Swirly Attack!
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 1123
Date published 4 June 2018
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Roy and Vaarsuvius take friendly fire from their dominated teammates.

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Transcript Edit

Panel 1

"Durkon": Shoot the elf, Haley.

Panel 2

Haley (dominated): Sneak Attack.
Haley's arrow hits V from behind, "THUNK!"
Vaarsuvius: Gaalgh!

Panel 3

Two more arrows strike off-panel, "THUNK! THUNK!"
Roy: What the—? No! Damn it! We were protected from the—

Panel 4

"Durkon": Now Roy. Take him down.

Panel 5

Roy is struck by a Flame strike cast by Hilgya.
Roy: —domination gaze.

Panel 6

Blackwing: Medic! Can we get a medic? Elf down, people, ELF DOWN!
Minrah: I'm here! I'm here! Cure Serious—

Panel 7

Belkar (dominated): Protect V.
Minrah's spell is interrupted by Belkar's attack, "fizzle!"
Minrah: Ahhhh!

Panel 8

CotS Vampire with Long Hair: Ha! The halfling barely needed a push! Bonus!

Panel 9

Roy: Come on, Haley, shake it off! you hate being told what to do!

Panel 10

Haley (dominated): Durkon said I needed to shoot you, Roy. You know Durkon wouldn't lie.

Panel 11

Two of Haley's arrows strike Roy, "THUNK! THUNK!", while a third glances off his armor, "pa-tang!"
Roy: Grrrnh!
Roy: Great, I'm losing a credibility contest with the villain. That's perfect.

Panel 12

Roy: Sorry about this, Haley, but here's hoping you're smarter than I usually am—

Panel 13

Roy sunders Haley's bowstring, "SNAP!"
Roy: —and packed some extra bowstrings!

D&D Context Edit

  • Cure Serious Wounds is a 3rd level spell, which heals 3d8 points of damage +1 point per caster level (maximum +15). Minrah must be at least a level 5 cleric to use this.
  • Improved Sunder is a fighter bonus feat which allows a character to perform a Sunder attack (attack to break a weapon) without provoking an attack of opportunity and additionally gives a +4 bonus on the attack roll. Roy previously demonstrated this feat in #795.

Trivia Edit

  • The title refers to the Order of the Stick convention of portraying characters under the influence of charm or domination effects with swirly eyes.
  • This is the final appearance of the Vampire Dwarf with Brown Beard, who first appeared in #1101. And he's the last of the six surviving vampires from #1105. He appeared in thirteen strips.

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