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Comic no. 642
Date published 1 April 2009
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Inkyrius questions Vaarsuvius' motives for retaining the Soul Splice any longer.

Cast Edit

Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Inkyrius: How could you do—Is this what you were looking for? Is this the "ultimate arcane power" that you needed so badly?
Spliced soul: We are wasting time.
Spliced soul: There is so much more destruction to wreak.
Inkyrius: Is this why you left me alone to raise our children for six years? So you could turn yourself into THIS?

Panel 2

Spliced soul: Burn it!
Spliced soul: No, snap its neck!
Vaarsuvius: No, Inkyrius, you do not understand—
Inkyrius: I believe I understand just fine, thanks.

Panel 3

Inkyrius: I simply thought that I had some sort of say in what happened to your soul.
Inkyrius: I apologize for the presumption.

Panel 4

Spliced soul: Insolent!
Spliced soul: No one speaks to you like that!
Vaarsuvius: You stubborn FOOL! Do you know—
Green-Haired Child: Aaaaaa!
Auburn-Hared Child: Eeeeeek!

Panel 5

Vaarsuvius: ...Do you have any idea what that dragon was going to do to our children? I...I had no choice!
Vaarsuvius: Besides which, my soul is only forfeit for a duration equal to the time which I retain these powers!
Inkyrius: You are right. I have no idea what transpired. You may well have made the only choice possible to save us. I thank you.
Inkyrius: If it is as you say, then, why do you still hold this power, now that the danger has passed?
Inkyrius: Would it not be prudent to limit your debt to these fiends as much as possible?

Panel 6

Vaarsuvius: ...What?
Spliced soul: No!
Spliced soul: Don't do it!
Inkyrius: If you had no choice, then give up the power. Now. Before casting even one more damned cantrip.
Vaarsuvius: But I still need to find—

Panel 7

Inkyrius: No.
Inkyrius: NO.
Inkyrius: If you did this terrible thing to yourself out of no motive but concern for us, then end this right now.
Inkyrius: And we will work through whatever may come next together. As a family.

Panel 8

Inkyrius: But I think we both know that this? This thing that you've become?
Inkyrius: This is what you have always really wanted.
Inkyrius: More than you ever wanted me.

Panel 9

Spliced soul: We have many spells remaining.
Spliced soul: Think of how much we can do!

Panel 10

Vaarsuvius: I am...
Vaarsuvius: ...sorry.

Panel 11

Vaarsuvius: I still need to fix everything.
Vaarsuvius: Greater Teleport.

Panel 12

"pop!"

D&D Context Edit

  • Greater Teleport is a 7th level spell. It allows instant travel without range limit or possibility for error. Conjuration is a banned school for Vaarsuvius, an Invoker, so Ganonron or Jephton must be casting the spell (probably Ganonron, since he specializes in Conjuration).

Trivia Edit

  • This is the first time Ikyrius is referred to by his or her full name.
  • This is the final appearance of Varsuvius and Ikyrius' children. They first appeared in #629.

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