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Matthew Morris wrote:
Now I'm wondering if the world in the snarl is a Pathfinder/4e/AGE/D&DNext world.

I've been wondering if it's OUR world.

Shadow Lodge

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Itchy wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:
Now I'm wondering if the world in the snarl is a Pathfinder/4e/AGE/D&DNext world.
I've been wondering if it's OUR world.

This is what I've always thought. It looked exactly like an Earth globe - continent shapes and all - when we saw it when the raven familiar looked through.

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Eh? Here's the strip - what part of Earth do you think it looks like? The closest I can figure is Centeral America/Africa, but there's a huge bay where Brazil would be and the Iberian Penninsula is missing from what would be Europe.

http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0672.html


Sebastian wrote:

Eh? Here's the strip - what part of Earth do you think it looks like? The closest I can figure is Centeral America/Africa, but there's a huge bay where Brazil would be and the Iberian Penninsula is missing from what would be Europe.

http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0672.html

It also appears to be in the midst of an ice age...


Shadowborn wrote:
It also appears to be in the midst of an ice age...

I think that's clouds, not ice.

Shadow Lodge

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Yeah I thought it was South America and Africa, just crudely drawn.


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Fight with sand elementel.

Spoiler:
Take that, you son of a beach!


"Suffer like my red chafed 'nads!"

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"Hey, I was right - hope does matter!"

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It's a summoned monster. All Roy has to do is outrun it for a minute or two.


Chris Mortika wrote:
It's a summoned monster. All Roy has to do is outrun it for a minute or two.

Yeah, but Roy really needs to actually actively destroy something working for evil.

He needs a "win".


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GREENHILT!!


Drejk wrote:
GREENHILT!!

... awesome.

"No."

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"It was... a telemarketer"


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And back to the fight


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Rich seems to be picking up the pace he's cranking these out lately.

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"I know right? It's called, "Suspension of Disbelief," Roy!" - Haley Starshine
... though admittedly Roy might be more open to such genre gags if Durkon was not a vampire.


Two mandatory semesters of archery...heh


Freehold DM wrote:

Two mandatory semesters of archery...heh

I remember my mandatory semester of gym in college. One of them was archery. Got chased by cows trying to take a shortcut back from class....


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Haley! I really need my sword back!

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Wow.

I... hate him, now. So very much.

More, I mean.


awwww.

Wonder what Count Durkula is going to make of that... thank him for the freedom? Heroically pull through and rejoin the order of the stick? Complete his master's last wish perhaps...


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Well, good for Nale. Exorcising his childhood demons may even improve his general disposition (Yeah, not really, I think ^^). At the very least this dispels the notion that he is a dunce who can't get anything right. Good planning.

Huh, I guess Durkon may undergo some changes in the next strip. If we go by standard vampire rules, he should be free of thralldom immediately.

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magnuskn wrote:

Well, good for Nale. Exorcising his childhood demons may even improve his general disposition (Yeah, not really, I think ^^). At the very least this dispels the notion that he is a dunce who can't get anything right. Good planning.

Huh, I guess Durkon may undergo some changes in the next strip. If we go by standard vampire rules, he should be free of thralldom immediately.

Even so Durkon may still seek revenge, Nale may not realize how much trouble he just put himeself in.

General Tarquin may react poorly as well.


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Lord Fyre wrote:
magnuskn wrote:

Well, good for Nale. Exorcising his childhood demons may even improve his general disposition (Yeah, not really, I think ^^). At the very least this dispels the notion that he is a dunce who can't get anything right. Good planning.

Huh, I guess Durkon may undergo some changes in the next strip. If we go by standard vampire rules, he should be free of thralldom immediately.

Even so Durkon may still seek revenge, Nale may not realize how much trouble he just put himeself in.

General Tarquin may react poorly as well.

Long-term planning never really was Nale's forte. :p But I think Durkon may have changed his mind about his priest buddy after getting forcibly vampirized. ^^

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magnuskn wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:
magnuskn wrote:

Well, good for Nale. Exorcising his childhood demons may even improve his general disposition (Yeah, not really, I think ^^). At the very least this dispels the notion that he is a dunce who can't get anything right. Good planning.

Huh, I guess Durkon may undergo some changes in the next strip. If we go by standard vampire rules, he should be free of thralldom immediately.

Even so Durkon may still seek revenge, Nale may not realize how much trouble he just put himeself in.

General Tarquin may react poorly as well.

Long-term planning never really was Nale's forte. :p But I think Durkon may have changed his mind about his priest buddy after getting forcibly vampirized. ^^

Probably, but Durkon can be amazingly loyal. So, Nale may still have screwed up badly. We shall see in the next strip.


Somewhere in the distance I hear a thumping bass beat and Freddie Mercury singing...

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Ok, what did I miss, why would Durkon be de-thralled?

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Matthew Morris wrote:
Ok, what did I miss, why would Durkon be de-thralled?

Oh nothing.

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Lord Fyre wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:
Ok, what did I miss, why would Durkon be de-thralled?
Oh nothing.

Ah, I was behind. Thank you.

Sovereign Court

Nale shows competence and succeeds at a plan? I like it, but what comic am I reading?!

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Uzzy wrote:
Nale shows competence and succeeds at a plan? I like it, but what comic am I reading?!

We don't yet know what Durkon is going to do. This can still blow up in Nale's face.

