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This is a list of characters from the webcomic The Order of the Stick. Webcomics, also known as online comics and internet comics, are comics that are available to read on the Internet. ... The Order of the Stick is a comedic fantasy webcomic based on pencil and paper roleplaying games, particularly Dungeons and Dragons, and its accompanying system, d20. ...


The Order of the Stick

The Order is said by Rich Burlew, the author of the strip, to be roughly 7th to 9th level (though fans have noted, based on the capabilities they have displayed in the comic strip, that they seem to have advanced to around 13th level since he made that statement), and seem to be mostly book-legal Dungeons & Dragons version 3.5 characters. Burlew, however, has stated that he does not wish to limit the characters by making concrete character sheets for them. The characters in the strip have occasionally mentioned feats, spells, skills and templates which do not exist in the default D&D rules, usually for comedic purposes, such as Summon Plot Exposition, Craft Disturbing Mental Image, a paladin ability of Summon Conscience and Evan's Spiked Tentacles of Forced Intrusion (a parody on the actual spell "Evard's Black Tentacles"). This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the role-playing game. ...

Many characters in the story relate to common stereotypes in fantasy literature and role-playing games, such as Haley being a sneaky, thieving, and secretive Rogue. However, some are opposites; Roy Greenhilt, for example, may be a fighter, but he is extremely intelligent (and thus counter to the "dumb fighter" stereotype), especially compared to other members of the Order.

Its members are:

Roy Greenhilt is a major character in the webcomic, The Order of the Stick, written by Rich Burlew. ... Belkar Bitterleaf is a major character in the webcomic The Order of the Stick, written by Rich Burlew. ... Durkon Thundershield is a character from The Order of the Stick, created, written and drawn by Rich Burlew. ... Elan (IPA: //)[1] is a major character in the webcomic, The Order of the Stick, written and drawn by Rich Burlew. ... Haley Starshine is a major character in the webcomic The Order of the Stick, written by Rich Burlew. ... Vaarsuvius is a major character in the webcomic The Order of the Stick, written by Rich Burlew. ...

"Team Evil"

Led by Xykon the lich, the self-described "Team Evil" play the role of the primary antagonists to the Order of the Stick. They are categorized by their willingness to embrace Evil as a label, living up to the stereotypes of villains from movies and literature.


Main article: Xykon

Xykon is the main villain of the webcomic The Order of the Stick, created and written by Rich Burlew. ...


Main article: Redcloak

Redcloak is a major villain of the webcomic The Order of the Stick, created and written by Rich Burlew. ...

Monster in the Darkness (a.k.a. Monster-san)

The Monster in the Darkness is an as-yet unnamed creature of indeterminate species that is kept by Xykon as a big vicious monster to reveal at the last moment to thwart the heroes. Since Xykon never had the chance to call the monster out of the darkness in his first battle with the Order of the Stick and refuses to reveal it until the ultimate evil climax, it remains hidden in magical darkness visible only as two glowing yellow eyes. By all accounts though, it isn't really that vicious, possibly due to so much time in the shadows waiting for its grand entrance - Redcloak called it "as scary as musty styrofoam." It's rather timid, has low self-esteem, is prone to inane observations, displays childish behaviour (e.g. throwing a tea party with a stuffed dragon, the dead Roy and paralyzed O-Chul), seems to suffer from nyctophobia and appears to be completely oblivious about most things around it. Exactly what type of creature the monster is still remains unknown. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

When outside, the monster is forced by Xykon and Redcloak to hide under a pink Hello Kitty umbrella that spreads magical darkness. However, it desires to come out of the shadow, or be otherwise illuminated, even going as far as to beg a group of lantern archons to attack it with their damaging light rays in order to light it up. Hello Kitty ) is the best-known of many fictional characters produced by the Japanese company Sanrio. ...

Possibly because it is constantly kept in darkness, it was unable to recognize Dorukan's Gate, even though it was in front of it. This has become a recurring joke in the strip - every time one of the evil characters mentions the gates, the monster is ignorant of what the gate means or even its existence.

