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#652 Feb 12 2016 at 12:52 PM Rating: Excellent
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Speaking of people over-reacting on the OotS forums, a little more something-something for the reading audience.
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#653 Feb 12 2016 at 5:50 PM Rating: Decent
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Lol. They didn't even make it to the second page of this strip's discussion thread before someone said "why don't they just do <insert something specifically mentioned and rejected as not working in the very strip you're discussing>". Sigh. i seriously gain a much greater respect for the posters on this forum every time I read that forum.

As to the strip itself. More exposition and explanation. Which is fine. But the remaining question is: How's Belkar doing? I'm assuming Roy's heading out now, and V's heading in. So they should run into each other at some point. I'm assuming, given the "jump from one scene to another, because they're all basically happening at the same time" format of the last 20 strips or so, that we'll jump back and see Belkar dealing with the door guard vamp guy next. Probably concluding with one or both of Roy and V arriving. Maybe arriving on time, or maybe too late. Dun dun dun!

On that note though, there's lots of talk about the prophecy that Belkar will breathe his last breath before the end of the year, and tons of speculation about it happening here (gets vamped himself, or attacks the new HPoH without knowing the consequences, etc). I don't think that's going to be the case though. The strip is about the order of the stick, and he's a member. Given that there's one more whole book to go, I'm going to assume anything that permanent to one of the main characters will not happen in this book, but will at some point (probably quite late) in the final book.

Of course, this assumes an actual permanent death. If there's some other meaning for "breathe his last breath", that somehow still allows him to walk around and be a functioning character in the strip, that could happen at any time. What would be funny is him being vamped, but the "deep dark place" in his heart is actually his emerging chaotic goodness, and he turns into a nicer person as a result, so they decide to keep him that way. Possibly even foreshadowed by the whole bit with Durkon pretending to breathe (pointing out that vampires don't breathe). Um... Which I don't think is very likely. Having two members being vamped kinda steps on itself story wise. That and vampires are explicitly stated to be evil. Which, I suppose, could still result in him being less evil than now, but still. Probably not a condition that the team would allow to continue, doubly so after the betrayal by Durkon. Roy's not going to believe that Belkar isn't just as evil and more of a threat as a vampire than as a living halfling.

Maybe he gets turned into a sentient golem or something? Nah... That's just silly.
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I think that when Belkar dies -- and I assume he will; the oracle hates Belkar but was straight with Roy to the point of trying repeatedly to warn him of Xykon despite Roy's too-clever question structure -- it will be the end of Belkar. No "Oh, but now he's an undead/golem/construct/polymorphed talking lamp" nonsense. Durkon being made a vampire was a plot point Burlew felt was very important to Durkon's character arc and I don't see him reusing it just as a "gotcha" for people expecting Belkar dead. I'd actually say that Belkar's death will be the culmination of his arc (I guess it'd sort of have to be) so there won't be any cute tricks to mitigate it.

But, yeah, I agree that it won't be until well into the last book since I can't see the next couple years going without 1/6th of the OotS (or 1/3rd depending on Durkon).
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#655 Feb 16 2016 at 3:02 PM Rating: Good
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I foresee this information giving Durkon the courage/hope/whatever to regain control from the vampire long enough for Roy to kill him.
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#656 Feb 16 2016 at 6:04 PM Rating: Decent
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Yup. That's how I saw it too. There have been a few little hints about things that Durkon might use to regain control at some point. Seems like this is one more.

As to Belkar, my working assumption is that he'll sacrifice himself at some critical point near the end of the last book to save the day/world/whatever. Probably in some kind of parallel to Kraagors death. And yes, it'll be the culmination of his own character development arc.
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#657 Feb 22 2016 at 3:52 PM Rating: Good
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New comic up. Very nice tribute to Wrecan.
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#658 Feb 29 2016 at 3:50 PM Rating: Decent
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gbaji wrote:
But the remaining question is: How's Belkar doing? I'm assuming Roy's heading out now, and V's heading in. So they should run into each other at some point. I'm assuming, given the "jump from one scene to another, because they're all basically happening at the same time" format of the last 20 strips or so, that we'll jump back and see Belkar dealing with the door guard vamp guy next. Probably concluding with one or both of Roy and V arriving. Maybe arriving on time, or maybe too late. Dun dun dun!


Or... Their timing will be perfect. Poor Belkar. Upstaged by the second stringers (in his mind anyway).
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#659 Mar 07 2016 at 5:25 PM Rating: Good
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Ye gods...there's less dialogue in a Kevin Smith movie!
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I suppose the wraps up the last of the "Why didn't Roy do [this]???" reader questions from the Godsmoot.
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I suppose the wraps up the last of the "Why didn't Roy do [this]???" reader questions from the Godsmoot.


