Hammer to fall – Chapter 7, Act 3, Strip 35

In spite of all the problems with Mopey’s attractiveness, the guardian beholder turned out to be much easier to overcome than one might have suspected.

So, the main take-aways from today’s episode are:

It’s not only Snuka, Mopey and the Professor, the other losers are there, as well. I mean, we don’t see Biff, right now, but since she’s got that invisibility cloak, that doesn’t have to mean anything.

And, having called them losers…they don’t actually seem to be that, at least not quite to the same level they used to. Whatever happened since we last saw the group, their abilities seem to have definitely grown.

Gregory has managed to stabilize the effects of his magic, mostly by learning to use reliable systems of reference to refer to the objects he wishes to summon. Using the GRAU designation system, used by the Soviet army to categorize its inventory, is not terribly fantasy-ish and leads to somewhat clumsy poetry, but it IS specific – and in a world with a mostly medieval technological base, modern artillery would tend to give one somewhat of an advantage.

But Gregory doesn’t really get to force that advantage, since the Barbarian was faster…naturally, since he saves a lot of planning time with that mindless charging thing. His abilities seem also to have increased, and his weaponry has definitely been upgraded: starting out with only a golf club, he now obviously wields the mighty WARHAMMER OF ZILLYHOO. An appropriate choice, since it’s extremely powerful…and since he’s probably too young to care about the indignity involved in wielding something with that kind of gaudy design. Plus, the warhammer of zillyhoo has a legendary history of being wielded by twerps, but that is another story, and it has been told another time.

More on Mon…uh, Thursday.