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Yeah, so what, I can turn ale into urine. Next!
I’m American. I don’t find myself all that impressed by the “change.”
He’s going to need better sleeves. As in, ones that actually exist.
He has short sleeves. They go all the way to his elbows. That’s more sleeve than anyone will ever need.
What better way to prov you have nothing up your sleeves than by removing them.
Okay, he’s awesome. With just those three tricks alone we’ll find like a thousand and one uses for him and he’s got a 100% winning personality. Someone called him a Dandy of the Streets and that is just the perfect term for him.
I’m so excited I don’t even want to do the rest of the preparation and introductions. We need to just run off and into the field right now so we can see him in action^^
ITA. So the question is can he be someone new who logged in or is he part of the “game.” He seems a little too…I don’t know…charismatic….*real*. This whole game thing really made things more complicated. :)
I’m from the Streets..now imagining kick ass strete level gang fights..WITH MAGIC
Looks more like the type that got his ass kicked
That only happened ONC… er, okay TWI…. No, wait, there was that other time that… Well, let’s just say that it has been quite a while since the last time, okay?
@Tatsu – it’s not magic but close: Jedi Gang Fight http://youtu.be/KG1ECAkTEfA
Ah thanks very nice.But somethin bout it seemed a bit cheesy. I’d have just been long distance electric spamming people
This might be a crazy thought but…this guy reminds me so much of Best’s player that I’m wondering if it’s one of the personalities he mentioned.
It would be crazy if Best was a NPC and this guy was the dude in the tube.
I think it is possible.
I agree with this theory. I think it’s a distinct possibility.
I dunno. Because of that bit about “many stage personas,” I won’t be surprised if the system finds a way to stick him back in as someone else, but I would be surprised if it’s this soon.
If that’s how it is I would have to wonder why Best didn’t just go straight to playing this persona
Because already E-Merl’s like 10x more interesting <.<
also ten times less of a douche.
sure he stumbles with insulting pretty much everybody, but it was entirely accidental. So hey, i forgive him
The Payet Best character wasn’t enjoyed by his fellow players so he decided to get on his alt?
Who is AWESOME. He’s some kind of thief mage thing. On top of his low powered nuke, illusion magic, and his oddly powerful shield, he probably has incredibly knife skills. None of that dickish hero self with a legendarily powerful one character only weapon.
If this is Best’s alt you could say he E-merliorated (ameliorated) his old character.
He’s a traveling street performer with a minor understanding of magic and a collection of magical items from his journeys that he uses with skill and grace. A social creature by nature who’s entirely too charming and seems like he’d work best by allowing the manifold companions he gathers over the course of his journeys to work to their full potential. A well rounded jack of all trades with a trick up his short sleeves for many an eventuality.
He’s a bard.
I don’t see why this guy can’t just be virtual. If this “game” has the sort of technology necessary to make virtual reality a reality,(No pun intended.) I don’t see why it couldn’t have programmed characters that were, for all intents and purposes, thinking and feeling. Otherwise I think the PCs would get suspicious. I mean imagine walking up to somone and the only thing they’d say to you is “I am Error.)
Also, I love that I got Gravedust.
Gravedust works for me, too….
What do you mean, “no pun intended”? Are you some kind of heretic in these lands? Last I heard, every pun is sacred.
Every pun is good.
If a pun is wasted, the comments get quite irate.
You know, GA could do with an official anthem…
It has one: http://dainsaint.com/post/2421513905/ive-been-itching-to-write-a-piece-that-felt-like
Now, to split hairs to the part of ridicularity, is that not soundtrack? An athem needs words! And a second verse that no-one can remember so we just sing “nyeh, nyeh, nyeh” until the chorus comes ’round again!
an awesome bard
I like this E-Merl guy already.
I like this guy. I feel like he’ll be the first one that gets maimed or horribly killed when things go wrong, but I like him.
Seconding this. Plus, that grin makes him adorable *w*
Oh – i like Big Swordy Cigar Guy.
And E-Merl will be useful if only as something to keep the Bad Guys’ attention off the dangerous people.
And E-Merl will be useful if only as something to keep the Bad Guys’ attention off the dangerous people on Our Side.
Sorry about the double post. Don’t know what happened.
Yes, I consider myself to be above combat. Y do you axis?
No, Byron! I said “axis,” not-
I wondered if you could rise to the challenge.
Cool guys keep their eyes closed and their cigars clenched.
I’ve a feeling that even though Merl isn’t a front line type of guy, he’ll still be saving the party’s ass a lot.
Big Guy with the short n’ sweet zinger.
Personally, I would’ve gone with “hot air,” but a good first line, nonetheless.
I think I like this shit elf way better than the last one.
This guy is clever and charming and likable, I bet he’s a traitor of some sort.
We should kill him now.
I had a party whose watchword during any given encounter with NPCs was “He’s a doppleganger, kill him!”
Sometimes between PCs, too.
Good times, good times.
There is a saying, a last line of sorts:
“Why is that, that if priests say: it is an illusion, the monsters vanish, but if we say: it is an illusion, we are eaten?” By a guy, who refused to play magic users, stating, that it is a form of cheating. Yeah… he was half right.
I think there’s one in every other gaming group. Ours called magic “condoned cheating”.
