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Comic #1292

1 Draak: Draak smell orcs. Near. Get more near.
2 Mordekai: All right! A fight!
2 Draak: {disappointedly} Not be good fight. Just few orcs each.
2 Mordekai: Oh... urk...
3 Sting: {i.e. Lambert's magic sword, singing} Don't stand so... don't stand so... don't stand so close to me!
3 Lambert: Shut up you stupid sword!
4 Alvissa: It didn't do that when we saved Dwalin from those orcs.
4 Lambert: I wasn't trying to hide then!

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This is some serious long-term continuity here, referencing strip #16. Hopefully some readers will have forgotten that strip, but be aware enough that Lambert's sword is named Sting to make the joke both unexpected and funny.

I wrote this script without Draak's and Mordekai's second lines in panel 2. When putting it together the blank white space around Mordekai's short line cried out for a one-liner response from Draak. I struggled for a while working variants of Draak saying something like, "Methinks you have an over-aggressive tendency towards using violence as the solution to all problems." I babbled a bit on a chat network about it and someone suggested turning it around and having Draak be disappointed that the upcoming fight would be too easy. And bingo, that meshed perfectly with the rest of the gag in panels 3 and 4.

It's nice when things fall into place like that.

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