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    Being high level does indeed open up a new can of worms. I wonder what level they're currently sitting at...
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    Considering Vaarsuvius has cast an eighth-level spell once, I'd guess 16. Access to 9th-level spells is enough of a big deal that I'll be surprised if it goes unheralded when Rich decides Vaarsuvius/Resurrected-Durkon are 17.
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    Default Re: OOTS #1052 - The Discussion Thread

    This was a fun strip, complete with some slapstick humor at the end.

    Particularly liked the new term: windowfolk. Blackwing as comic relief played well in this one.

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    Nice callback to their first dungeon adventure. Although, now the OoTS is high level, they are on quest to save the world... As the saying goes: "low level, little worries".
    But I admit that casually taking out 4 frost giants at once is definitely one of the upsides.
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    Nice! Blackwing, Vaarsuvius and Hailey make for a good "Three Stooges" comedy trio.
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    Are those Windowfolk we see in panel 11?

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    I like the thought that Blackwing always knows where Vaarsuvius is because he constantly is hearing their voice. Haley is too stealthy for her own good.


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    Um I know it's generally not funny once someone explains it to you but...

    What does the punchline of "high elevation windowfolk" even mean? D:

    I dun geddit. Me dumdum fighter.

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    I love the smell of full attack/ greater invisibility/ sneak attack in the morning.

    Kind of how I expected this panel to play out, but the windowfolk gag was the unexpected cherry on the top.

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    Hmm, are High-Elevation Windowfolk in the Monster Manual? I imagine those must be like a bird's version of the boogeyman, or a scary tale told around birdy campfires.

    "The sparrow thought she was out of danger, then BAM! And the next day, all they found was a tuft of feathers and a shard of glass..."

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    For the win, Haley! I wasn't that surprised. Roy wasn't either. Suck it, Frost Giants! The raven's line was great. :)

    Putting all those buff spells on Haley was brilliant. Again, V owns the battlefield. Good for him/her. Every time, magic will win the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sianthus View Post
    Um I know it's generally not funny once someone explains it to you but...

    What does the punchline of "high elevation windowfolk" even mean? D:

    I dun geddit. Me dumdum fighter.
    D&D has something of a tradition (at least, once it stopped referring to lizardmen etc) of humanoids-who-share-characteristics-with-Earth-animals being, for example Lizardfolk, Catfolk, Zebrafolk etc. Invisible humanoids who are flown into by distracted birds are thus being referred to as Windowfolk (and high-elevation because they are high up).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sianthus View Post
    Um I know it's generally not funny once someone explains it to you but...

    What does the punchline of "high elevation windowfolk" even mean? D:

    I dun geddit. Me dumdum fighter.
    Blackwing is saying that birds run into perfectly transparent high-up windows. Haley is a humanoid perfectly transparent window--thus, a windowfolk.
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    OMG I feel so early

    Also XD, typical V

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sianthus View Post
    Um I know it's generally not funny once someone explains it to you but...

    What does the punchline of "high elevation windowfolk" even mean? D:

    I dun geddit. Me dumdum fighter.
    I'm relieved I'm not alone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightcanon View Post
    D&D has something of a tradition (at least, once it stopped referring to lizardmen etc) of humanoids-who-share-characteristics-with-Earth-animals being, for example Lizardfolk, Catfolk, Zebrafolk etc. Invisible humanoids who are flown into by distracted birds are thus being referred to as Windowfolk (and high-elevation because they are high up).
    Thanks to you and Kish for the explanation

    Now that I get it, it's fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yxylu View Post
    Are those Windowfolk we see in panel 11?
    Nice call-back. I'm sure Blackwing saw through this immediately.

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    Ah, yes. Blackwing flying into Haley makes for an excellent difference in kind from the dramatic tension the past few strips have been building up.

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    Hahaha. Oh poor blackwing. Also a nice little oblique reference to how at the gaming table people who's characters are invisible won't actually run into each other from what i hear.

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    If this keeps up, then there shouldn't be any more problems from this encounter which is great.

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    The little licks of flame on the giants is a nice touch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peelee View Post
    The little licks of flame on the giants is a nice touch.
    I didn't notice those on the first look - they do look good.
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    Windowfolk. I love it.

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    Love the art showing Haley as invisible. And blackwing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl View Post
    Hahaha. Oh poor blackwing. Also a nice little oblique reference to how at the gaming table people who's characters are invisible won't actually run into each other from what i hear.
    Ha! It's true. It's amazing how everyone knows where everyone is, even while invisible... Mind you, the Giant did play with that one a little in the early days

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    Teamwork! Also, foreshadowing! Also, don't turn into a window if you don't want birds to crash into you seems like it's advice that's ...
    transparently obvious.

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    Those pesky high elevation window folk...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sianthus View Post
    Um I know it's generally not funny once someone explains it to you but...

    What does the punchline of "high elevation windowfolk" even mean? D:

    I dun geddit. Me dumdum fighter.
    Birds fly into windows because they can't see them in time. Blackwing can't see Haley at all, and flew into her.

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    The little licks of flame on the giants is a nice touch.
    OTOH, the female giant at our right (stage left) appears to take the fatal arrow in the back of the right ear.
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    It would have been disappointing had Vaarsuvius decided for some weird reason to shelve the blasting spells now, just as they meet enemies with a specific vulnerability to fire.
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