History Recap / AsterixAndTheChieftainsShield

3rd Sep '17 4:57:23 PM Scorntex
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* AnachronismStew: Lucius Circumbendius' business has a typing pool, only since it's about two thousand years out, it's a carving pool instead.



* EasilyForgiven: After finding out they didn't need to stay at the hydro, Obelix and Asterix refuse to speak to one another for roughly half a page.



* StatusQuoIsGod: Vitalstatistix regains all the weight he lost at the spa by the time he returns home.

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* StatusQuoIsGod: Vitalstatistix regains all the weight he lost at the spa by the time he returns home.home, in the space of a single panel, no less.
20th Jul '17 8:49:03 AM totoofze47
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* BerserkButton: Don't mention Alesia to the Gauls.

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Don't mention Alesia to the Gauls.Gauls.
** Subverted when the druid in the spa calls Obelix fat while asking about how his liver is doing; Asterix tries to shush him, but Obelix hadn't been paying attention so he doesn't catch on.


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* PainPoweredLeap: Repeatedly done by Vitalstatistix at the start of the book, since his liver makes him suffer so much and everyone keeps pressing on it, most often by accident. By the time the heroes reach the spa, Vitalstatistix has been stuffing himself on so much food (despite his wife's protests) that even a ''leaf'' slowly falling from a tree is enough to trigger the trope.
3rd Mar '17 12:42:56 PM Xtifr
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In the forests near Gergovia, the Gauls bump into Roman tribune Noxius Vapus, and thump him accordingly. Arvernian wine and coal merchant Winesanspirix is on a walk in the forest at the time, and is happy to show Vapus' conquerors around Gergovia. In Rome, Vapus reports his thumping to Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar, who decides to put the Gauls in their place by holding a triumph in the city where he was previously defeated, standing on Vercingetorix' shield - but the shield is missing. Caesar puts Vapus on the trail, telling him to start his search in Gergovia, where many survivors from Alesia settled in. Upon his return, he receives another thumping from Asterix and Obelix, although Winesanspirix is concerned to hear that the tribune is back, as it means Caesar has plans in the region.

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In the forests near Gergovia, the Gauls bump into Roman tribune Noxius Vapus, and thump him accordingly. Arvernian wine and coal merchant Winesanspirix is on a walk in the forest at the time, and is happy to show Vapus' conquerors around Gergovia. In Rome, Vapus reports his thumping to Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar, UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar, who decides to put the Gauls in their place by holding a triumph in the city where he was previously defeated, standing on Vercingetorix' shield - but the shield is missing. Caesar puts Vapus on the trail, telling him to start his search in Gergovia, where many survivors from Alesia settled in. Upon his return, he receives another thumping from Asterix and Obelix, although Winesanspirix is concerned to hear that the tribune is back, as it means Caesar has plans in the region.
19th Feb '17 2:23:50 PM mlsmithca
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The eleventh ''Asterix'' book opens with a scene last depicted in ''Recap/AsterixTheGaul'': following the siege of Alesia, the defeated Gaulish chieftain Vercingetorix throws his arms down at (or rather, ''on'') Caesar's feet, and Gaul is officially conquered. Caesar (hopping on one foot) sets off in search of other conquests, leaving Vercingetorix' arms lying where he threw them... until that evening, when a Roman archer steals the Gaulish leader's shield - which he immediately loses to another legionary in a game of chance. The other legionary is caught by a centurion, and as he is out of his camp at night without a pass, the centurion confiscates the shield in return for his silence. As the pictures on the page grow smaller and smaller, we see the centurion swap the shield for an amphora of wine at an inn, and then the proprietor gives the shield to a warrior drowning his sorrows after the defeat at Alesia...