Despite calling it a "bozo", Xykon has implied that it is very powerful, a suggestion which was verified in its "battle" against Miko Miyazaki where she hit the Monster with a full round of attacks. While both Roy and Hinjo were previously severely injured by such attacks, the Monster merely giggled and said it tickled, implying a massive damage reduction. It then challenged her to a game of "Who Can Hit the Lightest", but subsequently lost said game by knocking Miko and her mount Windstriker clear through the wall of the tower they were "playing" in, with her and her mount landing several miles away, implying a colossal strength on its part. That the monster actually was trying to hit her lightly seems to be confirmed by its disappointment at having "lost." Its damage reduction was showcased again when Belkar attempted to attack it, and it didn't notice that it was even being attacked. When angered, its shout produces a shockwave loud enough to blow both Haley and Belkar off their feet, and intimidate them into making a trade of stew for the bodies of Roy and O-Chul instead of taking them away from the Monster's tea party. Shortly afterward, as Haley and Belkar were escaping with Roy's corpse and O-Chul, the Monster stomped the ground at the direction of one of the Demon Cockroaches, which resulted in a massive, ground-cracking earthquake. Despite the fact that the Monster caused the earthquake without any acknowledged effort on its part, it stated that it felt tired and hungry after having done so. This may indicate that although the Monster has great powers, its reserves of energy are considerably more limited.

It has been revealed, during a conversation between MitD and the imprisoned O-Chul, that Xykon tries to feed the Monster live children in an attempt to make him scarier. This fails, however, as the Monster doesn't eat children and just dumps them in the trash whenever Xykon's attention is focused elsewhere. During the imprisonment of O-Chul, the Monster and O-Chul have come to regard eachother as friends, going so far as to have O-Chul refer to him as "Monster-san" since the MitD doesn't know what his own name is.

According to the expansion book Start of Darkness, the Monster comes originally from the "deep rainforest," but was then caught by a pair of hunters (who comment how unusual it is that one of his species would be in a rainforest, and how strange it is that it can talk). Redcloak stole it away (without releasing it from its box) and Xykon afterwards took charge of it, charming it to eat Redcloak and spit out the phylactery on the chance that Redcloak betrays him.


A female native of Azure City with glowing heterochromatic blue and purple eyes, Tsukiko was first seen in the Azure City jail where she had been imprisoned for "unnatural acts of wizardry". Along with Belkar and a thief accused of grand larceny, she agreed to help defend Azure City against Xykon in exchange for a reduced sentence. During the fight, she sided[1] with Xykon, healing him and attacking Azure City soldiers. She later attempted to drop off her paperwork with Redcloak, who rudely dismissed her, leaving her in the courtyard with a chlorine elemental who was ordered to kill all humans. However, she killed the elemental (as well as a prisoner who had been watching) with a Shout spell. She later rejoined Xykon and Redcloak in the ruins of the castle, where she attempted to blame Redcloak for trying to kill her - a fact Xykon simply found hilarious. She then came up upon Miko's remains and considered animating her as a free-willed, evil undead (mainly to get even with Redcloak), then dismissed the notion, thinking the creature wouldn't have been all that powerful anyway. (The fact that Miko's body was severed in two also put a crimp in those plans, as apparently Tsukiko needs a whole corpse.) She is later seen being dispatched with a group of wights as "Black Squadron" to take out Haley's resistance group and is later shown in direct battle with Haley. For the tightly packed form of DNA, see Heterochromatin. ... Belkar Bitterleaf is a major character in the webcomic The Order of the Stick, written by Rich Burlew. ...

She has levels as a mystic theurge, which means she has access to both a divine and arcane spellcasting class. She is assumed to be minimum of Level 12 (likely Cleric 3/Wizard 3/Mystic Theurge 6) to be able cast Teleport and Flame Strike (both 5th level Arcane and Cleric spells respectively; additionally, sorcerer as opposed to wizard is not possible due to her use of the Quickened Spell metamagic feat). It is also implied that she is sexually attracted to undead (though this was possibly a strategy to get Xykon to hire her), a fact which seemed to mildly disturb Xykon, who comments that he's not a "Biophiliac" and is uninterested in the living. She believes that Azure City is bigoted against her for being "different" and has shown motherly tendencies towards the wights that she created. The Mystic Theurge is a fictional prestige class from the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. ... Look up Necrophilia in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

She had verbally expressed her desire to replace Redcloak as Xykon's second banana. However, she had been left totally in the dark about the Gates, or that it is the ultimate goal of Team Evil to capture one intact. Whether this is due to her being disposable or simply not trusted is unknown. She seems to share Xykon's bloodthirsty sense of humor however, and Redcloak's prejudice against paladins.

