If a Druid Falls in the City, Does He Make a Noise?
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Comic no. 353
Date published 28 September 2006
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Never underestimate a druid.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Thor: Direct hit!
Planetar: Lord Thor, I've been reading the description of Control Weather... and I'm not sure it can actually DO that.

Panel 2

Thor: I'm sorry, I didn't hear you just there. What did you say again?
Planetar: *sigh*
Planetar: I said, "Nice shooting, sir."

Panel 3

Thor: That's what I thought.
Thor: I'm gonna go get tanked and paw Sif for a while. Let me know if the dwarf lives or dies.

Panel 4

Julia: That... that was... incredible!
Durkon: Focus, Julia! Ye haf ta follow me back down ta tha street level now, double time, else we'll lose what advantage we just got.

Panel 5

Julia: Wait... how do you know my name?
Durkon: I'm here wit yer brother, Roy.
Durkon: Him an' ye had tha same eyes.

Panel 6

Durkon: And incident'lly, him an' ye an' me will be havin' a conversation when this be over aboot wha is an' wha is not proper behavior fer a young lady o' yer age. Do I make meself clear?
Julia: ...
Julia: Yes, sir.

Panel 7

Durkon and Julia descend a ladder.
Durkon: Good. Now hurry; tha scroll did tha trick, but methinks it knocked me buddy Vaarsuvius out cold all tha same.

Panel 8

Leeky: My trees! My beautiful trees!
Leeky: Someone shall surely pay for this affront to—

Panel 9

Durkon hits Leeky with his hammer.

Panel 10

Durkon: On yer feet an' face me! Ye may haf tha upper hand in magic, but thar's na way a primary spellcaster like ye can survive in melee combat fer long if'n he hadn't prepared fer it!

Panel 11

Leeky begins to shapeshift.

Panel 12

Leeky transforms into a giant bear.
Durkon: Ah, right.
Durkon: Druid.
Durkon: Ne'er mind, then.

D&D Context Edit

  • Druids like Leeky are more heavily focused on spell casting, whereas the Cleric class has better armor and weapons available making it a better class for melee combat. However, the Wild Shape ability can neutralize this advantage as we see here.
  • Wild Shape is a special ability druids gain starting at level 5, which allows them to take the form of an animal.
  • The planetar is correct; the description of Control Weather states that "you cannot control specific applications of the weather—where lightning strikes, for example". The planetar is also holding a copy of the D&D Players Handbook.

Trivia Edit

  • The title is a reference to the koan-like philosophical saying, "If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a noise?"

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