|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||23 February 2005|
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There are some problems with (newbie) rogues.
- The Order of the Stick
- Whisper ◀ ▶
- Elan's Horse ◀ ▶
- The Bandit Trio
- Panel 1
Elan: Hey, look, some kids standing in the path.
Second Level Bandit: Um, surprise! We're, um, bandits, come to rob you of your most valuable possession.
Blonde Bandit Girl: Hand it over.
Halfling Bandit: Uh, what they said.
- Panel 2
- Panel 3
Haley: Was that supposed to be an ambush?
Elan: That was just lame.
Haley: More sad, really.
- Panel 4
Second Level Bandit: Hey, I worked hard on this ambush!
Haley: Listen, you look like a nice enough kid. What are you, 3rd level?
Bandit Boy: 2nd, miss.
- Panel 5
Haley: 2nd level, wow, I remember how it is when you're new. Everything is kobolds and copper pieces, and you get excited over a Potion of Barkskin. Good times.
- Panel 6
Haley: But let me tell you, we've been through a lot of ambushes, by some very professional monsters, and your—well, it just doesn't measure up.
Second Level Bandit: I was afraid of that...
- Panel 7
Haley: So, in the interest of helping out the next generation of thieves, I'm going to offer you a few points.
Second Level Bandit: Oh! Fantastic, miss. Yes, any advice you could give me would be most appreciated.
- Panel 8
Haley: OK, well, here's my #1 tip for archers, learned from years of adventuring:
Haley: Never allow yourself to be led into the middle of the enemy's melee warriors.
- Panel 9
The bandit notices he's been surrounded by Roy, Durkon, and Belkar. Roy now has a club.
- Panel 10
Cut to the other two bandits. Unspecified bludgeoning is happening off-panel, "bonk!
Second Level Bandit (off-panel): Ow!
More bludgeoning, "thunk!"
Second Level Bandit (off-panel): OWW!
Blonde Bandit Girl: You gotta admit, it was a good tip.
Halfling Bandit: Ask her if she has any advice on running away.
D&D Context Edit
- Had the party actually been surprised, the bandits would have gotten a surprise round.
- Barkskin is a spell which increases a target's armor.
- This is the first appearance of the Bandit Trio, Second Level Bandit, Blonde Bandit Girl, and Halfling Bandit.