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The fifth - and most recent - volume of the Order of the Stick includes their adventures from #673-946, with some extras as usual. The Order arrives at the Western Continent, uncovering government secrets and the past and recent actions come forth and makes things very complicated for the race to Girard's Gate.

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Plot Edit

Save Room for Desert Edit

The group arrives at Sandsedge, the first stop of their journey, aiming to find what they need in order to venture into the Great Barren Desert as fast as possible.[1] Roy goes with Belkar to find a lead for what he needs for the mission, Haley, Elan, and Durkon hits the magic item tents in order to sell loot, and Vaarsuvius and Blackwing seeks out a vendor of reagents and components to use for powerful spells.[2] Haley buys and changes into desert appropriate clothes and haggles with it a free dye for her lime green Boots of Speed, Elan buys a Belt of Charisma.[3] Haley later ditches Durkon by leading him to a tree and begins to search a map of Tyrinaria.[4] Roy gets frustrated as Belkar misunderstands his words for navigational tools and people.[5]

Meanwhile, Vaarsuvius attempts to control their composure by Blackwing but is finally baited into combat by a wizard after Blackwing gets distracted by a shiny bauble.[6] The wizard claims to give V a scroll with rare and powerful spells in exchange for mercy, he asks for V's name, and when he gets a answer he gives V the paper, but it's revealed to be Inkyrius' paperwork for suing V for divorce and full custody of the children.[7] Blackwing buys the diamond dust and a bauble.[8]

It then cuts back to Haley, who's attempting to find Tyrinaria in a tent full of maps, but then the cartographer reveals that it probably doesn't exist anymore, saying that kingdoms usually get conquered by different countries in a cycle every year. They hide from Roy and Belkar,[4] Haley claiming because she doesn't want him to think that she will skip out to go find her dad.[9] The Order reunites, but while traveling with a caravan, it gets attacked by slavers.[10] Belkar gets caught in a net and gets taken to the leader Buggy Lou, but it turns out they're old friends. However, Belkar kills him after the slavers catch Mr. Scruffy for an apparent snack.[11] Roy jumps on a riding beedle and manages to save a number of people caught in a net, but gets stabbed and falls off after the jobs done.[12] One of the people caught in the web was a kid, who's family gave Roy a Belt of Giant Strength. Belkar receives spice as a gift (who struggles with the concept) from a spice merchant.[13] After leaving, Belkar consumes the delicious spice, and it turns out that the spice lured a giant Purple Worm.[14] After Vaarsuvius charms the monster, the Order decides to use Belkar as live bait to control the worm in order to get to the gate faster.[15]

They arrive and after a few days of searching[16], they finally find a pre-recorded message from Girard Draketooth,[17] who, intending the message for Soon Kim or "one of his fascist paladin lackeys", reveals that the gate is infact, not there,[18] and the spell detonates a large explosion.[19] The group decides to leave a message for Girard if he came to scry.[20] The Order also decides to stay and search in case of it was a double bluff, but night falls, coming to a dead end.[21] They decide to check the taverns, mage guilds, local thieves guilds, and brothels on the conclusion that Girard's confederates have occasional trips for supplies and such. They begin to leave, while Mr. Scruffy flees from a green scrying eye.[22]

Face the Nation Edit

The Monster in the Darkness shouts "escape" and vaguely magic sounding words to a hobgoblin guard, attempting to replicate the teleporting spell he did on O-Chul in order to know if he is safe. The hobgoblin decides to leave to get back on work,[23] so the MitD heads to Tsukiko. Tsukiko declines in order to keep learning the Gate Ritual and explain it to Xykon. The MiTD angrily leaves and reveals that it is a half a ritual, which surprises Tsukiko, who happily decides to cast whatever spell to help him.[24]

A hobgoblin calls out to the MitD, who pulls him over to go pull a curtain for Redcloak's speech.[25] Redcloak announces Gobbotopia, its textbooks for education,[26] and him leaving with Xykon to look for the gates and him making Jirix the new Prime Minister.[27] Jirix tells his story about meeting the Dark One at death and resurrection. When the speech is over he gets into a conversation with Redcloak about Xykon, and also mentions that the Dark One told Redcloak to not screw this up.[28]

An Azurite Resistance scout sends a rat to the main members of the resistance,[29] who attack the city prison.[30] They release 112 prisoners and killed 43 soldiers and 4 browncloaks, and possibly a hobgoblin couple. Tsukiko arrives and begins reanimating hobgoblins, to the dismay of Redcloak.[31] MitD comes back to Tsukiko and asks her to find O-Chul, who refuses because he's one of the enemies, and that he's unfindable because of Xykon renewing the Cloister spell every few weeks with him inside it. He leaves and hopes that the rain is helping O-Chul sleep.[32]

Farther, Sun, and Slaughter Edit

Elan attempts to butt into a conversation to get some information about Girard but weirds them out instead, and heads out to the next table.[33] Meanwhile Haley passes the Test of the Oscillating Doom to become a member of the Sisterhood of Aton. However, it turns out that they're just merchants that sells moisturizer with ylang-ylang as a ingredient, Haley buys 3[34] jars of moisturizer and leaves. [35] Haley walks with Elan and meets up with Vaarsuvius, who reveals that the mage's guild was less of a "guild" and instead a "collection of dilettantes who meet every Tuesday over lunch to discuss how "totally awesome" it would be to learn 2nd-level spells."

