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Stymied by the antilife shell, Roy seeks to knock out his teammates so he can heal V, but is caught in a vicious sneak attack by Haley. Meanwhile, Durkon's memory of his mother's revelations continues.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1, Page 1

Minrah is hit by a spell.

Panel 2, Page 1

Minrah: Oh. Uh, OK. I can't see.
Minrah: Silly me, not preparing Remove Blindness on a day when I was supposed to be just minding the temple overnight.

Panel 3, Page 1

Roy: Damn it, not again with the shell!
Elan: All the cool kids are getting dominated, Roy.

Panel 4, Page 1

Roy strikes the vampire with long hair as she retreats into the shell, "SHUNK!"

Panel 5, Page 1

Vampire with Long Hair: Hey Boss, mind if I share your Innocent Baby Shield?
"Durkon": Feel free.

Panel 6, Page 1

Inside Durkon's head
"Durkon": Don't look at me like that. I promised not to harm the baby personally.
"Durkon": If Roy throws his sword and hits the squirmy little brat, that's on him.

Panel 6, Page 1

In the banquet hall
Roy: OK, change of plans, everyone.
Elan: It'll make your breath fresher and your teeth whiter.
Roy: Shut up.

Panel 7, Page 1

Roy: Before, I needed V's dispel so the rest of you could rejoin the fight.
Roy: Now I need it just so I can keep fighting—

Panel 8, Page 1

Roy knocks Belkar with the flat of his sword, "THUNK."
Roy: —even if I need to knock the rest of you out to get it.

Panel 9, Page 1

Belkar: Protect V.
Roy: Unnh! You want to follow my orders to the letter all of a sudden? Here's one for you:

Panel 10, Page 1

Roy: Stay Down!
Roy knocks out Belkar with at nonlethal strike, "WHAP!"

Panel 11, Page 1

Mr. Scruffy looks with concern at the unconscious Belkar.

Panel 1, Page 2

Cut to Durkon's memory.
Sigdi: After the troll...after yer Pa passed on. After I got hurt...
Sigdi: I were recuperatin' in tha Temple o' Thor.
Sigdi: One o' my soldiers came ta me wit a chest.

Panel 2, Page 2

Sigdi's Soldier: I grabbed this on the way out, while I was fleeing the cave.
Sigdi's Soldier: But...you should have it, Sarge. You lost so much more than any of us did.

Panel 3, Page 2

Sigdi (inset): Inside were some gold an' some silver, but also a big pile of gemstones. More'n I ev'r seen in me whole life.

Panel 4, Page 2

Durkon: So ye decided ta give it all ta tha church?
Sigdi: Sorta. Na really.

Panel 5, Page 2

Cut to the banquet hall.
Roy: Minrah, are you OK?
Minrah: I'm blind, so I'm gonna say, "Not really."
Roy: If I guide you, can you still heal?
Minrah: YEah. As long as there's not a halfling waiting to smack me again.

Panel 6, Page 2

Roy: Good. I'm going to dump this potion down V's throat while you cast.
Roy: We need as much healing as possible so V can dispel without getting knocked back out right away.

Panel 7, Page 2

Elan stabs Roy.
Roy: Here let me guide—OW!
Elan: Have you ever really considered the benefits of owning a high-quality set of steak knives?

Panel 8, Page 2

Roy: That's not even an argument anymore! You're just spouting general marketing copy!
Elan: They're really great for any cut—

Panel 9, Page 2

Elan stabs Roy under his arm.
Elan: —especially the flank steak!

Panel 10, Page 2

Roy: Wait, was that a pun? Did you just make a pun on the word—

Panel 11

Haley runs in from the side and moves all around Roy, stabbing him, "SKLRT! SKLRT! SKLRT! SKLRT!"
Haley: snnn
Haley: eeeee
Haley: eeak
Haley: aaaaa
Haley: ttaaa
Haley: aaack

D&D Context Edit

  • Remove Blindness is a 3rd level cleric spell and a counter to the Blindness spell.
  • Haley typically performs sneak attacks with her bow. This is a rare example of her performing a melee sneak attack. Elan provides the opportunity by drawing Roy's attention, allowing her to flank Roy.
  • In the final panel, Haley's boots are glowing lime green, indicating that her Boots of Speed powers are active. The boots were originally lime green, a running gag in earlier strips, but were re-dyed a sand color at Sandsedge. Their true colors shine through when active.

Trivia Edit

  • "Durkon" agreed not to harm Kudzu in return for Durkon only replaying one final memory in #1121, "Protection Racket".
  • Haley uses the adamantine dagger she bought from Ferdinand and Eartha in #976, "Hard Sell".
  • This is the only other appearance of Sigdi's Soldier, who was with her during the troll raid, portrayed in crayon style in #991, "A Sergeant and a Sapper".

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