"I love it when a plan comes together." - John "Hannibal" Smith
First off, from the pop culture references it should be obvious I was an 80's & 90's kid. And on that note, let's raise a toast to the parody aspect of the Fair Use Doctrine, and may the gods of legal minutiae smile on my attempt to do justice with these icons of pop culture!!!
I'd like to say this weird blend of heist-movie-tropes, pop-culture references, and Dungeons & Dragons fantasy was meticulously planned out (it sure took long enough for me to roll it out, right? 😉) But really, I just wanted an excuse to draw a giant wooden Trojan pig dancing like Jennifer Beals in that "Flashdance" movie. All the rest was improvised and built around that. As for the long delay between strips? Well let's just say I still haven't forgiven Microsoft for a very-poorly-timed Windows Update restart after many hours of drawing... 😡
For you D&D noobs, know that this story is not very typical of the average D&D quest outcome. Namely, they've more or less conquered the surface level of the hill giant steading with only one enemy dead!!! (though all the other hill giants puking & crapping their guts out might WISH they were dead). You see back in the day, killing monsters and taking their stuff was often the most efficient path to become more powerful, so the average D&D quest or dungeon exploration typically involved an orgy of death & destruction in the monster community that earned many adventurers the nickname "murder-hobos". It wasn't that there was a shortage of creativity or imagination or planning; rather, said mental gifts were mostly steered towards amplifying the level of carnage inflicted on monsters to dizzying new levels!
Newer RPG's and newer editions of D&D give more emphasis towards story-based rewards and ways to win using trickery or non-violent solutions, but old habits die hard and the "murder-hobo" trope still persists to this day. However, when all you have is a squire, a bard, a spoiled noble who failed paladin training, and a goblin artificer whose last job involved making fast-food chicken burgers, one must do away with tradition and find less-extreme solutions...
... or at least until they rescue their spell-slinging, axe-&-sword-wielding, kung-fu-kicking comrades from the hill giant dungeon. After that you can bet it'll be back to business as usual. 😏
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