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    The end. But not really. Like the panel design, to bad Thog is gone or he could mention it.

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    If you look carefully, you can see the MitD and what appears to be O'Chul together.
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    Not sure whose happy ending that was, but clearly not Belkar's...

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    Uh oh. Did Elan just get his happy ending?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StreamOfTheSky View Post
    Not sure whose happy ending that was, but clearly not Belkar's...
    Looks like elan's

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    Wait.... has it been mentioned that this is all rose tinted?

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    That's so sweet! But... it keeps spiralling into the distance, which means its receding (well, thats my assumption, grains of salt at the ready). Does the illusion cause nightmares later, I wonder? Or maybe someone needs to shake them out of it or they need to make a new save. Heh, or maybe by the time they come to, ACTUAL Xykon has arrived.
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    This is the most clueless I've ever felt from an OOTS update.

    Huh?

    I just don't get it.

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    Oh dear. I wonder how long they've been standing there enchanted, then.
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    Oh, nooooo! What does that mean?? I'm scared!

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    Only with Order of the Stick can you be left with a feeling of dread after getting the happy ending.

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    Of course, this so beautifully occurs entirely within a single swirly eye.

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    Poor Durkon - The Irony. If I were Belkar I I'd quit the party after this.

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    I wish I could tell what is closer to the center of the spiral past Elan riding a dinosaur. And whose happy ending is this with Belkar dead and buried? I'm really excited about what's coming up, but disappointed that this strip didn't advance the story a little more.

    Hopefully V will come in the next strip and start setting things right.

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    So, it looks like different panels correspond to different character's fantasies. Can we guess which one is which?

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    :) This made me happy. Even if it's fake. Sweet dreams for the characters we've come to know and love over the years. And it continues the veil over the reader's eyes which makes us even more interested and speculative. All that plus the brilliant strip design.. Thanks Rich!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dynneroth View Post
    I wish I could tell what is closer to the center of the spiral past Elan riding a dinosaur. And whose happy ending is this with Belkar dead and buried? I'm really excited about what's coming up, but disappointed that this strip didn't advance the story a little more.

    Hopefully V will come in the next strip and start setting things right.
    In order - reunion with Hinjo and Lien, O-Chul reuniting with MitD, Elan with what appears to be a large lollipop, and after that too small to discern.
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    I wonder if this counts as Elans "Happy Ending"?

    I found it amusing that Tsukiko was still there in this.
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    Interesting that they are fighting Tsukiko, since they don't realize that she's dead.






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    Thog love nontraditional panel layout!
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    Oh, that's gorgeous. Took me a while to get the hang of that layout, but I love it.

    So... is that Roy's version of a happy ending? It seems like one consistent storyline that runs through everyone's happy ending except Belkar's -- like Elan patching things up with Nale seems more like an Elan thing to imagine than something I'd expect from Roy. From the previous comic I had thought it was his version alone. But if they're all sharing a vision, Belkar's dreaming of himself dead too.
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    This is the most thrilling part so far, I'm looking forward to the next strip.

    I wonder what is happening to the order right now in real.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eurus View Post
    Oh dear. I wonder how long they've been standing there enchanted, then.
    This. I get the feeling a decent amount of time is passing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alysar View Post
    Interesting that they are fighting Tsukiko, since they don't realize that she's dead.
    I think that panel is Haley's imagination, since she in particular is the one with the grudge against Tsukiko, and she liked Thahn (and doesn't know he is dead.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaintRidley View Post
    In order - reunion with Hinjo and Lien, O-Chul reuniting with MitD, Elan with what appears to be a large lollipop, and after that too small to discern.
    The one after that has what appears to be Roy, V, and what could be Elan (red and purple mass, blue and brown mass, blond and blue mass).

    Also, it almost looks to me like MitD is shaking hands with O'Chul...

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    I wonder if this counts as Elans "Happy Ending"?
    Strictly speaking, Elan's story has to end happily. Unless he dies and doesn't get resurrected here, it won't count.
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    definitely seems like that is a shared vision cause several of those people Roy would have no idea what they look like (only that they exist at best).

    if this is shared Belkar being dead in it means he is likely the one to break them out of it, as the odd man out in illusions usually is the one to point out what's wrong with it.

    also some very awesome panels there, with a female puppet with banjo, mitd and o-chul.

    not sure why in the vision Roy would throw away the phylactery before destroying it pretty sure Xykon could regen in that state.

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    Even though I can't escape the feeling of absolute terror, that has been one of my favorite updates in a while.
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    Poor Durkon - The Irony. If I were Belkar I I'd quit the party after this.
    Well Belkar did get a spiffy burial monument out of this.
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    I like how, in Roy's happy ending, Julia is annoyed with him and Roy gets a statue of himself. I wonder if that's Roy's "realistic" idea on how things would turn out, his ideal circumstances, or a little of both.
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