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Medium Creatures
Order of the Stick comic
OOTS0534
Comic no. 534
Date published 1 March 2008
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Roy attempts to make contact with a medium.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Rover's Owner: Huh. I wonder what kind of metal this is?
Roy: Hey, you're supposed to be checking the cart, not shooting down yet another of my plausible theories.

Panel 2

Niu: Hey, I've got three new recruits for you to show around.
Rover's Owner: Sure thing.

Panel 3

Niu: This is Shi Bao, master carpenter.
Niu: Wu Zhao, skilled chef.
Niu: And Madame Xanadu, noted psychic and fortune teller.
Roy: YES!

Panel 4

Rover's Owner: OK, well, I'll start by showing you the—
Roy: Can you hear me?
Xanadu: Wait, child! I'm feeling a presence...
Roy: Yes! That's me, a presence! A big glowing presence!

Panel 5

Xanadu: A spirit from beyond the grave wishes to communicate with you.
Rover's Owner: Really?
Roy: I need you to get a message to Haley Starshine. It's about where her idiot boyfriend is right now.

Panel 6

Xanadu: His name... begins with the letter "R".
Roy: Yes! That's right! Roy! I'm Roy Greenhilt!
Xanadu: R...o...
Roy: You've almost got it. Roy, R-o-y, Roy. My name is Roy. Say it.

Panel 7

Rover's Owner: R-o...? Is it Rover? I had a dog named Rover once.
Xanadu: Yes! Yes, it is definitely your old dog, Rover.
Xanadu: He's wagging his tail now.
Roy: ...
Roy: You've got to be kidding me.

Panel 8

Xanadu: He's trying to ask your forgiveness for peeing on the rug so many times.
Rover's Owner: Oh, Rover, it's OK. I forgive you, boy!
Roy: No! No! I'm not a dog, and I didn't pee on anything.

Panel 9

Xanadu: Ahh... now I'm getting a deep sense of peace and tranquility.
Roy: Listen to me, you stupid old bat!
Roy: My name is Roy! ROY! Get it right!

Panel 10

Roy: That's it. I've had it. I'm going back to the clouds, at least I can look down on everything from up there.
Xanadu: And now, I sense his spirit is leaving...
Rover's Owner: Goodbye, Rover! I love you!
Xanadu: That'll be 5 gp, dear.

Panel 11

Roy has returned to the demiplane outside the afterlife.
Roy: Ridiculous. What kind of psychic can sense a dog's guilt over urinating, but doesn't notice a bona fide ghost in the same room?
Roy's Archon: Really? Because I heard she's Azure City's "number one" psychic.
Roy's Archon: Get it?

Panel 12

Roy: Oh, great. Hilarious. Don't quit your Day Job for a career in comedy.
Roy's Archon: Maybe she'd have more luck if she used her "wee wee" board.
Roy: Wait, guiding me is your job. Change of plans, go ahead and quit.
Rover: She forgives me? Hey, I'm not the one who did the neutering, woman!

D&D Context Edit

  • The title is a pun on the D&D creature size, Medium, and a psychic who can communicate with the dead, a medium.

Trivia Edit

  • Roy had hoped that he would be able to communicate with the living if they were holding the Greenhilt Sword.
  • This is the final appearance of Rover's Owner, who first appeared in the previous strip.
  • This is the only appearance of Shi Bao, Wu Zhao, Madame Xanadu, and Rover.

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