76. Held back truths
Posted on 4th May 2011, 1:42 AM in 3. At Twisters Borough

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Morgenstern 4th May 2011, 1:42 AM edit delete
On the one hand, I feel like I rushed the end of this chapter; on the other, I was afraid of dragging it out too much. At the initial outset, I had no idea that Boss Birdo and the gang would be nearly as popular as they were--otherwise, I might have planned a little more for them. That being said, there will definitely be more of that action later--as well as more from the local law enforcement. This isn't the last you've seen of Twisters Borough nor its residents.

But that'll be later later; it's now time for a sooner later. New chapter starts Saturday.

If this page seems a little rushed, it's probably because it is. As much as I've been looking forward to doing this page for a while now, my work schedule got rearranged and I kinda had to just toss it out there. Kinda flustered, but I'll get over it.

Infamous Nefarious 4th May 2011, 2:10 AM edit delete reply
Infamous Nefarious
Hmmmmmm. Is it me? Or does that mans face look suspiciously like a mushroom cap? Perhaps this 'man' is what became of Go's missing hat? It literally grew legs and walked off? OR it could be a mask and he's some kinda bad-ass Toad-ninja agent from the Mushroom Kingdom to track the crew down? My brain does odd things at 3am. :D
Chat Lag Ate My Message 4th May 2011, 2:31 AM edit delete reply
Chat Lag Ate My Message
Ooooo. Suspense. Can't wait to see the next strip. :D Saturday, why do you tease so much!
Sharnadale 4th May 2011, 2:59 AM edit delete reply
Unless I misread things, wasn't he planning on killing them in cold blood while they were all tied up and helpless? Sounds like self defense to me.
Arrakis 4th May 2011, 4:56 AM edit delete reply
It's so obvious to me now!

Go is actually a failed military biological weapon that escaped off an airship research facility. This means that Blaire was one of the researchers.

The guy at the end is out to stop Go on his mad quest to gain an army using his evil magicks and destroy all civilizations!

The only problem is that the only abilities Go gained from the experiments was the ability to drink large amounts of alcohol while only becoming drunk enough to mess with his judgement.

Then again, he could also be the guy who would have to pay up the Chainless' Life Insurance >_>
Spinnerlink 4th May 2011, 5:13 AM edit delete reply
I thought one of the red dots was a mouth...
Spinnerlink 4th May 2011, 5:13 AM edit delete reply
I thought one of the red dots was a mouth...
That guy 4th May 2011, 7:48 AM edit delete reply
I'm loving the fire flower belt
Top Hunter 4th May 2011, 9:24 AM edit delete reply
Actually the whole outfit kinda looks like a "Fire Go" kind of theme, even though there's no fire flower involved. I love the attention to costume design and the fact that the characters aren't just wearing the same stuff all the time.
Therazan 4th May 2011, 9:30 AM edit delete reply
Same as Top Hunter says above, plus I really love your new character already.

I didn't know that they didn't tell Palma what she did the night before. Now I see why Go is more traumatized than her

I prefered when the background was drawed with jagged lines like the characters; it gave it moe personality, and now the flaws in your drawing are more apparent. I'm thinking about the brick-looking wall in the 1st pannel, for example (i think it's actually wood lol)

Edit: Looking at it again, i realize how easy it would be to cosplay Go's "Fire" outfit.
S.O.U.P.ern00b 4th May 2011, 11:15 AM edit delete reply
Mysterious toad is mysterious! But seriously, a mysterious masked operative at the site of a ruined secret research complex on an assignment to apparently locate and possibly capture our intrepid adventurers... with a backup plan prepared? Does anyone else smell the none too subtle scent of conspiracy in the air?
Yoshi 4th May 2011, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
Why does it feel like there's been a shift in the space-time continuum?
Therazan 4th May 2011, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
@Yoshi O.0 Could be! It is odd, but from what i've seen in today's strip, it could be a future self of Go who had too much unfluence from Guy (or was scarred). Actually, I think this strip would be the only one able to do that without being too cliché.
Becker 4th May 2011, 12:14 PM edit delete reply
Is anyone else thinking that the new character's head looks like an unhatched Yoshi egg? *gasp!* Maybe he'll hatch! And then they can ride him around!
Loving Go's fire outfit by the way.
Mr. Vareel 4th May 2011, 1:20 PM edit delete reply
Mr. Vareel
I'm curious; did the RUINS of the dark colored BUILDING in the MIDDLE OF THE DESERT look at all familiar to anyone? *coughcoughpiranhaplantcoughcough*

@Λrrakis: ...Is that a joke?

