|“If a Druid Falls in the City, Does He Make a Noise?”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||28 September 2006|
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Never underestimate a druid.
- Durkon Thundershield ◀ ▶
- Thor ◀ ▶
- Julia Greenhilt ◀ ▶
- Leeky Windstaff (also as a Dire Bear) ◀ ▶
- Leeky's Trees ◀
- Planetar Receptionist ◀ ▶
- 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: 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: 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: 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.
- 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?"