|“Bound to Happen”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||16 August 2011|
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Elan evades Nale yet again, this time by using their similarity to draw Amun-Zora to attack Nale.
- Panel 1
Nale and Sabine search for Elan in the unfinished part of the palace.
Nale: You check the scaffolding, I'll look for him in here.
Sabine: Got it. Stay safe, baby.
Nale: You too.
- Panel 2
Nale goes out to search for Elan.
Nale: Where are you, Elan? I know Sabine's kiss must have left you weak in the knees... and down a few levels.
- Panel 3
Elan charges at Nale and hits his sword with a "clang!".
Elan: Geez, Nale, you always lose these dumb ambushes! Why won't you leave us alone??
Nale: What are you blathering about, you moron? I've been hiding here for months! You followed us!
- Panel 4
Elan: No, we didn't! We thought you were dead!
Nale: Then what the Hell are you doing here?
Elan: I don't know! Stuff just sorta happened!
They they clash swords again, "clang!"
- Panel 5
Nale: Yeah, right. Last week, you're hundreds of miles away in the middle of the desert—
Nale: —and then suddenly you're right here in my face? Just by coincidence?
Nale: Admit it, you came here to expose my presence to our father!
- Panel 6
Nale slashes his sword at Elan, "SLASH!"
Elan: I didn't even know our father was–
Elan: Wait, how did you know we were in the middle of—WOAH!
- Panel 6
Elan falls off the place they're fighting on and lands on a guard guarding a prison, "WHONK!", knocking him unconscious.
- Panel 7
Elan picks up the keys and peers into the prison.
Elan: Hey! Anyone in there being unjustly imprisoned who might want to help a bard out?
- Panel 8
Elan: Uh oh.
Amun-Zora: I might have avenged my husband if you hadn't stood between me and your vile father!
Elan: OK, yes, but there was a lot I didn't know when—
- Panel 9
Nale jumps down to where Elan is.
Nale: Dead end, Elan. I'm sure Dad will give you a very impressive funeral procession through the—
- Panel 10
Elan opens the prison door and hides behind it, holding the guard's sword out for her to grab. Amun-Zora rushes out and charges at Nale.
Amun-Zora: I am going to kill you, you blond bastard!
- Panel 11
Elan flees stage left, while Amun-Zora attacks Nale off-panel, "clang! clang!"
Amun-Zora (off-panel): Die, son of Tarquin, die!!
Nale (off-panel): Get off me, lady!
Elan: Wow, this whole "identical twin" thing has never worked in my favor before!
- Apparently Elan's narrative ploy of cuing a change of scene in #795 worked. Despite the fact that Nale and Sabine were steps away from him at that point, when the narrative returns to them in this strip, he has escaped.
- Elan prevented Amun-Zora's assassination attempt on Tarquin in #756.
- This is the first appearance of Amun-Zora's Jailer.