Kore is named ironically, and is made of almost entirely non-core material.The spell he uses to temporarily resurrect the Fortune Teller is NOT speak with dead, it's Revenance, a fourth level Paladin (and cleric and blackguard) spell from the book Complete Divine. He is either playing a paladin of tyranny/slaughter (and has convinced Herbert to let him use non-core paladin spells as an abnormal paladin), or a Gray Guard from Complete Warrior that seriously stretches the limits of the "no code of conduct as long as you're lawful good" thing.
Kore is a pathological coward (in the goblins universe, not the player universe).think about it. his usual strategy in a fight is to rely on heavy armor, a ridiculously over-sized shield in relation to his physical size, and killing his targets from as great a distance as possible with automatic crossbows.and his usual targets seem to be way, way below his level based on how obscenely broken he usually is in combat.as in fighting enemies intended for a level 1-2 as level 12. alternatively, as mentioned further down, his player is either intimidating the GM or the GM's girlfriend. Or worse, is a seriously over-powered NPC which the GM has ALREADY shown he is very fond of using, like the Demon "Not-Walter."
Kore is the rerolled character of the player that was originally the low level human paladin that was killed brutally by goblins in the first few strips.
Dies Horribly will die horribly is not his real name, it's dies heroically.The fortune teller who name the goblins has not always been heard correctly, and none of the others really seem to realize it, and he has shown to be courageous sometimes in the face of his own death. :Those aren't mutually exclusive.
Takn is a Tucker's Kobold.That's why he's so famous among them: After leaving his tribe for an unspecified reason, he has used his superior skill and cunning for taking down many adventurers, some of them quite high-level. He's got some reputation.
The human adventuring party will encounter Kore.They already encountered Dellyn, so...
The final party will consist of eleven player characters, one of each main class.There were five goblins originally, and six more characters have joined Chief on the wall. Each of them has received more than enough characterisation to become a main character. It is clear that they will all take class levels and join the party - even though having eleven characters means that they won't be getting levels all that fast.
Kore is a Paladin of Slaughter.There. Now we can concentrate on different matters.
Saves A Fox will end up saving a fox.The fox she killed wasn't the fox she was supposed to save. She will eventually be forced to save a fox, which will lead her to question if the seer prophecies can be avoided in the long run. :The prophesy said when she'd save it. Unless they discover time travel, the prophesy can't be fulfulled.
Saves A Fox did save the fox she was meant to.She's kept that tail all this time, and there's more than one meaning of the word "save".
Dies Horribly will die horribly but get better.Eventually, Dies will come to accept his fate and make a noble sacrifice, dying horribly to save his companions. He is then resurrected, possibly in a way relating to the metal symbiote entity.
Dies Horribly's "fate" is a condition, not an event.He has been horrible at dying so far.
Kore is not a PaladinThey may say he's a Paladin, but all we have are statements. He never used any Paladin Powers — not Detect Evil, nor Smite, nor Lay On Hands, nor Summon Mount. He is said to be fearless, but that is not a demonstration of a class ability if he's hugely overleveled. He did use a supernatural ability, but Speak With Dead is a Cleric spell, not a Paladin spell.
Kore is a Fourth Edition PaladinThey can be evil, and neither clerics nor paladins lose their powers if they wander over alignments.
Kore will claim the Axe of PrissanThe thing favors paladins and cannot harm them against their will; and it will unleash a plane-eating demon if it is used in too many evil deeds. Where else could it be going? Unfortunately, odds are high that Big Ears will die in the process... Anyway, at the current update schedule, we'll find out in twenty years or so.
Kore will end up wishing for the axe of Prissan to kill himPossibly while it is in his own hands, or possibly while it is in the hands of BigEars.
Kore is the Paladin from whom the axe was takenWe're never told any details about Kore's curse. The Paladin from whom the axe was taken was female, but there is no solid evidence that Kore is male; Forgath mentioned that female dwarves often have beards, and with all that armor, who can tell? Also, the man who stole the axe never said that he had murdered its owner; Ears guessed it.
When the goblins meet Kore the axe will split him openAnd then everyone will realize that Kore is in fact an ex-paladin who has been using magic items to conceal the loss of his powers.
