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    But Mr Baron, sir, I still think that its January.

    Regardless, any predictions for the next comic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frojoe21
    But Mr Baron, sir, I still think that its January.

    Regardless, any predictions for the next comic?
    Its March now.
    I think Elan will find out the bandits aren't playing around and than he will single-handedly defeat every bandit. But he will get lost on way back...

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    I'm still convinced that they will let their guard down and Elan will become 'invisible"

    I doubt that they were looking for Nale because the kids were initate bandits. Its like that scene from animal house, except without the rich snobs and paddles.

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    Elan IS a bard. Isn't this what bards are supposed to be good at? Convincing people not to kill them? Back in 2E, they had an example of how bard influence reactions. I'm sure there is a joke somewhere in there the giant is looking to explore. ;D

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    I'm predicting some sort of interrogation, but Elan is to dense to reveal any valuable information.
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    I think Elan will use his high charisma and generate a whole sect of Banjthulu followers.

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    But wouldn't they be Banjo followers? The puppet was back in Banjo form when they tried to join the pantheon if you'll recall...
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    Very true Edalmri, maybe Elan will cast a spell, he's gotta have someuseful ones besides Silent Image....
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    He can become invisible, isn't that enough for you? I mean, if everyone shuts their eyes to block out the sight that's effectively invisible right?
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    ...Regardless, any predictions for the next comic?
    I thought this one was fairly transparent.

    The bandits have been hired by the Linear Guild, Elan is being carried to them now, Nale has a vendetta against Elan, or some sort of Evil MasterMind thing going, and wants to either convert Elan to the dark side, or do really, really bad things to him.

    Either that or the bandits have a thing for good looking, blond bards.

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    Elan was in the lead with Haley, thus the Bandits presumed either he or Haleys was the leader.

    As difficult as the crew would be to defeat they decided to take a hostage.

    Looking at the two (Haley and Elan), Elan is the more "Noble" in appearance. He dresses well, deports himself with style, and just shouts "Hey 18 Charisma here".

    Thus Elanis the probably the most "Noble" person the Bandits have ever seen. Ergo, Elan is the leader of this band. If he can afford to hire the muscle that was following him, then either he or his family has money.

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    There's that...and the fact that he was more accessable. When Haley walked our young rogue back into the middle of OoTS' melee fighters, she rather foolishly left Elan in exactly the same position (assuming melee-rogues with ropes hiding in the bushes on either side).
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    I wouldn't really say leaving him was foolish of Haley since Elan chose to stand there.
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    I have no opinion either way, but the first time I saw panel two, I thought the bush lines were deformed legs and I was like "What the whisker?!" And then after 4 minutes of studying it I'm like "Oh those are bushes."

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    Quote Originally Posted by GypsyThorn
    The bandits have been hired by the Linear Guild, Elan is being carried to them now, Nale has a vendetta against Elan, or some sort of Evil MasterMind thing going, and wants to either convert Elan to the dark side, or do really, really bad things to him.
    Actually, I really doubt Nale has anything to do with this group of bandits. Just check this comic. Nale doesn't know much about the forest, he just wants the heroes out of his hair while he recruits more Linear Guild members. If anyone in the Order dies, that's just frosting on the cake as far as Nale is concerned.

    Much more likely is the simple explanation - the bandits figured the Order was too tough to take on head to head. I mean, they got the drop on them, blocked the sun out with arrows, and then moved to melee - and still weren't winning. Taking Elan hostage gives them an edge - after all, they just want to take the Order's stuff, not neccessarily kill them.

    I am looking forward to what happens next - bet they come to regret picking Elan as a hostage. I agree with evil-e's reasoning, and also Andorax's point about accessability.

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    Notice how roy referred to Elan as "Nothing too valuable". That may have just been good timing, but i have a freind who is like a violent elan, and he ain't anything too valuable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frojoe21
    Notice how roy referred to Elan as "Nothing too valuable". That may have just been good timing, but i have a freind who is like a violent elan, and he ain't anything too valuable.

    Sorry Mitch, your still cool in a gum stealing sort of way
    Giving the Order's record, it's safe to say no one even noticed Elan was gone.

    Although when they do notice, it's pretty likely that won't change anything.

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    Of course not. They'll probably just sit around talking until Elan walks back, just like what happened with Durkon.
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    This is a recurring theme with them... they lost Elan in the fight with the ogres way back in comic #5, then Durkon, then Haley, and now Elan again. Always takes them a while to realize somebody isn't there.

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    Well, the first time Elan got lost he made it back on his own before anyone even noticed his absence, maybe it'll happen again?
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    I didn't think he'd gotten lost. I only just now noticed he's only depicted in the last panel, but I had always assumed he'd been with the group the entire time.

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    I always figured he'd just kept running when everyone else was running into each other.
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    Simple. Nale has hired the bandits to kidnap Elan. Nale is going to shave his goatee, cut off his pony tail and infiltrate the OOTS party by pretending to be his estranged twin. Meanwhile, back at the castle, Sabine is left babysitting Elan and Thog who's combined intellect reduce her to a quivvering mass of Jello, bringing new meaning to the phrase "Dumbing down."
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    Grey Watcher...go back one more comic. When Haley led &quot;the kid&quot; back to the middle of the OoTS, Elan was left out in front right next to the other two youthful bandits.


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    Everyone forgets how important Elan is.

    1. He provides comic relief. OotS will notice that they have less to be amused by (or in Roy's case, less to be annoyed by)

    2. Belkar will want XP and look for Elan to hurt. With his favorite target gone (although he has gotten ROy a few times), he will have to try and get someone else.

    3. Haley will miss him quickly. WHat a wierd romance that is.

    After looking at the last few comics. They were trying to get Elan. The kids told them they were there to take their most valuable possession. Not possessions. or I'm seeing too much into it. I do agree that the Bard is the most valuable possession. Of course I like to play bards...

    My favorite was the one who played a set of field pipes. None of that inspiring the party with song. Fight harder or I won't stop playing.... And he was a morning person. Bagpipes... better than a bugle.
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    After reading an older comic... Elan still has that Girdle of Feminity/Masculinity he picked up.... Wonder if that will ever come back into play. I always imagined V putting it on and having nothing happen.
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    Since when does Nale have a pony tail? ??? ???

    I can see how Nale could be involved in this. He's baseing his plan off of rumors and other adventurers taking care of the goal ahead of time. If he suddenly found out that either the goal hadn't been taken care of or the forest was easier than he thought he might drop a bit of gold to get it taken care of quicker.
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    OK, I thought he had a pony tail in the last frame of #142, but now that I go back and look at it, it is probably just a strategically placed doorknob (and now I feel like a doorknob). Oddly, that means Nale and Elan have hair the color of polished brass...


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    Quote Originally Posted by GeekDaddy
    Oddly, that means Nale and Elan have hair the color of polished brass...
    Look closer! There's a slight difference between the two colors :P.

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