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Helping Hand
Order of the Stick comic
OOTS0951
Comic no. 951
Date published 5 May 2014
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Roy helps as best he can.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Haley: Fire's out, B., but it looks like both your rear propellers are stopped.
Bandana: I figured—we're losin' speed fast. If we don't get one of 'em started, we'll end up takin' a header into the drink.

Panel 2

Bandana: Felix, if you're OK, I want you back on the quarterdeck. Tell me exactly how much damage those engines took.
Elan: I can help!
Felix: Uh, sure, just don't poke me with your weird puppet again.

Panel 3

Haley: V and I will take fire duty, in case it springs up again.
Vaarsuvius: Indeed, I will keep special watch on the parts of the ship that are most inflammable.
Mechane Crewman with Goatee: Aren't those the parts you don't have to watch?
Vaarsuvius: ...No.

Panel 4

Bandana: I want us leveled out and ready to make a water landing. And clear the hold, I want everyone above decks.
Bandana: No way of telling how watertight this old bucket is these days.
Mechane Crewman with Goatee: Aye, Captain!

Panel 5

Bandana: And you! What are you doing?
Roy: Me? Uh, staying out of your way while you do all your professional air-sailor stuff, I guess.

Panel 6

Bandana: How 'bout you get IN our way with some of that adventurer magic and maybe help??
Roy: Hey, I'm a fighter. I don't have any magic.
Belkar: You're as strong as a giant and you've recently survived being impaled by a triceratops.
Roy: OK, that, but—

Panel 7

Bandana: Here's a job for you: Grab that rope from them and hold on. I need Andi to fix the engine.

Panel 8

Roy: Do you want me to tie it to something or...?
BandanaNo! It'll just get ripped out of the hull again!

Panel 9

Belkar: I think this whole "fighter" thing has really gotten in the way of you discovering your true destiny as a wharf.
Roy: I'm going to dance on your grave, you know.

Panel 10

Belkar: "Xykon, you let my father's skiff drift out with the tide! I will avenge it!!"
Roy: Maybe a nice jig? I might take lessons first.

D&D Context Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Roy was gored by tarquin's triceratops in #927.
  • When the strip was originally published, Bandana addressed Andi as "Sally". This was later changed in the web comic version.
  • This is the first appearance of the Mechane Crewman with Goatee.

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