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    It's an interesting timing that Roy failed to notice an anime reference just after his father's failure to notice a sports reference.
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    I just noticed Hel had longer hair before she made the bet.
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    That's because she keeps ripping it out when Uncle Thor wins another soul through dubious technicality.

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    Since the High Priest of Thrym is a half-giant, he lacks the elemental speech balloons that true giants have.

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    The High Priestess of Odin can channel her Lord without having an aura and without any noticeable "Zot".
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    When Roy jumps off the balcony to confront Durkon during the Godsmoot, everyone in the room is looking in his direction except for the High Priestess of Hodor (who is blind, like her god) and the representative from the Southern Pantheon, who is apparently distracted by Veldrina's pointing.

    Also in the previous strip, all twelve of the Twelve Gods' high priests send up a 'communication beam', probably representing how they work in harmony rather than having a defined hierarchy, while all of the votes of Western pantheon channel their power through the cleric in the center (presumably Marduk's high priest), reflecting how Marduk is the top god of that pantheon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElFi View Post
    When Roy jumps off the balcony to confront Durkon during the Godsmoot, everyone in the room is looking in his direction except for the High Priestess of Hodor (who is blind, like her god) and the representative from the Southern Pantheon, who is apparently distracted by Veldrina's pointing.
    Most of the priesthood of Hodor wear blindfolds to emulate their god, rather than actually being blind:

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    - but yes, that's a good point. And it's certainly plausible that the High Priestess is blind for real, since she doesn't have the blindfold. Especially since she's seen earlier with white eyes:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElFi View Post
    Also in the previous strip, all twelve of the Twelve Gods' high priests send up a 'communication beam', probably representing how they work in harmony rather than having a defined hierarchy, while all of the votes of Western pantheon channel their power through the cleric in the center (presumably Marduk's high priest), reflecting how Marduk is the top god of that pantheon.
    I wouldn't say it's undiscovered for me, but I love how Veldrina goes from not having the foggiest why she went through so much effort to even get there, to "voting" for the destruction of the world. I guess it's plot significant even rather than a mere detail since Wrecan deduces something from it.
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    I wouldn't say it's undiscovered for me, but I love how Veldrina goes from not having the foggiest why she went through so much effort to even get there, to "voting" for the destruction of the world. I guess it's plot significant even rather than a mere detail since Wrecan deduces something from it.
    Come again?

    Veldrina doesn't vote. She conveys the vote of the Western Pantheon--without having any control over the process at all. What are you saying Wrecan deduces as a result (of what?).
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    Quote Originally Posted by hamishspence View Post
    Most of the priesthood of Hodor wear blindfolds to emulate their god, rather than actually being blind:

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    - but yes, that's a good point. And it's certainly plausible that the High Priestess is blind for real, since she doesn't have the blindfold. Especially since she's seen earlier with white eyes:

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    I'm aware of that tradition, but yeah the white eyes (which you can see much more clearly in panel 5 of this strip) and lack of blindfold make it seem like kind of a giveaway for me. Plus, it's a nice bit of narrative ribbon that the strongest representative of a blind god is also blind herself. And now that I'm looking at that flashback panel, you can also see Heimdall and Mani's high priests waiting outside.

    Another thing about the Godsmoot vote strip in #999- the cutaway to the Southern Pantheon is, I think, the only time we've ever seen a ratfolk in any form in the comic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElFi View Post
    I'm aware of that tradition, but yeah the white eyes (which you can see much more clearly in panel 5 of this strip) and lack of blindfold make it seem like kind of a giveaway for me. Plus, it's a nice bit of narrative ribbon that the strongest representative of a blind god is also blind herself.
    You'll notice that Odin's high priestess is one-eyed and Tyr's high priest is one-handed. It looks like ritual mutilation as a show of faith is a thing in the Northern Clergies.
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    You'll notice that Odin's high priestess is one-eyed and Tyr's high priest is one-handed. It looks like ritual mutilation as a show of faith is a thing in the Northern Clergies.
    This being D&D, said mutilation is probably a pre-requisite for a feat or perk associated with the worship. E.g. "Odin's vision" "You gain at-will "see future" power. Prerequisite: Worship Odin. Have only one eye". Or even, a consequence of getting it: "You gain at-will "see future" power, but one of your eyes goes blind. Prerequisite: Worship Odin".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey_Wolf_c View Post
    This being D&D, said mutilation is probably a pre-requisite for a feat or perk associated with the worship. E.g. "Odin's vision" "You gain at-will "see future" power. Prerequisite: Worship Odin. Have only one eye". Or even, a consequence of getting it: "You gain at-will "see future" power, but one of your eyes goes blind. Prerequisite: Worship Odin".

