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    Heh. Love Belkar's reaction at the end there.

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    By broadcasting, "There is nothing Vampire Durkon can do that I won't try to spin as evidence he's not Durkon," Belkar sabotages himself more effectively than the High Priest of Hel ever could.

    I guess his Wisdom penalty continues to serve him ill.
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    Belkar cracks me up...
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    Man, durkula is rules lawyering the hell out of his ability to fool everyone.
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    Lots of plot justifications, but we did need them. It is nice to see Belkar being the perceptive one for once in his life.

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    I love how for like a week after every comic the forums explode with "WHY ISN'T THIS THING HAPPENING" and "HE SHOULD DO THAT" and then in the very next comic the Giant reveals "Yes, yes, I thought about that, and this is why." Well done there.

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    A clear explanation of why Control Weather will work, further fuel for Belkar's Cassandra truths AND one of my favorite running Durkon jokes. I love it.
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    Alarmingly, Belkar has a point.
    “Evil is evil. Lesser, greater, middling, it's all the same. Proportions are negotiated, boundaries blurred. I'm not a pious hermit, I haven't done only good in my life. But if I'm to choose between one evil and another, then I prefer not to choose at all.”

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    ...Oh, Belkar.
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    Belkar got a chortle out of me. Nicely done.
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    Belkar being the voice of reason... next thing you know he'll become a paladin of freedom in order to smite Durkula
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    Always listen to the shoeless god o war.
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    I see that someone's remembered a certain Windy canyon incident.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChaosArchon View Post
    Belkar being the voice of reason... next thing you know he'll become a paladin of freedom in order to smite Durkula
    That would involve V casting another 'Owl's Wisdom' on him, which, as we saw, prevented him from wanting to fight. Then he wouldn't want to fight durkula, and we'd be back at square 1.

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    Man, Durkon just can't catch a breath, can he?

    Because he's dead.

    Get it?
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    Well slap me in the face and call me a crazy man, I actually have a theory here.

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    Is that college Durkon in class? With Hair!?!

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    You tell 'em Belkar! Evil knows its own! . . I've never come so close to actually LIKING the little sociopath . . maybe the sexy, shoeless god of war yelp.

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    A lesson in theology, Durkon got schooled.
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    When did belkar become an angry guy in the forums? xD

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    Belkar's legs in the last panel look really strange.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nettlekid View Post
    I love how for like a week after every comic the forums explode with "WHY ISN'T THIS THING HAPPENING" and "HE SHOULD DO THAT" and then in the very next comic the Giant reveals "Yes, yes, I thought about that, and this is why." Well done there.
    I wouldn't bet all of my chips on that. Since this comic took a little while longer to get done than the others before it, I would bet Rich didn't foresee every good point brought up in the last comic's thread.

    Not to mention that Durkula's counter-argument is a bit of a stretch - Millions of dwarves dying of diseases or toxins is in no way, shape or form comparable to one deity-powered thunderstorm in a little corner of the ocean, where you could have a lot less than 100 casualties. Deities do not have so poor diplomacy skills as to say: "Oh look, Thor refused to let my cleric control weather THAT ONE TIME, I guess I'm free to unleash death and suffering on millions then, it's his fault". They wouldn't get away with that.

    I think it would be best to just move on with the plot and stop trying to justify the whole thing.

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    Is that college Durkon in class? With Hair!?!
    Didn't Durkon go bald at 15? That must be him in the dwarf equivalent of middle school. He looks just the same as he does now...maybe dwarves age fast?

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    I really do not understand why we needed a whole page to justify the concept "Clerics are allowed to cast spells."

    That said, the joke at the end was hilarious.
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    Belkar has a point. Since when has Durkon ever been prepared for an eventuality other than "someone needs more hit points?"

    Which, come to think of it, he technically can't be unprepared for, as a positive-energy-channeling cleric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oneris View Post
    Didn't Durkon go bald at 15? That must be him in the dwarf equivalent of middle school. He looks just the same as he does now...maybe dwarves age fast?
    i thnik he is getting bald, btw, which strip stated that he got bald at 15

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    Nice to see more on how gods interact with the world.
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    Ooh, Durkon with hair! And the vampire is clearly not paying attention to the outside right now. I think this confirms his arrogance will unveil him and do him in.

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    Poor Belkar. He's the only one that is not in denial
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