|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||30 March 2005|
|View the comic|
Roy tries to justify leaving Elan behind.
- Panel 1
Roy: So. Here I am. Camping all by myself.
- Panel 2
Roy: It would be such a shame if my dearly departed father were to suddenly appear in ghost form and disrupt my sleep with some timely (if cryptic) advice.
- Panel 3
- Panel 4
- Panel 5
Roy: Well, I'm going to assume that you're listening anyway.
Roy: I mean, you took it upon yourself to eavesdrop on my date with Cindy Brakowski when I was in ninth grade, I don't know why you'd restrain yourself now.
- Panel 6
Roy: So let's see, what's new...
Roy: Oh, right, I killed Xykon a few weeks ago. Not that you've shown up to thank me for completing your quest or anything.
- Panel 7
Roy: Actually, it was kind of easy. Like, really depressingly easy. I mean, I trained and struggled my whole adult life for this battle, and that sad sack of bones went down faster than a kobold with a lung infection.
Roy: He didn't even remember you, Dad. The whole thing was vaguely...
- Panel 8
Roy: I worked to fulfill your sworn oath, but now I feel cheated somehow. Like I've been wasting my time. And if my quest was a waste, what about everything else in my life?
Roy: What about being a fighter, was that a waste too? Why bother trying to be lawful all the time, if my whole life was just leading to one big anticlimax?
- Panel 9
Roy: Oh I can hear what you're saying, Dad. "Oh, so you really became a fighter just because you wanted the glory, then?"
Roy: No, Dad, as usual, you've missed the point. I went to Fighter College because I wanted to help people. To protect the weak and—
- Panel 10
Roy: The weak.
Roy: Oh gods. Elan!
Roy: Am I really so intent on wallowing in my own self-pity that I'm willing to cast a helpless innocent to those thieves?
Roy: What is wrong with me? I'm a disgrace to my alignment!
- Panel 11
Roy: Well, that's going to change now. Thanks for setting me straight, Dad.
Roy: I'm gonna pack up my gear and go rescue Elan!
- Panel 12
Durkon runs by, screaming, with his armor making clanking noises, "clank! clank! clank! clank! clank! clank! clank! clank!"
- Panel 13
Roy: I'm gonna pack up my gear and go rescue the entire rest of the party!
- The title of this strip refers to the soliloquoy dramatic device.
- Eugene has not appeared to Roy since #73, before the defeat of Xykon.