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Live Bait
Order of the Stick comic
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Comic no. 689
Date published 9 November 2009
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Belkar is used to allow the party to become worm riders.

Cast Edit

Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Elan: I can calm it with poetry!
Belkar: Have you gone nuts? Nuts-er??
Elan: But Christopher Walken said, "Talk without rythym, and you won't distract the worm!"
Roy: Right idea, oddly, but wrong method. V?
Vaarsuvius: Indeed.

Panel 2

Vaarsuvius: Charm Monster!

Panel 3

Haley: Awesome! Now we can just hightail it out of here while it stares lovingly at us.
Belkar: Just like when we dropped Grandma Bitterleaf off at the nursing home!
Roy: Actually, I've got a better idea. One that could help us get where we're going.

Panel 4

Haley: It involves jumping on it, doesn't it? That's totally going to be a thing with you from now on, I can tell.
Vaarsuvius: Before you bound upon it, I should point out that without a means of communicating with the creature, you will be unable to command it, charm or no charm.
Roy: Duly noted. I've got my means right here.
Roy grabs Belkar.
Belkar: Hey! Hands off, bigfoot!

Panel 5

Roy jumps up the sandworm, dragging Belkar with him.

Panel 6

Roy: How much of that spice do you have left?
Belkar: None. I downed the last of it when the big worm showed up. So there.
Roy: Then we're just going to have to do this the hard way.

Panel 7

Roy: We know the worm is attracted to the spice, and Belkar's body is saturated with the stuff.
Vaarsuvius flies and carries Durkon who carries Mr.Scruffy. Elan and Haley climb on.
Mr.Scruffy: hisss!

Panel 8

Roy: If we dangle him in front of what passes for its nose, it will move forward to find the source of the smell—
Durkon: An' carry us wit it!
Haley: Like a donkey with a carrot!
Belkar: Wait just a goddamn minute!

Panel 9

Belkar: Hasn't anyone considered how I might feel about this? About the danger this puts me in?
Belkar: Hasn't anyone weighted whether or not it's ethically acceptable to use me like—

Panel 10

Belkar: Bwa ha ha ha ha ha!
Belkar: Oh, gods, I almost got through that with a straight face.
Belkar: Heh heh, man.
Belkar: OK, dangle away.

D&D Context Edit

  • Charm Monster causes the subject, which can be any type of creature, to treat the caster as a trusted friend and ally. It does not, however grant any special ability to communicate, so while the worm would obey V's commands, it won't because it can't understand them.

Trivia Edit

  • Christopher Walken is featured as a solo dancer in Fatboy Slim's award-winning music video for his 2001 single Weapon of Choice. The song's lyrics contain two references to Frank Herbert's 1965 novel, Dune: the lines "Walk without rhythm/and it won't attract the worm..." as well as "Don't be shocked by the tone of my voice/Check out my new weapon, weapon of choice". The former, which Elan misquotes and falsely attributes to Walken, is a near quote from David Lynch's 1984 film adaptation of the novel, where Paul Atreides says to his mother, "If we walk without rhythm, we won't attract the worm."

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