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Just Take the AoO
Order of the Stick comic
OOTS0041
Comic no. 41
Date published 23 February 2004
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Elan uses his bard song to help Vaarsuvius concentrate.

Cast Edit

Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Roy: Aw crap! Vaarsuvius, you're surrounded!
Goblin (with Belkar on his back): Get it off! Get it off!
Vaarsuvius: No troubles, Sir Greenhilt!

Panel 2

Vaarsuvius: Though it take great concentration, I shall cast my deadly spell defensively, thus denying these miscreants the opportunity for attack.

Panel 3

Elan: I'll use my bard song to help you concentrate!

Panel 4

Elan (singing): ♪♪Concentrate, concentrate, concentrate, concentrate, on your spell!♪

Panel 5

Elan (singing): ♪Concentrate! (Concentrate!) Concentrate! (Concentrate!)♪

Panel 6

Elan (singing): ♪Connnnn-centrate good times, c'mon!♪♪

Panel 7

Elan (singing): ♪♪We will, we will Con-cen-trate!♪

Panel 8

Elan (singing): ♪♪Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate! Concentrate!♪

Panel 9

Vaarsuvius: CONE OF COLD!
The cone catches Elan and 3 goblins in the area of effect

Panel 10

Elan and a goblin are frozen in individual blocks of ice.
Belkar: Sweet spell V! You froze 'em all!
Roy: Too bad you froze Elan by accident.
Vaarsuvius: Accident... yes. Of course. By accident.

D&D Context Edit

  • Casting a spell while an enemy is in melee range will allow your enemy to get an attack in on you (in what is known as an Attack of Opportunity or "AoO"). Spellcasters can prevent enemies from attacking them by casting defensively, which requires a successful Concentration check.
  • Cone of Cold is 5th level spell that does 1d6/level damage in a cone area of effect.

Trivia Edit

  • Elan's song in panel 6 is a parody of the song Celebration by Kool & the Gang
  • Elan's song in panel 7 is a parody of the song We Will Rock You by Queen
  • The first panel is reminiscent of the first panels of #1 and #34

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