|...Sorry, I kind of got distracted after you said the word 'three-way'.|
Sabine is the succubus consort of Nale and a member of the Linear Guild, initially introduced as Haley Starshine's evil opposite. She ultimately answers to the Inter-Fiend Cooperation Commission, though she appeared to place her love of Nale above this obligation. A fiendish denizen of the Outer Planes, she is older than the current world.
|“||This is for Nale. I can't imagine anything he'd find more of a turn on than the sight of me wringing the life out of you while I wore a sexy schoolgirl costume.||”|
|— Sabine, Comic 349, "Every Couple Has Their Quirks"|
Dungeon Crawlin' FoolsEdit
When the Linear Guild betrayed the Order of the Stick in order to claim the Talisman of Dorukan, Sabine flew Nale to safety until Haley Starshine shattered the Talisman. At this point she attacked Haley, confident in her Damage Reduction to prevent any damage, but Haley's use of Manyshot combined with an arrow of Cold Iron and an arrow of Silver caused her to flee.
No Cure for the Paladin BluesEdit
She next appeared to break Nale and Thog out of jail. She disguised herself as a Dwarf Blacksmith and sent Roy Greenhilt and the rest of The Order on a quest to retrieve Starmetal from Wooden Forest (at that point she and Nale didn't believe the Starmetal was real, or that the Order would survive). Afterwards the 3 surviving members of the Guild travelled to Cliffport to hire new members (Pompey, Yokyok and Leeky Windstaff) and stage an ambush for the Order by kidnapping Julia Greenhilt. Sabine fought Roy, in a combat that featured the first use of the Greenhilt Sword's new powers.
War and XPsEdit
Sabine flew from Cliffport to Azure City, where Nale had infiltrated the Order of the Stick. Disguised as a geisha, Sabine discovered Haley's affection for Elan, a fact that Nale (disguised as Elan) takes full advantage of.
Although seemingly jealous when she caught Nale with Haley, she revealed to him that she was in fact angry that he was going to kill Haley without her, having planned to kill her herself. She also admitted that she wouldn't have cared if he had been trying to seduce Haley, due to her being an embodiment of illicit sex.
While Sabine was loyal to Nale, her true allegiance was to Director Cedrik of the Inter-Fiend Cooperation Commission. She had been acting as his agent on the Mortal Plane, keeping him informed of any events or details which may advance the IFCC's goals (tipping the cosmic balance between Good and Evil in Evil's favor), for which she was eligible for a 10% finder's fee.
When the Guild fought the Order after Nale's infiltration is revealed, Sabine ended up in the Azure City prison along with the rest of the Guild, Belkar, and the fallen Miko Miyazaki. Sabine's offer to turn Miko into a Blackguard was rebuffed with a broken neck, which the demon recovered from quickly. During the Battle of Azure City, the prison was destroyed and Sabine escaped, flying away carrying Nale and Thog.
Don't Split the PartyEdit
Sabine's only appearance in the fourth book is in a portrait of the Linear Guild (from Dungeon Crawin' Fools) that the IFCC have on their wall, as they note that the Guild have been their pawns.
Blood Runs in the FamilyEdit
Sabine and the Guild re-emerged on the scene when the Order were guests of General Tarquin at the Palace of Blood in Bleedingham. Tarquin put on elaborate games in honor of the return of his son Elan. At the arena, the Linear Guild staged an ambush of the Order. Roy, enslaved as a gladiator, found himself fighting the gladiator champion, who turned out to be Thog. Elan, Haley, and Vaarsuvius were ambushed by Zz'dtri and Yukyuk, leaving Haley turned to stone. While V fought Zz'dtri, Elan fled with the miniaturized, petrified, Haley. It was then that Sabine and Nale ambushed Elan. Qarr arrived to express the wishes of the IFCC, but Sabine's actions suggested that her loyalty to Nale may in fact be more important to her than her obligation to her fiendish superiors.
