His Name Probably Helps, Too
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 588
Date published 27 August 2008
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Hinjo and Argent strike a blow against the pit fiend.

Cast Edit

Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Hinjo: Vaarsuvius, I need you to fly me up to—
Vaarsuvius: I'm sorry, you seem to have mistaken me for some sort of aerial livery service.

Panel 2

Vaarsuvius: It is for the protection of your people that I am engaging this titanic fiend, so it would behoove you to stop attempting to direct my efforts elsewhere.
Vaarsuvius: Empowered Lightning Bolt.
Vaarsuvius: Since it is clear that only the arcane arts have any hope of thwarting this opponent, I am the lone individual qualified to judge what is the most effective disposition of my ample magical talents.
Vaarsuvius: Quickened Magic Missile.

Panel 3

Hinjo: Twelve Gods, that elf is starting to get on my nerves.
Durkon: Jus' now? Yer runnin' six months behind tha rest o' us.
Hinjo: I know I can hurt this thing, if only I could reach something other than its ankles!

Panel 4

Durkon: Sit on me head.
Hinjo: ...
Hinjo: What?
Durkon: Sit on me head.

Panel 5

Hinjo: Uh, Durkon, I don't think this is really the time or place for—
Durkon: Lad, I don't haf time ta explain! Jus' do it!

Panel 6

Hinjo sits on Durkon's head.
Hinjo: OK, well, this is sort of awkward. How does this—
Durkon: Thor's Might!

Panel 7

Hinjo gets catapulted to the Devil due to the sudden growth of Durkon.
Hinjo: Whoa!!

Panel 8

Durkon grows more, Hinjo flies through the air.

Panel 9

Hinjo: Hey, now this is more what I had in mind!
Hinjo opens a pokeball to summon Argent.
Hinjo: Argent!

Panel 10

Argent bites the devil, while Hinjo slashes with his katana.
Hinjo: Smite Evil!

Panel 11

Lien: Great job, sir. But how were you able to hurt it? My spear has barely scratched its skin.
Hinjo: Devils hate silver. This is my silvered katana: I have a cold iron one, too.
Hinjo: And as for Argent's bite... well, let's just say that we have my late uncle to thank for that.

Panel 12

Flashback to Argent being treated by a dentist.
Shojo: Look, I'm sorry he needs his teeth filled, but it's not my fault! You said it was OK to feed him table scraps while you were gone!
Hinjo: A 20-lb. tub of strawberry cake frosting does not qualify as a "table scrap"!
Shojo: Then you obviously haven't been eating at the right tables!

D&D Context Edit

  • The Empower Spell Feat increases variable numeric effects of a spell by 50%.
  • Lightning Bolt deals 1d6 damage per level, to a max of 10d6. Empowered, it deals 1.5x that damage.
  • Quicken Spell is a Feat which allows the caster to cast the spell as a bonus action, effectively doubling the number of spells which can be cast in that round.
  • Magic Missile is a 1st level spell which deals 1d4+1 damage per missile. V deals the maximum five missiles.
  • Thor's Might is a non-canonical spell which Durkon uses throughout the comics. Its effects are similar to the Righteous Might spell.
  • The paladin's Smite Evil ability deals extra damage to evil creatures, adding the paladin's charisma bonus plus one point per level.

Trivia Edit

  • The title is reference to the fact that Argent means Silver in French.
  • Hinjo continues the Pokemon gag when summoning his mount. The gag began with Miko Miyazaki in #373, and Hinjo and Lien also use Pokeballs in #432 and #479.
  • This is the final appearance of Argent, Hinjo's Dire Wolf paladin mount, thus far in the comics. Argent first appears in #432.
  • This is the first appearance of the Azurite Dentist.

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