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The Diary
Order of the Stick comic
OOTS0196
Comic no. 196
Date published 20 June 2005
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Team Evil is much closer to their goal.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Serini's diary is open to a picture of the Order of the Scribble.

...the third fissure. Lirian is already
...and on about some way to seal the
...with a magical door or something, but
I totally zoned out on the details. The new guy
seems interested, but I think he just wants to
get into her magical door, if you know what I
mean. Hee hee! So now we're headed south,..


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?

Trivia Edit

  • 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.

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