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Suspicious Agreement
Order of the Stick comic
OOTS0849
Tarquin decides to solo the Order
Comic no. 849
Date published 13 April 2012
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The Linear Guild discusses tactics as the Order of the Stick flies out to meet them. After grounding them, Tarquin, masquerading as Thog, decides to solo the Order.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

The Linear Guild flying above Girard's pyramid.
Tarquin: Nale, son—not that I've never gotten a chuckle out of dipping people in acid, but is there some reason we've announced our presence?
Sabine: Nale knows the Order of the Stick a lot better than you do.
Nale: Indeed. I know that if you want them to do something, you need to prod them now and then.
Nale: Otherwise. They'll just stand around talking until they fill up like eight pages with speech balloons.

Panel 2

The Order of the Stick flies towards them on their flying carpet from the top of the pyramid.
Sabine: See, Tarquin? A little acid got them moving! Good job, honey!
Nale: Yes dear...Unforutnately, "up" is not the direction I was hoping for.

Panel 3

Nale: Malack, is the Control Winds scroll you cast still active?
Malack: Is your vapid devil-whore still keeping you aloft?
Sabine: HEY! Who are you calling a devil??
Nale: Keep them contained, then.

Panel 4

Malack: ...
Tarquin: Come on, Mal. Try to look forward to the end of the mission.
Malack: ...Very well.

Panel 5

Cut away to the top of the pyramid. A whirlwind surrounds the pyramid with a WOOOOSH!"

Panel 6

Having been flung from the flying carpet, the party is in disarray at the top of the pyramid.
Elan: No fair! How come THEY get to fly? Stupid biased Windy Canyon!
Roy: That's not JUST the canyon. I think Nale found himself a new divine caster.
Roy: Come on, maybe we can push through this.

Panel 7

Cut back to the Linear Guild, aloft.
Tarquin: If your goal is to drive them back...I request permission to engage the enemy, O Great Leader of the Linear Guild.
Nale: Permission to hasten my inheritance granted.

Panel 8

Tarquin: Ha! OK, hold on one moment, I just need to activate one of my armor's enchantments...
Tarquin's armor is surrounded by a red glow.
Nale (off-panel): Glamered armor? Isn't that kind of a weak ability, Dad?
Tarquin: Actually, when you change flags as often as I do, it's a real cost-saver.

Panel 9

Tarquin's helmet and armor have changed. The helmet has no spikes and the tabard is purple.
Tarquin: There we go!
Tarquin: Now how does the voice go again?
Tarquin: *Ahem*

Panel 10

Tarquin holds aloft Soul Muncher and descends on his pteronadon.
Tarquin: THOG SMASHES!

Panel 11

Kilkil: Sir, watch your grammar!
Malack: Why? What's wrong with it?
Kilkil: Absolutely nothing!

D&D Context Edit

  • Sabine is a succubus; she is a demon, not a devil. Demons are Chaotic Evil, whereas Devils are Lawful Evil. Thus she is offended at being referred to as such.
  • Control Winds is a 5th level spell of the Air Domain. Malack casts it with a scroll because the spell is not in his Domain. This spell allows the caster to control wind in an area with a variety of effects.

Trivia Edit

  • Tarquin has brought his axe, Soul-Muncher, for only its second appearance since #50, and its first ever which was not a flashback.
  • "Thog Smashes" is Tarquin impersonating Thog when Thog is enraged, which itself is a reference to The Incredible Hulk comics.
  • The title refers to the subject-verb agreement in Tarquin's last line. Thog often improperly conjugates his verbs.

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