@Becker: Could be, but I think it's a soft mask (as apposed to a hard mask, like Guy's) because of the way...uh..."mystery person Λ"...let me start over. Even if it is made to look like a Yoshi egg, I still think "Λ" is wearing a mask based on how Λ's neck has ruffles. (It doesn't matter how much time I spend on that sentence, it's never going to sound better.) I like your idea though! It seems a little silly for this comic, but I still like it!
BurningFinger!!!!!!! 4th May 2011, 2:26 PM edit delete reply
@Mr. Vareel
I agree with the soft mask assessment, but my reason is that his brow furrows in the last panel.

Also, I love that his brow furrows when he is thinking! I have not seen many other webcomics do that. Very nice work.
Bonz0 4th May 2011, 2:44 PM edit delete reply
Hmmm....I'm going to say that he is Go's older brother. I just get that feel from him. He has a similar build to Go as well as the same eye color.

Yeah, you're right about the lab. Mystery Man is holding the mug with the eyes from earlier.
BlueMario 4th May 2011, 4:12 PM edit delete reply
Is that his mask? Or his face?
Either way, it's awesome
Torint 4th May 2011, 5:09 PM edit delete reply
A new challenger appears!
model S 4th May 2011, 5:36 PM edit delete reply
i want go's outfit. now.
Knoppe 4th May 2011, 5:54 PM edit delete reply
I like Go's new outfit. it's very nice
Futurevgd 4th May 2011, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
theres a reason this is my favorite web comic. if only i knew what...
RavenUp 4th May 2011, 10:04 PM edit delete reply
@Bonzo and Therazan
guys, this new charcter may not be Go's older brother and deffinitly isnt a future version of homself becuae they have different eye colours. Go's are bue and this new guy's eyes are green-ish.
Marcus 4th May 2011, 11:15 PM edit delete reply
I dunno Raven up. They could be super sayin Go Eyes from the FUTURE!

I mean Go's eyes change color when he powers up, right? Time Mushrooms could give him teal blue eyes
Azureink 4th May 2011, 11:44 PM edit delete reply
I think Go needs an orange colored cap instead of a red one when he is wearing that outfit. To better blend in the desert.
MeowMixIsForCats339 5th May 2011, 12:22 AM edit delete reply
I think that the the mystery toad is Blair.

I'm sorry, its just that in the last panel the eyes look very feminen. (I don't think I spelled that right :(
Whistle-tall 5th May 2011, 1:46 AM edit delete reply
I got somehting! Maybe! Okay, now bear with me, cause this is gonna be a little odd. If Thrive was fundamentally a super-evolved piranha plant, could something like a not completely or slightly moreso evolved toad exist? Thrive called Go a fungus during their fight, so it seems possible that toads could have a few radically different branches off the evolution tree, as fungi do. The way, to quote Mr. Vareel, "Λ's neck has ruffles" reminds me of a mushroom for some primordial reason.
PS If this was the 1500's, I would have been stoned to near death at least three times while writing this.
BurningFinger!!!!!!! 5th May 2011, 2:33 AM edit delete reply
That's okay, we forgive you. If any of those evil 1500s people come to get you, I'll consume them! (They have less chemicals in their bodies and make for a more natural meal.)
But yeah, are toads related to fungi? I mean, I could have believed it before, but now I find out that those things are just hats.
Dry Guy 5th May 2011, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
I would think they wear the hats /because/ they're related to fungi. There's no outside indication of the relation, so they wear the hats as part of their culture. Thrive seems to think are fungi, too, and I am inclined to trust the giant evil mutant plant man about such matters.
Ace of Shadows 5th May 2011, 9:24 AM edit delete reply
@ Dry Guy
maybe, but you would trust an EVIL matant plant man? ha! also if they are fungi, what dies that make super mushrooms? their brothers and sisters? stillborn? or just a primitive race who knows to run from toads?
Grimlock13 5th May 2011, 9:24 AM edit delete reply
There are so many theories about the origin of the new guy("Λ" for some of you), that I start to believe that it is a decoy plan. A decoy plan is when you show people something very ominous to distract them from the real plot of the story. It's good one too, keep going.
Tezcatlipoca 5th May 2011, 10:53 AM edit delete reply
Is that a Goomba?
sangheili 01 5th May 2011, 12:36 PM edit delete reply

