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Security Deposit
Order of the Stick comic
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Comic no. 513
Date published 15 December 2007
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Anti-insurgency tactics are put into effect by Team Evil's junior member.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Hobgoblin soldier #1: Red diamond? I don't think I've seen that one since we started the new system.
Hobgoblin soldier #2: Let me look it up on the chart.

Panel 2

Close up of the chart. It says:

Security Advisory System

Diamond Signal
SEVERE
ENCOUNTER LEVEL 13+
HIGH CHANCE OF PCs
HIGH
ENCOUNTER LEVEL 9-12
MODERATE CHANCE OF PCs
ELEVATED
ENCOUNTER LEVEL 6-8
LOW CHANCE OF PCs
GUARDED
ENCOUNTER LEVEL 3-5
NEGLIGIBLE CHANCE OF PCs


Panel 3

Hobgoblin soldier #1: Well Damn!
Hobgoblin soldier #2: Sir, Black Squadron reports that they are ready for immediate dispatch.
Hobgoblin soldier #1: Then send them in. And order all other units out of the area.

Panel 4

Haley: Change of plans! Drop any food, that puts you over light encumbrance and run for the tunnels!
Haley puts three arrows into the hobgoblin browncloak, killing him.

Panel 5

Isamu: What?
Isamu: But you said—
Haley: I know what I said! But that wizard got off some kind of signal. That means we have incoming forces, and we need to get our resistant butts out of here, NOW!

Panel 6

Niu: Haley, we beat these slavers easily enough, we're ready to fight more.
Haley: I'm not expecting more hobgoblins...

Panel 7

The dead browncloak lies on the ground. An amorphous arcane energy hovers in the air.

Panel 8

Tsukiko and six wights appear with a "BAMF!".
Tsukiko: Teleport!

Panel 9

Tsukiko: OK, Black Squadron, now: everyone is bundled up with all of their buff spells, let's fan out and find some insurgents.
Wight #1: Yes, Mistress Tsukiko.

Panel 10

Tsukiko: Remember, we're using the Buddy System, so stick together in case one of you gets attacked.
Wight #2: Yes, Mistress Tsukiko.
Tsukiko: And if you see a Good cleric, what do you do?
Wight #3: Blow on our safety whistle.
Tsukiko: Exactly.

D&D Context Edit

  • Teleport is a 5th level spell that allows instantaneous transportation across arbitrary distances within the same plane of existence.

Trivia Edit

  • The Security Advisory System card is a close copy of the Homeland Security Advisory System with its color coded alert levels.
  • A security deposit is a deposit of money by a renter in an escrow account to provide security for the property owner, the title is a play on that term and the security team teleporting in.
  • This is the first appearance of Black Squadron: Boot Wight, Pineappled Wight, Point-Granting Wight, Third Wight, Hungry Wight, and Second Course Wight.

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