Non-Military Intelligence
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 436
Date published 6 April 2007
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The errant shot of the poisoned arrow segues the reader back to Vaarsuvius at the breach in the wall.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

The poisoned arrow from Grand Larceny Prisoner's thwarted attempt on Hinjo's life flies through the air.

Panel 2

It glances off the right horn of the Zombie Dragon, "puh-ting!", with Roy's lower half visible on its neck.

Panel 3

It ricochets off a crenelated wall near a barred window, "puh-toong!" Miko Miyazaki can be seen inside, lost in despair.

Panel 4

It flies directly towards the head of Vaarsuvius, who is busy casting a spell.

Panel 5

It bounces harmlessly off V's Protection From Arrows spell, "puh-tang!", and lodges in the ground, "thunk."

Panel 6

Vaarsuvius resumes spell casting.

Panel 7

General Chang: Captain, report!
Captain: So far, so good, General.
Captain: We've lost three of the giant soldiers so far, but we now have a line of low-level clerics healing them every few rounds.

Panel 8

Cut to a huge mound of dead hobgoblin soldiers with the giant Azure City pikemen continuing to skewer the ones still living.
Chang (inset): And the enemy?
Captain (inset): Taking heavy casualties, sir, but they show no signs of slowing down the assault.

Panel 9

Chang: That's not a good sign. The hobgoblins I've fought have always been good soldiers...
Chang: They wouldn't continue a tactic that was meeting with such failure.
Vaarsuvius: General, if I may?

Panel 10

Vaarsuvius: I think you are overestimating the intellect of these foul creatures.
Vaarsuvius: It is my belief that they are continuing to attack simply because they are not bright enough to devise a strategy on their own.
Vaarsuvius: There is no other logical explanation.

Panel 11

Vaarsuvius: I feel confident in stating that since the enemy has so far failed to field a credible melee threat for your magically-enhanced soldiers, you should have no problem holding the breach for the day.

Panel 12

Cut to the Death Knight outside the wall.
Ghoul: Sir, we finally have enough corpses to serve as a ramp for your horse.
The Death Knight rips apart his Xykon costume, "rrip!! rrip!"

D&D Context Edit

  • Protection from Arrows is a 2nd level spell, which works pretty much as advertised.
  • A round is the standard division of time during combat. Canonically, a round equals 6 seconds, during which time each player and each non-player character or monster gets an action.

Trivia Edit

  • The title is a pun on the term "military intellegence" which refers to spying and the like, but in this case refers to Vaarsuvius' high intelligence yet lack of understanding of military tactics.
  • This is the final appearance of Chang's Captain, who first appeared in #427.
  • This is the first appearance of Female Low-Level Cleric.

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