A Lesson in Resource Management
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 190
Date published 6 June 2005
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Team Evil has taken over the hobgoblins and plans their next move. Points for guessing how depraved it is.

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Panel 1

Redcloak is carrying Xykon's skull.
Hobgoblin Soldier: All hail the Supreme Leader!
Demon-Roach: Hail! Rain! Sleet!
Redcloak: Shut up. All of you.

Panel 2

Redcloak: I'm telling you, sir, I don't trust these hobgoblins at all. I'm just glad you've begun regenerating, so we can both keep an eye on them.
Xykon: Ah, quit your worrying. They'll work out just fine.

Panel 3

Xykon: What we really need to be worrying about is getting into my tower.
Xykon: It should be right up that mountain path there at the south end of the valley.

Panel 4

Hobgoblin Cleric: Sir, your odd talking skull is speaking of the Perilous Path of Crushing Doom.
Redcloak: Please tell me it's actually filled with cute fuzzy bunnies, and they just named it that to be ironic.

Panel 5

Hobgoblin Cleric: No sir. The path is very dangerous, as even the slightest noise can set off a deadly rock slide.
Hobgoblin Cleric: The good news is that once there IS a rock slide, there isn't usually another one until after it rains again, as all the loose rocks have fallen already.

Panel 6

Redcloak: Hmm. Doesn't sound safe to send anyone up. I better check it out myself.
Redcloak: I'm sure I will come to regret that decision when I'm pinned beneath 500 tons of rock in about, oh, an hour.

Panel 7

Hobgoblin Cleric: As you wish, Supreme Leader.
Monster in the Darkness: Awesome call.
Redcloak: Excuse me?

Panel 8

Monster in the Darkness: Dude, seriously. I really respect how you're all, "I'm not going to send any hobgoblins to their death on the mountain path, despite the fact that I really don't like them and wish they would go away."

Panel 9


Panel 10

Redcloak: Change of plans. Send fifteen—no, twenty—warriors up the mountain path on, uh, scouting duty. Tell them to shout if they don't find anything.
Xykon: *Sniff* My little Redcloak is all grown up.

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