|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||2 December 2004|
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Belkar is convinced to not carry out his level up plan, and comes up with a new method.
- The Order of the Stick
- Panel 1
Elan: ♪Run, run, run, run away from my ♪psychotic teammate!♪
Roy: Belkar! Belkar, you can't kill Elan for experience points.
- Panel 2
Belkar: Oh yeah? Why not?
Roy: Because if you kill Elan for XP, we'll kill YOU for XP.
Haley: Even split four ways, it's worth it.
- Panel 3
Belkar: You make a persuasive argument. And by that, I mean there are more of you and you are using that to coerce me into obeying your moral code.
Roy: I'll take it.
Elan: Thank you for saving me.
Vaarsuvius: Actually, I was expecting we'd have to kill Belkar. I could have used the additional XP for scribing scrolls.
- Panel 4
Belkar: This is just so unfair. Everyone else gets to level up but me? Am I so horrible?
- Panel 5
Belkar: When I was young, I was the smallest and the weakest. They never let me play in all their halfling games, like Throw the Rock, or Throw the Stick, or Throw the Rock and Then the Stick Shortly Thereafter.
- Panel 6
Belkar: All I wanted was to grow up to be a big strong adventurer and go out into the world where I would be accepted. And then, some day, I could return to my home village...
- Panel 7
Belkar: ...and brutally murder them in their dreamless sleep.
- Panel 8
A "DING!" indicates Belkar has gone up a level.
Belkar: But now... will my dream ever come true?
- Panel 9
Belkar: HAH! Score!
- Panel 10
Roy: What just happened?
Belkar: Roleplaying XP, sucker! All I have to do is spin a sob story about my past and BOOM! Bonus experience points for me!
- Panel 11
Roy: Uh, I don't think that's how it's supposed to work, guys...
Vaarsuvius: Hmmm. Do you think I could pay for my scroll scribing XP costs with a well-told tale of a drug-addled past of some sort?
Belkar: Sky's the limit, Ears, sky's the limit.
D&D Context Edit
- "Roleplaying XP" are experience points that don't come from combat. Unlike combat XP, there's not as much written rules for how they are supposed to be given out.
- Creating items, like scrolls, cost experience points and gold.
- At this point, the entire Order has gone up one level from their starting level, which the author put at about 8-9th level.