I'm a little surprised since I thought Z's teeth getting knocked out last strip was setting up Z for some failed spellcasting... not that
I don't know the 3.5 or 4th ed rules well enough to really get my mind around it but I guess Durkon used to be able to cast a certain amount of heals just as a "good cleric" without specifically memorizing Cure X Wounds
? And now as a vampire cleric powered with negative energy those spells are Inflict X Wounds
instead. So supposedly he could still use his other slots to specifically memorize healing spells though at the expense of other spells he could have memorized. Malack heals V in this strip
although it's uncertain if that was through his staff (which Durkon has anyway) or a specifically memorized healing spell.
Nice of Durkon and Roy to have a chat while Belkar and Hayley are being asphyxiated
Although everyone was "Oh, Nale was so underestimated!" when he killed Malack, the end result seems to be that he was the same old putz in the end. He failed to secure the Gate, lost/killed the group's cleric, got the wizard killed, gave the OotS a vampire cleric who is likely more powerful than Malack was (if less versed in being a vampire), failed to kill the OotS and... well, aside from his own personal gain in killing Malack he basically screwed the whole thing up about as badly as anyone could imagine. Edited, Aug 5th 2013 9:59pm by Jophiel