|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||20 June 2005|
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Team Evil is much closer to their goal.
- Team Evil
- The Order of the Scribble (as a picture in Serini's diary)
- Panel 1
Serini's diary is open to a picture of the Order of the Scribble.
...the third fissure. Lirian is already
Monster in the Darkness (off-panel): The guy in the yellow robe. That's the guy you killed over Crooked Mountain last year!
Xykon (off-panel): His name was Dorukan. He built the castle in which we were living, as well as the gate beneath it.
- Panel 2
Monster in the Darkness: He sure looks a lot younger in the picture.
Xykon: Well, it was drawn about 65 years ago, back when he was an adventurer.
- Panel 3
Flashback to Xykon and Dorukan engaged in a wizard's duel high above the Redmountain Hills.
Xykon (inset): By the time he and I dueled, he had been retired and holed up in that dungeon of his for decades. I had a hell of a time drawing him out to do battle.
- Panel 4
Monster in the Darkness: OK, so the halfling chick knew this Dorukan guy. So what? Why should we care?
Xykon: We don't, except for the diary. Without it, I wouldn't have known where to find Dorukan or his gate.
- Panel 5
Xykon: There were five other adventurers in the party. Each built a secret stronghold atop one of the five gates, while the sixth—the halfling—recorded the locations in code in her diary.
- Panel 6
Xykon: When I first found the diary, I deciphered the locations of two of the gates:
Xykon: Lirian's gate, which was SOMEHOW destroyed in a forest fire before it could be unlocked—
Redcloak: Look, it was an accident! OK? Let it drop already. Geez!
- Panel 7
Xykon: —and Dorukan's gate. Which I would have opened by now, if it weren't for those meddling kids.
- Panel 8
Xykon: And opening any one of the gates—with proper magical precautions—is the key to conquering the world. Heck, maybe even the multiverse.
Monster in the Darkness: Fascinating. I just have one question then.
- Panel 9
Monster in the Darkness: What "gate" do you guys keep talking about?
- This is the first appearance of the Order of the Scribble.
- The MitD's ignorance of Dorukan's Gate is a recurring gag.
- Xykon's "meddling kids" quote is a reference to the often repeated line of the villains before being hauled off to jail in the Scooby-Doo TV show.
- Past events referred to in this comic are shown in Start of Darkness.