You answer the phone in a hard boiled manner. You explain to the woman gruffly that you'd love to help her out, sweetheart, but you're up to your neck in all this weird puzzle shit. You hang up.Problem Sleuth
is the third webcomic under the MS Paint Adventures
banner, written by Andrew Hussie
, and was arguably the one which first brought Hussie and his work into the limelight. Written and presented in the style of
an ersatz text/point-and-click adventure game, it details the antics of three especially hardboiled detectives
, Ace Dick
, and Pickle Inspector
—in their attempts to get out of their offices
, all the while working to aid the turmoil-stricken kingdoms of the Weasels, Clowns, Hogs, and Elves and to foil the dastardly plots of Mobster Kingpin.
While initially presented as a take on the Film Noir
genre, its strength is in how it parodies numerous point-and-click adventure and JRPG mechanics and tropes and its ever-increasingly complicated story
which still neatly ties up all loose ends. Much like its successor Homestuck
, it also demonstrated a very steady level of Art Evolution
up until the end, evolving from relatively-crude static panels to featuring increasingly-complex
panels depicting Super Move Portrait Attacks
, Summon Magic
, and Wave Motion Guns
galore.Warning: High chance of spoilers. Proceed with caution.
Pose as a team, because tropes just got real:
- Affectionate Parody: To JRPGs and Adventure Games.
- All Just a Dream: Averted.
- All There in the Manual: The author's commentary in the published edition often explains (jokingly) a few plot points not otherwise apparent, including a few Aborted Arcs.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Godhead Pickle Inspector.
- Amateur Sleuth: All three protagonists, allegedly: they never actually do any sleuthing.
- Anachronism Stew: Despite being "vaguely Prohibition-era", characters will play board games invented in the 50s, paint ethnically-diverse murals of the 90s, and use computers to search GameFAQs.
- And the Adventure Continues: "There's a problem. And you'll be damned if you aren't gonna be the fellas to sleuth it."
- Arc Words: Shit just got real. Shit is real.
- Ass Kicking Pose: Because SHIT JUST GOT REAL.
- Behind the Black: A giant mural celebrating ethnic diversity is unexpectedly revealed to be on the fourth wall of Problem Sleuth's office.
- On a Fourth Wall? Wouldn't that be symbolic of the comic's audience then?
- Body Horror: DMK.
- Bond One-Liner: "You drop your cold blooded line which you spent the last few minutes thinking up."
Hate to cut and run...
- Born Lucky: Mobster Kingpin. "As luck would have it, your VIM gauge maxes out." Later, it's revealed that he was cheating.
- Bottomless Bladder: Lampshaded/subverted: "You remember you're pissed off at Ace Dick, and in addition to which, you haven't been able to pee once in the 13 and a half hours you've been locked in your office."
- Brick Joke: Almost every Brick Joke is also a Chekhov's Gun, but one example that fits better here is Ace Dick walking the UGLY DOG.
- Bullet Dodging: Each hero's "Auto-Parry" does it differently: Problem Sleuth on purpose via Unnecessary Combat Roll, Pickle Inspector accidentally via distraction, and Ace Dick auto-parries by...taking the shot directly in his gut.
- Call Back: Many Call Backs develop into Running Gags, making it difficult to distinguish between the two.
- The story is manifest out of building previous one-off gags into stable pillars of the game world. From the FAQ:
For instance, the seemingly idiotic and highly ignorable command "Build fort out of desk" lead not only to a short-term humorous payoff, but to an entire imaginary universe paradigm, and in a way, a whole gaming system which appeared to exist from the beginning, but only became manifest through the command.
- Call a Hit Point a "Smeerp": There's no end to them. Vitality Carats. Gumption Wafers. Pep Gold.
- Calling Your Attacks: SEPULCHRITUUUUUUUUUUDE!
- Calvinball: Game mechanics adhere to Rule of Funny and Rule of Cool, and nothing else.
- The game PI plays against Death. It is an enormous mesh of Sudoku, chess, Tetris, Sorry!, a Western, and Dungeons & Dragons.
- Canon Immigrant: Ace Dick ends up falling backwards in canon into Jailbreak, revealing answers brought up to questions in a different game.