Captain Goblinslayer is a Greenwood Ranger.Or something similar. Not a crazy prediction or anything, just some idle speculation. Waaaaay back in 2nd Edition, there was a kit (think primitive prestige class) for rangers called the Greenwood Ranger that was a normal ranger who was transformed into a human/plant hybrid. Goblinslayer doesn't fit the description 100% (this was back when all rangers had to be good-aligned, for starters), but it could have been an inspiration to the author to some degree.
Captain Goblinslayer has a split personalityWhen Goblinslayer is torturing Fumbles, he looks almost sorry at times. Or maybe just more insane. Also, the block letters applying to him occasionally change colors. This may have something to do with his apparently being half tree.
Captain Goblinslayer is half TreantNot sure if that would cause him to literally split down the middle as half tree and half human, but maybe he was a freak even among the halfbreeds. Not like he knew many in the first place; he was raised among monsters and mocked constantly by them. He lived with his treant father; the human druid mother died giving birth to a freaking half treechild. It made him grow to hate all monsters and torture them for fun and all that jazz. He can finally bully the bullies that bullied him so terribly.
Captain Goblinslayer is a Half-Golem.Given the June 20th, 2009 comic. The Half-Golem template represents a living creature with limbs and the like removed and replaced with golem parts. A Wood Golem would be the construct base for Captain Goblinslayer.
Captain Goblinslayer has epilepsy.
Grem's father is Redcloak from Order of the Stick.It's simple. Some years ago, before the Order entered the dungeon, Redcloak started a little side project of finding more goblin allies on other planes; he arrived in a world which followed roughly the same rules and met Duv. An alliance was proposed for a regeneration spell; but Maglubivet had something against the Dark One or vice versa, and the magic wasn't allowed to work. Eventually, their duties forced them to part ways, but something already happened. Plus, they're both Dark Messiahs with tragic pasts.
The Rules that govern the world are changing from 3.5 Edition to 4th EditionWhen the comic started, the rule base that the world quite clearly ran on was obviously the 3.5 rules. But, bit by bit, the world seems to be changing. Kore has already been theorized as being a 4th edition Paladin; perhaps he (or she, as another WMG says) is slowly converting and, fortunately for him, acquired the "Paladins can be of any Alignment" rule before he went off the deep end. *This comic features a creature that looks like a Soulspike Devourer, a creature that didn't exist until the 4th edition. And this comic proves that it is a Soulspike Devourer- the process that happens to its kill is a trademark of the beast.
The Shield of Wonder is changing the rules that govern the world to 4th Edition.It summoned of the Soulspike Devourer.
Dies Horribly's "Special Arm" is functionally a bonded MindbladeOne of the psionic classes in 3.5 was called the Soulknife; its forte was manifesting psychic energy in the form of a weapon composed of faintly translucent, colored, solid energy — just like Dies' arm. Soulknifes could reshape their Mindblades into almost any form, from dagger to axe to greatsword. If this theory is true — and Dies did manage to make a flower grow out of his palm before panicking and turning it into a blade-growth — then Dies will be able to shapeshift his arm at will if he gets some more willpower and, more importantly, stops jumping at every shadow.
Saves-A-Fox is half human.Admittedly, we haven't seen a ton of women goblins, but she seems to have more defined and human-like features than other goblins. She's also the one who actively says, "Screw Destiny" She's not the only one who dislikes some of the Goblin traditions (there's Complains-Of-Names), but she's the only one of the goblins we've seen who has done the opposite of what her name is. And rebellion for rebellion's sake is frequently considered a human trait.
Years of pent up loot is going to the goblins.The goblins seem to be magnets for rare and valuable things at the moment. Chief has an amazing spear; Big-Ears has the Axe; Dies-Horribly has a shapeshifting hand; and Complains has become part-Demon, presumably granting some useful bonuses. Chief also remarked after the battle in the guard barracks that they seem to be gaining bonus experience. This could be because there are no other parties of goblin PCs so far as we know - even the dungeon delve at the Viper clan seems to be comprised of (admittedly dangerous or talented) NPCs. Coupled with their lifespans, which are generally guessed to be about 30 years, the non-stop windfalls make a certain sort of sense. You can add Maglubiyet's influence to top it all off - he wouldn't want his future champions to die poor and weak, would he?
Kore's player is a rules lawyer who talked his Dungeon Master (who may or may not be Herb) into letting him use his twisted justifications and keep his powers.It explains everything and is completely consistent with the nature of the world.
