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They Stayed Friends Though
Order of the Stick comic
OOTS1163
Comic no. 1163
Date published 13 May 2019
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Durkon gets help from a stunning mid-adventure reveal of a previously unknown family member.

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Panel 1

Sigdi's family walks onto the bridge.
Hoskin: So, uh, what're we doin' 'ere, 'xactly?
Sigdi: At tha moment, smashin' those el'mentals 'fore they smash anyone else!
Logann: You heard the lady, troops. Engage the earth elementals!
Blonde Soldier: Aye, Cap'n Logann!

Panel 2

Durkon removes the paralysis from Roy, Elan, Belkar, and Mr. Scruffy.
Durkon: Remove Paralysis!

Panel 3

Roy: We need to get into melee range so that creature can't cast any more spells.
Belkar: I knew you wouldn't be satisfied until you'd battered that worm hand-to-hand.

Panel 4

Light Brown-Haired Soldier: Sir, our weapons're havin' trouble breakin' thru tha rocky hide o' tha—
Logann: You did fine, soldier. You bought us a few moments.

Panel 5

Durkon's cousin's brother-in-law's niece's fiancé runs toward Shirra's twins.
Light Brown-Haired Soldier: Moments? For what, sir?

Panel 6

He jumps onto the twins' hands, bounding into the air.

Panel 7

He decapitates the elemental.

Panel 8

He lands in front of Durkon.
Durkon's cousin's brother-in-law's niece's fiancé: Hello, Durkon.

Panel 9

They shake hands.
Durkon's cousin's brother-in-law's niece's fiancé: I'm your cousin's brother-in-law's niece's fiancé.

Panel 10

Durkon's cousin's brother-in-law's niece's fiancé: Nice to finally put a face to all the stories!

Panel 11

Elan: It's OK, Durkon. I know what's it's like to have a stunning mid-adventure reveal of a previously unknown family member.
Durkon: She broke up wit Thad?!?
Elan: Like I'm looking in a mirror.

D&D ContextEdit

  • Remove Paralysis is a 2nd level cleric spell and works as advertised.
  • Durkon's cousin's brother-in-law's niece's fiancé is an Outsider, which type is unclear. Theories include an Ice Dwarf from the 2004 D&D 3.5 Planar Handbook, or a Planetouched Cleric (casting Flame Blade), Soul Knife, or Incarnate from the 2005 Magic of Incarnum.

TriviaEdit

  • The title refers to Durkon's cousin's brother-in-law's niece staying friends with Thad despite breaking up with him.
  • Durkon's cousin's brother-in-law's niece's fiancé has blue speech bubbles, which implies that he is a good Outsider (see above) of some sort. Other characters with similar speech bubbles are Celia, a native of the Elemental Plane of Air, and Eugene Greenhilt, a spirit in the Outer Planes.
  • We learn in this strip that Logann holds the rank of Captain in the Dwarven Army.
  • Durkon's relative's name is a play on the statement Lord Dark Helmet made to Lone Star in Mel Brooks' scifi comedy Spaceballs: "I am your father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate."
  • Elan's comment in last panel refers to how he learned about the existence of his twin brother and father.
  • This is the first appearance of Durkon's Cousin's Brother-in-Law's Niece's Fiancé

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