History Characters / TheOrderOfTheStickTheEmpireOfBlood

22nd Feb '17 1:32:44 PM Kalaong
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* {{Irony}}: What he says at the end of the arc is completely backwards. [[spoiler:[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0936.html Elan has lost a lot during the arc.]] His brother is dead, his friend was killed and raised as a vampire, his naivety died, and he realizes that his father is completely irredeemable, among other things. Many of the heroes have marked growth as well. From both a subjective and objective point of view, the ending to the arc can be considered very satisfying and the team has enough closure to put off taking out Tarquin for the "sequel". If anything, Tarquin lost MORE than anyone else during the arc. He lost his wife, a lot of resources including an entire army squad, he spent the favor that Miron owed him, he lost the Gate and the chance to study it to Laurin (though that may have saved his life), he has lost both his sons and his best friend, and now has an entire resistance organized against him (running with a very decent plan that they got from ELAN). Despite this it seems that he is the ONLY character that had no real growth besides a VillainousBreakdown. No word yet as to whether that will make him wise up and become more savvy for the future, though.]]

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* {{Irony}}: What he says at the end of the arc is completely backwards. [[spoiler:[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0936.html Elan has lost a lot during the arc.]] His brother is dead, his friend was killed and raised as a vampire, his naivety died, and he realizes that his father is completely irredeemable, among other things. Many of the heroes have marked growth as well. From both a subjective and objective point of view, the ending to the arc can be considered very satisfying and the team has enough closure to put off taking out Tarquin for the "sequel". If anything, Tarquin lost MORE than anyone else during the arc. He lost his wife, a lot of resources including an entire army squad, he spent the favor that Miron owed him, he lost the Gate and the chance to study it to Laurin (though that may have saved his life), he has lost both his sons and his best friend, and now has an entire resistance organized against him (running ([[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0941.html running with a very decent plan that they got from ELAN).ELAN]]). Despite this it seems that he is the ONLY character that had no real growth besides a VillainousBreakdown. No word yet as to whether that will make him wise up and become more savvy for the future, though.]]
22nd Feb '17 10:10:27 AM Kalaong
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* TheStrategist: Believes himself to be the source of both military and political long-term brilliant plans. He's not. His real contribution to his group's plans of conquest, besides his considerable personal fighting prowess, is simply pointing out the clichés that always lead to the failure of other Overlords. Being a master strategist is just something he convinced himself of.

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* TheStrategist: {{Defied}}. Believes himself to be the source of both military and political long-term brilliant plans. He's not. His real contribution to his group's plans of conquest, besides his considerable personal fighting prowess, is simply pointing out the clichés that always lead to the failure of other Overlords. Being a master strategist is just something he convinced himself of.
18th Feb '17 1:04:16 AM rmctagg09
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* DraconicHumanoid: He's half-dragon.

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* DraconicHumanoid: He's half-dragon.half-dragon and looks draconic.
* DragonAncestry: Enor is the son of a half-ogre and a blue dragon.
16th Jan '17 12:25:27 PM DustSnitch
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* {{Badass}}:
** Love him, hate him, or [[LoveToHate love to hate him]], he's the only character aside from [[BigBad Xykon]] to succeed in [[spoiler:killing a member of the Order of the Stick]]. And outnumbered two-to-one (three if you include Mr. Scruffy), to boot.
** Also, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0811.html check out his "Harm" combo]]. This is borderline GameBreaker territory in real ''Dungeons & Dragons''. It's safe to say he does NOT mess around when it comes to combat.[[invoked]]
** He complains to Durkon that he's not as high of a level as he could be because it's tough to find a suitable challenge as [[spoiler:a vampire cleric.[[note]]In Dungeons and Dragons 3.5, the Vampire template adds +8 to a creature's effective level[[/note]]]].



* {{Badass}}: Together with Tarquin, [[spoiler:she almost defeats the entire Order. Only the timely arrival of a certain airship saves them.]]
6th Jan '17 3:13:14 PM MarsJenkar
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* {{Troperiffic}}: Intentionally, so that he'll be remembered. It's working, judging by the [[EntryPimping number of trope pages he's either quoted or pictured on]], including WhatIsEvil, FightSceneFailure, BreadAndCircuses, MultilayerFacade, and GenreSavvy.

