Internal Struggles
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 963
Date published 26 September 2014
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Durkon learns a lesson that will stick with him.

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Panel 1, Page 1

Sigdi: OK, sweetie, play quietly while I clean up these ‘ere dishes, aye?
Durkon: I’ll help ye, Mama.
Sigdi: Nay, Durkon, I c’n get ‘em meself.

Panel 2, Page 1

Durkon: But Mama, I c’n do it easier! Watch!
Sigdi: Lad, leggo! I c’n still carry dishes, I’m na helpless—
Durkon: I c’n take twice as many, tho! Look, I’ll—

Panel 3, Page 1

The dishes fall to the ground with a "CRASH!"

Panel 4, Page 1

SigdiDurkon Allotrope Thundershield!! Now look wha ye’ve done!!
Durkon: I’m sorry, Mama. It’s just…ye were strugglin’ an’ I wanted ta help.

Panel 5, Page 1

Sigdi: Och, lad, yer a good boy—always wantin’ ta help folks. Tha’s a good instinct.
Sigdi: But ye should na help someone witout askin’ first. Ye might make things worse if’n ye do.

Panel 6, Page 1

Sigdi: D’ya unnerstand?
Durkon: I…guess so, Mama. I’m sorry.
Sigdi: It’s fine sweetie. Thar just dishes.

Panel 7, Page 1

Sigdi: I’ll just have ta find a li’l extra copper this month ta buy some new ones.
Sigdi: Mebbe I c’n borrow from Kandro ‘til Pension Day comes…

Panel 8, Page 1

Sigdi (off-panel): Now go wash up fer bed, Durkon. I’ll tuck ye in once I finish sweepin’ up.
Durkon (off-panel): Aye, Mama!
"Durkon": Turn it off. I’m going to be lulled into oblivion if I have to sit through any more of this right now.
Durkon: Is tha a thing tha c’n happen?
"Durkon": No.
Durkon: Darn.

Panel 9, Page 1

"Durkon": You’re high level; don’t you have any thrilling battles I can watch instead? Maybe a big slimy monster or something?
"Durkon": Show me something like that.

Panel 10, Page 1

Durkon recalls fighting a giant three-eyed bullfrog with Roy.
"Durkon": See? Now this looks promising.

Panel 11, Page 1

Roy: I’m going in!
Durkon: Aye, lad!

Panel 1, Page 2

Roy attacks the frog, "SLASH!"

Panel 2, Page 2

The frog attacks Roy, hitting him in the face with its tongue, "SPLURT!

Panel 3, Page 2

The frog pulls Roy out of the swamp and towards its mouth with its tongue.

Panel 4, Page 2

Roy is half in the frogs mouth.
Durkon: Lad? Are ye OK?

Panel 5, Page 2

Durkon: Roy, lad, d’ye need help? Just wiggle yer foot if’n ye want me ta help.

Panel 6, Page 2

Roy's feet wiggle while the rest of him is being eaten by the frog.

Panel 7, Page 2

Durkon: Ok, I dinnae know if tha were ye wigglin’ yer foot intentionally, or if’n yer foot were movin’ incident’lly ‘cause yer bein’ swallowed.
Durkon: Mebbe try kickin’ yer feet tagether if’n ye want me ta get involved?

Panel 8, Page 2

The Greenhilt Sword emerges from inside the frog, "SCHLURT!"

Panel 9, Page 2

The frog dies.
Roy: Ok…new party rule:
Roy: From now on, if one member of the team is being eaten, go ahead and assume that you should do something about that.

Panel 1, Page 3

Durkon: Och, aye, lad. Sorry, I dinnae want ta trip ye up if’n ye had it on tha ropes.
Roy: It’s fine, don’t worry about it. I know you’re not used to working with a teammate.

Panel 2, Page 3

Roy: Come on, let’s bring this back to the village and collect the bounty.
Durkon: Ye want a hand pullin’ tha corpse?
Roy: Yeah, OK.

Panel 3, Page 3

Durkon: Geez, will ye look at tha? I ne’er really thought aboot..I mean, I ne’er really put those t’gether…
"Durkon": What are you mumbling about?

Panel 4, Page 3

Durkon: Tha two memories. Dinnae ye see? It’s like a straight line from one ta th’other.
"Durkon": In what way?
Durkon: Ye really don’t…?

Panel 5, Page 3

Beat. "Durkon" raises an eyebrow.

Panel 6, Page 3

Durkon: Uh, well thar both dinner parties, right?
Durkon: Only in tha second one, tha party is wha’s fer dinner!
Durkon: Get it?

Panel 7, Page 3

"Durkon": Unnh. I suppose if that’s what passes for dwarven wit, I’m in for a long haul.
Durkon: Och, tha’s nuthin’.
Durkon: Yer gonna haf ta watch me tell tha same knock-knock joke about five hunnerd times in Primary School.

Panel 8, Page 3

"Durkon": Lucky me. I guess that’s somethin’ to look forward to.
Durkon: Aye…

Panel 9, Page 3

Durkon: Thar’s definitely somethin’ ta look forward ta…

Panel 10, Page 3

The damaged Mechane flies through the night silhouetted by the full moon.

Trivia Edit

  • In this strip Durkon learns a bit about the limits of the High Priest's access to his thought processes, which he hopes to use for his tactical advantage.
  • This is the only time Durkon's middle name, Allotrope, is used. An allotrope is a chemical element which can exists in more than one form in the same physical state (solid, liquid, gas). For example, graphite and diamonds are allotropes of carbon.
  • This is the only appearance of the Giant Frog, which appears on multiple pages of this strip.

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