|“Familiarity Breeds Piercing Damage”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||23 October 2008|
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Haley sets the cleric to sending a message to Durkon and then sets herself to killing rogues.
- Roy Greenhilt (as spirit) ◀ ▶
- Haley Starshine ◀ ▶
- Durkon Thundershield (as chalk drawing) ◀ ▶
- Celia ◀ ▶
- Cleric of Loki ◀ ▶
- Panel 1
Haley and Celia stand near a chalk drawing of Durkon.
Haley: Darn it, I can hear them moving around up there. Old Blind Pete must've sold us out.
Celia: What?? Why didn't you know he would do that? I thought you were good at telling when people are lying!
Haley: I am. I can usually tell by looking in their eyes.
Celia: Oh. Right.
- Panel 2
Haley: You! Do you have any transport or combat spells prepared?
Cleric: No, I was on temple duty. I've got healing, mostly.
Haley: Then cast the Sending now.
Cleric: It has a ten minute casting time, though!
Haley: Darn it!!
- Panel 3
Haley begins writing on the wall.
Haley: OK, here's what you're going to do. Celia and I are going out there to fight the Thieves' Guild. You stay in here. Lock the door behind us.
Haley: Barricade it, too. They can all pick locks anyway.
Haley: Start casting the Sending as soon as we're out...here's the message I want you to send.
- Panel 4
The message on the wall reads:
|“|| From Haley:|
Alive, in danger in
Roy's body stolen,
Thieves' Guild attacking.
Bring diamonds for
Love to Elan.
Haley: Got it?
- Panel 5
Cleric: This dwarf, he can teleport here to save us?
Haley: Not unless he multiclassed to wizard in the last few months
Cleric: Then how is this going to help us against the Guild?
Haley: Didn't say it would. I just refuse to screw up this chance to finally contact him.
- Panel 6
Cleric: Wait, I'm not going to just stand here and cast when I could be running to—
Haley: We'll pay you triple.
Cleric: —and you said his name is "Durkon", correct? I'll get right on this.
Roy: At last, someone selling out works in our favor!
- Panel 7
Haley: Come on—you and I need to find a way to stall a few dozen mid- to high-level rogues for 100 rounds.
Celia: A few dozen?!? I'm not sure we can survive that!
Haley: Neither am I. That's why I told Durkon to bring enough diamonds.
- Panel 8
Celia: Haley—I'm an outsider! I can't be raised from the dead.
Haley: You can't?
Roy: You can't?
- Panel 9
Haley: OK, then... you hang back, try to stay out of the fighting if you can.
Haley: *sigh* These are the people I grew up with. Even before I was in the Guild myself, both my parents were members. I'm going to know the names of every person I fight today.
Haley: This is probably going to be the hardest thing I've ever had to do.
- Panel 10
Toby: Hello, Haley. It's a shame things had to end up like this for you.
Haley: Oh! Hey, Toby. Quick question, do you still run the Guild's dog fighting ring?
Toby: Sure, but I don't see what that has to do with—
- Panel 11
Haley: Sneak Attack!
Haley looses two arrows into Toby, killing him.
- Panel 12
Celia: I thought you said this would be hard for you.
Haley: Yeah, that was before I remembered that everyone I grew up with is an asshole.
Haley: That's George at the top of the stairs. He beats his wife.
Haley: Full attack!
D&D Context Edit
- Outsiders cannot be raised from the dead using the same magic spells intended for normal living creatures. Instead, they must be resurrected using more powerful spells.
- Haley once again uses her Sneak Attack ability to do extra damage.
- The title plays on the famous proverb from Apuleius' De Deo Socratis (On the God of Socrates), "familiarity breeds contempt". Apuleius was a 2nd century B.C. Numidian who lived in northern Africa and wrote prose works in Latin.
- This is the only appearance of Toby.