25 Responses to 775 – White Smoke Mountain • 142

  1. Freya punching the sea-cat in the face reminds me of the classic Scott of The Sahara MP sketch.
    I’d say the blood goes “pssssh” but I don’t think it works that way underwater.

        • Don’t mind if I do.
          *proceeds to boorishly mix some with Coca Cola to test for alcohol snobs*

        • *facepalm* I completely forgot the tank was made from transparent alumi… sorry, magical transparent steel, not glass.

          That only raises the question how magicalyl transmuted iron reacts to constant exposure to SALT water? I mean, it looks like a pretty heavy flaw in the construction. Ah, insane wizards….

          Reminds me of a recent scene: We were playing D&D (I play weekly with a couple Americans via online chat) and our characters found a chunk of white marble in a pool of boiling watery acid. (Guess which module!)
          DM: (insert boxed text about the mysterious white rock we found)
          Me: “Wait a minute. Isn’t marble like limestone in that it dissolves in acid, including carbonated water?? I’m not a geologist, but… *checks Wikipedia* Marble is a metamorphic rock composed of recrystallized sedimentary carbonate minerals, most commonly calcite (calcium carbonate CaCO3) and dolomite (calcium magnesium carbonate CaMg(CO3)2)….blablabla… marble is a rock resulting from metamorphism of sedimentary carbonate rocks, most commonly limestone or dolomite rock. *click* Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed largely of the minerals calcite and/or aragonite, which are different crystal forms of calcium carbonate. *click* Calcit is soluble in dilute acids. Calcite, like most carbonates, will dissolve with most forms of acid. *click* Dolomite has physical properties similar to those of the mineral calcite, but does not rapidly dissolve or effervesce (fizz) in dilute hydrochloric acid unless it is scratched or in powdered form.”
          Me: “Conclusion: This piece of marble must be magical because it’s otherwise IMPOSSIBLE. Or whoever wrote this game module is an idiot. Take your pick.”
          DM: “Uh… it’s magic?”
          Me: “Fair enough.” 🙄

          [P.S.: To be fair, Wikipedia also states: “Calcite can be either dissolved by groundwater or precipitated by groundwater, depending on several factors including the water temperature, pH, and dissolved ion concentrations. Although calcite is fairly insoluble in cold water, acidity can cause dissolution of calcite and release of carbon dioxide gas. Calcite exhibits an unusual characteristic called retrograde solubility in which it becomes less soluble in water as the temperature increases.”
          So technically the writer might make a saving throw vs real world science and claim that the piece of marble survived for ages down there in that acid pool because the liquid was boiling hot. Hrmph. Excuses.]

  2. Hell, gotta take advantage of being on the other side of the glass. I love all the action scenes. And the fact that you didn’t add in any sound effects. I find it more effective without them.