What's My Motivation?
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 204
Date published 18 July 2005
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Roy has to convince the team to go along with the paladin, but they suspect something else is going on.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Miko: Therefore, the six of you are under arrest in the name of my master, Lord Shojo of Azure City.
Roy: Isn't that way in the Southern Lands?
Miko: Indeed. It took me nearly 80 strips to get here.

Panel 2

Haley: Roy, if we could conference over here for a moment? Thanks.
Roy: Excuse me for just a second.

Panel 3

Belkar: OK, with the rain gone, I say we start with a Disintegrate from V, followed up by Roy and me flanking her. Haley, finish the horse early. Elan, support.

Panel 4

Roy: I have an alternate strategy: We go peacefully with her to see her master and answer the charges.
Haley: Hmmmm... It lacks the punch of Belkar's plan.

Panel 5

Roy: OK, how about this: You guys attack her, then I help her knock your sorry asses out and drag you back by force.
Haley: Now you're just not even trying.

Panel 6

Roy: Look, if you attack now, she will respond with deadly force, and she won't give you another chance to surrender. I would rather help her knock you all out than watch her Ginsu one of you.

Panel 7

Haley: I can't believe you would side with her against us. You don't even know her name!

Panel 8

Roy: Hey honey, what's your name?
Miko: I am Miko Miyazaki, samurai of the Sapphire Guard, vassal of Lord Shojo, daughter of—

Panel 9

Roy: There. Now I do. Guys, listen, this isn't some agent of a dark overlord, this is a PALADIN. She is definitionally one of the Good Guys. I am NOT attacking her!

Panel 10

Roy: Especially when she's RIGHT! Elan DID destroy that gate when he set off the self-destruct rune, and we're all accessories because we helped him get there.

Panel 11

Roy: So we are all going to suck it up and let her take us to her master, where we will do our best to explain the extenuating circumstances.
Roy: Any questions?

Panel 12

Belkar: Are you just going along with this because you want to bone her?
Roy: What?? NO! I am NOT just going along with this because I want to "bone" her!

Panel 13

Haley: Aha! Then you ADMIT that you want to bone her, then!
Roy: Can everyone stop using the word "bone" as a verb?!?

D&D Context Edit

  • Disintegrate is a 6th-level Wizard spell that deals a large amount of damage.
  • A character is flanked if they have enemies on two different sides of them. Characters attacking a flanked character have a better chance to hit with attacks.

Trivia Edit

  • Miko Miyazaki's name is first given in this strip.
  • It took Miko 79 strips from when she was first ordered by Shojo to find the Order at the end of Dungeon Crawlin' Fools to when she appears before them in #199, "nearly 80", as she says.

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