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The Paladin is Your Pal
Order of the Stick comic
OOTS0438
Comic no. 438
Date published 11 March 2007
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Elan and Haley get caught passing notes in battle.

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Panel 1

Swordsman: How is your wizard doing? Are they holding the breach?
Elan: I don't know, V is, like, super-powerful. I'm more worried about how I'm doing! I'm running out of puns!

Panel 2

Elan: Uh... fangs for the memories?
Elan's attack fails to penetrate the hobgoblin's armor, "dink!"
Hobgoblin soldier #1: Dude, you used that joke three rounds ago.
Hobgoblin soldier #2: And it was a stretch then.

Panel 3

Hobgoblin soldier #1: You should have said, "I don't like those new-fangled swords you hobgoblins are using."
Hobgoblin soldier #2: Or, "If we do not fang together, we shall surely fang apart."

Panel 4

Elan: Ooooo, that's good! Do you mind if I use that in another battle?
Hobgoblin soldier #2: Considering that would imply you live through this one, yeah, I mind.

Panel 5

Elan: Eeep!
The hobgoblins advance.

Panel 6

The hobgoblins are struck in the back with arrow, "fthunk! fthunk!", killing them both.

Panel 7

One of the arrows sticking out of the back of a hobgoblin has a note taped to it with tape. The note has a heart with an arrow through it with the name "Elan" in cursive in it surrounded by stars and a smiley face.

Panel 8

At the far end of the wall, a dozen hobgoblins and Azurite soldiers interposed, Haley is smiling and waving.

Panel 9

Elan reads the note.

Panel 10

Hinjo: Is that a note?
Elan: Uh, no, sir!

Panel 11

Hinjo: What did I tell you and Miss Starshine about passing notes in my battle?
Elan: That we should be paying attention to who we're fighting.
Hinjo: That's right.

Panel 12

Hinjo: Now hand it over.
Elan: Awwww....

Panel 13

Hinjo: You can get it back when I see you after the battle in my office.
Hinjo: I mean, throne room.
Swordsman: Ooooo, you are SO gonna get detention!
Elan: I hope he doesn't notify Roy...

D&D Context Edit

  • Elan needs to use puns in order to use his Charisma bonus for attacks instead of Strength, as per the rules of the Dashing Swordsman.

Trivia Edit

  • The title is a play on the common mnemonic for spelling the words "principal" and "principle": the school administrator, the principal, is your "pal". In this strip Lord Hinjo plays the part of the principal catching his students passing notes in class.
  • It is arguable that the soldier with Elan in this strip is identical with Shlubbo Noname-zaki from #435 as well as Daigo Da-, though he is not counted as such.

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