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Qarr
Qarr
Biographical information
First Comic

484 (off-panel voice)
509 (full appearance)

Last Comic

908

Physical description
Species

Imp

Gender

Male

Chronological and political information
Affiliation

IFCC
Linear Guild (former)
House Kubota (former)

Class

Sorcerer

Alignment

Lawful Evil

Known masters

Lee

Status

Living

D&D Stats
Level

8-10

Dex

~17

Int

12+

Wis

~12

Cha

14+

Feats

Dodge, Weapon Finesse

Abilities

Flight, poison, detect good, detect magic, invisibility: self, suggestion, commune, alternate form, damage reduction 5/good or silver, darkvision, fast healing, poison immunity, fire resistance; greater teleport: self plus 50 pounds of objects, plane shift, summon devil

Spells

Charm Monster, Extraplanar Phone Connection, Lesser Telepathic Bond, Lightning Bolt, Scorching Ray

Qarr is a sorcerer imp of varying allegiances. He was once a servant to the Azurite nobleman, Daimyo Kubota. He also worked for the Inter-Fiend Cooperation Commission, as well as appearing as the familiar to Zz'dtri, though during his service to the drow he was still secretly advancing the aims of his fiendish masters.

BiographyEdit

War and XPsEdit

Qarr first appeared as an off-panel voice during the sack of Azure City[1], when Kubota was sailing away after the battle. He revealed his plan to eliminate the Order of the Stick as they presented an obstacle to Kubota ultimate plan of taking power from Lord Hinjo.

Don't Split the PartyEdit

Elan, Durkon and Vaarsuvius accompanied the Azurite refugee fleet after they fled Azure City. Qarr's initial attempts to kill the Order and Hinjo involved charming monsters to attack the ship, so the high level characters on board would respond, and using the distraction to allow the ninja Therkla to assassinate Hinjo.[2] When the ship was attacked by Sea Trolls, she grew a soft spot for the bard Elan.[3][4]

Therkla would not harm Elan[5] (who she insisted was the highest level PC on the boat, and his childlike innocence was just a cunning guise)[6] so Qarr's and Kubota's plans to kill him repeatedly failed. Qarr disliked Therkla,[7] and could not understand why Kubota favored her above him. Kubota admired her instinctive way of deceit, but after another failure by Therkla to kill Elan, this time on Orc Island, he made it very clear that he wanted her to bring back the bard's head.[8]

Therkla asked Elan out on a small island, to which Qarr followed. Therkla hit him with a shuriken.[9] They later discovered that Durkon, Vaarsuvius, Hinjo and Lien were also there disguised as trees and had seen all that had transpired. At that point, Qarr summoned a gargantuan pit fiend,[10] which was eventually turned to stone by Vaarsuvius.[11]

Back on the boat, Kubota had killed Therkla[12] shortly before Kubota was killed by Vaarsuvius.[13] Qarr immediately attempted to switch his allegiance to V.[14] Vaarsuvius was uninterested in the imp's assistance and hit him with a Dimensional Anchor on seeing him, then sent him away with Bugsby's Flicking Finger (with the elf punctuating the dismissal via an off-panel Bugsby's Expressive Single Digit).[15] When Qarr persisted, V attempted to Disentegrate him until an Ancient Black Dragon threatened V's family, and Qarr forwarded a request to make a deal with a higher-ranking devil to save them. The Inter-Fiend Cooperation Commission intercepted the request[16] and made a deal with V. They also offered Qarr a position in their organization shortly afterward.[17] Qarr was then allowed to watch on the flat-screen, magically powered HD (Hell-Damned) television that the ranking members owned as V defeated the dragon and cast the Familicide spell to end the lives of every single one of the dragon's relatives.[18]

Blood Runs in the FamilyEdit

The imp next appeared as part of the Linear Guild, working as Zz'dtri's familiar.[19] During the fight at the Bleedingham arena, Qarr attempted to kill Blackwing[20] in order to leave V open to further manipulation, even offering to restrict Zz'dtri to non-lethal means against V in exchange for Blackwing allowing his own death. Blackwing refused, and managed to escape.[21] During the confrontation at Windy Canyon, Qarr came to realize that V's familicide spell had killed the Draketooths from the same pictograms that had led V to this conclusion, leading Qarr to laugh irrepressably.[22]

