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Re: The new Order of the Stick thread: 909 Shifting Sands
« Reply #30 on: August 10, 2013, 12:22:30 pm »

I choose to assume it was early morning when they went in, and is now early evening.
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Re: The new Order of the Stick thread: 909 Shifting Sands
« Reply #31 on: August 10, 2013, 12:27:55 pm »

Well the linear guild still hadn't found the central chamber, so it was probably only something like three or four hours tops.

Or failing that they were under over night, and the Linear guild stopped to rest for a while (or spent a good long time stuck in the lotus eater trap themselves).
It's more likely the former than the latter, Malack didn't seem affected at all. And if Nale's anyting to go by, they could even have just been stuck there for little more than a single hour.

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Re: The new Order of the Stick thread: 909 Shifting Sands
« Reply #32 on: August 10, 2013, 12:52:37 pm »

Or maybe the area is under a permanent sunlight illusion.
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Re: The new Order of the Stick thread: 909 Shifting Sands
« Reply #33 on: August 10, 2013, 01:33:35 pm »

Or they're in a desert.

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Re: The new Order of the Stick thread: 909 Shifting Sands
« Reply #34 on: August 12, 2013, 11:00:59 am »

Looking back at the comics again, it does appear to be close to sunset.
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Re: The new Order of the Stick thread: 909 Shifting Sands
« Reply #35 on: August 12, 2013, 12:44:42 pm »

Well. Nale's dad just got major props from me.

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Re: The new Order of the Stick thread: 909 Shifting Sands
« Reply #36 on: August 12, 2013, 12:49:05 pm »

Well. Nale's dad just got major props from me.

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Re: The new Order of the Stick thread: 910 Marching On
« Reply #37 on: August 12, 2013, 12:57:04 pm »

Leadership feat for the win?
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Re: The new Order of the Stick thread: 910 Marching On
« Reply #38 on: August 12, 2013, 01:03:04 pm »

I have an inkling that Tarquin kind of expected Malak's demise.
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Re: The new Order of the Stick thread: 910 Marching On
« Reply #39 on: August 12, 2013, 01:17:42 pm »

At most, I think he intentionally left the two alone so that one would kill the other, settling their conflict.

Or maybe that kind of speculation is all wrong and next strip Tarquin will disintegrate Nale. Certainly the kind of dramatic twist that would make him legendary.
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Re: The new Order of the Stick thread: 910 Marching On
« Reply #40 on: August 12, 2013, 01:31:36 pm »

I have an inkling that Tarquin kind of expected Malak's demise.
I think he probably planned for the eventuality, I mean he knew that they both wanted to kill each other, so it was really pretty likely that one would kill the other, so it seems like Tarquin would hedge his bets and see how it turned out.
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Re: The new Order of the Stick thread: 910 Marching On
« Reply #41 on: August 12, 2013, 01:32:13 pm »

... I think he intended Nale to kill Malak. Nale said it himself: Tarquin made it obvious that if he did not make a move, he'd get killed. Emphasis on the "obvious" part. He then left him in command on the party.
I think it was a combination of "letting him kill Malak" and "graduation exam".
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Re: The new Order of the Stick thread: 910 Marching On
« Reply #42 on: August 12, 2013, 02:09:47 pm »

I think he just didn't want to see his son dead. Despite everything, he still cares about him.
On the other hand, I believe that he really considered malack a friend.

basically, he would have liked both of them alive, but since he knew they both wanted to kill each other, he removed himself from the situation, to avoid taking sides in such a conflict.
But I guess we will know more next strip.

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Re: The new Order of the Stick thread: 910 Marching On
« Reply #43 on: August 12, 2013, 05:58:26 pm »

I think he just didn't want to see his son dead. Despite everything, he still cares about him.
On the other hand, I believe that he really considered malack a friend.

basically, he would have liked both of them alive, but since he knew they both wanted to kill each other, he removed himself from the situation, to avoid taking sides in such a conflict.
But I guess we will know more next strip.
Though I don't think he seems too happy with Nale right now.
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Re: The new Order of the Stick thread: 910 Marching On
« Reply #44 on: August 13, 2013, 02:47:47 am »

Though I don't think he seems too happy with Nale right now.
It seems to be a more "Son you are stupid" or "Son I am disappoint" instead of "Son I will kill you." I'd be surprised Tarquin didn't chide Nale for not having a better plan or for allowing Durkon to kill the wizard.


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