|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||23 January 2005|
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The Order meets some ogres and there's a slight argument about spot checks.
- Panel 1
Roy and Haley are riding stage right.
Haley: I think I'm gonna name my horse "Whisper".
Roy: I think I should name my horse "Silver".
Ogre #1 (off-panel): I think you should name your horse "Midday Snack."
- Panel 2
Two ogres appear behind them.
Roy: We have GOT to start looking behind us more often.
- Panel 3
Roy: OK, fine, you got us, let's roll initiative.
Haley: Hey, wait a minute.
- Panel 4
Haley: Shouldn't the horses get Spot checks?
Ogre #1: Excuse me?
Roy: Yeah! They have eyes, they might have seen you before you spoke.
- Panel 5
Ogre #1: Hey, it's not my fault you forgot to make checks for your mounts.
Ogre #2: Yeah, seriously.
- Panel 6
Haley: Listen, the horses have a Wisdom score, so they have a Spot, so therefore they get to make their own Spot check, whether or not we remember.
Ogre #1: Grrr. OK, fine, fine.
- Panel 7
Haley: So you two leave and come back, and we'll see if the horses Spot you.
Ogre 2: Let's just try to hurry this up.
The two ogres walk off stage left.
- Panel 8
Roy and Haley sit on their stationary horses.
- Panel 9
The ogres begin walking up behind them.
- Panel 10
The ogres arrive behind them. Whisper bends down to eat some grass, "munch".
- Panel 11
Haley: Darn it, Whisper.
Ogre #1: Can we get this Surprise Round started?
Ogre #2: Oprah's on at 4.
Whisper continues to graze, "munch munch".
D&D Context Edit
- This strip portrays the somewhat frequent event in D&D, particularly with inexperienced DMs, where a rule was forgotten or misinterpreted and events that have already transpired have to be retroactively changed.
- The Wisdom stat helps determine how good a character is at their Spot Skill Checks.
- Initiative is rolled at the beginning of combat to determine turn order.
- A Surprise Round is one in which some characters have got the drop on another group of characters. They get a free round of action.
- This is the first appearance of the Weasel-Eating Ogres.
- The Oprah Winfrey Show ran for 25 seasons from 1986 to 2011.