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No Plan Survives Contact with One's Allies
Order of the Stick comic
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Comic no. 214
Date published 26 August 2005
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Miko wants to take out the ogres the honorable way, Roy wants to take them out with stealth.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Roy: Sweet! It may have taken all night, but you found the ogre camp, Miko.
Roy: Looks like you're as skilled as you are hot.
Miko: Actually, I am a bit chilly in these northern climates.
Haley: Hey Roy! Check it out.

Panel 2

A band of ogres sleeps with a couple of guards around a fire.
Haley (off-panel): Half of them are still asleep, and the guards are all eating.
Roy (off-panel): Huh. I would've thought that ogres were nocturnal.
Haley (off-panel): Nah, ever since they stopped listing Activity Cycle in the monster entries, it's all a crap shoot.

Panel 3

Roy: OK, I think we can take them all quick if we move quietly. Elan, sneak in and try to free the old woman's husband.
Elan: I'm participating!
Roy: Haley, Belkar, sneak closer and ambush the guards. V, if you have any spells that would make them harder to see, go ahead and—

Panel 4

Miko (off-panel): Attention, evil ogre bandits!
Roy: Or, I suppose we could try a different tact.[sic]

Panel 5

Miko confronts the ogres.
Miko: I, Miko Miyazaki, paladin of the Sapphire Guard, have come to vanquish you this morning.
Miko: Rouse yourself from your half-asleep stupor and prepare yourself for battle. In the interest of a fair and proper fight, I demand you be fully awake before we attack.

Panel 6

Miko: Don't forget to retrieve your weapons from their resting places.
Ogre: oh. thanks.

Panel 7

Ogre: ummm, i think we're ready.
Miko: Did you finish your meal?
Ogre: huh?

Panel 8

Miko: You have not eaten your morning meal yet. It would be dishonorable to fight a foe who has not had the chance to load up on carbs.

Panel 9

Haley: Sooooo... I'm thinking no Sneak Attack?
Miko (off-panel): No, by all means, have a second helping. I can wait.
Roy: Apparently, getting your ass kicked is now a part of this complete breakfast.

D&D Context Edit

  • The sleeping and activity cycles for monsters used to be included in older Monster Manuals.
  • Sneak Attack is a Rogue class feature that allows them to deal extra damage.

Trivia Edit

  • In panel four, Roy says "a different tact" when the correct phrase is "a different tack".

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