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    This last pun made me fell good inside !!
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    Love the title! I'm guessing it's a reference to the replication crisis in the human sciences.
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    As a DM, I will always empathize with Roy in his desire to have a normal Battle. As a PC, I will never not quip and banter even when fighting, even up to and including Deathworms, likeable or otherwise.
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    Wait, Durkon is Belkar's "buddy?"

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    Well, seems like Belkar at least stopped him from casting outside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calmer View Post
    Wait, Durkon is Belkar's "buddy?"
    Durkon has always been in Belkar's "not worth killing" column.
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    God, I love seeing the Order at full snark power. This is hilarious!

    And I love how the worm talks back to them while being stabbed.

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    Great strip, Rich! Thanks!

    I'm really loving this Deathworm! SO much personality! And Elan still managed to get a good quip in there!
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    I have been tracking references to games in the comic and we got a new one.

    Also I wonder if the deathworm put skill points into Profession (Psychoanalyst). I can think of reasons why he might.
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    Here I thought this worm wouldn't have any more room to be likable.

    Another horrid wilting interrupted. Will the day come that we see this spell actually work? Hopefully not.
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    On the notion that Durkon's very epiphanic victory over Durkon* can be reproduced if the O.G. Dwarves simply know about it:

    I think the point of this strip was, subtly, to demonstrate that it's not as easy as Belkar made it out to be, to take back control.

    It took Durkon a lot of thought and soul-searching (appropriate for an imprisoned soul, I guess, even if that's cheesy as heck). And even then, he only pulled it off because he had specific experiences that made it seem like a reasonable exist strategy (typo intentional), leading to nothing short of an epiphany - the kind of thing some people live long and die without ever having.

    Granted, the very next thing he did do was die, but, you get my point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ehcks View Post
    A foil is a type of sword used in fencing, similar to the rapier Elan uses. He's using it as a verb.
    I don't think that was the question; that pun has already been covered.

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    O.G. stands for "Original Gangster" and is a slang term for "original". In this context, "O.G. You" means "Gontor Hammerfell the mortal dwarf as opposed to the vampire spirit".

    As for "evil squirm", I took it as a play on "evil scheme". Because worms squirm.
    Yeah, that's how I read it too (as did several other people in this thread, I see). It's a pretty big stretch but nothing else made sense.

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    Something just occurred to me. My D&D days are way behind me, but isn't Horrid Wilting a mage spell? Wouldn't that mean that the vampire cleric that used to be the exarch needed to put some skill points into Use Magic Device or something like that (3.x was never my strongpoint)?

    What cleric build has skill points to spare on that? Plus, what cleric build has ENOUGH skill points to spare to be able to cast what I think it an 8th level mage spell? Is my recollection of the mechanics of non-arcane casters using arcane scrolls that bad?

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    Do they have to kill the evil death worm?
    Second this; summoned creatures don't actually die when they are killed, correct? They just poof back to their home dimension?

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    Is that death worm even evil? Just seems it isn't fighting back ...

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    Belkar’s heart is in the right place (that feels weird to type) but I don’t think a breakout will be as easy as it was for Durkon.


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    Time for the death worm to kick ass again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kareeah_Indaga View Post
    Second this; summoned creatures don't actually die when they are killed, correct? They just poof back to their home dimension?
    The worm was called, though, not summoned. Rules on dead outsiders vary per setting, I'm assuming his essence gets reabsorbed by his plane of origin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmc91356 View Post
    Something just occurred to me. My D&D days are way behind me, but isn't Horrid Wilting a mage spell? Wouldn't that mean that the vampire cleric that used to be the exarch needed to put some skill points into Use Magic Device or something like that (3.x was never my strongpoint)?

    What cleric build has skill points to spare on that? Plus, what cleric build has ENOUGH skill points to spare to be able to cast what I think it an 8th level mage spell? Is my recollection of the mechanics of non-arcane casters using arcane scrolls that bad?
    I don't know about UMD, but the linked site says that Horrid Wilting is also a cleric (water domain) spell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goblin_Priest View Post
    The worm was called, though, not summoned. Rules on dead outsiders vary per setting, I'm assuming his essence gets reabsorbed by his plane of origin.
    Was it called? I seem to remember some hoo-ha over HD limits. An alternative theory was 'Gontor opened the gate conveniently next to Hel, she conveniently tossed LDW through, thereby avoiding HD limits'
    Somehow I'm doubting LDW will survive this encounter, likeable as it is.

    Also had a realisation with what Belkar was attempting. Having learnt the Power of Introspection, he's now trying to wield it like a cudgel.
    'Yeah I could stab you... Or I could MAKE YOU PONDER! Eh? Eh? Why isn't it working on you!?'

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    Great strip. I must say, Belkar trying to defeat a vampire using feelings is not something that I ever expected to see. He had such straight face when doing it to! He was actually trying to solve a battle non-violently.
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    "did i ask you, giant death worm?"

    LOOOOOOOOOL i love it. the death worm is actually a great character too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calmer View Post
    Wait, Durkon is Belkar's "buddy?"
    Huh, I guess he's Neutral now.

    But seriously, I suppose if illusory Belkar would refer to Vaarsuvius as "Elf buddy" without V correcting him, actual Belkar referring to Durkon as a buddy after everything they've been through to this point makes sense.

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    Why did Rock Priest Guy even have a scroll of Horrid Wilting to begin with? 🤔

    Also, did Gontula even attempt to dominate Belkar (who doesn't have his amulet activated)? It's like he's not even trying!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reboot View Post
    Why did Rock Priest Guy even have a scroll of Horrid Wilting to begin with? 🤔
    I guess it could come in handy.

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    Also, did Gontula even attempt to dominate Belkar (who doesn't have his amulet activated)? It's like he's not even trying!
    Any face (or other part) he poked through the anti-magic screen would get double-stabbed. He’s safe but ineffective inside the middle chamber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Castiel1 View Post
    Great strip. I must say, Belkar trying to defeat a vampire using feelings is not something that I ever expected to see. He had such straight face when doing it to! He was actually trying to solve a battle non-violently.
    The orange barrier prevents a direct attack. Well Belkar could throw a knife, but then he couldn't retrieve it.

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    Why did Rock Priest Guy even have a scroll of Horrid Wilting to begin with? 🤔
    He has whatever scrolls are needed for the plot.

    Also, did Gontula even attempt to dominate Belkar (who doesn't have his amulet activated)? It's like he's not even trying!
    The orange barrier would also prevent that. Yeah I had the same thought and wondered if the Cloak Clasp had been activated without us seeing its aura. That is, until I remembered about the barrier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reboot View Post
    Why did Rock Priest Guy even have a scroll of Horrid Wilting to begin with? 🤔

    Also, did Gontula even attempt to dominate Belkar (who doesn't have his amulet activated)? It's like he's not even trying!
    Domination gaze requires a standard action that Gontor's vampire spent trying to cast its scroll. And it probably also requires line of effect, which would be blocked by the orange barrier.
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    Do we HAVE to kill the death worm? He's too much fun.
    Just a heads-up: That coffee we gave you earlier had fluorescent calcium in it so we can track the neuronal activity in your brain. There's a slight chance the calcium could harden and vitrify your frontal lobe. Anyway, don't stress yourself thinking about it. I'm serious. Visualizing the scenario while under stress actually triggers the reaction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yxylu View Post
    Any face (or other part) he poked through the anti-magic screen would get double-stabbed. He’s safe but ineffective inside the middle chamber.
    It's a fair cop.

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