Probably Best to Choose at Random
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 517
Date published 30 December 2007
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Haley decides to save Thanh while she has the chance.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Tsukiko: Haley? I know you're around here somewhere.
Tsukiko: I'm tire of looking for you and you're probably tired of hiding, so let's cut to the chase.

Panel 2

Tsukiko: I've go your paladin friend under my magical control here.
Tsukiko: If you don't come out by the count of ten, I'll command him to start playing "Pattycake".
Haley: ...
Haley: "Pattycake"? Is that supposed to be a threat?

Panel 3

Tsukiko: —with the wight.
Haley: Oh.
Isamu: Damn her! Thanh won't make it to the end of the second line before he's a lifeless husk!

Panel 4

Isamu: What are you going to do?
Haley: I'm going out there.
Isamu: What?? Haley, are you nuts? It's a trap!
Haley: Gee, y'think?

Panel 5

Haley: But when the city fell, I had an opportunity to go back and save a paladin named O-Chul from certain doom, and I didn't do it.
Haley: Oh, sure, I had reasons, but... it's bothered me ever since that I abandoned a good man to a probably gruesome fate.

Panel 6

Haley: I'm not letting history repeat itself.
Haley: Stay hidden until you're sure you can get to the tunnel safely.

Panel 7

Isamu: Haley, if you surrender, who will lead the—
Haley: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Hold on there a moment.

Panel 8

Haley: Who the heck said anything about surrendering?

Panel 9

Haley drinks three potions: purple, blue green.

Panel 10

Haley: I'm going out there to shove a magic flaming arrow up one of her orifices.
Haley: If you have any preference for which one, I'm taking suggestions.

Trivia Edit

  • The title makes a suggestion on how to choose which orifice.
  • In video games the color of the potion often gives a clue as to its effect. Since none of the potions are red, it is likely that all of them provide various buffs, rather than healing, which Haley doesn't need.
  • In a flashback in #531 it is revealed that Haley spent 5000 gp to buy the dozen +1 flaming arrows which she uses here from a duergar (grey dwarf) arms trader.

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