|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||13 November 2013|
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With the entire Order disabled, Tarquin scolds his son and prepares to kill Roy. Just then, the shadow of the Mechane comes over them, and Julio Scoundrél descends on a flying carpet to save the day.
- The Order of the Stick
- Mr. Scruffy ◀ ▶
- Blackwing ◀ ▶
- The Vector Legion
- Julio Scoundrél ◀ ▶
- Panel 1
Tarquin: I'm sorry, Elan, but you brought this all on yourself.
Tarquin: I tried to give you a dramatically significant death scene to swear vengeance over, but you seem to prefer this... this disjointed anarchy.
Tarquin: There's no unity of theme here at all!
Elan: Didn't we... already do the scene... where you try to convince me to do things your way?
- Panel 2
Tarquin: Yes, and it didn't go right, so we are DOING IT AGAIN.
Tarquin: And we will CONTINUE to do it until you understand that it is in your best interest to...
A faint sound is heard, "whuppa whuppa whuppa"
- Panel 3
Tarquin: ...listen to my...
The sound continues, "whuppa whuppa whuppa whuppa whuppa"
Tarquin: What is that noise? I know that noise.
- Panel 4
Tarquin: No...no! Not now! I'm in the middle of something important!
The sound is louder now, "whuppa whuppa whuppa whuppa whuppa", and an ovoid shadow falls over Elan and Roy.
Elan: Look! Roy, it worked! It worked!!
Roy: Whuh? What's going on?
- Panel 5
In the shadow, the sound grows louder, "whuppa whuppa whuppa"
Elan: My secret plan! You told me that it would be better to find family among people who were good than to try and find good among my family.
Elan: So I thought what we needed to balance out an evil father figure—
- Panel 6
The Mechane flies in the distance, partially eclipsing the sun as its propellers whir away, "whuppa whuppa whuppa whuppa". Only a few feet away, Julio Scoundrél arrives standing on a flying carpet, his saber drawn.
Elan (inset): —was a good father figure!
Julio Scoundrél: General Tarquin! We meet again!
- Panel 7
Cut back to Elan and Roy.
Elan: Don't look at me like that, there were like a ton of hints on this one.
D&D Context Edit
- In the first panel, Laurin is using the psion power Telekinetic Force to choke Vaarsuvius with Tarquin's whip. The power allows the psion to move distant objects with their mind.
- Elan has the inspiration for his plan to seek the aid of Julio Scoundrél back in #836, but does not reveal his intentions to the party because it would ruin the narrative.