|“The Vote in Gods' Aye”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||20 August 2015|
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The gods vote on the fate of the world.
- Roy Greenhilt ◀ ▶
- Durkon Thundershield (as vampire) ◀ ▶
- High Priests of the Northern Pantheon:
- "Durkon" ◀ ▶
- High Priestess of Odin (also possessed) ◀ ▶
- High Priestess of Freya (possessed) ◀ ▶
- High Priestess of Sif (possessed) ◀ ▶
- High Priestess of Thor (possessed) ◀ ▶
- High Priestess of Frigg (also possessed) ◀ ▶
- High Priest of Mani (possessed) ◀ ▶
- High Priestess of Hoder (also possessed) ◀ ▶
- High Priest of Balder (possessed) ◀ ▶
- High Priest of Freyr (possessed) ◀ ▶
- High Priest of Heimdall (possessed) ◀ ▶
- High Priest of Loki (possessed) ◀ ▶
- High Priest of Sunna (also possessed) ◀ ▶
- High Priestess of Skadi (possessed) ▶
- High Priest of Fenrir (possessed) ▶
- High Priest of Tyr (possessed) ▶
- High Priest of Vafthrudnir (also possessed) ▶
- High Priestess of Njord (possessed) ▶
- Gods of the Northern Pantheon:
- Representatives of the other Pantheons:
- Gods of the Western Pantheon
- Twelve High Priests of the Southern Pantheon
- Nineteen High Priests of the Western Pantheon
- Panel 1, Page 1
Wrecan: You did a good job. Better than I would have. I’m sure they’ll have to reconsider…uh…whatever is happening.
Roy: At this point, I’m not sure what’s true, and I think I might be the protagonist!
- Panel 2, Page 1
Roy: You know what? Forget all that for right now.
Roy: Wrecan, this voting: How does it work?
Wrecan: Well, when it’s a big enough issue like this, then all three pantheons will vote.
- Panel 3, Page 1
Wrecan: Each pantheon gets one vote, with that vote being decided by a simple majority of the full-fledged gods within that group.
Wrecan: The Western and Southern Gods must be holding their own votes…
Wrecan: I guess that’s why they couldn’t spare anyone more important than Vel to come here.
- Panel 4, Page 1
Roy: Back up—you said three pantheons. Don’t the elven gods get a vote?
Wrecan: Not as their own group. They vote as part of the Western Pantheon. I’m not really sure why, though.
- Panel 5, Page 1
Odin: Representatives from the West and South! How do your pantheons vote?
Veldrina: I don’t know. But if you want I can go home and ask them what they—
- Panel 6, Page 1
Veldrina and the Southern Representative are hit with bolts of colored energy, "ZOT! ZOT!"
- Panel 7, Page 1
The twelve high priests of the Southern Pantheon sit around a reflecting pool, each surrounded by a blue aura.
- Panel 8, Page 1
The Southern Pantheon: The Southern Pantheon votes No.
- Panel 9, Page 1
The nineteen high priests of the Western and Elven Pantheons stand in a temple surrounded by statues of the Western gods. They are all surrounded by an orange glow.
- Panel 10, Page 1
The Western Pantheon: The Western Pantheon votes Yes.
- Panel 1, Page 2
The priests of the Northern Pantheon are hit with bolts of yellow energy, "ZOT! ZOT! ZOT! ZOT! ZOT! ZOT! ZOT!"
Odin: The let us tally the votes of the Northern Pantheon.
- Panel 2, Page 2
Odin: I see worlds within worlds and yarn winding yarn.
Odin: Odin, God of Magic, votes No.
- Panel 3, Page 2
Thor: We owe it to our followers to give them every chance to make this right.
Thor: Thor, God of Storms, votes No.
- Panel 4, Page 2
Sif: Logic be damned, I’m not giving up on this planet yet.
Sif: Sif, Goddess of Earth, votes No.
- Panel 5, Page 2
Tyr: I will see this world torn to shreds before I allow anyone to gain a strategic advantage over us.
Tyr: Tyr, God of War, votes Yes.
