|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||20 June 2004|
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- Panel 1
Elan: So Roy, if we can't find Durkon, we'll need to get a new cleric, right?
Roy: I suppose, but I'd prefer not to think about that quite yet.
- Panel 2
Elan: Well, it's just that we're probably going to level up soon, and I was thinking I could multiclass to cleric.
Roy: Hah! You?? Elan, you need Wisdom to be a cleric. At least a smidgen.
- Panel 3
Elan: Nah, that's just what they WANT you to believe. It's a big conspiracy, you know.
Roy: Thank you for illustrating my point so effectively.
- Panel 4
Roy: But tell me, in this fantasy of yours, which god would you be worshipping[sic]?
Elan: Ahh! That's the best part! I made up my own deity!
- Panel 5
Elan reveals the puppet of a clown with googly eyes and holding a banjo.
Elan: Behold! BANJO the CLOWN—God of Puppets!!!!
- Panel 6
Beat. Roy just stares at Elan.
- Panel 7
Elan: See, I named him Banjo because he has a little—
Roy: Yeah, I get it.
- Panel 8
Roy: Elan, you cannot be the cleric of a hand puppet clown.
Elan: Sure I can! Technically, you can be a cleric of a "cause".
- Panel 9
Roy: I don't see how a puppet qualifies.
Elan: Banjo is a state of mind, Roy.
- Panel 10
Elan: Embrace Banjo's teachings and lo, thou shall be bountiful all of thy days!
Roy: Hmm, yeah, I don't think so. Maybe if you could find me a marionette to worship, or possibly some kind of pantomime horse, I'd consider it.
- Panel 11
Elan: You dare mock the mighty Banjo? Prepare to be smote, infidel!
- Panel 12
A tiny storm cloud appears and zaps Roy.
- Panel 13
Elan: Hmm, I think maybe Banjo needs more followers before he can get in some decent smiting.
Roy: Good luck with that.
D&D Context Edit
- Cleric's primary stat is Wisdom. It affects how strong their spells are and how high of a spell level they are allowed to cast.
- According to the Player's Handbook, a cleric can be a devotee to a "cause" instead of a god, although these causes are often "spread good morals" or "spread lawful morals" and not "spread hand puppet religion."
- This strip is Banjo's first appearance.