While they're talking about if they should wait for Roy and the others or go find them, Haley moves Elan out of the way from a Strength-draining poision bolt, that hits V instead, but is neutralized by Elan. [36] They engage in battle with Enor and Gannji, with the bounty hunters gaining the upper hand due to V having no strength and unable to move their body.[37] Haley slips away, but Elan gets knocked out by Enor's morning-star.[38] Its revealed that the bounty hunters believe Elan to be Nale and V and Haley as their counterparts.[39] V stuns Gannji before he uses a teleport scroll, so it fizzles away, V yells "Starshine! Deliver to Greenhilt! Do you understand?" which Haley answers yes to. She runs into them and throws Crystal's knife into Nale's bounty poster, Haley manages to be caught, but Gannji believes that Haley's throw was a miss, and they teleport away.[40]

The group is brought to the Palace of Blood, where they meet Kilkil, who brings them to Minister Malack, where he believes Elan to be Nale, but is confused by him believing him to be the "lizgreaper".[41] They're brought to the Empress of Blood, where Haley immediately guesses that Malack is the real power behind the throne.[42] Haley and Elan manages to convince them that they are of no use, but its still possible that they might be eaten.[43] Haley steals Gannji's military fork and stabs him with it while Elan confuses Enor. They carry V while Malack attempts to stop them with a Blade Barrier, which everyone passes through with injuries except for Haley.[44] Gannji and Enor decide not to go through it since they're not getting paid enough.[45]

The General arrives, bull rushing Haley through an archway. He tells V to cast Feather Fall, and they comply. The General now says since they used their only viable escape plan, he suggests that they return to the throne room, he gives Elan his word that no harm will come to them, but if they don't comply then he will not tell his men to leave her alive. Elan comply's and the general tells them to capture her, unaware that Haley killed every guard already.[46] The General reveals himself as Tarquin, Elan's father, who immediately tells himself as a genre savvy person like his son.[47] Tarquin takes him around, telling the story of how he became the general (see Tarquin for more details). Gannji makes a Star Wars reference by jokingly trying to extort more money from the bounty.[48] Elan introduces Tarquin to Haley, and Elan would like to be guests in the palace. Haley initially disagrees, but V whispers that they can contact Roy via Sending if they tranced, so Haley agrees. Haley is cautious about Tarquin and trys to explain this to Elan, but he immediately gets distracted by the dinosaur stables.[49] The group settles into their room, and Tarquin reveals that his ninth wife, Penelope, has passed away to "mysterious circumstances." Haley reminds Elan of their quest, but he accidentally explains their secret quest to Tarquin, which Tarquin remembers someone named Draketooth, fitting Girards description. He decides to explain it after the festival. Haley realizes that Roy let Elan loose in the desert thinking that he'd trip over the main plot, and HE DID![50]

Enor and Gannji converse about their earnings and "yummies" in the same brunch room as Roy and Belkar. Belkar smells ylang-ylang and Roy seems to found the poster and Haley's bow.[51] Belkar recognizes it as the same moisturizer on the poster and its on Enor's arm. Roy attempts to talk to Gannji, but he says a codeword for Enor to blast him with his lightning breath, which knocks him into a warlock.[52] The warlock almost chokes and attempts to ray Roy, but ducks and hits Gannji. Enor threatens the warlock, but Roy slams him into a table, knocking drinks into 2 Empire of Blood soldiers. Belkar claims that its still a small scuffle, so Mr. Scruffy knocks a bowl of maggots into a Soulknife. Her Monk mate and she participates in the fight, which is when Belkar finally joins in the scuffle.[53] The guards finally arrive and subdue everyone. Gannji and Enor are arrested to the courthouse, while Roy and Belkar are arrested due to not having any paperwork.[54] Mr. Scruffy alerts Durkon by scratching the door, and he goes to re-enter the city to get paperwork.[55]

Roy and Belkar are in a holding cell. Durkon casts 3 sending spells, Roy tells him to break him out, but Durkon refuses, so Roy instructs Durkon to retrieve Haley and the others, telling him to use a sending to contact her. Durkon uses his last Sending to say that he prepared 4 Sending spells today.[56] Roy tells him to find Kilkil, rendezvous with Haley, and then find them. The Lawyers return, with the short lived trial ending with them pleading guilty to be incarcerated in the Bloodstone Correctional Facility until death for failure to produce ID.[57]