- Panel 6, Page 2
Balder: Huh? Oh, whatever Thor and Odin say goes for me, too.
Balder: Balder, God of Beauty, votes No.
Balder: I guess.
- Panel 7, Page 2
Heimdall: The only reasonable option is the most cautious one.
Heimdall: Heimdall, God of the Watch, votes Yes.
- Panel 8, Page 2
Freya: My hand will not be the one that ends so many lives.
Freya: Freya, Goddess of Fertility, votes No.
- Panel 9, Page 2
Freyr: There’s no profit without a little risk. I say, let it ride.
Freyr: Freyr, God of Prosperity, votes No.
- Panel 10, Page 2
Sunna: Nuke it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.
Sunna: Sunna, Goddess of the Sun, votes Yes.
- Panel 1, Page 3
Frigg: The lives of our mortal children should not be brushed aside so easily, lest they turn from our guidance.
Frigg: Frigg, Goddess of Wisdom, votes No.
- Panel 2, Page 3
Njord: I’m bored with this world anyway. Ooo! I could try out that new idea I had for a coastline!
Njord: Njord, God of the Sea, votes Yes.
- Panel 3, Page 3
Mani: I don’t really care one way or another, but I’d rather do less work.
Mani: Mani, God of the Moon, votes No.
- Panel 4, Page 3
Skadi: New life can only arise if we, the gods, survive.
Skaki: Skadi, Goddess of the Hunt, votes Yes.
- Panel 5, Page 3
Hoder: For all things, there is a season. This world’s time has passed.
Hoder: Hoder, God of Winter, votes Yes.
- Panel 6, Page 3
Fenrir: Tear down the world! Murder everyone! Piss on their graves!
Fenrir: Fenrir, God of Monsters, votes Yes.
- Panel 7, Page 3
Vafthrudnir: This danger may pass, but too many mortals know of the rifts.
Vafthrudnir: Vafthrudnir, God of Secrets, votes Yes.
- Panel 8, Page 3
Loki: Screw you guys, we won anyway!!
Loki: Loki, God of Fire, votes No.
- Panel 9, Page 3
Bodyguard Half-Orc: Whew
Bodyguard with Side Shave: Oh, thank the gods! Uh, I mean, thank you, gods!
Roy: OK. OK, good. Still under control. See? Nothing to worry about.
Bodyguard with Kilt: I bet it was your speech that turned the tide.
Loki: Go Loki! It’s your Birthday! Go Loki!
- Panel 10, Page 3
Odin: The vote stands at eight in favor and nine against.
Odin: Therefore, the Northern Pantheon votes—
- Panel 11, Page 3
"Durkon": There’s one vote left to count.
- The title of this comic is a nod to the 1974 science fiction novel The Mote in God's Eye, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. That title is itself a reference to the biblical discourse known as "The Mote and the Beam".
- Sunna's comment on page 2, panel 10, "Nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure." is a quote from the 1986 James Cameron movie Aliens.
- Njord's new idea for a coastline might be a fjord.
- Hoder's line, "For all things, there is a season", is from the the third chapter of the biblical Book of Ecclesiastes, which was famously adapted as the lyrics to the 1950's Pete Seeger song Turn! Turn! Turn!, made a hit in 1965 by The Byrds.
- This is the first appearance of the High Priestess of Njord.
- This is the final appearance to date of Tiamat, goddess of the sea and dragons. She has appeared in four strips, first appearing in #273.
- This is the final appearance of Marduk, chief god of the Western Pantheon. He also first appeared in #273.
- This is the final appearance of Sif, goddess of earth and Thor's wife. She has appeared in three strips, #73, #274, and this one. She also appears once in the bonus material.
- This is second and final appearance of Freya thus far. Her other appearance was in #501.
- This is the only other appearance of Ishtar, the Western fertility goddess. She first appeared in #273.
- This is the only appearance of many of the gods of the Northern Pantheon: Balder, Fenrir, Freyr, Frigg, Hoder, Mani, Njord, Tyr, Skadi, Sunna, and Vafthrudnir. None of the appear in person, but they speak through their possessed high priests.