|“I'll Hold Them Off”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||3 July 2007|
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Daigo and Kazumi get names, and thus, become important.
- Panel 1
Elan (singing): Enact, enact, enact, enact the daring escape scene!
Kazumi: Look out! Hobgoblins!
- Panel 2
Kazumi: Elan, catch up and protect Lord Hinjo!
Daigo: We’ll take care of these guys.
Elan: What? No!
- Panel 3
Elan: Don’t you understand? Saying, “You go, I’ll hold them off,” is a death sentence, even for main characters! And you guys don’t have names!!
- Panel 4
Daigo kills a hobgoblin.
Daigo: Lord Hinjo must escape safely!
Elan: But the nameless soldiers always die!
- Panel 5
Kazumi: That’s ridiculous anyway.
Daigo: What, that holding off the enemies while someone else escapes is an automatic death sentence?
Kazumi: No, that we don’t have names.
Kazumi: I have a name.
- Panel 6
Kazumi beheads a hobgoblin.
Kazumi: My name is Kazumi Kato!
Daigo: Right, and my name is—
- Panel 7
Daigo is run through by a hobgoblin.
- Panel 8
Kazumi: No! You can’t… we still need to get that cup of…
Kazumi kills the hobgoblin with her katana.
- Panel 9
Daigo lies dying.
Daigo: Kazumi… is a pretty name…
Kazumi: Thank you. What’s yours?
- Panel 10
Daigo seems much better.
- Panel 11
Daigo: I, uh… I think I’m OK now.
Kazumi: Wow. I guess having a name really DOES matter.
- Panel 12
Kazumi: Do you have a last name?
Daigo: Yeah, but I think I should save it for an emergency.
Kazumi: Good idea.
D&D Context Edit
- In D&D 3.5 terms, there was forum speculation that the characters may have been treated as pre-existing Warriors (therefore members of an NPC class that generally has less Hit Points than a Fighter of the same level) before receiving names, and were redesigned as Fighters by virtue of receiving names.
- In this strip we learn the names of Kazumi and Daigo, who had already appeared in five strips thus far.
- There is a strong hint that having a name makes Daigo (and implicitly Kazumi) more important characters and therefore less likely to die.