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Redcloak

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Publisher Giant In The Playground
First appearance The Order of the Stick #23
Created by Rich Burlew
Characteristics
Team
affiliations
Xykon, an unknown creature perpetually hidden in shadows and an army of hobgoblins and undead, The Dark One and the Goblin Race
Abilities Powerful cleric, Crimson Mantle that grants connection to The Dark One as well as slowed aging and resistance of diseases, considerable tactical ability, current leader of an army of hobgoblins and undead.

Redcloak is a major villain of the webcomic The Order of the Stick, created and written by Rich Burlew. He is the goblin high priest of a Goblin deity known as "The Dark One" and chief minion of Xykon. In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... The Order of the Stick, nicknamed OotS, is a comedic fantasy webcomic based on pencil and paper roleplaying games, particularly Dungeons and Dragons, and its accompanying system, D20 . ... Xykon is the main villain of the webcomic The Order of the Stick, created and written by Rich Burlew. ... This is a list of characters from the webcomic The Order of the Stick. ... Webcomics, also known as online comics and internet comics, are comics that are available to read on the Internet. ... The Order of the Stick, nicknamed OotS, is a comedic fantasy webcomic based on pencil and paper roleplaying games, particularly Dungeons and Dragons, and its accompanying system, D20 . ... In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, goblins are a very common and fairly weak race of evil humanoid monsters. ... In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, the cleric is one of the base character classes. ... Xykon is the main villain of the webcomic The Order of the Stick, created and written by Rich Burlew. ...

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Biography

Start of Darkness

The goblin who would later take the name of Redcloak had only just started out as an acolyte of the previous bearer of the Crimson Mantle when his home was destroyed by the Sapphire Guard of Azure City, who believe the Crimson Mantle is a threat to "the very foundation of creation itself". Redcloak's mother and most of his family were killed; only he and his younger brother escaped. Redcloak was visited by the spirit of his mentor, who told him to take up the Mantle; when he put it on, Redcloak was able to communicate with the Dark One, and understood his Plan to improve the lot of the goblins by unleashing the Snarl and blackmailing the other gods. The mantle also extended his lifespan and seemingly protects him from diseases. This is a list of notable locations in the world of The Order of the Stick, as seen in Rich Burlews eponymous comic. ... This is a list of characters from the webcomic The Order of the Stick. ...


Redcloak needed the cooperation of an arcane caster, and recruited Xykon; the lizardfolk were also interested in the sorceror, but Xykon slew their chief because his name was too long to remember. Seeing this, Redcloak named himself Redcloak, and his brother Right-Eye, rather than use their real names, which have not yet been revealed. Xykon is the main villain of the webcomic The Order of the Stick, created and written by Rich Burlew. ...


Redcloak was imprisoned along with Xykon when the latter was defeated by Lirian in his attack on her gate, one of five that could be opened to unleash the Snarl. It was Redcloak's decision to effect their escape by turning Xykon into a lich, vastly increasing his powers. From that point on, it was Redcloak working for Xykon and not the other way round, because he knew he did not have the strength to work against Xykon. A second fight against Lirian ensued, and Redcloak accidentally destroyed her gate when he used a fire spell against her treants. Treant is a popular character type/race found in newer-strategy/RPG computer games. ...


Six years later, Right-Eye ran away from Xykon's horde, after trying to persuade Redcloak to join him; but Redcloak felt he could not abandon the "divinely inspired" Plan. Eighteen years later still, Xykon disappeared for a while, and Redcloak sought out his brother again. After cooperating with him to kidnap the Monster in the Darkness from a circus, Redcloak began to realise what he was missing out on, and decided to stay with his brother; but Xykon reappeared. Threatening to kill Right-Eye's family, he forced both brothers to rejoin him, and he told Redcloak that he had discovered the location of one of the other gates – Dorukan's. This is a list of characters from the webcomic The Order of the Stick. ...


While Xykon battled Dorukan, Redcloak was ordered to storm his castle, but Right-Eye saw this as a chance to get rid of Xykon once and for all. Redcloak tried to dissuade his brother, and finally, when Right-Eye went ahead in spite of his protests, Redcloak killed him, believing Xykon's survival was necessary for the Plan, which was necessary for the good of the goblin people. Xykon then told Redcloak he knew he could trust him now, because if Redcloak subsequently betrayed Xykon, he would have killed his brother for nothing. Saddened, Redcloak obeyed Xykon's final order to zombify his brother. A group of actors portraying zombies in a film A zombie or zombi is an animated human body devoid of a soul. ...


