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Comic no. 994
Date published 20 July 2015
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The party is admitted to the Godsmoot, with some funny business by "Durkon".

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1, Page 1

Gontor: Welcome honored pilgrims! Welcome to the Godsmoot.
Gontor: I am Gontor Hammerfell, exarch of the Creed of the Stone.

Panel 2, Page 1

Wrecan: The Creed of the Stone is a religious sect that worships Elemental Earth itself.
Wrecan: They’re administering this meeting as a neutral party.
Belkar: Thanks, Sacred Knight of the Expository Aside.

Panel 3, Page 1

Gontor: Step forward into the Circle of Truth and speak your business.
Veldrina: Me first! Me first!

Panel 4, Page 1

Veldrina: Hi there I’m Veldrina and I’m the sanctioned representative of the Western Pantheon and I’m running really late and you haven’t started without me please tell me you haven’t.

Panel 5, Page 1

Gontor: You are not too late. Go forth into the Great Nave, Veldrina, and take up your designated place.
Veldrina: Great! Is there a placard or something telling me where to—?
Gontor: We have ushers.

Panel 6, Page 1

GontorNext!
Roy: Hey there, I’m Roy Greenhilt, serving as bodyguard for Durkon Thundershield, who’s a pretty strong cleric of Thor.
Roy: We’re not actually here for the meeting itself, but we wanted to talk to some of the—

Panel 7, Page 1

Gontor: I am sorry, young man, but the Godsmoot is a meeting of utmost secrecy and reverence.
Gontor: Only the formal high priest of each of Northern Gods may attend, and Thor’s emissary has already arrived.

Panel 8, Page 1

Gontor: Since you are already here, you may, if you wish, wait outside until the meeting has concluded.
Roy: Works for me.
"Durkon": But not for me.

Panel 9, Page 1

"Durkon" (whispering): whisper whisper whisper

Panel 10, Page 1

Gontor: …
Gontor: You may enter.

Panel 1, Page 2

Gontor: In fact, I will escort you to the Great Nave personally. Your bodyguards will be shown to the gallery.
"Durkon": Perfect.
Roy: Uh, I’d rather we not be separated, if it’s all the same to everyone.
Belkar: Yeah! We need to stay with our cleric. You know, for the guarding of the body and stuff.
Wrecan: Technically, our official role is just to get the clerics here safely.

Panel 2, Page 2

Wrecan: But don’t worry. The cathedral is considered neutral ground for the servants of all the gods. He’ll be perfectly safe from the other clerics, even though he’s a wretched undead horror.

Panel 3, Page 2

Belkar (whispering): It’s not really his safety I’m worried about, though.
Wrecan (whispering): Ah, got it. Smart.
Wrecan (whispering): Well, if he attacks another representative, he’ll be violating the terms of the Godsmoot and they’ll dust him on the spot.

Panel 4, Page 2

"Durkon": Dinnae worry, lads.
"Durkon": I’ll just wait patiently ‘til thar done wit thar meetin’ an’ then I’ll call ye down an’ we can find one ta resurrect me.
Usher with Sandy Hair: If you’ll follow me?
Roy: Uh, yeah, lead on.
Belkar: This stinks worse than that gnomish cheese Elan brought back from town that I ate without asking.

Panel 5, Page 2

Belkar: He used his vampire whammy on that dwarf guy, I just know it! He must’ve found some way to hide the swirly eyes!
Roy: I don’t know. I would think that would be the first thing someone guarding the door would ward for.

Panel 6, Page 2

Roy: But the gallery should overlook the nave—
Roy: —assuming they bothered to follow the naming conventions of gothic architecture with their magical pop-up cathedral—
Roy: —so we should be able to keep an eye on him from afar.

Panel 7, Page 2

Roy: It’s not a perfect solution, but it—
Roy: Belkar?

Panel 8, Page 2

Roy: Ah, crap.
Wrecan: Hey, where’d your halfling friend go?
Roy: Off to make a butt-load of skill checks, I’d guess.

Panel 9, Page 2

Gontor: I did not know your goddess would be sending a formal delegate to this event.
"Durkon": Yes, I know. It was a bit of a last minute decision, really.

D&D Context Edit

  • The magic circle at the entrance appears to be a Zone of Truth spell. It is a 2nd level cleric spell which compels all within its radius to speak only the truth.

Trivia Edit

  • Roy's comment about a "butt-load of skill checks" on page 2, panel 8, refers to Belkar's comments in the previous strip about sneaking in to the Godsmoot.
  • This is the first appearance of the members of the Creed of the Stone: Gontor Hammerfell, Goliath, and the four ushers.

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