|“The Law Strikes Back”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||10 October 2005|
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Belkar gets a dose of irony for what he did in a previous comic.
- Belkar Bitterleaf ◀ ▶
- Phil Rodriguez ◀ ▶
- Shadowdancer ◀ ▶
- Whisper ◀ ▶
- Elan's Horse ◀ ▶
- Vaarsuvius' Horse ◀ ▶
- Panel 1
Belkar opens his window
- Panel 2
Belkar begins climbing down the side of the building
- Panel 3
As Belkar climbs down the building, the Shadowdancer is climbing up.
- Panel 4
Belkar runs to the stables, which are marked "STABLES".
- Panel 5
Belkar kicks open the doors
Belkar: Pray to whatever weird gods you serve, horse!
- Panel 6
Mr Rodriguez: Hi!
- Panel 7
Belkar: Who the hell are you?
Mr Rodriguez: I've been retained as legal council for Windstriker the horse, of course, of course.
- Panel 8
Mr Rodriguez: He's away in the Celestial Realms right now, but I'm here to serve you with this scroll containing a mysterious spell of protection!
- Panel 9
Belkar: This isn't a spell, this is a restraining order.
Mr Rodriguez: A spooooky restraining order!
Belkar: It says I'm supposed to stay 200 feet away from the stupid horse at all times.
- Panel 10
Belkar: OK. Well, this all seems to be in order, so I guess I'll—oh! You seem to have made a mistake right here.
Mr Rodriguez: Aw, man! What's the mistake?
- Panel 11
Belkar: I'm Chaotic.
- Panel 12
Belkar starts chasing Mr Rodriguez with his daggers in hand
Mr Rodriguez: Get away! I want my due process! Ipso Facto! Writ of habeas corpus!
Belkar: Oh, I'll produce the body all right!
D&D Context Edit
- A Paladin's mount stays in the Celestial Realms when not being used.
- "A horse if a horse, of course, of course" is a famous line from the Mister Ed theme tune. Elan also made this joke in #141, Horse Sense.
- Phil Rodriguez continues his gag from #32 where all of his legal documents are "spooooky", in order to fit in with the D&D theme of the comic. He first attempted to explain to the party that the lawyers were "magical knights".
- Ipso Facto and Habeas Corpus are legal terms. The latter means "produce the body" (as in "bring the person forth").
- Belkar reveals that he's chaotic (although anyone could have guessed it by now).
- The title is a reference to the second installment in the original Star Wars trillogy, The Empire Strikes Back.