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The Path of Least Expectation
Order of the Stick comic
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Comic no. 661
Date published 9 June 2009
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The Monster In The Darkness teleports Vaarsuvius and O-Chul to safety by unknown means.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

O-Chul is still frozen by Xykon's Mass Hold Person spell.

Panel 2

O-Chul: Nnnnnnn...

Panel 3

O-Chul makes his saving throw, breaking free of the spell.
O-Chul: nnnRAAARGH!!!

Panel 4

O-Chul: Elf? I am finally turning my thoughts to escape, now. Try to shrug off the spell, as the Twelve Gods have helped me to do.
O-Chul: ...
O-Chul: No? Then I suppose I am carrying you.

Panel 5

Monster in the Darkness: O-Chul, you need to get out of here! He's gonna be really mad when he gets back!
O-Chul: Agreed, we must—

Panel 6

Xykon, enraged, bursts through the wall with a "CRASH!!!!"
Xykon: Do you have any idea how hard it is going to be to find that?!?
Xykon: It has the best anti-detection spells we know on it!!! We're going to need to search for it BY HAND!

Panel 7

Monster in the Darkness: Oh man! You don't know what he's like when he gets like this! You gotta leave right now!

Panel 8

Xykon puts his right hand in front of Vaarsuvius's face and his left in O-Chul's mouth.
Xykon: I am officially DONE WITH THIS. I'm snuffing you sickening pouches of warm goo right now.
O-Chul: Gllrck!

Panel 9

Monster in the Darkness: You're my friend, you HAVE to be OK! It can't end like this! It's not fair!
Monster in the Darkness: You need to leave. You need to—

Panel 10

Xykon: Meteor—

Panel 11

Monster in the Darkness' eyes glow.
Monster In The Darkness: —ESCAPE.

Panel 12

O-Chul and Vaarsuvius vanish with a "pop! pop!"
Xykon: —Swuhh???
Xykon: Where did they go???

Panel 13

Large amounts of magic energy burst from Xykon's hands as he throws up his arms in rage.
Xykon: WHO JUST STOLE MY KILLS?!?!?

Panel 14

The demon-roaches stare up at the Monster in the Darkness.
Monster in the Darkness: ...What?
Monster In The Darkness: Why are you all looking at me like that?

D&D Context Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Xykon yelling "WHO JUST STOLE MY KILLS?!?!?" is a reference to kill stealing, which is when in a game someone kills something that someone else had been fighting and gets credit for it.
  • There has been much speculation regarding what power enabled the MitD to teleport O-Chul and V to safety. MitD's ability to do this is a major clue to its identity.
  • The title is a play on the physical concept of the path of least resistance.

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