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    That can't be true. If it was, the Lady of Odin would obviously have gouged both eyes to have it twice. Obviously.
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    That can't be true. If it was, the Lady of Odin would obviously have gouged both eyes to have it twice. Obviously.
    I know (hope) you are kidding, but now I wonder what, if anything, you can do with two copies of the same at-will power that you can't do with just the one.

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    I know (hope) you are kidding, but now I wonder what, if anything, you can do with two copies of the same at-will power that you can't do with just the one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyraltari View Post
    You'll notice that Odin's high priestess is one-eyed and Tyr's high priest is one-handed. It looks like ritual mutilation as a show of faith is a thing in the Northern Clergies.
    Another silly thought: if you are of a sapient species with more than two eyes (say, an Aboleth), and you worship Odin at this level of commitment, do you want to have only one good eye, or only one bad one?

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    Another silly thought: if you are of a sapient species with more than two eyes (say, an Aboleth), and you worship Odin at this level of commitment, do you want to have only one good eye, or only one bad one?

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    This point of contention was the main reason behind the Great Ocular Schism of the Church of Odin in the year 2756 of world 864, 326, 000, 345 . Loki still teases Odin about it sometimes when he's bored.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyraltari View Post
    This point of contention was the main reason behind the Great Ocular Schism of the Church of Odin in the year 2756 of world 864, 326, 000, 345 . Loki still teases Odin about it sometimes when he's bored.
    As it turns out, three worlds later, the schism was instead over whether it should be the top or the bottom eye that was the good one. After that, Odin refused to allow Arboleths worship him.

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    As it turns out, three worlds later, the schism was instead over whether it should be the top or the bottom eye that was the good one. After that, Odin refused to allow Arboleths worship him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyraltari View Post
    You'll notice that Odin's high priestess is one-eyed and Tyr's high priest is one-handed. It looks like ritual mutilation as a show of faith is a thing in the Northern Clergies.
    I interpret it as less ritual mutilation and more omeny myself. Like, Hoder's high priestess didn't choose to blind herself in that fashion, but the fact that she went blind (or was born blind) in her particular career meant that she was favored by Hoder, probably in a very literal sense as divine magic would grant her all kinds of workarounds for the whole blind problem.
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    An eye patch could just be part of the ritual garments of the High Priest of Odin. It wouldn't be the first time someone wore an eye patch over a perfectly healthy eye.

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    While that's a possibility, I am skeptical of the idea that a baby was born lacking a hand in the case of Tyr's priest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyraltari View Post
    While that's a possibility, I am skeptical of the idea that a baby was born lacking a hand in the case of Tyr's priest.
    Plus, you know, if that how the gods show their favour, how do they express their disfavour?
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    Plus, you know, if that how the gods show their favour, how do they express their disfavour?
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    I've often observed that Miko appears to have been born superhuman, with Strength and Constitution comparable to Roy's, Dexterity comparable to Haley's, enough Intelligence to make clever tactical plans, enough Charisma to use Lay On Hands, and at least enough Wisdom that Belkar was the one who immediately backed down while she was perfectly willing to compare Wisdom modifiers with someone she had no real reason to think particularly unwise.
    Huh, that would then make sense that she started as a monk, the class that needs nearly every single stat to be high to work out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kish View Post
    I've often observed that Miko appears to have been born superhuman, with Strength and Constitution comparable to Roy's, Dexterity comparable to Haley's, enough Intelligence to make clever tactical plans, enough Charisma to use Lay On Hands, and at least enough Wisdom that Belkar was the one who immediately backed down while she was perfectly willing to compare Wisdom modifiers with someone she had no real reason to think particularly unwise.
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    While that's a possibility, I am skeptical of the idea that a baby was born lacking a hand in the case of Tyr's priest.
    Well he probably lost it in some similarly thematic fashion. Sacrificing his hand to help capture a dire wolf or something, thus following in the footsteps of his patron god and showing himself destined to be a great priest.

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    Plus, you know, if that how the gods show their favour, how do they express their disfavour?
    Is it worse than the idea that good aligned gods would ask their most faithful to willingly maim themselves? Actually it's probably about the same.
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    I just noticed, that in #356, panel 4, Roy makes a direct reference to Hades. My gut says this is just another anachronistic reference to real-world culture, but given the canonical former existence of a god named Hades, might it have a more subtle meaning than that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aveline View Post
    I just noticed, that in #356, panel 4, Roy makes a direct reference to Hades. My gut says this is just another anachronistic reference to real-world culture, but given the canonical former existence of a god named Hades, might it have a more subtle meaning than that?
    Apparently Hades is a plane. Makes sense since the name refers both to the greek god and his domain. It does make you wonder if there is a connection between the two in OOTS...
    Probably not.

    The same probably goes for Tartarus.
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    Apparently Hades is a plane. Makes sense since the name refers both to the greek god and his domain. It does make you wonder if there is a connection between the two in OOTS...
    Probably not.

    The same probably goes for Tartarus.
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