Chapter 9: Hungry Hungry Hobbit

I did try to warn him, y’know…
What was in Hornblower’s pies? They must’ve been really bad berries!
Just when you thought delivering those pies and mail separately was a nuisance…
Here comes hardcore difficulty: Delivering pies by mail!

Words of the Stripper:
Appropriate Sound effect for the 2nd panel!

All the hobbit clothes are pretty accurate as seen in-game. In fact, I spent way too much time getting the details down. It was fun getting to know them though.
I still want their clothes for myself. Why do they get to dress better than me?!

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Hobbit Carica

Hello everyone! Today is not a comic update day, but since there were so much traffic coming in thanks to Chickening Around being featured on this week’s LOTRO Beacon: Issue 62, I wanted to draw something to welcome the new readers.
So, here is a sort-of portrait of hobbit Carica.

She ended up looking a little different from how she looks in game because of the eye & nose shape but otherwise it’s pretty much how I imagine her to be. Hehe

Gotta love the feeling of homeliness in the Shire!

Chapter 8: The Undying

Based on a true story.

Words of the Stripper:
You see, there’s this series of survivor titles in LOTRO which are the ONLY missable titles ever in the game. Once you are defeated prematurely before acquiring those, you can never, ever get them again on that character, forever.

I died in the Old Forest at level 19 because I got too reckless as shown in the strip. It was really a hard decision to remake the character because it meant doing everything up to that all over again (including dodging all the nosey hobbits) but in the end it was worth it. I played extra carefully in the next play-through up to 20 and that’s the Carica you see now! (And yes, I died soon after I got the Undying title. LOL)

Yep, that person in panel 6 & 7 is indeed your stripper behind the screen. (Holy 4th wall breaking, batman!) And no, my monitor isn’t that big, but had to make it big enough for the pop up menu to show up and keep the head small enough to make room for the text.
Also, that last panel is the first panel of Chapter 2 where I create my minstrel character for consistency and time loop paradox funsies! It says “3rd” because my very first character was made on Brandywine server before I found out that Landroval was the happening place for casual RP, thankfully while I was still a level 6 baby hobbit.

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Chapter 7: Way of the Minstrel

…Uh, that was totally intentional. Yeah.

Have you ever wondered how exactly minstrels deal damage?
Well, now you know.

Words of the Stripper:
I’ve been practicing painting illustration lately and ended up spending way too much time on colouring which ate up all the time and still look messy.
The 4th panel is supposed to be the light bulb lighting up cliche, but since electricity didn’t exist in the Middle-earth, you get the candle lighting up instead. XD

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Chapter 6: The Unsolved Mystery


REJOICE!  Chickening Around is back!!
I apologize for all the delays, and if there are any of the old readers still around, thank you very much for your patience!

It’s been exactly 6 years since my last comic and this continues directly from the last chapter where Carica was mistakenly sent off as a parcel. Thankfully she has escaped with a bit of compensation. The Anniversary Festival is back again right now and I totally didn’t plan the timing. >_>

Word of the Stripper:
I have changed to a new website theme to accommodate larger image support for easier readability as well. I’m fiddling around with the Featured Image option and it seems it shows better than linking it in the article itself. Let me know if anyone has a problem reading the actual comic strip.

There will be more Chickening Around in the future (which I kept saying for years *cough*) so stay tuned!

Prodigal Stripper Hag

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Carica’s New Traptastic House

Oh dear. It has been quite some time since I last posted anything, hasn’t it? Well, this prodigal hobbit has been away for a long time, but a few months ago, I came back to LotRO to play with BBB… then I started catching up with epic story… and then I really got active again to play with the new housing system! So far Standing Stone has really been doing things well.

The new premium houses and hook movement changes are amazing! So of course yours truly had to get a shiny new mansion in grand haven of Belfalas for herself too. And obviously the tricksy hobbit wouldn’t just decorate the house like normal people do. I had to experiment with how far I could push the limits… and what did I end up with?

Why, I decided to block entrances and pathways to trap people in! *cue evil laugh*
Here are my full experiment notes. Warning: Do (not) try this at home. 😉

Such beautiful view

Experiment 1. The Security Trap

I learned that certain wall items such as picture frames were completely transparent and you can move through it, while some others such as the Rohirric tapestries were actually solid and will block your movement if placed on your path. I also learned that the tapestry can only be seen on one side: visible at the front but invisible at the back except for the strings that hold it.

The hag with money

Now, I have a room at the back by the atrium where the floor is full of gold coins earned from my adventures with Bingo. (No, Sir Draigoch, I did not steal from you, please don’t burn my house down. *cough*) Anyone visiting my house were sure to visit and attempt to loot. There was a serious need of security there. So I hung a perfectly innocent looking tapestry right there, just low enough so you can’t pass underneath, and voila! Invisible security door! Only I can control it and freely enter via decoration edit function. 😉

Then it dawned on me… not only can I block them out, but I can also trap them in with the right timing! So I placed the treasure chest that was so blatantly displayed to lure them in right at the center, plainly visible from the doorway, just waiting for the prey.