For us, it was the skill checks. Apparently, with a high enough bluff, the goods will believe they are fish. The campaign never quite recovered.
And now, the guild members check their E-Merl.
Can we just Scipio ver the other two? I’d rather see whether Byron’s rage’ll win out versus Syr’nj’s Science.
Anyone got a better pun for Rachel than “rage’ll”? For such a common name it’s a doozy to pun.
Next thing you know he’ll berate people for looking for miracles.
I, for one, think that someone who’s character concept is relying on “magic doodads” that he didn’t enchant is asking to be disarmed.
So are “sword saints”. They’re still useful people to have around.
Isn’t that like saying relying on a sword you didn’t forge, or a horse you didn’t breed, or a pat of butter you didn’t churn, is asking to be disarmed, unhorsed, and caused to suffer through a dairy spread of unpalatable texture, respectively?
I have a similar trick at the auction House. I can turn gold into less gold.
New favorite character.
I’m guessing this is a total credit-card player that bought shit from the Korean farmers. Expect him to log out and stop playing one day in the middle of a fight with either a big ragequit or sudden crippling boredom attack.
except that apparently they are all stuck forever in the game that they do not realize is a game….
You know, I still doubt that there’s actually any other PCs on the characters’ server aside from the tube people and maybe the occasional mod-type monitoring the game. MMOs tend to keep test servers, where they test new features and ‘jack directly into the game to play it with your consciousness’ is definitely a new feature. I can’t imagine just releasing it onto the live servers, what if they crashed?
On top of that, in live MMOs, the servers get shut down sometimes – for updates or maintenance or just restarts. I’m nearly sure that’s not happening here, because there has to be a reason why they’re trying to permakill the tube-people’s characters instead of just shutting down the test servers and dumping them out that way.
“Yes, I’m E-Merl…. time to kick it up a notch! Bam!”
It doesn’t look like E-Merl actually has any ability other than using magic items.
Often it’s more important to know how to use tools than it is to know how to create tools. They’re related and synergistic, of course — and E-Merl has some ability to cast minor spells himself. Often, a wizard with a wand of fire can do more damage than a wizard who can cast fire spells.
There’s a nasty little trick that rogues can pull with magic items along those lines. You set up a stick as trapped stick to release fireball (or other spell of your choice) and then reset itself whenever the pressure pad (a small, painted spot on the stick) is tripped. The fireball will release from on end, while you hold the other. Essentially, it’s a wand of infinite fireballs.
Oh, and then you can get into tippyverse, but most DMs stop things when you go that far.
bet he can only do one each a day, the cost of only using magic items…
“The hat used to be magic too, but…well, let’s just say that rabbit is in a better place now.”
So the big question is are all these new characters players? Because the magician elf guy seems like he could be someone who logged it. :)
Hmmm… E-merl definitely sounds like some kind of name of someone who logged into a game.
i generally use LeetOne. But i have a few up my sleeve; Leetl Boi, Dat Won-Gai, a few more that i will not mention for reasons of having forgot….
I love this guy, they have to keep him around!
E-merl is the name of a webcomic site.
I know, right! I hereby heartily endorse this new member of the cast.
He is named in your honor, Merlin!
~ And what about you Raeg?
- I beat people up.
And look nasty enough for the other people to run ‘way.
“Magic? You swing a sword and your enemy disappears in a cloud of red mist. That’s magic.”
He’s obviously a bot.
That robot looks totally rad.
One might even say it looks way past cool.
I have a thing for AIs.
Hey..I just thought of something.I’m probabbly wrong in this but…
Has our lovely little gnome lady and Best, storyline wise, been together?I have a odd suspesion they could be played by the same character? Or Multi boxing?
Given how little we know of the way minds and Arkerra interact, it’s theoretically possible. However, this page is a notable break if we’re dealing with someone who can only play one persona at a time.
Also, the title page (click “First” under the comic).
We’ve looked into that theory a couple of times now. However, chapter 2 (I think), pages 7 through 9 would rule out the Bandit/Best alt theory unless Multi-tubing is permitted.
IT CAN TALK?!
So question. The band is his ring, the talisman is his amulet, but his hat looks nothing like a circlet. Are we indeed talking about his magic hat or is the circlet something else?
I think the circlet is the other ring. He’s got one on each hand. The gold one is for summer, the silver for winter.
Ah, that makes sense. Nice catch. Thanks.
It’s either the second ring, or his gloves :) He does rub them
Which brings up an interesting question. He rubs his hands to conjure the fireballs, he twirls the amulet to create the illusion, and then he does a little cup and blow thing before creating his frigid winds. Is any of that actually necessary or is it just showmanship?
I think there’s a bit more flair to all of this than I’d typically expect of an activation trigger. I’m personally betting he’s having fun with the performance. The fact that he chose to juggle the fireballs instead of throwing them to display their damaging nature, not to mention the illusion of choice seems to reinforce the notion.
Really, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a character make magic look so fun. That’s gotta be an intentional and conscious thing he’s doing there. All his smiles, man. All his smiles.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Constantly closed eyes on a new character… it’s ol’ purple-tie’s assistant!
The best magic item ever is for cloning yourself and giving yourself the thumbs up. YEEEEAAAAHHH.
The human version of Hell Boy has just joined the cast.
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