|“Inevitable Betrayal? Check.”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||18 April 2004|
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- The Order of the Stick
- The Linear Guild
- Hordes of 1st edition monsters
- Panel 1
- Panel 2
- Panel 3
Sabine energy drains Durkon
- Panel 4
- Panel 5
Zz'dtri: Wall of Ice.
Belkar: OK, this blows! We're trapped!
Roy's sword hits the ice with a useless "clink!"
- Panel 6
Nale: Xykon hired me to kill you, unaware that the Talisman for which I searched lay in his dungeon. I knew needed someone of "pure heart" to use the Sigils, so I figured, "Why not use the schmucks first?"
- Panel 7
Nale: Of course I'm Lawful Evil, so I see no reason not to honor my contract with Xykon and kill you.
Roy hits the Wall of Ice with a "thunk!"
- Panel 8
Nale: Plus, it will be the perfect test for the Talisman.
Nale: ATTACK, MY OUTDATED LEGIONS!!
- Panel 9
Belkar: Ha! Dumbass, you forgot about the rune thingies! They can't touch us up here!
- Panel 10
Thog cleaves though the edge of the platform and the protective runes
- Panel 11
The Linear Guild begins to fly off.
Nale: Soon, the ice will melt or the monsters will overwhelm the wall, and that will be the end of the Order of the Stick! Farewell!
- Panel 12
Sabine: What a great mastermind speech, baby.
Nale: I worked on it all night!
D&D Context Edit
- Sabine is a Succubus and her embrace/touch gives negative levels.
- Wall of Ice is a mid-level Wizard spell that creates a difficult-to-break-through ice wall.
- Fly is a low-level utility spell that allows a person to fly. It can be granted to another creature through touch, which would explain why Thog can fly in the last panel.
- In the last panel, Thog is not actually grasping Nale's ankle. Comic 59 reinforces the idea that he has been buffed by the Fly spell cast by Zz'dtri.
- The strip's title could be a reference to "Curse your sudden, but inevitable, betrayal".