The Law Strikes Back
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 230
Date published 10 October 2005
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Belkar gets a dose of irony for what he did in a previous comic.

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Panel 1

Belkar opens his window

Panel 2

Belkar begins climbing down the side of the building

Panel 3

As Belkar climbs down the building, the Shadowdancer is climbing up.
Belkar: Evenin'.
Shadowdancer: Evenin'.

Panel 4

Belkar runs to the stables, which are marked "STABLES".

Panel 5

Belkar kicks open the doors
Belkar: Pray to whatever weird gods you serve, horse!

Panel 6

Mr Rodriguez: Hi!

Panel 7

Belkar: Who the hell are you?
Mr Rodriguez: I've been retained as legal council for Windstriker the horse, of course, of course.

Panel 8

Mr Rodriguez: He's away in the Celestial Realms right now, but I'm here to serve you with this scroll containing a mysterious spell of protection!

Panel 9

Belkar: This isn't a spell, this is a restraining order.
Mr Rodriguez: A spooooky restraining order!
Belkar: It says I'm supposed to stay 200 feet away from the stupid horse at all times.

Panel 10

Belkar: OK. Well, this all seems to be in order, so I guess I'll—oh! You seem to have made a mistake right here.
Mr Rodriguez: Aw, man! What's the mistake?

Panel 11

Belkar: I'm Chaotic.

Panel 12

Belkar starts chasing Mr Rodriguez with his daggers in hand
Mr Rodriguez: Get away! I want my due process! Ipso Facto! Writ of habeas corpus!
Belkar: Oh, I'll produce the body all right!

D&D Context Edit

  • A Paladin's mount stays in the Celestial Realms when not being used.

Trivia Edit

  • "A horse if a horse, of course, of course" is a famous line from the Mister Ed theme tune. Elan also made this joke in #141, Horse Sense.
  • Phil Rodriguez continues his gag from #32 where all of his legal documents are "spooooky", in order to fit in with the D&D theme of the comic. He first attempted to explain to the party that the lawyers were "magical knights".
  • Ipso Facto and Habeas Corpus are legal terms. The latter means "produce the body" (as in "bring the person forth").
  • Belkar reveals that he's chaotic (although anyone could have guessed it by now).
  • The title is a reference to the second installment in the original Star Wars trillogy, The Empire Strikes Back.

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