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Order of the Stick comic
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Comic no. 429
Date published 21 March 2007
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Battle is joined between the Order of the Stick and Xykon.

Cast Edit

Transcript Edit

Panel 1, Page 1

Sangwaan: He's coming straight at us!
Belkar: Crap, he has Invisibility??

Panel 2, Page 1

A "KRUNNCH!!" sound is heard, large teeth marks appear on Sangwaan's body, and she is lifted off her feet.

Panel 3, Page 1

Sangwaan is flung into the air, "whhsk!"

Panel 4, Page 1

Belkar: Crap, he has Greater Invisibility??
Sangwaan is falling mid-air in the distance.

Panel 5, Page 1

Durkon: Na fer long, he don't.
Durkon: Greater Dispel Magic!

Panel 6, Page 1

Xykon and the Zombie Dragon appear for all to see above the wall.
Durkon: Thor's nostrils...
Haley: Is that a freaking DRAGON?
Grand Larceny Prisoner: I shoulda stayed in jail...
Roy: I wasn't... I wasn't expecting that...
Elan: Wow, that is so cool...
Hinjo: I don't mean to be an alarmist, but he doesn't look like he's slowing down.

Panel 1, Page 2

Haley and the Grand Larceny Prisoner hit the Zombie Dragon with arrows, "splunt! splunt! splunt! splunt!", while Durkon shines a light from his amulet and Belkar hits with a thrown dagger, "flit!"

Panel 2, Page 2

Haley: I don't think we had any effect on it!
Haley: I freaking hate Damage Reduction.
Roy: That's OK... I have a weapon right here that can hurt it and its master.
Roy: It just needs to get...
Roy: ...a little bit...
Roy: ...closer...

Panel 3, Page 2

Roy hacks at the Zombie Dragon with a large swath of green flame trailing his sword.
Roy DIE!!
Roy: (AGAIN!)
Zombie Dragon: rrrrrr!
Xykon: What the—?

Panel 4, Page 2

Xykon: Man, that was weird. I wonder if I should buzz the walls again before I head off...
Xykon: Ah, what the hell, you only unlive once.
Xykon: I should probably stay away from that guy with the green-hilted sword, whoever he is.

Panel 5, Page 2

Haley: he's coming back for another run—but higher this time.
Roy: Damn it! Where is the wizard with a Fly spell when you really need one?

Panel 6, Page 2

Belkar: Hey Roy, I've got the next best thing: My Ring of Jumping +20. Take it and get all up in his business.
Roy: Really?
Belkar: It's not doing me any good. But Hurry, the bastard is on his way back right now.

Panel 7, Page 2

Haley: You're attacking Xykon alone? Have you gone mad?
Durkon: Spell Resistance! Freedom of Movement!
Roy: You saw, no one else's weapons could penetrate their undead flesh. They're vulnerable to the starmetal.
Roy: Without V's spells, this is our only chance to take him out.

Panel 8, Page 2

Elan: Good luck!
Roy: Tell Haley to hold the walls until I get back! The hobgoblins are getting ready to scale them!

Panel 9, Page 2

Roy runs down the parapet, sword in his hands.

Panel 10, Page 2

Roy jumps up onto a merlon and leaps into the air.

Panel 11, Page 2

Belkar: Pay up.
Grand Larceny Prisoner: Damn, I was sure he'd be too smart to try that jump.

D&D Context Edit

  • Belkar first assumes Xykon is using the 2nd level Invisibility spell, but realizes it must be the 4th level Greater Invisibility; the only difference between the two spells is that the latter does not end when the subject attacks, as Xykon has done.
  • Greater Dispel Magic is a 6th level spell which cancels powerful magic effects.
  • Spell Resistance is a 5th level spell which grants spell resistance.
  • Freedom of Movement is a 4th level spell which protects the subject against paralysis, webs, slowing, or other effects which would prevent normal movement.
  • Zombies, including Zombie Dragons, have Damage Reduction on attacks made with piercing and blunt weapon types (as noted in #413, Not to Scale). The arrows and dagger have a high likelihood (absent modifiers) not to damage the zombie at all.
  • The Zombie Dragon is also apparently a high enough CR to not be affected by Durkon's attempt to Turn Undead.

Trivia Edit

  • This is the final appearance of the diviner Sangwaan, except for the OOTS Kickstarter bonus comic, "Spoiler Alert".
  • Once again, Xykon fails to remember who Roy is, despite Roy and his family dedicating their lives to Xykon's destruction.
  • Belkar received his Ring of Jumping +20 in #130, Itempalooza.

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