The More You Know...
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 128
Date published 13 December 2004
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Haley tells Vaarsuvius to make amends with Elan.

Cast Edit

Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Haley: Nice, Vaarsuvius. No, really, nice job. Elan admires you, wants to be like you, and you make him cry.
Vaarsuvius: My apologies. I will remedy the situation.
Haley: Oh no! I saw how you "remedied" Belkar.

Panel 2

Belkar: I'm going to die alone and unloved.

Panel 3

Haley: You're going to march out to the porch and make amends withOUT using magic on Elan.
Vaarsuvius: But my Charisma is—
Haley: —not my problem. Go!

Panel 4

Vaarsuvius walks out carrying Elan's staff.

Panel 5

Vaarsuvius: Hello. I brought you your staff.
Elan: Don't need it. Don't wanna be a wizard anymore. Wizards are big stupid mean meanie-heads.

Panel 6

Vaarsuvius: I, I came to apologize to you, Elan. I was overly sensitive to comments I perceived to cast aspersions on my chosen profession.
Elan: Huh?

Panel 7

Vaarsuvius: I thought you were mocking wizards. What would you do if I mocked the bards?
Elan: I'd probably laugh.

Panel 8

Vaarsuvius: Really?
Elan: Yeah, why not? I mean being a bard is pretty silly. You walk into dungeons and SING at people. Who could take that seriously.

Panel 9

Vaarsuvius: Being a wizard is not like that at all. One is always serious and studious, carefully examining and analyzing.
Vaarsuvius: One rarely has time for fun and games.

Panel 10

Vaarsuvius: But if becoming a wizard is what you desire, I would be proud to have you as a colleague.
Elan: Actually... being a wizard kind of sounds like a downer. I think I'll stick with bard.

Panel 11

Vaarsuvius: As you wish. But either way, I am deeply sorry I yelled at you.
Elan: And I'm sorry you took offense at my wizard costume.

Panel 12

Elan: Thanks, V!
Vaarsuvius: Thank you, Elan.
Belkar: Sniff! I love you guys!

D&D Context Edit

  • Changing Elan's attitude (were he an NPC) without magic would require a Diplomacy check, which uses the Charisma modifier. Charisma is not V's strong suit, which is why he or she doesn't think this approach will work.
  • Belkar is still under the effect of the Crushing Despair spell from the last strip.

Trivia Edit

  • The title of the comic is a reference to The More You Know, a series of famous public service announcements from NBC.

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