Hey god =P i would thing if where a goomba it would be more . . . i dunno . . . toothy? I mean those guys really have a mouth hahahaha and at least two big sharpen tooths =P
Bonz0 5th May 2011, 2:54 PM edit delete reply
He could be a goomba. He certainly has the right head shape. And the mask would cover up all the traits that would make it obvious like his skin color, teeth and eyebrows.
Therazan 5th May 2011, 3:01 PM edit delete reply
I do see the Mushroom polka-dot pattern on his head, but fail to see the mushroom shape of a Goomba.

MeowMixIsForCats339 5th May 2011, 3:37 PM edit delete reply
Jeff and Blair had a kid :3

MeowMixIsForCats339 5th May 2011, 3:45 PM edit delete reply
@RavenUp hmmmmmm....... I do not think that you are from America cuz you spelled colors with a "u". Amz I correct?
Bonz0 5th May 2011, 5:48 PM edit delete reply
Check out the goomba on page 61, Therazan. Looks pretty similar to me. The goombas in this universe don't have the oddly shaped heads from the games.
RavenUp 5th May 2011, 8:51 PM edit delete reply
no i am not from America i am purley Canadian, eh.
and I also think it could be a goomba cause his chin is quite pointer that everyone elses and the goombas are the only ones so far like that.(other than the koopas but they have really big ears and he cannot hide those under the mask)
RavenUp 5th May 2011, 9:00 PM edit delete reply
oh and by the way Morgenstern how long has it been since Go joind the Chainless?? cause i noticed that his hair is longer than it was in the first 2 chapters
Owl 5th May 2011, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
Internet!!!! How I have missed you!!!
This comic continues to rock my socks! Keep up the good work!
Evdog 6th May 2011, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
The first thing that came into my head was "Who's that Pokemon?"
Dry Guy 6th May 2011, 9:47 AM edit delete reply
No comments on the fact we can now see a bit of Palma's face? Or, at least, one of her eyes.
Aikidoka 6th May 2011, 11:41 PM edit delete reply
thought you guys might like this....

Morgenstern 7th May 2011, 12:09 AM edit delete reply
Kotaku says it's not for sale, but it totally is. Bidding is currently at $107.50.

What's scary is that I have some of the toys he used to make that.

Edit: I do think he may have obtained a little too much inspiration from a certain picture on DeviantArt, but maybe he got the artist's permission or something.
Morgenstern 7th May 2011, 4:37 AM edit delete reply
New comic will probably be up sometime in the evening-ish.
Steve 7th May 2011, 7:32 AM edit delete reply
Yoshi 7th May 2011, 9:47 AM edit delete reply

I was about to post that :P
Knoppe 7th May 2011, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
did it hatch from the egg birdo spit?
I_am_Solid_Snaek 7th May 2011, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
Imagine Go in that outfit... but with a BEARD.
Owl 7th May 2011, 2:23 PM edit delete reply
@ Snaek: YES! XD
Tommo 7th May 2011, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
I reckon this mushroom-faced man is related to Go. I think Go is a toad-human cross and this mysterious character is a toad-goomba mix. He could be an experiment from the same place where Go possibly escaped from.
MeowMixIsForCats339 7th May 2011, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
@owl; I know how you feel.

@Ravenup thank you for answering my inquieries (bad spelling) about where you were from. I reside in the U.S. myself.

NotJoe 7th May 2011, 10:34 PM edit delete reply
Why all the Steve hate? He's always seemed like such a bro.
Grimlock13 7th May 2011, 11:20 PM edit delete reply
Inside joke. You can't understand it if you don't know the original joke. Search for Bowser's Kingdom on newgrounds.com and you will understand a part of it.