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The Man Knows His Limitations
Order of the Stick comic
OOTS0213
Comic no. 213
Date published 10 August 2005
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The team has some tracking to do, and the choice of who the party tracker is comes to either Miko or Belkar.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

The Dirt Farmer's Wife talks to Elan next to a sign which reads, "Dirt 10 cp/scoop 1 cp/scoop Free!". Roy and V walk nearby.
Dirt Farmer's Wife: Sigh... Times are tough.
Vaarsuvius: I am not intending to be completely without compassion for their plight, but there is a matter of scale to consider.
Vaarsuvius: We cannot divert from a quest that may hold answers to key secrets about the nature of the universal order to track down a few dozen petty brigands.
Roy: Look at this way: Miko is going to help the peasants, and you can't get your answers without her guiding you there.
Roy: So the sooner we squish the ogres, the sooner we're back on the road.

Panel 2

Vaarsuvius: Fine. But let the record show that I consider this an utter waste of my prodigious magical talent.
Roy: I'll inform our stenographer.

Panel 3

Roy: We know the ogres were here a few hours ago, so I say we follow their trail.
Miko: Agreed. I will begin tracking them now.

Panel 4

Roy: You have the Track feat? That's kind of an odd feat choice for a monk/paladin.
Miko: If I had not selected it, I would not have been chosen to hunt you down.
Roy: Huh. I guess that's true.

Panel 5

Roy: OK, then, we'll follow you to—
Belkar: Whoa, there, no way. I'm the tracker on this team, so I'm the one who walks in front and follows footprints.

Panel 6

Belkar: So just get your caboose to the back of the line while a man goes out and finds them for you, OK?
Miko: I would prefer to track them myself.

Panel 7

Roy: Look, guys, this will be easy to figure out. Tracking uses the Survival skill, right? So whoever has the higher Survival skill modifier gets to do the tracking.
Miko: That is fair.

Panel 8

Roy: Now Miko, Survival skill is a cross-class skill for both the Monk and Paladin classes.
Miko: Correct. I have thus only 1 skill rank in Survival.

Panel 9

Roy: There you go, Belkar. Survival is a class skill for both Ranger and Barbarian, so you must have spent at least a few skill points on it.
Belkar: Yeah, um... see, there's a funny story there...

Panel 10

Roy: How could you not spend ANY points on Survival??
Belkar: I didn't think it would come up!
Roy: You didn't... I hired you to be the party tracker!!
Belkar: And don't you feel stupid now?!?

Panel 11

Roy: No, Belkar, I don't think it's physically possible for me to feel stupid after talking to you.
Miko: Perhaps we should compare our respective Wisdom modifiers?
Belkar: ...
Belkar: I'll be in the back.

D&D Context Edit

  • The Track feat allows characters to use their Survival skill to track other characters. It is generally not seen as that useful of a feat. Rangers, like Belkar, gain the feat for free as a class feature.
  • Each level characters get skill points to spend to increase their skills. Cross-class skills take two points instead of one to increase.
  • The Survival skill gets better the more Wisdom a character has. As was established in #58, Belkar has a low to average Wisdom score.

Trivia Edit

  • Elan's line in the first panel ("Sigh... Times are tough.") is a reference to Ian Jones-Quartey's RPG World web comic, specifically, to RPG World #9.

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