On the Map
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 347
Date published 12 September 2006
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The CPPD cracks Nale's secret message.

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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.

Trivia Edit

  • "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.

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