- The Cassandra: The Infinite Summation Honeybee Professor might be annoying, but it turns out his advice would've actually been pretty useful.
- Character Alignment: Invoked using the ALLEGIANCE MENU.
- Chekhov's Gun: Many, including just about every named battle command, but the one with the longest time to fire and biggest effect would have to be Problem Sleuth's CANDY CORN.
- Chekhov's Skill: PI and the Labyrinthine Sudocube Comprehsensile.
- Chess with Death: Happens quite a few times, even without anything at stake, and never once with chess.
- Well...never once with chess and chess alone.
You desperately bargain with Death, challenging him to any game you can think of for the fair damsel's life. CLUE, CONNECT FOUR, UNO, BATTLESHIP, SUDOKU, well ok not SUDOKU, but how about SNAKES AND LADDERS, that's fun, or what about HUNGRY HUNGRY HIPPOS god you LOVE HUNGRY HUNGRY HIPPOS.
- Chew Bubblegum:
You're here for two things: to fucking ruin someone's shit, and to play a friendly game of make-believe.
AND YOU'RE ALL OUT OF IMAGINATION.
- Also, in an extra:
You're here for two things: to rain unspeakable devastation down on the forces of evil, and to flail your limbs about in a playful manner.
AND YOU HAVE NO ROOM IN YOUR FORT TO FLAIL ABOUT WHATSOEVER.
- Chicken Walker: Candy mecha is a sentient example. In fact, even after the head is detached so that it can fly off to fight the villain, the legs still are used for various purposes.
- Don't forget the first beast the party slew, which Problem Sleuth then mounted the legs of and walked around in.
- Closed Circle: The entirety of Problem Sleuth. It gets to be a BIG (imaginary) circle.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: "Sensing his impending demise, DMK grows a few extra health meters."
- Comic Book Adaptation: There is now a book of the first five chapters at Topatoco.com, with commentary and a foreword by Ryan North.
- And chapters 6-9 in Volume 2!
- And chapters 10-13 in Volume 3!
- Concealing Canvas: Frequently subverted and otherwise played with.
- Continuity Nod: Over 1000 strips later and we rejoin the sunglasses that were stolen from the Starsky bust.
- Although the plot relevance makes this technically a Call Back, it has the largest "time since last mention":"relevance to plot" ratio in the game.
- Cool Airship: Mobster Kingpin's ship, the CHICAGO OVERCOAT, black thorn of the imaginary skies.
- Creation Myth: With equal parts absurd myth and hard science.
- Critical Hit: By many names: BRUTAL AFFRONT, SAVAGE UPBRAID.
- Cut and Paste Comic: Lampshaded in some of the "pose as a team" commands; "You copy and paste your previous poses into a new file and animate the background rapidly."
- Cutting the Knot: After having a solved puzzle reset, Fiesta Ace Dick uses this to solve it a second time.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Five separate times Problem Sleuth tried to call forth the "righteous fires of charisma" of Sepulchritude, and every time he was stopped. After it is finally used, he turns grey and beaten and, greatly weakened, falls into BHMK's Event Horizon.
- Death by Origin Story: Your losses cause you to feel an all-consuming sense of vengeance. You feel like every superhero origin cliche is swirling around you at once!
- Death Is Cheap/Death Is Not Permanent: You get 3 imaginary lives and, if your physical body dies, you can challenge Death to the game of your choice in the afterlife or just sneak out while he's not looking.
- Delicious Distraction: Battle Technique: Torso Flail.
- Department of Redundancy Department: If your IMAGINATION was a face you would punch it. In the face.
- Designated Distaff Counterpart Fight: Hysterical Dame + Nervous Broad vs. Madame Murel.
- Deus ex Machina: DEUS EX SEWING MACHINA
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: No, Fluthlu.
- Also, defeating DMK certainly counts as well.
- Dissimile: "The candy mecha's legs scramble around like a chicken whose head decapitated itself and flew into the sky to fight a demonic mob boss."
- Distaff Counterpart: Both played straight and played with: Each of the three detectives eventually had spirit quests, where they were psychically linked with female counterparts of themselves. They later meet the counterparts.
