|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||17 January 2009|
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- Panel 1
A group of soldiers flee through Azure City.
Azure Soldier #1: The caves are over this way!
Azure Soldier #2: Wait for me!
- Panel 2
Male Soldier #1 runs into something invisible, "WUNNK!"
Male Soldier #1: Ooof!
- Panel 3
Male Soldier #1: What the—? Hey, I just ran into something invisible right here!
Male Soldier #3: It must be the elf!
- Panel 4
Female Soldier: Use your magic! Save us!!
Male Soldier #1: Blast them to bits!
Male Soldier #3: No, turn us invisible too!
Female Soldier: No, just teleport us out of here!
Male Soldier #2: They're coming...
- Panel 5
Female Soldier: Just do something! I know you're there, I can hear you breathing!
Male Soldier #1: Can't you do anything??
Male Soldier #3: Just help us, please!
Male Soldier #1: You're supposed to be the hero here!
Male Soldier #2: Twelve Gods... there are so many of them...
- Panel 6
Three hobgoblins catch up to them and kill the three male soldiers, "shlack! schlnk!"
Female Soldier: Help us, please!
Male Soldier #3: Help us!
Male Soldier #2: Help—
- Panel 7
Hobgoblin #1: Who do you think they were asking for help from, anyway?
Hobgoblin #2: Probably their stupid animal gods.
A hobgoblin stabs the female soldier, "shthurk!"
Female Soldier: Unnnh!
- Panel 8
Female Soldier: Elf, if you're still here...
Female Soldier: I hope you choke on your useless goddamn magic.
- Panel 9
The female soldier dies.
- Panel 10
Cut to Vaarsuvius.
- Panel 11
Vaarsuvius: No...I must not trance...it is... inefficient.
Vaarsuvius: Yes, it is inefficient to review the same memory, over and over.
Vaarsuvius: And over.
- Panel 12
Vaarsuvius: Nowhere does it state that I must trance in order to regain spells. I must merely rest. Rest for eight hours.
Vaarsuvius: I must not engange[sic] in any demanding mental tasks.
Vaarsuvius: I must empty my mind completely, while still progressing at my task.
- Panel 13
Vaarsuvius reads, "Finding Plot Holes for DUMMIES".
Vaarsuvius: Ahhh... Perfect.
D&D Context Edit
- In Panel 12, Vaarsuvius references the D&D 3.5e rules for preparing wizard spells, specifically the precise wording of the "rest" requirement.
- Chronologically, Vaarsuvius' flashback happens between comics #452, "Breaking and Entering", and #478, "On Usefulness".