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    Default Re: Things You Never Noticed VII: Wait, This Isnt the MitD Thread?

    Newish reader, looking back at various plot arcs after a full binge read a couple of months ago. I previously missed the applicability of Roy's philosophizing in comic 836 to Belkar's upcoming star turn. I'm not a betting man, but if I were, I'd lay steep odds that there's a halfling family tree reveal ahead.

    Applicability to the MitD? TBD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhanddom View Post
    I'm not a betting man, but if I were, I'd lay steep odds that there's a halfling family tree reveal ahead.
    You're better off that way, since you'd most likely lose quite the sum (v. answer no. 7).

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    "Lay steep odds" would mean finding it very unlikely to happen.

    I am not sure if that was the meaning Rhanddom intended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metastachydium View Post
    You're better off that way, since you'd most likely lose quite the sum (v. answer no. 7).
    Thanks for the link. Perhaps I would; I'm lousy at estimating odds outside my fairly narrow domains of knowledge, which is a small part of why I'm not a betting man.

    In any case, I'm not saying I expect Grannie Bitterleaf, Aunt Judy, and Belkar's seven least favorite two-thirds-cousins to make a sudden appearance in-comic. But then I'm not expecting a redemptive arc as such for him either. Belkar's more interesting as a sort of Caine of Amber un-hero. I just think it would fit the Giant's narrative style to give us some sort of glimpse into what meaning Belkar himself retcons onto his having fallen in with the Order. (The prequel summary suggests that it was straight up path of least resistance; but then that's 99.78% of all our choices, right? And yet we still make up agency-filled stories about how we got to where we are.)

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    I just noticed that, when Roy comes back to life, he tells Haley about Belkar's death prophecy and she acts like she already know about it, but I don't see how she could.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlebum2002 View Post
    I just noticed that, when Roy comes back to life, he tells Haley about Belkar's death prophecy and she acts like she already know about it, but I don't see how she could.

    https://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0666.html
    I think The Giant simply didn't want to clutter the page with Roy explaining the memory charm business since the audience is already familiar with it, and we can assume Haley gets a clearer explanation between panels 7 and 8.
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    I have to admit I did not quite get the Jiggly Picasso thing. I found it funny at the time and that was enough. Thanks for actually spelling out the joke.

    However I am pretty sure you are over-complicating the "Dessert Rider" joke. The phrase "Desert Rider" had a familiar ring to it. I suspect I heard it as an apparently rather unsuccessful racehorse: URLdeleted . I am not interested in racehorsing but I imagine I did hear the name back when I used to listen to the radio a lot.

    I suspect the original reference is to URLdeleted.

    However my guess is that the Giant was thinking of the URLdeleted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by littlebum2002 View Post
    I just noticed that, when Roy comes back to life, he tells Haley about Belkar's death prophecy and she acts like she already know about it, but I don't see how she could.

    https://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0666.html
    She may have just assumed that they didn't need to stick around with him after defeating Xykon. Roy is hardly explicit there, after all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peelee View Post
    She may have just assumed that they didn't need to stick around with him after defeating Xykon. Roy is hardly explicit there, after all.
    "Pretty soon, Belkar's fate will be someone else's problem. Someone bony with a black robe and a big scythe."

    I'd say that's explicit enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyraltari View Post
    "Pretty soon, Belkar's fate will be someone else's problem. Someone bony with a black robe and a big scythe."

    I'd say that's explicit enough.
    Fair. I was just looking at the panel 2 ahead of that one. My bad.
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    Nale thinks that Belkar is the only member of the Order who wont see through his disguise, but Belkar ends up being the only member to see through it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by littlebum2002 View Post
    Nale thinks that Belkar is the only member of the Order who wont see through his disguise, but Belkar ends up being the only member to see through it.
    Wait, he's also the only one to see through Durkon*.
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    For some reason, I thought until today that the old guy in the last panel is Gary Gygax, Arneson's partner in the creation of D&D, but today I noticed that it's just Arneson himself as an old guy.

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    …and judging by the colour of those, they likely cast Gentle Repose on them at some point, which is kind of creepy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metastachydium View Post
    …and judging by the colour of those, they likely cast Gentle Repose on them at some point, which is kind of creepy.
    Creepier than them regularly finding fresh heads?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyraltari View Post
    Creepier than them regularly finding fresh heads?
    Not neccesseraly, no (but I'm glad you brought that up: now you know how I feel whenever I see fresh flowers in a vase!). Tht doesn't, however, make preserving the body parts of slain sapient creatures as grotesque trophies displayed publicly less of an unsettling thought, now does it?

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    In #980, Grubwiggler talks about the emotions and that you can't decide which ones you want and which ones you don't. Which is also very applicable to the method of defeating Durkon*.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Verdruss View Post
    In #980, Grubwiggler talks about the emotions and that you can't decide which ones you want and which ones you don't. Which is also very applicable to the method of defeating Durkon*.
    Oooh, that's the kind of tasty observation I read this thread for.

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    Yokyok is holding the rapier with his left hand.

    Now, I think in the final showdown in the movie, Inigo uses his right from the start. But, I can't help but wonder if Yokyok was narratively prepared for the "I am not left-handed" line.

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    The Vector Legion is named that way due to it being in the same area as the Linear Guild. "Vector" and "Linear" are related terms, and so are "Guild" and "Legion."
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    The Vector Legion is named that way due to it being in the same area as the Linear Guild. "Vector" and "Linear" are related terms, and so are "Guild" and "Legion."
    Those, and the Order of the Stick, are all based on the art style.
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    And the Order of the Scribble.
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    The artifact the fiends are talking about might be the chalice that Qarr mentioned.

    It's either a Chekhov's Gun a decade in the making, or a throwaway line that was only meant to give Qarr some character. One of the two.

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    The artifact the fiends are talking about might be the chalice that Qarr mentioned.

    It's either a Chekhov's Gun a decade in the making, or a throwaway line that was only meant to give Qarr some character. One of the two.
    Qarr says his supervisor wants the chalice, but next strip says the IFCC aren't his regular supervisors, so it seems like just a throwaway line.
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    In the latest comic, you can see V's eyebrow is in the "annoyed" position in the last panel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoHaxJustPi View Post
    Qarr says his supervisor wants the chalice, but next strip says the IFCC aren't his regular supervisors, so it seems like just a throwaway line.
    Agreed; chalice is likely irrelevant or at best a brick joke.
    Unless it's going to turn out to be some named main source demonic artifact able to transfer a mind across the veil of death ("Chalice of Lazarus" or something?), but I don't think that Chekov's Gun is loaded.
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    I only just noticed that CCPD-Sabine has red CCPD letters on her uniform instead of blue.
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    In #790, V says that throwing the figurine onto a "firm surface" will restore Haley to her original size. In the end, landing on the two lawyers (a law firm) restores her to her original size.

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