Parental Bindings
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 1048
Date published 12 August 2016
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Eugene has nothing better to do.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Roy: How about we table that fascinating idea for now, since we can't do it anyway. Don't you have some sort of cryptic prophecy or scrying intel to relay instead?
Eugene Greenhilt: Nope. Everything up ahead is locked up tighter than a grig's sphincter. My scrying perch packs a punch but it can't see something a goddess doesn't want seen.

Panel 2

Roy: Uh, then... if you're not here to help with my sword and you're not here to talk about strategy—
Roy: —and you don't have any useful information to convey—

Panel 3

Roy: —then, why are you here, exactly?
Eugene: Do I need a reason to come for a visit?
Roy: At this point in our relationship? Yes. Especially since you just said you regretted having a family.

Panel 4

Eugene: Well, I'm bored! And you're the only one I can talk to!
Eugene: Look, I'm going absolutely cuckoo sitting on a cloud by myself all day! I'm the last oathspirit up there now, and none of the archons or angels will talk to me.
Eugene: You abduct one deva, and suddenly you're a Celestial leper! Even to the Celestial leopards!

Panel 5

Roy: I'm sorry to hear that, but it sounds a lot like a white fluffy cloud-bed that you made yourself and you'd just rather not lie in it.
Eugene: I'm dead, I shouldn't have to mess around with beds anymore!

Panel 6

Roy: Dad, listen to me. If I'm going to defeat Xykon, I first need to beat Durkon.
Roy: In order to defeat Durkon, it would be helpful if I could practice accessing the magic in my sword.

Panel 7

Roy: And in order to practice, I need you to leave me alone in order to, you know, practice.
Eugene: Pfft. Like you're going to be able to beat a high-level vampire cleric with a magic sword.

Panel 8

Roy: Well, if I fail, then the world blows up and Xykon is dead anyway, right?
Eugene: Oh, right! Good point.

Panel 9

Roy: OK, so, off you go.

Panel 10

Eugene disappears with a "poof!"

Panel 11

Beat panel. Roy looks at his sword.

Panel 12

Roy: Pawn these visits off on Julia! Pawn these visits off on Julia!
Roy: Pawn these visits off on Julia!

D&D References Edit

  • A Grig is a type of fairy that resembles a cricket centaur.

Trivia Edit

  • Eugene kidnapped a celestial deva in #292, "Non-startling Revelations".
  • This is the latest appearance of Eugene Greenhilt, the late father of Roy. He has appeared in thirty-three strips, making his debut in #15, "Family Time".

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