|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||18 July 2004|
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Vaarsuvius demonstrates the qualities of bargain spells.
- The Order of the Stick
- Panel 1
Vaarsuvius: Before we are again interrupted by some foolishness, I have an cunning plan I must relate.
Roy: Sure, V, go ahead.
- Panel 2
Vaarsuvius: It occurred to me that our recent bypassing of several levels was a very efficient means to get to our ultimate goal, the defeat of Xykon.
- Panel 3
Vaarsuvius: This got me to thinking. Would you be opposed to a strategy that would likewise bypass—rather than engage—many of [the] monsters contained therein?
- Panel 4
Roy: You mean sneak past them somehow?
Roy: Well, Haley will probably complain about the treasure skipped, and Belkar will whine about the XP lost. So no, I don't oppose it at all.
- Panel 5
Vaarsuvius: I have a spell called Invisibility Sphere. It has the effect of turning all allied creatures invisible—
Roy: —within ten feet of the caster! My dad used to have the same spell. Great idea, V!
- Panel 6
Vaarsuvius: Yes, usually it is a ten foot radius. However, I purchased this spell from the Magick Shoppe's discount bin. Its area of effect is... shall we say, slightly less robust.
- Panel 7
Roy: How big is it?
Roy: HOW small?
Vaarsuvius: Three feet, nine inches.
- Panel 8
All the Order are standing tightly together, almost on top of each other.
- Panel 9
Belkar: This is unbelievably dumb.
Haley: Oww! My foot!
Durkon: I cannae breathe down here!
Vaarsuvius: Silence, as I cast the spell.
Vaarsuvius: INVISIBILITY SPHERE!!
- Panel 10
With a "pop!" everyone disappears.
- Panel 11
Elan (invisible): Who's groping me??
Roy (invisible): What?
Elan (invisible): Someone is squeezing my butt!
- Panel 12
Durkon (invisible): It not be me!
Vaarsuvius (invisible): Nor is it I.
Elan (invisible): Well, somebody's doing it, and they better cut it out.
- Panel 13
Elan (invisible): Is it you, Belkar? Roy?
Roy (invisible): Actually, I think Haley's doing it.
Haley (invisible): Tee hee. Sorry, Elan.
D&D Context Edit
- Invisibility Sphere is a 3rd-level spell that applies Invisibility to all creatures within 10 feet of the caster. Vaarsuvius' spell is somewhat more limited.
- Identifications above of invisible characters are assumptions based on the speech phraseologies.