- As described on the site:
PS, AD and PI each have a lady counterpart, in accordance with deep seated mythology that dictates that any man secretly wishes to have sex with a female version of himself (re: Alvin and the Chipmunks, Mickey/Minnie, etc.) HD is PS's counterpart, NB is PI's, while AD is his own counterpart because he has a very poor imagination. So that's one duplicate AD, the one with the wig/helmet.
- Dividing By Zero: All the damn time. Their favorite method seems to be ramming a window through itself.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: Death is actually a pretty nice guy with a love of games.
- Epic Fail: Past Future Pickle Inspector's ultimate attack against the Midnight Crew in this bonus strip.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: All the boys wanted was to escape their offices and get on with their sleuthing. To do so, they had to journey through fantastic worlds a hundred times over, die a few times, solve a perplexing number of preposterous puzzles, subject themselves to reality-warping shenanigans of a profound nature, and engage in an entirely-too-long, highly-difficult, insanely-complex fight against a demonic mobster. But, in the end, they get their reward. The world is real.
- Exposition Fairy: The Infinite Summation Honeybee Professor.
- Fight Woosh: Going outside with a window unplugged makes the world become metaphorical for a moment. And then a Beast appears!
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: Team Sleuth consists of an easily-riled stocky brawler, an imagination-wielding loon, and a dagger-throwing, smooth-talking speedy bastard.
- Additionally, the whores collected by NB and HD become this.
- Film Noir: The series started out as a pastiche of this before things got considerably more zany.
- Final Boss Battle: Parodying several tropes:
- Five-Man Band: Due to a series of odd events, the three detectives fit into this.
- Foreshadowing: Mixed with Call Back due to the strip's improvisational nature.
- Friendly Sniper: PI becomes one, which is vital to taking down MK.
- Gas Lighting: Done subtly and hilariously to the audience at the beginning. The reader's introduced to a private detective, and the reader assumes that, as part of his profession, he possesses a gun. Second panel, he is commanded to retrieve his gun, and the third panel shows he rebukes the notion. Might also cross into Fridge Logic and Foreshadowing due to answering how the audience saw the gun in the first place? Through the audience IMAGINING a private detective would own one for self-defense. Now, think how the story continues late in the game.
- Later, the key becomes a gun, double subverting the command to retrieve the gun—it happens, just not right away. It could could also be more foreshadowing concerning the plot. Think about it—the key turning into the gun could parallel shit getting real to shit IS real.
- The Gods Must Be Lazy: GPI will only respond to the command "Fondly regard creation". He actually does do two things, but those things are create the universe via Stable Time Loop with the help of the temporally-replicating Pickle Inspectors and sewing the universe back together when it is torn apart. Never once does he directly help the protagonists.
- Surely you mean "only once", since this is a thing that happened.
- Good Bad Bugs: Every real weapon has a tendency to not be a weapon.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: You call for a diplomatic laying down of arms.
- Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: You suddenly remember the universe is upside-down!
- Grievous Harm with a Body: AD attempts this with BATTLE TECHNIQUE -> LV. 2 TORSO FLAIL, but fails at even providing a Delicious Distraction like with the original Torso Flail.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: "The window loses it's extra-dimensional portal properties, and severs you mid-way through. You are dead."
- Hand Cannon: The Sniper's Sextant controls a giant cannon. Not a strict example, but a roundabout literal one.
- Happy Dance: Frequently. THIS one is REALLY impressive.
- Hardboiled Detective: The titular hero and his friends.
- Hard Gay: Hunk Rump, and, by extension, most of the gay porn magazines featured.
- Heroic Sacrifice: The candy corn.
- Sepulchritude was presented as one, but Sleuth survives it. Also, the Collider of the Pickle Inspectors.
- Humongous Mecha: Made out of candy.
- I Fell for Hours: When characters fall, they sometimes have enough time to decide to "fall in more [adjective] manner".
PS: Quit falling and land already!
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Mobster Kingpin ends up falling onto the Ham Needle from a really large distance.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Fondly regard creation/crustacean/crenellation/donation.
- Interactive Comic: The Trope Codifier, as it pretty much refined the technique of MS Paint Adventures as a whole.
- Interdimensional Travel Device: There are two ways to travel between the real world and the world of imagination: Either climbing through a window, or entering a fort and imagining really hard (booze helps with the latter).