All the horrible things happening to Fumbles are part of the backstory on his character sheet.Note that he did not pick a real character class yet, and so he is not a Player Character yet. While he was a rather shallow character at first, he has been given a unique appearance, a strong reason to become a hero (or maybe just a psycho), and the set-up for a major personality
The Goblinslayer is incredibly angry and bitter about his status as a Half-Human HybridIt would explain why he hates non-humans so very much and go some way into explaining why he's such a bastard.
Kin will end up as a villain, possibly killing Goblinslayer in the process.You know she must feel betrayed at the others leaving her. And now she's the only monster Goblinslayer has left to torture. And the pent up anger he must have right now after his encounter with Thaco? (and imagine if he lets that slip during the torture) I definitely wouldn't want to be in Kin's scales right now. Prediction: Kin gets horribly mutilated (and possibly driven a little crazy) until she breaks free, kills Goblinslayer, (denying him a final fight with Thaco) hijacks his plant half to replace her own missing parts, (Yuan-ti are good at the nature magic, aren't they?) and goes after the Goblins.
The World is in a Cycle of HatredAs in, the PC races kill the monster races on the grounds that they're evil, as a result a group of goblins turn into PCs are fight the evil PC races, so more and more monster races join them in the fight, and so they become the core PC race while the old ones are now seen as the Always Chaotic Evil EX fodder that's killed on sight.
The freed monsters are going to become another plot pathThey're "calling" character classes in the last strip, and while it might be a throwaway gag, it might be yet another segment of plot.
Captain Goblinslayer is deadGoblinslayer died little after Thaco left him to die. And Kin has a new master that's kinder and/or set her free. I deeply hope for this to be true because it gives Kin a happy ending that she should have. And it helped me stop crying about Kin being taken back to Bluemoon. Don't be afraid to show this idea has being jossed.
Dies Horribly isn't his real nameIt's Dyes Horribly.
Fumbles is going to pull a stunt from End of EvangelionHe's currently in the same state Asuka was at the beginning of the movie. Eventually, something really nasty is going to start happening to everyone else, at which point he uses Heroic Willpower to break out of the coma, kicks some serious ass (maybe in a vorpal way, kicking someone's ass hard enough that their head comes off), and gains enough experience from the concentrated Crowning Moment Of Awesome to reach the same level as the rest of the party. The threat getting back up and beating him in a Curb-Stomp Battle is optional.
Captain Goblinslayer is from Gillitie WoodHe has the same kind of partly-tree body as Ysengrin.
Kin is going to aid Minmax & Forgath against Dellyn and join the party in his placeForgath appears to have let go of her leash in the latest strip...
Fumbles is dead. But Senor Vorpal Kickasso lives.At some point, someone will stick the moustache onto Fumbles, since he clutches it all the time. And Vorpal will reawaken, living up to every possible trope of fantasy warriors; the minute the moustache comes off, back to catatonic Fumbles.
The goblins' prophetic names aren't just random visions; they were all named for the benefit of the Player Characters who attacked the camp.Other than correctness (which is, Dies and the fortune teller aside, 100% so far and still possible for Dies), there's not a lot of pattern to the goblins' names. Big Ears and One Eye are named after their appearance, Chief after his job, Fumbles and Complains after actions they take frequently, Dies after something that he'll do once, and Thaco's not even named prophetically at all. But all of them are named for something the party would notice during the big battle for the warcamp, and in fact for the thing that party would consider the most memorable/distinguishing/important thing about that goblin. Fumbles and Complains are the most obviously in support of this theory, though "Chief" and the appearance ones work in obvious ways for obvious reasons. Dies was presumably supposed to be killed in a particularly nasty way by the short drow, but the vision went a bit off the rails when Klik showed up (alternately, YAB didn't have the stomach to or couldn't spare the time to watch to the end of that vision and extrapolated from what she'd seen of that Drow so far). YAB was clearly named ironically, as a certain class of player is prone to do; Forgath did interrupt the battle to complain about how ugly she was. Thaco probably had some really lucky rolls one way or the other during his fight that left the players whose characters he killed complaining and earned him a nickname.
Kore is a fallen paladin.He believes that he fell due to fighting evil, and therefor being in contact with it, so much. This lead to his theory that evil is infectious.
Kin is the SnakeYou know how both of the prophecies that Minmax and Forgath have received mentioned "The snake becoming prey" and "friend becoming enemy"? Well, based on recent strips featuring those two, it seems clear that Minmax won't be willing to travel with Kin, and Forgath doesn't seem to pleased by that. My guess is that Minmax's trying to kill Kin will cause Forgath to break off their friendship, and they'll go their separate ways. If they don't attack each other over it first, that is.
