The One and Only Poldaran wrote:
Didn't he take a class on structural engineering or something? Seems like that might lend itself to solving the problem.
My guess is that the demigods vote against Hel's expectations and the world is saved, however vampire-Durkon departs for now to go Plan B it up, leaving Roy to head to the Gate sans cleric.
Could solve both with one method. Technically, Durkon doesn't have to be killed for Hel's vote to not count, just not be in the chamber. Durkon already made a comment about how someone who just happens to be standing in the wrong spot when the floor collapses isn't technically an "attack", so Roy wouldn't even need to do it. The Mechane could blast a hole in the side/floor of the chamber, or V could toss a passwall in there (although I'd assume the structure is reasonably spell defended, so maybe not). There's a ton of possible ways to prevent the vote from completing as planned (including the aforementioned "the demi-gods are now aware of Hel's plan and don't vote as promised" one).
And it's possible a certain elf cleric and her trusty body guard might just volunteer to help save the world and whatnot, so it's not as much of a problem if they don't turn Durkon back in this section.
I kinda do see the potential for Durkon to continue as a vampire for a while longer. Heck. There was a whole strip devoted more or less to simply establishing that the vampire spirit couldn't grasp the concept of character development/change (Durkon wanting too much to "help" leading to trouble, and then later being so concerned about helping when not asked that he nearly let Roy get eaten). I'm not aware that this little factoid, which Durkon seemed to take pride in concealing from the spirit, has had any direct impact on the story. So from a character development/examination point of view, that storyline is still incomplete. Not that minor dangling plot lines has been an obstacle in the past though.
Or, you know, maybe Roy just throws his sword or something.
Well, if we're talking about totally out there crazy ideas... How about Belkar shows up (yeah, broken record, sue me), as a totally souped up undead litch or something, with super duper powers, and proceeds to beat the stuffing out of Durkon (and maybe some other folks, who knows). But wait! How does that happen. Well, let's do some quick flashbacks:
Lee and his fellow directors presumably don't want Hel's plan to go forward either, but know the rules of the godsmoot don't allow them to directly intervene. So they use the short duration time with V's soul and pull V down to ****. They show V what's happening and then offer V a "bargain (s)he can't refuse". Providing her with massive necromantic abilities that will allow her to turn the crushed body of Belkar into a mighty undead creature of untold power (and whatnot). V reluctantly agrees, allowing the directors to affect things, while not themselves suffering the consequences. Any violations of the godsmoot rules will fall fully on Belkar and V, which may or may not matter if Belkar is sufficiently super powered. He 'saves the day'. And maybe Durkon still gets away for more character development (and "plan B"). Maybe the gods powers are disrupted somehow in the process (which may be part of the directors sinister plan all along anyway), who knows? I just know that super powered Belkar would be funny, and chaotic. And lots and lots of people will die. This would also wrap up Belkar's whole dying within the year bit as well. And now they'll be *two* undead characters floating around. Can you imagine!?
Or... Maybe something else will happen. Cause you know, that's usually what happens.