Unfinished Business
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 78
Date published 14 June 2004
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Roy talks to his father concerning Xykon.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Roy: We're resting just long enough for V to regain spells, then we're headed up to find Durkon.
Elan: Nighty-night!

Panel 2

Roy: 3...2...1...

Panel 3

Eugene (off-panel): What, I'm that predictable now?

Panel 4

The ghost of Eugene Greenhilt appears.
Roy: Thanks for the warning back there, Dad, but I didn't understand it until it was almost too late.
Eugene: Eh, you figured it out at exactly the right time. That's how this stuff usually works.

Panel 5

Roy: Yeah, but you could have given me more of a hint. Or heck, you could have just showed up then and told me what needed to happen.
Eugene: 'Cause you woulda listened, too. I told you to go to Wizard School as I recall, you didn't listen then, did you?

Panel 6

Eugene: Besides, there's rules for this sort of thing. I can't just go nipping off from the afterlife to warn that the milk has gone spoiled, y'know.

Panel 7

Roy: Well, do you have any other pearls of wisdom to dispense? Maybe something to help me fight Xykon?
Eugene: I'm sorry, I can't interfere with that directly.

Panel 8

Roy: Because of the unfinished business between the two of you?
Eugene: Yeah.

Panel 9

Flashback to an earlier time where a young Eugene is trapped and looks on as the still-living Xykon slays Fyron Pucebuckle.
Young Eugene: NO!

Panel 10

Eugene: Whatever scheme he's cooking up, it falls on you to screw it up for me.
Eugene: Eldest child and all that.

Panel 11

Eugene: Of course, it would be a lot easier if you could, say, turn him into a frog.
Eugene: But I guess sticking him with sharp pieces of metal will have to suffice.

Panel 12

Eugene begins to fade.
Eugene: No, no, it'll be OK. Maybe he'll catch tetanus from your big metal stick.
Roy: Geez, Dad...
Eugene': Oooh, no, wait—he's a SKELETON now, that's right!

Panel 13

Eugene disappears.
Eugene (off-panel): Or you could stick him in the eye.
Eugene (off-panel): Oh! Right! SKELETON.
Eugene (off-panel): Or maybe he'll bleed to—
Roy: OK! OK! I GET IT!

D&D Context Edit

  • Eugene: Of course, it would be a lot easier if you could, say, turn him into a frog. Eugene is likely referring to the spell Baleful Polymorph.
  • Liches (like Xykon) have damage reduction against slashing and piercing weapons, making Roy's sword a less effective weapon against Xykon.

Trivia Edit

  • This is the only online comic where we see Xykon in human form.
  • This is the only appearance of Eugene's master, Fyron Pucebuckle, in the online comics. He appears three more times in the bonus material.

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