Herbert is a sympathizer of monster racesHerbert is a GM who's always disliked the Always Chaotic Evil trope and thus is running a campaign with sympathetic goblins, eventually extending to other monster races.
The Tempts Fate strips are connected to the main comic continuityTempts Fate is actually Complains, either from an alternate universe, or from some point in the future where his adventuring experience has made him more Badass. (And change colour.)
Kore will either demonstrate a paladin power, or the group will notice the lack of paladin powersThis is finally a group that can potentially survive an encounter with Kore, even if it is by running the hell away. Either he'll summon his mount to try and run them down (forcing them to split up), or he won't and they'll wonder why the hell he isn't.
Kore's curse prevents his god from seeing him and so removing his paladin powersThe fortune-teller told Kore that he was cursed, but he claimed it wasn't a curse. If the curse is what enables him to retain paladin powers while "eliminating even potential evil" then he would see this as a good thing. (The curse might also distort his Detect Evil abilities.) It may or may not relate to the fact that we only ever see one of his eyes.
Kore is Forgath from the futureSome time in the future, Kin kills Minmax, probably accidentally; the shock of the creature he had been defending 'murdering' his best friend drives him over the edge, and he 'dies' and is reborn as Kore, in a Darth Vader Killed your Father kind of way. At some point he stumbles on a rift in time and resolves to go back and 'right' the world by slaying all evil. That's why he hasn't lost his paladin powers; he only recently multiclassed, and he picked a god who lets him get away with the stuff he pulls. (God of revenge, maybe?)
Kore's Curse Is An Unremovable Ring Of Change Alignment
Kore maintains his alignment because the DM/Herbert is a RepublicanCome on: slaughtering innocent bystanders, hunting down and eradicating whole swathes due to percieved evil (and thus "pre-emptive" strikes against evil), justifying TORTURE as a 'good' action... if that doesn't scream Bush-era tactics applied to a D&D setting, I don't know what does.
Kore is a construct made by a fallen PaladinBasing this on the fact that Kore seems to be more metal under his boots. A paladin who lost his powers due to his deplorable actions (ie killing innocent monsters) and forged a construct to continue his work for him. Kore is not sapient enough to know what he's doing is wrong, therefore in his own mind he's still lawful good. However, since it's 3e, ANYONE can be a player character.
Ears was only the first dramatic/traumatic level-upWhen Big Ears went up against Saral Caine, it was a win that seemed beyond what he'd be able to solo in the first couple levels. He underwent a highly dramatic trial and received a beyond awesome level-up with armor, weapon, reaffirmation of his character, backstory, the whole nine yards. Now consider if each of the other characters undergoes something just as formative... but switch from "dramatic" to "traumatic" here, since it seems to be the way the mood is going. Recently it looked like Chief was going to get his moment just fighting Kore alone; now it still might be Chief's moment, in a "must suffer and die and be reborn to become ultimate healer" style (similar to how, in an ElfQuest backstory issue, the main healer nearly killed herself seeking out the nature of death so she could better fight it). But the current fight needn't be Chief's big moment; it could be the big moment for Fumbles, Thaco, or Complains (who seems more likely, given his friendship with Chief). If it's the big level-up moment for that person, he's about to go above and beyond the group in his actions, giving us a moment to remember.
Dies Horribly was deliberately misnamed.Given what happened to Chief, Dies might be the prophesized Chief who will lead them to glory. So they switched up the names to prevent a civil war.
About the eyes.When Goblins are all in a bloodlust/combat-ready mindset, their eyes turn all black with a glittering white in the center. This could be a representation of pupil dilation, which helps people and animals see some stuff better.
The Axe of Prissan doesn't actually contain a demon.The Axe radiates evil because it IS evil. It's an artifact that brainwashes paladins who hold it into believing it is. Perhaps it selfishly adapts itself to be the ideal weapon for whoever touches it.
Dellyn the Goblinslayer, Saral Caine, and K'seliss are all Hybrids made by a wizard.When Dies Horribly first meets K'seliss, Saves-a-Fox mentions a mad wizard who had a thing for building half-breed constructs, and that there's a Half-human/Half-Stone Giant living in Brassmoon city. Saral Caine is human sized, with a stone like complexion. Furthermore, his death at the hands of Ears seems to leave an emotional mark on Dellyn, enough to make him cry Manly Tears at least. Considering he's half plant and treats Saral Caine like a brother, it's possible that they were both made by the same wizard.
