|“Nothing Lasts Forever”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||28 July 2013|
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Nale seizes the opportune moment to destroy Malack.
- Panel 1, Page 1
Nale: Do you see my father or that sycophantic kobold around anywhere?
Malack: No. They must still be attending to their task.
- Panel 2, Page 1
Malack: If I were you, I would savor their temporary absence, as your failure to secure the Gate may well lead to... consequences.
Nale drinks a blue potion.
- Panel 3, Page 1
Nale: Hmmm. You're probably right.
Nale: Still, it could be a lot worse.
Nale: My most hated enemies are about to die while I watch. I don't know that life gets better than that.
- Panel 4, Page 1
Nale: Beautiful day, don't you think?
Nale: Not a cloud in the sky.
- Panel 5, Page 1
Nale grabs Malack's staff, "swipe!".
- Panel 6, Page 1
He hurls it like a javelin far away. Zz'dtri smiles evilly.
Malack: What are you—?
- Panel 7, Page 1
Zz’dtri: Greater Dispel Magic.
Malack: My protection spell!!
Nale: Didn't you once tell me that you always prepare that spell twice, just in case?
Nale: Oh wait, that's right—I watched you cast it on the dwarf.
- Panel 8, Page 1
Smoke begins to rise from Malack. "SSZZZZZ..."
Malack: Thrall, run! Get the staff! It also holds the spell.
- Panel 9, Page 1
Durkon runs for the staff but Nale holds Malack's cloak to keep him from fleeing.
Malack: I must find shelter!
Nale: Good luck with that. Greenhilt just blew up the only building for miles.
Nale: Maybe you can bury yourself in the sand before the sun turns you to ash. I doubt it, though.
- Panel 10, Page 1
Malack attacks Nale.
Malack: I have enough time to drag you down to meet Nergal with me!!
Nale: You were going to try that anyway. I just beat you to the punch.
- Panel 1, Page 2
Malack: SLAY LIVING!
Nale: Please. My lover drains levels with her lips. I order elixirs of Negative Energy Protection in bulk.
Nale: You just caught me off guard back at the palace.
- Panel 2, Page 2
Cut to Durkon, running for Malack's Staff.
Nale (inset): I don't know which is more insulting—that you thought you'd just be able to snuff me when this was over, or that you thought I wouldn't see it coming.
- Panel 3, Page 2
Nale: As if I don't remember the protocols.
Nale: "Business before pleasure," right? Your team's top rule to keep you all playing nice.
Nale: The two of you practically announced that he would let you kill me once I was no longer useful to him.
- Panel 4, Page 2
Nale: Just because I didn't want to follow his archaic rules—
Nale kicks Malck in the jaw, "wham!" while pulling off his cloak and cowl.
Nale: —doesn't mean I didn't learn them!
- Panel 5, Page 2
Malack's body catches fire.
Malack: I will... kill you! I will have my long-delayed revenge!!
Nale: "Long-delayed?" You gotta be kidding me.
- Panel 6, Page 2
Nale: You may have been thinking about killing me for the last two years—but I've been thinking about killing you since I was nine years old!!
- Panel 7, Page 2
Nale: I murdered your children as a practice run!!
- Panel 8, Page 2
Nale: Now BURN you insufferable leech!
Nale rends Malack's cloak. "RRRRIPP!"
Malack: SSAVE MEEE!
- Panel 9, Page 2
Durkon: Master, I have the—
- Panel 10, Page 2
Black smoke rises from Malack's empty robe, his holy symbol of Nerghal falling to the ground. Nothing of Malack remains.
Nale: *huff* *huff* *huff*
D&D Context Edit
- Greater Dispel Magic is a 6th level spell, and increases the likelihood that Zz'dtri would be able to dispel Malack's Protection from Daylight spell.
- Slay Living is a 5th level spell. With a successful touch attack and a failed Fortitude save, it will kill one creature. If the creature makes the save, it takes 3d6+1hp/level damage instead. Malack is level 12.
- Nale apparently drinks an Elixer of Protection from Negative Energy, which absorbs damage from negative energy spells such as Slay Living.
- This is the final appearance in unlife of Malack, vampire cleric of Nergal. Malack was a member of the Vector Legion, and one-time friend of Durkon, helping him research a new spell. He first appears in #718. He appears in 58 comics to this point, 59 in total. He is revealed to be a vampire in #870. He also appears twice in the bonus material. He will appear once more on the cover of Blood Runs in the Family in strip #966.
- It is unclear what event, if any, may have triggered Nale to want to murder Malack at age 9. One proposed theory is the murder of Anel.