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.

Carica Gets (NOT) Spam Mail

So, there I was, taking part in the Fellowship Walk for the baby bobbits, when the mail pigeon told me that I had a new mail waiting to be read. Because it happened just as we were leaving Bree however, I couldn’t check the mailbox for hours since then.
I was gradually getting curious what the mail could be as the mail notification icon kept taunting me, and I said to my kinmates that it would be funny if the mail I have wondered about for so long happened to be merely a spam mail.

And that’s when it happened.

Soon after, my mail notification started dinging (shaking to let you know you have new notification) and dinging and dinging even more constantly for literally dozens of times.
At first I thought “Oh great, I got more mail I can’t check,” but the much-too-frequent interval and the absurd quantity started making me nervous.
“Oh god, am I being bombarded with Unwanted Mail? Wormy Apples? Muffins? Or could it even be metal ingots?!”
And I was helpless, because we were out in the field of Lone-lands, walking across the Last Bridge and heading towards Bilbo’s Trolls, and nobody thought to place any mailbox on the route! I really ought to speak to Postman Redsmith about this.

Much later with the Fellowship Walk over at last, I made my way back to Michel Delving to finally solve the mystery of unread mails and found 30 parcels – yes, every mail had an item in it – so lovingly (Bah) crafted by tricksy man and hobbit!
The original mail that I wondered about was from Godwineson, sending me 13 Black Dust. Apparently when I made a claim that I do not eat metals but food that’s rich in mineral, he thought I would want to make mud-pies! The nerve! But after that, it was all Floradine – bless her soul – having fun with the mathoms (cough*junk*cough) she has acquired during the early part of the Fellowship Walk.

Sit back and light a pipeweed, because this is going to be a long read.

Thanks, Flora. You have indeed made this hobbit’s day a little brighter.
*vigorously shakes fist*

LOTRO Artists and Return of Chickening Around

Oh dear, it has been over a year since I last made an update! Apologies for that.

The stripper floated over to other games such as GW2, Neverwinter and The Secret World, and there has been some personal life issues as well, but now is finally back in LOTRO. (Just can’t stay away, that one.)

As for the big announcement, as you may have already seen in my tweets and Facebook and MyMiddleEarth updates, I have decided to republish Chickening Around comic strips on LOTRO Artists. Does this mean it won’t be on this blog anymore? Heavens, no!

Think of it as a cartoon being published on newspaper, but it will always be published here on the main blog first (as well as being archived over on deviantArt), and this is the only place where you will also be able to read the words of stripper and additional stories behind the comic strip, so don’t you keep your eyes away from here!

As an even better news: there will finally be a new chapter some time in early October! Huzzah!

That said, do check out LOTRO Artists that just went live today. It has news, interviews, podcasts, articles on many creative folks of LOTRO, and of course, muffins.

BBB (almost) Goes to Weatherstock

Check out the latest video from Bards, Beers and Longbeards!
BBB Goes to Weatherstock: The Rockumentary.

Featuring yours truly.
Script written by members of BBB.
Video filmed, directed and edited by Aegthil’s Fool. He does some good things sometimes.

Warning: Watching the following video may damage your innocence and decency, if you have any left.

Chapter 5: Anniversary Adversary

It’s the 5th anniversary of Lord of the Rings Online!
Put on your cake hat, chase after envelopes, fight for the glorious beer, and shoot fireworks! And maybe you’ll find a mount hidden in an envelope!
I’ve only been in the middle-earth for less than a year, but it’s been such a good time.
Here’s to 5 more years! *toast* *smash mug*

Oh, and remember, if you see a box, there just might be a person inside!

Words of the Stripper:
It’s been much too long since the last update that I missed three scheduled comics. >_<
What can I say, other than that it was a time management fail?
I really should stop putting so much detail in backgrounds lol because it’s taking up the most time!
Although… I must say I am quite pleased with the street tiles. XD

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