Familiarity Breeds Piercing Damage
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 603
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.

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Transcript Edit

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's the message I want you to send.

Panel 4

The message on the wall reads:

From Haley:
Alive, in danger in
Greysky, with
Belkar, Celia.

Roy's body stolen,
Thieves' Guild attacking.
Come ASAP.
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: Initiative!
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[1] 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.

Trivia Edit

  • 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.

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References Edit

  1. SRD:Outsider Type

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