So tempting. You can barely see the tapestry string here.

People would come to my house, try to enter the room and be puzzled, and try their hardest to bypass whatever is blocking them… and just then I raise the tapestry height just enough to let them in, then lower it as soon as they’re in. At first they rejoice at having access to my treasure vault only to find out they’re trapped! Mwahahahahaha!

“I knew it!” – Bluebonnett, after falling for it

Experiment 2. The Trap Door

Now it was finally time to ‘improve’ my actual doorway. At first I wondered if there was a failsafe mechanism so people can never get blocked in. Luckily for me (and woefully for the others) that wasn’t the case, and I could totally block the entrance so once you enter the house, you can never leave through the door.

Listen to the sign. It’s telling the truth.

At first I placed a single tapestry there. Linaric and Aedon were my test subjects- I mean, helpful volunteers. It seemed to work, but soon Linaric figured out that the tapestry was set too low and he could climb on the stairs and jump over it to exit. It desperately needed to be fixed. So I raised the tapestry to mid height so there wasn’t enough space either above, below or sideways to exit through the door no matter how much you try to run through it into the open door. But of course, being a good hearted hobbit I am, I also offered them an alternate means of exit… the Inn League Sinister keg! *cackles*

A very friendly-looking functional door decoration

At first I placed a Moria keg, but it appeared a bit too dangerous (I’m not THAT mean) and since I decided to invite BBB over, I thought the Inn League Sinister keg was the perfect choice as it can send you directly to jail.

And yes, it was time to invite BBB over so they can be the victi- I mean, enjoy the improvements I place in my house. After the show on February 12, 2017, I invited them over to my new house for a housetrashingwarming party.

They gloriously fell for the trap vault room. Almost everyone managed to go in, enjoying themselves before they realized they couldn’t get out without begging me. It was SO hilarious that I actually forgot to take a screenshot of the momentous event!

And of course, after they had their fill of my house, placing stolen gold coins back, ransacking the pantry, and leaving whatever foul smelling mess in every corner, they all tried to exit the house in utter futility. Then they all gladly drank from the keg to finish the night in the perfect BBB fashion – drunk and pantless.

A bunch of drunk degenerates – screenshot courtesy of Lhinnthel

I love these degenerates (don’t tell Aegthil), and this was the best way for me to show my foul love to them, and they enjoyed every moment of it. Success!

While I blankly forgot to take screenshots, the amazing Freemark kept the camera rolling during the visit, so all this was recorded! Thank you, Freek!

If you wish to experience Carica’s house of traps too, you can visit at 2 Swan Lane, Til Brethil, Belfalas on Landroval server. Warning: There really is no way to exit the house other than using porting skills or via any of the kegs. Even I can’t exit as it’s too bothersome to move the tapestry every time, so I just use the premium house port skill since it only has 1 minute cooldown. And yes, I have not one, not two, but 3 kegs that can send you anywhere from Bree jail to Misty Mountains to Moria. Do note that the house isn’t finished decorating yet and I am constantly making new changes! 🙂

Update: I have now replaced the exit with the door to Mordor, because one does simply walk into Mordor. XD

Happy Yulefest and a Merry New Year

*blows the dust off the screen*
*cough hack cough ahem*

Is this thing on?
Ah, first, apologies to anyone who thought there was a new comic after seeing the blog being updated, but I figured I should at least post something before the year was over.

For those who haven’t realized yet, your prodigal hobbit has been sorta kinda back in middle-earth for over a month now after wandering around jumping around WildStar and ArcheAge among other things. I’ve done some good chicken whacking and got my very own emergency food suppl- I mean, adorable pet chicken! You can find me coping with the degenerates every Saturday at the Pony nowadays.

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of grinding the yulefest to buy whatever items I have lost and to complete the deeds. There has got to be a better way to have fun in festivals other than grinding for tokens, really. Through much patience I have finally acquired all the yule warsteed cosmetics and cosmetic companions. Yes, I am such a hopeless packrat as ever.

I am also almost done with doing errands for silly horse people of Eastemnet and next year I should be able to finally set foot in Gondor after all these years. At least they gave me some good food. I want my own mead hall, darnit!

Welp, time goes by so fast and maybe you’ll be able to see more posts from me next year, and just maaaaaaaaaaaaaybe if you’re lucky enough, a comic strip. No promises though!
I hope you have had a good year, and to have better one from tomorrow and forth!

Chicken Stake

– Carica, the Prodigal Chicken.