Durkon arrives to Malack, who quickly engages in conversation due to both being in an adventuring party, past or present. Meanwhile, Kilkil, who was brought to court for Gannji and Enor to show paperwork, lost it. It's revealed that Tarquin got rid of the paperwork due to trying to extort money from Elan's bounty.[58] Roy and Belkar are in the Gladiator Training Facility, and attempt to work together with the bounty hunters, but is refused.[59] Tarquin has a feast planned for tonight and Elan and Haley are walking through a hallway. Durkon and Malack are in the library but hears and sees them, and excuses himself to go get them, despite Malack inviting him for the feast.[60] Durkon Hold Persons the escort to rescue them, but Elan says they're guests. So they decide to back to their room to go discuss breaking Roy and Belkar out of jail.[61] They return and asks V to do a Sending spell to Roy. Roy decides that they should be good guests, get all information from Tarquin, then jailbreak. Belkar's mad about not being rescued immediately, but Roy is confident that they'll survive, all they have to do is sweat for a few days, as he believes that the gladiatorial games are held on the weekend. Meanwhile, a guard pastes posters of special gladiator mid-week games in the name of Elan, the bloodiest ever.[62]

Blood Will Out Edit

Elan wears his old outfit to the dinner, believing that nothing is more formal than a sash. Tarquin introduces him and Haley to Polozius, Gourntonk, and Amun-Zora. Amun-Zora requests help for the Free City of Doom, so Tarquin dispatches 500 dragoons to join the battle. Elan believes that Tarquin's a good guy about that, but Haley is still skeptical.[63] Durkon has accepted Malack's dinner invitation, Malack says that he doesn't eat the food due to having a special diet. Haley is still lying to Malack and Tarquin, but Durkon think's its wrong because Malack's been nothing but polite to him, so Haley pretends to be a worshiper of Thor and that she converted with "Father Thundershield."[64] Haley gets severely drunk during the dinner, while Elan refuses to eat the food due to its horrific origins. Belkar steals bread from the other prisoners while Roy becomes friendlier with two old men.[65]

Belkar harasses the other prisoners[66] while the two old men tell Roy how to not get in the fight schedule, saying that the best way is to be average.[67] Vaarsuvius unsuccesfully contacted Draketooth or Serini Toormuck with Sending, only being able to contact Hinjo, who said that Redcloak was leaving "soon." Haley drunkingly says that Elan would need 200-foot-tall flaming letters to see that Tarquin is bad news, and argues with Elan about him. She drinks Durkon's beer, while Elan orders another round.[68] While sparring, Roy relays the old mans advice to Belkar, who immediately attacks the other prisoners, getting on the schedule. Gannji shoves Roy into Belkar, so Belkar attacks him in order to look "mediocre". Roy slams down Belkar with his sword, getting put in the first slot, top of the list.[69] Haley wakes up and apologizes to Elan, but still believes that the country is awful and that Tarquin has his fingerprints over it. Elan walks to his tour of the city, meeting Amun-Zora, who quickly runs away suspiciously. V goes with Haley to release slaves out of the palace.[70] As Tarquin and Elan go back into the palace, Tarquin explains himself and Elan's mother and why they split up, and he does some ominous foreshadowing.[71] Haley uses magical treatments to grow her hair back, and has sexual intercourse with Elan.[72]

Tarquin visits Roy, impressed by his skills, he looks forward to the battle tomorrow. He takes off his helmet, and Roy and Tarquin recognize him as being related to Elan. Tarquin say that if he lives tomorrow, he'll try to see them being on the same team as the men under him.[73] Haley cuts her hair and she, Elan, and V arrives to the evening's procession. Polozius glares at V as they go up the steps.[74] Tarquin and Elan comes up to the top level, but Amun-Zora attacks Tarquin, but he dodges her sword swings. Elan intercepts, and asks what happened. Amun-Zora answers that the Empire of Blood attacked her city, allowing the Empire of Tears to overrun the city by noon. Tarquin loopholes by saying he never said which side of the battle his troops would join.[75] After a bit of talking, Amun-Zora attacks Tarquin and manages to cut him, but until Amun-Zora can attack again, Elan intercepts it, thinking of it as a misunderstanding. Tarquin calls the guards and takes her into prison. Elan is confused about the situation.[76] Tarquin explains to Elan about his plan (see Tarquin for more details), he reveals that one of the kingdoms names was Tyrinaria, while the old men reveal their names, Ian and Geoff, but not mentioning their surnames to Roy.[77]

