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Getting the Message
Order of the Stick comic
OOTS0880
Comic no. 880
Date published 13 March 2013
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When Belkar crawls back to the party, Roy struggles to come to terms with what they have learned.

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Panel 1, Page 1

Haley and Roy continue to untrap the door. Elan is strumming his lute to inspire the work, ♪♪♪
Haley: Annnnnd…DONE! Ha! Me 1, Inanimate objects 0!
Roy: Good, because my leg fell asleep like five minutes ago.
Elan: Hey Roy, shouldn't Durkon and Belkar be back by now?

Panel 2, Page 1

Roy: Yeah…he should have. I doubt he ran into the LG going down, but he might've sprung a trap.
Roy: I knew I shouldn't have let him go when he asked. Now we have to look for him, too.

Panel 3, Page 1

Haley: At least we haven't heard any explosions.
Roy: True. Come on, leave the door for now and let's find out what happened to—

Panel 4, Page 1

Belkar crawls around the corner.
Belkar: Durkon…
Belkar: He—unnhh…
Roy: Belkar!
Roy: What happened? Is it Xykon??

Panel 5, Page 1

Roy: Belkar, where's Durkon? What happened? Does he need us??
Belkar: He…it was the lizard guy. The cleric, Elan's dad's friend.
Haley: Malack? You guys fought Malack??
Haley: I knew that guy was bad news!

Panel 6, Page 1

Belkar: Yeah. Only I didn't do much fighting.
Belkar: Paralyzed me right away and Durkon…he fought him one-on-one.
Belkar: And lost.

Panel 7, Page 1

Belkar: Unnh…so woozy…
Roy: Lost? What do you mean, "lost"?
Roy: Did he get paralyzed too?
Haley: Oh gods, is Durkon—did Malack kill him??

Panel 8, Page 1

Belkar: …Sorta.
Roy: How the hell do you "sorta" kill someone?

Panel 9, Page 1

Belkar: Turns out that Malack is a vampire. He got Durkon in a grapple and started drinking.
Belkar: Let's just say that this time, when Durkon turned undead…he really turned undead.

Panel 10, Page 1

Belkar: Durkon's a vampire now.
Haley: *gasp!*
Elan: No!!

Panel 11, Page 1

Roy: …
Roy: You're unbelievable.

Panel 1, Page 2

Roy: This is your sick idea of a joke, isn't it?
Belkar: What? No!
Roy: Make up some story about Durkon dying so you can laugh at us for caring?
Belkar: It's not a story, it's what—

Panel 2, Page 2

Roy: Is this why you've been pretending to be part of the team, so we'd believe you?
Belkar: No, I've been doing it to get you off my damn back!

Panel 3, Page 2

Roy: Where's Durkon really? Is he in trouble? Are you stalling us so that we can't save him?
Belkar: I already told you, you lunatic!
Belkar: The lizard sucked his blood and turned him into a vampire! Then they split together.

Panel 4, Page 2

Roy: You're LYING!
Belkar: I have the bite marks to prove it, jackass! One set from each of them!

Panel 5, Page 2

Roy: I shouldn't wait for some prophecy.
Roy: I should just finish you off myself before you stupid antics really DO get one of us killed!
Elan: Whoa, Roy!!

Panel 6, Page 2

Belkar: How could this possibly be a joke? Where's the punchline?
Belkar: I know you're the straight man around here, so telling jokes isn't really your area of expertise. But trust me, there's nothing funny about it.
Belkar: He just walked in there and saved my life and got straight up murdered for it.

Panel 7, Page 2

Roy: Why would he have fought a vampire cleric alone, huh? Why didn't he come get us?
Belkar: To protect you, moron! To keep the vampire from dominating you into killing each other!!

Panel 8, Page 2

Belkar: The last thing he said? He asked Lizard Vampire Guy to spare the rest of you.
Belkar: Said all that mattered was that you were safe.

Panel 9, Page 2

Haley: Roy…I think he might be telling the truth.
Roy: Why? Just because he looks half dead himself?
Haley: No—because I don't think Belkar's capable of inventing someone doing that.

Panel 10, Page 2

Beat. Roy looks down on Belkar in anger.

Panel 11, Page 2

Beat. The look on Roy's face softens.

Panel 12, Page 2

Roy boys his head in sadness. Haley and Elan hug each other.

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