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Slow and Steady, My Ass!
Order of the Stick comic
OOTS0551
Comic no. 551
Date published 25 April 2008
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One of few comics that is light on text. Graphically, it has a nicely done crescendo from silence to a massive pursuit.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

A Tropical island. Big purple peak in the center, forested lowlands and sandy beaches.

Panel 2

A tortoise quietly eats grass in the forest.

Panel 3

An arrow flies over its head.

Panel 4

Elan comes running.
Elan: *huff!* *huff!* *huff!*
Elan steps on the tortoise, "thumph!"

Panel 5

The tortoise looks up, irritated.

Panel 6

Daigo, carrying Durkon, steps on the tortoise, "thumph!"

Panel 7

The tortoise looks up, angry.

Panel 8

mungo and crong run past and step on the tortoise too: "thumph! thumph!"

Panel 9

gok, Short-haired Female Orc and another orc run past, stepping on the tortise, "thumph! thumph! thumph! thumph!"

Panel 10

27 orcs run past: "thumph! thumph! thumph! thumph! thumph! thumph! thumph! thumph! thumph! thumph! thumph! thumph! thumph! thumph! thumph! thumph! thumph! thumph! thumph! thumph! thumph!"

Panel 11

The tortoise, carrying a suitcase, rushes past and overtakes Elan.
Elan: Awww, man! I hate it when a scene begins "in medias res"!
Elan: I never know what's going on until like two strips later!

D&D Context Edit

  • Orcs are a staple monster of D&D, drawing their inspiration from the race of creatures of the same name created by J.R.R. Tolkien in his Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Trivia Edit

  • In medias res, is when a narrative picks up in the middle of the action, filling in the details of how it got there through subsequent exposition.
  • The title, and the tortoise, refer to Aesop's Fable of The Tortoise and the Hare from the 5th century B.C.
  • This is the first appearance of some of the Orcs of Orc Island: crong, mungu, Balding Orc, gok, Long-bearded Scarred Orc, Tan Loinclothed Orc and Short-haired Female Orc.

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