|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||21 December 2003|
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We catch a glimpse of the workings in Xykon's lair.
- Panel 1
Xykon in his lair views the dead Trigak through a srying spell.
Xykon: Bah! That stupid chimera didn't even eat ONE of them!
- Panel 2
Xykon: That's what I get for hiring discount mercenaries.
Xykon: Three-for-one deal, my bony ass.
- Panel 3
Xykon: OK, who's next?
Redcloak: More discount mercenaries, Lord Xykon, sir.
Xykon: *Sigh* Well, send them out. They're already paid for.
- Panel 4
Xykon: And remind me later to have a talk with the staffing department.
Redcloak: Yes, your evilness.
- Panel 5
MitD: What about me, master? Let me smash the hated Order of the Stick for you!
Xykon: No, my minion, you are my secret weapon. I shall reveal you only when the time is right.
- Panel 6
MitD: Well...can I at least get out of these dark concealing shadows?
Xykon: Didn't I just say I wasn't going to reveal you??
- Panel 7
MitD: But...there's no one here but us!
Xykon: HEY!! Who's the archvillain here?
- Panel 8
Xykon addresses the reader, breaking the 4th wall.
Xykon: I know the drill, the bad guy always keeps his secret weapon cloaked in shadow until the climax.
Xykon: They could do a cutaway to us at any moment...
- Panel 9
MitD: But...it's so dark over here...
Xykon: Oh, stop being such a baby.
- Panel 10
- Panel 11
The Monster in the Darkness lights a flashlight. "click!"
- Panel 12
Xykon: Turn that off!!
MitD turns off the flashlight. "click!"
MitD: Awwww, man!
- Although Xykon has previously appeared in Plot, Ahoy!, this is his first talking appearance.
- This is the first appearance of Redcloak (although unnamed yet) and The Monster In The Darkness.
- Redcloak appears to be very submissive to Xykon. This would later become an important part of his character's development.
- This is the final appearance of Trigak.