|“Stay on Target...”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||21 March 2007|
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Battle is joined between the Order of the Stick and Xykon.
- The Order of the Stick
- Hinjo ◀ ▶
- Sangwaan ◀
- Grand Larceny Prisoner ◀ ▶
- Xykon ◀ ▶
- Zombie Dragon ◀ ▶
- 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...
- Panel 3, Page 2
Roy hacks at the Zombie Dragon with a large swath of green flame trailing his sword.
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.
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.
- 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.