|“Take the Problem By the Hand”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||19 April 2006|
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The party learns about an important Azurite custom.
- Panel 1
Roy: And so begins another conversation that will test the encumbrance limit of my sanity.
- Panel 2
Elan: Have you guys been around the city? There's people singing and dancing and lighting firecrackers and there are puppets!!
Roy: Yeah, the third time someone vomitted on me in the street, I started to notice something was going on.
- Panel 3
Elan: And do you wanna hear the best part?!?
Roy: Well, we were attempting to plan the details of our departure tomorrow morning...
Roy: But I'm betting your presence will negate rational thought within a 20-foot radius anyway, so sure.
- Panel 4
Elan: Tell them what you told me, Hinjo.
Hinjo: My people believe that one of the best ways to reflect on the year behind and the year ahead is by sharing a good meal with family and friends on New Year's Eve.
- Panel 5
Hinjo: In fact, this—
Elan: In fact, this meal is so important to them that for this one night, ever single restaurant in the city is FREE!
- Panel 6
Elan: So I was thinking, I know we wouldn't normally bother, but maybe it would be nice to all go to a nice place and have a big meal together before we leave.
Roy: Hey, you know, that's actually a pretty nice idea.
- Panel 7
Elan: Cool! Then why don't we all—
- Panel 8
Haley grabs Elan.
- Panel 9
Haley drags Elan away from the others.
Elan: Or, uh, maybe Haley and I could eat together? Or something?
Durkon: Tha poor doomed fool.
Roy: Nice Grapple check on Haley's part, though.
Durkon: Oh, aye.
D&D Context Edit
- Grapple is a combat maneuver that allows a character to drag, wrestle, or pin another character.
- "Encumbrance limit" refers to the maximum amount of weight a character can carry.
- Durkon's comment shows that he, like all the other members of the party except Elan, is aware of Haley's romantic feelings for Elan. Roy, Vaarsuvius, and Belkar had all made previous comments about this.