Improved Feint
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Comic no. 381
Date published 25 November 2006
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Nale asks Haley out on a date.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Nale carries a wrapped up gift and some flowers. Haley is counting her money.
Nale: I can see that I'm not really interrupting anything too important, so if you'll indulge me, I have a few words to say.

Panel 2

Nale: After almost being killed by my cunningly clever and devilishly handsome twin brother, Nale, I find that I am looking at everything in a different light.
Nale: Everything, including you, Haley.

Panel 3

Nale: I don't know how I never noticed how beautiful you are before.
Nale: It probably has something to do with my overpowering mental defects and my annoyingly childish persona.
Nale hands the flowers to Haley.

Panel 4

Nale: Isn't it time we stopped playing these games?
Nale: The secret looks, the denials, the Bluff checks that say, "No", when we both mean, "Yes"?

Panel 5

Nale: We're both adults, and I'm tired of taking 5-foot steps around one another when we should be charging ahead together.
Nale: I intend to take advantage of our delay to rectify that.

Panel 6

Haley: Qr—
Nale: Shhhh—don't speak. Don't spoil this moment with words.

Panel 7

Nale: Just join me for dinner this evening. I promise it will be everything you ever secretly wanted.

Panel 8

Nale: And if it's not too forward of me, I purchased something for you to wear other than your old leather armor.
Nale hands the wrapped gift to Haley.
Nale: I hope you like it.

Panel 9

Nale: Until tonight, then, my dear.

Panel 10

Haley stares at the package, confused.

Panel 11

Haley opens the package.

Panel 12

Haley is shocked to see a pretty revealing garment...

Panel 13

All Haley inner selves appear. Self-Loathing uses a megaphone.
Haley's Self-Loathing: All hands on deck!
Haley's Self-Loathing: This is not a drill! Repeat: This is NOT a drill!!

D&D Context Edit

  • Bluff checks are required when a character wants to deceive someone else.
  • Keeping 5 feet from a Medium creature prevents that creature from making an Attack of Opportunity when passing nearby.

Trivia Edit

  • The translation of Haley's line is:
    • Panel 6: Wh—
  • This is the first appearance of Haley's Anger (in red), Haley's Intellect (pink-haired elf), Haley's Mistrust (in armor), and Haley's Vanity (in a skirt with her hair down).
  • This is the final appearance of Haley's Sense of Humor. Her only other appearance is in #319.
  • This is the only appearance of Haley's Envy (in green).

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