Shadow Lodge

Lord Fyre wrote:
magnuskn wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:
magnuskn wrote:

Well, good for Nale. Exorcising his childhood demons may even improve his general disposition (Yeah, not really, I think ^^). At the very least this dispels the notion that he is a dunce who can't get anything right. Good planning.

Huh, I guess Durkon may undergo some changes in the next strip. If we go by standard vampire rules, he should be free of thralldom immediately.

Even so Durkon may still seek revenge, Nale may not realize how much trouble he just put himeself in.

General Tarquin may react poorly as well.

Long-term planning never really was Nale's forte. :p But I think Durkon may have changed his mind about his priest buddy after getting forcibly vampirized. ^^
Probably, but Durkon can be amazingly loyal. So, Nale may still have screwed up badly. We shall see in the next strip.

Heck, he doesn't even need loyalty to Malack to have reason to thump Nale. The guy just encouraged the clerics to sic fiends on his friends - who will, theoretically, actually be his friends again once his personality reasserts itself - and that's on top of ... well, everything he's already done throughout the entire comic.

The one speedbump I can imagine is Durkon not delaying his undead existential crisis moment until after knocking Nale around a bit.

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Lord Fyre wrote:
Uzzy wrote:
Nale shows competence and succeeds at a plan? I like it, but what comic am I reading?!
We don't yet know what Durkon is going to do. This can still blow up in Nale's face.

True, but I imagine the conversation could go a little like this.

Spoiler:
Durkon: "You killed Malack! You'll pay for this!
Nale: "A little thanks for freeing you from thralldom would be nice, dwarf! Now, you can either attack me and lose, as I do have numbers on my side, or help your friends, who are currently under attack and about to die. Your choice."
Durkon runs off to help the Order, giving Nale time to escape or enact the next part of his plan.

Or perhaps Durkon goes mad over the loss of his master and smacks Nale around.


Some of the possibilities:

Vampiric Durkon saves the party (maybe he orders his own fiend to fight the Malack's one). There is also possibility that, depending upon conditions of service Malack's friend is already freed and gone. Or free and not gone.

Vampiric Durkon beats Nale with the staff (who knows what other spells it holds?).

Vampiric Durkon getting a blue screen of death... Or just random outburst of maddened realization of what he is.

The drow being smart enough to dispel Durkon's protection spell...

Spoiler:
But I think that Durkon will, er, unlive through the following events to fulfill the prophecy of {IIRC} dooming his homelands by returning there.

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Drejk wrote:

Some of the possibilities:

Vampiric Durkon saves the party (maybe he orders his own fiend to fight the Malack's one). There is also possibility that, depending upon conditions of service Malack's friend is already freed and gone. Or free and not gone.

Vampiric Durkon beats Nale with the staff (who knows what other spells it holds?).

Vampiric Durkon getting a blue screen of death... Or just random outburst of maddened realization of what he is.

The drow being smart enough to dispel Durkon's protection spell...

Spoiler:
But I think that Durkon will, er, unlive through the following events to fulfill the prophecy of {IIRC} dooming his homelands by returning there - posthumously.

Fixed it for you. :)


That's another prophecy... Not that they aren't complementing each other.


Regarding the blue spell effect at the beginning of the comic, I'm still not sure why my brain doesn't pick up on that dramatic cue that s#*^'s about to go down. In fact, I had the exact same reaction to the unexplained spell effect to this comic that I did to this comic. I went back and re-read the previous panels to make sure I didn't miss an explanation of the spell, shrugged and moved on, and completely missed the effect for the dramatic cue that it was, so I was plenty surprised.


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Honestly kind of surprised. Kudos to Rich for making a turn in a story that seemed to be going a certain way for sure.

1) Didn't think Nale had those kind of smarts; but give Rich credit for explaining the why's and how's. Given that Nale's been obsessing since he was so young makes me wonder if there's more to what happened between him and Malack than just Nale spawn-killing for kicks or pettiness. It makes think that, for once, Nale may have a deeper reason for his mania - something that may have been caused by Malack and Tarquin.

2) Thought for sure the whole Nale/Malack/Durkon thing would go on longer. It certainly gave it a punch to the whole thing that I didn't expect. I suspect Durkon may be back with the Order sooner than expected, but obviously will be dealing with his new "condition" for a much larger time in the strip.

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I am wondering what Nale is mad about, must be something really bad.

Grand Lodge

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Malack probably insulted his intelligence at some point. Nale doesn't let that go.

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Darkjoy wrote:
I am wondering what Nale is mad about, must be something really bad.

My spidey sense is that Start of Darkness 2 will shed some light...

Sovereign Court

So, hasn't Nale just dispelled the elemental?

He saved the OotS!

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Doubt it the greater dispel is almost certainly targetted and Redcloak summoned the elemental not Malack

Liberty's Edge

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I guess Malack didn't have word of recall prepared that day. How unfortunate.


Vampire strength+ Durkon's strength score + 2 handed quarterstaff= Durkon playing tether-ball with Nale's head if he wants...


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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Vampire strength+ Durkon's strength score + 2 handed quarterstaff= Durkon playing tether-ball with Nale's head if he wants...

Doubly so, if he has righteous, er, Thor's might prepared as usual.

Spoiler:
Had one prepared before confrontation with Malack but didn't use it because of low ceiling...

Liberty's Edge

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No matter how big he gets, though, he's still restricted to 20' per round.


In 900+ strips, this is the first time I've ever felt like cheering for Nale.

Simply. Awesome.

Now let's see what happens next. ;D

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