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  • Darth Fez

    Good grief, Henry. Be a gentleman and go get the lady’s chair, already!

    • Nonesuch

      Looks like he’s about to do just that. ;)
      I don’t know how strong a swimmer he is, after all; the chair might be very useful to him in regaining the shore.

  • Sanjay Merchant

    I love Ira’s “Can we just get this nonsense over with?” expression in panel 5. :-)

    • Yep.

    • Ganurath

      You’re in luck, then! She always has that expression.

      • Nonesuch

        Invidia didn’t nickname Wrath “Grumpy” for nothing when it first showed up in the comic. ;)

  • r2d2go

    Man, I thought I was the only one who took weapon proficiency (furniture)…

    • Jeff

      I know you were making with the funny, but issue #295 of the late-lamented Dragon magazine includes two articles – one that describes an ‘Improved Weapon Proficiency’ feat which explicitly mentions furniture, and another on a prestige class called the “city brawler’ with similar ability. Both were written for AD&D 3.0 but are easily adaptable to other systems. Over the years, I’ve played with several people who’ve used that feat to build Jackie-Chan-style martial artist characters which were extremely effective – and hilarious to play with!

      • impishacid

        Also, it looks like Pride DIDN’T take anything like that? Unless she’s intentionally missing and toying with him, her to-hit leaves a lot to be desired (as if ms gorgeous butch demongoddess didn’t already have enough traits to be desired…)

        • Nonesuch

          Of course she didn’t take any such feat! Pride is completely confident in its ability to use whatever she wants however it wants whenever it wants. The very thought of failure is unthinkable and no special bonuses are required!

        • Rolan7

          Of course she took that feat! Pride is completely competent in its ability to use whatever she wants however it wants whenever it wants. The very thought of failure is unthinkable and she just didn’t want to hit him.

      • Nonesuch

        Pathfinder has two feats like that, one of them called ‘Caught off-guard’ and the other ‘Throw anything’. Taking either one qualifies you for a feat called ‘Improvised weapon use’. The two former just allow you to use anything as a weapon or thrown item without too many penalties to attack rolls, while the latter allows you to use them without penalties to damage, I think.

        • “Improvised Weaponry”? Did someone say (almost) “Improvised Weaponry?

          (From here.)
          .

    • Siblings from a different set of parents are we! :D

    • Jordan Hiller

      Minmax (from the Goblins webcomic) did as well.

      • Euodiachloris

        Well, he paid for it. Guy is beyond dyslexic. xD

        • Jordan Hiller

          I thought he traded his ability to wink for that feat? I think his ability to rhyme and to read/write were traded to increase his to-hit modifier.

          • Euodiachloris

            It’s hard to keep track of what he sacrificed for each additional feat. :/ On the plus side, at least he’s not as painfully 2D as Drowbabe. <_<

  • I forget which book, but there’s a sequence in one of Terry Pratchett’s books where Magrat, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg are talking, and the subject of how senior witches’ last words to their apprentices are supposed to be Important and Significant. (I may not have this exactly correct – it’s been years sine i read it – but it’s close.)

    Granny mentions another witch who used to dance along mountain ledges or something like that and how she never managed to pass her last words along. Magrat wonders what her last words might have been, and Nanny says “Prob’ly ‘Oh, bugger!'”

    • Thorin Schmidt

      I know Granny was always supposed to be the main character, but Nanny Ogg was my favorite witch….

    • Nonesuch

      Nah, there were some witches (Esme among them) discussing other colleagues, and one of them mentions a senior witch who used to enjoy mountain-climbing despite her advanced age and having been warned to give it up.
      “Do you know, I heard her very last words.”
      “What were they?”
      “As I recall: ‘Oh, bugger!'”
      I think it’s in Witches Abroad.

      • Probably. Fairly sure the conversation was Granny, Nanny and Magrat, though.

  • Couldn’t help remembering this:

    http://darkencomic.com/wp-content/webcomic/darken/20100701.jpg

    (One of my favourite comic pages ever.)

    • Beans=>Ear

      I found that webcomic a few years ago, and had no idea it’s by the same person as Widdershins.

      • svartalf

        Heh…many of us are fans from the other comic…we came from over there to see the new story from our author/artist here. She refined her art in Darken- the result’s the current excellent effort.

        • Sanjay Merchant

          Yeah, I think I first found Darken sometime during the Summer Wastings plotline (ie “The Worm Lord Is Rising”). Some friends of mine and I were trying to start a play-by-post of Evil PCs bent on world domination, and one of them mentioned that the premise of the campaign reminded them of Darken. I’ve been a fan of Ms. Ashwin’s ever since.

          • Beans=>Ear

            I just finished Darken, and man, I hope there’s some sort of pans-dimensional cameo at some point.

            • Sanjay Merchant

              There have been at least four! Now go forth and Easter Egg hunt!

    • Won’t lie, I had it in mind :)

      • Gosh. Why am i not surprised?

        • God, I hated drawing that spiral staircase, I hated it so much

          • svartalf

            It might’ve been a pain, but you pulled it off well enough and the whole cell there rocked as a result.

          • Didn’t realise what it was gonna be like till after you were committed to doing it, huh?

