Anti-Human Resources
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 457
Date published 26 May 2007
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Tsukiko starts her first day of work at Team Evil.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Redcloak: Chlorine Elemental, kill all the humans in the courtyard.
Chlorine Elemental: kill all humans.
The elemental kills two Azurite priests. It's periodic table entry reads, "17 Cl 35.453".

Panel 2

Tsukiko flies in to the bailey.
Tsukiko: Excuse me, Xykon said I'm supposed to drop some paperwork off with you?
Redcloak: What? Who the hell are you?

Panel 3

Tsukiko: I'm Tsukiko, mystic theurge. I'm on your team now.
Redcloak: You've got to be kidding.

Panel 4

Redcloak: Putting aside for the moment the staggeringly high probability that you're some kind of Azurite double agent...
Redcloak: Do you actually expect me to believe that Xykon stopped in the middle of a battle to conduct a job interview?

Panel 5

Tsukiko hands Redcloak a piece of paper.

Panel 6

The note reads:

Check it out, I
totally conducted
a job interview in
the middle of a
battle. --Xykon

Redcloak: *sigh*

Panel 7

Redcloak: Look, I'm pretty busy at the moment, I'll deal with this later.
Redcloak kills an Azurite Cleric with some sort of touch spell.
Tsukiko: I'm pretty sure Xykon wanted you to deal with it now.
Redcloak: Well, what Xykon wants and what's a good idea tend to diverge significantly.

Panel 8

Tsukiko: That's OK, he's inside here, right? I'll just follow you up and we can ask him.
Redcloak: Oooo, I'm sorry, this party is invitation only, and you?
Redcloak: You're not on this list.

Panel 9

Redcloak: If you have any questions, you'll have to take it up with my assistant. His name is "15d6 Points of Whirling Death for Humans."
Tsukiko: Fine. Where can I find him?

Panel 10

Redcloak: Right here.
Redcloak: Blade Barrier.
Tsukiko stops short as the Blade Barrier appears in the doorway to the keep.
Tsukiko: AAAH!

Panel 11

Tsukiko: HEY! I am SO telling Xykon about this!
Redcloak: Yeah? Don't forget to mention the elemental.

Panel 12

Tsukiko: Huh?
Tsukiko: Mention what about the elemental?
Chlorine Elemental: kill all humans.

D&D Context Edit

  • Redcloak is likely using Summon Monster V in the first panel to summon the Chlorine Elemental, as it seems to be the normal variety and not a Greater Elemental.
  • Blade Barrier is a 6th level cleric spell that creates a wall of spinning blades. The blades do 1d6 damage per level, to a maximum of 15d6. So Redcloak is at least 15th level, but possibly higher at the time of this strip.

Trivia Edit

  • This is the first appearance of the Chlorine Elemental, the second of the periodic table elementals summoned by Redcloak, the first being the five Titanium Elementals from #423.
  • Xykon uses two hyphens (--) instead of an em dash (—) despite the fact that this is a handwritten note.

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