Maxima will get around to lambasting and/or threatening Lapha, but as Sydney is secured, she’s allowing herself a little preamble. Also she’s hoping it throws Lapha off her game a little. It will probably have limited effect, however, if Lapha looks into Sydney’s memories and sees how most of her interactions with the team go.

Being sick/poisoned is about the only time a succubus doesn’t feel sexy, and it’s already been established that they have incredible resistance to disease. Their resistance to poison is pretty good too, as it helped during the time their species was doing a lot of assassination work. Drinking from the same poisoned wine bottle as everyone else makes people lower their guard. It’s not at the same level as their disease resistance, but it’s still very good. Drinking ten mana potions in on night will make anyone queasy though. Well, not like, constructs or magends, or any beings that are more magical than biological. Mana potions either have no effect on them or they’re like energy drinks… which… if most biological beings had ten of those in a night it would definitely fuck them up, so that’s a bad example.

Anyway, remember in Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal did have to cut that one guy’s face off, change clothes with him, drag him to the elevator, pry the door open and throw him down the shaft, although really, he probably had to lower him down the shaft because if he’d landed face up, or with his head turned just right, that would have given away the game. He also had to hoist the other guy into place and pose him, so it was more involved than just looping an extension cord over a rafter and heaving to until he was the right height. Hannibal is the kind of guy who likes to savor the little moments in life, but a properly motivated psychopath? Ninety minutes is probably a little longer than it would have taken, but I think… thirty minutes would be the absolute minimum. Probably closer to 45. Honestly it’s really hard to estimate because a multi-part activity like that is so far out of my range of normal activities. Like, if I was a firefighter and was used to hauling adult male bodies around, I could probably make a better guess, but Maxima’s point stands. Hopkins was in his fifties during that film, I think 52 when it was filmed, 53 when it was released. Not that being fifty means you suddenly start falling apart physically, of course, but Hannibal didn’t really strike me as the kind of guy who was doing 500 pushups a day in his cell, either, so his fitness level should be taken into account. Still, Maxima is probably underestimating what a motivated cannibal can accomplish.

The new vote incentive is up! This is a bit of a weird one as it’s a character that hasn’t appeared in the comic.

It’s my Ifrit Pathfinder 1e monk, Fray! Ifrits don’t really make great monks in Pathfinder, as player characters they get a +2 to Dex and Cha, but -2 to Wis. For monks, Dex is good, Cha is largely irrelevant, but Wis is important as it can add to your AC and also has something to do with Ki points I think. But I didn’t care. I wanted a character with dark blue/gray skin and glowing orange hair, so that’s what I picked. (I don’t think Ifrit even really have dark skin, so maybe she’s 1/4 Drow? Don’t care. I think she looks cool.) Will she show up in the comic? I mean… maybe? Probably in a Dabbler flashback, but who knows?

As usual, Patreon has her in delicto flagrante.

Double res version will be posted over at Patreon. Feel free to contribute as much as you like.