|“Pot v. Kettle”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||8 November 2006|
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Redcloak gives an indignant speech.
- Panel 1
Miko: Vile, unnatural abomination! You shall never succeed in your evil quests!
Xykon: Meh. As last words go, I've heard better.
- Panel 2
Xykon charges up a spell.
Xykon: Time to die, paladin!
- Panel 3
Xykon lets the spell power down when Miko doesn't react.
Xykon: Hey, just a tip: If you want to start begging for mercy, now's probably the time to go for it.
Miko: I shall not give you the satisfaction.
- Panel 4
Miko: I have no fear. The blessing of the Twelve Gods has removed all traces of fear, mystical or otherwise, from their paladins. Death does not scare me.
- Panel 5
Redcloak: Wow. And you have the cajones to call Xykon, "unnatural abomination"? With a straight face?
Miko: Excuse me?
- Panel 6
Redcloak: Think about it. Is there anything more natural than the fear response? "Fight or Flight," it's the most basic instinct there is.
Redcloak: But thanks to your meddling gods, you've got no fear at all. Which leaves you with, what, "Fight or Fight Some More"? No wonder you're so angry.
- Panel 7
Redcloak: Maybe that's why you paladins are so full of yourselves. You're immune to the fear that you might be wrong.
Redcloak: Immune to the fear of becoming tyrants.
- Panel 8
Redcloak: You know what else has no fear? Constructs. You're at least as "unnatural" as Xykon.
Miko: You dare compare me to the undead??
Xykon: You dare compare me to a paladin??
- Panel 9
Redcloak: Hey, sure, Xykon may be a skeleton stripped of its dead flesh and forced into an unholy semblence of life by arcane powers too terrible to even consider, but at least he cops to it!
Xykon: Amen, brother!
Xykon: Preach it!
- Panel 10
Redcloak: Face it, human. You're every bit as much of an "unnatural abomination" as he is, with the extra added bonus of being a myopic hypocrite.
Redcloak: Now if you'll excuse me, this 100% all-natural goblin has an army to lead.
- Panel 11
Xykon: Well, damn.
Xykon: I was gonna just kill you, but now I think it might be more evil to let you stew on that for a while.
Miko: Meh. As indignant speeches go, I've heard better.
D&D Context Edit
The paladin class feature, Aura of Courage (Su), grants immunity to fear, and an aura which gives allies resistance to fear effects. Constructs are immune to all mind-affecting effects, including fear.
- The title refers to the idiom of the pot calling the kettle black; that is, that a person is guilty of what they accuse in another.