The online strips

At the start of the webcomic's run, Redcloak and his goblin followers were in Dorukan's dungeon, working with Xykon to open the Gate located therein. During the Order's incursion into the dungeon, practically all Redcloak's followers were killed, either by the Order themselves, or through Xykon's notoriously lax attitude towards the survival of his minions. With all his followers wiped out by the end of that adventure, and Xykon himself temporarily disembodied, Redcloak escaped the Dungeon accompanied by the Monster.


Heading to the Southern Mountains and Xykon's back-up fortress, Redcloak encountered a large force of hobgoblins. Despite his own personal feelings about hobgoblins, he agreed to undergo a series of rituals to make him an official hobgoblin so that he could become one of their leaders. Faced with these rituals, Redcloak managed to take the fast track to promotion when hobgoblin who was initiating him told him he could just kill the current supreme leader in order to take over. He immediately killed said hobgoblin (using a single 'slay living' spell) and asked if that put him in charge. The real supreme leader, who had seen Redcloak's effortless disposal of the initiator, chose to put self-preservation ahead of power and answered in the affirmative.


With their power-base restored and Xykon regenerated, Redcloak investigated the remaining Gates, recommending to Xykon that the Azure City Gate be assaulted next. Leading their massive army to the borders, Xykon, Redcloak and the Monster took a small force to take out the watchtowers. Sapphire Guard member Miko Miyazaki was present and, seeing the Crimson Mantle, attacked Redcloak on sight. Despite Miko's acknowledged combat prowess, Redcloak proved to be surprisingly effective against her, although she finally got the better of him. Xykon saved him at the last minute (though he was spending the time gambling with the Demon Cockroaches on the round Redcloak was about to be knocked out), enclosing Miko in a forcecage. Miko Miyazaki is a long-running character in Rich Burlews Order of the Stick, and is a main adversary. ...


Proceeding on to Azure City, taking into consideration Xykon's general disregard for tactics, Redcloak assumed complete control over the whole force, orchestrating the siege and an elaborate shell game-like deception to hide Xykon's stealthy approach to the Gate itself. A shell game is performed with bottle caps on a cardboard box, on Fulton Street in New York City The Conjurer by Hieronymus Bosch. ...


While initially possessing a casual disregard for the deaths of the hobgoblins under his command, Redcloak experienced an epiphany, after his life was saved by a hobgoblin soldier who died in his place. He realised to his horror and disgust that he had allowed a petty grudge to let him act in a racist and uncaring manner which reminded him of Xykon's behaviour. This fact, coupled with the fact that his duty as high priest of the Dark One is to 'shepherd all Goblins', caused him to alter his strategy. He immediately summoned a fiendish mammoth and gave the order that all remaining troops be grouped together and charge the breach in the wall as one, intending to take the city to give meaning to the deaths of his troops. Entering the city, he approached the castle gates, which swung open, to the horror of the defenders, as Redcloak had arranged for the guard on the gate mechanism to be stealthily taken out. Despite a last-ditch attempt by Haley Starshine to distract him, Redcloak entered the castle at the head of his troops. He then dueled an Azurite cleric to prevent more hobgoblin losses, afterwards summoning a chlorine elemental to clear the courtyard of the remaining humans. Haley Starshine is a major character in the webcomic The Order of the Stick, written by Rich Burlew. ...


Redcloak then made his way to the throne room where Xykon was battling the "Ghost-Martyrs" led by the spirit of Soon Kim. Realising that they were some form of positive spirit energy, he was able to use Rebuke Undead upon the spirits, using negative energy to destroy them. Redcloak was then attacked by Soon Kim but was only able to stun him. With Xykon holding off Soon, Redcloak eliminated the other spirits, but Soon proved too strong for the pair. Defeated, it was only when Soon was distracted that Xykon was able to fly them to safety. Despite losing the gate, Xykon and Redcloak did succeed in destroying the Sapphire Guard and conquering Azure City. Redcloak later lead an attack on Hinjo's junk with a large amount of hobgoblins and summoned a fiendish octopus to attack the ship. After the octopus was killed, the ship escaped, while Redcloak shouted that Azure City was his city. This is a list of characters from the webcomic The Order of the Stick. ... A junk is a Chinese sailing vessel. ... In the Dungeons and Dragons fantasy role-playing game, Fiendish creatures are magical versions of regular creatures (such as wolves, bears, horses, elks, badgers and so on) which live in the Lower planes. ...


