Tensions Rise
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 109
Date published 6 October 2004
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Haley plays her (very important) part in the battle.

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Panel 1

Elan: Tumble, tumble, tumble, tumble my way to the big, scary gate!

Panel 2

Elan: Wow, that was easier than I thought it would be. I guess all those goblins are still confused by all the Attack of Opportunity rules.

Panel 3

Elan: OK, well, let's see what happens when I touch it. I hope doing so doesn't arbitrarily complete the villain's secret plan.

Panel 4

Xykon: Almost there...

Panel 5

Elan leans closer to touch the gate.

Panel 6

Xykon: C'mon! TOUCH IT!
Monster in the Darkness: All the cool kids are doing it!

Panel 7

Elan leans even closer to the gate.

Panel 8

Haley lands on Elan.

Panel 9

Haley ends up straddling Elan, who is lying supine.
Haley: DON'T! Don't touch the gate!! That's what Xykon wants!! It's a trick! DON'T TOUCH THE GATE!

Panel 10

Elan: OK! OK, I won't touch it.
Haley: Well, good.

Panel 11


Panel 12

Beat. They continue to stare at each other, Haley lying astraddle Elan.

Panel 13

Elan: So, umm...
Haley: Oh, right.

Panel 14

Elan: ...
Elan: I brought your bow.
Haley: Good! Good.

Panel 15


Panel 16

Elan: So.... Wanna kill some goblins?
Haley: Thought you'd never ask.

D&D Context Edit

  • The Tumble skill can also be used to move past an opponent without provoking an Attack of Opportunity.
  • The many different actions that provoke or don't provoke Attacks of Opportunity are somewhat difficult to keep track of. It is one of the more arcane sections of the rules.

Trivia Edit

  • This comic has the first clue of Haley and Elan falling in love with each other.
  • The title could refer to the build-up towards the climax of the story, or to the obvious sexual tension between Elan and Haley.

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