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    Default Was panel 326 a spoiler?

    I really don't know if this ever came up, but in strip 326 there was a young goblin getting old and telling his story.

    According to Races of Faerun, "Goblinoids are pressed into service as adults at just 10 years of age" and "they rarely live to be older than 40".
    Even if that goblin were 15 when young and 30 when old, it would mean 15 years have passed.

    Since 15 years are a lot more than what I would expect it needs for the current events to unfold, it might mean that the world will indeed be saved.
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    Default Re: Was panel 326 a spoiler?

    Yeah. It's also a spoiler that current world won't end.

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    Thumbs up Re: Was panel 326 a spoiler?

    That is the strip #326. It's foreshadowing, not spoiler.
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    Default Re: Was panel 326 a spoiler?

    To be fair, we don't know that's its the same world. Perhaps the world is destroyed but a large portion of the population is evacuated to the planet in the rift, for example.

    But I guess we do know that some goblins survive.

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    Default Re: Was panel 326 a spoiler?

    It was actually only a few months between the two panels, the stress of running a business aged him quickly.

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    Default Re: Was panel 326 a spoiler?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bilbo Baggins View Post
    It was actually only a few months between the two panels, the stress of running a business aged him quickly.
    You speak as a wise man speaks, Master Baggins, but I'm not sure that line of work was quite as tough as that.

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    Default Re: Was panel 326 a spoiler?

    Rich explicitly notes in the WXP commentary that Elan's "happy ending" prophecy was specifically meant as a way to tell readers "don't worry, folks, it might get a little scary but it'll all be okay" in light of how several other prophecies were extremely ominous. It's not impossible that Goblin Dan may have been meant to serve a similar purpose.
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    Default Re: Was panel 326 a spoiler?

    Yeah, there is also Oracle prophecy that suppose go camu up few years later.

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    Default Re: Was panel 326 a spoiler?

    Well, it's a spoiler that the world doesn't explode, which... yeah? I mean, it's a story, I doubt very much if it's gonna end with the Snarl killing everyone.

    But even if the story WERE to end that way, Goblin Dan is a one-off (two-off!) joke meant to make you laugh, not necessarily be taken seriously by the narrative.
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    Default Re: Was panel 326 a spoiler?

    Quote Originally Posted by Metastachydium View Post
    You speak as a wise man speaks, Master Baggins, but I'm not sure that line of work was quite as tough as that.
    Obviously the stress didn't really get to him until the week after strip 705.

    For realsies though, I do expect that at least some of the population will survive until the end of the story, if nothing else than for Elan to get his Happy Ending.

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    Default Re: Was panel 326 a spoiler?

    Considering the purpose of Elan's prophecy, if the panel is a spoiler, it's a small one. The information it reveals is not part of a plot twist, and is shown to the audience literally five strips later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 137beth View Post
    Obviously the stress didn't really get to him until the week after strip 705.
    We cannot be sure that the goblin in strip 705 is Goblin Dan. Maybe by then his company will have grown big enough to have assistants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noce View Post
    I really don't know if this ever came up, but in strip 326 there was a young goblin getting old and telling his story.

    According to Races of Faerun, "Goblinoids are pressed into service as adults at just 10 years of age" and "they rarely live to be older than 40".
    Even if that goblin were 15 when young and 30 when old, it would mean 15 years have passed.

    Since 15 years are a lot more than what I would expect it needs for the current events to unfold, it might mean that the world will indeed be saved.
    Fun fact: I'm pretty sure my first created thread on the forum was on this exact topic, almost 10 years ago!

    However, whereas you floated it as a genuine question, I was much more insufferable about dropping the earth-shattering "cool secret" I'd found and got shot down / clowned on by most commenters.

    One of them said something like "You're not special. Somebody 'discovers' this realization and posts a pointless thread about it every few months."

    So...welcome to the Society of Intermittent Pointless Goblin Dan Prophets, I guess!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ionathus View Post
    Fun fact: I'm pretty sure my first created thread on the forum was on this exact topic, almost 10 years ago!
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    Fourth, it looks like. For reference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginasius View Post
    We cannot be sure that the goblin in strip 705 is Goblin Dan. Maybe by then his company will have grown big enough to have assistants.

    When I go to a KFC I never find Colonel Sanders, only guys who say they work for him.
    That's because he's been dead for almost half a century at this point.
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