Running on Empty
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 168
Date published 13 April 2005
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For the other comic titled "Running on Empty", see Running on Empty (879).

The Order is down for the count, but run into an unexpected ally.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Elan throws Belkar into Samantha.
Samantha: Hold Person!
Samantha's spell fizzles, "fizzle!", due to her lack of concentration as an arrow bounces off her magical defenses.
Samantha: Damn it, stop doing that!
Elan: Um... no?
Belkar: Wheeeeee!

Panel 2

Samantha: All I wanted was to have some fun with you!
Elan: My friend Haley thinks that's a bad idea, for some reason that I can't quite figure out. But I trust her judgement.

Panel 3

Samantha: Fine! You want to play tetherball, I hope you don't mind if I play FIREball!
Samantha: Maximimized Fireball!
Samantha blasts Belkar and Elan with a fireball.
Elan: Owwww!

Panel 4

Haley: Elan!!
Belkar: Don't worry, I'm OK, Elan's head broke my fall.

Panel 5

Vaarsuvius: Your primary advantages are your spells of protection and aviation. Therefore:
Vaarsuvius: Dispel Magic!

Panel 6

Vaarsuvius: Miss Starshine! Her Protection from Arrows spell is also disrupted. You may fire at will!
Haley: Don't mind if I do.
Haley shoots three arrows into Samantha, "fft! fft! fft!". All three hit, "thunk! thunk! thunk!"
Samantha: Aaaah! You hag!

Panel 7

Samantha blasts Vaarusivus and Haley with lightning.
Samantha: Maximized Lightning Bolt!
Haley: Arrgh! Her Reflex save DC is just too high!

Panel 8

Samantha: Looks like you're the last one still up and fighting, old woman.
Haley: I'm not old! I'm 24! That's not old! Twenty! Four!

Panel 9

Samantha: Whatever.
Samantha: Magic Missile.
Haley: Aaaargh!

Panel 10

The Order of the Stick has been disabled.
Samantha: Whew! I did it! It may have used up all of my higher level spells, but I kicked their asses!
Belkar: Hee! You said, "asses".

Panel 11

Bandit King: My little girl! Low on hit points and with no more spell slots today, pumpkin?
Samantha: Yeah, Daddy, but I beat—

Panel 12

The Bandit King punches Samantha in the face, "POW!"
Bandit King: I challenge you for leadership of the bandits!

D&D Context Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Samantha calls Haley an "old woman", a joke which was set up by Elan's comment about her age and Charisma score in #161.

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