A Moment of Truth
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 285
Date published 23 February 2006
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For the other comic titled "A Moment of Truth", see A Moment of Truth (406).

The Order sides with Belkar over Miko.

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Panel 1, Page 1

Miko readies a Smite Evil.

Panel 2, Page 1

Belkar (whispering): Do it... C'mon, do it...

Panel 3, Page 1

Miko prepares to strike in rage.

Panel 4, Page 1

Vaarsuvius (off-panel): Scorching Ray!

Panel 5, Page 1

Vaarsuvius: Belkar is a horrible, loathesome, supremely selfish creature who behaves contemptibly, laughs at the pain of others, has no manners whatsoever, and whose mental acuity would be compared unfavorably to that of a table.

Panel 6, Page 1

Vaarsuvius: And yet I find I still prefer him to you.

Panel 7, Page 1

Miko: Do not interfere in that which is not your concern, elf!
Roy (off-panel): Oh yeah? Well, I'm pretty sure it IS my concern...

Panel 8, Page 1

Roy: I'm his leader. You want him, you'll have to go through me.
Miko: You call yourself Lawful Good and yet you defend him?

Panel 9, Page 1

Roy: Not everything is about Good and Evil, Miko. In this case, it's about loyalty. I learned in Fighter College that a good commander doesn't abandon one of his people in the face of the enemy.

Panel 10, Page 1

Roy: And Belkar IS one of my people. He's had numerous opportunities to turn on us in battle and has never done so. Despite the fact that if he had sided with our foes, he could have probably beaten us and then looted our corpses for our magic items.
Belkar: Hey, that's a good idea...
Roy: You're not helping.

Panel 11, Page 1

Roy: Face it, Miko: Belkar is a member of the Order of the Stick, and you are not—and never will be.
Elan: Yeah! You big meanie!
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Panel 12, Page 1

Miko: And you, Durkon? Do you stand against me as well?
Durkon: Na unless ya force me ta.

Panel 13, Page 1

Durkon: Think, lass. This cannae be wha Thor wanted. Let thar be no more death today.

Panel 1, Page 2

Miko pauses.

Panel 2, Page 2

Miko draws both swords.
Miko: Very well. If enemies you wish to be, then I shall simply have to crush you all a third time before exacting justice on the halfling.
Miko: Make peace with your gods, Northerners.

Panel 3, Page 2

Miko and the Order attack each other.
Lord Shojo (off-panel): STOP!

Panel 4, Page 2

Lord Shojo: Miko Miyazaki, the orders I gave you were to deliver this halfling to my audience chamber.
Lord Shojo: You have now done so successfully, despite great difficulty. For this, I commend your efforts.
Lord Shojo: I now request that you retire to your quarters and await further orders.

Panel 5, Page 2

Miko: Master, the halfling killed one of our guards in cold blood. He must be punished.
Lord Shojo: Then he will be taken into custody and tried, lawfully, on those charges.

Panel 6, Page 2

Miko seethes.

Panel 7, Page 2

Miko: As you command, Master. You are my rightful liege, I obey your wishes. For I am a paladin...

Panel 8, Page 2

Miko: ...whether any of YOU like it or not.

Panel 9, Page 2

Miko: But mark my words: This act of defiance has sealed your fate. You will suffer a great loss for choosing Evil over Good. This I swear. Holy justice will be served, in due time.

Panel 10, Page 2

Miko: I only pray that the Twelve Gods will allow it to be my hand that strikes the final blow, so that I might feel your warm sin-stained blood spilled rightfully on the cold hard ground.

Panel 11, Page 2

Elan: Whew! And here I thought she was going to be upset!

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Trivia Edit

  • The translation of Haley's line is:
    • Panel 11, Page 1: You can't understand me, so let me just say that you're a frigid bitch and your thighs look fat in that armor.

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