Demon Cockroaches

Brought out by the Monster in the Darkness leaving a bowl of popcorn out in the living room as opposed to taking it back to the kitchen like he was supposed to, these shoe-sized red cockroaches follow Redcloak and Xykon around. They enjoy watching the carnage and destruction that Xykon brings with him, though Xykon and Redcloak usually ignore their existence (beyond Redcloak's annoyance and setting of Roach Motels, and Xykon betting with one). They often make sarcastic comments at the seemingly absurd actions of Xykon and Redcloak a la Mystery Science Theater 3000. In one strip they use Vaarsuvius as a viewing stand during the first confrontation with Xykon after V was paralyzed, breathing fire on undead that are "blocking their view". In another strip, their good counterparts, the Angel Cockroaches, appear. In another strip[2], Miko uses one of the roaches to escape a (moderately escapable) forcecage by forcing the roach to breathe fire and light a Molotov cocktail made from her cloak and a bottle of dwarven brandy. Another cockroach is seen riding on a raccoon as Redcloak gives the order for a final charge on the breach in Azure City's walls from atop a fiendish mammoth he summoned. More recently one has been used by Belkar to cook stew, who later got revenge by giving the Monster in the Darkness advice on how to beat Belkar and Haley. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (often abbreviated MST3K, sometimes MST 3000 or MST 3K or just MST) is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. ... Vaarsuvius is a major character in the webcomic The Order of the Stick, written by Rich Burlew. ... Molotov cocktail is the generic name for a variety of crude incendiary weapons. ...

Start of Darkness shows that the Cockroaches traveled from the Spice Rack of the Damned in the Abyss to an evil-themed restaurant that Xykon, Redcloak and Right-Eye formerly frequented via a portal. They then chose to follow Xykon due to the fact that he often visited the restaurant. In Dungeons & Dragons, the fantasy role-playing game, the Abyss or more fully, the Infinite Layers of the Abyss, is a chaotic evil-aligned plane of existence. ...

Other antagonists

The Linear Guild

Main article: Linear Guild

The Linear Guild are a fictional team of villains from the webcomic The Order of the Stick, created and written by Rich Burlew. ...

The Bandit Clan of Wooden Forest

An otherwise-unnamed group of thieves and bandits living in Wooden Forest that the Order of the Stick encounter during their sidequest to find starmetal. The clan consists of mostly low-level adventurers (one admits[3] he is 2nd level) who use bows, though it also has several guards, an executioner, a quartermaster, and a sandwich artisan. After Durkon gains control of the clan, he orders them to disperse and return to their homes, thus ending their threat to travelers. The key members of the bandit clan are: A quest in a gaming context, especially in MMORPGs, is generally a task or series of tasks, which a player or group of players may complete in order to gain a reward. ... Durkon Thundershield is a character from The Order of the Stick, created, written and drawn by Rich Burlew. ...

  • The Bandit King, a male human rogue or ranger who fights with two swords. The Bandit King has led the clan for many years, using his combat prowess to stay in power by establishing a standing law that any bandit who defeated him in solo battle could take his place. He comes to regret this decision when his daughter Samantha bests him. The Bandit King claims to have only preyed on the "wealthy and universally despised", and seems displeased with Samantha's evil actions. This does not keep him from helping to defeat the Order of the Stick, after which he is able to retake his position as leader from his exhausted daughter. He, in turn, is accidentally defeated by Durkon, at which time he and his offspring are tied up and left in the forest. He is later killed by Miko Miyazaki after he attacks her for killing his daughter.
First appearance: OOTS #152.
  • Samantha, a female human sorceress. Described as "rotten to the core" by her own father, Samantha uses her sorceress powers to seize control of the clan, which she then uses for her own selfish purposes—including kidnapping attractive male adventurers like Elan. After clashing with the Order, she is knocked out by the Bandit King and tied up by the Order of the Stick. She is released by a traveling Miko Miyazaki, whom she threatens to force into servitude with her magic; Miko then kills Samantha.
First appearance: OOTS #159.

