|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||20 January 2006|
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Belkar begins dueling Miko.
- 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
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.
Miko: SMITE EVIL!
- 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.