Elan attempts to say that Haley's father is in prison, however, the surprise shines out as men being lit on fire in the position as "Elan". Elan remembers Haley's words about needing "200-foot-tall flaming letters" to see his dad is bad news and is horrified.[78] Elan argues with Tarquin about it and initiates a climatic duel with Tarquin.[79] Tarquin counters Elan's puns and blocks it, blocking each others attacks, and Tarquin swings Elan's rapier out of his hand.[80] Tarquin reveals that he has no interest in harming him, and says that he's still gonna help the Order.[81] Tarquin says that he wants Elan to defeat him, saying that if he wins, he'll be a king, and if he loses, he'll be a legend. Elan is horrified and runs away.[82] Malack, Durkon, and V socialize, while Elan tells Haley everything[83] and they run to bring Haley's father.[84]

They use a Potion of Glibness to get into the prison,[85][86] and Haley rushes to hug her father.[86] Ian thinks that Roy and Belkar works for Haley and that she manipulated them in order to bust him out.[87] Haley argues with her father, and Geoff holds a shiv on Elan.[88] Haley argues with Ian some more, and Roy punches Geoff.[89] Haley argues with Ian even more, ending up with Haley getting angry with Ian and leaving him to stay in the prison.[90] Haley tells Roy to bring her father with him when he breaks out of there with Belkar.[91] Haley and Elan leave, but Ian rushes to the door and says if she mean't what she said, about screwing up her life. Haley, being outside the anti-magic zone, using the Potion of Glibness effect, says that he raised her well, because the potion only works on things that aren't true.[92]

Prize Fight Edit

Elan, Haley, and V arrive to the arena,[93] Tarquin arrives too and says that not coming wasn't really a option. He makes a speech about how today will be the best gladiatorial combat the people will see, making the people cheer. Elan also makes a speech about how people have binding chains on them and that it must be hard to have all hope be shredded, making the people dispirited and weeping.[94] Belkar is brought[95] to fight Evisceratus, Belkar mostly blocks and doges, but Mr. Scruffy leapt out and disemboweled him.[96] It's revealed that instead of Roy fighting Enor, its Enor fighting Gannji.[97] Enor and Gannji mostly spend the battle making out a plan, while Elan pleads with Tarquin to just end it, in which he does by ordering his men to initiate a crossbow barrage to kill them both.[98] Belkar, who was watching the fight and imagining him being forced to fight Mr. Scruffy,[99] sneaked out with Ian to release the allosaurus, trampling the duo but body blocking the duos, and eating guards.[100]

Gannji prys off the cracked bands on Enor's wings, being able to fly him to safety, and as he leaves, he throws the spear at Tarquin, barely missing his head.[101] Roy doesn't believe that Belkar released the dinosaur, to the dismay to Belkar. He leaves to fight the champ.[102] Roy refuses to fight the champ, believing that its wrong that he's imprisoned due to public urination. But, when the binds are released, the champ is revealed to be Thog. Roy angrily takes his sword and prepares to fight.[103] Elan and Haley realizes that if Thog is alive, then the Linear Guild is still alive. Tarquin knows he worked for Nale but says that he couldn't kill him because he was a crowd favorite. Roy angrily fights Thog due to his horrific actions.[104]

Elan leaves with Haley, V, and Mr. Scruffy into the arcade stands. They discuss about Nale, when suddenly Haley is turned into stone. It was Polozius, and removes his disguise to reveal he's Zz'dtri.[105] V shrinks Haley, and tells Elan to bring her to Durkon. Zz'dtri is impressed that V will face him alone, but reveals that the newest member, Yukyuk, who rides on Sir Scraggly, is here with them. Blackwing charges toward, but Qarr suddenly appears as Zz'dtri's familiar.[106] Roy realizes that the Linear Guild is attacking them, and argues with Thog about intelligence while fighting him.[107] While dodging Qarr's lasers, Blackwing realizes that Qarr is working for the IFCC, and that being Zz'dtri's familiar is a cover story, and fly's away. Meanwhile, Sir Scraggly finds Mr. Scruffy. Yukyuk shoots him, ordering Sir Scraggly to kill him.[108]

Elan run's to the palace, having to show his paperwork to a guard. The guard asks "Dave" to show him around, but "Dave" grows wings and flies him up. Dave is revealed to be Sabine, who gives him a energy drain with her kiss. She brings him to Nale. Nale attempts to gloat but Elan gives him a migraine with his words.[109] Elan makes out with Sabine, which distracts Nale and her long enough to run away.[110] Elan climbs down the construction, while Zz'dtri has the advantage of preparing against V. Tarquin knows that they're fighting, but refuses to help in order not to lose more soldiers. Roy breaks Thog's tusk, making him do a Berserker Rage.[111] Thog easily outfights Roy, Thog slamming him into walls and Roy's punches not making him even blink. Thog slams a giant piece of the masonry into Roy.[112] Qarr attempts to make a deal with Blackwing: Let him kill him, and Vaarsuvius won't be killed by anyone in the Linear Guild. However, Blackwing realizes that Qarr is making the deal because his advice is in his way, and maneuvers around his lightning.[113] Roy shoves an arrow into Thog's leg, giving him enough time to tell Belkar to escape and kick the Linear Guild's asses. He also is given a healing potion from Ian, which he also uses as a improvised weapon against Thog.[114]

