|“All in the Family”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||28 February 2012|
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The party puzzles on the mystery of how the entire Draketooth family was killed in an instant. They suggest that it's a decoy, or a ruse, or it was done by Xykon or Nale. V discovers a clue on the wall which alarms V greatly.
- The Order of the Stick
- Blackwing ◀ ▶
- The Draketooth Family
- Panel 1, Page 1
Haley: Roy…is that…?
Roy: The Draketooth family? Not sure.
- Panel 2, Page 1
Roy: Durkon, get in here and take a look at this.
Durkon: Och, sweet Thor above!
Roy: Is it real, though? Is it an illusion of some sort?
- Panel 3, Page 1
Durkon: Lad…it’s no illusion. ‘Least na one tha True Seeing can pierce.
Roy: Goddamn it.
Durkon: These bodies, they be real, alright. Tha poor souls…
- Panel 4, Page 1
Roy: Could it be some sort of other trick? A decoy, like you said?
Haley: I—I guess so…but I don’t know how that would help them.
- Panel 5, Page 1
Haley: If they make potential invaders think the Gate is less defended, that’s only going to encourage people to seek it out.
Haley: I suppose it could be some sort of lure, but…to kill two dozen people, just as bait?
- Panel 6, Page 1
Roy: But we can’t rule trickery out, then?
Haley: I guess. But I don’t think I like the implication of someone doing this just to fool us any better.
- Panel 7, Page 1
Haley: What I can’t figure out is why all these bugs didn’t start, you know…eating.
Vaarsuvius: This chamber was invisible until 20 minutes ago. They could not adequately perceive what they wished to devour until now.
- Panel 8, Page 1
Roy: Less entomology, more searching, V. I see pictographs all over this room. Find out if they matter.
Vaarsuvius: As you wish.
Roy: Haley, you take a look at the other end of the room.
Haley: Yeah, OK.
Belkar: Whoa. That is one room full of dead redheads.
- Panel 9, Page 1
Roy: You! You said that you didn’t smell any rotting corpses!
Belkar: Well I didn’t! And I still don’t!
Roy: Then your nose needs a tune-up!
Durkon: Dinnae get mad at ‘im, lad.
- Panel 10, Page 1
Durkon: These bodies’ve been mostly preserved by tha desert air whistlin’ through tha windows.
Durkon: They’ve been dead ‘least a fortnight, but thar’s precious little decay.
Durkon: I wouldnae expect Belkar ta know wha a natural mummy smell’d like ‘fore today.
- Panel 11, Page 1
Belkar: See? My nose is working just fine!
Roy: Then just stay out there and keep watch. I don’t want you cracking jokes in here.
Belkar: Not even about the—
- Panel 1, Page 2
Roy: Any idea on the cause of death?
Durkon: Nay. Thar’s na one mark ‘pon any o’em, an’ Detect Poison came back negative.
Elan: Was it Nale? Did my brother do this?
Durkon: I dinnae think so, lad.
- Panel 2, Page 2
Roy: I don’t think Nale could have killed a room full of people—some of them wizards—before they could even get up from their meals?
Roy: If he had that kind of power, he’d have used it on us by now.
- Panel 3, Page 2
Elan: Do you think it was Xykon.
Roy: He could do it, yeah…but I would expect more collateral damage if he had.
Elan: Oh yeah. And he probably would have made them zombies by now.
- Panel 4, Page 2
Haley: Roy, check this out: It’s a schedule—
Haley: —for casting illusions.
- Panel 5, Page 2
The schedule reads:
GINA - MIRAGE ARCANA.
ORRIN - PHANTASMAGORIA.
SAMI - SCREEN.
KANTA - SHIFTING PATHS.
YENNA - SHIFTING PATHS.
TIRAN SR. - ILLUSORY PIT.
TIRAN JR. - MISDIRECTION.
DYLAN - FALSE VISION.
LIANA - WALL OF GLOOM.
Haley: They were keeping this whole canyon blanketed with high-end phantasms and stuff.
Haley: The few illusions we saw were probably just the most basic ones that didn’t run out yet.
- Panel 6, Page 2
Roy: So right now, Girard’s Gate may have no defenses at all.
Haley: There’s more. Look at the last day checked off.
Roy: The day I was resurrected. That would fit with Durkon’s timeframe.
- Panel 7, Page 2
Vaarsuvius examines some pictographs on the wall.
Elan (off-panel): But if it wasn’t Nale, and it wasn’t Xykon…
- Panel 8, Page 2
Vaarsuvius and Blackwing's faces are struck with alarm.
Elan (off-panel): Then who did this?
- Panel 9, Page 2
The pictograph shows a family tree of people descended from a progenitor dragon and a red-haired human.
Elan (off-panel): And why?
D&D Context Edit
- Detect Poison is a 1st level spell that detects poisons in a creature or area.
- All in the Family was a hit TV sitcom that ran from 1971 to 1979, featuring its iconic protagonist, Archie Bunker.
- This is the only other appearance of the Draketooth with Armor from the previous strip.