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    I'm guessing minion.

    WRONG AGAIN!

    Now we know.
    GO FOR THE EYES, BOO!!!

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    I hope we don't get Humongulus fatigue. He is a pretty awesome character, but he is very much a single note character. It is a good note (and has been used with humor and skill up to now), but I can see getting tired of his gymbro attitude if we see too much of it at once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockphed View Post
    I hope we don't get Humongulus fatigue. He is a pretty awesome character, but he is very much a single note character. It is a good note (and has been used with humor and skill up to now), but I can see getting tired of his gymbro attitude if we see too much of it at once.
    Well, the most recent page (where Franz compares the group to a classic adventuring party) hints at... well, if nothing else, greater self-awareness than we would have necessarily expected from Humongulous ("Is... is this one of those times when Humongulous is the joke?"), along with an unexpectedly sensitive side. So I guess we'll see.
    Times being what they are, the stars aligning and the End of All Things barely registered as background noise.

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    The Last Call of Cthulhu

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    Humongulous has a purpose!

    "Beware" seems to scare Vipsania, but Franz is suspicious.
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    Is Vipsania's "sleep" comment referring to anything other than the "sitting on the loot" bit? I don't think Franz was deliberately manipulating Humungulous in this strip, so what would she be trying to guilt trip him for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by theangelJean View Post
    I don't think Franz was deliberately manipulating Humungulous in this strip
    He is prodding him to volunteer to carry everything. I wouldn't call it manipulation, since H loves to do it, but Vipsania seems to think it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wingnutx View Post
    He is prodding him to volunteer to carry everything. I wouldn't call it manipulation, since H loves to do it, but Vipsania seems to think it is.
    He kind of reminds me of Helix in that regard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyckspoon View Post
    "If you place a giant mechanical gymbro in a trainyard in the first act, it must lift something in the third."
    Chekhov's Humungulous is about to LYFT!
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    He is prodding him to volunteer to carry everything. I wouldn't call it manipulation, since H loves to do it, but Vipsania seems to think it is.
    He isnt prodding anyone.
    He is giving Humongulus an excuse/invitation, to do the thing Humongulus likes.
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    That it also lets Franz be lazy just makes it a win-win for everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lord_khaine View Post
    He isnt prodding anyone.
    He is giving Humongulus an excuse/invitation, to do the thing Humongulus likes.
    Quote Originally Posted by The Glyphstone View Post
    That it also lets Franz be lazy just makes it a win-win for everyone.
    See, I thought it wasn't directed at Humungulous at all, just a general all-purpose grumble, continuing on from two strips ago before he even knew Humungulous was coming with them.

    If it was actually intentional, then Franz is doing a good job of "leadership through passive-aggressive whining". He didn't assign himself a role after all ...

    Although he is comparing this to previous experience of being The Dragon. Wonder if he intends to fight them all?
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    Nice, this feels like a D&D campaign. Here comes the mystery big bad making his opening speech, only for the barbarian to charge and one shot him with a lucky series of crits and flip the train right off the tracks it was supposed to go on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Traab View Post
    Nice, this feels like a D&D campaign. Here comes the mystery big bad making his opening speech, only for the barbarian to charge and one shot him with a lucky series of crits and flip the train right off the tracks it was supposed to go on.
    Crazy, but that's how things go.

    Let's only hope they will not split the party, because this is often even more of a headache than just a derailed adventure.
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    That comic was kinda funny :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Traab View Post
    Nice, this feels like a D&D campaign. Here comes the mystery big bad making his opening speech, only for the barbarian to charge and one shot him with a lucky series of crits and flip the train right off the tracks it was supposed to go on.
    I think this was more one of the few survivors stationing themselves there to keep unwary travelers away.

    Unrelated, I must say - so far this is probably my second favorite of the intermission stories, just behind the shrink ray with the Castle of Blue Mice. Snakkerjape and the Christmas Story were both rather good, though I did find Private Jager to be...less captivating than what's around it, if not an enjoyable story of its own.
    An explanation of why MitD being any larger than Huge is implausible.

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    but what about the BIG QUESTION?

    IS HIS STUFF OK?
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    Mysterious robed figure has vanished!
    Hypothesises:
    1. Mysterious Robed Figure was never there, and the cries of pain were faked
    2. Mysterious Robed Figure was tough enough to "walk it off" after Humongulous delivered a crushing blow
    3. Mysterious Robed Figure has friends who extracted them from beneath Franz's stuff
    4. Mysterious Robed Figure died and vaporized / turned to ichor / otherwise departed the scene


    And it does seem that most of Franz's stuff is still intact, so ... yay?
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    Franz is marvelously pragmatic.

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    Sorry for the snark on the spark, but how do they tuck their hair behind their eyelashes?

    This is anatomically impossible, unless you're a biology major apparently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onyavar View Post
    Sorry for the snark on the spark, but how do they tuck their hair behind their eyelashes?

    This is anatomically impossible, unless you're a biology major apparently.
    If I were trying to give a physical explanation, it would probably involve hair swoopies (especially blonde ones) being less opaque than they are shown to be, especially at their margins. You can also see her eyebrow on top of her hair which is even less anatomically possible.
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    Rockphed said it well.
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    She's a spark. They're artificial lashes and they also pick up Radio Free Paris.
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    I wonder how often Humongulous panics and has to apologize afterward? This might be a routine event for him.

    Franz has a dragon's attitude toward danger - which is, there are very few things that are actually dangerous to a dragon. Lumi and Vispania are understandably a little less sanguine.
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    Now I'm wondering what the Corbettite definition for ghost is, and how it differs from the Mechanicsburg term.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PraetorDragoon View Post
    Now I'm wondering what the Corbettite definition for ghost is, and how it differs from the Mechanicsburg term.
    Probably some abominable device they have in their vaults

    "Ghosts" as in "Vengeful spirits of the Dead" are not real, but the late Karl Skazzgatter's Discorporation Beam, which slightly phases people out of reality trapping them in a state of perpetual rage and only occasional corporeality is very, very real, and the end result is pretty indistinguishable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shining Wrath View Post
    I wonder how often Humongulous panics and has to apologize afterward? This might be a routine event for him.

    <snip>
    Maybe. Maybe not. Throwing crates and barrels of supplies at someone just for screaming "Bewaaare!" strikes me as excessive. Maybe they should ask Humongulus what he saw; his clank eyes may have seen something other than what dragon or human eyes did.

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