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Shot Down
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OOTS0921
Comic no. 921
Date published 25 September 2013
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The Vector Legion has a disagreement over the allocation of resources. Vaarsuvius makes quick work of an aerial squadron.

Cast Edit

Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Tarquin: Hrrmph. This was supposed to be a tragic execution scene, not a climactic battle.
Tarquin: I think I'm just making Greenhilt look badass.

Panel 2

Miron: Seems like an awful waste of resources if you ask me, Tarkie. You want Greatsword Dude dead, just send Jacinda to slit his throat in the night.
Tarquin: It's not the death I'm after, per se. It's the motivation I'm hoping it instills in my son.

Panel 3

Tarquin: I'm taking a risk letting him go wtih so much unfinished narrative business. I have to make sure he comes back.
Miron: Pfft. More of your story nonsense? Spare me.
Tarquin: Funny, you never seem to complain when my "story nonsense" puts coin in your purse.

Panel 4

Tarquin: And it wouldn't be such a waste of resources if you got in there and started casting.
Miron: Eh, I'm not seeing the profit for us. Pass.
Tarquin: Laurin?
Laurin: You indulging your first son got Malack killed.
Laurin: Now you're throwing perfectly good troops away to influence the other one.
Laurin: Do what you want with your own country's resources, but I see no reason to enable you.

Panel 5

Tarquin: You two are impossible. Laurin, if it were your daughter—
Laurin: Hannah is a plumber, thank you, and she thinks I'm just a well-connected interior designer.
Laurin: I do this thing we do so that she can have a good life far away from all this.

Panel 6

Miron: Oh, that reminds me: The Weeping King loves that splashy butt-washing thing she installed for him.
Tarquin: A bidet, Miron. It's called a bidet.
In the distance, Vaarsuvius can be seen casting Fly on Haley.

Panel 7

Haley flies behind Vaarsuvius, carrying Elan. Haley: I'm just so happy you're safe, V!
Vaarsuvius: Hardly, nor may I ever feel so again, but I am uninjured.

Panel 8

Elan: Watch out! Those pterandon riders are heading straight for us!
Haley: Crap! Elan, I'll drop you on one of their backs. You take out the rider while I start shooting the other—

Panel 9

Vaarsuvius: Chain Lightning.
Vaarsuvius's Chain Lightning spell zaps all the pterandon riders.

Panel 10

Haley: Oh yeah.
Haley: Wizard.
Blackwing: And THAT'S what you get for oppressing my clade brothers and sisters!
Blackwing: BAM!

D&D Context Edit

  • Chain Lightning is a 6th level spell which deals 1d6/level damage to the first target and half tthat to up to one secondary target per level after the primary.

Trivia Edit

  • Pterosaurs and Birds share the clade Archosauria, which also includes all non-avian dinosaurs and crocodilians.

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