Thaco's destiny is to succeed in injuring a being with Armor Class 0.As the name implies.
Kore is the dwarf priests foil.Their both Dwarfs. They both have holy alignments as their class. Paladins are supposed to be good guys whereas Clerics are supposed to just need their gods approval, right? They both saw somebody plead for their son's life. One for his adult monster son, and one for his adopted dwarf small child son. One sees that there might be more to the monsters than he thought and heals him, the other ignores his pleas.
Kin considers rape naturalGiven her description of her birth sex is rape and rape is sex for her species. However she associates sex with being beaten within an inch of her life now.
Targoth, the dwarven kid Kore killed, was Forgath's brotherThey have the same surname, meaning Forgath now has a dead little brother and a reason to fight Kore. He may have even been looking for the kid on the quest. When he finds out, shit will hit the fan.
Dies Horribly's arm isn't a part of him, it's the larval form of Klik's speciesKlik's race is parasitic, and can project mental images that convince other life forms that they are harmless and what they are doing is beneficial. It's already been shown to have a mind of its own. As such, the arm will eventually kill Dies and take its natural form.
Kin will teach Minmax literacy the next time they level upFully completing his development from ignorant munchkin to a somewhat well-rounded PC
The universe isn't evil, evil tends to lose.They didn't note how evil the groups looked the first time.
Kore doesn't lose his paladin status because he keeps the souls of the innocents he killsAs seen on Nov. 16th of 2010, this strip, Kore has what looks like chained spectral faces coming out of him, which might be the souls of the people he kills. Perhaps he prevents their souls from passing into another plane, and therefore he doesn't technically "kill" any innocents. This might be why he doesn't lose paladin status.
Saral Caine and the ChiefThey both have the same symbol (on Chief's headband and Caine's belt), and they've both died, so there's definitely something special about that symbol. Perhaps they'll both come back to life sometime?
Saral Caine killed Kills-A-WerebearOnly the goblin chiefs have that symbol, but Caine somehow got his hands on one. It says in this strip that KAW was killed by a seventh level barbarian... Saral Caine was an adventurer when he was younger.
The Glowing Green light at the end of this strip is...
The Goblin Adventurers will eventually recognize Minmax's sword as the one he took from GS
The Maze of Many is how Kin will remove her collar
The Gods themselves fear Kore.Kore doesn't lose his Paladin status because his God knows that Kore doesn't need no paladin status to ascend to the heavens and kick his ass for depriving him.
Fortunetellers don't give names based on what they see. The names are part of an elaborate fatalistic The Plan.We already know that Chief was made chief because it was his name, and that he was named chief because making Thaco chief would spark a goblin civil war. Saves-a-Fox's failed attempt to Screw Destiny proves that the fortune tellers can get creative. Names were given to direct the course of events, not to reveal them.
It IS impossible to avoid a fate accurately prophesied by a fortune teller... but fortune tellers are not infallible.It may happen that a fortune teller sees an inaccurate, or at least incomplete vision of the future. So, it may be that Dies Horribly will pass horribly close to death, but Young-And-Beautiful failed to see the rest of his fate, in which he manages to survive. Similarly, Forgath may be almost killed by that other dwarf (Kore?) but eventually escape his fate.
Kore is a woman.Most of the time, when someone's face is obscured for the majority of their appearance, it's so it'll be a huge twist when we find out that she was a woman the whole time. The beard is meant to throw readers off, but Forgath explicitly said early on in the series that some female dwarves can grow beards. And the only reason people use the "he" pronoun to refer to Kore is because she never removes her armor, and most people who Kore talks to end up dead.
Dies Horribly is the only one who can defeat Mister Fingers.So much as touching him can melt a person's flesh off. Naturally, he'll need to be killed by someone with an arm made of shapeshifting living metal.
Dies Horribly becomes a Rogue.He's good at running away and hiding, and right now, Saves a Fox could really use someone good at picking locks.
K'seliss is a tsundere.Search your feelings; you know it to be true.