Meanwhile, V realizes that Zz'dtri built his spells specifically to defeat itself, so V uses Invisibility to dominate Yukyuk, who has discovered Haley's Bag of Holding.[115] V holds Yukyuk, who shoots bolts at Zz'dtri, who is almost able to do nothing.[116] Elan fights Nale on a plank bridge, who believes that the Order followed the Linear Guild, who knows that they were hundreds of miles in the desert, from scrying. Elan loses his balance, and finds Amun-Zora in a cell, who is willing to kill him for protecting Tarquin. Nale jumps down, so Elan hides behind the door, unlocks it, and gives the sword to Amun-Zora, who thinks that Nale is Elan. Elan flees, delighted by the idea of the whole "identical twin thing" working in his favor.[117]

V defeats Zz'dtri, almost about to kill him but gains back composure. However, Zz'dtri uses the last of his strength to push V into what he believes to be the "Demiplane of Extremely Painful Torture",[118] and is then arrested. It turns out to be the Semi=Elemental Plane of Ranch Dressing.[119] Qarr teleports away to report to the IFCC. Blackwing grabs the Belt of Giant Strength, and drops it on Mr. Scruffy, who blasts Sir Scraggly into the arena, which made Thog angrier, and out strengthed Roy, who was gaining the upperhand.[118] Sabine argues with Qarr about how the ambush is turning into a disaster. Amun-Zora has stopped attacking Nale, and Nale gives his Linear Guild card to Amun-Zora, hoping that she'll join. Sabine reunites with Nale and they go run after Elan.[120] Elan surprises Sabine with an illusion, and flees. But Sabine grabs Elan and puts him up a wall, planning to kill him to get the situation over with. Haley drops and becomes full size again, dropping on top of the Lawyers, who was talking to Durkon.[121] Durkon Holy Smites Sabine and heals Elan, who dropped on the ground hard. Sabine flies Nale down, who uses Enervation on Durkon, draining his best combat spells. Durkon plans to use a Mass Death Ward, but it fizzles.[122]

Meanwhile, Belkar is in the arcade, finding Mr. Scruffy injured. He heals him with a healing potion.[123] Thog throws Roy up into the spectator stands, and then knocks the ground below him, they land into the arcades. Roy sees Zz'dtri arrested, and becomes more determined. He uses taunts Thog, using his own body to destroy pillars. Thog gradually becomes less angry, when Roy kicks him into the last pillar, and the rubble crashes down on Thog, ending the fight, Roy angrily shouting that's how he uses intelligence in combat.[124] Roy meets up with Belkar, who gets his stuff back. Blackwing tells them what happened to V, Elan, and Haley. They head to the palace, but then Tarquin intercepts them with guards. Seemingly like the end of them, Tarquin instead is very impressed and though the fight was "totally badass". Back at the palace, Sabine and Nale avoids Durkon's lightning, and is then grappled. Elan's rapier deals nothing to Sabine, Nale believes that he has finally won, but is caught off by Durkon smiling. Sabine is surprised and Nale looks back, Malack is behind him.[125]

Malack completely destroys Nale, but before Malack can put the final blow, Nale Dimension Doors out of there and Sabine bails out.[126] Malack orders the guards to search the palace and to initiate the "Infiltration Protocol".[127] Tarquin asks if Roy would work for him as a special operative, but Roy is not interested. Tarquin tells him that if he talked it over, he'll grant him amnesty for whatever crime landed him here, and even expunge the record. He'll do it for Belkar and Ian and Geoff too. Belkar gives a cover story to Kilkil.[128] On the Brontosaurus Express, Ian argues and insults with Tarquin about his country. Before Tarquin can see the prison files on him though, Belkar shoves into Kilkil, spreading loose the files in the air.[129] Ian and Geoff jump off, fleeing to the Abandoned Tyrinaria Border Patrol HQ. Haley is returned to normal,[130] and Tarquin tells them everything he knew about Draketooth (see Orrin Draketooth) Haley realizes that Girard's family is guarding the Gate, and they suspect that Nale knows about it. Tarquin sends Roy and Belkar with them, saying that if he comes back alive, they'll be given permanent positions.[131]Roy accepts, and the party is given a flying carpet.[132] Roy tells the Order that V is banished to another plane, and the Order leaves.

