Multiclass Discrimination
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Comic no. 209
Date published 1 August 2005
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Roy and Elan talk to Miko about her classes.

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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.
Miko: Precisely.

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.

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