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Thief's Tool
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 840
Date published 21 February 2012
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The party elects Yukyuk to search for traps at the entrance to Girard's piramid.

Cast Edit

Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Elan: Hooray! We found Girard’s hideout! Let’s go introduce ourselves before my brother shows up!
Haley: Hold on a second, Elan! We don’t know if those stairs are trapped!

Panel 2

Elan: On yeah. It’s been so long since we were in a dungeon, I kinda forgot traps existed.
Elan: Haley, I guess you should start searching, right?
Haley: …Riiiight. Right.
Haley: Because I’ve absolutely been keeping my Search skill maxxed…

Panel 3

Haley: Um, or, as an alternative, we could have the kobold do it.
Roy: Oh no. I don’t think so. Send the dominated guy to go trigger all the traps? I know he’s an enemy, but that’s a little too much.

Panel 4

Haley: No, no, Roy, you’ve got it all wrong. V told me that during the battle, the kobold was using Sneak Attacks.
Haley: That means he’s a rogue, like me. So he must be able to search for traps.
Haley: I’m sure he’s just as capable of finding cleverly-hidden high-level killer doom traps as I am.

Panel 5

Haley: V, help me out.
Vaarsuvius: I need not direct his every motion—as long as I issue the directive to search for traps to the best of his ability, he shall.
Haley: So it’s no more ethically questionable than sending me out to search for traps while the rest of you stay back here.

Panel 6

Roy: You would be choosing to take that risk.
Haley: Well, he’s not choosing to carry out carpet or let a cat ride on his head, but it’s a little late to get hung up on that now!

Panel 7

Roy: *sigh* OK, fine, just do it before I change my mind.
Haley: Great! I’ll just put these bulky magic items over here so they don’t get in his way…

Panel 8

Haley: V, if you could give him the proper mental commands?
Vaarsuvius: Indeed.

Panel 9}

Sounds of the kobold searching for, finding, and/or getting caught in traps come from off-panel, "ffft! ffft! ffft!"
Roy: That’s an interesting technique. It’s almost like he’s—

Panel 10

More trap sounds, "ZZZZAPP!"
Roy: —just walking up—

Panel 11

Roy: —the stairs.

Panel 12

Haley: Good news!
Haley: He found some.
Elan: Wow, he’s really good at this.

D&D Context Edit

  • Apparently Haley's Search skill is not maxed out, possibly because she has maxed out Bluff and Hide.

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