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    Default Re: OOTS #1183 - Discussion Thread

    Looking forward to what the IFCC are planning!

    Also like Quarr in the new art style.

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    My heart goes out to all these innocent rubies and diamonds that lay down their existance every day.

    Also ominous foreshadowing of Sabines return and some nefarious plan. "Artifact", "appropriate vessel" ... are they trying to bring one of themselves up into the world?

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    Ooooooo! Here we go....

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    Oh boy, these are some good-looking fiends. Well not good, you get what I mean.
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    the Vector Legion [is the IFCC's new pawns], mark my words. Way too much unfinished business there and they already know about the Gates.
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    The netherworld looks good in the new art style. Too bad they aren't staying around there. Guess it may have been too visually complex…
    Anyway, nice to know that thread is not forgotten (though I didn't expect it to be). Looking forward to more speculation about IFCC than just "are they going to take V now? What about now?"
    Oh, and looking forward to seeing Sabine in the new art style eventually.

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    So it would have helped the fiends if Hel had managed to get the world destroyed? Are they really trying to destroy it themselves, in that case?

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    Been waiting for them to make their next appearance!
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    It's been a while since we saw those three (plus their foil Qarr). I have to admit I forgot where they stand on the unmake this world question.

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    Good to know Sabine will be back. She almost certainly has her own agenda.
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    Wow, the comic updated while I was browing the site, how fortuitous So, I guess next book will be all about the IFCC as the antagonist, and the final conflict with Team Evil will be further pushed back? I guess it makes sense, Xykon being the main villain of the entire thing, and all.

    I have to wonder if Sabine's "time off" has something to do with her trying to find Nale's soul (it should probably have gone to one of the lower planes, right? He was pretty chummy with fiends, after all), or something.

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    So it would have helped the fiends if Hel had managed to get the world destroyed? Are they really trying to destroy it themselves, in that case?
    I would imagine they're indifferent to the world being destroyed, but would really like Hel to lay waste to the Northern Pantheon.
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    This comic sent shivers down my spine. Good work Giant!

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    OOoooooooo.... ominous...


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    I like the continued observance of Blackwing’s obsession with sparkly things.

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    Mixing buisness with pleasure shuld be easy for a succubs, right?

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    If the IFCC is already moving piece I guess we are getting close to the endgame.

    I admit to be excited about finally finding out Cedrik, and Nero' s plan, as well as their motivations. Yes, they claimed looking for "unnecessary conflict", but they are obviously after something more. Specially if, as Thor mentioned, outsiders have been forced to lose memories over and over after every world ending event.
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    I feel dirty. I know the IFCC are EVIL this just the first time I ever felt as much.

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    And so the plot thickens...

    Can someone remind me how many sides were involved in this conflict again?
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    The new art makes the IFCC look a lot more menacing. I'm a huge fan of that effect.
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    Wow, the comic updated while I was browing the site, how fortuitous So, I guess next book will be all about the IFCC as the antagonist, and the final conflict with Team Evil will be further pushed back? I guess it makes sense, Xykon being the main villain of the entire thing, and all.
    The next book is the last, IIRC.
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    Blackwing is obviously talking about the rubies, but I can't shake the feeling that it could be also a very well played metaphor for the IFCC. It's very nice writing, there. I love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roland Itiative View Post
    Wow, the comic updated while I was browing the site, how fortuitous So, I guess next book will be all about the IFCC as the antagonist, and the final conflict with Team Evil will be further pushed back? I guess it makes sense, Xykon being the main villain of the entire thing, and all.
    The next book will be about both, seeing as it is the final one :P
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    So it would have helped the fiends if Hel had managed to get the world destroyed? Are they really trying to destroy it themselves, in that case?
    maybe they know about the world inside and destroying the world wont do anything anymore, it would just peel back the shell on that one

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    And so the plot thickens...

    Can someone remind me how many sides were involved in this conflict again?
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    I wonder if there'll be a cutaway to Team Evil too.

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    I don’t know why but the thought of fiends / demons having vacation days just made me chuckle. And while this trio’s return is ominous I am actually looking forward to seeing Sabine again. I always like her as a villain and wasn’t sure with Nale being eliminated if she would make a reappearance and in what capacity. I am really looking forward to seeing what terrible plots they are cooking!

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    Lots of foreshadowing for developments to come here. Should fuel the speculation for well after more pages start appearing.

    The only artifact (or artifact-adjacent thing) I can think of to exist in this comic is Xykon's phylactery, and I doubt that's what they're referring to.

    Lots of ways to interpret "appropriate vessel". A new mortal for Sabine to attach herself to? Something the aforementioned artifact needs to function properly? Something else? Guess we'll find out.

    The line that really made my eyebrows rise is "...get our followers' hands dirty" in that last panel. Followers, plural, and Qarr is already present so they're not just talking about him and Sabine. The IFCC are high-ranking infernals, so one could assume they'd have minions to do their dirty work, but we've never seen any thus far beyond those with names (and that Erinyes secretary from a gag panel). Makes me wonder what new characters aligned with the Forces Below we'll be seeing soon.
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    I laughed out loud at "it's time to roll our sleeves up and get our followers' hands dirty"

    *runs off to check the expiration date on his IFCC thread*

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    Ooh, ominous.

    I wonder if they plan on creating some other world-wide crisis that the order may be forced to deal with. Otherwise, things will probably be nearly as bad as if the world was undone!
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    Huh

    Wasn't expecting those guys to show up before books end.

    Still at least we now know a bit more about there plan, even if the amount we know is still very little, it looks like their hand will be played soon enough.

    I'm also looking forward to every character we see doing something even the slightest bit not normal, will earn everyone assuming that they're Sabine.

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