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    Well, we seem to be losing a lot of re-occuring characters as of late and, I'd like to start up a little game. I would like to start a little game. A game known as the Dead Pool.

    For those who are unaware of the term or just have a certain red and black mercenary on the mind, a Dead Pool is a game where you take bets on who will be the next to die. There won't be any actual money up for grabs, of course, so the only real prize is bragging rights.

    Whenever a character is killed off, we will begin a new round of betting. Anybody who had bet on that character's death will be awarded a point. Then everybody (even the people who didn't guess right), will be asked to make a new bet for the next round.

    I'd like to set a few ground rules, though.

    1. a) The character who dies generally has to have at least ten appearances in their name. For example, if the Order of the Stick were to suddenly come across a Cave Troll, you would not be allowed to bet on the Troll. The characters you bet on have to have some significance.

    b) If the character happens to be very significant to the story and has had enough dialogue, I am willing to make certain exceptions. I will make it clear which characters qualify.

    2. You can only bet on one character at a time.

    3. You can not change your bet unless a character has been killed off. For example, if you'd nominated Belkar and a dragon were to swoop in and attack Nale, you wouldn't be allowed to suddenly change your vote to Nale.

    4. You are allowed to bet on the same person more than once. For example, let's say that you had bet on O'Chul. If Lien were to be killed off, you would still be allowed to keep betting on O'Chul's death for as many rounds as you wish.

    5. Characters who die in flashbacks do not count. For example, if the comic were to flashback to ten years ago and we saw Girard Draketooth dying of old age, then it would not count as a death. They have to die during the actual events of the comic.

    6. Characters who are resurrected still count as having died. If Jirix were to be killed and then immediately resurrected by Redcloak, then it wouldn't change anything. The people who bet on his death would still get the points.

    7. Multiple people are allowed to vote for the same character.

    8. (a) If a character is put in a dangerous situation and then later discovered to have died off-panel, anybody who bet on that character will be awarded a point upon discovery of the corpse. For example, imagine if Belkar were to get lost in the forest. If the Order of the Stick were to stumble upon his corpse several strips later and learned that he had starved to death, then anybody who bet on Belkar would receive a point as soon as his death is confirmed.

    (b) However, if this death conflicts with rule 5 and a character from flashbacks is discovered to have retroactively died, then no points will be awarded. For example, if somebody were to bet on Girard Draketooth, and the Order of the Stick stumbled upon his skeleton, then nobody would get a point.

    9. If two characters are killed in the same strip, then points will be rewarded to anybody who bet on either character. For example, if Blackwing were to be eaten by a dog at the beginning of a strip and then V were to be killed by the same dog during the last panel of the same strip, then anybody who voted for either V or Blackwing would receive a point.

    10. If characters who can't be killed by conventional means are temporarily destroyed, it will count as a death. For example, if Xykon were to be destroyed, then anybody who bet on him will still get points, even if his phylactery survives and he regenerates a few strips later.

    11. You are not allowed to bet on a group. You have to choose a specific individual. For example, you would not be able to say "I bet that somebody from the Linear Guild will die". You have to specify which member it will be.

    12. Characters who die in supplementary material do not qualify for the Death Pool. They have to die within the actual comic. For example, if "Haleo and Julelan" were to feature the non-canon deaths of Haley and Elan, then it would be ineligible for the pool.

    Specific Rulings

    - The Demon Roaches do not count on the Death Pool. None of them have any individuality or names.
    -The flumphs are also disqualified for a similar reason.
    Personally, my first bet is on Chancellor Kilkil, the flying Kobloid Chacellor. Because, well, he's a Kobloid. And he's been roped into fighting against Belkar. We all know how this story usually ends.


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    Pory: 1 point (Yuyuk)
    Ravian: 1 point (Yuyuk)
    ella ventic: 1 point (Yuyuk)
    Seharvepernfan: 1 point (Yuyuk)
    ThePhantasm: 1 point (Yuyuk)
    Giddon: 1 point (Yuyuk)
    PhantomDennis: 1 point (Yuyuk)
    Johanz: 1 point (Yuyuk)
    Cleverdan22: 1 point (Yuyuk)
    Dr. Gamera: 1 point (Yuyuk)
    Endon the White: 1 point (Yuyuk)
    Petey7: 1 point (Yuyuk)
    olthar : 1 point (Yuyuk)
    Squark: 1 point (Yuyuk)
    Orsen: 1 point (Yuyuk)
    GnomeGninjas: 1/2 points (Demon Roaches)
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    My vote is for Ian Starshine.

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    Hmm, this is a bit difficult - I have a very strong suspicion as to who the next major character to die will be, but a few less significant characters will almost certainly bite it first.

    So I think I'm going to go with Zz'dtri - I suspect the All-New All-Different Linear Guild is going to take losses up to possibly a TPK, and of all the members, I think he's the most "expendable" and thus most likely to die first.

    (By the way, it would make more sense and confuse less comics fans if you called this a Death Pool).

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    (By the way, it would make more sense and confuse less comics fans if you called this a Death Pool).[/QUOTE]

    I thought I was in for potentially the greatest crossover fanfic ever, but still I think this is a cool idea.

    I think that the next character to die will be Jirix killed in a fit of rage by Xykon

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    Hmm, I would very much like to suggest Orrin Draketooth, since Gate guardians seem to end up dead more reliably than their pursuers, but it seems he has fewer than ten appearances.

