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Pain Threshold
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 721
Date published 8 May 2010
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Faced with being lunch for the Empress, Haley, Elan, and Vaarsuvius make a dash for it.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Gannji: I just want to be clear: if she eats him, we get paid whether or not he's this Nale guy, right?
Malack: Yes, yes. We'll take your fee out of the catering budget instead.
Haley (whispering): Elan! I think it's time for that daring escape that you mentioned.
Elan (whispering): I agree! Not being Nale isn't working out as well for me as well as it has in the past!

Panel 2

Haley steals Gannji's military fork off his back.
Gannji: OK, good. My partner and I expended a lot of resources catching them, and—
Enor: Hey, you're not supposed to touch that.
Elan: Haley-look out!

Panel 3

Haley sneak attacks Gannji.
Haley: Sneak Attack on a stick, snake-face!!
Gannji: What? AARGH!
Elan casts a spell on Enor.
Elan: Lesser confusion!
Enor: Variable-speed corn muffins!
Enor drops Vaarsuvius

Panel 4

Elan and Haley carry Vaarsuvius
Enor (off-panel): Peanut butter fish filets!
Enor (off-panel): Hey, that sounds good.
Elan: Hurry! It's already weaing off!
Haley: Time to run away!
Vaarsuvius: At last, we implement our most historically-successful stratagem.

Panel 5

Malack: That fithy[sic] traitor is getting away!
Empress: That's OK. Humans are more of a lunchtime food anyway.
Malack: No, you bloated idiot, this is IMPORTANT! Blade Barrier!

Panel 6

Elan: Uh oh!
Vaarsuvius: What? What do you see?
Haley: Something that's still less deadly that a red dragon's stomach.
Vaarsuvius: That was not as reassuring as you might have imagined.

Panel 7

Elan carrying V runs as last one trough the blade barrier...
Elan: Ow! Ow! Ow!

Panel 8

Enor: Uh...are we getting paid enough to jump through that?
Gannji: See, now, it's situations like this that are the reason I drew that chart for you. Take it out and tell me what it says.

Panel 9

Enor holds a card with a graph on it with the heading, "Are we getting paid enough?" Below is a graph with two axes: "Yummy" and "Pointy". More Yummy half: "Probably not". More Pointy half: "NO".
Enor: Ummm...No?

Panel 10

Gannji: See? Who says a half-dragon ogre can't learn new tricks?
Enor: Gannji, I'm a half-dragon HALF-ogre.
Gannji: What am I, a genealogist?
Enor: What do genies have to do with—
Gannji: Shush.

D&D Context Edit

  • Haley uses the Slight of Hand skill to lift Gannji's military fork off his back, setting up her Sneak Attack for extra damage.
  • Lesser Confusion is a 1st level spell that confuses the target for one round.
  • Blade Barrier is a 6th level spell which causes 1d6 points of damage per level to anyone passing through the barrier of spinning blades. Malack is likely 12th level, making the damage 12d6, with a Reflex save for half damage.
  • Half-dragons in D&D are, like all half-breed races, half-human. Enor is half-dragon, half-ogre, making him more physically powerful than a canonical D&D half-dragon.
  • Genies in D&D, which take their inspiration from the Jinn or Genies of Arabian folklore, are powerful beings from the elemental planes.

Trivia Edit

  • The title is a pun on the word threshold, which can mean either the bottom part of a doorway or the point where one mentally or physically is vulnerable in response to provocation. The blade barrier makes the doorway a "pain threshold" in both senses of the latter word.
  • Similar to V's comment in panel 4, Haley referred to retreating as "our oldest, most reliable strategy" in #455.

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