No Incarceration Without Compensation
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 717
Date published 22 April 2010
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The bounty hunters arrive at the Palace of Blood. Gannji files some paperwork and scoffs at Elan's twin excuse.

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Panel 1

Long shot of the Palace of Blood and a big demonstration in front.

Panel 2

Gannji: Hey. The guard at the bottom of the hill said this is where I should go for bounties?
Guard: Yep. You got papers?
Gannji: Sure.

Panel 3

Gannji: Here's my bounty hunter license, my entry papers... and here's my change of address forms from my last three places of residence.

Panel 4

Guard: Let's see... it says here you teleported into the city, but I don't see an arcane spellcaster registration.
Gannji: Scroll. The receipt's taped to the back.
Guard: Ah, got it. OK, well, these seem to be in order. I'll have a corporal bring you to the chancellor for payment.

Panel 5

Gannji: You're not going to give us any trouble, right?
Haley: Why should I? I know when I've been beaten.
Corporal: Welcome to the Palace of Blood. Excuse the mess, it's been a pretty hectic week.

Panel 6

Haley: Besides, like I told you on the hike up here, you have the wrong guy. That's Elan, not Nale.
Gannji: Funny, every mark I've ever brought in has had a twin brother or sister, too. What are the chances?

Panel 7

Gannji: By the way, incredibly creative, flipping the name backwards like that.
Gannji: Now if you'll esucxe me, we have to go lles you to the Sserpme fo Doolb.

Panel 8

Gannji: It's a very impressive palace you're building.
Corporal: We'd be building it a lot faster if it weren't for all these labor disputes.

Panel 9

Five protesting slavedrivers are holding up boards with slogans:


We'll do even less until our demands are met!

Not a lash 'til we see the cash!

For us, not them.


Gannji: Man, that is so unfair. I hope it all works out.
Corporal: Yeah, you can't help but feel for them, you know?

Trivia Edit

  • In Panel 7, Gannji flips the words, "excuse", "sell", and "Empress of Blood" backwards, mocking Elan and Nale's names which are each other backward.
  • The comic title is a parody of the slogan of the American Revolution, "No taxation without representation".
  • One protest sign is also a parody of an actual labor movement slogan, "equal pay for equal work".
  • This is the first appearance of the Palace Guard Corporal.

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