Daemian Lucifer wrote:I wonder if tarquin will face xykon before the end though.Since his battle with soon,xykon really didnt face anyone of his power level,and he should duke it out with at least one more big boy.
Thanks to 3.5 rules, a fighter will never be the power level of an equal level sorcerer, or even a sorcerer 3-4 levels lower once you get high enough in levels. Xykon is epic level, and even if Tarquin is also epic (which hasn't been proven, only that he's higher levelled than the Order and probably 17+ given at least one of his companions is) the playing field wouldn't even be close to even. Besides, events in V's ultimate power arc and Start of Darkness has shown that Xykon can be much more dangerous than he seems if his villain cred is being challenged by anything but a clear-cut good vs. evil struggle. If anyone were to pull out a narrative twist there I'd expect it coming from Xykon more than Tarquin, despite the latter's awareness of genre conventions.
Narratively it wouldn't make sense either. Xykon would have to be the one to force the confrontation since Tarquin is too aware of genre conventions not to know that butting into his son's story puts him in a precarious position (of course it isn't really his son's story: Xykon is Roy and Redcloak
's nemesis, which makes Tarquin even *less* important in that area, but Tarquin isn't aware of that). If Tarquin were to fight him he'd probably lose, both in the case of rules and narratively speaking: The plot is too involved in Xykon and Redcloak for them to be anything other than Big Bad and having Tarquin take over at this stage would be a cop-out that wouldn't subvert expectations as break the story entirely.
Somehow I expect the current events in the comic to bring an end to the Order's travels in the Western Continent and with it Tarquin's importance to the storyline. Though it would not surprise me in the slightest if the Giant decided to kill off Tarquin too to bring an even *more* shocking conclusion to Elan's current character arc. I just don't expect Xykon to be the one to do it.
Anyway, as to Nale
, his interactions with Malack and Tarquin before the ensuing deaths
revealed more of his character since his first appearance. And it makes me wonder exactly what Malack and Nale's full story was -- Nale seemed to take killing Malack really personally and the "planning to kill you since I was nine" line sounds like a backstory hook Tarquin will possibly have to fill in. Nale's death seems almost too narratively powerful not to be final: This was his final chance to join with his father and he chose to go on his own, and unlike Roy he's not a main character.