|“Falling for You”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||13 May 2005|
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Vaarsuvius saves the team again, but doesn't get any credit.
- Panel 1
Roy: As near as I can tell, this pit is where the starmetal meteor crashed so long ago.
Haley: Hey, didn't you say it was going to be guarded by—
- Panel 2
Roy: Everyone ready for a climb check?
Elan: Ooo! Me! Me!
Vaarsuvius: Climb...? Are we not camping until the morn so that the dwarf might return me to my proper form?
- Panel 3
The party begins to climb down into the pit.
Vaarsuvius: Unbelievable! Do you not know the importance of having an arcane caster in the party?
Elan: Climb, climb, climb, climb the slippery rock face.
Vaarsuvius: An arcane caster who is not a bard, rather?
- Panel 4
Haley: Wow, watch out guys. This really IS pretty slippery.
- Panel 5
Durkon: Whoa! Whoa!
- Panel 6
Durkon falls down the shaft, taking out the other party members as he goes, "THUNK! CRASH!"
- Panel 7
Vaarsuvius: Feather Fall.
- Panel 8
The party lands gently in water below.
- Panel 9
Roy: Wow, that was a very difficult tunnel to climb down, but I've gotta give credit where credit is due.
Vaarsuvius: I should hope so.
- Panel 10
Roy: Elan, without your magical bard song, we would have all fallen to our deaths.
Elan: Thanks, Roy! Even I don't know how I did it!
They walk away on the wet cavern floor, "splish splish splish splish splish splish".
- Panel 11
Vaarsuvius: Am I even in this party anymore?
- The arcane magic casters are Bards, Sorcerers, and Wizards.
- Climb checks are governed by Strenth and the Armor Check penalty. As we learned in #25, Durkon's armor penalty is -6.
- Feather Fall is a 1st-level Wizard spell that makes objects fall more slowly.