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  • Oh, if Mal knows what to do, everything’s fine.

    • rainycity1

      …that’s *one* interpretation, I suppose…. ;-)

    • Nightsbridge
      • Lars Gerhard


        • Nightsbridge

          YOU’RE Lars Gerhard? I TRUSTED YOU!

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    You know, THAT door.

    • JWLM

      Oh, *that* door. Yes, of course. Silly me — the invisible door. Ri-ight.

      Next you’re going to tell me that you can see summoned spirits, right?

      Oh, Wait.

    • billydaking

      “Down there?”

      “‘ ‘ight where I’m pointin’.”

      “You’re pointing at the floor.”

      “That’s where it is.”

      “…. That’s not a good sign, is it?”

  • Seros Senric

    I think by “In where?” they mean “Yes, you do.”

  • John

    Mal, in this situation if you see a door that no-one else can see I think you probably do need to go in.

    • Darkoneko Hellsing

      Or run far, far away while you can.

      • disqus_ealSxkOnJn

        He keeps trying that, no one will let him.

      • Jota

        Yeah, I am pretty sure there is one of those rules for people in stories that says that if you encounter a door like this, you do not by any means enter it. (Which they always do, of course, while the entire audience is yelling at them not to.)

    • JWLM

      No, you don’t. You need to send Harry in. Or perhaps deal with her demand to be allowed in first.

  • John

    I love the way that Verity dismisses knocking out the guards as a minor triviality.

    • MoeLane

      Guards are usually only there to keep the NPCs from getting underfoot. Or to give the PCs an opportunity to try out that new level ability that they just got.

      • Lemeres

        or to catch the PCs with comical speed so they can get into a ‘bond villain’ moment with the giant laser.

        Obviously the competent guards don’t stick around to make sure the PCs fall to the deathtrap.

        • MoeLane

          True! Forgot that one. Then there’s the oh-hey-there’s-an-old-buddy-of-mine-so-now-we-and-the-GM-can-all-dig-ourselves-out-of-this-plot-hole-we’re-currently-in guards.

          • JWLM

            Then there’s the I-used-to-be-a-bounty-hunter-but-then-I-took-an-arrow-to-the-knee kind of guard.

  • Sanjay Merchant

    Well, you sure as heck don’t want to cross the streams.

  • Sanjay Merchant

    “Window under maintenance. Our apologies.” Nice callback to Vanishng Act. :-)

  • Sapphire363

    The spooky invisible spirit door, where else?

  • rainycity1

    Mal, what you can see always amazes me…

  • Mecha_bill

    If witch abilities are passed on genetically, then O’Malley better get on with finding a wife. I admit, I’m having trouble picturing anyone who’d fall for him though….

    • Vee

      • Mecha_bill

        I don’t know about that. She’s fire and he’s ice. Or maybe he’s a gloomy cloud; some kind of water anyway. Now I *could* see Vee with Wolfe. Their courtship would be like a dance. Or a duel with cuts and thrusts, ripostes and parries.

        Honestly, I’d be more inclined to ship O’Malley and Nicola Barber, if only because she’s so disgusted by him. It’s still a strong emotion he raises in her after all. Don’t forget, the opposite of love is not hate but apathy.

        • I thought of that, but it’s too ridiculous, even for me to contemplate seriously.

          Be fun if it happened, though.

          • I suspect that Ms Cunningham is attracted to power and once she has locked on to a target O’Malley isn’t going to have any say in the matter. He should have ran while he had the chance.

        • Though I believe Mal is asexual and Nicola is a lesbian. Would be fun to see them stuck as roommates for a while though, due to necessity of working together or the destruction of their respective workplaces. (Though any place that houses the pair of them probably won’t stand for long either).

    • ThisCat

      Mal. Is. Asexual.
      Can we please reiterate this until people remember it?

      • CFF

        Asexuals are capable of reproduction!

        • CFF

          To clarify a bit: Orientation might influence your life choices, but they don’t dictate them.
          People have been putting up with sex for millennia in order to obtain children. Some asexuals want a relationship or children, some don’t; some enjoy sex regardless of wanting it, some want nothing to do with it, some couldn’t care either way.
          Of course just because you want a relationship or children doesn’t mean it’ll happen, and sometimes when you don’t particularly want either you’ll end up with both (as I did). Never know what life’s going to throw your way.
          I doubt Mal wants a family- he’s certainly never shown any indication that he would, and his lifestyle and history seem to be something that would reasonably make him wary if not downright averse to the whole idea, but you never know what’s going to happen! He didn’t want to go to the anchor, either. Choices and chance!

          • i would not put mal in charge of another human, he is barely in charge of himself

            (that’s definitely a him thing rather than an ace thing though, obviously)

            • Pangaea

              I believe Florrie would consider putting Nicola in charge of Mal a valid option.

              • Romantically? Florrie’s quite aware that Nicola isn’t into guys :)

          • Dud

            He almost certainly had (has?) a mother…
            If he gains some control of the anchor or related magic that gives him power, the most potent aphrodisiac. Whatever his personal inclination he might find himself a target for other’s amorous intentions – then it comes down to his (anti)social skill at evading wannabe lovers..!

      • disqus_ealSxkOnJn

        I’m asexual with one kid and another one on the way. At least one more planned.

        • ThisCat

          I know, I know. It’s just, I cringe so hard at the constant shipping.

      • Shihchuan

        Oops, I must have missed the discussion about this fact, cause I don’t remember it being mentioned in the comics proper. Might some be able to point me toward the source?……

        • I haven’t managed to mention it in the comic yet, so I don’t blame people for not knowing yet- should be obvious by the end of this chapter though.