...Jump to the present, where Chief Vitalstatistix is suffering (and his wife, Impedimenta, is unsympathetic). Too much wine and fine food is giving him liver trouble. Getafix prescribes treatment from a Hydro (health spa) in Aqua Calidae (present day Vichy). With Asterix, Obelix, and Dogmatix accompanying, the Chief leaves, sampling fine food from various inns along the way and making his liver trouble worse. At the Hydro, Vitalstatistix begins his treatment (which includes drinking water from the spa at regular intervals, the "sophisticated" shower system - a man throwing a bucket of water - and a diet of boiled vegetables)... but as Asterix and Obelix are not at the spa for health reasons, they can eat and drink what they like, and when they have driven the other patients to the brink of insanity, they are firmly asked to leave. The chief promises to meet them at Gergovia, site of a Gaulish victory over Caesar's legions, after he is cured.

After leaving, the Gauls bump into Roman tribune Noxius Vapus, and thump him accordingly. Afterwards, they meet wine and coal merchant Winesanspirix, who offers to show them around Gergovia. In Rome, Vapus reports his thumping to Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar, who decides to put the Gauls in their place by holding a triumph in the city where he was previously defeated, standing on Vercingetorix' shield - but the shield is missing. Caesar puts Vapus on the trail, telling him to start his search in Gergovia, where many survivors from Alesia settled in. Upon his return, he receives another thumping from Asterix and Obelix, although Winesanspirix is concerned to hear that the tribune is back, as it means Caesar has plans in the region.

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The eleventh ''Asterix'' book opens with a scene last depicted in ''Recap/AsterixTheGaul'': following the siege of Alesia, the defeated Gaulish chieftain Vercingetorix throws his arms down at (or rather, ''on'') Caesar's feet, and Gaul is officially conquered. Caesar (hopping on one foot) sets off in search of other conquests, leaving Vercingetorix' arms lying where he threw them... until that evening, when a Roman archer steals the Gaulish leader's chieftain's shield - which he immediately loses to another legionary in a game of chance. The other legionary is caught by a centurion, and as he is out of his camp at night without a pass, the centurion confiscates the shield in return for his silence. As the pictures on the page grow smaller and smaller, we see the centurion swap the shield for an amphora of wine at an inn, and then the proprietor gives the shield to a warrior drowning his sorrows after the defeat at Alesia...

...Jump to the present, where Chief Vitalstatistix is suffering (and his wife, Impedimenta, is unsympathetic). Too much wine and fine food is giving him liver trouble. Getafix prescribes treatment from a Hydro (health spa) in Aqua Calidae (present day Vichy).Vichy) in the region of Arvernia (today called Auvergne). With Asterix, Obelix, and Dogmatix accompanying, the Chief leaves, sampling fine food from various inns along the way and making his liver trouble worse. At the Hydro, Vitalstatistix begins his treatment (which includes drinking water from the spa at regular intervals, the "sophisticated" shower system - a man throwing a bucket of water - and a diet of boiled vegetables)... but as Asterix and Obelix are not at the spa for health reasons, they can eat and drink what they like, and when they have driven the other patients to the brink of insanity, they are firmly asked to leave. The chief promises to meet them at Gergovia, site of a Gaulish victory over Caesar's legions, legions,[[note]] The precise site of the battle is debated, but the village of Merdogne near the Gergovie plateau, considered the official site of the battle, was re-named Gergovie as a tribute to the battle in 1865 after a successful petition to Emperor Napoleon III.[[/note]] after he is cured.

After leaving, In the forests near Gergovia, the Gauls bump into Roman tribune Noxius Vapus, and thump him accordingly. Afterwards, they meet Arvernian wine and coal merchant Winesanspirix, who offers Winesanspirix is on a walk in the forest at the time, and is happy to show them Vapus' conquerors around Gergovia. In Rome, Vapus reports his thumping to Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar, who decides to put the Gauls in their place by holding a triumph in the city where he was previously defeated, standing on Vercingetorix' shield - but the shield is missing. Caesar puts Vapus on the trail, telling him to start his search in Gergovia, where many survivors from Alesia settled in. Upon his return, he receives another thumping from Asterix and Obelix, although Winesanspirix is concerned to hear that the tribune is back, as it means Caesar has plans in the region.



