A mysterious stranger in a purple cloak is at the door of an orphanage, talking to a mildly surprised caregiver.
Stranger: I’ve come in search of a child!
The caregiver now has a wide plastic smile. They gesture to what looks like a large open baby carriage.
Caregiver: Of course! Would you like a shopping cart?
As the stranger pushes the cart, the caregiver is showing the stranger a variety of small children inside the orphanage. The children have glowing necklaces, or are fighting with toy swords, or are floating slightly.
Caregiver: What type of orphan are you looking for? One with an ancient amulet and unknown parentage? Or how about one with an odd scar and prophetic dreams? I recommend waiting on any child with roguish charm, those are best off the street during their urchin phase.
The stranger points offscreen with intense eyes.
Stranger: What about that one?
The stranger and the caregiver stand near caution tape forming a pen around an average-looking girl playing with a grubby toy horse. A sign above and behind her reads: WARNING: Orphan appears completely normal.
Caregiver: For that one you have to sign a liability waiver.
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Comments on Orphanage
Clearly, that seemingly normal orphan is a dark lady in the making.
This is where Batman shops.
I mean not wrong
:) This is one of the most accurate comics on this site.
The normal one is the most expensive one because kids without special skills need a lot of investment and help.
But their enemies are less likely to kill you.
This sounds like a very good premise for a story.
Story idea: Person with prophetic dreams speaking to a rather ordinary psychologist and/or psychiatrist trying to deal with them as an ordinary patient with ordinary psychological problems.
Or maybethe psychologist/psychiatrist knows the dreams are prophetic, and is trying to help the patient deal with the quite real psychological problems that come with the burden.
It’s a trap!
Normal orphans shall soon be extinct in the world of fantasy.
I just want to give you a tip of the wizard’s cap for having two kids playing Nine Man Morris! There are PLENTY of games other than Chess and “dice” that can be used to spice up your medieval-themed fantasy milieu.
The Normal Oprhan grow up to be a Normal Person who accidentally set the Heroes/Champion/Chosen One fall to the darkside thus causing Apocalypse/Fall of Civilization
First line of the transcript: “A mysterious stranger in a black cloak…”
Me: *looking at the very purple cloak that the stranger is wearing* Meh it’s probably an oversight. :)
Whoops! Thanks for pointing that out! Purple-cloaked strangers are a level up ;)
Also, I immediately just wanted to write a romance between cloaked figure and orphanage manager, not sure what’s up with my brain today
Well they are picking out a child together.