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Breaking In is Hard to Do
Order of the Stick comic
OOTS0766
Comic no. 766
Date published 28 December 2010
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Elan and Haley have snuck off, stealthily preparing for a jail break.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Haley (whispering): Ready?
Elan (whispering): Yup! I've got my elveny boots on and everything.

Panel 2

The two are seen outside a picketed fence before a prison compound.
Haley (whispering): Follow me, then... just don't shout, "I got a 4!" like back in the first dungeon.
Elan (whispering): Hey, that was a long time ago.

Panel 3

Elan (whispering): I think I've grown a lot since then.
Elan (whispering): This is really important and I understand that.
Elan (whispering): Plus, now we're involved in complex personal storylines instead of just cracking silly jokes.

Panel 4

Elan cups his hand to his mouth, bellowing loudly.
Elan: BESIDES, I GOT A 9 THIS TIME!
Haley: *sigh*
Elan: YOU KNOW, BECAUSE THE BOOTS ADD FIVE!

Panel 5

Two guards run to the sound of Elan's clumsy skill roll.
Guard #1: Halt! Identify yourself!
Elan: Uh oh, I don't even know that spell!
Haley: Don't you know who this is? This is General Tarquin's son, Elan.

Panel 6

Haley: He's being put in charge of the prisons once this festival is over, so you better listen to him.
Elan: Haley, I don't want to work for—
Haley (whispering): Elan, shut up!

Panel 7

The second guard, of fair skin, appears nervous. Elan maintains a cheesy smile in his bluff.
Guard #2: Oh crap—I think she's telling the truth!
Guard #1: It does look exactly like him...
Guard #1: But why would he be creeping around prison grounds at night?

Panel 8

Elan loses his cool countenance, gets nervous.
Elan: Uh... Surprise inspection!
Haley: We're checking if conditions are safe for your older prisoners... particularly humans over 60 years old.
Haley: With fair skin. And possibly a beard. Elan: Yeah!

Panel 9

Guard #2: Oh, OK. Well, I think if you'll just follow us down this way, you'll see—
Guard #1: Wait a sec, I'm pretty sure I highlighted something about inspections in the manual...
The guard looks towards an open book in his hand.
Guard #1: Yeah, here it is.

Panel 10

The book is seen, zoomed in, with a good deal of text clearly legible. Highlighted is a passage clearly relevant.

Tarquin's Tips


Pictures of all
members of the
prison staff are
posted in the
lounge. Get to
know them!
Do not keep big dangly key rings fastened to your belt in plain sight.

Surprise Inspections

  • We do not have surprise inspections. Ever.
  • Especially not at night, when other guards have been called away to another event.
  • The inspectors in front of you? They're intruders.
  • Get them.

Sound in the Bushes

  • Someone is throwing a rock to distract you
  • Try looking in the opposite direction from where the sound originated
  • If...
Panel 11

Haley and Elan flee, the guards chasing after, scowling.
Elan: Man! Is having someone who points out all the cliches in all your plans always this annoying?
Haley: I love you, so I'm not going to answer that.

D&D Context Edit

  • Boots of Elvenkind grant a +5 competence bonus to Move Silently checks.
  • Identify is a 1st level bard spell, though not one that Elan knows. It allows the properties of a magic item to be determined.

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