Shortly after, a trap door separated him and Malack from the rest of Nale and Tarquin's group (at the time including Zz'dtri, Kilkil and Sabine) immediately before Durkon shook that group with a Holy Word.[23] His loyalties still with the IFCC, Qarr chose then to desert Malack[24] in order to attempt to manipulate and taunt Blackwing and Vaarsuvius.[25][26] He then helped in rescuing Nale and his group from the collapsing pyramid.[27]

When last seen, he had witnessed Zz'dtri's death and decided to leave Nale and his allies for good, presumably returning to the IFCC's lair.[28]

Current ActivitesEdit

Qarr's current whereabouts and activities are unknown.

Personality and TraitsEdit

Qarr is a typically manipulative imp, seeking to corrupt souls to evil. However, he is not the most intelligent imp, and his manipulations are usually fairly obvious. Blackwing in particular seems to have Qarr's number, and can read his intentions easily.

Qarr is not particularly brave at all, fleeing whenever he feels he is in real danger, leaving his allies to their fate. He is Lawful, and gets into conflict with some of his allies, such as Therkla and Sabine, when they do not abide by their obligations to Kubota or the IFCC.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

  • Imp: As an imp, Qarr has certain powers available to him, among them are:
    • Invisibility at will
    • Damage reduction against physical attacks except silver weapons and good aligned weapons.
    • Summon Devil: the chances of summoning and the type of devil summoned are random, which of course meant that when he did use this ability he summoned an ultra-powerful pit fiend.
    • Plane Shift: not a canonical spell-like ability of imps in D&D, the power is nevertheless standard for outsiders in Order of the Stick.
  • Sorcerer: Qarr is not an ordinary imp, he is also a sorcerer of some power. His spells include:
    • Scorching Ray: he uses this often to attack
    • Greater Teleport: Qarr can pop in and out of bad situations
    • Charm Monster: useful for getting orcs to do things Qarr's way

ReferencesEdit

  1. Comic #484, "At the End of the Day"
  2. Comic #509, "It Has Flowers, Hearts, and a DC 30 Lock"
  3. Comic #503, "Surreptitious Admirer"
  4. Comic #506, "Flanking Crush"
  5. Comic #557, "The Puppet Mistress"
  6. Comic #555, "Half-Dragons Are Even Worse"
  7. Comic #559, "An Introduction to Comparative Theology"
  8. Comic #562, "Heroic Fantasy"
  9. Comic #583, "Love's Sweet Sting"
  10. Comic #584, "Improbable Causes"
  11. Comic #591, "Antipathy for the Devil"
  12. Comic #593, "Another Choice"
  13. Comic #595, "Trial of the Century"
  14. Comic #599, "Separate Ways"
  15. Comic #624, "This Happens to Telemarketers All the Time"
  16. Comic #631, "Who Doesn't Get Ten of These a Week?"
  17. Comic #637, "It Only Shows Reality Programming"
  18. Comic #640, "Madness"
  19. Comic #790, "Unfamiliar"
  20. Comic #792, "Animal Instincts"
  21. Comic #797, "Bird Brained"
  22. Comic #856, "I Guess You Had to Be There"
  23. Comic #859, "Smoked"
  24. Comic #861, "You Should've Seen What They Did to His Pelvis"
  25. Comic #883, "Fiend Swap"
  26. Comic #884, "Credits and Deductions"
  27. Comic #903, "Carefully Couched"
  28. Comic #908, "Reverse Polarity"
Appearances
484, 503, 506, 509, 555, 557, 559, 562, 583, 584, 585, 599, 624, 625, 626, 627, 630, 631, 632, 634, 635, 637, 638, 640, 641, 656, 659, 667, 668, 790, 792, 795, 797, 799, 803, 804, 854, 856, 858, 859, 861, 883, 884, 903, 906, 907, 908

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