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    Well, that certainly answers my questions about how the Oracle Visit Subplot can actually matter to the plot.

    Feel like a solo adventure, Haley? (OK, at least you have a DMPC with you ... although Celia matches the stereotypes about DMPCs a little too well for that to be very comforting.)

    That's the problem with killing someone who knows you're going to kill them everything.
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    Holy crap that's dramatic. The oracle really owned hard in this one.

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    I kinda doubt I'm the only one who didn't recall the exact terms of the MoJ, so...

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    WOW, I normally lurk and enjoy, but the rapid-fire release of pages has been nothing but excellence.

    And thanks to Law of Conservation of Detail, we finally have the Mark of Justice used. And I love that the oracle had the foresight (pun totally intended) to give one last "**** you" to Belkar.

    He and kobolds... he stabs them, but this time they get the last laugh on him.

    Anywho, I love it, and I don't know what caused such quick page releases, but I hope whatever caused it continues. Best of luck, and continue this amazing work

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    Does it seem that every time someone makes a reasonable prediction about future events, it comes true? Yesterday everyone said Belkar would kill the Oracle (obvious), but today I read a post by someone predicting it would happen in a town so Belkar would get Marked. And others were wondering why the Oracle would have let himself be killed without a backup measure if he KNEW he would be killed. And now we have Belkar > Oracle, Belkar in town, town of Lick-halfling created by oracle. It just so... wonderfully perfect.

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    ...Now is the comment that Belkar got from the Oracle (Of him dying soon) going to come true?

    They'd have to bring back both Belkar AND Roy.

    Well, they may not want Belkar back.

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    Well played, Oracle.

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    Dear LORD yes. I was hoping this plot was actually going somewhere, but seeing Belkar finally get some measure of his just desserts is just too awesome for words. The Oracle couldn't prevent his own death, but he could get his posthumous revenge. That's cool, although I'm sad he had to die. Dude was funny.

    Also, we've been getting a LOT of updates in a very short period of time!
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    Ha ha, this one was brilliant. I literally laughed out loud at the end.

    It was inevitable that the Oracle was going to die - he knew that much himself - but it's good to see he got his revenge in first. :) (Love the name of the city, by the way.)

    (And this is the first time the comic has updated while I was reading it. Nice.)
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    That's just awesome. Mr. Burlew, you have outdone yourself.
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    This is the exact reason why I need to keep an opera house full of people on hand, so I could give this comic the standing ovation it deserves.
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    Finally, sweet, sweet justice against the serial kobold murderer!

    And yeah, I had a suspicion the Oracle wouldn't purposely get clogged without something up his sleeve. This was very much in character, and a great comic.

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    Has anyone asked if the oracle knew why didn't he go on vacation? I know it's coming.
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    Hah! I called that one -- The oracle knew he was going to die by the halfling and he posthumously managed to get the MoJ to go off... :)

    I loved the wile e coyote game physics at the end (the mark didnt actually go off till he saw the villiage behind him).

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    A good running gag would be if the Oracle sunk all his money into plans to mess with Belkar for the rest of his life.
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    The Oracle PWNZ Belkar from beyond the grave!

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    YES! Suck it, Belkar!

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    Oh damn! The MoJ!
    Good for the oracle.

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    Well played, Oracle. Well played.
    Love the rapid-fire updates. Lots of fun all around. Keep 'em coming, Mr. Burlew!
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    Actually I wonder what would happen if he humiliated himself by actually following his instructions....

    The oracle is anything if not literal.

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    Holy crap, not only does the new page come out while I'm on the site (the second time that's happened this week! Rich is on a roll!), but just before I was going to respond to things in the discussion thread for the last page.

    I love the fact that the kobold oracle didn't do anything to prevent his own demise, since again he obviously saw it coming. After all, what good are prophecies if you're allowed to side-step fate? Still, I literally laughed out loud in triumph to see Belkar (who is still one of my favorite characters, even if he's a jerkass sociopath) get what was coming to him... after all, the only other character who seemed to match Belkar in snide sarcasm was the Oracle, and you know he couldn't kill such a worthy opponent and get away scot-free. The big sign in the town was just the icing on the cake.

    Now, what are the chances the newly-dead oracle and the much-longer-dead Roy will exchange words now that they're both incorporeal spirits? My bet's that the oracle gets one "yo mama" joke in before he's taken to whatever after-life kobolds of his alignment go to.

    Makes you wonder what the Oracle's alignment is... my money's on True Neutral. Why? Just 'cuz...
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    I have just one thing to say (and finally registered to do so):

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    And can anybody else (of us readers, that is ) just see Roy insubstantially standing there, shaking his head and giving the ghostly equivilent of a deep sigh?

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    Well.. Belkar finally paid for his actions, and will die. Good thing. Good plot twist!

    I can't say I am surprised about the quality of the plot twist. That is a Giant-grade writing, and I love it. Good work Rich, I love it!

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    Well, I sure didn't see that one coming. Belkar had been getting a little out of hand, great way to bring him back down.
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    Wow.
    So...many...updates.

    I knew the Oracle wouldn't make big mistakes in a revenge attempt.

    Good show.

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    Mwa ha ha ha ha! (This was an evil laugh.)

    Ever since Tucker's kobolds, Kobold revenges are always the best. Especially if they're imbued with divine and/or draconic (in this case both) powers.

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    Well, now that Belkster's activated the MoJ once, will it stay on him?

    If not, and he realizes this, then there's a kobold-head hut to be made.
    If not, and he doesn't realize it, then he's going to continue avoiding towns and such until someone tells him it's not there anymore.

    If it does stay, and he doesn't think so, then he'll be in a lot of pain when he tries to get his revenge on the town of Lick-ling.
    If it stays and he knows it, then he'll continue in the same fear of it as before (unless, of course, he finds out that it's some homebrewed curse that was simply put there to make him live in fear of Roy and the Sapphire Guard's wrath...)

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    Yesss! I'm very happy right now. That Oracle was smarter than I thought, and I love the name of the settlement.
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    *standing ovation*

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