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Back when I was DM'ing, I used magic and magic using characters very sparingly, partly because I wanted to emphasize the rarity of it and partly because I never did fully understand how the damn spell casting rules worked!.

Swords were generally difficult and expensive to make and were weapons of status. Pole arms and bows were often the dominant weapons of the ancient and medieval battlefields. I wanted this scene to reflect that a bit. :)
gibberish 6th Mar 2013, 11:47 AM edit delete reply
Speaking of magic, what ever happened to Robert Baron?
Songgu Kwon 6th Mar 2013, 1:45 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
I believe the Baron of Roberts resides in a castle in Poland. Dean's kept in touch with him. You could PM him for details.
Dean Clark 6th Mar 2013, 2:12 AM edit delete reply
Dean Clark
In Europe, knights used swords, and could pretty safely hack their way through a battlefield, if dismounted, given their armor. That was until the longbow was introduced. Mongol horsemen, by contrast, were all archers.

Given that the pikemen on both sides appear to have broken formation, this looks like a final push. And given that Wulfric is in retreat, it seems we are meant to infer our heroine's position is being overrun. But maybe the battlebutter will change everything.

It's not like spell-casting (N)PCs are rare in FRP games. Nearly all PC parties have at least one. That said, adventurers of any sort are always a rarity, even in fantasy worlds.

I know when people are trying to scrounge up a party for an adventure on DDO, they will look for people to fill in slots. If they don't have a melee or ranged fighter, arcane or divine spellcaster, they will look for one. Hybrid classes, like the Paladin, can fill two slots. Depending on the adventure, they may look for a tank or thief, and sometimes even a crowd control or buffs/debuffs caster.

The Elf, Pieter and Clarence are just getting started as a group, but they'll need a spell-casting colleague if they want to progress past vermin-grinding. As is, given the difference in levels, Pieter and Clarence act as low-level henchmen, providing support for the Elf as she leads the way through adventures. She may be the narrative focus, but that is more like solo play than a PC party.

I suppose it would require an Altmanesque, ensemble cast approach to capture the dynamics of an adventure party. Think M*A*S*H, but with more action, and swords and sorcery.
Guesticus 2nd Dec 2013, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
Forget looking for a wringer figgler, proper priority should be a healer of some kind (spit and leaves is only good for minor self-healing)

"Y'allrg!"? No, it's "nothing", okay people, looks like Larry mucked up his lines, again, so, from the top? Or should we just move on to the 2nd verse and hope Larry re-rolls as an elephant?