Did you read the post where I rescinded my comment? You posted right after it, but made no mention of it.
I actually knew about the linked prior evidence before I made my comment.
Here's my chain of thought:
Nale hasn't been in a comic for a while, and Rich likes to bring back characters in unexpected ways. We know he's trying to rebuild his old team. We also know that his girlfriend works for the three fiends that helped V -- who in a previous comic said that if V didn't survive, all this would be for nothing. And, finally, we know that both Nale and Demon Chick want information about the Snarl so that they too can use it to gain power.
The MitD doesn't care about V, so he would have only teleported O'Chul. Nale and Sabine would have wanted V for the demons, and O'Chul for information about the Snarl. The imp who set everything up could easily bring her information about both of them. As to the arcane power necessary, Nale probably already has a caster lined up for the team, and he's pretty good about making complex plans mostly work.
Then you have the MitD, which has not previously manifested magical powers, although I will admit some sort of setup along those lines. That said, Rich loves misdirection, so the close up and the roaches could have been totally meaningless.
All that said, I bet you millions of monopoly dollars that we won't know who did it for several episodes.
It took an epic level teleport spell to even get into the tower, and even that wasn't easy. Aren't those barriers still in place? And even if they weren't, how would Nale have even found V in the first place? And if even Nale did somehow find V, why V? Elan is his nemesis, everyone else is just in the way.
I don't see any current relevance for the Linear Guild right now either, but that's just why they might be brought in. Elan would say it's silly to waste a recurring villain, after all.
Remember, there's a giant gaping hole in the cloister spell that Xykon used for summoning spells. (I forget which comic Celia mentioned this in, I think it was linked upthread). I am not that familiar with D&D summoning spells, but would that hole exist for summoning out from under the cloister spell as well?
Definitely one of his best lines ever.If I see you with more eyes than assholes, I'm going to shove one in the other and give your cloak to that hobgoblin.
THEN RAISE HIM!
It's promising that events lit a fire under Xykon's coccyx, at least. I'm not entirely uncertain the whole slowdown wasn't a nod to the fact that an awful lot of rpg parties are purely reactive in how they go about things--if evil forces aren't driving actively forward, Team PCs are mostly twiddling their thumbs as their players look blankly around the table at each other and take turns saying "uh..." as the GM sighs. I might be projecting there.
"Here's my list of shit I want to make. I'll be in my tower until something happens. Tell me how much of it I get done."
"Hey, here's my list of shit I want you to make for me, but I don't want to wait until you get all your shit done. I'll pay a little extra to alternate with your shit."
"Okay. Every time I finish one of my things I start making one of his. Tell me how much I get done."
"Okay, you start crafting your Deck of Many Things. After two hours there is a loud crash and screaming outside."
"Two hours? Two fucking hours?"
Oh dear god. I just finished reading Start of Darkness.
Incidentally (via the GITP forums) - the Monster in the Dark? Psammead?
Almost certainly wrong, but it's a better guess than anything else I've seen. The third is my favourite clue, as it feels like a Rich Burlew kind of hint.
- Ugly, but in a goblinesque kind of way (the goblins in SoD think it's awesome rather than ugly)
- Gets tired after wishing
- The circus performers in SoD say "'IT' is getting away"
- Rich never said it was a D&D monster, but he did say someone else invented it (paraphrased)
So you can either eliminate downtime by having things constantly happening, or you can eliminate the free power boost from downtime, and at least motivate player initiative in the world (admittedly this is tough to do, but you might as well not discourage it, at least.) So I would vote for the latter....
Yeah, my DM always makes us do our crafting stuff "between sessions" and just has us update sheets before we start playing.
Tarrasque. After the Wishcapade, I am not sure at all. Certainly if it were a head-fake by Burlew and someone else be responsible, it could still be true, though. Although his being asleep afterward might lend itself to one thinking he needed to recover, post-effort.
Trust me, I know how to play the game.
perfect line for Elan :)
Heh, I wonder if he's subtly making fun of the new Star Trek movie what with key characters literally falling out of the sky in the locations most convenient for the plot?
I like how O-Chul gets a full Heal and V gets nothing.