Miko Miyazaki was a fictional character in the webcomic The Order of the Stick, by Rich Burlew. ... Elan (IPA: //)[1] is a major character in the webcomic, The Order of the Stick, written and drawn by Rich Burlew. ... Miko Miyazaki was a fictional character in the webcomic The Order of the Stick, by Rich Burlew. ...


A pair of unnamed assassins encountered by the Order during their brief stay at an inn while being escorted by Miko back to Azure City. One of the assassins is an amorous dwarf armed with an arquebus who has a penchant for explosives, while the other is a skilled Shadowdancer, who only after spending many years in his prestige class realized that the world of the stick figure comic lacked any shadows in the first place. Japanese arquebus of the Edo era (teppō) Example of an arquebus The arquebus (sometimes spelled harquebus, harkbus[1] or hackbut; from Dutch haakbus, meaning hook gun[2]) was a primitive firearm used in the 15th to 17th centuries. ...

Due to a misunderstanding with the hotel staff reminiscent of the "Who's on First?" routine, Roy is treated as the King of the country of "Nowhere," who is meeting with other nations (Somewhere and Anywhere) at the hotel to discuss a peace treaty. The two assassins mistake Roy for the King of Nowhere and attack him, wounding Elan in the process and forcing Roy to use the Girdle of Femininity/Masculinity to get the bard to safety. Once he escapes, Roy returns with Haley and Vaarsuvius to confront the assassins. In the chaos, a passing Belkar accidentally sets off one of the dwarven assassin's barrels of explosives, destroying the inn with much of the Order's treasure and inducing Haley's aphasia. In the resulting explosion, the Shadowdancer finally finds a shadow he can teleport through, and the assassins escape. They also appear in a flashback where they are spying on Thanh's meeting with the real King of Nowhere. Whether they will make another appearance later on in the course of the webcomic is unknown. Whos on First? is a comedy routine made famous by Abbott and Costello. ... The Girdle of Femininity/Masculinity is a type of magical item in the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons thats infamous for its unusual effect. ...

The pair of assassins also appear as monster cards in The Order of the Stick Adventure Game. "The Shadowdancer", as the game refers to him, remains anonymous, whereas the dwarf's card is titled: "Kaboom" Redaxe.

House Kubota

One of the noble houses of Azure City, House Kubota is actively engaged in a plot to kill Hinjo and seize control of the city (or at least its citizens). The house controls an unknown number of samurai and men-at-arms who escape the city prior to its occupation by Xykon. Key members of the group are: Hinjo is a fictional Paladin in the webcomic The Order of the Stick and the current ruler of Azure City. ...

  • Daimyo Kubota, a male human aristocrat and leader of House Kubota. He leads several noble houses in abandoning Azure City on the eve of invasion over a disagreement with Hinjo and Roy regarding how best to address the impending threat. On Kubota's orders, both a pair of ninjas and a convict released to fight for the city try (and fail) to assassinate Hinjo during the chaos of the battle. Due to the ruling of the lone magistrate to escape the fall of the city, Hinjo has been unable to arrest Kubota for these actions. As Kubota's ships sail with the fleet of refugees leaving the city, he has made several more attempts on Lord Hinjo's life using charmed aquatic monsters and his own ninja, Therkla. Hinjo has described Kubota as the kind of man who would not care whether all of Azure City fell to the forces of evil, just so long as he came out of it with his power intact. However, Kubota actually seems more actively villainous than even Hinjo suspects, conspiring with demons to place himself on Azure City's throne. Kubota has an appreciation for the finer things in life, from caviar to imported rugs, which extends to a dim view of commoners like Kazumi and Daigo.
First appearance: OOTS #414.
  • Qarr, an imp or other type of tiny fiend. His speech balloon, while red and ominous, belies the fact that he is small and unassuming. He has been seen helping to mastermind the plan for Kubota's eventual rule. He is capable of maintaining telepathic contact with Therkla while aboard another ship and is responsible for charming the aquatic monsters that attack Lord Hinjo's junk several times.
First appearance: OOTS #484 (as off-panel voice), OOTS #509 (full appearance).
  • Therkla, a female half-orc ninja, described by Kubota as his "most trusted assassin". While a reasonably skilled ninja—she graduated valedictorian from her ninja school, after having slain the original—she develops a crush on the physically attractive but ever-oblivious Elan. She even switches sides in mid-battle to have a chance to fight alongside him, a fact that makes Qarr rightly suspicious of her loyalty.
First appearance: OOTS #484.

