The Road to Heck
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 371
Date published 7 November 2006
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Miko confronts her captors.

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Panel 1

Miko and Redcloak cast healing spells on themselves.
Miko: So, what now, priest? You kill me where I stand, unable to fight back?
Redcloak: Oh, I should. Do you have any idea how many friends—how many family members—your little "crusades" have cost me?
Redcloak: Including my mentor, who last wore this cloak.
Demon-Roach: Backstoryriffic!

Panel 2

Miko: Pff! As if the bonds of family had any meaning to a soulless nihilist who seeks to undo creation.
Redcloak: Proof once more that you paladins have zero ranks in the Knowledge (What the Hell You're Talking About) skill.

Panel 3

Redcloak: However, it is up to Lord Xykon, not I, as to whether or not we execute you.
Redcloak: You should pray to your dozen gods that he doesn't ask my advice on the matter.

Panel 4

MitD: Dude, Xykon NEVER asks your advice on stuff like that.
Redcloak: *sigh* Yes, I Know, I was trying to ... ugh, never mind.

Panel 5

Miko: Wait ... did you say, "Xykon"?
Xykon: That's me, in the flesh! Except, you know, not.

Panel 6

Miko: The the Order of the Stick lied! They did NOT destroy you!
Xykon: The who?
Redcloak: (From the dungeon.)
Xykon: Oh, right. Bluepommel and his buddies. Man, did they leave a mess.

Panel 7

Miko is livid.
Miko: Those deceivers!
Miko: I knew they could not be trusted to speak the truth, and they seem to have found a way of magically shield their duplicity.
Miko: Twelve Gods, let it be my righteous anger that brings their lies to justice!

Panel 8

Xykon: I sense much anger in you.
Redcloak: Wow, your mystic senses are perfectly attuned to what she JUST said out loud.
Xykon: Shush, I'm on a tangent here.

Panel 9

Xykon: I get how it makes easier to get up out of bed if you hold yourself all high and mighty above us, but you're really not better than us.
Xykon: You just have a class with tougher alignment restrictions.
Xykon: Remember paladin: Anger leads to hate; hate leads to... fear?
Xykon: Or is it suffering? I can never remember how this goes.

Panel 10

Redcloak: No, no, it's fear leads to anger; anger leads to suffering; suffering leads to the Dark Side.
Xykon: Are you sure? Because I really thought "hate" was in there someplace.
Redcloak: Hmm, maybe you're right, that does sorta sound familiar...
MitD: Doesn't something leads to "gluttony"?
Redcloak: No, that's something else.

Panel 11

Xykon: Look, the point is, it's a net gain for Team Us.
Miko: I'm guessing "stupidity" also has a place in that progression.
Redcloak: You have no idea.
2 Demon Cockroaches are fighting on the floor with tiny, blue and red lightsabers

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  • Xykon, and then Redcloak, twice misquotes Yoda from The Phantom Menace: "I sense much anger in you" and "Anger leads to hate; hate leads to...". The former quote actually occurs immediately following the latter in the film dialog.

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