The Hook
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 211
Date published 5 August 2005
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The team runs into a new quest.

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Panel 1

Elan: Bored.
Elan: I'm bored, bored, bored, BORED!
Roy: I have to agree. These plains are pretty dull.
Roy: Shouldn't we have had a random encounter by now?

Panel 2

Dirt Farmer's Wife: Help! Please help me!
Roy: YES!!
Roy: A plot hook!

Panel 3

Roy: Uh, I mean, look! An innocent civilian in dire need of our assistance. Heh heh.

Panel 4

Miko: Calm yourself, old woman. What drives you to cry for aid?
Dirt Farmer's Wife: Ogres, miss. A whole tribe of 'em!

Panel 5

Dirt Farmer's Wife: They moved into the area last week, and they've been lootin' our land and attackin' travelers. Buncha savages!!

Panel 6

Dirt Farmer's Wife: They just kidnapped my husband a' 42 years! Please, help me!
Roy: Where did this happen?

Panel 7

Dirt Farmer's Wife: At our farm, about a mile away. We sure are dirt poor. It wouldn't matter if we were the richest in town, 'cuz the whole village is helpless!
Miko: I have heard enough.

Panel 8

Miko: Clearly, it is my sacred duty to smite these wretched abominations.
Roy: I agree. We should hunt them down and destroy them.
Belkar: Sounds like a plan, boss!

Panel 9

Belkar: If I may suggest a strategy, I think we should start with the outlying farms, and then sweep in to wipe out the shops and taverns and such.

Panel 10

Roy and Miko glare at Belkar.

Panel 11

Belkar: Oh, wait—did you mean we should kill the ogres?
Belkar: Never mind, then.

D&D Context Edit

  • A plot hook is an event the DM hopes the characters will look into. They are meant to guide the characters to quests.

Trivia Edit

  • This is the first appearance of the Dirt Farmer's Wife.
  • In the first panel, Roy refers to the Random Encounter that the Displacer Beasts avoided in the previous comic.

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