What spell is Z'zdtri trying to cast ? Ghostwind ?
Also, how long will that banishment last ?
Z'zdtri's trying to cast Gust of Wind, but is deaf and missed the roll, so it got mispronounced and fizzled. At first I thought Z'zdtri suddenly had an accent, but when I realized that it was indicating the reason for failure I became even more impressed with the level of detail Rich provides. Incredible!
The banishment last 24 hours. And then the banishee still needs to find a way back - they don't automatically return. As far as I know, Sabine can pretty much go back and forth at will, but she could get delayed somehow. But it's at least 24 hours.
Great strip! It's nice to see the Order kicking some butt for once, and using some clever strategy to boot. I also can't help but notice Kilkil is nowhere to be seen here, and while I doubt he's dead, he is almost certainly down for the count.
So does this mean that Nale, Belkar, and - assuming he wasn't blinded - Zz'dtri are all exactly equal in level to Durkon? As for Elan's role in this, he does have some illusion magic, and the traps were meant to be supplemented by illusions. I wonder if he can cast anything complex enough to be of any use in that regard.
According to the Thread, that would pin Durkon at a minimum of 15th-level, meaning that he's leveled up twice between #556 and now.
Is there anything in that strip that pegs Durkon as exactly level 13, rather than at least level 13? The only evidence I've seen is that he tried to cast Holy Word there, which would be evidence that he's 13 or higher.
Nale should have cast Charm Person instead of Suggestion. Then Belkar would at least regard him as an ally.
How is it that Z'zdtri can't cast spells while deafened, but Nale can?
If Nale is deaf, how can he hear Belkar say "WHAT?"
Why is a succubus, an ancient being of pure evil, in love with a mortal? Sabine is a shapeshifter, she only appears fair in form because she wants to.
Deafened means you get an automatic 20% failure chance applied to spells with verbal components.
Nale does not hear Belkar say what. He's repeating himself about attacking the dwarf because Belkar continued to attack Nale.
Because Sabine might not merely be a stereotype?
Belkar's use in this one is absolutely perfect. Definitely with Roy on this being a feature and not a bug.
Originally Posted by The Giant
Fantasy literature is ONLY worthwhile for what it can tell us about the real world; everything else is petty escapism.
Originally Posted by The Giant
No author should have to take the time to say, "This little girl ISN'T evil, folks!" in order for the reader to understand that. It should be assumed that no first graders are irredeemably Evil unless the text tells you they are.
Okay, that is just beautiful. Banished Sabine, deafened Z & Nale, and paralyzed or worse the kobold. So it's basically the Order vs Tarquin and a non-casting Nale, with the occasional spell from a caster getting through. I think they can handle that fairly well, if Roy planned the next few rounds as well as he did thus far.
That Belkar is also deafened is just icing on the cake. ^.^
(Oh, and Z is trying to cast Gust of Wind, as Nale ordered before the holy word.)
Originally Posted by ti'esar
I just want to say that if this isn't the weirdest line of argument I've seen this thread take yet, it's not for lack of trying.
Also, doesn't Sabine's banishment give anyone else the feeling that Nale's days are done? I'm not sure anyone left is going to want him alive. Tarquin's losing patience already.
Oh yeah, definitely. After the banishment scene, I was reading the comic with that very anticipation. Nale's schtick has largely played itself out, the dude is clearly outclassed both by the good guys and the more competent baddie on his own team (in name only), and is currently running around like a chicken with his head cut off as the one person who was really watching out for his back has been taken away with some frankly ominous parting words. One way or another, I suspect he's gonna be taken out of commission by the time the arc's done.