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The Ephemerality of Memory
Order of the Stick comic
OOTS0332
Comic no. 332
Date published 20 July 2006
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Elan points out a flaw in Roy's carefully-worded question to the Oracle. But the memory charm kicks in just as he realizes his mistake.

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Panel 1

Oracle: I have your money, so leave already.
Roy: Geez, nice customer service.
Oracle: Customer service is based on the assumption of WANTING people to return.

Panel 2

Roy: Well anyway, we got our answer: Girard's Gate, on the western continent!
Vaarsuvius: Victory is within our grasp.
Elan: Xykon, here we come!
Belkar: Dorks.

Panel 3

Roy: Now that we know which of the two gates he's—
Elan: Three.
Roy: What?

Panel 4

Elan: You said two gates, but you meant three. There are three gates left.
Elan: Don't feel too bad, Roy, that whole "counting" thing gets me confused sometimes too.

Panel 5

Roy: ...
Roy: Crap.
Roy: Crap!!

Panel 6

Roy: Don't you see? I worded my question in such a way as to eliminate Azure City as a possible target!
Roy: That's what the little orange runt was trying to hint at the whole time! I'm such a fool!!

Panel 7

Vaarsuvius: Sir Greenhilt, Xykon is unlikely to assault a city under the protection of hundreds of paladins and a full standing army.
Roy: True, but what if he has a way to sneak in? We have no idea what sort of defenses they have.

Panel 8

They pass a sign which reads, "You are now leaving SUNKEN VALLEY Don't come again."
Roy: We need to go back! We need to ask the—
They are bathed in a green glow as the Sunken Valley memory charm takes effect on the party.

Panel 9

beat

Panel 10

Roy: Huh. What was I just talking about again? I think it was important.
Vaarsuvius: I am... uncertain.
Elan: Beats me.
Belkar: Ffft. Like I listen.

Panel 11

Roy: Well anyway, we got our answer: Girard's Gate, on the western continent!
Vaarsuvius: Victory is within our grasp.
Elan: Xykon, here we come!
Belkar: Dorks.

Trivia Edit

  • The Oracle warned of the memory charm in #329.

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