Yes, It Is
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Comic no. 823
Date published 30 December 2011
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After a search montage of the anachronistic sewage treatment plant, the ocean, and the obligatory sewer-themed labyrinth (featuring a semi-obligatory otyugh), the goblins find Xykon's phylactery. Of note: the rift above Azure City/Gobbotopia has expanded to huge proportions.

Cast Edit

  • Hobgoblin Sewer Priest
  • Hobgoblin Sewer Team
  • Phylactery-Finding Hobgoblin
  • 134 Hobgoblins
  • 10 Goblins
  • 3 Hobgoblin Clerics
  • 8 Aquatic Goblins
  • An Otyugh

Transcript Edit

Panel 1

The waterfront of Gobbotopia is teeming with hobgoblins (and a few goblins) all along the beach, in the water, on boats, and in watchtowers. A small goblin village of grass huts has sprung up next to the stone buildings of Azure City. Above the city, the Snarl, once minuscule when entrapped with Soon's Gate, has grown to dominate the sky.

Panel 2

A squad of hobgoblin soldiers under the direction of a hobgoblin cleric use a net to strain the effluent coming out of a sewer pipe as it drains into the ocean.

Panel 3

A squad of aquatic goblins led by a hobgoblin cleric using water breathing and a light spell are searching the sea floor.

Panel 4

A squad of hobgoblin soldiers led by a hobgoblin cleric search in the water in the city sewers. Through a passage we see a second squad with a browncloak spellcaster battling an otyugh with swords, arrows, and spells.

Panel 5

A lone hobgoblin soldier, covered in filth, searches the sewer water.

Panel 6

The soldier holds a holy symobol.
Phylactery-Finding Hobgoblin: HEY!
Phylactery-Finding Hobgoblin: Is this it?

D&D Context Edit

  • The Otyugh first appears in the first edition AD&D Monster Manual in 1977. It is a weird creature that lives underground and feeds on dung, offal, and carrion. They are somewhat intelligent, but not as intelligent as their kin, the Neo-Otyugh. Otyugh have appeared in every edition of D&D.
  • Redcloak's holy symbol is Xykon's phylactery, which is the repository of his soul. Should his body be destroyed (as in #115) he can regenerate a new body from the phylactery.
  • Many humanoid races, including Goblins, have an aquatic variant in D&D.
  • This is the first appearance of Hobgoblin Sewer Priest, his Hobgoblin Sewer Team, and the Phylactery-Finding Hobgoblin.

Trivia Edit

  • The title is the answer to the hobgoblin's question.

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