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Comic no. 733
Date published 7 July 2010
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Durkon contacts Roy via Sending, and learns of the other three at the Palace of Blood.

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Panel 1

Roy: Ridiculous. How the hell were we supposed to know we couldn't just Wind Walk into an alleyway? They should post signs.
Belkar: You know, I think I could make good money writing a guidebook to the jail cells of the world.
Belkar: Dark but clean, I'd give this three stars—"Would be incarcerated again."

Panel 2

Roy: This is just a bump in the road. Any minute, Durkon will cast that Sending spell to contact us.
Belkar: How does the Bearded Wonder contacting you help us tell him where we are?
Roy: The spell allows a 25-word response. I'll be able to tell him what happened.

Panel 3

Durkon: Sending!
Durkon: Where be ye? Tha barkeep said ye were seized fer na havin' proper papers, so I got mine.

Panel 4

Durkon: (sending) Did ye find Haley, Elan, or V?
Roy: Durkon! The prefects are holding Belkar and me in a courthouse eight blocks west, five blocks south of the inn.
Roy: Come and break us out.
Belkar: Hey, are you talking to Durkon now? Tell him to bring Mr. Scruffy.

Panel 5

Roy: The bad news here is that Sending has a ten-minute casting time, so we have to wait until then before he can respond.
Belkar: Eh, just do what I do and pretend that ten minutes pass between each panel.

Panel 6

Durkon: Sending!
Roy: Hey, that worked pretty well...
Durkon: Roy, tha prefects an' courts be tha law 'ere. 'Twould be inappropriate fer me ta use physical force ta free ye both from legal detention.

Panel 7

Roy: I am not arguing the legalities with you through a Sending! We'll return and serve a week in jail AFTER we're done saving the world.
Belkar: Will that be before or after my year at Azure City?
Belkar: I should really get a pocket calendar for this stuff.

Panel 8

Durkon: Sending!
Durkon: I'm sorry, Roy, but I cannae do tha. Technically, ye WERE breakin' tha law. I'm sure I can find legitimate ways ta get ye released.

Panel 9

Roy: Fine, forget us for now. Get Haley. Bounty hunters brought her to the palace.
Roy: I just hope you prepared enough Sending spells to contact her.

Panel 10

Durkon: Sending!
Durkon: Of course. I prepar'd FOUR Sendin' spells today, so I should still be havin' one left ta...

Panel 11

Durkon shows up at Roy and Belkar again.
Durkon: ...

Panel 12

Durkon: So, ye say they're at tha palace, then?
Roy: *Sigh*
Belkar: I don't know what just happened, but I feel a sudden urge to help you come up with 25 synonyms for "buffoon".

D&D Context Edit

  • Sending is a 4th level spell, and allows short communication across arbitrary distances, even to other planes of existence. There is a 25 word limit for the message and the recipient may give up to a 25 word response. This is the second strip to make fun of the "25 word or less message" for sending. The first time was #337, Brief and to the Point.

Trivia Edit

  • In panel 7 Belkar refers to the year in prison he still owes to Azure City after his sentencing in #420. It's not clear that with the fall of the Azurite government and the founding of Gobbotopia that that sentence is still valid.

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