Turning Back
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 1074
Date published 29 May 2017
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Bandana makes an impassioned plea to the crew, and convinces them to free her to resume command.

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Panel 1, Page 1

The fight continues on the main deck. Roy attacks the giantess with a cutlass, "SLASH!"
Elan: Mending!

Panel 2, Page 1

On the quarterdeck
Ozzie: All I want is to get the hell out of here! What happens if we can't get up over any of the mountains?
Felix: Eventually, we run out of fuel and have to land.
Ozzie: But then the giants will find us!

Panel 3, Page 1

Bandana: Everybody listen up.
Bandana: I got stuff to say.

Panel 4, Page 1

Bandana: Too bad.
Bandana: Suck it the goddamn hell up.

Panel 5, Page 1

Kwesi: What? that's not exactly the reassuring message I was expec—
Bandana: I ain't here to reassure you, Kwesi! You aint my girlfriend! I'm here to tell you the truth!

Panel 6, Page 1

Bandana: And the truth is that everything's gone in the crapper right now and there're only two choices:
Bandana: Buck up and help fix it or lie down and wait to die.
Bandana: Ain't no running, ain't no hiding, ain't no blaming, ain't no someone else's problem.

Panel 7, Page 1

Bandana: Those ain't the days we're living in no more.
Bandana: Those days are done.

Panel 8, Page 1

Bandana: Y'all want to get out of this alive? Then roll up your sleeves and do what needs getting done.
Bandana: You do your job, the heroes do theirs , Andi does hers—
Bandana: —and I do mine.

Panel 1, Page 2

Bandana: None of us can go around doin' two jobs.
Bandana: Andi's a good engineer, but she can't goose the engines and be the captain at the same time.
Bandana: You can tell 'cause she ain't standing here telling me to shut it.

Panel 2, Page 2

Bandana: Come on, this ain't hard.
Bandana: It's all hands on deck. You gonna leave two of them tied to it?

Panel 3, Page 2

Andi: OK, so I rigged it so that we'll have about a minute of extra power for when we try to cross the ridge, but I don't know if it'll be enough to...

Panel 4, Page 2

Bandana is free of her bonds, with Felix smiling in the background.

Andi: ...get...
Andi: ...over it.

Panel 5, Page 2

Andi drops her wrench with a "CLANK!"

D&D Context Edit

  • Mending is a cantrip (0-level), which allows the caster to repair small breaks or tears in objects. It has a 10 foot range, perhaps necessitating Elan standing on the boulder to be close enough to the tear in the gas envelope. Elan previously used up all his 0-level and 1st-level spell slots in #1069, so this casting would use up a 2nd-level slot, despite being only a cantrip.

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