* LostInTranslation: In the original French, the Arvernians speak with an exaggerated version of the modern Auvergne accent, replacing all "s" sounds with "sh". This sets up many puns and references (for example, a young Arvernian who doesn't speak with the accent not because the Arvernian accent is fading among the young generation, but because "he lishpsh") which don't translate as well into other languages; in the English version, they were mostly replaced with meat-related puns.

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* LostInTranslation: In the original French, the Arvernians speak with an exaggerated version of the modern Auvergne accent, replacing all "s" sounds with "sh". This sets up many puns and references (for example, a young Arvernian who doesn't speak with the accent not because the Arvernian accent is fading among the young generation, but because "he lishpsh") which don't translate as well into other languages; in the English version, they were mostly replaced with meat-related puns.[[note]] The British translators, Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge, generally avoided using regional accents for Gaulish dialogue when translating the ''Asterix'' books (why would a French character speak like someone from the West Country or Yorkshire?), which precluded transliterating jokes based on regional accents in the original French.[[/note]]



** Mentioning Alesia (the place where Caesar annexed Gaul into the Roman Empire) will cause Gauls to angrily deny knowing where Alesia is. [[HistoricalInJoke The joke is that at the time of this story's printing, the location of Alesia really WAS unknown (and that the denial is how people lost track of it)]].

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** Mentioning Alesia (the place where Caesar annexed Gaul into the Roman Empire) will cause Gauls to angrily deny knowing where Alesia is. [[HistoricalInJoke The joke is that at the time of this story's printing, the location of Alesia really WAS unknown (and that the denial is how people lost track of it)]].[[note]] A joint Franco-German archaeological dig from 1991 to 1997 largely settled the question of where Alesia was; it is now believed to have been on Mont-Auxois near the village of Alise-Saint-Reine in the Burgundy region.[[/note]]
19th Feb '17 2:05:04 PM mlsmithca
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The eleventh ''Asterix'' book opens with a scene last depicted in ''Recap/AsterixTheGaul'': following the siege of Alesia, the defeated Gaulish chieftain Vercingetorix throws his arms down at (or rather, ''on'') Caesar's feet, and Gaul is officially conquered. Caesar (hopping on one foot) sets off in search of other conquests, leaving Vercingetorix' arms lying where he threw them... until that evening, when a Roman archer steals the Gaulish leader's shield - which he immediately loses to another legionary in a game of chance. The other legionary is caught by a centurion, and as he is out of his camp at night without a pass, the centurion confiscates the shield in return for his silence. As the pictures on the page grow smaller and smaller, we see the centurion swap the shield for an amphora of wine at a wine and coal merchant's, and then the merchant gives the shield to a warrior drowning his sorrows after the defeat at Alesia...

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The eleventh ''Asterix'' book opens with a scene last depicted in ''Recap/AsterixTheGaul'': following the siege of Alesia, the defeated Gaulish chieftain Vercingetorix throws his arms down at (or rather, ''on'') Caesar's feet, and Gaul is officially conquered. Caesar (hopping on one foot) sets off in search of other conquests, leaving Vercingetorix' arms lying where he threw them... until that evening, when a Roman archer steals the Gaulish leader's shield - which he immediately loses to another legionary in a game of chance. The other legionary is caught by a centurion, and as he is out of his camp at night without a pass, the centurion confiscates the shield in return for his silence. As the pictures on the page grow smaller and smaller, we see the centurion swap the shield for an amphora of wine at a wine and coal merchant's, an inn, and then the merchant proprietor gives the shield to a warrior drowning his sorrows after the defeat at Alesia...



