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    Wonderful Comic Giant, thank you!

    • I'm curious what Thor wants, it would be too simple to say "Stop the Godsmoot" I suspect it will be to "let it play out until X happens". I don't know, we'll see. I suspect we'll be surprised as (almost) always.
    • I also feel like the last panel should be a "Solstice Decoration" or at least a T-shirt.
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    even the afterlife is not safe from there machinations

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    *edit* Scrub my tree commentary.

    The punchline might be read as a real-world commentary. And a good one.
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    It's not the Dwarven afterlife alone - it's one of the Chaotic Good afterlives. It just so happens that a great many dwarves worship Thor, and Thor lives there.
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    Who would have guessed there are TREES in the dwarven afterlife? ;)
    This is a good point, actually.

    You think it would be a bit more comfortable...
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    Thor is the best

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    A drink upgrade is no small thing in a dwarven paradise.

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    Well, I was expecting Valhalla to be a splash panel, but the tree joke totally makes up for it :-D

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    Thor continues to be the coolest guy ever, thinking about his followers and letting them decide for themselves.

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    Well I guess there goes my Minrah, amatuer botanist headcanon.

    Okay, maybe the trees are there because they died an honourable death in battle against dwarves, and are thus being rewarded by Thor.

    Loving Thor as much as before (ina strictly heterosexual buddies kind of way, not that there's anything wrong with tha alternative), but I do have to wonder exactly what his request for Durkon will be, is this just going to be more Snarl related stuff?
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    Best tree joke of the whole comic.

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    There are trees so the dwarves can fight! Best afterlife.
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    Default Re: OOTS #1136 - The Discussion Thread

    Classically, Valhalla has endless battle for sport along with endless feasts. Dwarves don't seem to be the type to get a thrill out of fighting each other, so it seems appropriate that they have pine trees to battle against for all eternity if they like :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by super dark33 View Post
    There are trees so the dwarves can fight! Best afterlife.
    Well, it is Valhalla, fight all day, drink all night.

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    Dang trees are everywhere. We need to get some gnomes to invent chainsaws. They'll make a fortune outfitting the dwarven armies.

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    Thor is coming off as being a "down to Earth" god here. A person who happens to be a god, not a god that kinda pretends to be a person.
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    I love how casual Thor is. Makes him fun to read. You can tell he's heard the dwarves' fear of Trees many times before.

    Also this probably does help to answer some people's thoughts about whether there was a Story reason to bring Durkon back. Not only is he willing to return and continue to aid the Order, but Thor has a task for him once he does. The story is set up for him to return, not for him to be replaced by Hilyga or someone else. But I think it'd be wrong for him not to return, from a story point of view. This is the story about Roy, Elan, Haley, Belkar, V and of course Durkon. The world and other characters are the setting for these Six characters to evolve and change. Cutting Durkon out at this point would feel wrong.

    Also liked the five years joke. I actually started reading a few dozen chapters before Durkon died, about when Tarquin disguised as Thog attacked them at the temple. So, Durkon's been dead longer than he hasn't for me! Thus, I;m kinda eager to see him return.
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    Oh wow, it really has been five and a half years. Where did the time go?

    Also I really like Thor.

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    Always love a little "take that, me" jab to make fun of the difference between in-universe time and out-universe time.

    Interesting tidbit about deaths against clerics of Loki giving bonuses in Valhalla.

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    Should be interesting. Thor wants Durkon to do something, and he's making a point to request it, so it's got to be something Durkon wasn't already planning to do. So nothing like "stop Xykon" or "seal the rifts" (unless Thor's about to tell Durkon how to seal/reseal/repair them, maybe.)

    Interesting how this sort of mirror Jirix's resurrection and bringing a message back from The Dark One. Think Thor will be as "refreshingly direct?"
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    Well, guess i'll have to somewhat reevaluate my perceptions of some of the OotS gods, what with the way Thor is behaving here. Makes me wonder if the other sightings and stories about him showed a skewed perspective somehow. The whole goblin situation still makes this feel weird for me, how can the guy be this chill and still comit such a horrible atrocity? I guess we'll find out before comics end, i guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HandofShadows View Post
    Thor is coming off as being a "down to Earth" god here. A person who happens to be a god, not a god that kinda pretends to be a person.
    But isn't Valhalla above Earth? (Or this world's equivalent) Actually, Thor is even above Valhalla in this strip.
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    THA TREES!!

    More importantly, Thor’s really dragging out the whole reveal about the task that he wants Durkon to perform. However, it is nice to get some insight into his character, especially not wanting to take Valhalla away from Durkon.


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    Does this imply that if a dwarf dies ONCE honorably, their ticket to Valhalla remains valid regardless if they are resurrected and die dishonorably the next time?

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    Ooh, a drink upgrade. Nice prize.
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    Well I guess the "She secretly loves trees" theory just got debunked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaxzan Proditor View Post
    THA TREES!!

    More importantly, Thor’s really dragging out the whole reveal about the task that he wants Durkon to perform. However, it is nice to get some insight into his character, especially not wanting to take Valhalla away from Durkon.
    Maybe he wanted Minrah to leave before he told Durkon because he didn't want to worry her since it doesn't concern her anymore (or some other reason) or wasn't allowed to let her know for some Snarl-related reason?
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    They have trees in Valhalla?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoffeeIncluded View Post
    Oh wow, it really has been five and a half years. Where did the time go?
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    I was pretty surprised that it had been that long.

    Also, the "hostile tree" callback is funny, but I'm glad to see that Thor isn't so into it. Feels like if he were, it would be a bit too fanservicey.
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