|“Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||5 June 2007|
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Miko once again reads the signs all wrong.
- Panel 1, Page 1
Miko prays in her prison cell.
Miko: Mighty Twelve Gods, I have emptied my thoughts so that I might pray to you.
- Panel 2, Page 1
Miko: First I give you thanks for removing the irritating distractions and their ceaseless blather from this prison.
Miko: I was getting nowhere trying to meditate around them, anyway.
- Panel 3, Page 1
Miko: I ask now than you help me to understand your divine will. I know you have a grand destiny in store for me, but for some reason it has recently become more difficult for me to see what it might be.
Miko: I’m sure it was not your intent to send mixed signals, however.
- Panel 4, Page 1
Miko: I pray that you show me a sign—something that will tell me what my role is in this, my people’s darkest hour.
- Panel 5, Page 1
Miko prays, eyes closed.
- Panel 6, Page 1
Miko opens her eyes. The bar of her cell has a small crack.
- Panel 7, Page 1
Miko: I understand.
- Panel 8, Page 1
Miko: You clearly do not desire me to—NNNH!
Miko kicks the bar, "baDNNNNG!"
- Panel 9, Page 1
Miko: —be imprisoned, or you would not have allowed the—NNH!
Miko kicks the bar again, "baDNNNG!"; it bends.
- Panel 10, Page 1
Miko: —bars to become cracked when the—NNNH!—castle sustained damage.
She kicks the bar a third time, "KRACK!", breaking it.
- Panel 11, Page 1
Miko exits the cell block.
Miko: I take the fact that I am currently leaving the prison to be further proof that it is the will of the gods that I escape—
Miko: —for surely, if they wanted me to remain, they easily have the power to stop me.
- Panel 12, Page 1
She walks down a hall.
Miko: Therefore, I can only conclude that the gods want me to continue the mission I was engaged in when I was somehow defeated.
Miko: Specifically, the punishment of the Order of the Stick for their betrayal of Azure City.
- Panel 13, Page 1
She walks out onto the battlements of the Azure City castle.
Miko: No sign can be clearer than—
- Panel 1, Page 2
Miko sees Azure City burning and the castle teeming with hobgoblins.
Miko: My city…
Miko: My beautiful city…
- Panel 2, Page 2
Miko: By the Twelve Gods, I swear that the Order of the Stick will pay for their part in this!
- Panel 3, Page 2
Xykon (off-panel): Come on, you sissy, is that the best you can do?
- Panel 4, Page 2
She looks up at the broken windows of the throne room.
Xykon (off-panel): Your ma hits harder than that—and can grow better facial hair!
Xykon (off-panel): GNNNH!
Miko: The throne room… and that was the lich’s voice, I’m sure of it.
- Panel 5, Page 2
Miko begins to run.
Miko: The Order’s punishment will have to be delayed. The safety of the Gate comes first.
Miko: My oath to protect it does not fade just because Hinjo tries to remove me from my rightful position.
- Panel 6, Page 2
Miko: Once again, it appears Greenhilt will escape the fate he has so richly deserved since the day he sided with that evil halfling.
- Panel 7, Page 2
Cut to Roy's corpse laying in the plain. One vulture sits on the Greenhilt Sword while another descends to fest on his dead flesh.
- The title is the first line of the chorus of the 1970 song Signs by Five Man Electrical Band.
- The juxtaposition of the last two panels is an excellent example of dramatic irony.