December 5th, 2010

cass, can you not

A quick rec to break my unintended radio silence

The latest Order of the Stick strip has, in my view, set Elan's dad as an absolutely fantastic character. If the previous strips showed him to be almost Vetinari's equal in strategic outlook, this one proves that he shares his son's innate understanding of the metatextual rules of the world they live in, together with a ruthlessly practical approach to self-affirmation. He's also very evil, of course, but evil with enough self- and world-awareness becomes something much more dangerous and compelling.