A Paladin's Duty
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 404
Date published 22 January 2007
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Shojo agrees to hold the Linear Guild without trial, over O-Chul's objections.

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Panel 1

Elan: ...but it would be much better if you could hold them in those fancy anti-magic cells you got.
Haley: Oh, but you might want to put better locks on the cell doors. The ones you have can be picked.
Haley: I mean, theoretically.

Panel 2

Shojo: Very well. In return for your service, Elan, I will imprison your twin brother and his two minions.
Elan: Great! Durkon and Vaarsuvius are guarding them back at the inn. Haley and I can show you where.
Haley: Not that I, nor anyone I know can pick a lock.

Panel 3

Roy: Both of you need to show them?
Roy: Ugh, don't tell me you two are going to stop at the inn to fool around before coming back?
Haley sticks out her tongue.
Haley: OK. We won't tell you.

Panel 4

Shojo: O-Chul! Come in here for a minute.
O-Chul: Am I to fetch the catnip, Master?
Shojo: Don't be silly, it's far too early in the day for that.

Panel 5

Shojo: Follow this lad back to his inn and bring the prisoners he has there to the anti-magic cells.
O-Chul (off-panel): As you command, Master.

Panel 6

O-Chul: Shall I inform the magistrate, so that their trial can be scheduled?
Elan: Trial??
Shojo: Oh, no, no need for that.

Panel 7

Shojo: Come to think of it, there's no need to write their names down in the prison records either.
Shojo: I don't want anyone knowing that they're even here.

Panel 8

O-Chul: Uh, disrespect intended, Master, but I am not certain I am entirely comfortable with what—

Panel 9

Shojo: Look, O-Chul, I have two tasks that need to be completed.
Shojo: One involves three prisoners whose very existence is now a state secret. The other involves cleaning up what came out of my cat's butt this morning.

Panel 10

Shojo: And Mr. Scruffy had a very upset tummy last night, didn't he? Didn't he?
Mr. Scruffy: meow...

Panel 11

O-Chul, Elan, and Haley leave the throne room.
O-Chul: My dignity may be at -9 hp and bleeding, but I have to draw the line somewhere.
Elan (whispering): Do you want to tell him about Thog's "accident" or should I?

D&D Context Edit

  • A character does not die when they reach 0 hit points (hp). Rather, at that point they begin to lose one hp per round, unless they are stabilized to stop bleeding, etc., until they reach -10 hp, at which point they die.

Trivia Edit

  • The title is a pun on the words "duty" and "doodie", a babyish euphemism for feces.

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