Personality, Traits and Abilities

Intelligent, with a dry and somewhat sarcastic sense of humour, Redcloak usually plays the straight man to the rest of his team's antics. He appears to have a decent grasp of tactics and certainly considers them more important than his master does. He has a decent level of education, being familiar with chemistry to the extent that he can summon elementals based on specific chemical elements (to date, titanium and chlorine during the siege of Azure City and magnesium during a bonus comic featured in the second compilation, No Cure for the Paladin Blues) rather than the classical elements of Earth, Air, Water and Fire. Unlike Xykon, Redcloak seems to remember the names of Roy and his party and is also familiar with Soon Kim. Due to the fact that Redcloak cast an Extended Summon Monster VII spell at the siege of Azure City, he is almost certainly at least a level 15 cleric. Based on his use of a Disintegrate spell in Comic #480, Destruction is one of his chosen domains. He also likely has a Wisdom score of at least 20 (or 17 and the Spell Focus feat), since the high priest of the Twelve Gods failed his saving throw against Redcloak's destruction spell (by rolling a "21" against a 7th level spell). This article is about the comedy duo. ... In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, elemental is a type of creature, or creature type. Elemental creatures are composed of one of the four classical elementals of air, earth, fire, or water. ... The periodic table of the chemical elements A chemical element, or element, is a type of atom that is defined by its atomic number; that is, by the number of protons in its nucleus. ... General Name, symbol, number titanium, Ti, 22 Chemical series transition metals Group, period, block 4, 4, d Appearance silvery metallic Standard atomic weight 47. ... General Name, symbol, number chlorine, Cl, 17 Chemical series halogens Group, period, block 17, 3, p Appearance yellowish green Standard atomic weight 35. ... General Name, symbol, number magnesium, Mg, 12 Chemical series alkaline earth metals Group, period, block 2, 3, s Appearance silvery white solid at room temp Standard atomic weight 24. ... Several ancient Classical Element Greek version of these ideas persisted throughout the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance, deeply influencing European thought and culture. ... Chinese (Wu Xing) Japanese (Godai) Earth (地) | Water (æ°´) | Fire (火) | Air / Wind (風) | Void / Sky / Heaven (空) Hinduism (Tattva) and Buddhism (MahābhÅ«ta) Vayu / Pavan — Air / Wind Agni / Tejas — Fire Akasha — Aether Prithvi / Bhumi — Earth Ap / Jala — Water Bön New Zealand Earth, home and origin of humanity, has often been worshipped in... Chinese (Wu Xing) Japanese (Godai) Earth (地) | Water (æ°´) | Fire (火) | Air / Wind (風) | Void / Sky / Heaven (空) Hinduism (Tattva) and Buddhism (MahābhÅ«ta) Vayu / Pavan — Air / Wind Agni / Tejas — Fire Akasha — Aether Prithvi / Bhumi — Earth Ap / Jala — Water Bön New Zealand According to modern science, Earth’s atmosphere is a mixture of... Chinese Wood (木) | Fire (火) Earth (土) | Metal (金) | Water (æ°´) Japanese Earth (地) | Water (æ°´) | Fire (火) | Air / Wind (風) | Void / Sky / Heaven (空) Hinduism and Buddhism Vayu / Pavan — Air / Wind Agni / Tejas — Fire Akasha — Aether Prithvi / Bhumi — Earth Ap / Jala — Water Water has been important to all peoples of the earth, and it is rich in spiritual tradition. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Redcloak's "holy" symbol is Xykon's phylactery, indicating considerable trust of Redcloak on the lich's side and also that Redcloak must assign considerable value to the lich's prolonged existence. He is loyal to Xykon out of guilt for his actions and devotion to The Dark One's plan, enduring a lot of the lich's insults, but resents him for ordering goblins to their death indiscriminately, (although his attitude temporarily changed due to his mastery over the hobgoblins, whom he despised). However, loyalty notwithstanding, Redcloak was quite happy to criticize his master after the latter was temporarily bodiless and confined to his phylactery, calling him on his hypocrisy when Xykon insisted on good teamwork only because he was weak at the time. Phylactery can mean: The Greek term for a Judaic tefillin, leather boxes worn on the arm and head, and which contain scrolls enscribed with specific Biblical verses. ...


 
 

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