|“Hidden Benefit of Being an Adventurer”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||26 July 2005|
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Vaarsuvius and Belkar express their desires to go.
- The Order of the Stick
- Miko Miyazaki ◀ ▶
- Panel 1
Haley: Stupid paladin. Stupid bet. Stupid dwarven cleric knowing me too well for my own good.
Durkon: Hey, a bet's a bet, lass, no sense grumbling aboot it afterwards.
- Panel 2
Vaarsuvius: Indeed, Miss Starshine, I suspect this trip shall commence with or without our petty recriminations.
Haley: I guess you guys got swindled into this too.
- Panel 3
Belkar: No, we turned ourselves in because we are upright law-abiding citizens.
Vaarsuvius: Neither, actually.
- Panel 4
Vaarsuvius: I find the intrusion of secular legalities into the realm of pure theoretical research trying at best. However, I am curious as to the nature of this "gate" that seems so closely linked to the very fabric of spacetime.
- Panel 5
Vaarsuvius: I believe that allowing myself to be brought before this foul shrew's master might yield precious insight into the universal order.
Haley: Well, that at least makes some sense. But Belkar? Why would you go along?
Belkar: I like a challenge.
- Panel 6
Belkar: Sure, I can get away with stuff under the nose of, say, a town guardsman. But a PALADIN? That's the Big Leagues.
Belkar: It's like the old song says: If I can kill it here, I can kill it anywhere.
- Panel 7
Belkar: Plus, there's a good chance that if she associates with me, she'll lose all of her paladin powers.
Belkar: And that would be just too funny not to try.
- Panel 8
Elan: Aww, c'mon, Haley, don't be a spoilsport!
Elan: It'll be fun and exciting to travel to the Southern Lands! I've never been there before, I bet they have all sorts of neat stuff to see and cool things to do. It'll be an adventure!
- Panel 9
Haley: Elan, we're adventurers. Technically, anything we EVER DO officially counts as an "adventure".
Elan: Wow, I never thought about it that way...
- Panel 10
Roy: So whatever we need to do to prove our innocence, we're prepared. Just lead the way!
Miko: I must admit, I did not expect your team to acquiesce to my demands so completely.
- Panel 11
Roy: Hey, I know they may not seem like the most competent group, but they're actually a pretty good team, if you can look past a few eccentricities.
- Panel 12
Elan is shirtless, standing on one hand, balancing a lantern on one foot and a squirrel on the other. He has a roller skate suspended from a stick tied to his head, and has smeared jam on his abdomen. With his left hand he plays with a paddle ball.
Elan: I'm on an adventure!!
Roy: For example.
D&D Context Edit
- Paladin abilities are granted to the character from their gods. If a Paladin performs evil acts or breaks the oath to their gods they can lose those powers.
- The old song mentioned in panel 6 is New York, New York. The song says that "If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere".