Down the Winding Path
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 985
Date published 13 May 2015
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"Durkon" learns of the location of the Godsmoot and attempts to persuade Roy to take him there.

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Panel 1, Page 1

Acolyte of Hoder with Ponytail: Sorry for calling after you, sir, I just…I didn’t want you to get too far away for me to find you.
Acolyte of Hoder with Ponytail: Cure Minor Wounds!
Roy: It’s fine, we’re in no hurry. I mean, we totally are, but…well, it’s complicated. What’s on your mind?

Panel 2, Page 1

Acolyte of Hoder with Ponytail: I know a way for you to help your dead friend.
Acolyte of Hoder with Ponytail: Specifically, where you can find a stronger cleric near here.

Panel 3, Page 1

Inside Durkon's head
"Durkon": Oh.
"Durkon": Oh, here we go.
"Durkon": I knew an entire island of gnomes couldn’t keep a secret!

Panel 4, Page 1

Acolyte of Hoder with Ponytail: I don’t know why the head cleric didn’t say anything, but your friend with the dwarven accent was right—
Acolyte of Hoder with Ponytail: There wereother clerics traveling through here over the last few days.

Panel 5, Page 1

Flashback to the Shrine of Hoder. Three High Priests stand at the door.
Acolyte of Hoder with Ponytail (inset): Four or five different groups, actually. They stopped in pay respects to all the shrines.
Acolyte of Hoder with Ponytail (inset): Even Hoder’s high priestess! It was a huge honor, but for some reason we didn’t have a feast or anything.

Panel 6, Page 1

Roy: Wait—they visited every shrine in the town? How come none of the other clerics we visited mentioned this?
"Durkon": Do ye know whar they were headin’?

Panel 7, Page 1

Acolyte of Hoder with Ponytail: Not exactly. They don’t really tell me much, since I’m only an acolyte.
Acolyte of Hoder with Ponytail: North, to the mainland. I heard one of them mention the Pinnacle Mountains.

Panel 8, Page 1

Inside Durkon's head

Panel 9, Page 1

"Durkon": Lad, if’n we hurry, mebbe we can catch these clerics ‘fore they get whar thar goin’!
Roy: Yeah…I suppose.

Panel 10, Page 1

Roy: Seems a bit vague to justify taking a detour, though.
"Durkon": Roy, ye gotta take the chance. This may be our only realistic opportunity to locate a cleric who can help me!

Panel 11, Page 1

Inside Durkon's head

Panel 1, Page 2

Roy: No…no, this doesn’t feel right.
Roy: Durkon, I’m sorry, I know this is important to you, and I want you restored more than anyone else.

Panel 2, Page 2

Roy: But the whole world is at stake, and it’s bad enough that we’re not already kicking in Xykon’s door as we speak.
Roy: We can’t spare time for a sidequest right now.

Panel 3, Page 2

"Durkon": It’s on the way! We have to fly over those mountains to get to the North Pole anyway!
Roy: It’s not the travel time I’m worried about, per se.

Panel 4, Page 2

Roy: Where exactly would we be going? The Pinnacle Mountains are almost 2000 miles long!
Roy: We can’t just zoom off to start searching it for a handful of clerics who obviously don’t want to be found.

Panel 5, Page 2

"Durkon": But—
Roy: No. Maybe if you and Vaarsuvius could pull together some divinations to tell us where to actually go, I’d consider—
Acolyte of Hoder with Ponytail (off-panel): Cog Street.

Panel 6, Page 2

Roy: Huh?
Acolyte of Hoder with Ponytail: That’s what I was coming to tell you. An elven priestess stopped in about an hour ago.
Acolyte of Hoder with Ponytail: Said she was running late, but she was going to do that thing elves do instead of sleeping at the inn on Cog Street before leaving town.

Panel 7, Page 2

Inside Durkon's head
"Durkon"NO! I don’t want to talk to the actual pilgrims, I just want to follow the pilgrimage!
"Durkon": In a very fast ship!!

Panel 8, Page 2

Roy: Now see—that is a small enough risk to take to get you fixed.
Roy: We’ll head down to the inn, talk to this elf, and hopefully have this whole vampire thing sorted out by the time repairs are complete.
"Durkon": …Aye.

Panel 9, Page 2

Inside Durkon's head
Durkon: I got no clue wha be goin’ on, but I know a thwarted villain when I see one.

Panel 10, Page 2

Roy: Thanks, kid! Here’s a donation to your temple.
Acolyte of Hoder with Ponytail: You’re welcome, sir!

Panel 11, Page 2

The acolyte catches the pouch of coins Roy tossed, "CATCH!"

Panel 12, Page 2

Acolyte of Hoder with Ponytail: Wait, did he just say, “vampire”?

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Trivia Edit

  • In this comic it is revealed that there is a gathering of clerics in the North.
  • This is the first appearance of three of the High Priests of the Gods of the Northern Pantheon: the High Priest of Mani, the High Priestess of Hoder, and the High Priest of Heimdall. The associations of the other two priests are revealed in #999.
  • This is the final appearance of the various gnome clerics of Hoder from the Shrine of Hoder in Tinkertown. The Acolytes first appeared in #982, and the Head Cleric appeared in #984.

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