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MistakeNPotatoes
3rd Jan 2018, 11:30 AM

And we trek into the new year.

I hope everyone is well - thank you for all of your years of support. We'll hit the fourth year of this comic around late July/early August, which is crazy to think about.

See you all, friday!

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Taily
3rd Jan 2018, 11:47 AM

HE NEEDS SOME MILK

I expected more out of Nyarlathotep, come on buddy! This ain't that Operation game (you know the one, with the dude whose nose lights up red) - it can't be THAT hard >:(

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MistakeNPotatoes
3rd Jan 2018, 6:43 PM

Oh my god that vine, haha, I'd forgotten :'D

Oh dear... did Operation EXIST in the 1920s? I feel like it might have? This requires research...

Edit: Nope! 1964. About 40 years off, yet, which is why Nyarlathotep doesn't know!

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Taily
3rd Jan 2018, 6:58 PM

Okay see that explains so much! He never had the proper training that today's youth have!

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MistakeNPotatoes
3rd Jan 2018, 7:30 PM

I think it's pretty well established in the mythos that everything that Nyarlathotep has ever learned to do is from children's board games.

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thing 1
3rd Jan 2018, 12:26 PM

perhaps if he were to approach it from all angles, there would be no place for it to go to cause damage.

if that fails, if he can not remove it from Jaunt, then perhaps he can remove Jaunt from it.

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MistakeNPotatoes
3rd Jan 2018, 6:45 PM

My attempt was to convey that they've been at it for a bit, and he's sort of run out of ideas to try, but I think I could have done that better.. maybe with a montage :D

But yeah, looks like another solution is on the docket..

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Thracecius
3rd Jan 2018, 2:05 PM

"I'm an Eldritch Horror, not a doctor!" :D

Seems like Jaunt's going to need more time to recuperate than originally expected thanks to Thigg's clever weapon. Also, am I the only one who finds it exceedingly amusing that the "anchor" is actually shaped like an old fashioned anchor? It makes one wonder if Thigg pulled the shape for it straight out of Irwin's memory. :)

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MistakeNPotatoes
3rd Jan 2018, 6:47 PM

It seems that way, yes.. or other solutions are needed.

I don't think you're the only one :D I kinda wanted to make it a visual metaphor to help illustrate what it's function was, too. Irwin might have had some influence on it, though! I like that idea :)

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Myetel
3rd Jan 2018, 2:49 PM

Interesting assessment on Nyar's part. Since *Thigg* designed it, one would have thought that at the point in time at which he did the designing, he had no emotional stake in the game. Just "maximum efficiency to take out the enemy of my host."

However, if Nyar is at all correct, then Thigg already had an emotional link with his host well before they realized that they'd established that bond. Fascinating.

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MistakeNPotatoes
3rd Jan 2018, 6:55 PM

I don't know if he actually BELIEVES that, or if he's just making commentary, heheh. Though really, it's not unfeasible that if it was created out of hatred, maybe it wasn't specifically Irwin's hatred, but Thigg's hatred of Shamblers? Maybe Shamblers are responsible for the state Thigg was in when he discovered Irwin? :D Who knowwwwsssss...

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Mr. Casual
3rd Jan 2018, 8:42 PM

Wow, if even a god can't take care of it, you know you're in trouble.

And if even a god can't take care of it, that usually means another god's handiwork. Just what _is_ Thigg, anyway? :o Come to think of it, he's far too intelligent to just be a regular Shoggy. Hmmmm . . .

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...(RockB)
4th Jan 2018, 5:26 AM

Well, I agree with everybody above, especially Mr. Casual.

And I'm quite surprised. I thought that Nyarl was doing the painful procedure on purpose.

One could probably argue that a real god like Nyarl can be less powerful than an imaginary one like the christian god, but still.*

I was under the impression that Thigg was surprised by Nyarl's involvement, him/her/it saying "That's someone we can't deal with" or so fits to that... which would mean that the Anchor was not made to be Nyarl-proof, only proof against anything Jaunt and his affiliates could come up with. This would mean that either Thigg made it so without special intention or that Nyarl's power level is only in the range of everything Jaunt could come up with. Maybe both. Which leads to the question: What is the range where Thigg's power level (at least when it comes to creating artifacts) is in? It looks like the lower boundary of this range is above Nyarl's upper limit.

My conclusion: Thigg is a god, too. One who might have been able to take on Nyarl if he/she/it didn't have to protect Irwin (so the "we" in "something we can't deal with" meant both of them together, not necessarily Thigg alone).

Up to now I considered Thigg as not very dangerous... but suddenly I'm afraid of him/her/it.

