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    Yeah, I don't think Belkar's coming out of this alive. Of course, right when he started to get it. I do like how there really isn't much animosity between Belkar and Malack though.

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    I think I can say for certain belkar dies soon.
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    Heh. It would be sad if this is where Belkar is cross eyed. :(

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    I really like how Malack just keeps getting better. Wonderfully blasé!
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    Of course B will survive this. Didn't you just hear/read him say that whenever someone says something like that they win in a weird way? Him winning now is like a one in a million chance --- It's guaranteed!

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    Belkar, you're such an idiot... a lovable, nasty, homicidal idiot, but an idiot nonetheless.
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    Run, Mr. Scruffy, run! Go get the rest of the party!

    After all, Mr. Scruffy probably has more sense than Belkar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Armin View Post
    Heh. It would be sad if this is where Belkar is cross eyed. :(
    Well, that might be the case, but Belkar might come back. Let us not forget that Roy died as well, and got resurrected. Maybe the same will happen with our halfling ranger here.

    But I don't think Malack has any interest in killing Belkar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by homersolo View Post
    Of course B will survive this. Didn't you just hear/read him say that whenever someone says something like that they win in a weird way? Him winning now is like a one in a million chance --- It's guaranteed!
    The title of the comic does not support your hypothesis. Of course, Belkar could definitely walk away from this (Malack, at least for the moment, doesn't seem terribly interested in killing Belkar, per se), but just because he said that doesn't mean he'll win.
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    I'll say it. That was horrible anticlimatic and it was awesome. We see a more philosophical side of Malack, which is good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drakeburn View Post
    Well, that might be the case, but Belkar might come back.
    The oracle's prophecy was quite specific: Belkar will draw his last breath, EVER, by the end of the year. So technically he could be turned undead, however when he dies, he won't be resurrected for some reason.

    Also, sorry Belkar, there was no way you were going to win against Malack, he literally has years of experience, does NOT have the wisdom of a lemming, quite the opposite, and is probably the same level as Tarquin who has already whupped you when you had allies.

    His only shot at this point is V, Mr Scruffy or Malack being on a good mood and finding a use for him which does not involve killing him.

    But he's going to die soon even if he is rescued in that instance^^

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    Ah, Hold Person. Good ol' Save-Or-Lose.

    I wonder what will happen next...

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    Malack has no reason to leave Belkar alive either.

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    Sincerely hoping Belkar doesn't die a death this undignified...
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    That was quick... I guess Malak won initiative.

    My bet now is in "V saves Belkar".

    Or Malak raising him as an undead.
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    That was deliciously anticlimactic. Can't wait to see where this goes next!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scow2 View Post
    Malack has no reason to leave Belkar alive either.
    Quite true. His line, however, that his god teaches him "to kill that which he would see dead" seems quite utilitarian. If he has no need to kill Belkar, and no need to spare him, sparing him is far simpler.

    Man, I am really loving how Malack is not broadcasting his intentions all over the place.
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    Ah, hold person. Who doesn't love magic?

    Now, for the random ideas... Will Malack kill Belkar? Is Nale going to back stab Tarquin? DID BELKAR BRING MALACK TO -3 BY FALLING ON HIM?

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    "[Lord Nergal] teaches me to kill that which I would see dead. Not to send proxies in my stead."

    I guess I won't be worshiping Nergal, then. Murder by proxy is more fun.

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    oh? "Typical"? So Nergal is the comic relief of his party? I want to see the rest in action now
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    Well, that was quick. Nice going, Malack.
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    A lot depends on what he considers a "proxy" here.

    For instance, it's possible that a halfling who has no ties to him counts as a proxy -- but a halfling with a Geas to kill his worst enemy does not.

    I don't think this is how Belkar is going to bite it -- not unless he rises as a self-willed but controlled undead, anyway.

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    This strip willfully ignores class balance so much, it's almost jarring when Rich plays it straight.

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    To keep the prophecy going, Malack might reanimate Belkar as an undead with free will, but still is loyal to the Order (sort of). Bonus points if Mr. scruffy is why he reassertion his free will!

    Also, when I read panel seven, I actually thought Belkar had turned good, until panel 8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clistenes View Post
    I guess Malak won initiative.
    Plus somehow interrupted start of attack action from someone next to him despite Hold Person being standard, not immediate/free action - and despite casting spells giving AoO

    Hmm, wonder what happens next. On a side thought, is it Deus Ex Machina if Cleric does it? :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peelee View Post
    Quite true. His line, however, that his god teaches him "to kill that which he would see dead" seems quite utilitarian. If he has no need to kill Belkar, and no need to spare him, sparing him is far simpler.
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    Since Hold Person only has a duration of 1 round/level, it could be expected that within about 90 seconds Malak will have a very angry halfling on his tail. Again. Therefore, no, sparing him is not simpler. The utilitarian choice is to kill him once and for all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadebolt View Post
    To keep the prophecy going, Malack might reanimate Belkar as an undead with free will, but still is loyal to the Order (sort of). Bonus points if Mr. scruffy is why he reassertion his free will!

    Also, when I read panel seven, I actually thought Belkar had turned good, until panel 8.
    How would that keep the prophecy going? Or, rather, how would Belkar actually dying not keep the prophecy going?
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    Left to their own devices, Malack will likely kill Belkar and continue on, unless Nergal disapproves of random slaughter of halflings or something.

    But I don't see them being left alone for long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixie View Post
    Plus somehow interrupted start of attack action from someone next to him despite Hold Person being standard, not immediate/free action - and despite casting spells giving AoO

    Hmm, wonder what happens next. On a side thought, is it Deus Ex Machina if Cleric does it? :P
    Initiative win plus readied action plus casting defensively. It's not even that hard to figure out.

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