Tarquin tells to Malack that he knows that they're secretly working together.[133] Tarquin tells Malack cryptic comments about where Nale is, and when Malack finally says that Tarquin has a Ring of True Seeing, its revealed that Nale is invisible, and tries to flee.[134] Tarquin throws his knife into him before he uses Dimension Door, Malack attempts to kill him, but Nale reveals that he has more information.[135] He tells Tarquin about the gates, and what he knows about Draketooth. Malack attempts to kill again, but is stopped when Nale knows a person to do a ritual to control the Snarl. Sabine comes in to stop him, but Nale already said it.[136] Tarquin reveals that there's a rune that can be tracked on the carpet, telling them his plan. He brings Zz'dtri, but refuses to bring Thog because he's a loose cannon, and instead offers himself to join the Linear Guild as a replacement. With some talking, Malack is brought in the team as well, as Durkon's replacement. The Linear Guild feel like they're missing something, and Kilkil flies in, as everyone stares.

All the Wrong Places Edit

Many hobgoblins are ordered to search for Xykon's phylactery, in the ocean and in the sewers, in which a hobgoblin finds it in.[137] While the hobgoblins are returning to Jirix, an arrow strikes the hobgoblin in the head, the Azurite Resistance attacks the hobgoblins.[138] Returning to the headquarters, its revealed that the headquarters had been found out by Team Evil, and that everyone in it has been killed.[139] The Peregrine commander attacks a bearded devil to get to Redcloak, but Redcloak casts Implosion on him and is killed. He also kills the Peregrine Lieutenant. Ho Thanh tells a Resistance Leader to get to the flee, and a resistance member leads him to a secret tunnel. A pit fiend is at the end of the tunnel, and its revealed that the member was a Goblinoid Spy, who was poly morphed into a human and waited in a prison in waited to be rescued by the Resistance. The leader is ripped in half by the fiend, and the spy catches the phylactery.

The spy gives the phylactery to Redcloak, who tells him to wipe out the last few humans. Ho Thanh gives Niu a scroll of Sending and tells her to run away from the mountain as far as she can, telling her to contact Hinjo. Ho Thanh kills the spy, but is grappled by a Osmium Elemental. Ho Thanh trys to taunt Redcloak into fighting him, but Redcloak refuses, saying that he learned from O-Chul, he orders the Osmium Elemental, killing Ho-Thanh.[140] In a bonus comic in the book, Niu witnesses his death, jumping behind a banner of Redcloak's crossed out face, and then jumping through another tunnel. She slices a bearded devils neck, making him unable to speak, and then escapes.[141] Redcloak gives everyone more money in their paychecks, while the bearded devil try's to point toward Niu's escape route (unseen in the online version). Redcloak apologizes to the spy's corpse, saying that he can't resurrect him because of the exact details needing to remain between him and the Dark One. He earthquakes the HQ and Word of Recalls, while Niu climbs away, leaving with a tear.[140]

Redcloak returns to his private study, opening the door to be surprised with a dead Elder Hobgoblin. Tsukiko and her wights are revealed to be the intruders. Tsukiko comments that she killed the old-timer to get past the magical wards in Redcloak's room. Redcloak threatens Tsukiko, but she replies that she'll kill a hundred hobgoblins and tell Xykon she needed the bodies for research, asking if the Dark One will approve of that. Redcloak obliges, and asks what the hell she's doing in there, to which Tsukiko says that she's looking for something important, something he's hiding.[142] Tsukiko shows Redcloak the other half of the ritual, saying that she broke in and looked for it. Redcloak replies that the divine half is in his head, safe and sound, then asking her to leave. However Tsukiko says that she doesn't think what everyone thinks it does, saying that if the ritual controlled the Snarl, it'd have lines of Enchantment or Transmutation, but instead it has lines of Conjuration, saying that his big secret is out of the bag.[143]

Tsukiko threatens to tell Xykon, and asks Redcloak to tell her what the ritual is so that she can tell him. Redcloak says that it moves the Gate, allowing it to be shifted at a later time to another plane, along with the tear in space around which it has been built. The divine half allows controls of what plane the Gate arrives to the Dark One, rather than Xykon, so that the Dark One can threaten releasing the Snarl to blackmail the other gods to improve the lives of the goblin race. Tsukiko is surprised, and Redcloak says that's why he kept the secret from Xykon for 30 years. Redcloak orders the wights to grapple her and take off the ring that protects her from the Wight's draining touch. After some monologuing to Tsukiko, he gives her one final insult, before ordering the Wights to drain all the life from her, and devour her corpse. After the job is done, Redcloak tells them to devour each other and the last one to set themselves on fire. [144]