Asterix and Obelix return to Winesanspirix' inn to find that the proprietor has returned, although they must first hide from Vapus and his patrol as they search the coal cellar. After the Romans leave, Winesanspirix confesses that when he knew how important it was for the Gauls to find the shield, he ran away in shame, as after Crapulus gave him the shield, he gave it away to a warrior from another part of Gaul who was drowning his sorrows after the battle of Alesia, and he can't remember the warrior's name. All he remembers is that he was thin and miserable and... he suddenly points at the door and shouts, "THAT'S HIM!!!"

The man whom Winesanspirix has just recognised is none other than Vitalstatistix! The weight he has lost as part of his treatment means he is now about the same size (and in the same emotional state) as he was after Alesia, and he confirms that when he went to drown his sorrows after Alesia, he persuaded the innkeeper to give him the chieftain's shield... which he still has, as it's the shield on which he is carried around every day back home! This gives Asterix an idea, and he asks Winesanspirix to summon the people of Gergovia.

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Asterix and Obelix return to Winesanspirix' inn to find that the proprietor has returned, although they must first hide from Vapus and his patrol as they search the coal cellar. After the Romans leave, Winesanspirix confesses that when he knew how important it was for the Gauls to find the shield, he ran away in shame, as after Crapulus gave him the shield, he gave it away to a warrior from another part of Gaul who was drowning his sorrows after the battle of Alesia, and he can't remember the warrior's name. All he remembers is that he was thin and miserable and... he suddenly points at the door and shouts, "THAT'S HIM!!!"\n\n

"'''THAT'S HIM!!!'''"

The man entering the inn whom Winesanspirix has just recognised is none other than Vitalstatistix! The weight he has lost as part of his treatment means he is now about the same size (and in the same emotional state) as he was after Alesia, and he confirms that when he went to drown his sorrows after Alesia, he persuaded the innkeeper to give him the chieftain's shield... which he still has, as it's the shield on which he is carried around every day back home! This gives Asterix an idea, and he asks Winesanspirix to summon the people of Gergovia.
16th Feb '17 6:32:56 PM mlsmithca
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Note: This volume marks the first appearance of Vitalstatistix' wife Impedimenta.
16th Feb '17 12:17:27 AM mlsmithca
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Asterix, Obelix, and Dogmatix go to Circumbendibus' factory, where the Roman tells them the name of the other legionary who won the shield from him in a game of chance: Marcus Carniverus, now working as an attendant in a Hydro at Borvo (called La Bourboule now). As the Gauls book into the Hydro (to Obelix' great reluctance), Circumbendibus sends an anonymous tip to Vapus that the Gauls are looking for the shield; as it turns out, Carniverus saved up his wages at the Hydro and opened his own inn, the Boar in Wine, (a revelation that Obelix doesn't take well), and the delay means that the Romans get there ahead of the two Gauls and their dog. After they bash in the patrol sent to arrest them, Carniverus tells them what he has just told the patrol: the centurion who confiscated the shield from him for being out without a pass is named Titus Crapulus, who is still in the army.

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Asterix, Obelix, and Dogmatix go to Circumbendibus' factory, where the Roman tells them the name of the other legionary who won the shield from him in a game of chance: Marcus Carniverus, now working as an attendant in a Hydro at Borvo (called La Bourboule now). As the Gauls book into the Hydro (to Obelix' great reluctance), Circumbendibus sends an anonymous tip to Vapus that the Gauls are looking for the shield; as it turns out, Carniverus saved up his wages at the Hydro and opened his own inn, the Boar in Wine, Wine (a revelation that Obelix doesn't take well), and the delay means that the Romans get there ahead of the two Gauls and their dog. After they bash in the patrol sent to arrest them, Carniverus tells them what he has just told the patrol: the centurion who confiscated the shield from him for being out without a pass is named Titus Crapulus, who is still in the army.



