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OOTS0980
Comic no. 980
Date published 17 April 2015
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Crystal confronts Bozzok for making her into what she is now.

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Panel 1, Page 1

CrystalYOUR FAULT
Bozzok: Did you kill Starshine already? And then forget how to use doors?

Panel 2, Page 1

CrystalYOU DID THIS TO ME
Bozzok: Ooof!

Panel 3, Page 1

Bozzok: What the hell! Crystal, stand down!

Panel 4, Page 1

CrystalWHY
Bozzok: That means, “Stop”, you idiot! Crystal, stop!

Panel 5, Page 1

Bozzok: Grubwiggler, something’s wrong! She’s not following orders!
Grubwiggler: Yes, I see. I suppose that’s one of the dangers of making a golem self-aware.

Panel 1, Page 2

CrystalWHY DID YOU DO THIS
Bozzok: Don’t you have some sort of override or something?
Grubwiggler: I would—if she were a standard-issue flesh golem.
Grubwiggler: But you asked me to integrate her existing mind and personality, which complicates matters.

Panel 3, Page 2

Grubwiggler: Emotions are tricky. You can’t really sort out the ones you want from the ones you don’t.
Grubwiggler: That’s why clients generally pay me a great deal of money to provide them with minions that don’t have any.

Panel 4, Page 2

Grubwiggler: If you were willing to pay me extra to craft a minion that gives up the main benefit of employing a golem, who was I to argue.
Grubwiggler: Also, I was curious to see what would happen. Now, I know.

Panel 5, Page 2

Bozzok: Fine, I’ll just take care of—

Panel 6, Page 2

Bozzok swings his bastard sword, but Crystal parries, catching the sword in one of the notches in her knife, "CLANK!"

Panel 7, Page 2

Crystal twists her knife, shattering both blades, "KRAKK!!"

Panel 8, Page 2

Bozzok: Don’t just stand there croaking! Cast a spell or something!
Grubwiggler: …No.
Grubwiggler: No, I don’t think that’s in my best interest at this time.

Panel 9, Page 2

Grubwiggler: I’m sick of your banal little guild’s petty intrigues interfering with my magical research.
Grubwiggler: All I want is to be left alone, and I suspect your eventual successor will be more willing to accommodate that desire.

Panel 10, Page 2

CrystalWHY DID YOU DO THIS
Bozzok: I’ll pay you double! Triple!
Grubwiggler: Farewell, Bozzok. You were never as clever as you thought you were.

Panel 11, Page 2

CrystalLOOK AT ME
Crystal slams Bozzok to the floor with a double fist strike, "WHOMP!"
Bozzok: Grubwiggler!
Grubwiggler: Teleport.
Grubwiggler disappears with a "POP!"

Panel 1, Page 3

Outside the building.
Bandana: There you are! Shoot, you run fast with them boots.
DGS Aide-de-camp: Is the monster inside?
Haley: Yeah. Along with her master, whom she’s in the process of turning against.

Panel 2, Page 3

Haley: Listen, how much trouble would you be in with your boss if you just stay out here and have a little chat instead of getting too involved?
DGS Aide-de-camp: Less trouble than I would’ve before she stepped on his face.

Panel 3, Page 3

Inside
CrystalGRRRRRRRR
Bozzok: Crystal, come on, we’re pals, right? Remember all those good times we had together? 

Panel 4, Page 3

CrystalNOT PALS
Crystal: ALWAYS CALL ME STUPID

Panel 5, Page 3

Crystal: ALWAYS TELL ME WHAT TO DO
Bozzok: Well someone has to!

Panel 6, Page 3

Bozzok: What, were you suddenly going to start thinking for yourself, you lazy little brat? Don’t make me laugh.
Bozzok: You’ve never been anything but a rabid dog who needs someone to hold her leash.

Panel 7, Page 3

Bozzok: I don’t know what lies Starshine told you to get you all twisted around, but stop being such a gullible moron and get back out there and—

Panel 8, Page 3

CrystalI HATE YOU
Crystal punches her fist right through Bozzok's midsection, "SPLRTCH!!"

Panel 9, Page 3

CrystalI HATE YOU
She lifts him over her head and slams him to the ground, "THUNK!" Bozzok dies.

Panel 10, Page 3

CrystalI HATE YOU
Crystal continues to pummel Bozzok's lifeless corpse, "WHUMP! WHUMP! WHUMP! WHUMP! WHUMP! WHUMP!"
CrystalHATE

Panel 11, Page 3

Outside, Haley, Bandana, and the DGS Aide-de-camp listen to Crystal vent her hatred on Bozzok's body, "WHUMP! WHUMP! WHUMP! WHUMP!"
Crystal (off-panel)HATE
Crystal (off-panel): HATE
Crystal (off-panel): HATE
Crystal (off-panel): HATE

D&D Context Edit

  • To break Bozzok's sword, Crystal had to make a Sunder attack, with Bozzok receiving a +4 bonus to the opposed rolls since he was wielding a two-handed weapon.

Trivia Edit

  • With his death at the hands of Crystal, this is the final appearance of Bozzok, guildmaster of the Greysky City Thieves' Guild. Bozzok was a prime antagonist of the Starshine Family. He exiled Haley from Greysky City, and tried to have her killed when she returned. He also turned her uncle Geoff into a spy against her father, causing Ian Starshine to spend three years incarcerated in the gladiator arena of Tyrinaria and later the Empire of Blood. He first appeared in #492, and appeared in eighteen strips overall.
  • This is also the final appearance of Hieronymus Grubwiggler, wizard and maker of flesh golems. He first appeared in #575.

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