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Comic no. 440
Date published 17 April 2007
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Vaarsuvius and General Chang face off against the Death Knight.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

General Chang, Vaarsuvius and the soldiers have the Death Knight surrounded.
General Chang: Surrender!

Panel 2

Death Knight: Burn.
The death knight projects an explosion of fire around him. The soldiers are all killed.

Panel 3

Chang: You bastard!
Death Knight: Your wretched soul shall soon join those of your men.

Panel 4

Chang: You'll never take this city while I'm alive, monster.
The general cuts at the death knight with his katana, "slash! slash!"

Panel 5

Death Knight: Terms accepted.
General Chang is mortally wounded as the death knight impales him with his scimitar, "PRLURTCH!" extending his entire arm through the old man's body.

Panel 6

General Chang lies dead on the ground as the death knight advances on Vaarsuvius.
Death Knight: And now for you, elf. Your end is nigh.
Vaarsuvius: Indeed, I have proven quite unable to consistently overcome your spell resistance, leaving me but one tool at my disposal:

Panel 7

Vaarsuvius: My loyal raven familiar, who has, naturally, been at my side all along.
Blackwing appears with an audible "POP!"

Panel 8

Vaarsuvius: Fly, uh, Bird-That-Miss-Starshine-Named! Distract the horrific undead warrior while I escape to safety!

Panel 9

Blackwing: Caw CAW! Caw caw caw caw, caw!*
Tranlation (inset): *Screw THAT! You're on your own, mammal!

Panel 10

Blackwing winks out of existence with an audible "POP!"

Panel 11

Vaarsuvius: Cursed bird! I did not realize I accidentally selected "chicken" rather than "raven" from the list of familiars!
Death Knight: Choose your doom, then, chicken-mage: Original Recipe, or Extra Crispy?

D&D Context Edit

  • The Death Knight is a monster type throughout the D&D editions. In D&D 3.0 it was presented as a creature template, with a special version for the Dragonlance setting published for D&D 3.5. Death Knights have a special Abyssal Blast ability which they can use once per day to unleash a blast of fire. The blast does 1d6 damage per hit die (level) of the creature, which this Death Knight uses here to good effect.
  • Wizards and sorcerers have the ability to call a familiar to them. They can choose the type of familiar from this list. Chicken is not on it. (Characters with the Improved Familiar Feat choose from this list.)

Trivia Edit

  • This strip continues the running gag where Blackwing pops into existence when remembered/needed.
  • The Death Knight in the final panel refers to the types of fried chicken offered at KFC.
  • This is the first appearance of Blackwing since the party met the Oracle in #331, over a hundred strips.

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