K'seliss is NOT gonna die!As I write this, K'seliss has just surfaced in a dark underwater cavern he was dregged to by Mister Fingers. This may be just a little wishful thinking on my part, in the face of an author who occasionally goes into binges of killing off characters left and right, but I rather doubt that he would have bothered showing the lizard surfacing if it was really the end of him. So how will it work? Theories:
Forgath's player is the DM's sister.Would give a new flavour to their banter.
The goblins are a separate gaming group who meet Herbert the DM on a different day from Minmax and Forgath's group.He's intentionally playing them off against each other.
Kin is now a player character.A newbie joined Herbert's group, and Kin's escape was to provide a new character for him/her to use.
The Green light in front of the Goblins IS Minmax and company...And they'll team up for an Enemy Mine to fight off Kore (Since he sees Kin with them, and based on his views, that makes Minmax and Forgath evil), the resulting fight will result in Forgaths death (As the Seer said he would die in a battle with another Dwarf.)
Another analysis of the prophecyWhen the serpent becomes your prey: when Minmax and Forgath went after Complains, who's I.M.E. is now a purple snake, they run into Goblinslayer and try to get him to join the party to track down the GAP. They also find Kin, who could also match the serpent motif Friends will become enemies: Goblinslayer and Minmax were buddy-buddy until he admitted to raping Kin, after which a well-deserved beatdown occured Love will fuel hate: Minmax and Kin are showing signs of becoming close and the possibility of love is there. When Kore sees this, he will be pissed and want to kill them both as soon as he can.
Grem will end up taking adventurer levels in order to survive the dungeon crawl.So far, we have Saves-a-fox(6th level fighter), Dies Horribly(Standard goblin with a shapeshifting magic arm) Klik(Flying, shapeshifting metal sphere... thing.) K'seliss(Lizardfolk/ogre hybrid who was awesome til he died) leaving Grem as... a standard goblin. If he doesn't take adventurer levels soon he'll end up fairly useless to the party.
Kore's God is as much prejuiced bastard as he isOr he serves the God of Lawful Stupid. Maybe Miko Miyazaki has ascended?
Some of the PCs are possessed by creatures from another world.Min Max points out that Fogath is "played" by a girl. Later a random girl actually believes she used to be the female Dark Elf that travled with them and does not realize she is wearing gloves in responce another character asks is she read her character sheet. Basically some PC's talk as if they are completely different people from themselves.
Fumbles is not one of the possessed characters or if he is possessed he is possessed by the DM himself.Fumbles choosen class could not be much more useless unless somebody tried to find the most useless class possible, however it gives him an excuse to know what all the classes do. Fumbles became a PC in his partie's backstory. The other goblins let Fumbles choose their class after they give a brief explanation of what they want, either they are just acepting what the DM says or they told the DM there plans before then and were given an appropiate history. Fumbles tries to convince them to attack the caravan then defies his group and attacks them anyways. Afterwards he insists on returning the doll on his own despite the impossability. He forces them on a certain path and can not do anything during there first adventure. Fumbles appears to exist in order to lead the other goblins in a way that suggests he is not controlled be anybody but the DM.
Minmax is going to go through even more character development.Minmax's first major moment of character development comes through shortly after this fight with Dellyn. During the fight, Dellyn stabs through Minmax's Skull Pin. Afterward, Minmax realizes that monsters are living beings rather than just something to kill for XP and amusement. Now, he's tossed his "I am Great" belt buckle away during a fight. Could it be that Minmax is about to learn some humility?
Dies-Horribly is going to escape the demon through a contract loophole.The demon said, "One orb for one soul." However, his new arm has its own soul, so the demon actually took two souls, violating its contract.
Forgath will cast remove curse on Kore.Forgath specifically mentioned learning remove curse, which was then discounted for use on Kin's collar. It's mention indicates that it will become useful.
The Demon Owned OgreHe'll become a member of Dies's party or will be killed fighting of the demons.
Dies Horribly does not refer to him dying (Spoilers)It refers to him being horrible at dying or dying horribly is what happens to his enemies but, like Rincewind, if he believed himself invincible, he would actually die. The right mix of self confidence and cowardice will continue to keep him alive for a long time.
Dies Horribly's second soulHas a will of its/his own and takes over in moments of rage or terror. Also, it refers to Dies as "father" and it is possibly jealous of Saves-A-Fox for Dies' attention (same page).
