|19. Asterix and the Soothsayer|
French title: Le devin
Originally published: 1972
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There is a heavy thunderstorm and the Gauls are afraid, because their druid Getafix (Panoramix) is also away to his yearly contest. During this bad weather a stranger called Prolix, comes to hide in the village. He says he's a soothsayer.
After some very easy predictions, like 'after rain comes sunshine'. The women were especially impressed by his 'overwhelming' knowledge. When the rain is gone, the soothsayer settles down in the forest. Soon the first villagers come for a consult, but as a Roman patrol picks him up, he's in a tough situation. Caesar ordered his soldiers to abandon all Gaulish soothsayers, as they are a treat to Roman security.
To save himself, he tells the centurion Voluptuous Arteriosclerosus (Caius Faipalgugus) that the villagers believe everything he tells them. The centurion decides to use the soothsayer for his own plans... As he tells the villagers they shall be victims of poisonous vapours, they believe him. They all run away to the beach. Fortunately not all the Gauls believe the soothsayer and as Getafix (Panoramix) returns back home Asterix and Obelix tell him the whole story.
A new smelly potion of Getafix (Panoramix) terminates the Roman occupation of the village and this time it is not only man who wants to teach the Romans and the soothsayer a lesson...