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#252 Oct 21 2013 at 9:37 PM Rating: Good
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Since I'm not too familiar with those particular rules, can you even dispel psionics?
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#254 Oct 22 2013 at 5:25 PM Rating: Good
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Since I'm not too familiar with those particular rules, can you even dispel psionics?


Depends on what rules you use. Standard rules yes, but if "Psionics are different" is used, you need a "Negate Psionics" or something like that instead.
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I'd name a T-Rex the same thing.
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#256 Oct 22 2013 at 8:04 PM Rating: Good
Really? Not something like "Stegosaurus" or "Kitty"?
#257 Oct 29 2013 at 8:58 PM Rating: Good
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Today we learn that being impaled by a tricerotops and being hit by friendly fire magic rainbow spray makes you somewhat groggy.
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Today we learn that being impaled by a tricerotops and being hit by friendly fire magic rainbow spray makes you somewhat groggy.


I think that was Miron who was hit by the spray, not Roy. But yeah. D&D. Levels. HPs.
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Today we learn that being impaled by a tricerotops and being hit by friendly fire magic rainbow spray makes you somewhat groggy.


I think that was Miron who was hit by the spray, not Roy. But yeah. D&D. Levels. HPs.


Roy was hit with the lightning segment of the ray.
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#260 Oct 31 2013 at 1:21 PM Rating: Good
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Look more closely. At the bottom of the face, and at the shoes.
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#261 Oct 31 2013 at 1:43 PM Rating: Good
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Look more closely. At the bottom of the face, and at the shoes.

I think you're right. The shoe colors are different outside of the yellow ray.
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#262 Oct 31 2013 at 2:03 PM Rating: Good
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You're right, it's the other caster.
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#263 Nov 05 2013 at 5:22 AM Rating: Good
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Mind Blasto!
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#264 Nov 05 2013 at 7:41 AM Rating: Good
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I'd always have a contingency spell active, too.
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Heh... Mr. Scruffy and Blackwing got mind zapped.

Durkon looks like he feels it but not to the effect of the others. Dunno if that's intentional or not. Actually, Tarquin has the yellow "blast" as well but no ill effects.

Edit: I guess undead are immune to mind affecting spells/effects so I'd suspect he'll be instrumental in fighting Tarquin (to keep him from killing Roy) and/or Laurin (who can't use her best mojo against him).

Edited, Nov 5th 2013 8:38am by Jophiel
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#266 Nov 05 2013 at 9:04 AM Rating: Good
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Heh... Mr. Scruffy and Blackwing got mind zapped.

Durkon looks like he feels it but not to the effect of the others. Dunno if that's intentional or not. Actually, Tarquin has the yellow "blast" as well but no ill effects.

Edit: I guess undead are immune to mind affecting spells/effects so I'd suspect he'll be instrumental in fighting Tarquin (to keep him from killing Roy) and/or Laurin (who can't use her best mojo against him).
Tarquin and Durkon both also have pretty good will saves, so that might be part of it.
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#267 Nov 11 2013 at 3:26 PM Rating: Decent
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Just when it looked like they were gaining the upper hand.
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#268 Nov 11 2013 at 3:29 PM Rating: Good
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Just when it looked like they were gaining the upper hand.


Huh. White guys can jump.
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#269 Nov 11 2013 at 3:39 PM Rating: Good
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I love how "punt" is a legitimate sound effect.

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#271 Nov 12 2013 at 3:06 AM Rating: Good
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Got him right in his triceretops wound.
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"Disjointed anarchy" pretty well describes it.
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#273 Nov 13 2013 at 2:58 PM Rating: Good
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Oh crap. Mentor occupational hazard time. Smiley: frown
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#274 Nov 13 2013 at 3:00 PM Rating: Decent
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Sheesh. With all those hints, that was a pretty obvious plot twist. I mean, we all saw that coming a mile away, right guys? Right...?
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#275 Nov 13 2013 at 3:33 PM Rating: Good
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That's the guy that taught Elan the Swashbuckler class right?
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#276 Nov 13 2013 at 4:37 PM Rating: Good
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That's the guy that taught Elan the Swashbuckler class right?


Indeed. And the last thing he told Elan was something along the lines of, "Next time I see you, I'll probably die so you can cradle my body in your arms and swear revenge dramatically."
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That's the guy that taught Elan the Swashbuckler class right?

Here's his first appearance. His entire "arc" is just a couple strips long.
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#278 Nov 14 2013 at 4:27 AM Rating: Good
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That's years in montage time.
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#279 Nov 19 2013 at 4:55 AM Rating: Good
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I imagine Durkon's entrance was like this in the comic.

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#280 Nov 19 2013 at 4:22 PM Rating: Decent
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I find it both comforting and disturbing that the sending spell is smart enough to know that "if'n" should count as just one word.
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And "wanna" -- Yeah, I counted, too Smiley: laugh
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#282 Nov 20 2013 at 5:22 AM Rating: Good
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Whoops. wrong thread.

Edited, Nov 20th 2013 6:22am by Shaowstrike
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New strip and you've never seen Durkon looking so cute.
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New comic up!

Looks like the book will be ending soon. Getting close to having the group securely together and heading for the final gate. Good time to wrap it up.
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#285 Dec 06 2013 at 9:22 PM Rating: Decent
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Looks like the book will be ending soon. Getting close to having the group securely together and heading for the final gate. Good time to wrap it up.


Considering how much time was spent on this gate (not even counting injury time out), I'm not sure how soon "soon" is. I wouldn't necessarily assume it's going to be that straightforward. I suppose it depends on what he actually wants to do with the whole "world in the rift" thing.