          • So I take it that’s one of the panels you’ll be redrawing for Darken Volume 2 then?

    • Jordan Hiller

      Dammit I need to read the whole thing again.

    • David

      what is this “Darken” you speak of?

      • axioanarchist

        http://darkencomic.com/
        Kate’s previous comic, based on the antics of an evil-aligned D&D-style party.

    • Disloyal Subject

      Good times. I must’ve chewed through those archives a dozen times back in high school.

      • HIGH school?!?

        Get the hell off my lawn, whippersnapper.

        I had granddaughter(s) when i read that.

        • Disloyal Subject

          Heh. I admit, it is a little odd being the youngest member of a Dark Heresy group by over a decade, but I revel in my whippersnapperdom.

  • tollymain

    a moment of silence for our departed furniture friend

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Hmm.

    They’re letting him go on purpose.

    • Jer

      They know full well that now he will do his best to find this mysterious “Holt” and warn “him” ;)

      • Phlebas

        Hmm. So is the long-term plan for the Barber offspring to provide a full set of matching avatars? I’d assumed it was some kind of revenge plot, but – hmmmm.

    • MoeLane

      As John M. Ford (dammit, I still miss him) noted in How Much For Just The Planet?, it is sometimes useful for a prisoner to think that he has escaped.

    • David Argall

      Quite possible, but none of our sins to date have shown great talent for devious plotting. Even Gluttonry and Envy were pretty simple plots. Here, allowing an “escape” has to be a backup plan. There was a clear chance he would have agreed to the deal. [Of course, this mission was flagged as very dangerous, and nothing we have seen justifies that label, unless those maintaining that jobs board have some magical way of judging a mission, say by being aware a deadly is involved.] Now this is implied to be an organization of the good guys. So maybe the deadlies knew there was a high chance their man would get the wind up, but there is a serious chance he would not, and even if he did, there is a serious chance he would just cut and run, doing no more that write our “wizard” a note of warning.
      An alternative would be that they hatch the plot to shadow him on the fly, thinking of it only after the escape is successful. In that case, they are likely to claim they plotted it all along anyway, so it may be hard for us to tell anyway, but getting a man who will agree to the mission is so much superior. Unless somebody loves plots for the sake of plots, that is the more likely version. Our deadlies are pretty much mortal, and prone to error

      • Columbine

        Well presumably when placing the advert they mentioned the necklace, which is probably known to be a highly magical and very dangerous object- hence the ‘very dangerous’ flag?

        • Sanjay Merchant

          True, I think “Involves an artifact that the Crown itself ordered to be disposed of” warrants at least a red pin. Maybe two.

  • I’m sort of imagining Ira fighting like Mousse from Ranma 1/2 now cuz of the sleeve comment. x3

  • Tsapki

    Well at least that river doesn’t have piranhas in it…

    Wait, this isn’t the Thames River, right?

    • Columbine

      It might be the Ouse

      • Nonesuch

        What a happy phonetic coincidence, since many “ow’s” look to be in Henry’s immediate future. ;)

        • Euodiachloris

          Um… it’s said “ooze”. In Nothern English, you do need “ow” to get the sound you’re looking for, for example “nowt”. :)

    • McRocky71

      Kate has explicitly stated that Widdershins is set in Yorkshire so the river can’t be the Thames, which according to Google, flows through the counties of Gloustershire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Middlesex, Essex and Kent.

    • Euodiachloris

      It could be worse: the Ouse is no saint. And, don’t get me started on what the Warfe can get up to… *shudders* (Look up “Bolton Strid” for nightmares.) Yorkshire rivers needed taming for a reason, and they’re still only semidomesticated, at best. :/

      Myself, I’m hoping this is a random beck dammed up and made to play moat. ;)

  • Columbine

    I don’t think you’re gonna get any sense from me until Pride leaves the scene. Sorry.

    On an unrelated subject…..can I borrow them….for uh reasons?

  • impishacid

    *swoons*

  • Nonesuch

    Who wants to bet Invidia is smiling like that not at the prospect of Henry getting killed, but because Superbia keeps missing him? ;)

    Also, here we see why excessive Pride is a bad thing; for all her confidence, Superbia is mucking up a simple assignment by being flashy about the whole thing…

    • Michael Brewer

      Given what we see later, I’m betting Invidia is smiling for an entirely different reason.

  • Euodiachloris

    Suddenly, I feel really sorry for anybody dumb enough to attempt accosting Ira on a dark night… :/

  • I will reread this strip later with Jaggytisax running in the background :-)

  • Disloyal Subject

    Not so perfect after all, are you, Pride?
    Unless… unless she didn’t miss. That’s a rather alarming thought.

    • Sanjay Merchant

      “To tell you the truth, I was aiming for the hangman.”

  • Well, if you’ve got to get soaked twice in the same day, at least it’s the same suit of clothes: whoever does Henry’s laundry won’t have to wash anything extra.

  • I’ve heard that Pride goeth before fall, but this is ridiculous

  • Sanjay Merchant

    You know, in retrospect, Ms. Invidia’s expression here has an “I love to watch you work, baby” quality to it.

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