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    Belkar's awareness of Durkon's sacrifice, and the subsequent obligation he feels toward him (no matter how hard he denies it), has been my favorite step in his development.

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    Feelings are tricky. You can't exactly separate the one you want from the ones you don't.

    Loving Belkar's development in this book.

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    Hmm. I think Belkar's prophesy is coming true soon. He's shown the right amount of character growth and empathy.

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    I see Belkar's complaining about martyrdom being stupid - I wonder if that's how he'll end up going?
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    Belkar's really good at faking character growth. I'd totally buy it.
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    Poor old Belkar. Character growth in spite of himself.

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    I cannot reiterate enough just how much I'm loving Belkar's character development. It's especially fantastic just how conflicted he's feeling about it all.

    Of course, this is usually where the "cop on the last day of the job" moment in films happens...

    It's inevitable, but, MAN, am I ever not looking forward to seeing the little bastard go.

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    He's changed a lot since his fever dream. This will be fascinating to watch as it unfolds.

    Belkar has gone from faking character growth to faking not having character growth.
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    My first thought was Belkar is totally gonna be a martyr. My second thought was Belkar is gonna go in that direction, escape the death part, gloat about how he doesn't need to, and then get killed very shortly afterwards anyway.
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    Oh man, he's heading straight for this.

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    Whoever taught him that was a good idea?!?
    Once upon a time there were a sergeant and a sapper...

    See Belkar, you were a nothing but a jackass to your coworker while he was nothing but kind but now he has his revenge by making you all conflicted about your life choices.
    *diabolical laughter*.

    I love elkar's development in general and this strip in particular. You're almost there Belkar. Soon Durkon will be up and going again and you'll feel all fuzzy and warm inside and you'll realize what those do-gooders are always talking about.

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    I cannot reiterate enough just how much I'm loving Belkar's character development. It's especially fantastic just how conflicted he's feeling about it all.

    Of course, this is usually where the "cop on the last day of the job" moment in films happens...

    It's inevitable, but, MAN, am I ever not looking forward to seeing the little bastard go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruck View Post
    Belkar's awareness of Durkon's sacrifice, and the subsequent obligation he feels toward him (no matter how hard he denies it), has been my favorite step in his development.
    Funny how it also drives his anger.

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    Belkar will never fight the vampire with as much intensity as he is currently fighting his own character growth.

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    Join Belkar for a luxury cruise up the river Denial...

    This was an endless stream of quotable quotes... if I picked my favorites I'd be reprinting most of the strip, so I'll settle for

    "Stupid hairy self-sacrificing co-worker"

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    "Screw him and the general empathy for other people he rode in on!"

    EDIT: and I love Jay R's post above. Brilliantly put!
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    A Belkar monologue makes for a good strip!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fish View Post
    Belkar has gone from faking character growth to faking not having character growth.
    Oh, well said. Very well said indeed.

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    Never ceases to be impressive just how much Belkar has changed since Greysky.
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    Belkar will never fight the vampire with as much intensity as he is currently fighting his own character growth.
    its not character growth, its the unresolved need to murder every Non-Cat he has ever met
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fish View Post
    He's changed a lot since his fever dream. This will be fascinating to watch as it unfolds.

    Belkar has gone from faking character growth to faking not having character growth.

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    First off, I love me some Belkar!!!

    Second - Almost as I love him trying to show his feelings for Durkon. <3

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    Man, so familiar. Denial, anger, confliction, all delivered at a slightly too loud volume along with an assertion that things hadn't changed.

    Reminds me of when the kids suddenly discovered the opposite sex wasn't icky after all.

    *fires up the popcorn maker*

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    Quote Originally Posted by faustin View Post
    The danger of masks is, by wearing one long enough your face will grow to fit it.
    You've clearly never worn a CPAP.
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    Belkar and character development. What can go wrong?

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    Poor Belkar! His "pretend" character development is becoming seriously endangered.

    It's almost like he's edging towards turning a leaf. Tsk-tsk-tsk.
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    Poor Belkar! His "pretended" character development is becoming seriously endangered.

    It's almost like he's edging towards turning a leaf. Tsk-tsk-tsk.
    Would that be a bitter leaf?

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    I think that's one of the hazards of wearing a mask. Sometimes it replaces your own face.
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    Would that be a bitter leaf?

    Ba-dum-tish!

    Seriously, though, he does sound awfully bitter.
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    Keep repeating that, Mr. Bitterleaf, but change is not coming... change is here. With a (not so) high Hide check, Moving Silently through your actions and feelings, sneak attacking your beliefs. Change is a Rogue, an Epic Level one.
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    I keep hoping the Giant will pull some clever twist out of his hat (or pen) and the Belkar I love and laugh at will continue (if in some altered form) but this strip really seems to be setting a hard lock for the prophecy coming true.

    I'm rooting for some variation on Not-Belkar. After all if Human Vampire and her host can come to some meeting of the minds that requires ponchos I'm sure Belkar and Not-Belkar could come up with worse.

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