The Elder Goblin is revealed to be a metal smith, who recreated the phylactery. He takes it from his body and puts it into a bag, putting the real phylactery into a case and putting every spell on it. Xykon is choking Jirix about the lost phylactery.[145] Redcloak returns the phylactery to Xykon, who releases Jirix. After some discussing, Redcloak reveals that he killed Tsukiko.[146] Redcloak asks how Tsukiko got her hands on Xykon's half of the Gate Ritual, to which Xykon hesitantly responds no to. Xykon says they need to stop at the Astral Plane first, detailing how he put a "fortress-tomb-thingie" there, filled with a hundred spells and traps and alerts him magically if anyone tries to gain entrance. As they go through the portal, Redcloak waves goodbye to Jirix, saying that he'll contact him when they've established control of Girard's Gate. Jirix stomps on a Demon-Roach.[147]

Pyramid Scheme Edit

Life After Death Edit

Obligatory Climatic Battle Edit

Into the Sunset Edit

LocationsEdit

  • Abandoned Tyrinaria Border Patrol HQ
  • Mechane

CastEdit

The Order of the StickEdit

Pets and FamiliarsEdit

Empire of Blood Edit

The Vector Legion Edit

Team EvilEdit

Linear Guild Edit

Mechane Edit

IFCC Edit

Other CharactersEdit

References Edit

  1. Comic 673, "Too Slow"
  2. Comic 674. "The Elf Who Cried Raven"
  3. Comic, 675 "It Costs an Armor Leg"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Comic 680 "That's Why It's Called a Running Gag"
  5. Comic 676, "There's More Than One Way to Fail a Listen Check"
  6. Comic 677, "This Never Happens to Jiminy Cricket"
  7. Comic 678, "First Step in the Process"
  8. Comic 679, "Oh, Right, That Other Problem..."
  9. Comic 681, "All in the Family"
  10. Comic 683, "Whatever You Do, Don't Oscillate"
  11. Comic 685, "On Friendship"
  12. Comic 686, "Also, At Lower Altitude"
  13. Comic 687, "Actually, That's Probably You"
  14. Comic 688, "The Comics Must Flow"
  15. Comic 689, "Live Bait"
  16. Comic 692, "Searchin'"
  17. Comic 693, "Tragically, His Arms Would Be Too Short for the Lute"
  18. Comic 694, "Poor Coordination"
  19. Comic 695, "Paranoia Will Destroy Ya"
  20. Comic 697, "Stuck in the Sand Trap"
  21. Comic 697, "Stuck in the Sand Trap"
  22. Comic 689 "Stopping for Direction"
  23. Comic 699 "Escape Clause"
  24. Comic 700, "They Would Likely Both Disagree with That Sentiment"
  25. Comic 701 "Curtains for You"
  26. Comic 702 "One for the History Books"
  27. Comic 703 "Meet the New Boss"
  28. Comic 704 "Dead Men Give No Speeches"
  29. Comic 705, "Those Don't Take Over Until the Graveyard Shift"
  30. Comic 706, "He's Not Even Supposed to Be Here Today"
  31. Comic 708, "An Animated Discussion"
  32. Comic 709, "No Scry Zone"
  33. Comic 710, "Does He Get XP for Their Buzz"
  34. Comic 712 "Neutralize Elf"
  35. Comic 711, "The Rouge's Guild"
  36. Comic 712, "Neutralize Elf"
  37. Comic 713, "Oh, Right. That."
  38. Comic 714, "This Whole Time, He'd Thought of It as the Snack That Got Away"
  39. Comic 715, "Wanted"
  40. Comic 716, "She Didn't Miss"
  41. Comic 718, "Spring Break Never Dies"
  42. Comic 719, "Seat of Power"
  43. Comic 720, "Breakfast of Champions"
  44. Comic 722, "Block and Tackle"
  45. Comic 721, "Pain Threshold"
  46. Comic 722, "Block and Tackle"
  47. Comic 724, "It IS Fairly Spicy, However"
  48. Comic 724, "It IS Fairly Spicy, However"
  49. Comic 726, "Mammals Can't Seem to Get Enough of Those Things"
  50. Comic 727, "And It Will Never Work Again"
  51. Comic 728, "The Price of Yummies"
  52. COmic 729, "No Real Shocker"
  53. Comic 730, "Brunchroom Brawl"
  54. Comic 731, "Long Tail of the Law"
  55. Comic 732, "The Papers Chase"
  56. Comic 733, "Collect Call"
  57. Comic 734, "Maybe He Can Get Credit for Time Served"
  58. Comic 735, "Of Clerks and Clerics"
  59. Comic 738, "Pooling Resources"
  60. Comic 739, "A New Friend"
  61. Comic 740, "The Great(ish) Escape"
  62. Comic 741, "Scheduling Conflict"
