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    Huh. Any guesses as to what killed them?

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    Somehow I knew they were dead.
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    What the..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chess Tyrant View Post
    Huh. Any guesses as to what killed them?
    Xykon?

    Very recent, though. Happened within a day or two, just by looking at the corpse, assuming nothing.... odd.
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    Uh oh. Could it be that

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    The speculation that V's Familicide killed them all be true?
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    Killed or Mass Suicide or Illusion or Skyrim Draugr mode (looks dead but get up and kill you when disturbed). Doesn't look like Redcloak and looks like they've been dead for a long time (grey and beef jerky texture).
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    I see what you meant by "complex art". Great strip as always, Rich.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Halleflux View Post
    Xykon?

    Very recent, though. Happened within a day or two, just by looking at the corpse, assuming nothing.... odd.
    Plus:

    -Quickly: they were eating lunch when they died.
    -Flying: it didn't spring any traps.
    -Without casualties: they didn't appear to lose anyone in their attack.
    -Without explosions: no damage to the walls, table, or flesh of the dead.
    -Without animating them: given the 'no explosions' part, and this, it might not have been Xykon.

    One more question: why wasn't the illusion spell dispelled? Or was it dispelled and then recast by someone else, which is why V had such an easy time dispelling it later?
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    I think there's a typo in the second panel. Roy's complete sentence is "Agree." Missing a "d" at the end, I think.

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    My wife and I were reading it and discussing ... and suddenly looked at each other at the same time.

    That's got to be it.

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    Draketooth.... they're related to dragons... the entire family apparently died at once...
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    V killed them with the epic level spell.
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    Oh my....

    I have to wonder who did this? And when?

    No signs of violence. Bodies left un-zombified. No desecration or mutilation of the remains. Just a cafeteria full of rotting corpses that apparently up and died wherever they stood or sat. This doesn't really fit the MO of any of our current roster of villains....

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    Given that they all seem to have died a while ago, and that they are at the dinner table, I would guess
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    a member of the clan betrayed and poisoned the rest. It would be a fittingly karmic end for someone like Girard, who violently distrusted everyone except members of his family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Halleflux View Post
    Xykon?

    Very recent, though. Happened within a day or two, just by looking at the corpse, assuming nothing.... odd.
    Wouldn't they be undead if it was Xykon?

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    Hmmm... Dead for a while, I think, but not long enough to have stopped rotting and stinking...

    Couple weeks, maybe?

    In that case, I don't think it could have been Team Awesome Evil or the Linear guild.

    Unless the IFCC is involved, I think we may be looking at the handiwork of... another Side. Dun dun duuuhhh!
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    Nice subtle reference to Elan's former career as a herald.

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    Dang.. that ain't too encouraging..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kumori View Post
    I think there's a typo in the second panel. Roy's complete sentence is "Agree." Missing a "d" at the end, I think.
    Haley's sentence, and yes I believe so as well.

    Also, is OotS art content getting more and more graphic? First an implosion with sound effects, then a guy getting ripped in half, and not rotting corpses infested with scarabs(?). Just an observation. Nothing more to read into.
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    Well, none of them show any apparent sign of injury and whatever killed them happened very quickly, and simultaneously. They weren't poisoned by the food or anything, as some of them were apparently still carrying their food when they suddenly died.

    Other odd things: There are many insects, but both the bodies and food are apparently untouched. With so many insects, it seems unlikely that the bodies would not have been eaten by now.

    I'm going with "fake". This is some kind of standing distractionary illusion. Although "V Killed Them" is a pretty funny theory that would fit the potential timeframe. Doesn't quite explain how the bugs haven't eaten any of them, though.
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    I'm thinking that that is the case. I thought it seemed like an interesting but highly unlikely idea at first, but now it seems quite probable.

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    Hmmm... Dead for a while, I think, but not long enough to have stopped rotting and stinking...

    Couple weeks, maybe?
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    There's no way they died recently. The flesh is tightening around their bones, so they've been dead for some time now.

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    And now we find out what smells worse than normal humans.

    Option 1: Illusion. Put there to convince people to get out as quickly as possible, or lull them into a false sense of security.

    Option 2: V's familicide. I didn't think of it until I read it in the forums, but it could be possible. Seems like a stretch though.

    Option 3: Team Evil got there first (we don't know how much time passed between strips) and found a way to do that. Seems unlikely.

    So I'm thinking illusion.

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    Huh.

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    Wonder if what killed them is related in some way to Penelope's death. Someone silencing everyone who even had a strong relation with a Draketooth.

    Or yeah, could be an illusion.

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    Well... crap. Guess that's the Draketeeth out of the picture.

    As several people have mentioned already, maybe that guy who thought Familicide killed them off by virtue of being related to dragons was onto something after all. Between the lack of any obvious injuries, the fact that they've been dead for some time, and the way it looks to have been instantaneous for everyone, it certainly looks that way.

    Edit: Re-posted below.
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    Okay, I didn't see that coming.

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    That certainly seems to fit the available evidence best. Xykon would prefer a mode of death that involved more screaming and pain than these people seem to have suffered. Redcloak would have wanted to either animate or desecrate the remains. I don't think Tarquin, Nale, and their associates have the raw power to have killed so many so suddenly.

    It also makes me wonder if the Draketooth "tattoo" isn't a tattoo at all, but some physiological quirk of draconic ancestry....

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