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    I feel like I'm missing the point on this one. What's Durkon planning?
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    I feel like I'm missing the point on this one. What's Durkon planning?
    He's probably distracting the spirit from his real plan, whatever that is.
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    I feel sorry for vampires. Their early existence is nothing but frustration, disgust and boredom.
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    Not often that I laugh before opening the comic. Nice title.

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    "For you, the day Durkula graced your temple was the most important day of your life. But for me, it was Tuesday."

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    Go Durkon! Love these campground scenes (reminds me of DBZ).

    Also, seems Durkula and Xykon have something in common - neither are disgusting biophiliacs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demon 997 View Post
    I feel like I'm missing the point on this one. What's Durkon planning?
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    Well done, Mr. Burlew. Well done.
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    I am seriously loving this sassier Durkon.
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    The threat of an extended pus squeezin' montage really got a good giggle out of me.

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    Love to see Greg being led around by Durkon. And now Durkon has yet another way to distract and mislead.
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    And now I'm wondering what in the name of Thor's Unsanitary Ear Canal could have gotten around that good ol' "+2 vs Poisoning" to give Durkon "Food Poisoning"

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    I wonder if Durkon is trying to make the vampire more like him. It's an evil spirit, but it's still a thinking creature and the two are linked in a way that allows Durkon the ability to influence the vampire (if not actually make it do anything). So, show it a lot of memories and see if its opinions are as strong as it thinks.
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    Whether this is a part of Durkon's overarching master plan (now there's a phrase I never expected to type), nothing wrong with a bit of perfectly petty obstruction Go Durkon!
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    Durkon! That was as disgusting as it was awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hroşila View Post
    I feel sorry for vampires. Their early existence is nothing but frustration, disgust and boredom.
    I'd feel a lot sorrier for the vampire if he wasn't such an utter jerk. Even Xykon seems like a more personable dude.

    Though on the other hand, if he finds this gross, I do wonder how he's going to be able to handle Durkon's memories of puberty at all.
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    Greg's been in Durkon's head for weeks...but now Durkon is learning how to get into Greg's head. He nearly made a Vampire spirit barf! Go Durkon.

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    Well, durkon is certainly being resourceful with his limited resources. I've never expected that from him. Seems like some character development. I wonder if he'll become a more powerful cleric afterwards
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    Hmmm...On the one hand, i'm not a fan of crusde scantological humor. On the other hand, some good writing and a hilarious pun in the title. Yeah, this is good.

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    I feel sorry for vampires. Their early existence is nothing but frustration, disgust and boredom.
    To be fair, given that they're physical embodiments of Evil who are puppeteering another person's body against their will and are just generally monstrous in more ways than one...They deserve everything they get.

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    .They deserve everything they get.

    Except existence.

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    I'm still thinking that Durkon has something else planned. The title of the last comic doesn't seem like it would be a red-herring.
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    I feel like I'm missing the point on this one. What's Durkon planning?
    Pretty sure its nothing more than what it says on the tin: keeping Durkula away from innocents while stalling until Roy can get there.

    He probably has some other plans for helping Roy fight Durkula, but that's it for the moment.
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    The look of horror on the vampire spirit's face--!

    Also 'I told you about the hall because I know it's empty and there's no one you can kill there' is very thoughtful of Durkon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woweedd View Post
    To be fair, given that they're physical embodiments of Evil who are puppeteering another person's body against their will and are just generally monstrous in more ways than one...They deserve everything they get.
    But they're still free-willed creatures, and they didn't have a say in the whole puppeteering thing either. It's like blaming a parasite for being parasitic.

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    I feel sorry for vampires. Their early existence is nothing but frustration, disgust and boredom.
    Imean, same for humans, but we're just not conscious enough to realize it at the time.
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    Interesting; Durkon can't withhold information, but can give more information than he needs to. I'd forgotten this detail from the beginning of the current book. And it appears to have worked in preventing the vampire from interrogating him further; the vampire isn't privy to everything, like thought processes, so has to demand them. I've a feeling the 'you didn't know the right questions to ask' will be Phyrnglsnyx's downfall.

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    As usual, Greg completely misses the point. Given how often something like this happens, I have to wonder if vampires even have a concept of "selflessness". Malack and Greg both provide examples of vampires who willingly subordinate themselves to another, but as Malack himself said earlier in the story...

    "Through service, we are rewarded."

    Malack's was not a devotion to his deity, he was still ultimately in the game for himself, similar to Qarr... he found someone much bigger and more powerful than himself and glued his lips to their ass.

    And here, we see Greg has repeatedly failed to see why Durkon behaves the way he does, and is generally quick to dismiss it if Durkon stops to explain himself. Even here, the only conclusion he can come to on his own is that Durkon might be "plotting something", like his own release... not that he might have willingly surrendered information to keep the death toll down.

    The Exarch seems to be on a similar train of thought... he dismissed his host's decision to abandon an abundant lifestyle to become a cleric as "going to worship rocks", which he expressed extreme disdain for. From a purely selfish standpoint, that would make sense... the Exarch basically would've been set for life if he hadn't altered course. Instead going and making himself a subordinate to something that can't, on its own, offer something in return for services rendered would definitely seem like, bare minimum, a stupid decision... but if the Exarch's goal was ultimately to help people, or even just the Neutral goal of finding spiritual satisfaction, it's a good thing for him to do. And again, he's sucking up to Greg, by calling him a "great leader" in spite of all evidence to the contrary (do we know for sure if Durkon is/was of a higher level than the Exarch? That'd lend more to this whole thing...)

    Now, most of the other vampires haven't been on-panel long enough to establish much in the way of character, but the pattern certainly seems to hold...
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