Asterix and Obelix return to Winesanspirix' inn to find that the proprietor has returned, although they must first hide from Vapus and his patrol as they search the coal cellar. After the Romans leave, Winesanspirix confesses that when he knew how important it was for the Gauls to find the shield, he ran away in shame, as after Crapulus gave him the shield, he gave it away to a warrior from another part of Gaul who was drowning his sorrows after the battle of Alesia, and he can't remember the warrior's name. All he remembers is that he was thin and miserable and... he suddenly points at the door and shouts, "THAT'S HIM!"

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Asterix and Obelix return to Winesanspirix' inn to find that the proprietor has returned, although they must first hide from Vapus and his patrol as they search the coal cellar. After the Romans leave, Winesanspirix confesses that when he knew how important it was for the Gauls to find the shield, he ran away in shame, as after Crapulus gave him the shield, he gave it away to a warrior from another part of Gaul who was drowning his sorrows after the battle of Alesia, and he can't remember the warrior's name. All he remembers is that he was thin and miserable and... he suddenly points at the door and shouts, "THAT'S HIM!"
HIM!!!"
16th Feb '17 12:14:39 AM mlsmithca
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After the Siege of Alesia, Gaulish chieftain Vercingetorix throws his arms down at (or rather, ''on'') Caesar's feet, and Gaul is officially conquered. Caesar (hopping on one foot) sets off in search of other conquests, and the arms are lie where they have fallen. A Roman archer succumbs to temptation and steals the shield, and loses it in a game of chance to another legionary. That legionary is caught sneaking around at night without a pass by a centurion, who takes the shield in exchange for his silence. The centurion swaps the shield for an amphora of wine at a wine and coal merchant's, and the merchant gives the shield to a Gaul who survived Alesia...

...Jump to the present, where Chief Vitalstatistix is suffering (and his wife, Impedimenta, is unsympathetic). Too much wine and fine food is giving him liver trouble. Getafix prescribes treatment from a Hydro (health spa) in Aqua Calidae (present day Vichy). With Asterix, Obelix, and Dogmatix accompanying, the Chief leaves, sampling fine food from various inns along the way and making his liver trouble worse. At the Hydro, Vitalstatistix begins his treatment, and Asterix and Obelix, after causing a bit of trouble with their merry-making, are firmly asked to leave, with their chief promising to meet up with them in Gergovia.

After leaving, the Gauls bump into Roman tribune Noxius Vapus, and thump him accordingly. Afterwards, they meet wine and coal merchant Winesanspirix, who offers to show them around Gergovia. In Rome, Vapus reports his thumping to Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar, who decides to put the Gauls in their place by holding a triumph on the Chieftain's Shield - but the shield is missing. Caesar puts Vapus on the trail, telling him to start his search in Gergovia, where many survivors from Alesia settled in.

Vapus enlists the local legions, and one legionary, the incredibly lazy Caius Pusillanimus, is selected to go undercover, as he's so foolish that no one will take him for a spy. Unfortunately, he lets slip what's going on to Asterix and Obelix, and they resolve to find the shield first. Both sides follow the trail from Circumbendibus (the archer who first picked up the shield), who now owns a wheel-factory in Nemessos (Clermont-Ferrand today), to Marcus Carniverus (the legionary who won the shield in a game of chance), now owner of his own inn, to the alcoholic Centurion Titus Crapulus (the Centurion who confiscated the shield), who reveals the name of the wine-dealer he gave the shield to - Winesanspirix! Both sides race to the Gergovian's inn, and while the Romans fail to find Winesanspirix in the coal cellar, Asterix and Obelix catch up with him. Winesanspirix admits that after Alesia, he gave the shield to a sad and miserable little Gaul...

...and in walks Vitalstatistix, looking sad, miserable, and ''very'' little from his treatment. Winesanspirix recognizes him as the Gaul from Alesia, and asks if he still has the shield. Of course Vitalstatistix still has it, he never leaves home without it...it's the shield he's always being carried on!