- Interface Screw: The whole keys/gun thing mentioned above in Gas Lighting. Each of the three main characters and their female counterparts have a similar problematic weapon. It's supposedly a bug in the game that gets exploited for laughs and frustration. See also You Can't Get Ye Flask below.
- It Makes Sense in Context:
- Kevlard: Ace Dick's variation on the Auto-Parry technique involves taking the attack in the gut. Zombie Ace Dick extends this to taking attacks in his rotting body as a whole.
- Kitsch Collection: Fancy Santas.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Your motto is "let no inventory go uncluttered".
- Lampshade Hanging: "You feel it is incredibly important that events in this adventure maintain strict adherence to the laws of physics, because it would just be so stupid if there were any inconsistencies."
- Last Breath Bullet: Zombie Hired Muscle heroically saves Problem Sleuth from the last of the Cultural Rainbow mob.
- Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: Mobster Kingpin's LEGITIMATE ESTABLISHMENT, a front for his speakeasy.
- Limit Break: Charm Break, Comb Rave, Schema Form, Ostentation Drive, Murder Flux, Parliament Uproar.
- Also, some characters share a common limit break bar.
- Locked Door: Almost all of them, except, ironically, Death's door.
- Locked in a Room: Problem Sleuth and Ace Dick start out bitterly hating each other and both locked in their respective offices and the game ends when they finally escape.
- Magikarp Power: Ace Dick has a special attack called the Truffle Shuffle, which has absolutely no effect and usually ends with him being killed. However, if he combines his Truffle Shuffle with one or more additional Ace Dicks, it can turn into an incredibly devastating attack.
- Marathon Boss: The battle with DMK lasts for about half the duration of Problem Sleuth.
- The Merch: For a $20 donation, Andrew Hussie would draw a short comic of any command the donator wished (until increasing demand forced him to stop.) Past ones can be seen here. Also, there are several prints and shirts, and a Sepulchritude hoodie, still available at Topatoco.
- Mighty Glacier: Pickle Inspector's "Tootsie Roll Frankenstein" transformation. Twice as strong as an actual glacier, but twice as slow, too!
- Mind Screw: It can become increasingly difficult to tell where (and when) everybody is. Summed up in this line: "You're not totally sure, but you think this means there are now three Ace Dicks running around."
- Morph Weapon
- Mundane Made Awesome: So very, very much. Highlighted in the Clip Show Tribute, which takes all the frames of the entire comic and sets them to orchestral music.
- Mythology Gag: Running gags from other games, such as:
- Nice Hat: If Problem Sleuth's regular hat doesn't qualify, the Admiral's Hat certainly does.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: DMK and BHMK never would have formed as they did if not for Fiesta Ace Dick's actions.
- No Fourth Wall: On a couple of occasions the characters look up an FAQ for the game on GameFAQs and input cheat codes to bypass certain parts of the "game".
- Also, at one point in the game, Ace Dick beats someone to death with a stat meter.
- Also also, when DMK's final form starts generating additional life bars, Problem Sleuth starts physically attacking the life bars.
- Non-Standard Game Over:
- Ominous Latin Chanting: "Fast-paced organ music and a haunting vocal chorus accompanies your epic struggle."
- Ontological Mystery: When you boil down the plot, the characters are trapped in their office buildingnote and need to learn how to use their environmentnote in order to escape.
- Opposite-Sex Clone: Ace Dick had too little imagination for a Distaff Counterpart, and instead just became a clone of himself with a blonde wig/Prussian Picklehaube.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: A quick change in headgear makes all the difference.
- The Pen Is Mightier: The Tectrix of the Arbitor has item confusion with the legendary TECTRIXCALIBUR.
- Physical God: Pickle Inspector ascends to godhood at one point. One of many Pickle Inspectors.
- Playable Epilogue
- Plot Coupon: Anything can be a Plot Coupon...even your own skull.
- Portal Cut: What happens if a window loses power while something is in it.
- Portal Network: What would at first appear to be what is outside Problem Sleuth's window.
- Porn Stash: Gay porn stash. Problem Sleuth seems to have a tendency to be keeping Hunk Rump magazine somewhere nearby.
- Pot Hole: "Death throws down his hat in disappointment. He really must remember to invest in stronger security measures for the afterlife."
