|“Scents and Cents Ability”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||7 August 2017|
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Durkon recalls his mother's frugality and his first case of food poisoning.
- Durkon Thundershield (also as spirit) ◀ ▶
- "Durkon" ◀ ▶
- Sigdi Thundershield ◀
- Thirden ◀
- Hoskin ◀
- Durkon's Aunt ◀
- Kandro ◀
- Shirra ◀
- Logann ◀
- Panel 1, Page 1
"Durkon": I still can't help but notice that you volunteered a suitable location for our evil plans without even being asked.
Durkon: Guess so.
- Panel 2, Page 1
"Durkon": I don't understand you. You switch back and forth between fighting me for every inch and giving me more help than I requested.
Durkon: Wha do ye care? Jus' take tha extra help when I give it.
- Panel 3, Page 1
"Durkon": I don't care. Not really. But I want to be sure you're not plotting something.
"Durkon": I meant something that might actually work.
- Panel 4, Page 1
Durkon: I'll make ye a deal. Watch tha next part o' this memory, an' I'll tell ye tha Thor's honest truth.
"Durkon": Thor is a deceitful and untrustworthy wretch. But I know you think he's not, so I agree.
- Panel 5, Page 1
They look back into Durkon's memory.
Logann: It's justa scratch I got n' army trainin', Ma. It's na big deal.
Durkon's Aunt: Shush. Let yer cousin work.
- Panel 6, Page 1
Durkon: Cure Minor Wounds!
Durkon's Aunt: I just go chills.
Hoskin: Thar he go, lad! Praise Thor!
- Panel 7, Page 1
Shirra: Sigdi, what's wrong? You don't look like the proud mother of a newly ordained cleric of Thor.
Sigdi: Och, I am. I ne'er been prouder o' me boy.
- Panel 8, Page 1
Sigdi: I just... I willnae haf tha money ta pay ye back until next month at tha earliest.
Shirra: That's what you're worried about, today of all days?!?
Sigdi: Ye know I dinnae like bein' in debt, 'specially fer a silly luxury like this.
- Panel 9, Page 1
Shirra: Sigdi, I love you, but... it's a new dress! You're entitled to one new dress when your child becomes the living messenger of the Thunder God.
Thirden: True! It's a little-known church bylaw.
- Panel 10, Page 1
Kandro: An' ye know how tha five o' us all feel aboot ye payin' us back anythin'.
Sigdi: I know, but—
Shirra: But, but, but! That dress is a gift from me to you, and my honor will be deeply insulted if you try to give me money for it later.
Sigdi: Och, alright. Thank ye, all o' ye.
- Panel 11, Page 1
Cut back to Durkon's mind
"Durkon": See, this is what I'm talking about! They throw you a party, and your memories are filled up with what you mother was doing during it!
"Durkon": You were a spectator in your own life before I made you a spectator in your own life!
- Panel 1, Page 2
"Durkon": Now answer my question: Why did you just help me?
Durkon: It's Tuesday.
- Panel 2, Page 2
Durkon: Tha owners o' tha hall're Odin-worshippers, so thar always closed on Tuesday, 'cause it's tha night b'fore thar holy day.
Durkon: Ye were gonna go lookin' fer a place to set up wit or wtout me help, so at least I could steer ye ta a place where thar willnae be anyone ta kill right now.
- Panel 3, Page 2
"Durkon": What does that have to do with the memory you just showed me?
Durkon: I was hopin' he'd learn a lesson aboot acceptin' help when offer'd
Durkon: Nah. I just wanted ye ta watch it.
- Panel 4, Page 2
"Durkon": If that's the reason you, helped, you're a fool. Your efforts have only increased the chances that those dwarves all die anyway when Hel's plans come to fruition.
Durkon: But if Roy beats ye, then I'll haf saved thar lives.
- Panel 5, Page 2
"Durkon": You shouldn't get your hopes up. I have plenty of ideas for dealing with Roy that won't interrupt our efforts to sway the Council vote tomorrow.
"Durkon": You have no power to stop me. What do you have to say about that, Durkon?
- Panel 6, Page 2
- Panel 7, Page 2
"Durkon": What is that smell??
- Panel 8, Page 2
"Durkon": Oh Hel—it's revolting
Durkon: Tha's tha memory o' tha first time I got food poisonin' from human cookin'.
"Durkon": I'm gonna throw up!
Durkon: Ye cannae! Yer a negative energy spirit, rememb'r?
- Panel 9, Page 2
Durkon (off-panel): Unnnnh...
"Durkon": Turn it off! Turn it off!
Durkon: Suit yerself, but thar's six more hours o' me runnin' ta tha can, an' ye'll haf ta smell ev'ry minute of it at some point!
- Panel 10, Page 2
"Durkon": That's why I'm not worried about you upsetting my plans. The best you can come up with is... is a juvenille[sic] prank!
Durkon: Yer tha one makin' me relive me whole childhood.
- Panel 11, Page 2
"Durkon": Biology is disgusting! I don't know how the living live like that!
Durkon: Ye've na ev'n seen half tha gross stuff skin can do yet! Yer gonna love the extended pus-squeezin' montage I got lined up!
- The title is a pun on the title of the 1811 Jane Austin novel, Sense and Sensibility.
- In panel 8, page 2, Durkon is referring to #947, in which "Durkon" responded to Durkon's filial love with, "If I wasn't composed entirely of Negative Energy, I would yarf."
- This strip is the latest appearance of several characters:
- Sigdi Thundershield, Durkon's mother. She has only appeared in Durkon's memories called up by the vampire spirit which occupies his body. She first appeared in #947, "Keep in Mind".
- Thirden, Hoksin, Kandro, Shirra and Durkon's Aunt, close friends and "aunts" and "uncles" to Durkon. They first appeared in #958.
- Durkon's cousin Logann, who first appeared in #962.