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    Hmm, moving-stuff comic. Explained a few things, but not so much drama as the last few.

    Last panel was entertaining, though.
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    What? Jirix has defeated the arch villain himself?!? Who'd have thought he'd be the hero...

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    Hope we get to see inside the new fortress.

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    Eee! I got up early for this!

    ...I don't know if Xykon is really buying this. At least Redcloak seems to have assuaged him for the time being.

    Whooo, that's an impressive fortress. Thank goodness Xykon fell for the fake! ...He fell for the fake!

    So MiTD's probably been on the astral plane...

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    "No. No, I definitely did not" Heh, he certainly didn't

    Also, I give it five minutes until we see a "Demon Roach funeral" thread.

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    Beautiful timing as ever Giant. I'd hardly rolled out of bed!

    So was it a Xanatos' Gambit that RC made a duplicate phylactery knowing Xykon would stash it somewhere inaccessible or was it just luck and prudence?
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    Jirix and O-Chul will pay for their crimes against roachkind. The Abyssal Liberation Front will make sure of this.
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    Heh. Smartarse lil roaches gonna get whats coming to em. I mean you can only play Statler and Waldorf if you're not in reach of the main characters. Gross sound effect too
    I love how Xykon is being smart and proactive but still kinda childish and impulsive. His set up on the astral plane is clever but you know he made it look that ostentatious just so it would be totally badass

    And Giant you're just being mean to the poor MitD guess thread

    Btw 'Theurge for a snack'? BAHAHAHAHA best line ever.
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    Xykon's citadel actually reminds me of Apocalypse's extra-temporal fortress in X-Men TAS "Beyond Good and Evil" story arc. Sweet, combined with him calling Redcloak "Cyclops".
    Loved the MitD and demon-roach talking about Tsukiko, too.
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    RC got his defense as expected!
    But I guess every possibilities were expected xD
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    So, another chip in the "deeper thoughts for MitD" pile, confirmation of the lack of issue of Tsukiko's demise, a fanfiction reference, the plan for the fauxlactery, and the plot chugging right along.

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    "Theurge for a snack"...
    "Theurge for a snack"...



    The urge for a snack

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    Does anyone else wonder if Jirix is up to something? It seems odd that he would crush the demon roach like that.

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    Why Jirix killed the roach, specifically? Is it just a way to say "now I am in charge"?

    Edit: Nija'd. I still wanna know.
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    Thanks for explaining "The urge for a snack" ... ARGL, I really didn't get that one.

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    Cue further frenzied speculation on the MiTD thread. :P

    And Tsukiko fans will be pleased to note at least MitD cared! While Jiriz loses my respect for squashing one of the roaches. They could have been his lovable sidekicks!
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    Awesomeness on square! I love the revelation about Xykon's past absences, as well as his "I've crushed an uppity minion myself before, good job" line.
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    Interesting that Xykon wants to hide the fact that he gave the ritual to Tsukiko from Redcloak. Why would he care if Redcloak knows he's curious about it?

    Since RC got 9ths, I think Xykon is treading a bit more carefully around him.

    The MitD may have been on the Astral Plane before? What a clue!

    Interesting that the AP even exists in this cosmology, but I suppose teleportation etc. wouldn't be possible without it...
    At least Xykon won't have to worry about Githyanki raiders stealing his bauble.

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    "They had theurge for a snack."

    I bet Rich has been planning this line since she first appeared.
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    DUUUUUUDE Rich just missed a killer joke
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    That's what I've wanted to see, Xykon's reaction to Tsukiko's murder and RCs frank admission to it. Wonderful plot!

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    I own the Return to the Tomb of Horrors. I was looking forward to Kraagor's Gate, but now I'm REALLY hoping it all ends in Xykon's otherworld fortress!

    The villian should die on his own turf, and not a rental.
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    Bit of nitpicking: In panel 2, Redcloak should have said "And she kept waving around...", instead of "waiving".

    Anyway, I really can't believe that Xykon fell for the whole thing. I'm willing to bet Tarquin wouldn't have believed - or even trusted - Redcloak for an instant.

    Still, glad to see everyone on the move. I wonder what Jirix will do...

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    Fairly moving stuff. If it plays out, that is. Right now I miss Tsukiko. Silly as it may be, I liked having her around. Tsukiko's presence will be missed.

    Prehaps now we can move on to more of Xykon's plans? And see where he goes to next? Going on to the location of the next closest gate makes sense to me. Except that with Xykon, you never know.

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    I hope Xykon isn't being duped by this. He's shown himself to be highly perceptive before, without really letting it on, though, so who knows?

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    Doesn't look like Xykon is forgetting about it completely, though... I'm kind of reminded of Start of Darkness...

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    Well that explains what Xykon's been doing, epic genesis-like stuffs.

    Also, kudos to those who thought that Xykon was going to hide the phylactery in an impregnable fortress behind dozens of powerful spells. Which is sort-of funny considering Red Cloak's schemes.

    And another Kudos for those who thought that Xykon wouldn't particularly care about Tsukiko's Demise.

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    Interesting. Xykon doesn't seem totally convinced about the Tsukiko explaination, and I'm curious as to his motivation for denying his involvement: Is it to save face, or is it an attempt to conceal his intents towards Redcloak?

    The important thing to take from this strip is that there appears to be no trust between Redcloak and Xykon now. There may not have been before, but it feels more overt now. As predicted, Xykon is taking the phylactery from Redcloak, and also as predicted Redcloak has taken measures to ensure he still has control over it.

    My immediate prediction: The next strip will be the Order arriving at Windy Canyon - another aside, it's nice to get possible confirmation that Girard did give the true location to Sirini - and possibly being aprised of the phylactery's recovery. What they do when they speculate how heavily fortified they think it will be is a different matter.
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    I own the Return to the Tomb of Horrors. I was looking forward to Kraagor's Gate, but now I'm REALLY hoping it all ends in Xykon's otherworld fortress!
    Now that Xykon's made it? No duh.

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