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Another Choice
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 593
Date published 18 September 2008
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Therkla dies.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1, Page 1

Elan: Give me the antitoxin! I know you have one!
Kubota: Twelve Gods, why would I be carrying the antitoxin on my actual person? I drank it twenty minutes ago, it will be effective for the rest of the hour.
Elan's weapon touches Kubota, "dink!"

Panel 2, Page 1

Kubota: Now, Elan, here is YOUR choice: I am going to retreat to my boat, to await the outcome of this evening's events.
Kubota: You can follow me and arrest me, if you wish, catching me "red-handed" on Hinjo's ship.

Panel 3, Page 1

Kubota: But you should know that I am wearing +5 armor, not to mention a small fortune in other magical armor-increasing items, and I have confidence that judicious application of the Total Defense action—
Elan swings at Kubota and misses, "woosh!"
Kubota: —will allow me to delay you from landing a hit on me for the 10 round—oh, make that 9 rounds—it will take for the fair Therkla to expire.

Panel 4, Page 1

Kubota: Or, you can tend to her, and possibly save her life—
Kubota: —knowing that I will have time to clean up whatever loose ends might possibly incriminate me, should Hinjo live.
Kubota: I'm quite good at that sort of thing, you know.
Kubota: Anyway, the choice—as is traditional—is yours.

Panel 5, Page 1

Therkla: Unnnh... I should have known he'd have a plan like this when he suggested that Great Fortitude was a bad feat for me to take...
Therkla: I thought he was just trying to help optimize my build...

Panel 6, Page 1

Elan: Come on, Therkla, forget him. We're gonna find a way to save you.
Therkla: "Find a way"? Isn't Neutralize Poison a bard spell?
Elan: Yeah, but not one that I ever learned!

Panel 7, Page 1

Elan: Daigo!
Daigo: I'll go after Kubota!
Elan: NO! You'll just get poisoned, too. Run down to Durkon's cabin and see if you can find an antitoxin, or a potion, or anything that can help.
Elan frees Daigo by cutting the ropes that bind him, "snap!"

Panel 8, Page 1

Daigo frees Kazumi from her ropes.
Daigo: Here, honey, you can help me look.
Kazumi: Baby, my top speed is "Waddle," I'll just slow you down. I have a better idea that I'll put all those breathing exercises to good use.

Panel 9, Page 1

Kazumi shouts towards the distant island, where the petrified pit fiend is visible above the trees.
Kazumi: Durkon!!!
Kazumi: *gasp*
Kazumi: *gasp*
Kazumi: DURRKONNN!!!
Daigo runs off.

Panel 10, Page 1

Durkon: Wait...Did ye just 'ear sumthin'?
Lien: No. Come one, we need to keep searching the island. That ninja may have gotten the drop on Elan.
Durkon: Aye, lass, OK.

Panel 11, Page 1

Elan: Here, drink this potion of Heroism, it'll give you a bonus to your save.
Elan: I just hope it'll be enough.
Therkla: Elan... Elan, wait. I need to say... something...

Panel 12, Page 1

Therkla: I'm sorry. I'm sorry, I screwed everything up. I shoulda just...just stuck with you and attacked Kubota right away.
Therkla: I tried to have it both keep both you and him safe... but I should know by now...
Therkla: I should know that I'm not even allowed to have it ONE way. Not how my life works.

Panel 1, Page 2

Elan holds a dying Therkla...
Elan (singing): ♪♪Resist, resist, resist, resist the deadly poison!♪♪
Therkla: Hey, your music is green... like me. I never noticed...

Panel 2, Page 2

Therkla: It was sort of worth it, though. I mean... I managed to get your arms around me, didn't I? Heh.
Therkla: That's all I really... all I really wanted...
Elan: Therkla? THERKLA?

Panel 3, Page 2

Elan: Therkla, listen to me. Durkon can bring you back. If you die, Durkon can raise you from the dead!
Therkla: ...Yeah?

Panel 4, Page 2

Therkla: If he raises me from the dead... will you dump your girlfriend and be with me?

Panel 5, Page 2

Elan: ...

Panel 6, Page 2

Therkla: No, thanks then... I'll take my chances that the Afterlife...
Therkla: ...won't have any punishment worse...
Therkla: ...than not being with you.

Panel 7, Page 2

Elan holds Therkla as she closes her eyes.

Panel 8, Page 2

Therkla dies.

Panel 9, Page 2

Daigo enters, running, with potions and scrolls.

Panel 10, Page 2

Elan looks miserable. Daigo and Kazumi recognize the fact they are too late.

Panel 11, Page 2

Kubota rows a small boat away from the ship.

D&D Context Edit

  • The Great Fortitude Feat gives +2 on all Fortitude saves, including those against poison.
  • Elan's bardic music is inspiring greatness in Therkla, which gives her a bonus to her fortitude save against the poison. Had Elan been higher level at this time, he could have used Inspire Heroics to give her a better bonus.

Trivia Edit

  • This is the chronologically the final appearance of Therkla. She appears once more in a flashback in #628.

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