A Comic as Lovely as a Tree
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 150
Date published 21 February 2005
Comic chronology
← Previous Next →
"Cultural Differences" "Learning Experience"
Comic list
View the comic
View discussion

Durkon's hidden fear is about to be tested to the limit. And no, it's not of forest monsters.

Cast Edit

Transcript Edit

Panel 1

A sign reads "Druids Local 303 welcomes you to Wooden Forest"
Durkon: May Thor protect me soul as I journey into the heart o' darkness.

Panel 2

Haley: Durkon, don't tell me you're scared of a few forest monsters.
Durkon: Na tha monsters, lass. Something far more sinister:
Durkon: Tha trees!

Panel 3

Haley: You're kidding.
Durkon: Nay! They may look all peacef'l, but they be out ta get us dwarves.

Panel 4

Durkon: I ne'er saw one 'til I be a man, leavin' the dwarven tunnels fer good, but I know they be Evil.
Durkon: Haven't ye ever thought aboot how suspicious it be tha trees can always be found in such large groups?

Panel 5

Cut to Thor in a cloud striking a tree with a lightning bolt.
Durkon (off-panel): And why else would me patron, Thor, strike down so many each year with his mighty lightnin' if they weren't Evil?
Thor: Gotcha!

Panel 6

Flashback to the Dwarven Lands where two dwarves battle a tree root.
Durkon (inset): Back in the homelands, they always be encroachin' on our territory.
Dwarf #1: Captain, roots are breaching our perimeter in Tunnels F, Q, and V.
Dwarf #2: If I don't make it, tell my wife I love her.

Panel 7

Haley: That's ridiculous. Why would anyone be scared of a tree?
Durkon: Think about it, lass.

Panel 8

Durkon: Just one tree has Colossal size, natural armor, damage reduction, hundreds o' hit points, and enough limbs ta make a dozen or more attacks per round.

Panel 9

Roy: Durkon, trees can't MOVE.
Durkon: Can't they move, lad? Or is it just tha they move so slow, we cannae see them sneakin' up on us?

Panel 10

Roy: So now trees are some kind of stealthy assassin??
Durkon: Gods, yes, man. It's like yer people always are sayin':

Panel 11

Durkon: "If a tree kills alone in the forest, does it make a sound?"

D&D Context Edit

  • Durkon has a pretty good grasp of how trees are represented in game. Colossal is a specific size category in the game.

Trivia Edit

External links Edit