Broken Stick
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 483
Date published 23 August 2007
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The party is split, giving rise to the title of the next book.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1, Page 1

Elan, Vaarsuvius, and Durkon stand at the stern rail of the ship looking back at Azure City burning in the distance.

Panel 2, Page 1

Vaarsuvius: Elan, I have every certainty that both Sir Greenhilt and Mistress Starshine will be returned to us—fully functional —by this time tomorrow.
Durkon: Eye, lad, thar's no reason ta worry.
Elan: I suppose...

Panel 3, Page 1

Elan: But then why do I feel like this? Why does it seem like I'll never see either one of them again?

Panel 4, Page 1

Vaarsuvius: Dramatic tension?
Elan: No, see, that's more of a crampy feeling. This is more of a general ache...

Panel 5, Page 1

Cut to Azure City.
Haley: Come on! We need to hurry!
Belkar: Really? I didn't know that, since you've only been telling me every round for the last 15 minutes.

Panel 6, Page 1

Belkar: Aw, man! Look at this! Some perfectly good looting going on, and we're stuck on corpse duty.
Haley: I know, it pains me too, but we need to—

Panel 7, Page 1

Haley: *gasp!*
Belkar: What? What is it? I can't see what's—
Haley: ...

Panel 1, Page 2

Haley and Belkar, holding Roy's corpse, look out across the burning city teeming with Hobgoblins and zombies, and across the ocean beyond. Far away, on the horizon, a tiny ship with three sails can be seen.

Panel 2, Page 2

Haley's Self-Loathing: Wow, I guess you were right. He really DID leave you as soon as you got close to him.
Haley's Self Loathing: Guess you really weren't good en—

Panel 3, Page 2

Haley turns to look angrily at her inner demon, which disappears, "poof!"

Panel 4, Page 2

Haley: Come on. We need to find shelter before a patrol finds us, and I don't think that tunnel will stay secret for much longer.

Panel 5, Page 2

Belkar: OK, elf, enough with the jokes. You got me, fair enough, now bring the ship back.

Panel 6, Page 2

Belkar: ...
Belkar: No, seriously, wherever you're hiding: You really had me thinking for a minute that we got left behind. Great illusion. Now, can we just get out of this stupid city already?

Panel 7, Page 2

Belkar: ...
Belkar: Vaarsuvius?

D&D Context Edit

  • A round is six seconds. If Haley told Belkar to hurry every round for 15 minutes she would have told him that 150 times.

Trivia Edit

  • Roy decides to split up the party in #428. It would not reunite until #665.
  • The looting Belkar missed out on was done by Elan in #471

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