The Door Knocks For YOU
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Comic no. 396
Date published 1 January 2007
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The Linear Guild goes after Elan and Haley. Thog finds a weapon.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Haley: You know, I had a lot of time while I couldn't speak to think about my life. And more than anything else, I found that I really missed saying just three little words that meant so much to me, personally.

Panel 2

Haley: —BITCH!
Haley fires a pair of silver and cold iron arrows into Sabine, "whumpf!!"

Panel 3

Elan: C'mon, Nale, don't be a Sword Loser!
Nale: Ugh, that was horrible! I swear, I'm going to kill you, then pay a cleric to raise you, and kill you again, just to make you pay for the puns!

Panel 4

Thog: thog arrived.
Haley: Elan, watch out for Thog!
Elan: It's OK, Haley, he's not armed!

Panel 5

Thog kicks the door and it breaks off of its hinges.

Panel 6

Thog: thog improvise!
Elan: Wow, I guess half-orcs really WERE designed for "kick-in-the-door" style...

Panel 7

Elan: Thog, wait!
Elan: Think for a minute. Didn't we have fun dressing up in costumes and stuff together? You don't really want to hurt me, do you? No Matter what Nale says?

Panel 8

Thog: thog no want to hurt not-nale. thog like not-nale. thog want all thog's friends to get ice cream together.
Elan: Right! We can all have fun togeth—

Panel 9

Thog whaps Haley with the door, "WHAP!"

Panel 10

...and again, "WHAP!"

Panel 11

...and again, "WHAP!"

Panel 12

Thog: yay! now ice cream!
Nale: Every once in a while, he reminds me why we hang out with him.
Haley: I liked it better when no one remembered I was still in this comic.

D&D Context Edit

  • Rogues sneak attack gives them extra damage dice. At her current level (14?) this would give her 7d6 additional damage to Sabine.
  • Half-orcs get +2 to Strength during character creation, making them well suited to "kick-in-the-door" style of play, a type of play specifically called out in the Dungeon Master's Guide.
  • Improvised Weapons require a -4 nonproficiency penalty.

Trivia Edit

  • The title is a play on a line from Devotions upon Emergent Occasions a prose meditation written in 1624 by metaphysical poet John Donne. The line, For Whom the Bell Tolls, is famous also as the epigraph of the Ernest Hemmingway novel of the same title. The last line of the meditation is: "never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee."
  • Haley continues to shoot Sabine with two arrows at once, one silver and one cold iron, like back in #62.

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