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One Bird with Two Dozen Arrows
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 154
Date published 7 March 2005
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The Order has found a bandit camp and has to find out if Elan is in it.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Haley (off-panel): Wow, Belkar, good job tracking down that bandit camp!
Belkar (off-panel): Bandit camp? You told me we were looking for the nearest strip club.
Haley (off-panel): It worked, didn't it?
Belkar (off-panel): Touché.

Panel 2

Haley: We need to be certain they're holding Elan before we mount a rescue operation.
Belkar: Too bad neither of our casters learned the spell "Detect Moron".

Panel 3

Haley: Hey, V, why don't you send your familiar to scout the camp for him?
Vaarsuvius: My what now?
Haley: Your familiar. The raven?
Belkar: You had him in comic #3.

Panel 4

Blackwing pops into existence, "pop!"
Vaarsuvius: Ah, right, of course. My trusted familiar is right here by my side, as he has been this entire time.

Panel 5

Haley: Well, I'd like to send—hmmm. What is your raven's name, anyway?
Vaarsuvius: Name? Well, um...

Panel 6

Haley: Don't tell me you never named him!
Vaarsuvius: I am a very busy elf! I plan on getting around to it one of these decades!

Panel 7

Haley: Then I'm naming him now. How about... Blackwing?
Vaarsuvius: As you wish. I don't see why you bothered, I haven't named any of my other class features.

Panel 8

Haley: OK, Blackwing, I want you to fly over the bandit camp and tell me if you see Elan.
Blackwing: Caw! Caw!

Panel 9

Blackwing flies up.

Panel 10

Blackwing flies over the bandit camp.

Panel 11

Fifteen arrows shoot up at Blackwing, "fft! fft! fft! fft! fft! fft! fft!"
Blackwing: Caw!

Panel 12

Haley: Oh, COME ON! How many birds fly overhead every day, and they all decide to shoot THAT one??
Vaarsuvius: Is it too late to change his name to "Piñata"?ftee

D&D Context Edit

Trivia Edit

  • This comic strip marks Blackwing's (now named, literally), Vaarsuvius' familiar's, second isolated appearance, carried only into the next comic. As Belkar notes in the third panel, Blackwing previously appeared in #3.
  • V not remembering that Blackwing is there and his name becomes a running gag. Later this gag is inverted when Haley, who named Blackwing, can't remember who he is either.
  • Belkar's underused tracking ability often requires creative prompting by the leader of the party, as in #22 and #838.
  • The title of this comic is a play on the phrase "kill two birds with one stone."

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