|“And It Will Never Work Again”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||1 June 2010|
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Tarquin shows Haley and Elan to their quarters, and they learn that Tarquin has information on the Draketooth Family.
- Panel 1
Tarquin: And now that your elven friend is comfortably trancing across the hall, this room is yours.
Elan: Geez, I think this room is bigger than Mom's whole house!
Tarquin: Elan, my boy, it means so much to me to have you here. It really raises my spirit in this time of grief.
Elan: Grief? What grief?
- Panel 2
Tarquin: My ninth wife, Penelope, recently passed away. We held a state funeral for her last week.
Elan: Oh, Dad, I'm so sorry. What was the cause of death?
- Panel 3
Tarquin: "Mysterious circumstances."
Elan: Not another one! When will they find a cure?!?
- Panel 4
Tarquin: Anyway, I think the people deserve a celebration after enduring so much sadness. I think we'll hold a feast—no, a festival! In your honor!
Tarquin: Three days and nights of merriment in the streets to welcome my long-lost son!
- Panel 5
Elan: With clowns?
Tarquin: And jugglers!
Elan: And clown-jugglers, who juggle tiny clowns?
Tarquin: Of course!
- Panel 6
Haley: Whoa, whoa, whoa! I hate to interrupt the stereo goofiness, but Elan, we're in the middle of a very important quest here.
Elan: Oh, right. I forgot.
Tarquin: What kind of quest? Maybe I could help.
- Panel 7
Haley: A secret kind of quest.
Elan: Yeah, we need to find this guy, Girard Draketooth, and tell him that—
Haley: Elan!! What part of "secret" do you not understand??
Elan: The part, where I don't tell other people obviously.
- Panel 8
Tarquin: Human? Red hair, purple squiggly tattoo on his face? Uses illusions?
- Panel 9
Haley: YES! Do you know him???
Tarquin: Maybe. Maybe not. I'll be happy to discuss it with you—
Tarquin:—AFTER the festival.
- Panel 10
Tarquin: Until then, relax. I'll send for you when it's time for dinner.
Elan: Wow! Not only did we find my father, but he knows something about Girard!
Haley: Yeah... But I can't help the feeling that we're—OH MY GODS!
- Panel 11
Elan: What is it?
Haley: Elan, don't you see?
Haley: Roy let you loose in the desert thinking that you would trip over the main plot.
- Panel 12
Haley: YOU DID!
- The fate of Tarquin's wife is revealed in #843.
- Roy sends Elan out searching for the entrance to Girard's Gate in #691. Elan didn't trip over the plot in that strip but he did trip over a treasure chest.