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    Default Why lines 2, 3, 5, 8 and 11?

    If the 8 was changed to 7 then I'd think it was a joke about the prime material plane, but it isn't and the numbers seem carefully picked, so what's the joke?

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    Default Re: Why lines 2, 3, 5, 8 and 11?

    It's also almost the fibonacci sequence, the 11 just needs to be a 13. I think it may just be random.

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    Default Re: Why lines 2, 3, 5, 8 and 11?

    I'm wondering why not lines 1 through 5. Have the actions of the fiends attracted unwanted attention of 6 other powerful beings?
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    I'm going to be honest, "the Welsh became a Great Power and conquered Germany" is almost exactly the opposite of the explanation I was expecting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alteran View Post
    It's also almost the fibonacci sequence, the 11 just needs to be a 13. I think it may just be random.
    Oh yeah, you're right. Huh, I thought it was the Fibonacci sequence when I glanced at it.

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    Default Re: Why lines 2, 3, 5, 8 and 11?

    Quote Originally Posted by Flickerdart View Post
    I'm wondering why not lines 1 through 5. Have the actions of the fiends attracted unwanted attention of 6 other powerful beings?
    Nah, it's just their aunts that never stops talking. Those lines were trown into a container of profanuclear waste and shipped into the voidstone field on the NEP.
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    Default Re: Why lines 2, 3, 5, 8 and 11?

    They are just random numbers. There is no significance.

    Not everything in the comic has a hidden meaning.
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    Default Re: Why lines 2, 3, 5, 8 and 11?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant View Post
    They are just random numbers. There is no significance.

    Not everything in the comic has a hidden meaning.
    Ten gold pieces say there is a hidden meaning in this message.

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    Default Re: Why lines 2, 3, 5, 8 and 11?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant View Post
    They are just random numbers. There is no significance.

    Not everything in the comic has a hidden meaning.
    Thank you! I was afraid we were going XKCD for a minute there.

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    Default Re: Why lines 2, 3, 5, 8 and 11?

    Quote Originally Posted by Flickerdart View Post
    I'm wondering why not lines 1 through 5. Have the actions of the fiends attracted unwanted attention of 6 other powerful beings?
    well lets see................


    big freakin' lightning of arcane energy suddenly appears throughout the whole world and slaughters 1/4 of the black dragon population within like seconds or something?
    hmmmmmmmm..............kinda hard to miss I would think.

    I think Bahamut would also have words to say about this, he may be good but he is also a dragon to.......the The Dragon of Azure City's twelve gods also might be angry.......oh and their respective god-bosses of the underworld might be angry as well.........and I imagine a couple other gods, like a god of death or something, might be calling to.

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    Default Re: Why lines 2, 3, 5, 8 and 11?

    Ill bet you just rolled 5 d12 didn't you Rich?

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    Default Re: Why lines 2, 3, 5, 8 and 11?

    Rich, do you mean to tell me that Vaarsuvius pulling his hair back into a ponytail wasn't supposed to represent his struggle between good and evil?

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    Default Re: Why lines 2, 3, 5, 8 and 11?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant View Post
    They are just random numbers. There is no significance.

    Not everything in the comic has a hidden meaning.
    Well ruined a few hours of fun for me trying to figure out if there was something to the sequence, but still funny none-the-less.

    You could always change it to 13 just to throw people off in the print version of the book, and have some random NPC named Leo to make people wonder if there IS a connection.



    And where there are people reading thing, there is always a hidden meaning even when their isn't. That's what conspiracy theorists want us to believe at least.

    Also it still is Fibonacci as is. A section of it repeating....for those that want to make conspiracies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant View Post
    They are just random numbers. There is no significance.

    Not everything in the comic has a hidden meaning.
    Wait...is there a hidden meaning in you saying that there is no hidden meaning?

    Let's make, like, 20,000 threads devoted just to this topic.

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    Default Re: Why lines 2, 3, 5, 8 and 11?

    It is an anti-Fibonacci sequence that is relevant to unholy geometry.

    It skips 1 number, then skips 1 number, then skips 2 numbers, then skips 3 numbers.

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    Default Re: Why lines 2, 3, 5, 8 and 11?

    Quote Originally Posted by Willis888 View Post
    It is an anti-Fibonacci sequence that is relevant to unholy geometry.

