|“Setting Up the Board”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||31 August 2006|
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The Order of the Stick separate out to protect Roy as he heads to the rendezvous with Nale.
- The Order of the Stick
- Nale ◀ ▶
- Thog ◀ ▶
- Leeky's Trees (as trees) ▶
- Five citizens of Cliffport
- Panel 1
Durkon & Vaarsuvius talk outside a park.
Vaarsuvius: Perhaps we should conceal ourselves with the foliage of this municipal park?
Durkon: Nay, I dinnae trust trees so far inta tha city... strikes me as a bit... shady.
Vaarsuvius: Ah. Naturally.
- Panel 2
Haley stands bow drawn on a roof
Haleys Self-Loathing: Hey, look at you, Miss Big Shot, covering her fearless leader. Hope you don't need to, like shout a warning or anything to him.
- Panel 3
Elan: I spy with my little eye something that begins with the letter "I".
Belkar: "Idiot"? "Imbecile"? Maybe "Ignoramus"?
Belkar: Oh, I know, how about, "Incapable of Shutting Up Already and Letting Me Watch Roy Get His Ass Kicked"?
- Panel 4
Wide angle shot showing the park area and square with Roy walking across the square Haley seen from behind with Elan & Belkar hiding, and Vaarsuvius & Durkon next to the park
- Panel 5
Close up with Nale
Nale: Ahhh... Greenhilt has arrived. All of my pawns are in place. The game begins at last.
- Panel 6
Expands to show Nale and Thog
Thog: game? what game? thog likes games! barrel of monkeys? or chutes and ladders?
Nale: Uh, no, Thog, it's—
- Panel 7
Thog: ooo! or candy land?? thog loves candy land!
Nale: No, Thog! It's just an expression. We're NOT playing "Candy Land".
- Panel 8
Thog: *sigh* Thog fears he will never again know the majesty of the gumdrop mountains.
Nale: Can I get through just ONE foreboding monologue without the half-orc upstaging me? Geez!
- Durkon's running gag of dendrophobia (fear of trees) is used again in the first panel.
- This is the first appearance of Leeky's trees, though they have yet to be awakened.
- Thog says his name with a capital letter in the last panel, something that he, and most other orcs, never do. This is likely just a mistake. Thog still refers to himself in third person, though.
- Thog is the only half-orc to speak with the grammatical errors of true orcs.