I had the exact same thought. Seems like the last few pages have been entirely about explaining why all the crazy theories were wrong.
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I suppose the wraps up the last of the "Why didn't Roy do [this]???" reader questions from the Godsmoot.


I had the exact same thought. Seems like the last few pages have been entirely about explaining why all the crazy theories were wrong.

Probably easier than writing actual story. Smiley: laugh
#663 Mar 11 2016 at 8:26 AM Rating: Good
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It's like the '60s all over again. Smiley: frown
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#664 Mar 16 2016 at 7:49 PM Rating: Excellent
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#665 Mar 16 2016 at 8:44 PM Rating: Excellent
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INTENSE GETTING A CAB ACTION.
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#666 Mar 22 2016 at 3:22 PM Rating: Decent
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Oh no! They clearly need some random encounters. Stat!
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#667 Mar 24 2016 at 8:08 AM Rating: Good
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Show, not tell. Smiley: mad
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#668 Mar 25 2016 at 4:54 PM Rating: Excellent
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Wordy-word comic

Guess I'm a Roy since I've been calling him Durkon throughout instead of a cute nickname
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#669 Apr 04 2016 at 10:02 PM Rating: Good
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#670 Apr 05 2016 at 8:23 AM Rating: Good
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Exposition, exposition, expositions, MEANWHILE IN STATELY WAYNE MANOR THE FROZEN NORTHLANDS.

Last page's name-off was at least mildly amusing.
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#671 Apr 08 2016 at 2:22 AM Rating: Good
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Aparrent necro-ice(?) dragon butt-plug in :

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Okay, Sonic Reptilian Unicorn does sound like a good punk band name.
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#674 Apr 22 2016 at 7:58 PM Rating: Good
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More of the same talking, mostly.
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#675 May 03 2016 at 2:25 PM Rating: Good
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Hah. Buddy breathing. Nice!
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#676 May 16 2016 at 3:38 PM Rating: Good
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#677 May 18 2016 at 8:51 AM Rating: Good
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Yay the roaches are back.
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New strip is up with MITD teasers...

-- Is a "beast"
-- Is ugly (attractive to goblin beastmaster)
-- Can communicate with canines (and perhaps other animals)
-- Isn't "owned" by Xykon
-- Is immature (in age, not just attitude)

MITD has also communicated before with the demon roaches but since those are constantly making 4th wall breaking commentary, I don't know if it counts as useful.
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#679 May 23 2016 at 8:00 AM Rating: Good
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I like that wolf's philosophy, where can I subscribe to it?
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#680 May 23 2016 at 8:11 AM Rating: Good
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I like that wolf's philosophy, where can I subscribe to it?
Any military recruiting office. Smiley: thumbsup
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Or all of Russia.
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#682 Jun 01 2016 at 1:24 PM Rating: Good
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Fun with socio-species politics!!!
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Not existing is the biggest problem fantasy creatures have to deal with. Smiley: frown
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If you thought Monty Hall was a jerk...
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#685 Jun 08 2016 at 8:22 AM Rating: Good
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I wonder what the shadow is going to draw, and if it's going to be influenced by the roaches.
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Xykon's "new" neck (in that now he has one) sorta creeps me out.
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#687 Jun 19 2016 at 11:45 PM Rating: Good
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Well, they...did something.
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#688 Jun 20 2016 at 8:59 AM Rating: Good
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Nobody cares about technical exposition right now!
But apparently exposition about personality is fine. Oh well, truthfully it was a necessary scene to show their inefficiency.
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And to explain why the world won't end while the Order is busy doing the whole Dwarf Council God Vote schtick.
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It was the best dungeon crawl in the world.
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#691 Jun 23 2016 at 5:18 PM Rating: Good
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Hah! sabotage!. On the other hand, they will go through all the doors faster this way. Good thinking MitD.
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I'm impressed he managed to get to the other doors without leaving prints.
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I'm guessing the MitD is the guy writing the comic.
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I'm impressed he managed to get to the other doors without leaving prints.


Which, of course, just fuels more speculation about what the MiTD is. Maybe he can fly/hover/whatever? Maybe he has really long stretchy arms? Maybe he has telekinesis? Who knows?
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Back to the blimp.
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That was a long way to go to get to a mediocre punchline.
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Can't they just go "When they get to the Dwarven city..."?
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Tasteful wanking joke.
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Second wanking joke averted.

Edited, Aug 1st 2016 2:24pm by gbaji
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Looks like they also averted making any progress.

I guess it's a long winded way to remind everyone that Vaarsuvius did something regrettable.
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