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    Hahaha :D Love that - and props to those that called the "weird flight path of the phylactery"

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    Heh. "Obligatory sewer-themed labyrinth".
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    Wow....

    I think this is the first time I've seen Xykon actually pissed off.

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    Shi-

    If the soul-hidey-thingy goes ocean, it would be impossible to destroy it D:
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    That's... not a good thing...


    Edit: Wait... did the phylactary just hit Statue!Redcloak in the right eye? Brilliance!
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    Yes! Sewer-Themed Labyrinths!
    Love Redcloak's statue!
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    Sigh. I was hoping for some sort of resolution to the phylactery story.

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    AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
    Can't take it anymore, the suspense is murdering me!

    It's official, Rich Burlew is the most, the most sadistic webcomic writer that has ever lived!
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    Y'know, it's really hard to tell Xykon's 'amused' face from his 'really mad' face.

    Either way; run, V & O, run!

    And it hit the statue... in the eye. Cute.

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    Wow. Phylactery bounced off the eye on the statue of Redcloak that O-Chul cut out.
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    Holy fudge!

    I find myself feeling genuinely sorry that the phylactery wasn't destroyed. However, I wonder how quickly Xykon will be able to find it, if it starts flowing away with the water... (Would it be protected against scrying by Cloister? )

    Brilliant sewer joke, btw.

    But I don't like the way Xykon is looking back towards the tower with anger. This could be bad for our heroes...

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    Yay, and Xykon "lives" to fight another day.
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    Oh boy, V and O-Chul are in for it now. I wonder what Xykon is going to do with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kid Kris View Post
    That's... not a good thing...


    Edit: Wait... did the phylactary just hit Statue!Redcloak in the right eye? Brilliance!
    I noticed that as well, and thought it the funniest part.


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    The joke was really good, but I'm kinda sad that blackwing couldn't destroy the soul-hidey-place. And can't Xykon just summon the phylactery back to him? because that is the one gap in cloister isn't it?

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    A little luck for Xykon and now things are going to get ugly for O'Chul and V.
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    Now the question posed is what Xykon can or can't do if he regenerates at the bottom of the ocean.
    I don't think I've ever seen him that worried, though.
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    That is truly hilarious. Looks like Xykon might have to do a bit of adventuring on his own.

    Of course, if the Order ever wishes to truly destroy him, they need to find it first.

    And I think this is a much better outcome than simply destroying the thing. If it gets broken, he simply makes a new one. It's not like V & O have any way of realistically destroying him.

    If it's lost then he can't. Only solution might be to destroy himself and wait 1d10 days to see where he ends up.
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    That's... not a good thing...
    Depends on for who you mean. And a lot of other things.

    It's bad for Xykon - while it falling in the rift was potentially worse, there is no proof that doing so would actually cause him any harm other than having to remake a new phylactery. It might have destroyed him, prevented him from making a new one or something completely different. But it also very likely would just destroy it - letting him make a new one.

    Now? He can't make a new one - he HAS to find the old one, and my money is on some of those spells on it protecting it from even epic-level scrying and conjuration. After all Xykon wouldn't want anyone to be able to call his phylactary to them and destroy it at will.

    And finding it down there without scrying - good luck

    Of course it's also bad for everyone else. Now they can't destroy it - and if Xykon die I assume he will still reform near the phylactery, whether it's in the sewers or the ocean. While it'd be an inconvenience (pretty big one), he could just walk/magic himself back once that happened.

    Still my money is on Xykon not being willing to leave his phylactery out of his hands. He will HAVE to go dig through sewers and oceans, to find it. Either that or (if the rules are interpreted a certain way) make a new one anyway, which was at any point the most likely "worst" outcome for him anyway.

    Of course it's bad for V and O'Chul - assuming they are still held in the tower. Because X is pissed now!
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    uh oh. houston we have a problem.

    is blackwing dead? and what happens if xykon dies while his phylacthery's location still unknown?
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    Well, crap.
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    So close, yet so far, and so much unexplained. Is Blackwing alive? Where are V and O-Chul? What's the MitD up to? So many cliffhangers, the cliff's about to break!

    Actually, come to think of it...the person who comes out of this the worst is Redcloak. That IS his holy symbol, after all. Depending on how difficult it is for him to get a replacement, that very much depowers him until its recovery.
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    I actually don't see what he's so worried about. Only problem with having it at the bottom of the ocean is what happens when he 'dies'.


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    *Locate Object*


    Here you go.
    Minor inconvenance for Xykon&Co, unless Azur City's sewage is covered with lead. Liches don't breath so it doesn't matter if it's at the bottom of the ocean. And now, Xykon will ask RC to cast a word of recall on the phylactery...

    But until he finds it back, yes, skully has all the good reasons to be upset.

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    Once again Rich you have managed to thwart expected plot direction AND leave us begging for more. Hats off to you again.

    (The wait is torture but at least there won't be a pile of mechanics debate from this one, right?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johel View Post
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    Here you go.
    Minor inconvenance for Xykon&Co, unless Azur City's sewage is covered with lead. Liches don't breath so it doesn't matter if it's at the bottom of the ocean. And now, Xykon will ask RC to cast a word of recall on the phylactery...

    But until he finds it back, yes, skully has all the good reasons to be upset.
    You don't think some of those protective spells on the phylactery Xykon talked about prevents scrying and recalling? Would be kind of stupid if a random bunch of heroes could scry for his phylactery, then recall it to them and destroy it at their leisure

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    No mechanics debates? I don't think that will ever happen. Well, in the foreseeable future.

    What if I say something about pressure at the bottom of the ocean?
    I shouldn't, though; my knowledge on the subject is limited at best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by horngeek View Post
    I actually don't see what he's so worried about. Only problem with having it at the bottom of the ocean is what happens when he 'dies'.
    The problem is, he won't know if it has been destroyed by a random ocean/sewer monster in the meantime. He can't just "die" and regenerate at wherever the phylactery is because what if a passing giant crocodile chomped it, thinking it was a meal? He can't take the risk. And the longer he leaves it out of his sight, the more likely that scenario becomes.
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