Dueling Egos
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 270
Date published 20 January 2006
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Belkar begins dueling Miko.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Miko: Hiding in a storeroom, halfling?? Come out here and face me!
Belkar (off-panel): An interesting proposal. Let me consider it...
Belkar (off-panel): No.

Panel 2

Miko: Coward!
Belkar (off-panel): I prefer the term, "still alive". See, you've already beaten me in a toe-to-toe fight, so why should I take that risk?

Panel 3

Belkar throws a dagger which hits Miko in the back, "schklart!"
Belkar (off-panel): Not when I have high ranks in Hide and Move Silently and I know that Spot and Listen aren't paladin class skills.
Belkar (off-panel): I think I'm a lot better off just sniping at you from the shadows for now, wearing down your hit points until I can take you down easily.

Panel 4

Miko lays hands on herself.
Miko: Fool! I can heal my wounds with the blessings of the gods.
Belkar (off-panel): Sure, I know. But you don't have unlimited usage. You'll run out eventually.

Panel 5

Miko: There are dozens of paladins and clerics in this place that can heal me. You cannot beat me by attrition.
Belkar (off-panel): Oh. Oh, I'm sorry. I thought what we were doing here was personal. Between you and me.

Panel 6

Belkar throws another dagger which hits Miko in the back, "schklart!"
Belkar (off-panel): You know...
Belkar (off-panel): A matter of honor.

Panel 7

Miko spots a shadow that looks like Belkar.
Miko: Honor?? You don't know the meaning of the word!
Belkar (off-panel): Then show me. Show me by not getting healed by anyone else.
Miko: Very well.
Miko (whispering): I've got you now.

Panel 8

Miko attacks a trap.

Panel 9

The trap dumps sake over Miko.

Panel 10

Miko: What is this... sake?
Belkar (off-panel): Yup, found a few big jugs of it in here.
Miko: Why soak me with rice wine? To humiliate me?

Panel 11

Belkar throws a lit torch.
Belkar: Because halflings are good at throwing things other than daggers.

Panel 12

Belkar: It's as true today as when I started adventuring:
Miko goes up in flames off-panel, "FWOOSH!"
Miko (off-panel): AAARHH!
Belkar: "When in doubt, set something on fire."

D&D Context Edit

  • The Paladin's Lay on Hands ability allows them to heal a certain amount of health per day to any ally.
  • Halflings gain +1 a racial bonus to hitting opponents with thrown weapons.
  • Smite Evil is a class ability of the Paladin that allows them to deal extra damage to Evil creatures.
  • The Hide and Move Silently skills allow a character to be stealthy, while the Spot and Listen skills are used to spot those trying to be stealthy. Because they aren't a class skill for the Paladin, Miko must spend more skill points to increase them. Meanwhile, as a Ranger, Belkar may increase his Hide and Move Silently skills more cheaply than Miko may increase the skills that counter them.

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