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A Minor Glitch
Order of the Stick comic
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Comic no. 286
Date published 25 February 2006
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There was a minor problem with Belkar's plan.

Cast Edit

Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Belkar: Hey V, before they bring me back to jail, I just wanted—
Vaarsuvius: There is no need.

Panel 2

Belkar: Huh?
Vaarsuvius: I know that neither of us excels at social situations, so suffice to say that I accept your thanks for saving you from Miko.

Panel 3

Belkar: My... thanks? Are you kidding me??
Belkar: You ruined everything!!

Panel 4

Belkar: All that work to push her over the edge, and you interrupt it right before she finally snaps!
Belkar: I guess I can always start over, but so much work wasted!

Panel 5

Vaarsuvius: Well I'm terribly sorry, but I thought she was going to kill you!
Belkar: No one pays you to think, Ears!
Vaarsuvius: ...They actually pay me to do nothing BUT think, you moron!

Panel 6

Belkar: Look, last time I checked the cleric spell list, Raise Dead was a 5th-level spell. Durkon can cast it like 3-4 times a day.
Belkar: And he'd do it, too, because he's a sucker. I mean, he just healed me up for free.

Panel 7

Belkar: But losing your paladinhood through your own willful actions? Do you have any idea how hard that is to reverse?
Belkar: Goodbye, Miko the Paladin—hello, Miko the Fighter-Without-Bonus-Feats.

Panel 8

Belkar: It would've been HILARIOUS.
Vaarsuvius: I see.

Panel 9

Vaarsuvius: And how would your cunning master plan have accounted for the fact that Durkon would have required 5000 gp worth of diamonds as a material component to power the Raise Dead spell?
Vaarsuvius: Diamonds, I hasten to add, that he does not, in fact, possess?

Panel 10

Belkar: Well, uh...
Belkar: Obviously, I would have...

Panel 11

Belkar glares at Vaarsuvius.

Panel 12

Belkar: SHUT UP!
Vaarsuvius: I think I may owe the tables of the world an apology...

D&D ContextEdit

  • Raise Dead is a 5th-level Cleric spell that revives a character, as long as that character has not bee dead longer than one day per level.
    • Vaarsuvius: And how would your cunning master plan have accounted for the fact that Durkon would have required 5000 gp worth of diamonds as a material component to power the Raise Dead spell?
      • The spell requires 5000 gp worth of diamonds to cast.
  • Belkar claims that Durkon can cast 5th level spells 3-4 times per day, which would make him a minimum of 12th level and a maximum of 18th level at the time of this strip.
  • Paladins lose their god-granted abilities if they commit an Evil act. A Paladin without those abilities is not very good.

Trivia Edit

  • The final line delivered by Vaarsuvius in the comic is a callback to a line in the previous comic, where V compared Belkar's intelligence with that of a table.
  • This is the first appearance of Belkar's Trial Guard.

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