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Can't Help Himself
Order of the Stick comic
OOTS0927
Comic no. 927
Date published 29 October 2013
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Dismounted, the Roy is nearly given a coup de grace by Tarquin, before being saved by Elan and Vaarsuvius, who level the playing field.

Cast Edit

Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Roy: Uggghh... I feel like I got hit by a—

Panel 2

Roy is gored by the charging Triceratops.

Panel 3

Elan: ROY!!
Belkar: Do you just shout people's names when they get hurt now?
Haley: Durkon, do something!
"Durkon": I got naught left fer magic.

Panel 4

Laurin holds Roy with a psionic power.
Laurin: He's locked down, Tarquin. Do it.
Tarquin: You're a fine warrior, Mr. Greenhilt, but playing second fiddle just isn't in our family's blood.

Panel 5

Haley: V, disintegrate the dinosaur!
Vaarsuvius: It would have negligible effect on a beast of that girth. Prismatic Spray might help, but I run the risk of striking our leader.

Panel 6

Elan: I've got it! Lesser Confusion!

Panel 7

Elan's spell causes the Triceratops to rear up in confusion, launching Roy into the air and sending Miron, Laurin, and Tarquin falling off its back.

Panel 8

Vaarsuvius: Prismatic Spray.

Panel 9

The Prismatic spray hits the Vector Legion: the red one hits Laurin for fire damage, the orange one hits Tarquin for Acid Damage, the yellow one hits Miron for Lightning Damage, and one the violet hits the Triceratops, banishing it to another plane wtih a "POOF!"

Panel 10

Haley: Good job, honey!
Belkar: Yeah, nice assist, kid.
Elan: Thanks, guys! It's fun to help out!

Panel 11

Elan: What now, Roy?
The angry Tarquin pushes himself up, grabbing for his dagger.

D&D Context Edit

  • Laurin may be using the 4th level Kineticist power, Control Body hold Roy immobile for Tarquin to strike.
  • With Roy helpless, Tarquin was likely preparing to deliver a Coup de Grace attack for an automatic critical hit and a chance to kill him outright.
  • Lesser Confusion is a First Level Bard Spell that causes a single creature to become confused for one round.
  • Prismatic Spray is an Eighth Level evocation spell that casts seven beams of different colored light. Whatever beam(s) hit their target(s) determine what effect(s) are inflicted upon it.

Trivia Edit

  • This is the final appearance of Tarquin's Triceratops. It first appeared in #910.

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