|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||14 November 2007|
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Elan unwittingly foils an assassination attempt.
- Panel 1
Elan, Durkon, and Vaarsuvius rush up on deck to fight the trolls.
Durkon: Och! Lookae all o’ tha trolls! Where’s a billy goat gruff when ya need one?
Elan: I need to get back and protect Hinjo!
- Panel 2
Cut to Hinjo. Therkla stands behind him, poised to stab him in the back.
Therkla: The distraction is working: Hinjo is unguarded.
Qarr (off-panel): Then strike, Therkla! Strike now!
- Panel 3
Elan rushes through, knocking over Therkla, "POW!"
Elan: Excuse me! Coming through!
Hinjo: It’s about time, Elan!
- Panel 4
Elan: Durkon and V are handling the other end of the ship.
Hinjo: Be careful, they seem pretty enraged for some reason.
- Panel 5
Elan stabs the troll
Elan: I guess you’d say they’re regen-irate!
Troll: i don’t get it.
- Panel 6
Elan: Uh-oh, I may need to dumb down my puns.
Hinjo: The gods help us all.
- Panel 7
Elan: Sorry I knocked you over before, I didn’t see you there.
Therkla: Oh, don’t worry, that happens all the time.
Therkla: ‘Cause, you know. Ninja.
- Panel 8
Elan: Hey, get around to the other side of this troll, we’ll flank it.
Therkla: What? No, I’m—
Therkla: I mean, sure, OK. That’s cool with me.
- Panel 9
Therkla: Ohmygods, ohmygods, we’re flanking together! He is sooooo into me! YES!
Qarr (off-panel): What did you say?
Therkla: Nothing! Uh, no, nothing. I’ve… uh… encountered resistance.
Qarr (off-panel): What kind of resistance?
Therkla: The sexy kind.
Qarr (off-panel): What?
Therkla: I said, “The dexterous kind.”
Qarr (off-panel): Oh.
- Panel 10
Troll: hey, i thought you were on our side!
Therkla (whispering): Just shut up and stand still.
Elan: Looks like we’re in con-TROLL of this battle now! Ha ha!
Elan runs the troll through with his rapier, "schklurt!"
- Panel 11
Therkla: Ha ha ha, that was really—WHOA!!
The dead troll falls onto Therka, "whump!"
Elan: Hey, thanks for the flank, whoever you—
- Panel 12
Therkla is knocked off the boat, landing in the water with an unseen "sploosh!"
Elan: Huh. Where did she go?
D&D Context Edit
- Flanking an enemy gives the attacker a +2 bonus and opens them up to sneak attacks.
- In the first panel Durkon refers to the Norwegian fairy tail of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. The third billy goat gruff manages to knock the troll of the bridge into the swift water, making the bridge safe for the others.
- The party has previously had a hard time making their Spot checks on Ninjas, as early as #3.