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A Sign That You Have a Problem
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OOTS0568
Comic no. 568
Date published 17 June 2008
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Belkar comes to the startling realization that the Oracle foresaw his own death.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Haley: BELKAR!!
Belkar: What? He totally had it coming.
Belkar: Now hold his feet, I want to turn his head into a litter box for Mr. Scruffy.

Panel 2

Haley: I cannot believe you! I just cannot BELIEVE you!
Belkar: Really? Because the whole kobold-head-into-an-object thing is sort of a running gag with me.

Panel 3

Haley: You killed the Oracle!
Belkar: Yeah, so? He was a kobold! You told me it was OK to kill monsters!
Haley: We were gonna get answers! Answers that may have led to getting Roy back!
Belkar: Answers that would have been obscure and useless!
Haley: The one he gave me wasn't!

Panel 4

Haley: He told me not to look the gift horse in the mouth, which I did when I accepted Nale's invitation to dinner without examining my suspicions too closely.
Haley: That directly led to me getting my voice back!
Belkar: Yeah, but who really cares about your inner turmoil crap anyway? People tune into watch me stab things.

Panel 5

Haley: I swear, I'm going to—
Belkar: Oh, don't get your thong in a twist, Haley. Come on, we can search for treasure.
Belkar: All that meaty character development hasn't made you stop loving treasure, has it?

Panel 6

Haley: Fine. But only because we still need money to get Roy raised. Don't think you're off the hook for this yet.
Belkar: Yeah, yeah.
Celia: Actually, I don't think he's off the hook at all.
Celia: Take a look out the back window.

Panel 7

Celia stands beside the panoramic back window. The back of Belkar's shaved head in the foreground, the window frames a kobold village just outside, black-clad kobolds milling around grass-roofed round huts nestled amidst a forest with mountains in the background. In the middle of the village is a large billboard with a likeness of the Oracle's head. It reads:

Welcome to the village of
LICKMYORANGEBALLSHALFLING
Founded: Last week      Pop.: Just enough
"No, seriously, give 'em a good once-over!"


Panel 8

Belkar: I don't get it. What does that—
The faintest possible outline of the Greater Mark of Justice appears on Belkar's forehead.

Panel 9

Belkar: —mean?
The Mark grows clearer.

Panel 10

Beat. A bright blue magical symbol is distinct on Belkar's alarmed face.

Panel 11

The panel turns blue. The mark begins to smoke.
Belkar: AAAHHHHH!

D&D Context Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Belkar receives the Greater Mark of Justice from Lord Shojo shortly after #293 and prior to #294.
  • A full exposition of the rules of the Greater Mark of Justice is given in #295 (Belkar Leashed) where the mark is revealed on Belkar's forehead by Vaarsuvius.
  • Belkar turns Yikyik's skull into a "swanky new leather hat" in #63. (He refers to it as such in #69).
  • Belkar turns Yokyok's skull into a tortilla chip bowl in #358, as well as using his tail and other parts to make extra chunky salsa.
  • In a later comic, we will see Belkar follow through on his planned use of the Oracle's head in this comic by turning the still-living head of Yukyuk into Mr. Scruffy's litterbox in #835, continuing to embrace the running gag of turning the head of kobolds into "something wacky".

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