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* {{Troperiffic}}: Intentionally, so that he'll be remembered. It's working, judging by the [[EntryPimping number of trope pages he's either quoted or pictured on]], including WhatIsEvil, FightSceneFailure, BreadAndCircuses, MultilayerFacade, and GenreSavvy.(when it was a trope) Dangerously Genre Savvy.
4th Jan '17 3:39:44 PM Az_Tech341
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** More directly, he and Julio Scoundrél throw each other into sharp relief. Both owe their success to weaponizing GenreSavvy, both are locked into their roles by this, both withhold crucial information for plot convenience, and both serve as father figures for Elan. Elan actually works this out in-universe, and ends up deeply disturbed by it. However, when it comes down to it Julio is willing to risk falling victim to story conventions himself when it's time to save the day, while Tarquin is willing to stop the heroes saving the world in the name making his inevitable defeat a better story.

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** More directly, he and Julio Scoundrél throw each other into sharp relief. Both owe their success to weaponizing GenreSavvy, both are locked into their roles by this, both withhold crucial information for plot convenience, and both serve as father figures for Elan. Elan actually works this out in-universe, and ends up deeply disturbed by it. However, when it comes down to it Julio is willing to risk falling victim to story conventions himself when it's time to save the day, while Tarquin is willing to stop the heroes saving the world in the name of making his inevitable defeat a better story.
3rd Jan '17 8:05:33 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* JustToyingWithThem: When he goes up against all of the Order's melee fighters at once he holds back just to enjoy the fight, which Malack calls him on. He still comes close to taking them out regardless.
3rd Jan '17 7:58:42 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* {{Foil}}: Tarquin's purpose was to take advantage of [[GenreSavvy his knowledge of story tropes]] and keep the villains from killing each other and that he's really a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, albeit a high-functioning one, making him appear to be an EvilCounterpart to Elan... but that's where the similarities end. Elan knows his place in the grand scheme of things, and is [[HumbleHero perfectly content with Roy taking the spotlight with him serving as a supporting role]], while Tarquin is [[{{Pride}} too full]] [[ItsAllAboutMe of himself]] to realize that he's merely providing support for the group.

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Tarquin's purpose was to take advantage of [[GenreSavvy his knowledge of story tropes]] and keep the villains from killing each other and that he's really a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, albeit a high-functioning one, making him appear to be an EvilCounterpart to Elan... but that's where the similarities end. Elan knows his place in the grand scheme of things, and is [[HumbleHero perfectly content with Roy taking the spotlight with him serving as a supporting role]], while Tarquin is [[{{Pride}} too full]] [[ItsAllAboutMe of himself]] to realize that he's merely providing support for the group.group.
** More directly, he and Julio Scoundrél throw each other into sharp relief. Both owe their success to weaponizing GenreSavvy, both are locked into their roles by this, both withhold crucial information for plot convenience, and both serve as father figures for Elan. Elan actually works this out in-universe, and ends up deeply disturbed by it. However, when it comes down to it Julio is willing to risk falling victim to story conventions himself when it's time to save the day, while Tarquin is willing to stop the heroes saving the world in the name making his inevitable defeat a better story.
16th Nov '16 2:25:32 PM nighttrainfm
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* YouCantThwartStageOne: His awareness of this trope forms the core of his whole lifestyle. While a hero will ''eventually'' rise up to oppose him, he gets to live in obscene power and luxury right up to that point. In his view, a more than even trade.
14th Nov '16 8:19:45 PM FordPrefect
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* BadassGrandpa: Is old enough to be a grandpa. Sill is able to take on the entire Order of the Stick, minus V, with absolutely zero magical abilities save his gear.

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* BadassGrandpa: Is old enough to be a grandpa. Sill Still is able to take on the entire Order of the Stick, minus V, with absolutely zero magical abilities save his gear.
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