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Little Empathy
Order of the Stick comic
OOTS1013
Comic no. 1013
Date published 24 November 2015
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The Exarch, now a vampire, wants to steal V's teleportation orb. He'll have to deal with the Mechane's menagerie first.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1, Page 1

Blackwing: Or has that part been recast?
Blackwing: "The role of Durkon Thundershield will now be played by—

Panel 2, Page 1

Blackwing: Whoa! Hold on just a moment! Are you stealing our Super-Sparkly Thing?
Gontor: My master has asked for it.

Panel 3, Page 1

Blackwing: No way, nuh uh! Not on my watch, pal! I don't care what your—

Panel 4, Page 1

Gontor: Then I relieve you of your watch.
Gontor Energy Drains Blackwing.
Blackwing: Caaww!!

Panel 5, Page 1

Gontor tosses Blackwing to the other end of the room, "WHHHSHH!", where he hits the wall, "SPLAT!", next to Little Whiskers and Bloodfeast the Extreme-inator.

Panel 6, Page 1

Mr. Scruffy: mrrrrrrrwwwrrr

Panel 1, Page 2

Mr. Scruffy leaps at Gontor.
Mr. Scruffy: mmrrrRRROWWR!

Panel 2, Page 2

Mr. Scruffy starts slashing at Gontor with his claws, "slash! slash! slash! slash!"
Gontor: I am a vampire, you are a cat! Do you not appreciate the implicit hierarchy here?
Gontor: At least the bird was a magical creature of some sort.

Panel 3, Page 2

Bloodfeast rouses the stunned Blackwing, "poke. poke."
Blackwing: Yeah, I'm OK. Don't worry about me. I've got a plan. No way that jerk is getting our ultra-bauble.
Little Whiskers: mmrr

Panel 4, Page 2

Blackwing: The same secret backup plan plucky animal sidekicks have always had: Get their person to come save their feathered butt.
Bloodfeast the Extreme-inator: ??
Blackwing: I guess they're not always feathered, though. That was very ornithocentric of me, sorry.

Panel 5, Page 2

Blackwing: Vaarsuvius! VAARSUVIUS!
Blackwing: Intruder alert! Whoooop, whoooop! Intruder alert!

Panel 6, Page 2

Gontor's eyes begin glowing.
Gontor Hammerfell: You wish to fight, cat?
Gontor Hammerfell: I will provide you with a fight more befitting the proper order of things.
Mr. Scruffy: hissss!
Blackwing: Why does yelling youdly never actually get anyone's attention? Fine, I'll just fly up there and get—
Blackwing: Oh right. Doors.

Panel 7, Page 2

Blackwing: Wait, I know! We have that two-way empathic link that all wizards share with their familiars!
Blackwing: If I empathicize really super hard, V will feel what I'm feeling and come check on me!

Panel 8, Page 2

Blackwing: Ok, now concentrate... Give in to my emotions...
Blackwing: My mind to your mind... my thoughts to your thoughts...

Panel 9, Page 2

Mechane deck.
Bandana: So you fly a lot—what do you do about the bugs getting in your teeth?
Vaarsuvius: I have a cantrip for that.
Bandana: Shoot. We just rinse a lot and—

Panel 10, Page 2

Vaarsuvius: Hmmm.
Bandana: You OK?
Vaarsuvius: I just felt a burst of possessiveness, righteous anger, and fear.

Panel 11, Page 2

Vaarsuvius: I've been getting them all day whenever anyone glances momentarily at my familiar's new bracelet and he becomes subsequently convinced that the entire ship's complement is engaged in a circuitous plot to steal it.

Panel 12, Page 2

Vaarsuvius' study.
Blackwing: Don't you emote dismissive apathy at me! It's a valid concern on a boat full of pirates!
Blackwing: Plus you don't see how they greed at it with their money-eyes!!

D&D Context Edit

  • Perhaps the last vampire ability that has not been on display in the recent comics, Gontor uses the Children of the Night ability to command the rat swarm.

Trivia Edit

  • Blackwing twice references Star Trek:
    • The claxon sound is reminiscent of the Red alart warning.
    • "My mind to your mind, my thoughts to your thoughts" is a reference to the Vulcan mind meld.
  • Blackwing's comment "Give in to my emotions..." may be a reference to Emperor Palpatine from The Return of the Jedi, when he says, "Give in to your anger".
  • Blackwing stole an Ioun Stone from Laurin Shattersmith in #935. He had it turned into a braclet that would grant the stone's bonuses to V in #967, "Craft Wondrous Bauble".

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