I've also noticed that the output has dropped down to just one comic a week for the last several weeks. For a while there, we were getting two a week (and occasionally even three). Not sure what to read into that, if anything though. Could just be that the holiday season is busy, so less comics. Or could be "we're getting near the end, so pace them out a bit". Dunno.
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#286 Dec 07 2013 at 10:44 AM Rating: Good
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Cat Fight! Cat Fight! I mean Caster Fight!

Also watch Tarquin cut Julia's rope and he falls to his death.

Edited, Dec 7th 2013 11:45am by Shaowstrike
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#287 Dec 07 2013 at 10:57 AM Rating: Good
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The Star Wars reference was cute.

I just chalk the slow down to the holidays.
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Tarquin's out of weapons (Roy got his sword back, lost his whip to V and just lost his dagger). Doesn't preclude him from getting another one I guess but he's lost what he has.

That's one cheaply made +3 rapier to get snapped like that. Julio gonna bite it so he can leave a sword to Elan? Or, you know, he could stay alive and give him one like he did last time.

Laurin has to be about out of points by now between all the portals, the disintegrates, the dimension door, dispelling Durkon's Protection from Sunlight, levitating the whip, etc. Plus she lost a couple levels from Durkon's attack. I assume V is scraping the barrel of the caster barrel as well after the assists with the army fight. Be more of a caster slap fight than a caster spell/psionic fight.
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#289 Dec 07 2013 at 11:18 AM Rating: Good
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Tarquin's out of weapons (Roy got his sword back, lost his whip to V and just lost his dagger). Doesn't preclude him from getting another one I guess but he's lost what he has.


Halley's Short Sword/Long Dagger is just lying on the deck of the ship right now.
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Well, it's lying at the same spot where his dagger should be (assuming he dropped it when he got smacked by Bigsby's [X] Fist/Hand)

[Edit: Indeed he did. Shows it getting thrown a bit but neither weapon is in the over-the-shoulder view of V facing Tarquin/Laurin in the usual Chekov's Weapon manner]

Edited, Dec 7th 2013 11:32am by Jophiel
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#291 Dec 07 2013 at 12:21 PM Rating: Good
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Based on the positioning in the earlier panels both weapons should be off screen between the top of Haley's head and the Raven who's name I currently forget.
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Laurin has to be about out of points by now between all the portals, the disintegrates, the dimension door, dispelling Durkon's Protection from Sunlight, levitating the whip, etc. Plus she lost a couple levels from Durkon's attack. I assume V is scraping the barrel of the caster barrel as well after the assists with the army fight. Be more of a caster slap fight than a caster spell/psionic fight.
Sometimes, it can be amazing just how much a low level spell can do. I'm suspecting it's more likely to be a case of clever use of game mechanics than a sadder repeat of the cleric fight several hundred comics ago, assuming V truly learned the lesson from the fight with Xykon a ways back.
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I went through the strips starting from their departure for Windy Canyon and V actually cast a lot more spells than I assumed prior to this fight:

From #836 (when they set off for Windy Canyon) onward:
(836) Fly (x4) on V, Belkar, Durkon & (whatever the dominated kobold was named)
(837) Fly on V (presumably the same casting)
(839) Greater Dispel Magic
(857) Passwall, Expeditious Retreat (Quickened)
(896) Bigby's [Hand]
(919) Stoneskin, Fireball, Wall of Fire, Protection From Arrows (V doesn't explicitly cast Fly so I assume he's still under the one from 836)
(920) Lightning Bolt
(921) Fly, Chain Lightning
(923) Magic Missile, Lightning Bolt
(925) Hold Monster
(927) Prismatic Spray
(928) Disintegrate
(932) Bigby's [Hand] (assuming it's the same hand handing Roy the sword as the one carrying him to ship)
(934) (I'm assuming this is the same Hand as 932 since it's minutes later)

Someone elsewhere pointed out that the Fly from 836 might have been a Mass Fly which would use fewer spells but take away a potential big boom spell.

I've no idea how many slots V has, but I wonder if the "25 spells remaining" was more bluff than truth. And I assume not all of those spells had practical combat applications. Still, Laurin apparently was indeed running low on psionic points


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Probably at least some bluff. V should be around 13th level (she/it used prismatic spray, which is a 7th level spell). That means V has somewhere around 26 base spells, plus maybe another 4 or 5 bonus spells. V also gained a ring of wizardry along the way, which doubles one spell levels worth of spells (so call that another 4). Still, barring having multiple rings of wizardry or some other means of enhancing her spell totals, she shouldn't be much above maybe mid 30s in terms of total spells per day. Given how many she had cast up to that point, she maybe had a handful left. How many of those were combat useful? Who knows?

V may also either be higher level than some have suggested *or* she/he/it has some other magic item/ability that grants additional higher level spells. For example, in just the fight against Tarquin and his buddies, V has used 3 7th level spells (that I'm sure of): Prismatic Spray, Force Cage, and Grasping Hand. Unless V has a ridiculously high int score (which I'm assuming is not the case), this would normally require being 16th level. So something is granting V additional high level spells.
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#296 Jan 04 2014 at 8:30 AM Rating: Good
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I don't know, Haley's skills met the ending requirement for me.
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#297 Jan 04 2014 at 9:10 AM Rating: Good
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She defeeted the villain ah ah ah.
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#299 Jan 05 2014 at 3:07 AM Rating: Good
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Darn. I was kinda hoping that they would confirm that it was an orange prism ioun stone that V's familiar stole. But that was a pretty entertaining ending for Tarquin.
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#300 Jan 05 2014 at 3:11 AM Rating: Good
I think that was just about the only way it could have ended. Anticlimactic, and pretty perfect because of it.
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I'm pretty sure the Giant said that it's not THE end of the book, but near it.

Just to rub it in Tarquin's face even more.
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