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To Say a Few Words
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OOTS0598
Comic no. 598
Date published 3 October 2008
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Elan lays Therkla to rest.

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Panel 1

Daigo: —and then Elan came back a few minutes later, sort of upset. He picked up the half-orc girl's body and carried it out.
Hinjo: Did he say anything about what had happened? Did Kubota manage to escape?
Daigo: He just said that we should tell you that he needed to speak to you, in private, as soon as we saw you.

Panel 2

Hinjo: Twelve Gods, this is a total mess. My gut tells me that Kubota probably just fled when his coup went belly up, but...
Hinjo: ...I don't like guessing. Any man willing to traffic with devils to get ahead is too dangerous for us to just hope that he left.

Panel 3

Hinjo: And the only person who knows exactly what happened is...doing what, exactly?
Daigo: Elan didn't say, sir...

Panel 4

Cut to Elan standing by a grave.
Daigo (inset): ...but I got the impression it was really important.
Elan: So, uh...I don't really know what I'm supposed to say here.
Elan: Something about a dozen gods, I think, but I'm not sure.

Panel 5

Elan: Right before you died, you said you were sorry. I'm sorry too. I'm sorry that...I don't even know.
Elan: That I led you to this somehow.

Panel 6

Elan: Even more, I'm sorry that I couldn't save you. I just—I wanted to, but...
Elan: ...
Elan: No, there's no excuse. It's my fault. A real hero would have saved you. Roy would have saved you.
Elan: I'm not a hero...I just play one in a comic strip.

Panel 7

Elan: I just realized that you don't know who Roy is, but he's awesome. You'd like him, he was big on loyalty and stuff.
Elan: He's dead too, so you guys have that in common.
Elan: I miss him. A lot.

Panel 8

Elan: Everything is so confusing now. Ever since we left Azure City, I feel like I don't know what I'm supposed to be doing.
Elan: I try to think about what Roy would do, but... I don't know, it doesn't always work.
Elan: What would Roy do about Vaarsuvius? I have no idea! I'm not smart enough to figure it out!

Panel 9

Elan: Anyway, sorry again.
Elan: You were nice, and you deserved a lot better.

Panel 10

The panel pulls back to reveal the foot of the petrified pit fiend next to the grave.
Elan: At least I could give you a totally kickass headstone.

Panel 11

The panel pulls further back to show the entire pit fiend statue. A rope hangs from its shoulder and "Therkla" has been carved into its chest.

Panel 12

Closeup of the engraving on the pit fiend's chest:

Here Lies
THERKLA
???? - 1184
She would have made a
pretty cool girlfriend, too.


Trivia Edit

  • Southerners worship the Pantheon of Twelve Earthly Branches, also known as the "Twelve Gods".
  • The date on the headstone shows that the year is still 1184. The Battle of Azure City was fought in early 1184, as shown by the Malev-o-meter chart of Belkar in #489, and assuming the Azurite fleet plot arc is happening at the same time as Haley's plot arc in Greysky then this is not new information. See also: the Timeline.
  • This is the penultimate appearacne of the pit fiend, and the final one to show it in any detail, though a small part of it is depicted in the next strip.

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