The Turnaround
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Comic no. 352
Date published 26 September 2006
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Durkon demonstrates one of the lesser-known uses of Control Weather.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1, Page 1

There is a trapdoor in a roof.

Panel 2, Page 1

Julia comes up through the trapdoor.
Julia: So long, whatever-the-hell-your name-was, you asymmetrical runt. Have fun searching the warehouse.

Panel 3, Page 1

Julia: Now I just need to find some help that's more competent than Roy...
Julia: Shouldn't be TOO hard...
Julia: Hey! You there!

Panel 4

Durkon: (unintelligible)
Julia: I need help, or the police, or something. I just escaped from, like, the lamest criminals ever. They had me held hostage for weeks in there.

Panel 5, Page 1

Durkon: (unintelligible)

Panel 6, Page 1

Julia: Helloooooooo?
Julia: This is a life or death emergency, Whiskers. Specifically, MY life or death.
Durkon: (unintelligible)
Julia: Are you just going to stand there muttering to yourself?

Panel 7, Page 1

Durkon: (unintelligible)

Panel 8, Page 1

Julia: Look! Boobs!
Durkon: (unintelligible)
Julia: Don't you like boobs? Don't you want to pay attention to the girl with the boobs?
Julia: C'mon, this always works with my teachers...

Panel 9, Page 1

Julia: Fantastic. So I engage in a daring solo escape only to find myself on a rooftop with a catatonic gay dwarf.
Durkon: (unintelligible)
Julia: My life never ceases finding new and exciting ways to disappoint.

Panel 10, Page 1

Julia: What the hell are you saying over and over that's more important than looking at my ta-ta's, anyway?
Durkon: (unintelligible)

Panel 11, Page 1

Durkon: ...weathercontrolweathercontrolweathercontrolweathercontrolweathercontrolweathercontrolweather—

Panel 12, Page 1

Durkon's eyes glow white.

Panel 1, Page 2

A massive lightning bolt tears across the sky of Cliffport.

Panel 2, Page 2

Leeky: Don't worry, my wooden friends! You are well-protected against any lightning attacks!
Leeky: Besides, that bolt struck at least four miles out to sea anyway.

Panel 3, Page 2

Julia: HOLY CRAP! Did you see—
Durkon: —two Miss'ssippi, three Miss'ssippi, four Miss'ssippi.
Durkon: Now.

Panel 4, Page 2

A massive sonic boom shatters Leeky's awakened trees, "BOOM!"

D&D Context Edit

  • Control Weather is a 7th level cleric spell which allows the caster to summon a variety of weather effects as well as cancel out natural weather effects. Having a control weather spell cause sonic damage from the thunderclap is not explicitly mentioned in the spell description, but certainly could be allowed by the Dungeon Master.

Trivia Edit

  • A common method for determining the distance of a lightning strike is counting the number of seconds between the flash of the bolt and the sound of the thunder. Sound travels approximately one mile every 5 seconds. It should have taken 20 seconds for the sound of thunder to reach the trees if the lightning were 4 miles out.
  • Saying the word "Mississippi" after each number in a count is a method of approximating the passage of time in seconds.

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