|“On the Map”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||12 September 2006|
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The CPPD cracks Nale's secret message.
- Panel 1
Outside the CPPD HQ.
Chief: Goddamn it, people!
- Panel 2
Inside, the Chief is angry.
Chief: The mayor is so anxious for us to close this case, you'd think he put max ranks into Ride (My Ass) skill!
Chief: I didn't claw my way up through six levels of Warrior to be outsmarted by some lowlife serial killer.
- Panel 3
Woman Cop: I've got the report back from the Weapons Lab, Chief.
Chief: Well praise the gods, a shred of efficiency.
- Panel 4
Woman Cop: Looks like the fatal wounds were made by of two different slashing weapons—one with a base damage of 1d12, the other, 1d8.
Woman Cop: +3 enhancement bonus on both murder weapons, too.
- Panel 5
Chief: So we've got outselves a greataxe and what? Battleaxe, longsword, maybe a Small-sized glaive?
Chief: Go back to the coroner and try to nail down the crit range on that d8 weapon.
Woman Cop: You got it, Chief!
- Panel 6
Rookie: Chief, I finished plotting the murder locations on a map of the city, and, well, I think you'll want to see this.
- Panel 7
Chief: Great work, rookie! This may be the break we've—
Cop with Black Skin: CHIEF! CHIEF!
- Panel 8
Cop with Black Skin: We're getting a report of spells fired on the east side of the city.
Chief: Is it at the city park?
- Panel 9
Cop with Blond Hair: How did you know?
Cop with Black Skin: Wow, that's amazing!
Cop with Blond Hair: Did you take a level of diviner?
- Panel 10
The chief shows the plot of the murders to the two officers.
- Panel 11
The murders are laid out in arrows pointing at the park.
- Panel 12
Cop with Black Skin: I think the killer might be trying to tell us something.
Cop with Blond Hair: Yeah, but what?
Chief: I think the secret message is, "I need to toughen my hiring standards."
Chief: Now let's move out!
D&D Context Edit
- The Ride skill governs controlling mounts.
- A Diviner is a Wizard specialized in the Divination school.
- "Spells fired" is a play on the words "shots fired", used by police in a similar capacity to refer to gunfire.
- This is the first appearance of Cop with Black Skin, Woman Cop, and Cop with Blond Hair.