At first the defeat of Lich Malistaire seems like a Deus ex Machina but if the player was paying attention they'll realize that it was just the center of the dueling ring that breaks, this means that all the summons that the player used cased enough damage to the ground to cause it to break off of the comet.
Similarly to Malistaire, Krokhotep is alive and well before you fight him, but is a ghost when you meet him again later in the Tomb of Storms. In this case, thankfully, defeat helps bring him to his senses and he becomes your ally in the fight to recover the Krokonomicon.
Made even worse by the reward for the mission where you have to defeat Krokhotep. The reward is a plaque that looks like you mounted his head!
In Krokotopia, the only female Krok is Krokopatra, and there are no female Manders. So where did they all come from again?
Actually, a few of the Krok guards in Krokopatra's dungeon are wearing feminine-like outfits.
Also, neither crocodiles nor salamanders in real life have distinguishing gender characteristics externally (you have to check internally to know) so it's possible they differentiate less overall or we did meet a lot of females, but didn't know. After all, neither species has mammary glands, so some Krok guards/Mander slaves without shirts could have been female without alerting censors.