Meanwhile, Vapus and his legionaries prepare to sack Gergovia when they meet up with Caesar, who wants to know how the search is going. At this point they witness the Gauls holding their own triumph with the shield, carrying Vitalstatistix. Knowing that he has to keep this humiliation secret, Caesar has Vapus and his troops sent to a garrison in Numidia, and has Crapulus and Pusillanimus made into commander of the Gergovia and Centurion respectively, on the grounds that they aren't filthy from searching coal cellars (they were too busy getting drunk). The two drunks promise to keep things quiet in Gergovia, as they're already friends with all of the wine sellers.

Our heroes return to their village in triumph, and along the way Vitalstatistix samples fine food from the various inns along the way, restoring his original bulk by the end of their journey. On his return, the village holds another one of their feasts, but someone is missing. Cacofonix? No, he's enjoying this one. The missing person is Vitalstatistix, who's being shown the offensive qualities of the shield from Impedimenta...

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After The eleventh ''Asterix'' book opens with a scene last depicted in ''Recap/AsterixTheGaul'': following the Siege siege of Alesia, the defeated Gaulish chieftain Vercingetorix throws his arms down at (or rather, ''on'') Caesar's feet, and Gaul is officially conquered. Caesar (hopping on one foot) sets off in search of other conquests, and the leaving Vercingetorix' arms are lie lying where they have fallen. A he threw them... until that evening, when a Roman archer succumbs to temptation and steals the shield, and Gaulish leader's shield - which he immediately loses it to another legionary in a game of chance to another legionary. That chance. The other legionary is caught sneaking around by a centurion, and as he is out of his camp at night without a pass by a centurion, who takes pass, the centurion confiscates the shield in exchange return for his silence. The As the pictures on the page grow smaller and smaller, we see the centurion swaps swap the shield for an amphora of wine at a wine and coal merchant's, and then the merchant gives the shield to a Gaul who survived warrior drowning his sorrows after the defeat at Alesia...

...Jump to the present, where Chief Vitalstatistix is suffering (and his wife, Impedimenta, is unsympathetic). Too much wine and fine food is giving him liver trouble. Getafix prescribes treatment from a Hydro (health spa) in Aqua Calidae (present day Vichy). With Asterix, Obelix, and Dogmatix accompanying, the Chief leaves, sampling fine food from various inns along the way and making his liver trouble worse. At the Hydro, Vitalstatistix begins his treatment, treatment (which includes drinking water from the spa at regular intervals, the "sophisticated" shower system - a man throwing a bucket of water - and a diet of boiled vegetables)... but as Asterix and Obelix, after causing a bit Obelix are not at the spa for health reasons, they can eat and drink what they like, and when they have driven the other patients to the brink of trouble with their merry-making, insanity, they are firmly asked to leave, with their leave. The chief promising promises to meet up with them in Gergovia.

at Gergovia, site of a Gaulish victory over Caesar's legions, after he is cured.

After leaving, the Gauls bump into Roman tribune Noxius Vapus, and thump him accordingly. Afterwards, they meet wine and coal merchant Winesanspirix, who offers to show them around Gergovia. In Rome, Vapus reports his thumping to Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar, who decides to put the Gauls in their place by holding a triumph on in the Chieftain's Shield city where he was previously defeated, standing on Vercingetorix' shield - but the shield is missing. Caesar puts Vapus on the trail, telling him to start his search in Gergovia, where many survivors from Alesia settled in.

in. Upon his return, he receives another thumping from Asterix and Obelix, although Winesanspirix is concerned to hear that the tribune is back, as it means Caesar has plans in the region.

