Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 202
Date published 13 July 2005
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The paladin is detecting evil on the Order, and Belkar needs to do something.

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Panel 1

Miko: You have answered your leader's queries, dwarf, now address mine.
Belkar: Stupid horse...
Miko: You keep asserting that this man is not Evil...
Roy: I prefer to think of myself as more of a "bad boy".
Durkon: Roy, yer not helping.

Panel 2

Miko: ...but before I revealed myself, I used my paladin ability to Detect Evil on the group of you, him, and the bard.
Miko: And he clearly tested as Evil—strongly Evil, at that!

Panel 3

Roy: But I'm NOT Evil!
Miko: Are you calling me a liar??
Roy: No, but—
Durkon: STOP IT!

Panel 4

Durkon: Wait—I have it! Roy, give me Xykon's crown.
Roy: What?
Durkon: Laddie, please just trust me!
Roy: Okay, fine, but don't scratch it. I want to hand that down to my kids someday.

Panel 5

Durkon: Now lass, Detect Evil on 'im an' me agin.
Miko: It will change nothing. But as you wish.
Miko: Detect Evil!

Panel 6

Roy glows "Not Evil" and Durkon glows "Evil".
Miko: Hey—now he registers as Not Evil! But you are scanning as strongly Evil!
Miko: I do not understand.

Panel 7

Durkon: It's the crown, lass. Roy took it as a trophy from a powerful evil lich he vanquished. The blighter must've worn it so long that some of its Evil rubbed off.
Durkon: Even a good man like Roy will register as Evil when he's holdin' it.
Miko: I see. Thank you, honorable dwarf, for your aid.

Panel 8

Durkon: Yer welcome. Now, try scannin' tha rest o' the party, an' ye'll see tha not none o' us are Evil.
Miko: Very well.
Haley: Hey!

Panel 9

Haley glows "Not Evil".

Panel 10

Elan glows "Not Evil".

Panel 11

Vaarsuvius glows "Not Evil".

Panel 12

Belkar holds up a lead sheet, causing him to glow "No Reading".
Miko: What in the—?

Panel 13

Miko: Why are you carrying a sheet of lead?
Belkar: It's a common practice among my people. Halflings of my village carry lead sheets to prove our manhood.

Panel 14

Miko: If you could kindly put it down for one—
Belkar: Stop oppressing my culture, you ethnocentric bitch!

D&D Context Edit

  • Paladins gain the ability to freely Detect Evil, as the spell. The ability cannot penetrate barriers, including a thin sheet of lead. The ability can also detect evil objects.
  • This is the first use of the lead sheet, which becomes a running gag in the comic.

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