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Comic no. 884
Date published 16 April 2013
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Qarr appears to torment Vaarsuvius for his or her crimes. However, Vaarsuvius' intellect is too much for Qarr; V uses Qarrs tactics to illicit information about the intentions of the IFCC, the Linear Guild and the current location of the Order of the Stick.

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Panel 1

Vaarsuvius: Begone, imp! Can you not see I have no interest in Nale's foolish games?
Blackwing: No, wait, Vaarsuvius—I forgot to tell you! He's working for the three fiends!

Panel 2

Blackwing: He only pretended to be Zz'dtri's familiar so he could keep an eye on you!
Qarr: No, no, that's not true!
Blackwing: Then you ARE in league with the Linear Guild. Where are they?
Qarr: What? No! I mean—uh—

Panel 3

Vaarsuvius: Since the archfiends are beyond my reach, I see no reason not to vent my fury at their role in events upon you, then.
Qarr: Whoa, you've got it all wrong! I've always been on your side!

Panel 4

Qarr: They sent me here—on my own—to, uh, remind you that the Familicide thing wasn't really your fault.
Qarr: Your mind was hooked up directly to three of the most evil spellcasters who ever lived!
Qarr: It's totally understandable that they were able to overwhelm you and force you to do such bad stuff.

Panel 5

Blackwing: That's…a good point, actually.
Blackwing: Who knows what sort of evil mojo they were dumping into your brain?
Vaarsuvius: It might indeed be some sort of mitigating factor, if it were not wholly untrue.
Blackwing: Huh?

Panel 6

Vaarsuvius: Do you not see?
Vaarsuvius: If the splice had actually corrupted my thoughts, then the deed would not truly rest on my conscience.
Vaarsuvius: It would, however, serve the fiends' interests to lie and make me believe that it did, so as to maximize my suffering and drive me to end my life.

Panel 7

Vaarsuvius: Conversely, if the onus of this act sits squarely upon my own brow, then it is still in this imp's interest to lie about it—
Vaarsuvius: —in the hope that I would die without acknowledgement or repentance of my crime.
Vaarsuvius: For there could be no benefit to the fiends in easing my guilt other than to ensure the permanent capture of my soul for the Lower Planes.

Panel 8

Vaarsuvius: Thus, by denying my culpability, the imp has instead confirmed it.
Qarr: Eh, that works too. Mortal misery is still good enough for the silver medal.

Panel 9

Blackwing: I guess…but something still isn't adding up here. I just can't put my feather on it…
Qarr: Try not to strain yourself figuring it out, featherhead.

Panel 10

Vaarsuvius: I should return to the others. Master Thundershield may have successfully raised one of my victims by now.
Vaarsuvius: Perhaps I can throw myself upon his or her mercy.
Blackwing: Plus, if there's even a chance the LG is around, we need to warn—

Panel 11

beat

Panel 12

Vaarsuvius: He's not stopping us from going up.
Vaarsuvius: Sir Greenhilt must have descended into the pyramid.
Qarr: Oh, come ON! Now you're just guessing!

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