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Comic no. 1020
Date published 22 January 2016
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Blackwing uses his total lack of magical skill to save the animals aboard the Mechane.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Blackwing: I just want to say that it's been an honor and a privilege serving as animal buddies with all of you.

Panel 2

Mr. Scruffy leaps in and kills the rats holding Blackwing down.
Mr. Scruffy: MrrrOWWrrr!
Blackwing: Scruffy! Ha ha, yeah! Make them work for it!

Panel 3

Blackwing: Thanks pal, I owe you one.
Blackwing: Though I don't think you'll have long to redeem it. There are way more rats than even your claws can handle.
Blackwing: What this encounter needs is a wizard-animal. Or, barring that, a wizard.
Mr. Scruffy: Mrrrrr.

Panel 4

Blackwing: Wait, I've got it! We don't need a wizard if we have some of a wizard's magic right here!!
Blackwing: Scruffy, clear my way to the desk!

Panel 5

Mr. Scruffy clears the way to the desk while Bloodfeast is seen to the side, fighting the rats.

Panel 6

Blackwing: Now keep the rats off my tailfeathers while I check out this scroll V just finished.
Mr. Scruffy: Mrrror!

Panel 7

Blackwing: Hmmm. OK. Well... the bad news is that this is a scroll of Locate Creature—
Blackwing: —which is a completely useless spell in the current situation.

Panel 8

Blackwing: The good news is that I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing.

Panel 9

Blackwing: Abra candelabra!
Blackwing: Frippity fruppity frooj!
Blackwing: Pottericus mimicus!

Panel 10

Blackwing and Mr. Scruffy get off the desk, going as far as they can as the scroll begins emanating magic...
Blackwing: Now take cover!!

Panel 11

The blast of the malfunctioning spell damages the door with a loud "PFOOM!", much to the surprise of Felix and Kwesi on the other side, who look at the door with surprise.

D&D Context Edit

  • Locate Creature would normally allow the spell caster to find a particular creature, but since Blackwing lacks all three of the requirements to properly use an arcane scroll, a scroll mishap was bound to happen. It would seem that the result of the mishap was the first of the list of possible effects.

Trivia Edit

  • Blackwing's magical invocation uses the classic magical word, Abracadabra, some nonsense, and a reference to the faux-latin incantations of spells in Harry Potter, the fantasy novels by J.K. Rowling.

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