    It skips 1 number, then skips 1 number, then skips 2 numbers, then skips 3 numbers.
    and you explain the 8 to 11 how?

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    Default Re: Why lines 2, 3, 5, 8 and 11?

    Actually, if you add the 8 and 11, then subtract the other three numbers, you get ten, which is obviously another reference to ten gold bets, and is neatly also twice the number of heads Tiamat has. Rich is simply obfuscating this for his own ineffable reasons.

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    Default Re: Why lines 2, 3, 5, 8 and 11?

    Quote Originally Posted by FlawedParadigm View Post
    Actually, if you add the 8 and 11, then subtract the other three numbers, you get ten, which is obviously another reference to ten gold bets, and is neatly also twice the number of heads Tiamat has. Rich is simply obfuscating this for his own ineffable reasons.

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    Default Re: Why lines 2, 3, 5, 8 and 11?

    Quote Originally Posted by Optimystik View Post
    Thank you! I was afraid we were going XKCD for a minute there.
    And what exactly would the problem with that be?

    XKCD FTW.
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    Default Re: Why lines 2, 3, 5, 8 and 11?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant View Post
    They are just random numbers. There is no significance.

    Not everything in the comic has a hidden meaning.
    How could You know?

    ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleverdan22 View Post
    Rich, do you mean to tell me that Vaarsuvius pulling his hair back into a ponytail wasn't supposed to represent his struggle between good and evil?

    Of course not! It was obviously law vs chaos.

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    Default Re: Why lines 2, 3, 5, 8 and 11?

    wait, how can Tiamat be on five line the same time?
    i know she have 5 heads, but she don't have 5 hands......so how is she going to hold all those phone at the same time?

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    Default Re: Why lines 2, 3, 5, 8 and 11?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant View Post
    They are just random numbers. There is no significance.

    Not everything in the comic has a hidden meaning.
    Or... DO they?
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    Or... DO they?
    No. No, they don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Rose Dragon View Post
    No. No, they don't.

    Sometimes, a cigar is simply not a phallic symbol, no matter how hard you want it to be one. It's tobacco rolled in and smoked.
    this strip agrees

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant View Post
    They are just random numbers. There is no significance.

    Not everything in the comic has a hidden meaning.
    Oh, you'll see! When The Giant makes some murky reference to these numerals a hundred odd comics down the line, I shall quote this post and LAUGH! The Giant always plans these things out, because he is a super-mega-awesome genius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbat19 View Post
    wait, how can Tiamat be on five line the same time?
    i know she have 5 heads, but she don't have 5 hands......so how is she going to hold all those phone at the same time?
    How do they even have phones then?

    If you accept they have phones, and Tiamat is still the bitch of all evil, then she can have bluetooth headsets for each head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant View Post
    They are just random numbers. There is no significance.

    Not everything in the comic has a hidden meaning.
    There are 88 characters in that two-line post. 88/2=44. 2*(3*5)+8+11=49. Minus 5 (Tiamat's number of heads) and we get...THE SAME NUMBER. My gods...it's more insidious than I thought.

    Furthermore, there are 88 characters. The 88th character by appearances is none other than the zitty goblin from Xykon's lair! The 44th is Jirix. Obviously Jirix had rescued the boy after he alone escaped the destruction of Dorukan's Dungeon, and now he has grown into a formidable Blackguard, come to take his revenge on Elan by killing the person he cares about most...Haley! In the attack, Durkon and Belkar will be slaughtered. But Haley will be unharmed, which is Elan's happy ending. In protecting her, V will say his actual 4 words, but not for Elan, but for himself, for he covets Haley for himself!
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    I'm going to be honest, "the Welsh became a Great Power and conquered Germany" is almost exactly the opposite of the explanation I was expecting

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbat19 View Post
    wait, how can Tiamat be on five line the same time?
    i know she have 5 heads, but she don't have 5 hands......so how is she going to hold all those phone at the same time?
    The Fivefold Mother works in tech support. She knows her way around headsets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flickerdart View Post
    There are 88 letters in that two-line post. 88/2=44. 2*(3*5)+8+11=49. Minus 5 (Tiamat's number of heads) and we get...THE SAME NUMBER. My gods...it's more insidious than I thought.
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    Not everything in the comic has a hidden meaning.
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