Grem was lied to about Saves-A-Fox being fated to survive the dungeon under the condition that she, Dies Horribly, and K'Seliss went alone. Dies (and possibly K'Seliss) were originally going to survive the Well of Darkness, and if that had been stated, Grem would have been more suspicious of her predicted survival, whereas obviously someone had to survive to bring the orb out, and if it wasn't the other two it would have to be her.If Grem isn't there, Saves-A-Fox retrieves the key instead, possibly dying and throwing the key ahead (low odds; she'd probably have died later, in a more interestingly instance-relevant way). K'Seliss doesn't have as much delay when running from the held door, he doesn't get grabbed and pulled through, and Dies' death scene goes more or less exactly the same as it did in the comic, only K'Seliss kills the ogre first and entertains the demon very slightly. It may have changed even earlier, if Grem's presence caused Dies' arm to reach ahead and puncture the clear panel where the finger horror's finger got through.
Kore is an alternate ForgathHe has the same beard colour. In the scene where he takes off his helm, we see TINY bits of its face, including his eyebrows. In the next, he cuts off part of his beard, leaving longer strands at the sides; Forgath has a short beard with two longer plaits.
Kore's god is a massive jerkKore's god considers monsters (such as goblins) to be purely and absolutely evil and a blight upon the earth, regardless of actual evil-ness. S/he also believes that any member of a non-monster race can be permanently 'contaminated' with said monster evil-ness. So Kore is not actually doing anything wrong or evil in the eyes of his god, and is thus allowed to keep his Paladin status, even in the face of otherwise truly heinous crimes.
Trueseeing, Huh?Yeah, that's never gonna happen between a human and a yuan-ti... right? Only it seems rather weird to even bring it up as a possibility, with this much build-up, without somehow allowing for the possibility of Minmax stepping past yet another barrier....
Kore is from a place of taint.What spawns monsters, drags the virtuous into depravity, spreads from creature to creature, and is born of evil acts? Doesn't explain the paladin thing, but it does explain Kore's outlook.
Dies Horribly's name is in plural.His brush with the Demoness is only the first time we'll get to see him die. Horribly.
Psion!Minmax will, at some point in the future, get ahold of Oblivious.However, his understanding of oblivion will render the weapon useless in his hands.
The DM is playing a high risk high reward campaignThe enemies batled are very powerful, the traps seen are very deadly, but the things found by all three parties are pretty damn powerful.
Kore and Duv will fightA walking tank with rapid firing, rapid loading crossbows whose goal is to wipe out all "evil", versus a quick, graceful goblin who can take on an army armed only with two blades which fit between her fingers, whose goal is to wipe out all non goblins. Both of them can claim to have a god on their side. They have the motive to fight each other to the death, and all it would take is a single meeting for it to happen.
Kin will not leave Forgath and Minmax once they find the Jade Teapot.Regardless of what she says, she has clearly taken a special liking to Minmax and it's looking ever less probable that she will leave him.
Someone other than Duv will use the Orb of BloodlightConfirmed.
Biscuit is a high level adventurerHere and here, are the first times we actually see Biscuit take damage. First, the log trap probably didn't accomplish much in damage, but the fall looked about 20 feet. Now, during the fighting, we never see the switchbeast hitting a goblin twice, nor do we see a goblin bleeding out, i.e. the beast can always kill them in one hit, which takes 15 damage for your average first level warrior goblin. After getting hit twice, Biscuit probably has taken about 40 damage, meaning he's most likely at least 4th level. Now, when fighting the goblins, Biscuit never seems to get hurt, meaning either his armor is too high for them, or he has damage reduction they can't beat. Given that he doesn't wear armor, if his armor class is what makes him untouchable, he would need combat expertise or similar feats to boost it, which would mean he would have to be high level for him to still get the damage he does. If it was damage reduction, that would make him a barbarian. With the goblin strength penalty and their preference for short swords, DR 3 would negate anything other than critical hits. For a barbarian, that would make him at least 13th level, or way higher than a goblin warcamp is supposed to challenge.
Kin's character is an experiment.Specifically, she is Minmax's player's girlfriend(or crush), and was dragged into the game by him, thinking the regular class system was boring and repetitive, she decided to make a character with no class levels, but that is continuously getting exp and getting levels, and is waiting for her character to have a certain point of development that will make Kin want and need class levels, pumping her straight to level 3 or 4(depending of when it happens, maybe against Kore) right away.
