|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||8 April 2008|
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Redcloak spares the prisoners, but his P.R. attempt backfires.
- Redcloak ◀ ▶
- O-Chul ◀ ▶
- Eight Hobgoblin Experimenters ◀
- Fourteen Human Experiments ◀
- Six Azurite Slaves
- Panel 1
Redcloak: Then tell me what I want to know! How is Girard's Gate protected??
O-Chul: I don't know!
- Panel 2
Redcloak: It gives me no pleasure to end those men up there—not the least because of how hackneyed a trope it is.
Redcloak: I mean, threatening innocents to get the Good Guy to cave? I might as well grow a mustache and twirl the ends while I'm at at it.
- Panel 3
Redcloak: But I assure you, I WILL do it. I'll just do something wildly original later to make up for it.
- Panel 4
O-Chul: I am telling you, I do not know the information you seek!
O-Chul: I cannot give you what I simply do not have!!
Redcloak: Damn you!
- Panel 5
Redcloak: You're a paladin! You can't just let me do this! It's literally against the rules!
O-Chul: I am not "letting" you do anything. I cannot tell you what I do not know!
- Panel 6
O-Chul: If you must throw those men to their undoing, then do so and be quick. The act is on your hands, not mine.
O-Chul: Were I free, I would kill you now and rescue them, but there is no way my words can save them.
O-Chul: I will pray that the Twelve Gods look after their loved ones instead.
- Panel 7
Redcloak: How? How can you condemn fourteen of your own people like that? Don't their lives—their very souls—mean anything to you?
O-Chul: They mean everything. More than you could ever know. But I must endure their senseless loss nonetheless.
O-Chul: For that is the task that the Twelve Gods have given me—to endure.
O-Chul closes his eyes.
- Panel 8
Redcloak: Humans... I've come to expect your lack of respect for the lives of MY people, but I am still continually amazed at how little you value those of your own.
Redcloak: You're nothing but savages, amoral savages.
- Panel 9
Hobgoblin: Hey, so... are we throwing people off of the roof, or what?
Redcloak: No. Let them go. This is a waste of time.
- Panel 10
Redcloak: They can go back to the slave pits and tell the other humans how merciful we were, and how one of their own paladins was willing to let them die.
Redcloak: It'll be great P.R., don't you agree?
- Panel 11
Cut to the humans, who have now been returned to their prison cells, speaking with other Azurites in the prison.
Human Experiment #1: ...and the whole time, he never broke.
Human Experiment #2: I never seen such stubbornness before!
Human Experiment #3: I couldn't hear what info the goblin was after, but by the look on his face, he didn't get it.
Human Slave #1: So, some paladins made it through the battle?
Human Slave #2: They must be making that man's life a living hell.
Human Slave #3: By the Twelve Gods, if he can resist them, so can we!
Human Slave #4: Spread the word to the next cell.
D&D Context Edit
- The Endurance Feat gives +4 to certain Fortitude Saves and Constitution checks, including holding one's breath.
- This is the final appearance of the Hobgoblin Experimenters and the Human Experiments. They first appeared in #544.