|“Masters Mastering Mastery”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||31 July 2017|
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"Durkon"'s thrall triggers a memory of someone else calling someone "master". The vampires discuss how their hosts failings have made them suited for their current roles.
- Durkon Thundershield (also as vampire and as spirit) ◀ ▶
- "Durkon" ◀ ▶
- Thor (as doll) ◀ ▶
- Gontor Hammerfell (as vampire) ◀ ▶
- Creed of the Stone Usher with Sandy Hair (as vampire) ◀ ▶
- Creed of the Stone Vampire with Long Hair ◀ ▶
- Thirden ◀ ▶
- Durkon's Aunt ◀ ▶
- Durkon's Cousin ◀ ▶
- Logann ◀ ▶
- Dwarf Defender with Black Beard ◀ ▶
- Dwarf Defender with Red Hair ◀ ▶
- Dwarf Defender with Black Skin ◀ ▶
- Janna ▶
- A Dwarf Defender
- Panel 1
Usher with Sandy Hair: Everything's ready, Master.
"Durkon": Excellent. Thank you.
- Panel 2
Cut to Durkon's memory
Janna: Master, as your humble apprentice, I would request permission to honor your nephew with a song I wrote for this holy occaision.
Thirden: I've asked you not to call me, "Master," Janna. It's creepy. And you don't need anyone's approval to sing a song.
- Panel 3
Janna: Thank you Master! Ahem...
Janna (singing): All honor to Durkon Thundershield
Whose piety is unconcealed!
Today, he becomes a cleric
Which is impressive by any metric!
- Panel 4
Durkon (whispering): Och, Squeaky, she's terrible!
Thirden (whispering): Of course! If she were any good, she wouldn't have anything to learn from me!
- Panel 5
Cut back to the Temple of Thor in Firmament.
"Durkon": Exarch, if you're done scolding the architectural elements, we're moving on.
Gontor: I'm sorry Master.
Gontor: I just can't stand it when things aren't the way they're supposed to be. It's my host's fault.
- Panel 6
Gontor: This cretinous little dwarf in my head, he had his entire life laid out for him.
Gontor: His parents went through the trouble to provide him with a career in the family business and an arranged marriage with a slightly more prosperous clan—
- Panel 7
Gontor: —and he threw it all away to go worship rocks! It makes me sick!
"Durkon": I understand, Exarch, though my dwarf has the opposite problem.
- Panel 8
"Durkon": He seems to have lived his life as the mortal equivalent of a support beam, without ever satisfying his own desires.
"Durkon": Even the memories of his most important days tend to be about other people!
"Durkon": But if he were any good at getting the revenge he deserves, he wouldn't have anything to learn from me, I suppose.
- Panel 9
Gontor: See? We're perfect for our roles! You're a great leader, Master, and I'm a great follower!
"Durkon": Ha! Yes. As it should be.
- Panel 10
- Panel 11
Vampire with Long Hair: So... do we have any idea where we're going?
Gontor: Why won't you get onboard with the "great leader" narrative alaready?!?
- This is the first appearance of Janna, Thirden's apprentice bard.
- Originally, the comic's title was "Followers Follow". However, after it was pointed out that it shared a title with another comic page, Rich Burlew decided to change the name. There are, this decision notwithstanding, multiple comics with duplicate names.
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