    Put me down for Uncle Geoff.

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    Belkar, for teh drama.

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    My money's on KilKil too, actually. Betting on someone who's going to fight Belkar is always smart money - the only question is whether or not somebody else will die first.

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    Xykon.


    Too soon?

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    My bet is on Yukyuk unless he and V work together in a new and exciting adventure like Thog and Elan

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    Given the situation presently, I vote for Jirix.

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    I'll go with Kilkil. I think Belkar will be happy to see him since he missed Yukyuk.
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    Rules questions:

    1) Is this limited to actual, on-screen deaths? For example: it's been implied that Girard might be dead and that care of the Gate has devolved upon his descendants, but we don't know for sure that the patriarch has in fact died. If we find out that he has, does he count as the "next" main character to go even though his death was likely some time ago?

    2) Since this is a world with resurrection spells, do points get deducted again if the character rejoins the living? What about if it's clear by the end of the comic they die in that they'll be resurrected? What about if they are raised as an undead with their own soul? Without? Etc. etc.

    ...Why yes, I'm an insufferable pedant in real life, too, why do you ask?

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    I'll go long and say Redcloak. It's unlikely, but I have a sneaking suspicion that his recent badassery is just Rich throwing him a bone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Pink View Post
    (By the way, it would make more sense and confuse less comics fans if you called this a Death Pool).
    I thought I was in for potentially the greatest crossover fanfic ever, but still I think this is a cool idea.
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    Yeah, me too (the crossover thing). The 4th wall is thin enough in OoTS already, I can't imagine anything would be left once the Merc With A Mouth got through with it.

    My vote is Kilkil as well.
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    Jirix is looking lucky today.
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    I'm tempted to hedge my bets with Chancellor Kilkil, but I'm going to make my choice for Zz'drti. Any bonus points for choosing how he goes? Gonna bet that V does the deed, but not by intention (rather by accident or fallout from a spell that is instead designed to incapacitate him).

    Cheers.

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    I'll go with Jirix as well, you'd get pretty bad odds on him considering that last we saw Xykon had his hands around his throat, and we all know that Xykon kills things just for fun. He's still a "winner" if Redcloak casts Raise dead, right?

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    By the subject line I thought we were going to talk about a Stick Figure implementation of Dead Pool, not a betting pool. I am disappointed.

    My vote goes to the flying lizard for who dies next though.

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    Gonna go for Yukyuk, since likely that's where the story will go after team evil, and once that domination wears off V's going to either work with him or kill him. And lets face it, people who are cruel to animals are bound to die.

    Edit: Plus he's redundant with Kilkil now
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    Mr Scruffy. I think he will die before Belkar. Hope I'm wrong but I'm placing my bet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ella ventic View Post
    Rules questions:

    1) Is this limited to actual, on-screen deaths? For example: it's been implied that Girard might be dead and that care of the Gate has devolved upon his descendants, but we don't know for sure that the patriarch has in fact died. If we find out that he has, does he count as the "next" main character to go even though his death was likely some time ago?

    2) Since this is a world with resurrection spells, do points get deducted again if the character rejoins the living? What about if it's clear by the end of the comic they die in that they'll be resurrected? What about if they are raised as an undead with their own soul? Without? Etc. etc.

    ...Why yes, I'm an insufferable pedant in real life, too, why do you ask?
    And another question: are we allowed to bet on a character that someone else has already bet on? Traditionally, in these things, that's not allowed, but it's RSLee's pool, so it's his call.

    If we can double up, I'll take Uncle Geoff. Otherwise, gee, hmm, not many decent choices left. I guess Lien.

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    Sure it is. Plenty of websites do this with celebrities, except you make a list of who will die within the year, and get points for each one who croaks.

    Anyway, I vote for Mr. Scruffy.

    More importantly, could we get a list of everyone's votes in the first post, divided up by character?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dps View Post
    And another question: are we allowed to bet on a character that someone else has already bet on? Traditionally, in these things, that's not allowed, but it's RSLee's pool, so it's his call.
    I assume we can, so Kilkil.

    If not, Nale, nastily.
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    Hm, all right, YukYuk for me then.

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    Tarquin. I said it.
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    I know that Belkar's time is quickly counting down. I also figure Kilkil will outlive Belkar, if Kilkil doesn't kill Belkar outright. But I'm going to go out on a limb and say Durkon dies next, and at the hand of Malack.

    I'm not sure who would cast Resurrection on him, because it's probably too soon in the comic for Durkon to be completely out of the picture. But we do know from the prophesy that Durkon only goes home to the dwarven lands in a short pine box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agnostik View Post
    Xykon.


    Too soon?
    Too late, actually. Much too late.

    I'm going with Jirix. I think Xykon will strangle him, but Redcloak will ressurect him (again).

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    I want to say Ian or Geoff, but they might be out of the story for quite a while. So I guess I'll go with Kilkil, but not because of Belkar's kobold slaying. It's just that, out of all the characters heading for Girard's Gate, he strikes me as the least important.
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    Okay. I've added a few rules in order to answer a few of the questions. I've also recorded the current bets in order to make it all easier to keep track of.

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    Entire Linear Guild! or at least Nale and Tarquin.
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