The other three human players keep having their characters killed off because Herbert doesn't like bad roleplayersHe tolerates Minmax's player because he knows how to roleplay a minmaxer, and he's been known to lose patience with Forgath's player. But the other three all chose to play drow the first time, which would naturally have ticked him off. The second time, they still kept breaking character and referencing things which don't exist in the setting such as Japan and Geodude.
Kore has on his person a means to resurrect ChiefWhen he is defeated Chief will come back to us.
Kore's curse is to kill the innocent.Looking back to Kore's discussion with the Fortune Teller, she mentions that he should have lost his paladin status because of all the innocents he's killed. She then realizes that Kore is the cursed paladin, right before Kore "kills" her again before she can elaborate. Kore knows the people he's killed don't deserve to die. His curse is that he is compelled to kill people he knows are innocent, keeping his paladin powers as a sick joke while he knowingly murders people he knows he has no quarrel with. His talk of cleansing evil? An act. He's trying to justify what he's doing so it doesn't drive him insane.
The Human Adventuring Party will fail attempt 1,982,772When they went into the Maze of Many, they were sure they would succeed because even if they fail, the Maze would reset, even resurrecting them if they had died. The only reason there is now a chance for failure is because Psionic Minmax is trying to erase the entire maze from existence. Assuming he's defeated in a way that prevents him from trying again, the protagonists will be able to fail without consequences.
Minmax 98 knows what Psionic Minmax is up toHe has a crystal ball which was able to show him everything that Goblinslayer did to Kin. He may have used it to help him in the Maze of Many, finding which alts to stay away from. He could very well have stumbled on to Psionic Minmax's plan. He may even have destroyed his own fail counter to preserve his memories in order to work against him.
Psionic Minmax will "win"That is, he'll get into the treasure room and leave the maze. Likely not by choice.
The Human Adventuring Party has been losing on purposeThe real reason why the adventuring party has failed 1,982,772 times is because they're one of the few versions of themselves who actually cared about getting everyone out alive and in one piece. If even one of them died during the course of completing the maze, the other two will decide to lose on purpose. The other parties, however, probably completed the maze despite one or two of them losing a limb or their life.
Evil Klik is turning into a greater Mr fingers
The Humans and the gobblins team up against Kore.Here is what happens: Human Adventuring party shows up, brief exchange of insults gives Kore time to get in range. Kore open fires injuring Kin (Who I assume goes with Minmax)and a few goblins who take the opportunity to run off. Forgath goes to negotiate with the paladin (who the adventures would see as a ally) but Kore kills Forgath for being 'contaminated' by Kin, Minmax and Kin, seeing no chance VS Kore retreat as well. They meet up with goblins later and they decided for a enemy mine situation to get rid of Kore.
Forgrath will be the one to kill Kore.While borrowing the axe Minmax got from the Maze of Many. Being a cleric this might take some finagling, depending on the options available at the time. He holds the axe while Minmax swings him? Prays/sucks up mightily to Herbert?
Ruby (AU Kin) will be the serpent that becomes the Party's Prey.Due to her Fantastic Racism and intentionally breaking up Kin and Minmax-then stealing and destroying Kin's necklace, Ruby will become the serpent prophesied by Beautiful at the beginning of the webcomic and the 'love will turn to hate' will be Minmax directing all of his hate at Ruby despite her being the form of his beloved.
Kin's reason for asking Min-Max to drink the teleporting tea
Kore has never fallen, Kore is dead.After years of adventuring and channeling divine energy and magic Kore the Paladin died. Probably in battle as he's in the armor. All that channeling however invested the armor in a sort of sentience. Like all sentient creatures, the armor was capable of making it's own decisions and it decided to be evil. However, the armor needs the body to move, cast spells (Spells are largely verbal, and to speak you need lungs to expel air.), and otherwise interact with the world. So it holds onto the body to do all of that. The armor can cast divine magic because it's saturated with it. Why does any detect alignment sense Lawful Good? Because they're using it on the body which is still Lawful Good. No one has thought of detecting the armor's Chaotic Evil alignment yet.
Forgath's prophecy has already been fulfilled.Forgath thinks that because of the prophecy that he will be killed by another dwarf, he will die at Kore's hands. However, he also tried to complete the maze 1,982,772 times and even then he didn't succeed. It is highly probable that at least one of those times he was killed by an alternate universe counterpart. Thus, the prophecy has been fulfilled, and Forgath will not be killed by Kore.