|“Meet the Linear Guild”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||3 March 2004|
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- Roy Greenhilt ◀ ▶
- Haley Starshine ◀ ▶
- Elan ◀ ▶
- Belkar Bitterleaf ◀ ▶
- The Linear Guild
- Panel 1
Belkar: Ugh. I hate kobolds...
Nale: Hail! Well, it certainly is nice to see a friendly face here in the dungeon!
Roy: Uh, yeah... so, who the hell are you?
Nale: Why, adventurers, much like yourself I'd wager. We are known as the Linear Guild.
Yikyik: Blech, halfling...
- Panel 2
Elan: Wow! We're the Order of the Stick!
Roy: It certainly is nice to meet another fighter.
- Panel 3
Roy: Clearly, you must be the leader of the team. Perhaps we could compare tactical notes.
Thog: thog like breaking stuff.
- Panel 4
Roy: Never mind.
- Panel 5
Nale: You'll have to forgive Thog. Intelligence was his dump stat.
Nale: As a point of fact, I am the leader and strategic genius behind our quest.
- Panel 6
Roy: You're kidding.
Nale: Not at all. My name is Nale. Allow me to introduce my colleagues.
Nale: This is Sabine, me second-in-command, Hilgya Firehelm, my spiritual advisor.
Nale: Our tracker, Yikyik.
Hilgya: Say hello to the nice adventurers.
Yikyik: Bite me.
Nale: And finally, our team wizard, Zz'dtri.
Nale: He doesn't speak much.
- Panel 7
Haley: Hey, wait a minute. Aren't dark elves evil?
Nale: Oh, my, no. Not since they became a player race.
- Panel 8
Nale: Now the whole species consists of nothing but Chaotic Good rebels, yearning to throw off the reputation of their evil kin.
Haley: Evil kin? Didn't you just say they were all Chaotic Good?
- Panel 9
Haley: What are the scimitars for?
Zz'dtri: They're standard issue.
D&D Context Edit
- Zz'dtri is a parody of the drow elf Drizzt Do'Urden, the breakout character of the D&D Forgotten Realms novels by R.A. Salvatore. He is known for dual-wielding scimitars and trying to escape the evil reputation of the other drow elves. Zz'dtri's speech bubbles are always grey instead of black, indicating that he speaks softly.
- Drow were introduced in the 1977 Monster Manual, and became a playable race in the 1985 Unearthed Arcana, both for AD&D (1st edition).
- While the race of Drow are described as evil, due to the influence of Drizzt, it became a cliché for players to play their drow characters as Chaotic Good outcasts.
- "Dump stat" is slang for the stat which you put your worst ability score into, usually because it's not that important for whatever class you are playing.
- Obviously, this is the first comic in which the Linear Guild are formally introduced (although they appeared in the previous comic). Oddly enough, only Hilgya is introduced by her full name.
- Every member of the Linear Guild is the opposite of the Order in some manner.
- In panel 2, Nale's comment, "Fascinating", is a catchphrase of the character of Spock from Star Treck. This calls attention to the fact that Nale's goatee is an intentional reference to Spock's evil opposite in the Star Trek Mirror Universe, originally appearing in the 1967 episode, "Mirror Mirror".