The Best Part of Waking Up
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 317
Date published 23 May 2006
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Belkar wakes up with a hangover. Vaarsuvius' special coffee is the cure.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Rooster: Cock-a-doodle-doo!
Rooster's Stepson: You're such a sell-out.

Panel 2

Belkar dropped out of his bed. The sun is shining through the window into Belkar's eyes.

Panel 3

Belkar: Uhhhhh...
Belkar: Geez, they can research 9th level spells that stop time, but they can't put a dimmer switch on the sun?

Panel 4

Belkar: I'd settle for a few castings of Summon Coffee VII. Maximized.
Belkar: I guess I'll settle for whatever this inn's got.

Panel 5

Belkar: What a headache...
Belkar: This must be what Elan feels like when he tries to do subtraction.

Panel 6

Clerk: I could have sworn he was taller when he checked in.
Belkar: Coffee...

Panel 7

Belkar walks past Durkon and Vaarsuvius.
Belkar: Can't talk...
Belkar: Coffee...

Panel 8

Belkar drinks coffee.

Panel 9

Belkar spits the coffee.
Belkar: Pfffffw!

Panel 10

Belkar: Gah!
Belkar: Oh, gods, what the hell kind of crappy coffee is this??

Panel 11

Belkar picks up and the reads the package with red text on a yellow background.

Explosive Runes™
"Good to the last boom!"

Panel 12

Cut to Vaarsuvius and Belkar in the next room. An explosion occurs in the room Belkar is in, "BOOM!".
Durkon: Filterin' tha coffee wit Roy's sweat socks was a nice touch.
Vaarsuvius: I pride myself on attention to detail.

D&D Context Edit

  • In the third panel Belkar is referring to the 9th-level Wizard spell Time Stop.
  • There are nine versions of the Summon Monster spell, for example Summon Monster VII, which follow the Roman numeral system just as Belkar's joke spell, Summon Coffee VII
  • The Maximize Spell metamagic Feat makes all rolled numbers the maximum possible they could be.
  • Explosive Runes is a 3rd-level Wizard spell that creates writing which explodes when read.

Trivia Edit

  • The title is part of the slogan for Folgers, a coffee brand.
  • "Good to the last drop" is the slogan for Maxwell House, another coffee brand.
  • The innkeeper's reaction is due to the fact that Belkar has been walking on stilts and wearing a blue paladin's cloak since the party made its agreement with Shojo in #294.
  • V's comedic use of explosive runes is a running gag in the comic.
  • This is the first appearance of Rooster of Azure City and Rooster's Stepson. Their familial relationship is not yet established.

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