Endurance Feat
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 547
Date published 8 April 2008
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Redcloak spares the prisoners, but his P.R. attempt backfires.

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Panel 1

O-Chul: WAIT!
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.
O-Chul: ...
Redcloak: You're nothing but savages, amoral savages.

Panel 9

Hobgoblin: Hey, so... are we throwing people off of the roof, or what?
Redcloak: ...
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.
O-Chul: ...
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.

Trivia Edit

  • This is the final appearance of the Hobgoblin Experimenters and the Human Experiments. They first appeared in #544.

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