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    New comic is up.
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    Oh WOW!
    That was comic genius. I did not see that coming at all.
    I love this comic...

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    That last panel is just wonderful. Shows us that despite all s/he's been through, it's still the same old V.
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    He... Heheheh.... Oh V, You and your runes.
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    Awesome. Again. :)

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    YES! Perfect, V, perfect!

    I wonder why Blackwing *is* just hovering there, though.
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    Fantastic Strip :)

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    It just goes to show, old running gags still work.

    BTW, is it me of did V's familiar have glowing eyes while it was looking at the gate?
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    Priceless awesome. and I was there right while it updated! Just my luck.
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    Way to vary the set up. Makes the old joke fresh as ever.

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    Boo-Yah!!!!!

    This is why I love old V.
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    Yay V,
    explosive runes for the win

    Simply awesome!

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    Haha, absolutely awesome, didn't see that coming.
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    So what exactly happened to the Bird? Charmed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bisected8 View Post
    It just goes to show, old running gags still work.

    BTW, is it me of did V's familiar have glowing eyes while it was looking at the gate?
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    O YEA!!!!!!

    That was sooooo worth waiting for.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Wolf View Post
    So what exactly happened to the Bird? Charmed?
    Seems more like Fascinated to me. There's no real side-switching, just a dazed look of confusion and obliviousness.

    This may well be some facet of the Snarl's existence that may not be explained for a long time, though.
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    Oh wait... Battle damage is missing from Xykon in panel 3! Quick Rich, fix that up before anyone else notice!
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    Nice!
    And the Bird has improved evasion!
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    Amazing, but will the explosion propel the amulet into the hole, or will it send it off in another wild direction?
    I can't wait to find out

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    Seems more like Fascinated to me. There's no real side-switching, just a dazed look of confusion and obliviousness.
    That makes sense. *thumbs up*
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    Sweet, sweet update.

    At first I thought Blackwing thought the phylactery was beautiful and didn't understand why he had to destroy it...

    Good old V.
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    So will the explosive runes cause the bird to drop the phylactery in the rift?
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    Discord, you avatar is absolutely lovely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Liwen View Post
    Oh wait... Battle damage is missing from Xykon in panel 3! Quick Rich, fix that up before anyone else notice!
    I have no idea what you're talking about. That battle-damage is there, and has always been there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gez View Post
    So will the explosive runes cause the bird to drop the phylactery in the rift?
    Welllll...
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    Explosive Runes
    Abjuration [Force]
    Level: Sor/Wiz 3
    Components: V, S
    Casting Time: 1 standard action
    Range: Touch
    Target: One touched object weighing no more than 10 lb.
    Duration: Permanent until discharged (D)
    Saving Throw: See text
    Spell Resistance: Yes

    You trace these mystic runes upon a book, map, scroll, or similar object bearing written information. The runes detonate when read, dealing 6d6 points of force damage. Anyone next to the runes (close enough to read them) takes the full damage with no saving throw; any other creature within 10 feet of the runes is entitled to a Reflex save for half damage. The object on which the runes were written also takes full damage (no saving throw).

    You and any characters you specifically instruct can read the protected writing without triggering the runes. Likewise, you can remove the runes whenever desired. Another creature can remove them with a successful dispel magic or erase spell, but attempting to dispel or erase the runes and failing to do so triggers the explosion.

    Note: Magic traps such as explosive runes are hard to detect and disable. A rogue (only) can use the Search skill to find the runes and Disable Device to thwart them. The DC in each case is 25 + spell level, or 28 for explosive runes.
    It looks like Blackwing, Xykon, and the phylactery are all due 6d6 points of force damage, with no save. (Sure, the phylactery's protected, but I wonder if it's shielded from force damage?)

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    I have no idea what you're talking about. That battle-damage is there, and has always been there.

    Well, that's just uncanny...
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    now thats just plain cool.

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    I don't recall Xykon ever casting that spell before, so I'm sure that will be added to his character sheet now.

    I wonder if Blackwing were to fall into the rift if somehow V would get a glimpse of Snarl before the raven was destroyed? I wonder what effect that might have on V?

    I wonder if Explosive Runes would be enough to destroy Xykon? Did V intend for Blackwing to delay until the lich could catch up to him for that purpose?

    Stay tuned!

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    That was so perfect!!! Just what I needed to wake up to!

    Ahhh... good ol' Explosive Runes. Is there anything they can't solve?
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    Oh Explosive Rune
    You'll send Xykon to his tomb

    Alas V and the Pally are left rather still,
    When will Vaarsuvius pay the demonic bill?
    Oh what a thrill!

    Shall the raven save the day?
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