Ladies Man

posted by Jordan on 2009/1/22 (Comics)

Vampires get a pretty cool deal. They hardly ever have to do any fighting themselves if they time things right...

On another note, the fifth season of Lost premiered last night. After watching it, my general opinion was "cool, but meh." It was definitely interesting, but after leaving on a note like the season 4 finale, it was hard for it to live up to the same level. On the plus side, it looks like we'll finally be getting some answers to the mysteries about the island. Of course, I've pretty much said that with every season, so I could be horribly wrong once again. I suppose only time will tell.

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Elindel - 2009/1/23
I had originally thought that Laris was already a Vampire the first time they met when I read this strip, however I would think that any bardic illusions that he had to hide that should have been dismissed when Lana knocked him out(I think...). However that doesn't mean that he isn't a Vampire in hiding in this strip, he certainly seems to want to avoid the towns people.

I saw someone present the theory that Laris is a lich. There are two reasons why I don't think that this is the case: 1) we already have a lich in hiding 2) I am pretty sure liches don't have blood.

On that note though, it would be cool for him to be a werewolf or something like that. Can you imagine what he would be like with both werewolf and vampire abilities???
Lydronk - 2009/1/23
Yaay, I have a theory!

Perhaps he is a wereraven(or werecrow, whichever is more appropriate), thus can't become a vampire. Also, he might be that raven, which seems to have a high reflex save for a standard raven. Well, okay, it is a bit... absurd but, it still is possible. I mean, they live in an universe where ghosts can't pass through walls if they can't contact the other side! Tongue
Doopliss - 2009/1/22
Energy drain always creates Vampire Spawn, but blood drain will create full-fledged vampires instead if the target has 5 HD or more IIRC. But once again, Jordan already said this setting uses a different system.
Jace911 - 2009/1/22
Two comics away from 150!

dragongirl13 - 2009/1/22
I think the Monster Manual says that any creature killed by the vampire's blood drain or reduced to zero levels by the energy drain rises as either a vampire or a vampire spawn. I think that whether it's a vampire or a spawn is determined by hit dice.
Bob the ninja - 2009/1/22
in dnd does it say how to make vampires? it talks about vampire spawn but they're not the same
Gael - 2009/1/22
No, no, no. The last panel says it all.
Doopliss - 2009/1/22
Then his resulting +8 to bluff nullifies it. Tongue
Charlie - 2009/1/22
What if he IS a vampire?
Doopliss - 2009/1/22
Come to think of it, in 3.5 vampires are supposed to get a 8 to Sense Motive...
dragongirl13 - 2009/1/22
Ha ha, the terrible poetry comes into play again. XD

Lana, Lana, grow a Sense Motive...
Sequinox - 2009/1/22
Oh, he's in love!

Reverse Twilight!

(Founder of the Zurie fanclub... And the vampire hunter fanclub.)

(Still waiting for that to catch on...)
Brent - 2009/1/22
so awsome cloaks never get old!
Elena (aka Lionpawheart) - 2009/1/22
why do I get the feeling that I know very well what's going to happen next?
Sirek - 2009/1/22
You fools! Panel 8 says NOTHING!![/sarcasm]
Doopliss - 2009/1/22
Paeris: Yeah, but a vampire hunter probably wouldn't assume a vampire would let him "live" in such a situation either. Especially since, if raiding a vampire lair, he'd probably be taken prisoner in the meantime.
Paeris Kiran - 2009/1/22
Reversing vampirism... well there are dozens of systems... Unless it is all the way down there is always a way to stop it. I seriously doubt a "vampire hunter" wouldn´t have few enchantments that would at very least slow it down until he gets chance to do something with it...

Amaretto - 2009/1/22
lol... seeing someone getting eaten by bats could either be funny, or really REALLY wrong... when they got to his genitals.... Sigh

Anyways, nobody has still solved my code!!!! Sad
I worked hard on it and I expected better from you guys.... Annoyed

I'll post it again and give a hint.... to help you out. Tongue



lol. Good hint?
Memnarch - 2009/1/22
It would be pretty funny to watch him get eaten by bats. Happy
Blakjak - 2009/1/22
Excellent Comic, although I cant believe Lana would be so stupid. The safest place at thattime was right there close to Aldran, she should have just dragged him into the room - no point keeping secret if their safety is concerned. The further waway she is from her the friends the more in danger she is.

Pergon: Your right, I completely forgot he was a Bard. He wouldnt have to be a Wizard Illusionist after all. If Elan in OOTS was able to do it so could this guy.

But then I still think there are too many dam Illusionists in this story, its as if everyone has something to hide about themselves... Oh.
Doopliss - 2009/1/22
Lorax: He and Finx were "on-screen" in totally different areas, so it would be unlikely he knew he got bitten.

Pergon: Undead are immune to both nonlethal damage and sneak attacks, so him having already been a vampire seems unlikely. And the ability to fly still doesn't explain how he could track the crew through their rapid-fire teleports.

Bob the Ninja: Either Remove Curse or Remove Disease if you haven't become a vampire already, but the idea was that he was in no condition to down a potion or run for help. Once he transforms, Oblivion requires a contorted "Cure" quest and D&D requires a death/resurrection to get back to a human state.

Laris seems to be acting kind of strangely... For one, he wasn't exactly being subtle about "impressions in my neck" for quieting Lana down so quickly. Secondly, did he ever actually lie to her?
Most notably, "If I'm lying, then your bats can eat me" seems like a weird (albeit successful) bluff, or an admission that Lana could kill him without too much difficulty.

I still think there's a new plot-reason for his survival and tracking, but if not, I'm inclined to agree with Lying's theory.
Bob the ninja - 2009/1/22
if you get bitten by a vampire cant you get it removed with a remove curse or something? Confused
MTONinja - 2009/1/22
oooh wolves! she has quite the repertoire of skills at her disposal.
Ben Harrison - 2009/1/22
Agreed about panel 8. Great comic!
Lorax - 2009/1/22
Maybe he's the lich?
kres - 2009/1/22
panel 8 says it all Tongue
Niley - 2009/1/22
Yagerr - 2009/1/22
Very funny, the poetry line was great
fleazilla - 2009/1/22
Lyinginbedmon - 2009/1/22
I stopped watching lost when the Others were massively degraded as a mystery force.

So my prior theory of him dying was evidently incorrect, so he's probably drawn to Lana as his Mistress and is using some bardly disguise magic.
Pergon - 2009/1/22
Yo first comment, great comic Jordan. And I even have a tinfoilhat theorie.

He should be a Vampire now, right. Lana says as much. And he pops out of nowhere, finding her although a great distance should between them. Now the theorie is...
That would explain the fact that he is here (batflight), why he isn´t one now and still quite fit and that his blood tasted like hell. He just disguises himself, using the illusions given ´him through him being a bard.

Please discuss this.
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