  63. Comic 742, "Monkey Do"
  64. Comic 743, "Dinner Conversion"
  65. Comic 744, "A Tale of Two Suppers"
  66. Comic 745, "It Does Beat Scissors"
  67. Comic 746, "Ask Your Grandparents"
  68. Comic 747, "Make It Three, Just to Be Safe"
  69. Comic 748, "Top of the List"
  70. Comic 749, "Savings and Trust"
  71. Comic 751, "Tree is Within 10-ft. Radius of Apple"
  72. Comic 752, "Picking Locks"
  73. Comic 753, "Slash Attack"
  74. Comic 754, "Maybe She Ate a Zeppelin"
  75. Comic 756, "He Sure Dodged an Arrow There"
  76. Comic 757, "Something Blue"
  77. Comic 758 "Spins of the Father"
  78. Comic 759, "Yes, Apparently"
  79. Comic 760, "Realizations & Rationalizations"
  80. Comic 761, "Advanced (S)wordplay"
  81. Comic 762, "Just Trying to Help"
  82. Comic 763, "Plotting Something"
  83. Comic 764, "Small Talk"
  84. Comic 765, "The Love of Money"
  85. Comic 767, "And Yes, There is a Santa Claus"
  86. 86.0 86.1 Comic 768, "+2 Embracers"
  87. Comic 769, "Because Really, That Would Be Less Improbable"
  88. Comic 770, "Hard Time"
  89. Comic 771, "Also, "Chib" Would Have Been Acceptable"
  90. Comic 772, "Haley's Commitment"
  91. Comic 773, "Never Mind, She'd Need a Better Bow to Use It"
  92. Comic 774, "Telling Lies"
  93. Comic 775, "Welcome to the Arena"
  94. Comic 776, "A Sombering Oration"
  95. Comic 779, "They Follow His Lead"
  96. Comic 780, "The Duel Everyone's Been Waiting For"
  97. Comic 782, "Not Yet Met His Match"
  98. Comic 783, "Cold Blooded"
  99. Comic 807, "Wild Empathy"
  100. Comic 784, "Unexpected"
  101. Comic 785, "The Cost of Freedom"
  102. Comic 786, "One Step Worse Than "Diminutively""
  103. Comic 787, "No Time for Losers"
  104. Comic 788, "A Vexation or Irritation"
  105. Comic 789, "Also, His Popularity Has Waned"
  106. Comic 791, "Don't Get MAD"
  107. Comic 791, "Don't Get MAD"
  108. Comic 792, "Animal Instincts"
  109. Comic 793, "Critical Thinking"
  110. Comic 794, "We Recommend Tsukiko"
  111. Comic 795, "Back to the Action"
  112. Comic 796, "Smash"
  113. Comic 797, "Bird Brained"
  114. Comic 798, "Change of Plans"
  115. Comic 799, "In the Bag"
  116. Comic 800, "Right Tool for the Job"
  117. Comic 801, "Bound to Happen"
  118. 118.0 118.1 Comic 803, "Saved by the Belt"
  119. Comic 802, "Took a Level in Sauceror"
  120. Comic 804, "Where Her Loyalties Lie"
  121. Comic 805, "Dropping In"
  122. Comic 806, "Holy Enunciation"
  123. Comic 807, "Wild Empathy"
  124. Comic 808, "Five Rows Down, Three Columns Over"
  125. Comic 810, "The Kind That Makes Friends Easily"
  126. Comic 811, "A Touch of Death"
  127. Comic 812, "And Yet, the Canned Meat Merchant Still Gets Through"
  128. Comic 813, "Pardon Me"
  129. Comic 814, "The Answer is Blowing in the Wind"
  130. Comic 815, "Close Call"
  131. Comic 816, "General Knowledge"
  132. Comic 817, "General Assistance"
  133. Cinuc 818, "Also, the Desert is Dry"
  134. Comic 819, "Parental Insight"
  135. Comic 820, "Son Catcher"
  136. Comic 821, "Raiders of the Lost Plot Arc"
  137. Comic 823, "Yes, It Is"
  138. Comic 824, "Losers Weepers"
  139. Comic 825, "Good Thing He's Already Partial to Red"
  140. 140.0 140.1 Comic 827, "Crushed"
  141. Comic 827b "This Action Sequence Is All Niu" (bonus comic)
  142. Comic 828, "A Study in Viridian"
  143. Comic 829, "Ritual Behavior"
  144. Comic 830, "Tidying Up"
  145. Comic 831, "Two of a Kind Beats King High"
  146. Comic 832, "Loose Ends"
  147. Comic 833, "Villainy Afoot"

OOTS Books
LYRE
Main Books: Dungeon Crawlin' Fools · No Cure for the Paladin Blues · War and XPs · Don't Split the Party · Blood Runs in the Family
Prequel Books: On the Origin of PCs · Start of Darkness
Kickstarter Books: Uncivil Servant · Haleo & Julelan · Spoiler Alert · How the Paladin Got His Scar
Other Books: Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales · Order of the Stick Coloring Book

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