|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||1 August 2005|
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Roy and Elan talk to Miko about her classes.
- Roy Greenhilt ◀ ▶
- Elan ◀ ▶
- Durkon Thundershield ◀ ▶
- Miko Miyazaki ◀ ▶
- Windstriker ◀ ▶
- Silver ◀ ▶
- Elan's Horse ◀ ▶
- Durkon's Pony ◀ ▶
- Panel 1
Roy: So Miko—
Roy: Wait, should I call you "Miko" or "Miyazaki"? I mean, "Miko" clearly sounds like your given name, but I thought that the surname came first in feudal Japan.
- Panel 2
Miko: What is this "Japan" you speak of? I have never heard of it before.
Roy: Good point.
- Panel 3
Roy: Anyway, Miko, back when we fought, those were some pretty fancy moves you pulled out, dodging a fireball, stunning Haley...
Miko: Flattery breeds ego. I did nothing worth noting but serve my lord.
- Panel 4
Roy: How does a paladin learn that kind of stuff?
Miko: I was raised in a monastery.
- Panel 5
Miko: I was born to noble parents, but orphaned at a young age. The monks of the dojo took me in, and I became quite skilled in the ways of martial arts.
- Panel 6
Miko: When I turned 13, Lord Shojo chose me to become one of his samurai.
Roy: Ah. So you took a few levels of monk before switching.
- Panel 7
Elan: So Miko, did you take levels in the old samurai class, or the new one?
Miko: I did not take any levels in any "samurai" class.
Elan: Huh? But you said you were a samurai.
- Panel 8
Miko: Yes, that is my position in the heirarchy[sic] of my homeland, but it is a social title, not a core class. My class is paladin, not counting the monk training mentioned earlier.
- Panel 9
Elan: Ohhhhh, I see.
- Panel 10
Elan: So then you took levels in the Master Samurai prestige class.
Miko: No! No, I did not.
- Panel 11
Miko: Why is it so difficult to believe that I can be a samurai without having a class with the word "samurai" in the title?? Can there not be facets of life that are not defined solely by class?
- Panel 12
Elan: Well I know SOMEONE who apparently took a few levels in the Mean Old Cranky-Pants prestige class.
Miko: Truly, this journey shall be the greatest challenge to my alignment yet.
Roy: It's like I'm watching my life, but from the outside...
D&D Context Edit
- The samurai was first introduced as a core class in the 1985 AD&D (1st edition) Oriental Adventures supplement. For D&D 3.0/3.5, there have actually been two attempts to make a Samurai class, first in the 2001 3rd edition D&D Oriental Adventures, and then for D&D 3.5 in the 2003 Complete Warrior.
- The Master Samurai prestige class is from the 2001 D&D 3.0 Sword and Fist.
- Prestige classes are specialized classes you can multiclass to, but you can't start in them.
- Miko is a Multiclass Paladin/Monk.
- In the No Cure for the Paladin Blues book, the misspelling of "hierarchy" as "heirarchy" has been corrected.