Sort of Like a Reverse Psion
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Comic no. 558
Date published 19 May 2008
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Elan speaks as the prophet of Banjo and convinces the orcs to release the other prisoners.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Lien: No, Elan, say something to get us out of here!!
Elan: Oh! I just thought you wanted me to say something prophety.
Elan: O righteous Banjo, master of puppetry, please don't kill all my friends.
Therkla (as Banjo): Why not?

Panel 2

Therkla (as Banjo): Wouldn't it be nicer to stay on this island and live as the spiritual leader of these orcs?
Therkla (as Banjo): Just you, me, and any nice sexy double-jointed half-orc ninja girl you may happen to meet while here?

Panel 3

Elan: Oh, Banjo. I know that seems like a good idea, but it just won't work. I understand exactly what you're going through.
Elan: I first became an adventurer because it seemed fun and exciting. And hey, if I acted silly and slacked off, it didn't matter too much—
Elan: —'cause what, like I was gonna have any effect on a battle anyway? I was a bard, no one really expected me to contribute.

Panel 4

Elan: But since I became a Dashing Swordsman too, I've gained at some small ability to influence the course of some events around me. On a good day.
Elan: And so I've come to realize that I have a duty to use my limited competence to have a partial effect on the world, from time to time.

Panel 5

Daigo (whispering): Wait—does he KNOW that there's someone crouching behind the altar, or not?
Lien (whispering): How should I know? An epic-level ranger couldn't track his thought process.
Lien (whispering): I'm just happy the knife stopped coming closer.

Panel 6

Elan: It's sort of the same way with you, Banjo. You're never had any power because you only had me worshipping you.
Elan: Now that you have a whole orc tribe, you can sort of almost accomplish something useful. Mostly.
Elan: And like me, you have an obligation to use that capacity when you feel like doing so.

Panel 7

Elan: Remember: With moderate power comes moderate responsibility.
Elan: Please, Banjo. Do what you know in your puppet heart to be right and let my friends go.

Panel 8

grukgruk: what say you. banjo? do prophety words sway you?
Banjo: (by Therkla) Hmmm? Oh, sorry, I wasn't actually listening, I was just watching his full sensual lips move.
grukgruk: eh. banjo not miss much. long monologue with spider-man reference.
grukgruk: comic way too wordy for chief grukgruk sometimes.

Panel 9

Therkla (as Banjo): Even so, I could never make my prophet Elan unhappy, even though I bet he's adorable when he pouts.
Therkla (as Banjo): Release the prisoners at once!

Panel 10

Daigo: Is it just me, or is he actually more useful the LESS he understands what is going on?
Durkon: Och, aye. He has "Ignorance" as a class power source.
Elan: Thank you, Banjo! I knew you would help!
Therkla (as Banjo): Yes, yes.
Therkla (as Banjo): So tell me, Elan, have you ever thought about how you might become close to your god?
Therkla (as Banjo): Like, a LOT closer?

D&D Context Edit

  • The Psion class has powers derived from the power of their mind.

Trivia Edit

  • In the seventh panel, Elan paraphrases Spider-Man's maxim, "with great power comes great responsibility." The phrase was also adapted by Roy in #485.
  • This is the final appearance of the Grey-Shirted Orc who helped capture Elan and company. He first appeared in #556.

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