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    Woot! Elan is gettin more competent by the minute!
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    Everyone has suddenly become an extra degree of awesome! :)

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    I wonder how Haley will deal with that much change in Elan. Humans are notorious for not wanting the person that they fall in love with to change too much - and when it happens while they are separated (long distance relationships) it can estrange them.

    Just look at her bewildered expression in the last panels. I'm hoping it's nothing, though - and of course there's Elan's prophecy as a kind of safety catch.

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    Actually, I think she'll appreciate him telling her. The members of the OotS are often remarkable rational considering their status as protagonists.

    Anyway, nice touch with the Neutralize poison.
    Totally getting something nice here, when the time is right that is.

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    Fantastic strip. It had all kinds of awesome in it -- I especially loved Elan displaying some maturity, and Durkon's "Dinnae look down, dinnae look down, etc." bit was hilarious!



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    This time, for the "funny moment", Belkar is outshined by Durkon and his own Wind Walk spell...

    Also, it's good to see that Elan is becoming more competent!
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    Hehe, "Still unstylishly bearded I see" is great! And the souls do like Belkar's sense humour.

    So, Elan's getting more and more competent. Is that good? Well, probably.

    Edit: The more I think about it, the more I think Elan taking Healing spells is a very good way to show that he matured. That he grasped the significance and danger of what they're supposed to do. So yes, it's good.
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    Okay, so... bards get 5th level spells at level 13... if they have enough Charisma to get bonus spells.... which I suspect Elan has in spades.
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    Everyone has changed, be it mentality, hair, competence, erm... death, and soul splicing, whilst Durkon is still just Durkon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shades of Gray View Post
    Everyone has changed, be it mentality, hair, competence, erm... death, and soul splicing, whilst Durkon is still just Durkon.

    Bravo Rich, you get a beard shaped cookie.
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    Gotta love people who are afraid of heights with the power to fly.

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    Oh dear, now even Elan is outshining V (with his healing abilities).

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    Nice to see Elan get a bit more competent. Also, as a side note, it narrows down what his level in Bard must be. He also has at least some Dashing Swordsman, though, so that's not his total character level.
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    I think he finally put some stat increase on INT.

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    Way to go Elan: learning from the pain he felt from the past. This is just like Full Metal Alchemist. Equivalent Exchange all up in heres. I do wonder how Haley will react to Therkla though. And can we please get Roy back now. Quit stalling giant. Get Durkon to cast the spell already!

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    Another brilliant strip Rich.

    Elan is really improving in leaps and bounds.
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    Nice work Giant!

    Especially loved the wind walk part!
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    Wow!!! Go Elan! So this puts Elan's levels at now 13th level bard/1st level Dashing Swordsman.

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    lol great strip.

    Elan's development is really astonishing. Did he take "actually think about it before doing it" feat?
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    The sword of jealousy is hanging above Elan's head...
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    Awesome.
    I really love the way the characters remain true to what has been established over time, but they build credibly on the experiences the character undergoes. Elan's choice for his 4th level spell is something I would never have thought of, but it makes perfect sense.

    I wonder if he will one day use it to save someone else he cares about and will say "This is for you Therkala"..

    Elan's reaction to wind walk is perfect too, the child-like pure enjoyment of flying.

    Great work as always.

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    Hooray, fast update!

    Wow, Elan is actually planning. And his pick for the new 4th level spell is kinda touching...

    I loves character development

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojique View Post
    The sword of jealousy is hanging above Elan's head...
    It wouldn't be very wise to tell Haley too much about Therkla. But Elan and wisdom...
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    Poor V can't even get to contribute by holding Elan's hand any more. He doesn't need it now. (Figuratively, that is. Haley's got the literal hand-holding job.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojique View Post
    It wouldn't be very wise to tell Haley too much about Therkla. But Elan and wisdom...
    My guess is that one of the things she appreciates about him is his honesty. Besides, a story of one-sided romance is nothing to get jealous over, especially given how Elan handled it. Haley's rational enough to not hold it against him.

    As for me, I can't wait to see V's meltdown now. I could see maybe one more strip giving her one final put down, but I think this may have been it. Of course, she could just let it fizzle and release the souls, but with this much aggravation I don't see that happening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greywords
    My guess is that one of the things she appreciates about him is his honesty. Besides, a story of one-sided romance is nothing to get jealous over, especially given how Elan handled it. Haley's rational enough to not hold it against him.
    +1 On Elan and Haley: This is exactly what I wanted to say. There's no reason to conceal anything from your partner, especially when Elan refused Therkla. For me, there's nothing to hold against him and on the contrary it shows how much he loves her.

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    Way to go Elan: learning from the pain he felt from the past. This is just like Full Metal Alchemist. Equivalent Exchange all up in heres. I do wonder how Haley will react to Therkla though. And can we please get Roy back now. Quit stalling giant. Get Durkon to cast the spell already!
    At the risk of sounding too critical and obsessed with semantics, I think learning and being influenced from ones past is different from a rule that states: to create or obtain something, an equal amount must be given up.

    Back on topic, I'll just say, took the bard long enough.

    But I do wonder what the gamers have to say about Elan's spell choices.
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    Wow!!! Go Elan! So this puts Elan's levels at now 13th level bard/1st level Dashing Swordsman.
    umm... actually, Elan probably has way more than one level in ds by now. remember, it's been at least 3 months since roy ate it... elan's had plenty to do to level up since then

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    For me, the funniest part of this comic was the penultimate panel, with Durkon looking silently at Belkar as though the halfling's continued existence saddened him in some deep way.

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