Power Outage
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 627
Date published 28 January 2009
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Vaarsuvius battles the black dragon.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Vaarsuvius: *gasp!*
Vaarsuvius: Prismatic Spray!
The yellow beam hits causing electricity damage.
Black Dragon: No.

Panel 2

The Black Dragon breathes acid, "WOOSH!!!"
Vaarsuvius: Rrrnnh! You wretched imp, what is your game? Have the dragon dissolve me if I do not accept your offer?
Qarr: What?? I've never seen her before in my life! I tried to warn you!

Panel 3

Vaarsuvius: As if I would believe the protestations of one such as you.
Qarr: Please! If I knew an ancient black dragon, would I be wasting my time on a second-stringer like you???
Qarr: Now shush, I'm trying to Fast Heal over here.

Panel 4

Vaarsuvius: Forcecage!
Black Dragon: Very good, an excellent choice. I am quite confined for about a day, while you are free to escape and replenish your 6th and 7th level spells.

Panel 5

Black Dragon: You are as skilled as my information led me to believe. I must admit, I too have a passion for the arcane arts...even moreso than others of my kind.
Black Dragon: I am curious however...what would happen if we turned the magic off?

Panel 6

Black Dragon: Anti-magic Field.
The Forcecage disintegrates where the antimagic field touches it. V flies away.

Panel 7

The black dragon flies over to V; when the antimagic field envelops V, the flight spell no longer functions.
Black Dragon: Fascinating. It appears that you cease to be a mighty wizard and become a fragile pointy-eared monkey.
Black Dragon: While I?

Panel 8

The Black Dragon slams Vaarsuvius down on some rock, "CRACKKKK!"
Black Dragon: I am still a dragon.

D&D Context Edit

  • V seems to have already cast Overland Flight for the day. (Fly is also possible, but with the shorter duration it doesn't make sense to cast preemptively.)
  • Prismatic Spray is a 7th level spell which produces a cone-shaped burst of light. Creatures in the beam are randomly hit by one of the beams, which cause a variety of effects (such as the pit fiend which was turned to stone by the blue beam in #591). The yellow beam which hit the dragon causes 80 points of electrical damage, or half that on a successful Reflex save.
  • Imps have a Fast Healing ability that allows them to heal 2 hp per round.
  • Forcecage is a 7th level spell which creates an immobile invisible cubical prison containing any creatures in it when it is created.
  • Antimagic Field creates an invisible 10-foot radius sphere within which magic does not work.
  • Vaarsuvius wasted several high level spell slots by casting Disintegrate four times at Qarr in #625 and #626. Assuming V is 14th level, V has used all his or her 6th level slots and has only the bonus Evocation slot left for 7th level. Of course, with the antimagic field in effect, V has effectively no spells.

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