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The Magic Words
Order of the Stick comic
OOTS0065
Comic no. 65
Date published 3 May 2004
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On the verge of defeat by Zz'dtri, Vaarsuvius resorts to the unholy power of... copyright law?

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Vaarsuvius: Ah, at long last we shall compare the measure of our respective arcane powers!
Zz'dtri: No Fireballs left.

Panel 2

Vaarsuvius: Yes, perhaps I have expended my daily allotment of Fireballs, but you as well have cast many Fly spells this long day.
Vaarsuvius: This battle shall thus be decided by the depth of our mastery of the lesser spells!

Panel 3

Vaarsuvius: Magic missile!
Zz'dtri: Shield.
Five missles bounce off of Zz'dtri's Shield, "pock! pock! pock! pock! pock!"

Panel 4

Vaarsuvius: Scorching ray!
Zz'dtri: Spell resistance.
The Scorching ray stops just short of Zz'dtri with a "sizzle!"

Panel 5

Vaarsuvius: Sleep!
Zz'dtri: Elf.
Vaarsuvius: Oh, right.

Panel 6

Vaarsuvius: Well, then, I believe perhaps that I am, in fact, completely screwed.
Zz'dtri: Yes.

Panel 7

Zz'dtri shocks Vaarsuvius with green lightning from his dual scimitars.
Vaarsuvius: AAAAH!!!

Panel 8

The green lightning continues.
Vaarsuvius (thinking): The scimitars... "Zz'dtri"... of course! My only hope!

Panel 9

Zz'dtri continues the green lightning attack.
Vaarsuvius: Aren't—Aren't you—AAAH!

Panel 10

Vaarsuvius gets out the though through the pain of the green lightning.
Vaarsuvius: Aren't you a violation of a certain popular fantasy author's intellectual property?!?

Panel 11

The Lawyers suddenly appear and drag Zz'dtri away while covering his mouth.

D&D Context Edit

  • Scorching Ray and Magic Missile are low-level wizard spells that damage opponents. Vaarsuvius produces the maximum five missiles, making him or her at least 9th level at this time.
  • Shield is a spell that boosts your armor and negates Magic Missile attacks.
  • As a drow elf, Zz'dtri automatically gains Spell Resistance as a racial feature.
  • As an elf, Zz'dtri is immune to magical sleep effects.
  • Zz'dtri is a parody of Drizzt Do'Urden, a popular character in a long series of books by R.A. Salvatore set in the Forgotten Realms. Drizzt is a trademarked character, hence why the lawyers come in after Zz'dtri.

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