- Power Gives You Wings: Problem Sleuth gains a pair of wings upon using Sepulchritude.
- Power Levels: Understandable in the sense that this IS an RPG.
- Power Trio: Early on, before the cast expands:
- Ego: Problem Sleuth.
- Id: Ace Dick.
- Superego: Pickle Inspector.
- Pretty Little Headshots: Dramatic variant.
- Private Eye Monologue: Parodied in several places.
This is what being a hard boiled problem sleuth is all about. It's about being a strong, silent type, oozing with confidence, charisma, and other fine qualities such as not being trapped in your own office. It's about having a working phone. A real desk. Not one, but two steak dinners. And some hysterical broad on the line, yackin' about some fella she's got troubles with. It's always the same thing with dames. You comfort yourself in your sublime fantasy by now and then saying things into the phone such as, "Now calm down a second, toots..." and "Hey, take it easy, sweetheart. I can barely understand a word you're sayin'..."
- Pungeon Master: Honeybee Professor.
- Puppet Gun: Pickle Inspector aims the CLOCK TOWER SNIPER CANNON via the SNIPER RIFLE.
- Reality Warper: Pickle Inspector in the Imagination realm.
- Recap Episode: Two of them (the first one by Death, the second one by the Devil), and a third one on the wiki.
- Red Herring: Several items are presented to the reader as possible scopes for the SNIPER RIFLE before Pickle Inspector finally gets one.
The Swain makes a valiant play for his eyepiece, which in no way shape or form could ever be used in conjunction with a sniper rifle, and possibly could serve as one of numerous red herrings to this effect.
- Reveal Shot: Technically a Close-Up on Head, at least by name.
- Role-Playing Game Verse: All of the detectives and the Mobster Kingpin have (weirdly named) stats and hitpoints—towards the end more and more bizarre bonus powers also appear.
- Imagination: Magic, intelligence, and bonus to power in Imaginary areas.
- Pulchritude: Evasion and Diplomacy/Charisma.
- Vim: Strength and Health.
- Each also has a expendable item that temporarily boosts it much in the manner of potions. Imagination is boosted by alcohol, Pulchritude is boosted by candy, and Vim is boosted by hotsauce.
- Early in the game Vim is boosted by coffee, so really any hot drink will do.
- Rube Goldberg Device: A puzzle so particularly difficult that it's solved by loading a save state from a point after the puzzle is solved. It is later revealed that a time traveling Pickle Inspector did it.
- Running Gag: Items switching back and forth between weapons and completely unrelated objects (e.g., a revolver becoming keys or a chainsaw becoming lipstick), responding to characters attempting to ride something like a mechanical bull (at times something about to explode) with "Wow, what a fucking waste of time!" and weasels "flipping the fuck out".
- Business cards loaded with Double Entendre.
- Ace Dick punches X in the snout to establish superiority. Xhearst is particularly enamored by your rowdy, no-nonsense brand of ruffianism.
- And of course: "Quickly retrieve arms from [X]." "You've already got arms, [another word for idiot]!"
- "Throw hat down in disgust."
- Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: "Complain that the MASS of the OBSERVABLE UNIVERSE is only thought to be 3x10^52kg.
DMMK, at 100x10^100kg, weighs about thirty trillion trillion trillion trillion times MORE than the MASS of the OBSERVABLE UNIVERSE."
- Serial Escalation: How utterly ridiculous can the game mechanics get? How ridiculously powerful can the cast's attacks get? Answer: very.
- Serious Business: Any and all forms of anything but chess with Death. Such as Sudoku.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Newly-introduced names take on more and more of this further as the game gets along.
- Silent Protagonist: There's not a lot of dialogue in this game.
- Sinister Scythe: Death's scythe, which Problem Sleuth borrows for a while. It transforms into (among others) a rocket launcher, an F-16 fighter jet, a T-Rex, and an atomic bomb.
- Sniper Rifle: The SNIPER'S SEXTANT.
- Solve the Soup Cans: More and more weird puzzle shit as the story progresses. The Moonlight Sonata piano from Resident Evil makes a cameo.
- Space Whale: Harpooned.
- Stat Meters: Not merely an abstraction.
