|“The Epistle of Durkon”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||15 April 2006|
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Durkon writes to his superiors for reinstatement in the Dwarven Lands.
- Panel 1
Durkon: Hey Roy, lad—I think I've got me letter ta tha High Priest written and ready.
Durkon: Yer good wit words, tho, could ye listen ta it an'tell me what ye think?
Roy: Absolutely. Go right ahead.
- Panel 2
Durkon: First, that honoriffics:
Durkon: "Praise ta Thor, whose hammer smooshes tha evil o'tha world."
Roy: Good start.
- Panel 3
Durkon: "Praise tha High Priest o'Thor. May his beard e'er be soaked in ale rather than vomit."
Roy: A traditional dwarven blessing, I take it?
- Panel 4
Durkon: "Dear High Priest:"
Durkon: "Thank ye very much fer sendin' me on tha fascinatin' mission ta human lands. Just as ye said, I've learn'd much aboot our human friends in me time here."
- Panel 5
Durkon: "Since it's bin almost 18 years since ye first sent me away from dwarven lands, tho, I think it might be helpful ta allow me ta come home, s'that I c'n share what I've learn'd wit tha other dwarves."
- Panel 6
Durkon: "I'd also like ta see me Ma an'Granpappy, since I was unable ta see 'em before ye sent me away."
- Panel 7
Flashback to the Dwarven Lands where Durkon is being tossed out of the Temple of Thor by two of Hurak's guards.
Durkon (inset): "While I'd never question yer worshipfulness's judgm'nt, I imagine that tha manner in which I wuz asked ta leave so sudd'nly might've caused them ta wonder what happen'd ta me fer all these years."
- Panel 8
Durkon: "Ye can send yer reply ta this mess'nger, who'll bring it back ta me."
Durkon: "Yer servant in the holy name o' Thor, Durkon Thundershield."
- Panel 9
Roy: Sounds good, Durkon. Here, let me check it for spelling.
- Panel 10
Praise ta Thor, whose hammer smooshes tha evil o'tha world.
- Panel 11
Roy: Ummm... You do know that you don't need to transcribe your accent?
Durkon: Transcribe my what, now?
Roy: Never mind.
- This is some of the first exposition of how Durkon was exiled from the dwarven lands. Very little else is told of this story until #947 (after the end of Blood Runs in the Family), when bits of Durkon's past begin to be revealed. This particular incident is remembered in #1007.
- This is the first appearance of Hurak's Dwarf tossers. They will appear again in #1007.