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A calling missed.
Order of the Stick comic
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Comic no. 299
Date published 30 March 2006
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MitD wants be useful, but misses a rare opportunity.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Demon-Roach #1: So is this an epilogue?
Demon-Roach #2: I thought it was more of a coda.
MitD: Wow, everyone is so busy around here lately.
Redcloak: Yes, well, that's because unlike you, some of us have the capacity to actually contribute to our cause.

Panel 2

MitD: I can contribute!
Redcloak: Oh? Like how?
MitD: Like...uh... well, how are you contributing?

Panel 3

Redcloak: I'm on my way to finish zombifying the monsters we killed up in the tower.
MitD: Yeah! I can help you with that!

Panel 4

Redcloak: Really? So, I guess those three boxes of mallomars you finished off somehow earned you enough XP to gain 5 levels in cleric overnight?
MitD: Well, they WERE especially chewy...

Panel 5

Redcloak: Then unless you are volunteering your services as raw materials, I don't think you are going to be much help.

Panel 6

Redcloak: Now shoo, go bug someone else for a bit.
Demon-Roach: G'way, kid, ya bother me!

Panel 7

MitD: Awww, man! I never get to do anything around here! I just sit under the umbrella and wait.
Demon-Roach: Cue the violins.

Panel 8

MitD: Just once—just once!—I'd like to be a valuable member of the team, needed for a critical task.
MitD: You know, to know what it felt like, just one time.

Panel 9

Hobgoblin #1: Arrgh!!
Hobgoblin #2: What is it? What's wrong?
Hobgoblin #1: The sun is shining right in my eyes!

Panel 10

MitD looks at the goblins
Hobgoblin #1: Oh, if only we had some form of soothing darkness available with which to protect our sensitive goblin eyes!
Hobgoblin #2: We will never finish our crucial task without some relief from the cruel sun's scorching light!

Panel 11

MitD walks away, goblins are still troubled by the sun
MitD: Sigh... just once...

D&D ContextEdit

Trivia Edit

  • This strip takes place near the end of the second book, No Cure for the Paladin Blues, hence the talk about epilogues and codas.
    • An epilogue is a piece of writing at the end of a work of literature, usually to bring closure.
    • A coda is a passage that brings a piece of music to conclusion though prolongation.
  • The roach's line in panel six, "G'way, kid, ya bother me!", is a classic line said by W. C. Fields to his on-screen nemesis, Baby LeRoy in the 1934 film It's a Gift, a line he would repeat often in his career. The line is also used by Foghorn Leghorn, the Loony Toons and Merry Melodies character.

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