|“The Best Part of Waking Up”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||23 May 2006|
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Belkar wakes up with a hangover. Vaarsuvius' special coffee is the cure.
- Belkar Bitterleaf ◀ ▶
- Durkon Thundershield ◀ ▶
- Vaarsuvius ◀ ▶
- Rooster of Azure City ▶
- Rooster's Stepson ▶
- Panel 1
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: 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.
- Panel 7
Belkar walks past Durkon and Vaarsuvius.
Belkar: Can't talk...
- Panel 8
Belkar drinks coffee.
- Panel 9
Belkar spits the coffee.
- Panel 10
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.
- 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.