|“Lack of Foresight”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||5 March 2012|
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- The Order of the Stick
- Mr. Scruffy ◀ ▶
- Blackwing ◀ ▶
- Yukyuk (dominated) ◀ ▶
- Girard Draketooth (on genealogical chart) ◀ ▶
- Draketooth Progenitor Dragon ◀ ▶
- Draketooth Genealogy ◀ ▶
- Penelope ◀
- Eighteen Dragon-blooded People
- Two Soldiers of the Empire of Tears
- Five People without Dragon Blood
- Panel 1, Page 1
Elan: V, are you OK?
- Panel 2, Page 1
Elan: What's the matter?
Roy: Did you find something in those wall murals?
- Panel 3, Page 1
- Panel 4, Page 1
Roy: What the hell?
Haley: Probably just needed some fresh air in a hurry.
Haley: I'm half ready to hurl, too, and I don't have a elf's Constitution, you know?
- Panel 5, Page 1
Belkar: See, Mr. Scruffy? That's what happens when you hold it in too long.
- Panel 6, Page 1
Vaarsuvius flees down the steps into the pyramid. Blackwing follows.
Blackwing: Vaarsuvius, stop! Please!
- Panel 7, Page 1
Vaarsuvius falls down the stairs, with a "thnk! WHNNK!"
- Panel 8, Page 1
Vaarsuvius: <smal>My fault.
Vaarsuvius: I am the cause.
Vaarsuvius: It sprang from my brow.
- Panel 9, Page 1
Blackwing: Yeah, I know. I saw the chart.
Blackwing: Those people were blood relations to one of the dragons you killed with your Familicide spell.
Blackwing: But look, that's bad—that's really bad—but it's a fluke. A coincidence. That one family—
- Panel 10, Page 1
Vaarsuvius begins to weep.
Vaarsuvius: One family? ONE FAMILY??
Vaarsuvius: Then you do not grasp the enormity of it.
- Panel 11, Page 1
Vaarsuvius: The Familicide spell I cast killed everyone of the black dragon's blood—and then killed everyone who shared blood with any of the dragon's blood.
Vaarsuvius: The Draketooth Clan spent 60 years propagating itself by mating with random outsiders and then disappearing with the child.
- Panel 12, Page 1
Vaarsuvius: Each of those grieving parents, first wronged by a Draketooth, is now murdered by my hand!
Vaarsuvius: For their lost offspring carried the blood of the dragon—and they carried the blood of their offspring!
- Panel 1, Page 2
The next nine panels are broken up at odd angles. They depict flashbacks to people who mingled blood with the Draketooth family and the scions of those people.
A man with a water jug is struck dead by purple lightning.
Vaarsuvius (inset) I have scourged the Western Continent of humans whose only sin was falling in love with a mysterious scarlet-tressed stranger!
- Panel 2, Page 2
A sultan on a throne and his two children are struck dead by purple lightning.
- Panel 3, Page 2
A nomadic tribeswoman is struck dead by purple lightning in the middle of their village of tents.
- Panel 4, Page 2
A soldier at attention in a rank of soldiers is struck dead by purple lightning.
- Panel 5, Page 2
An egyptian-looking girl washing clothes in a river with pyramids in the background is struck dead by purple lightning as her companion looks on.
- Panel 6, Page 2
Four traders in a camel caravan are struck dead by purple lightning.
- Panel 7, Page 2
A family of seven around a table inside a tent is struck dead by purple lightning.
Vaarsuvius (inset): And I have extinguished their own family lines as well! Countless parents, siblings, and children, dead—down to the last cousin.
- Panel 8, Page 2
A red-headed man in the gladiator stables is struck dead by purple lightning.
- Panel 9, Page 2
Penelope is struck dead by purple lightning while drinking tea on the balcony at the Palace of Blood in Bleedingham.
Vaarsuvius (inset): I am the one who slew Tarquin's wife! And had she borne him a child, I would have slain it as well!
- Panel 10, Page 2
Vaarsuvius and Blackwing walk down a passage in the pyramid.
Blackwing: Wow...OK...well, you couldn't have known—
Vaarsuvius: Could I not have? The propensity for both dragons and humans to breed outside their species is well-documented.
Vaaruvius: I am as guilty as if I had a cast a Fireball into a crowded market square to catch a pickpocket!
- Panel 11, Page 2
Vaarsuvius: No, my deed has no justification. No excuse.
Vaarsuvius: The few paltry moments that the trio of fiends shall hold my soul will be but a preview of the eternity that—
- Panel 12, Page 2
A plate in the floor goes "click!"
- Panel 13, Page 2
A huge piston comes down on Vaarsuvius and Blackwing with a "WHAM!" as a trap door in the floor opens below them.
- Panel 14, Page 2
The piston and trap door begin to reset with a "creeeeeeeek."
- Panel 15, Page 2
There is no sign of Vaarsuvius and Blackwing as the passage returns to its previous appearance as the trap door resets with a "tchkt."
D&D Context Edit
- Haley's comment on page 1, panel 4 refers to Elves' -2 Constitution score.
- The Familicide was cast in #639, "If They Pull a Knife...".
- Vaarsuvius dominated Yukyuk between #799, "In the Bag" and #800, "Right Tool for the Job".