- Strongly Worded Letter: Provides the page image.
- Super Move Portrait Attack:
- Sleuth Diplomacy is structured like one of these, with a quick-moving background and a zoomed-in pose.
- The introductions of the Gambit Schema make them sort of like Epic Move Portrait Attacks.
- "Super Sentai" Stance: ...because SHIT JUST GOT REAL.
- Stairway to Heaven: DMK: LADDER TO HELL
- Stout Strength: Ace Dick and his various forms, as well as Mobster Kingpin.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: A command suggested switching hats with an enemy to disguise Problem Sleuth, but to no avail. Later, Mobster Kingpin does this successfully.
- Summon Magic: You do not have enough ELF TEARS to summon the WEASEL KING!
- Swiss Army Tears: Elf tears.
- Thememobile: The whore-mobile.
- Theme Table: Each detective has a certain body type (which in turn are each associated with a type of food, a truck carrying that food, and a district of the city that is named after the makers of that food, a gentleman with some sort of optical accessory, and a room in the Sleazy Brothel in the sky), an office, something keeping them from escaping their office, a different kind of window/portal to the World of Imagination, a stat in which they excel, a standard weapon/key, a candy weapon, a type of candy armor, a Super Mode based on both a classic movie monster and type of candy, a Distaff Counterpart (each of which have their own weapon/other object, two of which get a weapon/object used in painting and a undergarment that warps their physical properties, and one of which is just a clone of one of the detectives wearing a wig), an ultimate move, and a non-human race they go on a quest for (each of which terrorizes another of the races somehow, and each of which has some kind of emissary and a champion that represents a Fantasy Character Class). Mobster Kingpin gets in on most of this as well.
- Time Travel: Pickle Inspector, to downright incredible levels.
- Transformation Sequence: An incredible transmutation takes place.
- The Treachery of Images: The window on Problem Sleuth's front door quickly turns out to just be a piece of paper taped to it. Inverted with Ace Dick, when the piece of paper taped to his door turns out to be an actual window.
- Turns Red: The 3 forms of DMK. Ace Dick does this literally when he becomes Fiesta Ace Dick in the Transformation Sequence linked immediately above.
- Unstoppable Rage: "The [Weasel] Emissary flips the fuck out!"
- Unusual Euphemism: All of Problem Sleuth's gun attacks are named for negotiation techniques-the longer and more complicated, the more powerful.
- Useless Useful Spell: BELLY OF THE WHALE!!! Ace Dick's Operandi is basically an instant-KO move, swallowing the enemy whole...the only problem is that, whenever it's used, it's either completely ineffective or simply extorted and turned against him. The only time it DID work was when he used it to swallow himself.
- Victory Pose: Victory dance!
- Visual Pun: The typewriter/tommygun used near the end of the comic. Another nickname for the tommygun is the Chicago Typewriter.
- Villain Protagonist: Mobster Kingpin takes user commands just like the three detectives.
- Wave Motion Gun: The most recent instance.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Mobster Kingpin is completely invulnerable to all harm...until his Emotions or Blood Sugar are raised.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The (Zombie) Hired Muscle stops appearing after his death, not even in the afterlife like many of the other deceased characters, though the character Higgs Bonehead bears a resemblance to him, and the gentlemen encounter a mustachioed new gentleman who looks a lot like the HM at the end.
- Wicked Weasel
- A Winner Is You
- Word of God: Andrew Hussie often made posts responding to suggestions individually in the Suggestion Box.
- World of Chaos: The world accessed through desk forts and window portals.
- World's Strongest Man: Ace Dick. Fiesta Ace Dick is stronger than that.
- Written Sound Effect: Thud.
- You Can't Get Ye Flask: Averted, since the command parser is a person. You DO get ye flask!
- Except when the game refuses to acknowledge the existence of the pumpkin you're trying to get.
- THIS FUCKING PUMPKIN
I beg your pardon? I'm fairly sure that there's nothing resembling a thick-skinned, orange, and woody-stemmed gourd here. The very idea is as incredulous as it is silly.
- Incidentally, Word of God has stated in the published edition that he had no idea "get ye flask" was a reference to Homestar Runner.
0 sacred urns toppled
0 mystic ruins desecrated
0 hallowed tombs defiled
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