|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||2 September 2013|
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Tarquin discusses Elan's supporting role in their recent combat and decides that following Roy is keeping him down. Pursuant to this determination, he orders his army to attack Roy, Belkar, and unDurkon in the crater.
- The Order of the Stick
- The Vector Legion
- Kilkil ◀ ▶
- Spiky the Barbed Devil ◀ ▶
- The Army of the Empire of Blood
- Panel 1, Page 1
Tarquin: I would've pinned it on someone else, really, but your father was there already. Conservation of detail and all that.
Kilkil: Plus, we can spread it around that he'd just been pardoned.
Tarquin: Good thinking, Kilkil! It'll make us look merciful while allowing us to crack down on dissidents.
- Panel 2, Page 1
Elan: When we're done stopping Xykon, we're coming back to take you down SO HARD!
Tarquin: I look forward to it! Should make for a rousing story.
Tarquin: I'll never be prouder of you than the day you defeat me.
- Panel 3, Page 1
Elan: I don't want you to be proud of me anymore!!
Tarquin: Careful. You're starting to sound like Nale.
- Panel 4, Page 1
Tarquin: There is one more thing, Elan—then you may begin the long walk out of the desert, if that's your decision.
Elan: What, do you have a bunny you need to punch in front of me or something?
Tarquin: No, I'm talking about your dismal combat performance back in the pyramid.
- Panel 5, Page 1
Tarquin: Though make a note about the bunny thing for next time, that's good stuff.
- Panel 1, Page 2
Tarquin: I watched you "fight" when you thought I was Thog. You stayed in the back, sang, and let others do the work.
Elan: Isn't that how you do things? Behind the scenes and all?
Tarquin: Yes, but I'm the villain.
- Panel 2, Page 2
Tarquin: The hero needs to be the one leading the charge. Front and center.
Tarquin: Otherwise, you risk becoming a supporting character.
- Panel 3, Page 2
Elan: I'm not the leader of my team, Dad. Roy is, and he's the best hero EVER.
Tarquin: I was afraid you were going to say something like that.
- Panel 4, Page 2
Tarquin: It's clear to me now that following Greenhilt is preventing you from reaching your true heroic potential.
- Panel 5, Page 2
Tarquin: Kill the ones in the crater.
- Panel 6, Page 2
Cut to Roy, Belkar, and Durkon in the crater. The army of the Empire of Blood charges at them from all sides, while a volley of arrows fills the air above them.
Belkar: Can't we go back to dealing with your daddy issues?
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