With a Critical Eye
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 655
Date published 20 May 2009
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Redcloak loses his right eye.

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Panel 1

Xykon is holding Vaarsuvius in the air
Xykon: I can't believe you tried scry-and-die tactics on me. ME. You can't even imagine the ways I'm going to hurt you.

Panel 2

Tsukiko and Jirix head through a door and down a staircase
Tsukiko: 'Kay, I'm going back to bed now. Have fun with your new toy.
Redcloak: Jirix, organize a search of the tower. See if any other elves broke through the Cloister.
Jirix: Yes, Supreme Leader.

Panel 3

Redcloak: I'll be right behind you, I just need to check on my prison—

Panel 4

O-Chul charges Redcloak holding the bar from his cage
Redcloak: —er.

Panel 5

Redcloak: Disintegrate!
O-Chul takes a direct hit from a Distintegrate spell but continues charging.

Panel 6

O-Chul: Smite—

Panel 7

O-Chul drives the metal bar into Redcloak's right eye, "SQLLRCH!"
Redcloak: Aaarrrgghh!
O-Chul: —Evil.

Panel 8

O-Chul tears off Redcloak's holy symbol, Xykon's phylactery.
Redcloak: My eye! You human bastard, my eye!
O-Chul: No more spells.

Panel 9

O-Chul: No more goblin.
Redcloak: —Word of Recall!

Panel 10

Redcloak disappears and O-Chul's bar strikes the ground.

Panel 11

O-Chul picks up the phylactery.
O-Chul: ...
O-Chul: No more lich, then.

D&D Context Edit

  • "Srcy-and-die tactics" (also called "scry-and-fry") refers to a tactic commonly used by Dungeons and Dragons players when the Dungeon Master fails to include countermeasures against it. In this tactic, the players bypass a dungeon entirely by scrying to locate the boss and teleporting directly to it. Xykon was unaware that Vaarsuvius foolishly skipped the "scry" portion of the tactic.
  • Disintegrate is a 7th level spell for clerics of the Destruction Domain. It deals 2d6/level damage, or 5d6 on a successful saving throw.
  • Paladins can Smite Evil one or more times per day, depending on level, and do extra damage to evil creatures.
  • Clerics use their holy symbol as the focus of their spells. Without it they cannot cast spells.
  • Redcloak's holy symbol is also Xykon's phylactery, the repository of his soul. It is his biggest vulnerability.
  • Word of Recall is a 6th level spell which instantly teleports the caster back to their sanctuary.

Trivia Edit

  • Redcloak's brother, Right-Eye, lost his left eye to a paladin of the Sapphire Guard's katana. Thus there is a certain irony to Redcloak losing his right eye to another paladin of the Sapphire Guard. This will lead to Tsukiko calling him "Wrong-Eye".
  • This is the last apearance of Redcloak with both his eyes.

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