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Family Time!
Order of the Stick comic
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Comic no. 15
Date published 23 November 2003
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While the rest of the group is asleep, Roy is visited by the ghost of his father, to be given a cryptic message.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

The party sleeps while Roy keeps watch.
Roy: *YAWN* Stupid unreliable party members.
Eugene (off-panel): Roy... Roy...

Panel 2

Roy: Is someone calling me?

Panel 3

A ghostly form appears.
Eugene: No, Roy, I'm just shouting "Roy! Roy!" for the hell of it.
Roy: Aaaah!

Panel 4

Roy: Dad? But... you and Mom are both dead...
Eugene: Yeah, funny thing about being a ghost, it has some harsh prerequisites.

Panel 5

Eugene: Now stop being shocked with disbelief and listen to this:
Eugene: "When the goat turns red strikes true."

Panel 6

Roy: What? I don't—I don't understand.
Eugene: Of course you don't understand yet, it's foreshadowing.
Roy: Foreshadowing?

Panel 7

Eugene: Good gods, boy, it's a common literary technique used to build tension by hinting at events yet to come. Didn't they teach you anything in that fancy Fighter College I sent you to?

Panel 8

Eugene: Of course, you mother wanted you to be a wizard, but nooooo. I had to pay 40,000 gp a year in tuition so you could learn to swing a big sword!
Roy: It's called a greatsword, Dad.

Panel 9

Eugene: Feh. Well, I'm playing canasta with some archons tonight. gotta go.
Roy: Wait, Dad!

Panel 10

Eugene disappears.
Eugene (off-panel): Remember, Roy: "When the goat turns red strikes true."

Panel 11

beat

Panel 12

Eugene reappears.
Eugene: And what, they have no clerics where you live? Would it kill you to Speak With Dead once in a while to let your mother and me know how you're doing?

D&D Context Edit

  • Speak with Dead is a 3rd level cleric spell that does exactly what it sounds like.
  • Archons are Lawful Good aligned angelic creatures typically found in Heaven (Celestia), as well as Arcadia and Bytopia.

Trivia Edit

  • This comic marks Eugene's first appearance.
  • This comic sheds some light on Roy's past—his mother and father are dead, and Roy went to an expensive Fighter College, despite his parents wishes that he become a wizard; it is also only now known that Roy is using a greatsword.
  • This is the first comic where a being speaks with a colored speech bubble.
  • Eugene's prediction came true in #59, The Shot Heard Round the Dungeon.
  • This is the first time archons are mentioned.

Quotes Edit

  • "When the goat turns, red strikes true."—Eugene

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