*: In the world of TU:SOI, Nyarls is as real as Jaunt is, while the christian god is (at least up to now) still imaginary. In our world, both are imaginary. Just saying / explaining what I mean.

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MadJak91
5th Jan 2018, 11:37 AM

Pretty much :D
Actually, that weird anchor thing was shown before and why Jaunt could not do anything to help Hugh. I totally forgot about it. Makes sense Nyarl was just performing an operation of sorts but I STILL think it is a form of punishment as well :D
Jaunt took one for the team, haha.

Yeah. I believe the same thing. Thigg is probably much more than a pretty powerful blob. But I cannot say whether he is some defeated god reduced to that form seeking revenge on any other god OR a completely unknown organism even the current monsters do not know about. I mean, Nyarl seems TOO careful about him.

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MistakeNPotatoes
5th Jan 2018, 11:54 AM

All of this juicy speculation, I love it :) Thank you guys for making this all worthwhile for me.

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...(RockB)
5th Jan 2018, 3:07 PM

:) Thank you - for providing us with things to speculate about :)

(It's a pity that I can't make good comments all the time, I'd love to.)

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...(RockB)
5th Jan 2018, 3:22 PM

> I mean, Nyarl seems TOO careful about him.

I thought that Nyarl was holding back in general, keeping a low profile to make his involvement not too obvious and getting the attention of... er... what/whomever... and since Thiggwin (I happily run with this) fled from him at once, I assumed that Nyarl had better things to do than to go after an apparently weak opponent. Hmmm... That may change now... My point is, Nyarl did not know or at least did not recognize Thigg (I rather think "did not know" because Thigg knew him but didn't expect to meet him)...

Gosh, I'm so curious about how much of all this here is correct!

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MadJak91
7th Jan 2018, 3:48 PM

>>(It's a pity that I can't make good comments all the time, I'd love to.)
Dude. I get that. If you are like me then sometimes I have eight comics opened and I know at least three or four need something for me to say. I sometimes spend like 15-20 minutes on a comment so do the math. So often I simply do not have that time :/
Props to you actually :D

As for Nyarl: Good point! However, I feel like he is putting suspicious amount of effort into Thigg right now. It is as if Thigg really is some bug in the system and quite the unexpected one...

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MistakeNPotatoes
10th Jan 2018, 12:00 PM

That you choose to spend your time here with my comic and with my readers makes me very happy - thank you so much! I love reading your comments, Jak!

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Sturzkampf
4th Jan 2018, 7:48 AM

To be honest, it's probably easier to put this one down as an insurance write-off and uplift a new dimensional shambler.

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Bob Mozark
4th Jan 2018, 8:50 AM

Created out of a true hatred for Jaunt. Thigg's? Irwin's? ThiggIrwin's? (Remember the BrundleFly?)

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MistakeNPotatoes
5th Jan 2018, 11:55 AM

Thiggwin is the nickname of Irwin and Thigg combined! And now that I think about it that means my comic actually has a nicknamed character and that makes me unreasonably happy :D

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That Guy Over There
5th Jan 2018, 12:53 AM

Curious. That's a lot of tentacle to stick into someone's torso. Is Jaunt's body like the Tardis: Bigger on the inside? Or was Nyarly trying to remove that anchor (I have to call it that, now, since we can see that it's anchor shaped) by ripping it out? Because with something like this, it'll be like ripping out a porcupine quill: It's built to where removing it will do a lot more damage than when it first went in.

I suspect that Nyar is doing things the painful way since he's still miffed with Jaunt's earlier 'faux pas'.

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MistakeNPotatoes
5th Jan 2018, 11:58 AM

It's not going in, fully, and what is is kind of curling around in there. Nyarlathotep's cloak form here is very malleable, so who knows what shape it's taking internally - it's also only partially touching this dimension, currently, so it can pass through some physical matter and only touch what it intends to, but it appears he can't be as precise as he wants to be..

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Mgnostic
5th Jan 2018, 11:21 AM

Time to call in a "specialist" to work on Jaunt.
My working definition of a god in the Lovecraftian universe is a non-human being with powers/abilities that are not explainable through technology or local physics. It is hard to guess about Nyarlathotep's powers versus Thigg's since we haven't seen the full range of their abilities. Thigg seems to have a greater awareness of Nyarl than Nyarl of Thigg. Fleas know all about the dog but the dog doesn't usually attend to individual fleas.

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MistakeNPotatoes
5th Jan 2018, 11:59 AM

How right you are :D

On both counts, even. We haven't seen either at full power, no, but those versed in the mythos know that, while Nyarlathotep is maybe not the most powerful, he is still not someone to trifle with, heh..

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