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Pen Beats Sword
Order of the Stick comic
OOTS0357
Comic no. 357
Date published 6 October 2006
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Yokyok discovers the dangers of taverns.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Belkar: Bet you a beer that the lightning was good news for my team, bad news for yours!
Yokyok: They are not my "team", murderer, merely a means to an end.
Yokyok: Your end, to be specific.

Panel 2

Yokyok: I would normally never stoop to travel with scoundrels such as the Linear Guild.
Yokyok: However, Nale promised to deliver you to my waiting blade without requiring anything but the fulfillment of my oath to destroy you.

Panel 3

Belkar: Hold on, does that mean you aren't getting anything from Nale, either?
Yokyok: I need no money to kill you, villain!

Panel 4

Yokyok: I'm pure righteous justice, here to deliver your rightful punishment at the end of a sword!
Belkar: More plot-critical characters than you have tried and failed.

Panel 5

Belkar starts writing something.
Belkar: But don't worry your orange little head about it. This will all be over soon...
Belkar: And you just gave me the idea, too.

Panel 6

Belkar puts the paper on the door of a building.
Belkar: HA!
Yokyok: Ha?
Belkar: HA!

Panel 7

Yokyok: This? This is to what the cold-blooded killer of my father Yikyik has been reduced?
Yokyok: Some sort of handwritten note tacked—

Panel 8

The note reads:

HEROES NEEDED!
Kobold menace in
midtown Cliffport
threatens nearby
halfling.
Bounty paid:
200 gp per
kobold head.


Panel 9

Yokyok looks up and sees the building is a tavern.

Panel 10

Noises from within the tavern, "rumblerumblerumblerumblerumbl
Yokyok: Oh shi—

Panel 11

Adventurers pile out of the tavern and attack Yokyok.
Adventurer #1: He's mine!
Adventurer #2: Outta my way!
Adventurer #3: I saw him first!
Adventurer #4: I need the XP!
Belkar: Getting paid to kill things: Cornerstone of the world economy.
Belkar: An extra 50 gp to the one who makes him scream the loudest!

D&D Context Edit

  • Adventurers starting quests in taverns is a cliché of D&D adventures, but such a convenient plot hook that it continues to be widely used.

Trivia Edit

  • The title is a reference to the saying "the pen is mightier than the sword", coined by Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839 for his play Richelieu.

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