Double Suprise
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 18
Date published 3 December 2003
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Behold the surprising power of sneak attacks.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

Belkar: What the hell is THAT thing?
Elan: I don't know—I must have failed my Bardic Lore check!

Panel 2

Trigak's Dragon Head: We are the chimera Trigak.
Trigak's Lion Head: Xykon knows you have slain many goblins.
Trigak's Goat Head: He sent us. Now you die.

Panel 3

Belkar: I'm surprised.
Elan: Me too.
Haley: Yes, well allow me to offer your employer a counter-proposal:

Panel 4

Haley shoots an arrow at Trigak.

Panel 5


Panel 6

Elan (whispering): Psst—Haley, you won initiative, go again!
Haley: Oh, right.

Panel 7

Haley shoots another arrow at Trigak.

Panel 8

Trigak's Dragon Head: Wow, that first attack was surprising...
Trigak's Lion Head: But I REALLY didn't expect the second one.
Trigak's Goat Head: Stupid sneak attacks.

D&D Context Edit

  • Rogues like Haley Starshine have the ability to Sneak Attack an opponents for extra damage. One of the ways to activate the ability is by acting before their opponents. Since Haley acted during the surprise round and went first during the actual combat round she got two sneak attacks in this way.
  • Bards, being essentially wandering singing historians, have the Bardic Knowledge ability which allows them to know random pieces of lore and rumors if they roll high enough.

Trivia Edit

Quotes Edit

  • Haley: SNEAK ATTACK!

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