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Re: Order of the Stick

Post by I'mBob » Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:20 am

Anyone can give me a link to the temporary site? I could not find it anywhere.
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Post by LAYF » Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:30 am

I'mBob wrote:Anyone can give me a link to the temporary site? I could not find it anywhere.

its theire own site... http://www.giantitp.com
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Re: Order of the Stick

Post by Krulle » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:04 am

Cedh wrote:He really has a thing for last panel arrivals.

On the other hand, it could be another illusion. Those runes could have been some sort of your-worst-fears-realized thing, and Team Evil arriving would be pretty much the worst thing that could happen now.
But then, the Lich being obviously annoyed does not fit.
The Lich being happy to have found them, now that would be a problem for the heroes.

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Re: Order of the Stick

Post by Cedh » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:04 am

Krulle wrote: But then, the Lich being obviously annoyed does not fit.
The Lich being happy to have found them, now that would be a problem for the heroes.
Good point. Maybe if we could see Belkar's reaction and Redcloak, we'd have a better idea.
Belkar probably most dreads Xykon, but I can imagine him being seriously freaked out by other things he's run into or imagined (e.g., vampire snake men).
And I don't think the Order knows about Redcloak's missing eye; O-Chul could have mentioned it, but he might have left it out so as to not inflate his role in his and V's fight in the tower.

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Re: Order of the Stick

Post by ThroughTheWell » Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:34 am

Thanks! Yeah, I vote for illusionary lich. Otherwise, the PCs are in deep trouble, as in TPK trouble. OTOH, at least big X is not going to be ticked off by seeing V there.
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Post by SamWiser » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:39 pm

It might turn into Xykon against the Linear Guild. I vote for that.
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Re: Order of the Stick

Post by RocketScientist » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:26 pm

Cedh wrote:He really has a thing for last panel arrivals.

On the other hand, it could be another illusion. Those runes could have been some sort of your-worst-fears-realized thing, and Team Evil arriving would be pretty much the worst thing that could happen now.
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Re: Order of the Stick

Post by ThroughTheWell » Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:08 pm

Looks like the site is ALL back up. No comic newer than last week though, yet.
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Post by willpell » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:17 pm

We didn't have a title for the new strip before, though. It's a good one, and makes a fair bit of a difference.

Though I'm still eager to find out whether Rich is trolling us, or if things are indeed that bad. What the bloody frell is Roy going to do in the face of such an apparent calamity? I'm almost hoping he just instantly assumes it's an illusion, simply on the basis that the Order is too completely f****ed otherwise for it to be worth bothering to take "Xykon" seriously.
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Post by willpell » Sun May 05, 2013 9:54 am

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Post by willpell » Sun May 05, 2013 3:32 pm

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Post by SamWiser » Sun May 05, 2013 9:42 pm

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Re: Order of the Stick

Post by Arydra » Sun May 05, 2013 11:20 pm

As far as I am aware that is a home-brewed ability.
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Post by Krulle » Mon May 06, 2013 1:06 am

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Post by Theis2 » Mon May 06, 2013 5:59 am

The closest I can think of is readying an action at doing so or the mage slayer feat from complete arcane where they can't cast defensively.
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Post by Zathyr » Mon May 06, 2013 11:01 am

Yeah, readying an action to attack while they're casting works pretty similarly but unless you can back the caster into a corner or you have better than normal threatened area from reach they can generally just step back and cast. It's really a better option for ranged attackers. But Xykon probably has contingent or quickened spells that you can't hit to try to interrupt like that.
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Re: Order of the Stick

Post by RJJ7 » Wed May 08, 2013 6:34 pm

Honestly though, Xykon has never had the same malevolent aura that he used to; ever since it was revealed that he was being "controlled" by redcloak. At that time, he was downgraded from epic-archnemesis-of-evil to oblivious-but-useful-dufus. His defeat in this case just emphasizes that transition.

Xykon being used by demons would be one thing; at least we could speculate on whether he was aware he was being used, and whether he had some trick up his sleeve to deal with the infernal powers. But redcloak? Xykon is obviously clueless, and his (temporary) demise at the moment is just a hastened version of the disappointment that he was inevitably going to suffer later. I thought that was a bad plot-twist at the time, and I mourned for the loss of a great villain. This isn't really that much worse by comparison.

Perhaps I am just too prone to judge hastily, but Xykon hasn't felt like an arch-nemesis for some time now. We're leaving behind this small-time lich stuff and moving to the big guns now.

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Re: Order of the Stick

Post by Arydra » Wed May 08, 2013 6:42 pm

I feel this is the plan. Even had this shift not occurred we all would have felt disillusioned about Xykon simply because he was only a temporary nemesis. When all is said and done, Xykon just used to be a guy that didn't want to die, he is just human. However, now we are getting into the truly arch-nemesis stage where the heroes are battling cosmic forces, and not just a lich. I actually feeling sorry for Xykon knowing that this time in the spotlight is almost done.
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Re: Order of the Stick

Post by DrinksTooMuchCoffee » Wed May 08, 2013 7:46 pm

RJJ7 wrote:Xykon is obviously clueless, and his (temporary) demise at the moment [...]
Whatchutalkinbout, Willis? Xykon isn't even there; it's an illusion.

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Re: Order of the Stick

Post by ThroughTheWell » Wed May 08, 2013 7:56 pm

Huh, cause I'd say XyKon is more evil than Red Cloak, and more funny too.
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