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Getting Closer
Order of the Stick comic
OOTS0088
Comic no. 88
Date published 18 July 2004
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Vaarsuvius demonstrates the qualities of bargain spells.

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Panel 1

Vaarsuvius: Before we are again interrupted by some foolishness, I have an cunning plan I must relate.
Roy: Sure, V, go ahead.

Panel 2

Vaarsuvius: It occurred to me that our recent bypassing of several levels was a very efficient means to get to our ultimate goal, the defeat of Xykon.

Panel 3

Vaarsuvius: This got me to thinking. Would you be opposed to a strategy that would likewise bypass—rather than engage—many of [the] monsters contained therein?

Panel 4

Roy: You mean sneak past them somehow?
Roy: Well, Haley will probably complain about the treasure skipped, and Belkar will whine about the XP lost. So no, I don't oppose it at all.

Panel 5

Vaarsuvius: I have a spell called Invisibility Sphere. It has the effect of turning all allied creatures invisible—
Roy: —within ten feet of the caster! My dad used to have the same spell. Great idea, V!

Panel 6

Vaarsuvius: Yes, usually it is a ten foot radius. However, I purchased this spell from the Magick Shoppe's discount bin. Its area of effect is... shall we say, slightly less robust.

Panel 7

Roy: How big is it?
Vaarsuvius: Small.
Roy: HOW small?
Vaarsuvius: Three feet, nine inches.

Panel 8

All the Order are standing tightly together, almost on top of each other.

Panel 9

Belkar: This is unbelievably dumb.
Haley: Oww! My foot!
Durkon: I cannae breathe down here!
Vaarsuvius: Silence, as I cast the spell.
Vaarsuvius: INVISIBILITY SPHERE!!

Panel 10

With a "pop!" everyone disappears.

Panel 11

Elan (invisible): Who's groping me??
Roy (invisible): What?
Elan (invisible): Someone is squeezing my butt!

Panel 12

Durkon (invisible): It not be me!
Vaarsuvius (invisible): Nor is it I.
Elan (invisible): Well, somebody's doing it, and they better cut it out.

Panel 13

Elan (invisible): Is it you, Belkar? Roy?
Roy (invisible): Actually, I think Haley's doing it.
Haley (invisible): Tee hee. Sorry, Elan.

D&D Context Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Identifications above of invisible characters are assumptions based on the speech phraseologies.

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