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Comic no. 161
Date published 27 March 2005
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Haley and Elan have an argument and Durkon faces his worst fear straight down the eye.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

The party is tied up in the bandit camp.
Haley: Let me guess: Her tonsils are evil, and you were smiting them with your tongue.

Panel 2

Elan: Gee, Haley, I don't understand. Why are you so upset?
Haley: Because we risked our lives to try to rescue you, and when we get here, you're making out with some whore. We're all angry, Elan!
Belkar: Not me. Score!

Panel 3

Vaarsuvius: Elan, I believe if you think about it, you will see that there might be another reason Haley is so upset. Perhaps a reason she is not even admitting to herself?
Elan: Hmmmm...

Panel 4

Elan: Hey! I know! Is it because Samantha is younger and has a higher Charisma than she does?

Panel 5

Vaarsuvius: ...
Vaarsuvius: No, Elan, I do not think that is it.
Haley is quivering in anger.

Panel 6

Belkar: Look, I don't mean to interrupt the soap opera here, but can we focus less on Elan's bagging of the hot sorceress chick and more on escaping before said chick has us executed?

Panel 7

Vaarsuvius: Indeed. My hands are tied too tightly to cast any of my currently prepared spells.
Elan: And I already used up my only useful magic.

Panel 8

Haley: And I can't even wriggle free. Someone in this camp invested heavily in the Use Rope skill.
Haley: But don't worry, Durkon is still out there.

Panel 9

Haley: If we don't meet up with him within the next hour, he'll pull some of that good cleric mojo out and bust us all free.

Panel 10

Durkon is waiting next to a tree.

Panel 11

A voice comes from behind the tree.
Casanova Bandit (off-panel): I'm gonna eat you.

Panel 12

Durkon: Aaaaaah! Tree attack! Run fer yer lives!

Panel 13

Two bandits are kissing behind the tree.
Casanova Bandit: Mmmm! You taste so good, baby, I'm gonna eat you up!
Female Bandit: Oooo! Yeah!

D&D Context Edit

  • The Charisma stat determines not only a character's personality but how physical attractive they are.
  • Many spells require a somatic component, meaning that they can't be cast if the body is bound.
  • The Use Rope skill determines how well someone can tie others up.

Trivia Edit

  • In this comic, Vaarsuvius is the first to deduce Haley's feelings for Elan.
  • This is the first appearance of Casanova Bandit
  • Durkon establishes the Dwarven hatred for trees in #150.

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