|“The Ghost Screamer”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||6 February 2008|
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Haley is shocked by Celia's amulet.
- Panel 1
Niu: ...and of the slave we rescued today, four were soldiers before the city fell, and a fifth has levels in rogue.
Haley: Not enough levels if he couldn't escape on his own
Niu: The rest are commoners or experts.
Roy: HELLO? HALEY? CAN YOU HEAR ME?
- Panel 2
Haley: OK, good work, Niu. Find them all a place to sleep, and we'll talk to those five about joining the guard duty rotation in the morning.
Roy: So assuming that Belkar's luck on Listen checks hasn't become contagious somehow, I think it's safe to assume that something is actually preventing me from being heard.
- Panel 3
Haley: Then try to get some sleep yourself.
Niu: You too, Haley.
Haley: Yup, I'm going to bed right now
Roy: But what? I never had any problems hearing Dad when he was a ghost—as much as I wished that I did.
- Panel 4
Roy: Hey, maybe she just needs to be touching the Greenhilt sword! Then I'd just have to wait until she moved my body again.
- Panel 5
Roy: Oh, but wait—was I necessarily touching my sword every time I saw my father's ghost? I can't remember.
Roy: Damn it, it's times like these that I wish I could look back through this comic's archive.
- Panel 6
Roy: Or maybe I can only be seen and heard by blood relatives. Dad's loony Blood Oath seems to have all sorts of arbitrary rules like that.
Roy: And I'm not sure whether it's the Blood Oath or the sword that is actually allowing me to be a ghost at all...
- Panel 7
Roy: That would mean the sword would have to get to Julia—more than a thousand miles to the north, in Cliffport!
Roy: And I can't imagine one of us stumbling over a friendly airship captain who can conveniently whisk us there a second time. That strains even my suspension of—
- Panel 8
Celia's talisman shocks Haley, "ZZZAP!"
Haley: My hand! What the heck?!?
- Panel 9
Haley: It shocked me! As I was taking it out of my pocket! It's never done that before.
Roy: Hey, that's the talisman Celia gave me! You've been carrying it around in your pocket?
- Panel 10
Haley: Oh man, I've had it with me all day. It must have gotten charged up with electricity when I got capped with that orb spell.
Haley: I hope it doesn't get damaged.
Roy: Ha! Good luck breaking it, even on purpose. I tried with all my strength while I was falling, and I didn't even get it to—
- Panel 11
Haley breaks the talisman, "CRACK!"
D&D Context Edit
- The title is a play on the the 1998 film The Horse Whisperer or the 1995 novel on which it was based.
- Celia gave Roy the talisman which is able to summon her in #320.
- Roy failed to use the talisman in #443.