|“The Delicate Art of Intraparty Negotiations”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
Order of the Stick comic
|Date published||4 January 2004|
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- Panel 1
Roy: Elan, this is ridiculous. You have to put your clothes back on.
Elan: No way! I’ve never felt so free!
- Panel 2
Elan: And I am so much more agile without all those bulky clothes!
Roy: No, you’re not.
Roy: Regular clothing doesn’t even HAVE a penalty.
- Panel 3
Roy: Hell, it doesn’t even count towards encumbrance.
Elan: Are you sure? How do you know unless you try it?
- Panel 4
Roy: Well, since that’s not going to happen, I guess I’ll have to live in eternal uncertainty. Now get dressed.
Elan: Nuh-uh! I hide better naked, so naked I shall remain!
- Panel 5
Roy: Ok, uh…hey! What if I get Durkon to cast Cat’s Grace on you? Then you could stay agile, but clothed.
Elan: Hmm, well, I suppose that would be OK…
- Panel 6
Elan: But wouldn’t it be better to cast Cat’s Grace and then stay naked?
Roy and Durkon: NO!
- Panel 7
Durkon: It’s, ah…in the spell description.
Roy: Doesn’t stack.
- Panel 8
Elan: Oh, well, okay then. I guess that will work.
Roy: Quick, cast it before he changes his mind.
- Panel 9
Roy: What are you waiting for?
Durkon: It’s a touch spell.
D&D Context Edit
- A Touch spell must be given to the target through a direct touch.
- Encumbrance is the amount of weight a character can carry before being slowed down or receiving other penalties. Normal clothes are light enough that they don't count against encumbrance.
- Cat's Grace is a spell which increases the target's Dexterity score. One thing Dexterity does is that it affects skills like Hide and Move Silently.
- Whether bonuses will stack or not is one of the more confusing and arcane parts of the D&D rules.
- This is the first mention of the different target types of spells (touch, ranged, area of effect, etc.).