          • John

            Yeah, I can see how Mal would probably make a terrible parent.

        • Phlebas

          It was implied in character questions (or at least that Mal has no intention of ever marrying):

      • Del

        Don’t care.

      • D. Schwartz

        Well most of us didn’t know until we read our way down this thread so please cut us a break and/or point to your source so we may understand where you are coming from.

        Further while I agree that Shipping is way overused, especially to the point that I feel some writers are catering to it to some degree, I feel that Mal, and by extension most aces, have many relationships. Not all relationships are sexual, even intimate ones. Sadly shipping is an incredibly limited concept of relationships especially since romance isn’t the only goal of a relationship between two people.

    • It’s not genetic, or he’d be related to Izzy in some way.

      • MoeLane

        Heh. I just had this good news/bad news conversation (not specific to Widdershins) pop up in my head:

        “Well, now that magic’s come back to the world… the bad news is that you can only wield supernatural power if you happen to be descended from one specific bloodline.”

        “What’s the good news?”

        “The bloodline is Genghis Khan’s.”

        • Euodiachloris

          The other “beat ’em back with sticks” options would include Charlemagne, Mohammed and Giocangga of the Qing. :P

  • Ghostdanser

    Which door?
    This door .
    What door?
    That door.

    Not sure if that sounds more like Dr. Suess or Abbot & Costello.

    • Jess Kay

      Which door?

      Witch door.

      • John

        I like it!

    • D. Schwartz

      What door is on first?
      The one Mal can see.
      Where are the Deadlies?
      They’re the umpires.

      • Ghostdanser

        (Kinda like this…)

        “Which door do I use?”
        “Use Witch door.”
        “That’s what I’m asking.”
        “That’s what I’m telling you”
        “Which door?”

        (and on from there…)

        • TheGorram Batguy

          See, this guy gets it.

        • D. Schwartz

          Much better done than I.

    • Like “The Labyrinth”.

  • Dane 72

    His “Spot Hidden” skills are maxed

    • Lemeres

      no, he just has ‘permanency’ with the ‘see invisiblity’ spell

      • Casts true seeing as an at-will ability. What DM was crazy enough to house-rule that in?

        • Lemeres

          He wishes it was at will.

          It is constant. He can’t turn it off, no matter how much he has ever wanted to.

          • JWLM

            Yeah, he took it as a disadvantage “to balance his character.” The DM let him get away with it; the rest of the party is still wondering why.

            • Lemeres

              Because it gives spirits a +20 on perception checks to notice him. It is easier for them to see him too.

              So there is no way of just stealthing through a spirit problem. You ARE going to have that encounter.

  • schwal

    The title of this being August 3rd, 2016 meant that my horror at having overcome the archives for a cliffhanger was muddled further with confusion. Also I’m caught up (again).

  • Clyde Adams III

    Kate, are you so tired you lost track of what month it is?

    • just let me cling onto summer for a little while long okay

  • AJ

    You know, the security may be knocked out, but the place is also kind of abandoned-looking. In Nepal, there were people just hanging out by the anchor, and here there’s an empty information kiosk and NO PEOPLE. I begin to suspect that Widdershins’s Anchor is a poorly maintained one.

    I’d guess that having a witch might fix that, except that the witch is Mal and he might just turn the anchor into his personal hermit cave.

    • John

      I can totally see Mal trying to keep the anchor as his own personal hermit cave, not that that’s likely to work in the middle of even a small city…

    • Margot

      “No, you can’t visit the Widdershins Anchor.”
      “Why not?”
      “Mal doesn’t like people.”

      • billydaking

        “That’s okay. Nobody went there before Mal showed up anyway. Unless they rode a prideful peacock….”

      • AJ

        Or possibly Wolfe saying, “Mal, Leibschein (German spelling argh?), the wizards are here.”
        “Send ’em away.”
        “We cannot, my friend, you promised last year that you would let them in this time.”
        “……..Send ’em away anyway.”

        • nsanelilmunky

          Leibschein (pronounced Lie-b-shine) means body certificate. Do you mean Liebchen (little love/sweetheart)?

          German spelling is actually very straight forward and much more regular than English.

          • AJ

            Oh gracious.
            Thank you.

            I should have guessed I was off when cursory googling didn’t come up with what I wanted.

    • MoeLane

      …Wait, they STILL haven’t fixed the skylight? Sheesh.

      • Phlebas

        How long ago did it get broken? I mean I know it’s been years for us, but I wasn’t sure how long Widdershins time.

        • Three or four months.

  • Euodiachloris

    Mal: seeing witchy things, but so not a witch! xD

  • Michael Brewer

    What Gate?

    • Euodiachloris

      *suspiciously cute umbrella with a deep shadow goes here* xD

    • billydaking

      “I have no gate key.”

      “Fezzik, rip his arms off.”

      “Oh, you mean this gate key.”

  • TheGorram Batguy

    Do I go into the door?
    What door?
    The door with the power.
    What power?
    The power of voodoo.
    Who do?
    You do.
    Do what?
    …want me to go into the door?

  • Nonesuch

    They still haven’t fixed the observation window…? 0_ò

    Looks like Mal is about to really come into his own at the beacon. I wonder whether it’ll agree with him… :D

  • impishacid

    Sounds more like They need to go through the door.

  • Hush

    “Welcome to the Velvet Room! This place exists – ”

    “Right. Bugger this. ‘M out.”

  • robert袋蟻食skitch

    I wonder if the other side of the door is off the map…

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