Vapus enlists the local legions, but their search of the local wine and one legionary, coal merchants turns up empty, so the incredibly lazy legionary Caius Pusillanimus, Pusillanimus is selected to go undercover, as he's so foolish that no one will take him for a spy. Unfortunately, he lets slip what's going on to Asterix he's also overly fond of wine, and Obelix, he goes straight to Winesanspirix' inn, gets blind drunk, and they resolve reveals both that Caesar wants to find be carried on Vercingetorix' shield for a triumph in the city and that he knows what happened to the shield first. Both sides follow immediately after the trail from Circumbendibus (the battle (a fact he hasn't thought to share with his superiors) - it was stolen by the archer who first picked up the shield), Lucius Circumbendibus, who now owns a wheel-factory wheel factory in Nemessos (Clermont-Ferrand today), today).

Asterix, Obelix, and Dogmatix go
to Marcus Carniverus (the Circumbendibus' factory, where the Roman tells them the name of the other legionary who won the shield from him in a game of chance), chance: Marcus Carniverus, now owner of working as an attendant in a Hydro at Borvo (called La Bourboule now). As the Gauls book into the Hydro (to Obelix' great reluctance), Circumbendibus sends an anonymous tip to Vapus that the Gauls are looking for the shield; as it turns out, Carniverus saved up his wages at the Hydro and opened his own inn, to the alcoholic Centurion Titus Crapulus (the Centurion Boar in Wine, (a revelation that Obelix doesn't take well), and the delay means that the Romans get there ahead of the two Gauls and their dog. After they bash in the patrol sent to arrest them, Carniverus tells them what he has just told the patrol: the centurion who confiscated the shield), shield from him for being out without a pass is named Titus Crapulus, who reveals is still in the army.

Upon returning to Gergovia, Asterix and Obelix discover that Vapus' search has intensified, and, worse, Winesanspirix has disappeared, with his wife fearing the worst. The two Armoricans vow to break into the local garrison HQ to rescue him. Their arrival coincides with that of Titus Crapulus, whom Vapus has tracked down through the army lists; his alcoholism has stalled his military career, but Vapus offers to wipe the slate clean if he can tell him what he did with the shield. Unfortunately, Crapulus cannot remember
the name of the wine-dealer merchant to whom he gave the shield to - Winesanspirix! Both sides race to the Gergovian's inn, and while the Romans fail to find Winesanspirix in the coal cellar, exchange for an amphora of wine... until Asterix and Obelix catch up with him. forcibly enter the room and announce they're looking for Winesanspirix. Crapulus is ecstatic: ''that'' was the name of the merchant! Vapus' reaction to this news - demanding that Winesanspirix admits be found - reveals to Asterix and Obelix that the Arvernian isn't a Roman prisoner after all, and they leave, but in so doing, they reveal their names to Vapus, who recognises them as the two men also trying to find Vercingetorix' shield. They simply punch him out of the way when he tries to stop them from leaving, and he rushes off with a patrol after Crapulus establishes which way the two Armoricans went, leaving the centurion on his own. The bewildered Crapulus asks the first legionary he sees, Pusillanimus, to lead him to the nearest inn, and they go off to get drunk together.

Asterix and Obelix return to Winesanspirix' inn to find that the proprietor has returned, although they must first hide from Vapus and his patrol as they search the coal cellar. After the Romans leave, Winesanspirix confesses that when he knew how important it was for the Gauls to find the shield, he ran away in shame, as after Crapulus gave him the shield, he gave it away to a warrior from another part of Gaul who was drowning his sorrows after the battle of Alesia, and he can't remember the warrior's name. All he remembers is that he was thin and miserable and... he suddenly points at the door and shouts, "THAT'S HIM!"

The man whom Winesanspirix has just recognised is none other than Vitalstatistix! The weight he has lost as part of his treatment means he is now about the same size (and in the same emotional state) as he was after Alesia, and he confirms that when he went to drown his sorrows
after Alesia, he gave persuaded the shield innkeeper to a sad and miserable little Gaul...

