Haley comes up with a plan and uses a nice time trick.
- Panel 1
Vaarsuvius holds the arrow-riddled Blackwing.
Vaarsuvius: My raven—
Vaarsuvius: Blackwing has scouted the bandit camp. Based on the feelings I am receiving through our empathic link, I believe he spotted Elan.
Vaarsuvius: Also, I believe he is asking for morphine.
- Panel 2
Durkon casts "heal!" on Blackwing.
Haley: Wait, empathic link? I thought raven familiars could speak Common?
Vaarsuvius: Oh, he CAN speak Common. He just won't. He feels it is demeaning to speak in anything but his native raven tongue.
- Panel 3
Blackwing pops out of existence, "pop!", to Durkon's surprise.
Haley: Roy was right about one thing: there ARE too many bandits to fight. Luckily, fighting isn't my specialty.
Haley: We'll try to sneak into the camp and free Elan without alerting the bandits to our presence.
- Panel 4
Haley: Durkon, that means you need to stay behind. We can't afford for them to hear you, and we'll need backup in case something goes wrong.
Durkon: Aye, lass. Ye can count on me.
- Panel 5
Haley: I think we should definitely wait for nightfall. It will be much easier to sneak in under cover of darkness.
- Panel 6
Belkar: Nightfall? It's midmorning! And I know the limits of my attention span. Who knows what I'll be trying to kill if I have to wait around for hours in one place.
- Panel 7
Haley: Nah, don't be silly, Belkar. Check this out.
- Panel 8
Haley: Does anyone have anything they want to do before nightfall?
Vaarsuvius: Not at all.
- Panel 9
Haley: "Later that evening..."
- Panel 10
It is suddenly night.
D&D Context Edit
- Wizards gain an empathic link with their familiars and the two can psychically sense each others thoughts.
- Common is the basic language of the world.
- Time Is on My Side is a song written by Jerry Ragovoy in 1963. The Rolling Stones covered the song and released it as a single in 1964; it was their first single to reach the top 10 on the Billboard charts, peaking at #6.
- Durkon has had problems with his noisy armor which he unsuccessfully tried to remedy.