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First Step in the Process
Order of the Stick comic
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Comic no. 678
Date published 13 September 2009
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Vaarsuvius gets served.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Vaarsuvius pins down the wizard with Bugsby's Grasping Hand.
Process Server: At this point, allow me to retract my thoroughly objectionable statements, and add that I personally regret any inconvenience that I may have caused you with my rash invectives.

Panel 2

Vaarsuvius: "Inconvenience" does not begin to describe the situation, you pompous windbag.
Vaarsuvius: My dwarven companion and I require that diamond dust for a task of literally universal significance—

Panel 3

Vaarsuvius: —And now I will no longer be permitted to purchase it!
Process Server: How is that MY fault? YOU attacked ME!
Vaarsuvius: Subsequent to your deliberate provocation.

Panel 4

Blackwing: Hey, hey, look: Mistakes were made all around, but the important thing is that this needless conflict is now over WITHOUT the loser's entire family line getting totally eradicated.
Blackwing: So, you know.
Blackwing: Progress.

Panel 5

Process Server: Please, let me go and I will give you this scroll as tribute. It contains several rare and powerful spells.
Process Server: All I beg is that I be allowed to know the name of the one who has defeated me so thoroughly.

Panel 6

Vaarsuvius: Very well. When your peers ask who so soundly thrashed you in the market this day—
Vaarsuvius: —you may tell them that you were humbled by Vaarsuvius, former student of—

Panel 7

Vaarsuvius takes the scroll.
Process Server: Served.
Familiar: And witnessed. *ribbit*

Panel 8

Process Server: Teleport!
The wizard and his toad disappear with a "pop!"

Panel 9

Blackwing: That was weird. Are the spells any good?
Vaarsuvius: It is not a scroll.

Panel 10

Vaarsuvius: My mate is suing me for divorce.
Vaarsuvius: And full custody of the children.

Panel 11

Blackwing: But you were only back home two days ago! How did the legal papers get filed so quickly?

Panel 12

Scroll title reads "Drawmij's Instant Summons"

D&D Context Edit

  • It is somewhat ambiguous which of the various "Bigby's Hand" spells V is using in the first panel, but based on the fact that the wizard is pinned to the ground, a grappling maneuver, it would seem to be the 7th level Grasping Hand, though there is no humorous "Bugsby" or "Bixby" parody of the Bigby name this time.
  • The Process Server wizard uses the 5th level spell Teleport to escape.
  • The spell Drawmij's Instant Summons was first published in the 1978 AD&D (1st Edition) Players Handbook. It was a 7th level spell which allowed the Magic-User to recall to his hand one specially prepared object from anywhere in the world. In this strip the name of the spell is a pun, playing on another definition of the word "Summons" as a legal document issued by a court requiring a person's presence. Drawmij was a character in Gary Gygax's original Circle of Eight, having been originally played by Jim Ward, for whom the character is named. Instant Summons was the first, but over a dozen other spells in D&D publications bear the name Drawmij.

Trivia Edit

  • The title refers to service of process, the procedure by which a party to a lawsuit gives an appropriate notice of initial legal action to another party in the United States. The set of documents delivered is called "legal process" or simply "process".
  • This is the final appearance of the Process Server and his toad Familiar from the previous strip.

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