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    Hmmm, guess there goes my theory that Roy knows what's up with Durkon. Though it seems he was suspicious.
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    Hrm, the chant at the end seemed pretty forced, but I loved the rest enough to make up for it. I cracked up especially at Durkon sending theological dissertations to the Thor writers.

    And nice to see Roy still has some suspicions. Even if, uh, he seems to have gone down the wrong road entirely. So close...
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    Should have been careful, a ten on a listen check doesn't mean you're hearing it right.
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    Uh-oh. Celia better watch out. Roy is a ladies' man.

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    No, Roy, you were so close and yet so far!


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    This is correct for the emoticon for the thread page. I mean... really... what??

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    On one hand, it's not like Hel is anything more than a boogy (wo)man that scares dwarves and northern followers into looking towards the bright instead of blight.

    On the other hand, I'd imagine there is a pause between sentences even in chanting. Though to Durkula's defense, he doesn't breathe anymore.

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    roy you idiot . it's like he'll need to die again (via sever blood loss) before her understands. how do you get 'hell' from 'Hel' when YOU WERE HALF EXPECTING HIM TO SAY HEL?
    also: what ??? i think belkir's stab to the head broke something.
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    Roy, you... just... idiot! Stop trusting the blood-sucking abomination!

    Way to avert the 'dumb fighter' stereotype dude.
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    *groan* at the punchline.
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    Now I wonder what he used to chant.

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    That was a pretty good twist during the last panel. But still, Roy should listen more carefully in order to hear that Durkon was saying "know" instead of "no". Since if this keeps up then Vampire Durkon has a great chance in actually accomplishing Hel's wishes.

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    I do like that Roy was suspicious of Durkon. Shows he is not entirely trusting.


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    I laughed at the "Theological Dissertations in the Thor comic book". Gold!

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    I actually facepalmed during this comic. I'm not sure if that's good or bad, but goodness gracious, Roy. You're killing me, here.
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    "Know? Thor won't!"

    That's a bit of a stretch...
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    Gah, just send Haley down there. See, this is why you send the rogue on the scouting missions!

    EDIT: Yeah, the chant definitely feels forced though.
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    You should have staked not-Durkon the moment he came back with grey skin and a new diet. It should have gone "Thanks for the help. Stake. Now let's find a cleric." But nooooooo, you trusted him. And you let him on your fancy ship. And now you're feeding the evil bastard hijacking your friend's corpse and annihilating his soul like a gremlin. You never feed the gremlin!

    I am annoyed at Roy right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaggerPen View Post
    Hrm, the chant at the end seemed pretty forced, but I loved the rest enough to make up for it. I cracked up especially at Durkon sending theological dissertations to the Thor writers.

    And nice to see Roy still has some suspicions. Even if, uh, he seems to have gone down the wrong road entirely. So close...
    Yeah, the chant doesn't do it for me. "Go Hel", sure that works. But "Know? Thor won't." Really?

    I'm going to assume it's deliberate. They stood around and talked just outside the room, and while Roy is probably about +2 on listen checks, Durkon is probably about +16 without any ranks (18 starting wisdom, 3 from levels, 4 from an item, 2 from vampire for +8 and then +8 more for vampire racial bonus to listen).

    Putting your ear to the door is probably only a +2 circumstance bonus, so basically, baring unusual rolls, Durkon hears Roy long before Roy hears Durkon.

    Roy should have sent Haley, who probably has move silently and listen both trained to 18 or so ranks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyCatPerson View Post
    I laughed at the "Theological Dissertations in the Thor comic book". Gold!
    Absolutely.

    I'm imagining Durkon writing these long dissertations and no one being able to read it due to the accent.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DaggerPen View Post
    Hrm, the chant at the end seemed pretty forced
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    Geez, guys, it'd be kinda boring for Roy to figure it out right away. Gotta have time to build some suspicion and suspense. Give it a minute, y'know?

    Also, looks like Andi a.k.a Andromeda is practicing ventriloquism in the first panel there.
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    Roy is going to be blind to whatever HPoH does for most of this book, I'm guessing. This is just the beginning of a loooong series of running gags....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaggerPen View Post
    Hrm, the chant at the end seemed pretty forced, but I loved the rest enough to make up for it.
    Well, it's entirely possible this specific chant was formulated in case he was ever subjected to eavesdropping. With Durkon's accent, and tendency to send dissertations to comics apparently, it wouldn't seem that out of place to an outside observer compared to normal expectations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Lampert View Post
    Yeah, the chant doesn't do it for me. "Go Hel", sure that works. But "Know? Thor won't." Really?

    I'm going to assume it's deliberate. They stood around and talked just outside the room, and while Roy is probably about +2 on listen checks, Durkon is probably about +16 without any ranks (18 starting wisdom, 3 from levels, 4 from an item, 2 from vampire for +8 and then +8 more for vampire racial bonus to listen).

    Putting your ear to the door is probably only a +2 circumstance bonus, so basically, baring unusual rolls, Durkon hears Roy long before Roy hears Durkon.

    Roy should have sent Haley, who probably has move silently and listen both trained to 18 or so ranks.
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    Well, it's entirely possible this specific chant was formulated in case he was ever subjected to eavesdropping. With Durkon's accent, and tendency to send dissertations to comics apparently, it wouldn't seem that out of place to an outside observer compared to normal expectations.
    I think those are pretty good ways to put it. This way, The High Priest of Hel is still praying to Hel, while making it look like he prays to Thor, and Roy's mistake isn't entirely his fault.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gnome Alone View Post
    Geez, guys, it'd be kinda boring for Roy to figure it out right away. Gotta have time to build some suspicion and suspense. Give it a minute, y'know?

    Also, looks like Andi a.k.a Andromeda is practicing ventriloquism in the first panel there.
    Sure, I can understand the story needs Roy to not realize right away that Durkon isn't control of his body anymore.

    But I feel that this particular instance is rather forced.
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    Yeah, I figured the awkward phrasing was intentional on Dwarfula's part.
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