Telling Lies
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 774
Date published 8 February 2011
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Haley leaves her dad behind, but not before using the Potion of Glibness to tell a white lie.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Belkar: He needs to be fed at least twice a day. And don't give him cow's milk. It's bad for him. If you give him cow's milk, I'll cut of your nipples.
Elan: What about goat?
Belkar: If a goat feeds my cat cow's milk, I'll cut its nipples off, too.
Haley: OK, I'm leaving now, Dad.
Ian: OK. Bye. Take care.
Haley: ...

Panel 2

Ian: You're not going to try to convince me to go with you?
Haley: No. I don't want to fight anymore.
Ian: Good.

Panel 3

Haley: I love you, Dad. See you... I dunno. Whenever.

Panel 4

Geoff: I, uh... I better stay to keep an eye on him. You know how he is.
Haley: Yeah, OK, Uncle Geoff. Thanks.

Panel 5

Haley: Come on, Elan. Let's get out of here.
Belkar: Finally. Some of us are duelling to the death in the morning.
Elan: Isn't your dad coming with us?
Haley: Not today. I've made other arrangements.

Panel 6

Haley: Don't forget. When you leave, he leaves.
Roy: Yeah, yeah. I won't forget.
Haley: Good luck.

Panel 7

Ian: Wait! Haley, wait!

Panel 8

Ian: Did you mean what you said? About me screwing up your life?
Ian: I tried... I tried to be a good father. I just didn't know what I was doing, you know?
Ian: I tried to prepare you for life in that place, but without your mother... I was scared, all of the time. Of losing you like I lost her.
Ian: I just...

Panel 9

Haley steps outside of the anti-magic zone, causing her Potion of Glibness to take effect. Her speech bubbles turn orange.
Haley: No, Dad. I didn't mean what I said. You raised me well.

Panel 10

Ian: Oh, good. OK, thanks.
Ian: I love you, too, Kitten.

Panel 11

Elan: Haley, why didn't you use the potion's magic to tell him that I'm a good guy?
Haley: The potion only works on things that aren't true.

D&D Context Edit

  • The potion of glibness gives +30 to Bluff skill checks. As Haley points out, the Bluff skill is only applicable when telling falsehoods, thus the magic would not work to convince Ian of a true fact.

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