...and in walks Vitalstatistix, looking sad, miserable, and ''very'' little from his treatment. Winesanspirix recognizes
give him as the Gaul from Alesia, and asks if chieftain's shield... which he still has the shield. Of course Vitalstatistix still has it, he never leaves home without it...has, as it's the shield he's always being on which he is carried on!

around every day back home! This gives Asterix an idea, and he asks Winesanspirix to summon the people of Gergovia.

Meanwhile, Vapus and his legionaries prepare to sack Gergovia when they meet up with first Asterix, then Caesar, who wants to know how the search is going. At this point they Asterix is especially delighted to see the head Roman himself, as he can witness the Gauls holding their own triumph they have organised, with Obelix parading Vitalstatistix, the shield, carrying Vitalstatistix. last Gaulish chief to stand against Caesar, on the shield of Vercingetorix. Knowing that he has to keep this humiliation secret, Caesar has Vapus and his troops sent to a garrison in Numidia, and has when the thoroughly drunk - but clean from having not been searching coal cellars - Crapulus and Pusillanimus made into commander stagger past, Caesar promotes Pusillanimus to centurion and Crapulus to CO of the entire Gergovia and Centurion respectively, on the grounds that they aren't filthy from searching coal cellars (they were too busy getting drunk). The two drunks promise garrison. Crapulus says it'll be easy for them to keep things quiet in Gergovia, the peace, as they're already friends with all of the local wine sellers.

merchants.

Our heroes return to their village in triumph, and along the way Vitalstatistix samples fine food from the various inns along the way, restoring his original bulk by the end of their journey. On his return, the village holds another one of their feasts, but someone is missing. Cacofonix? No, he's enjoying this one. The missing person is Vitalstatistix, who's being shown the offensive qualities of the shield from Impedimenta...



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* CherryTapping: Vitalstatistix is perfectly fine sampling the many (many) local foodstuffs on the way to the cure, until he lies down under a tree, a leaf falling off to land on his stomach... sending him in horrifying pain (he can't even stand the doctor ''looking'' at him).

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* CherryTapping: Vitalstatistix is perfectly fine sampling the many (many) local foodstuffs on the way to the cure, until he lies down under a tree, a leaf tree. A falling off to land leaf drifts down and lands on his stomach... sending stomach...which makes him howl in horrifying pain (he can't even stand pain. (He claims it hurts to have the doctor ''looking'' even ''look'' at him).
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...Jump to the present, where Chief Vitalstatistix is suffering. Too much wine and fine food is giving him liver trouble. Getafix prescribes treatment from a Hydro (health spa) in Aqua Calidae (present day Vichy). With Asterix, Obelix, and Dogmatix accompanying, the Chief leaves, sampling fine food from various inns along the way and making his liver trouble worse. At the Hydro, Vitalstatistix begins his treatment, and Asterix and Obelix, after causing a bit of trouble with their merry-making, are firmly asked to leave, with their chief promising to meet up with them in Gergovia.

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...Jump to the present, where Chief Vitalstatistix is suffering.suffering (and his wife, Impedimenta, is unsympathetic). Too much wine and fine food is giving him liver trouble. Getafix prescribes treatment from a Hydro (health spa) in Aqua Calidae (present day Vichy). With Asterix, Obelix, and Dogmatix accompanying, the Chief leaves, sampling fine food from various inns along the way and making his liver trouble worse. At the Hydro, Vitalstatistix begins his treatment, and Asterix and Obelix, after causing a bit of trouble with their merry-making, are firmly asked to leave, with their chief promising to meet up with them in Gergovia.




Note: This volume marks the first appearance of Vitalstatistix' wife Impedimenta.



* InnocentlyInsensitive[=/=]SelectiveObliviousness: Asterix and Obelix fail to realize what poor manners it is to eat rich food around spa patients.

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* InnocentlyInsensitive[=/=]SelectiveObliviousness: InnocentlyInsensitive: Asterix and Obelix fail to realize what poor manners it is to eat rich food around spa patients.
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