Sabine grew frustrated with Nale's desire to prove his superiority to Elan prior to killing him, and flew Elan up in the air, draining him before dropping him to fall to the palace below. However, Elan fell on the balcony where Durkon and Malack were having tea. Elan nearly died of the fall, but Durkon immediately healed him. Sabine and Nale immediately found themselves confronted with the wrathful cleric of Nergal, Malack, who harbored a personal grudge against Nale. Sabine teleported to safety, but Nale was ultimately cornered by Tarquin and Malack, where a plan to join forces was hatched.
The Linear Guild was reconstituted with Tarquin, Malack, and Kilkil joining the team along with original members Nale, Sabine, and Zz'dtri. Sabine and the Guild attacked the Order outside Girard's Pyramid, though Sabine was mostly removed from the fight, with Tarquin taking on the Order solo.
The Order fled into the pyramid, and the Guild followed. After exploring the upper levels, the Linear Guild fell into a trap laid by Roy. While the Guild was confused by a smoke stick, Durkon emerged amid the party to speak a Holy Word. This proved disastrous for Sabine, an Outsider. The Holy Word banished her to her home plane (the Abyss) for 24 hours. This time proved critical, as it was during her banishment, while she watched on Hell-Damned TV, that Nale was killed, apparently permanently, by Tarquin, and Laurin Shattersmith, who disintegrated his remains.
During the possession of Vaarsuvius' soul on the Abyss by the IFCC, Sabine, enraged at the actions of Shattersmith to make resurrection nearly impossible, revealed to V all that she knew about the psion, something that proved very helpful to V in their subsequent caster fight.
The term of Sabine's banishment was 24 hours, so she is currently free to return to the Prime Material Plane. However, Sabine's current whereabouts and activities are unknown.
Demon or Devil?Edit
There was confusion regarding whether Sabine is a demon (succubus), or devil (erinyes). Most suspected that she is a succubus, for the following reasons;
- She energy-drains Durkon Thundershield in Inevitable Betrayal? Check; the Succubus has that ability, and the Erinyes does not.
- She fights with her claws; an Erinyes would fight with a flaming sword.
- Her wings are bat-like, rather than bird-like.
- She isn't fanatically loyal to Nale as a love interest (she doesn't get hung up on who either of them sleep with)
- Her bosses identify her as a succubus in Comic #637, "It Only Shows Reality Programming".
The matter is settled, as Rich Burlew stated in 'War and XPs' that she is a Succubus, which makes her a demon (according to 3rd edition D&D rules), and she was also stated to be a demon on Nale's wanted poster. Malack later calls her a devil in Windy Canyon, to which she immediately takes offense.
Personality and TraitsEdit
Sabine is extremely promiscuous; when she left Nale for three hours to check in at the Lower Planes, she had sex four times, noting that she would have had more, but she had errands to run. She does not get jealous about Nale having sex with others, though she did get upset that he would kill Haley without her.
She enjoys using her shapeshifting powers to deceive others and lead them into traps, as she has done numerous times.
Her love of Nale appears to supercede her duty to the IFCC, despite the fact that it was they who put her in with the Linear Guild in order to use them as pawns in the struggle for control of the world.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Due to the fact that Sabine is a succubus, she has various dark abilities. Sabine is capable of shapeshifting, level draining her enemies, and flight. She also has super strength, as she is capable of impaling a guard with her bare hands, and is capable of lifting both Elan and Nale effortlessly. She is also impervious to most attacks.
Due to the fact that she is a demon however, she is vulnerable to cold iron. Haley is unable to tell whether she is a demon or a devil, so she uses silver and cold iron against her simutaneously.
It is unclear if a Succubus in the Order of the Stick universe has all the powers a D&D succubus would have; in particular, she has never exhibited most of the usual at-will succubus spell-like abilities (particularly not detect thoughts, ethereal jaunt, or suggestion), and appears to have a once-per-day Plane Shift instead.
Sabine is known to possess a cellphone capable of communicating across planes of existence.
|Nale • Sabine • Thog • Zz'dtri • Hilgya Firehelm • Yikyik • Yokyok • Yukyuk • Leeky Windstaff • Pompey|
|Dungeon of Dorukan: 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 49, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 120|
Redmountain Village: 134, 142