|“Speaking From the Heart”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||17 January 2007|
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Roy is filled in on what happened while he was sleeping. Elan and Haley are alone with their true loves.
- The Order of the Stick
- Panel 1
Roy: Whoaa, whoa, whoa, did you just spontaneously switch to speaking Elven or something?
Roy: Because it sounded like you just said, "And then Elan easily bested Nale in swordplay," but that's obviously not what you meant.
Vaarsuvius: As much as it strains credibility, it is true.
- Panel 2
Vaarsuvius: While I did not witness it myself, Miss Starshine confirmed that his performance was quite unexpectedly proficient.
Vaarsuvius: Nale was able to escape admidst[sic] some sort of confusion, but the most timely arrival of Master Thudershield and myself set things aright.
- Panel 3
Roy: So what happened between Elan and Haley? They were all over each other throughout breakfast.
Vaarsuvius: On that subject, my data is admittedly far less concrete.
- Panel 4
Vaarsuvius: Suffice to say that I believe her attraction to our friendly bard has been acknowledged—by both of them—and heartily reciprocated.
Vaarsuvius: I further surmise that Miss Starshine's return to the ranks of those capable of using language is tenuously related to these events, though the exact details elude me.
- Panel 5
Roy: So now, what, they're boyfriend-girlfriend? Like THAT won't be weird?
Vaarsuvius: Apparently. As you saw, they left the breakfast table with great haste, as if they could not bear to wait to be alone.
Belkar: Wooooo! Somebody look up the Armor Class on the Beast with Two Backs!
Belkar: Awww, yeah!
Durkon: An' he wonders why we consid'red keepin' 'im gagged...
- Panel 6
Cut to Elan's bedroom.
Elan: I was surprised by how much I missed you... I never thought we'd be separated like that.
- Panel 7
Haley (tearful): It's been so long since I could speak to you. I was beginning to think you'd never hear my words again.
- Panel 8
Elan': I was scared of what Nale might do to you. It made me so mad to think of him putting his hands on you.
- Panel 9
Haley: I was so scared that would would leave without ever hearing how much you really mean to me.
- Panel 10
Elan: All that's over now, though. We're together again, and we're gonna have so much fun!.[sic]
- Panel 11
Haley: Things will be different now, sure, but some things will never change.
- Panel 12
D&D Context Edit
- Roy was unaware of Elan taking a level in his new prestige class, Dashing Swordsman, which explains his new combat effectiveness.
- Armor Class (AC) is the basic score of how hard it is to hit someone.
- The Beast with Two Backs is a euphemism for a couple engaged in coitus.
- This is the first time the Order of the Stick has been reunited since #363.