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Temporary Weakness
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Belkar knows his strength
Comic no. 881
Date published 22 March 2013
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Belkar goads Roy into action.

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Panel 1, Page 1

Roy: He's really dead, then? He's really a…a vampire?
Belkar: Yeah. Really—really. Filled up his tank on my blood before he took off with Malack.

Panel 2, Page 1

Roy: This is it, isn't it?
Roy: This is us losing. This is what us losing looks like.

Panel 3, Page 1

Haley: Roy, it's OK. It'll be OK.
Haley: I went through the same thing when Xykon killed you. It seems really bad, but we can fix it.

Panel 4, Page 1

Roy: Oh yeah? Can you resurrect people?? Because I can't! I wonder if anyone we know can—oh! Durkon can.
Roy: Maybe we can ask him nicely if he'd like to drive a stake through his own heart for us, too.

Panel 5, Page 1

Haley: He's not the only cleric in the world, Roy.
Roy: He might as well be! You searched for one who could do it for months and came up empty.

Panel 6, Page 1

Roy: We don't have months, Haley. We don't have days.
Roy: Hell, we might not even have hours.
Roy: The Linear Guild is breathing down our neck, and Xykon is going to be right behind them, as soon as he finds his phylactery.

Panel 7, Page 1

Roy: And as of right now, we don't even have any spellcasters!
Elan: Roy, I'm a spellcaster.
Roy: YOU DON'T COUNT!!

Panel 8, Page 1

Roy: And if Durkon is a vampire now, the goddamn Linear Guild is stronger than ever.
Roy: If we manage to destroy their high-level vampire cleric, they can just be like, "Oh, no problem—we have a spare!"

Panel 9, Page 1

Roy: This whole mission is a total disaster.
Roy: Why did I think I could do this? I hear the world needs saving, and I just assume that I'm the guy to do it?
Roy: Who does that? What kind of ego trip was I on?

Panel 10, Page 1

Roy: Maybe…we should retreat. Try to get the word out about what's going on and let someone more qualified handle it.
Roy: At this point, we're probably going to all die here if we keep going—looking for some stupid gate in the middle of nowhere.

Panel 11, Page 1

Roy: And I led you here.
Roy: I led Durkon to his doom.
Roy: You were all better off when I was still dead.

Panel 12, Page 1

Belkar: Hey, uh, quick question:
Belkar: If I'm experiencing intense nausea right now, do you think that's due to the blood loss—
Belkar: —or because your whining is making me want to puke?

Panel 1, Page 2

Haley: Belkar, I don't think this is the best time for—
Belkar: No, no, I think I have something to say to Captain Wallow-Pants here.
Belkar: Do you have any idea how bloody useless we were while you were taking your dirt nap?

Panel 2, Page 2

Belkar: The redhead can't lead anyone out of a wet paper bag, and I almost vomited myself to death because you weren't there to keep me from doing something stupid.
Belkar: And the other half was just as bad, from what I hear.
Belkar: Elan couldn't see past some lame subplot, Durkon sat on his thumbs, and I think the elf almost went nuts.

Panel 3, Page 2

Belkar: So you're gonna pussy out now and "sound the alarm?" Sure, whatever.
Belkar: I mean, that bell got rung when a billion hobgoblins stomped up and down on Hinjo's face. I don't hear the cavalry yet.

Panel 4, Page 2

Belkar: The get-the-hell-out-of-here part, though I can get behind.
Belkar: Try to lay low. Bet you can hide on your ditzy girlfriend's cloud. Bring your sister, too.
Belkar: And hey, maybe some other hero will pop out of nowhere to stop this Snarl thing at the last minute.
Belkar: Who knows? It would probably make a better story than this one.

Panel 5, Page 2

Belkar: Of course, it would mean that your best friend got horribly killed for absolutely no damn reason at all.

Panel 6, Page 2

Belkar: Me, I'm a heartless little bastard. I can shrug that kind of thing off.
Belkar: But you seem like maybe that might bother you at some point down the road.

Panel 7, Page 2

Roy: You—You of all people—
Roy: You have no right to—

Panel 8, Page 2

Beat.

Panel 9, Page 2

Roy: Fine. We keep going.
Roy: Haley, look for traps. You two, behind us.

Panel 10, Page 2

Haley: What are we going to do if we find—
Roy: I don't know yet! I'll think of something on the way. Now MOVE!!

Panel 11, Page 2

Elan: Geez, Belkar, I can't believe you said all that to Roy. Don't you think it was a little harsh?
Belkar: Isn't that why you losers keep me around?

Panel 12, Page 2

Belkar: Hurting people is the only thing I'm good at.

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