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    Fantastic, a reasonable discussion is such a novel thing nowadays.
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    It would seem that Tarquin likes/respects Malak enough to take his feelings into account.

    But then again, with a guy like Tarquin you have to wonder how much of this is really respect and how much is just playing along not to lose a useful ally/tool.
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    It would be awesome if in the book this is in. they had a bonus 2 or 3 panels about that Rajah. anything about their old group really.
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    And this is why Tarquin is so dangerous: he's calm, rational, and knows when to admit his mistakes, or at least soothe his friend's anger. Good update, though I'm still anxious to see V back (which probably won't be for awhile).

    Edit: Also, what Argok said; Tarquin has to have had as many whacky adventures as the OOTS, if not more, and what better place to show them than the books?
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    Wow, I must say I'm very impressed with the way Malack and Tarquin resolved their differences. A true friendship! More proof that evildoers can be reasonable people just like the good guys.
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    Ah, these guys are evil but reasonable…. a dangerous combination indeed….
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    So how much of what Tarquin said is true?

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    Well, this make sense. No way that Tarquin could have gotten this far without being able to get along with his team.
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    I would love to see how the Rajah happened.

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    Wow, 35 years of fighting? That makes Tarquin like 50+. He looks better for his age than I thought.

    And I really like Qarr's "Hey, I'm back" line for some reason.
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    I love the exchange between the two of them, great writing there Giant. Malack does have some cajones, talking to Tarquin like that. Now we just have to wonder if Tarquin' apologies are sincere or just pragmatism...

    And thus it is confirmed Tarquin wasn't fighting with all his skills...

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    I wonder who else read the exchange between Malack and Tarquin and immediately thought of the Emotional Responses article featured on this sight?
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    Ah, you gotta love when fictional characters behave like reasonable adults. Tarquin (and Malack, to a lesser extent) just went up quite a few points in my esteem.

    Also, this more or less confirms that they are trying to "pull a Belloq" and meant that stuff about just attacking to prod the Order into motion. Good to know.

    Incidentally, that "Thog" outfit does not look good on Tarquin without his mask and/or helmet.
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    Nale must be so confused

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    I'm positive that this is sincere, or at least sincere enough that it doesn't matter. Besides, it's much easier long term to actually befriend you're allies, than just pretend you are.
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    Incidentally, that "Thog" outfit does not look good on Tarquin without his mask and/or helmet.
    Heh, I thought it looked great on him. Gives a whole different personality than the red one (And the green one meh, didn't look good at all). The purple armor gives him some knight look, I don't know how to explain it. Like a mix of assassin and soldier.

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    I honestly can't tell if Tarquin's just showing off his poker face, or if he genuinely feels apologetic to his friend. I wouldn't be surprised if he's just using Malak, but at the same time, he may just as easily value him as a real friend and legitimately feel bad for his actions.


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    35 years?
    But aren't Nale and Elan in their very early twenties?

    So presumably Malak was already working with Tarquin before he married the boys' mother. Long time.
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    35 years?
    But aren't Nale and Elan in their very early twenties?

    So presumably Malak was already working with Tarquin before he married the boys' mother. Long time.
    we already knew that

    absolutely beautiful strip glad to see no more of the "Malack and Tarquin hate each other" posts

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    35 years?
    But aren't Nale and Elan in their very early twenties?

    So presumably Malak was already working with Tarquin before he married the boys' mother. Long time.
    Yep. And apperently, they can work out there differances easly, which is a far cry from the other old adventuring team active before the comics start.
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    Eh. Mixed feelings here.

    I do like seeing how Tarquin and Malack interact, and I'm curious about just what the Rajah incident was. I'm also glad to see Qarr is back. It'll be interesting to see what the only character completely loyal to the IFCC does.

    That said, I'm getting to where I really want to see things happen. Undoubtedly the pacing will feel much better in the book, but right now it's like almost no progress is made in each update.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geomancer View Post
    35 years?
    But aren't Nale and Elan in their very early twenties?

    So presumably Malak was already working with Tarquin before he married the boys' mother. Long time.
    Eh, I don't really see that as news. I always understood the timeline as, essentially:

    • Tarquin, Malack, and the rest of their team adventure together
    • Tarquin retires from adventuring and settles down with Elan and Nale's Mom
    • Tarquin gets divorced, takes baby Nale, and tries to conquer the Western Continent (talk about your midlife crisis)
    • Tarquin calls the old team back together for his scheme


    So nothing new there, except that now we have more of a guess towards what the actual years were.

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    we already knew that

    absolutely beautiful strip glad to see no more of the "Malack and Tarquin hate each other" posts
    Indeed. You don't spend that long working together to fall out over one dispute like this, even if it's a pretty serious one. (And for what it's worth, I'm pretty sure Tarquin is, for all intents and purposes, sincere here).

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    Character development!

    Also, I think Tarquin looks better in purple.

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    The dangerous thing about Tarquin is that he can be sincere and have an ulterior motive. He was sincere about loving and helping Elan, yet he also helped out his archnemesis. Even if he does plan on choosing Elan over Nale in the long-run, simply letting Nale live and freeing Zz'dtri is putting Elan and his friends' lives at risk.

    Likewise, I think he's sincere about being impressed by and helping Nale, but he is obviously planning something with Malack. So he may be sincere with his apology and be up to something.
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    No chance, it would require Elan and Nale to be the "reasonable adults" in Sabine's fear. Their jobs are completely safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forikroder View Post
    absolutely beautiful strip glad to see no more of the "Malack and Tarquin hate each other" posts
    Those posts are still going to happen. Personally I'm hoping that Tarquin was being genuine.

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    I loved the "Grown-ups are talking, Nale" line. I expected the usual ego trip from Nale at that point, but I guess he was so taken aback that he forgot about it. That takes skill.

    +1 to Tarquin awesomeness score.

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    Although I, too, wish to know what happened with the rajah I can see that it's probably funnier if we never find out.

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