|“Brief and to the Point”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||4 August 2006|
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Nale kidnaps Julia. Communicating efficiently is hard for him.
- Panel 1, Page 1
Roy stands in front of an image of Nale.
Roy: Holy crap! Nale!!
Nale: Long time, no see.
- Panel 2, Page 1
Roy tries to attack Nale.
Roy: Damn, he's just some sort of mental projection into my brain!
Nale: As you can no doubt tell, I am mentally projecting these words into your brain.
- Panel 3, Page 1
Nale: So just sit there—
- Panel 4, Page 1
Nale suddenly disappears.
- Panel 5, Page 1
- Panel 6, Page 1
Nale reappears holding a second scroll. The first scroll lays at his feet in the image.
Nale: Ah, sorry, I forgot the spell has a limit of 25 words per spell casting.
Nale: Never mind, where was I? Oh, right, I was saying—
- Panel 7, Page 1
Nale disappears again.
- Panel 8, Page 1
Nale reappears with a third scroll.
Nale: Sorry, ran out of words again.
Nale: Anyway, I was contacting you so that we might find a way, as fellow strategists, to come to an—
- Panel 9, Page 1
Nale disappears once again.
Roy puts his hand to his forehead.
- Panel 10, Page 1
Nale reappears with a fourth scroll, the other three at his feet.
Nale: —DAMN STUPID SPELL! I mean, who can get anything really meaningful said in 25 frickin' words??
Nale: I'm going to find whoever designed this spell and—
- Panel 11, Page 1
Nale disappears again. Roy whistles and sheaths his sword.
- Panel 12, Page 1
Nale reappears with a fifth scroll; four lie at his feet.
Nale: I've kidnapped your sister and I want to trade her to you in exchange for my brother.
Nale: OK, that was 17 words, I've got eight—
- Panel 1, Page 2
Nale is cut off yet again.
Roy: Get back here, you cowardly bastard! Show yourself!
- Panel 2, Page 2
Julia appears, holding a Sending scroll.
Julia: They're forcing me to cast this scroll to contact you to prove they've got me alive.
Julia: This is all your fault.
Julia: I'm telling Dad.
- Panel 3, Page 2
Julia is replaced by Nale, holding a sixth scroll.
Nale: Great, so she can avoid getting cut off and I can't? Unbelievable.
Roy: I am so going to kill you for this.
Nale: Bring my brother to Cliffport, to the warehouse on Avenue Street before—
- Panel 4, Page 2
Nale disappears once more. Roy is alone again.
- Panel 5, Page 2
Nale reappears with a seventh scroll. He is surrounded by a pile of used scrolls.
Nale: —Tuesday, or she'll have more in common with poor Yikyik than you'd really probably like.
Roy: Oh, we'll be there, you miserable waste of skin.
- Panel 6, Page 2
Nale: I actually have words left?
Nale: Then allow me to say—
D&D Trivia Edit
- As Nale exquisitely demonstrates, the 5th level Sending spell allows communication over arbitrary distances (even possibly working across planes of existence), but it has a 25 word limit. The subject can also reply with 25 words or less.
- Scrolls contain spells written to them and can be used by characters who otherwise could not cast the spell.
- In Panel 3, Page 2, Nale only says twenty-four words before being cut off.
- Nale kidnapped Julia in #257.