The half-orc is a creature born to mixed orc and human parentage in the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. ... Elan (IPA: //)[1] is a major character in the webcomic, The Order of the Stick, written and drawn by Rich Burlew. ...

The Sapphire Guard

An organization of paladins dedicated to defending Soon's Gate in Azure City.

Miko Miyazaki

Main article: Miko Miyazaki

Miko Miyazaki was a fictional character in the webcomic The Order of the Stick, by Rich Burlew. ...


Main article: Hinjo

Hinjo is a fictional Paladin in the webcomic The Order of the Stick and the current ruler of Azure City. ...


Lien is a paladin of Azure City. It is unclear what her official position is among the paladins, but it is hinted that she may be one of the leaders, as she was present at Hinjo's inauguration, was assigned to transport Miko to her prison alongside O-Chul[4], and was placed in charge of the Azure City evacuation[5], partially because her paladin mount (a shark named Razor[6]) would be useful in defending the docks. In strip #473[7], it is revealed that she is of common descent (her parents were fishermen) and that she and Hinjo are apparently the last living members of the Sapphire Guard (with the exception of the formerly paralyzed O-Chul and any paladins that might have been out of the city at that time or survived the battle, such as Thanh). She is now accompanying the Azure City fleet in exile. Categories: Stub ...


O-Chul is the leader of the paladins of Azure City. He is characterized by his bald head, full beard (as opposed to a goatee, the most common form of facial hair in the comic), and scar. O-Chul is first introduced when he is guarding[8] the throne room just prior to Shojo's assassination. Along with Lien, he is charged with the duty of transporting Miko to her prison cell. During the planning for the defense of Azure City, he agrees to guard Soon's Gate with his life, stating that he and his paladins "will gladly lay down [their] lives in the defense of the tower." On the night before the battle, he reprimands Haley for treating the oncoming assault flippantly, prompting her to spend the time she has left before the battle with Elan. When Xykon enters the throne room he is immediately met by and set upon by nearly the entire Sapphire Guard, led by O-Chul. However, Xykon had inscribed a symbol of insanity on a bouncy ball and thrown it around the room, which drove nearly the entire Sapphire Guard to set upon each other. O-Chul then realized that to prevent Xykon from taking control of Soon's gate, he would have to destroy it. However, just as he raised his blade to strike, Xykon paralyzed him, just as the last of the Guard regained her sanity and committed suicide (possibly seppuku) out of grief and shame over what she had done while under the influence of the Symbol. Miko commandeered his blade and used it to shatter the sapphire holding the Gate closed. Hinjo believed it was O-Chul who shattered the sapphire and mourned his death, though it was later revealed O-Chul's (still) paralyzed form was thrown clear of the blast and landed in the middle of a tea party held by the Monster in the Darkness. Hara-kiri redirects here. ...

During the three months of Team Evil's occupation of Azure City O-Chul has been actively tortured by Redcloak for information about Girard's Gate while often being put to life-threatening situations for Xykon's amusement. Redcloak's latest interrogation attempts had him threatening O-Chul to throw groups of prisoners either into the rift or off the tower. However O-Chul has stated that he himself lacks any knowledge whatsoever of the other Gates, which seems to be proven true through multiple sources, including Psionic and Magical. O-Chul ultimately does not object, seeing that there is nothing he can do and seeing that the Twelve Gods are tasking him with enduring. Redcloak, still in disbelief that O-Chul knows nothing, commands his hobgoblins to release the prisoners back to their cells, where they tell stories of his stubbornness and will. O-Chul was returned to his own cage, next to the box of the very Monster in the Darkness who found him outside Azure City. It was there revealed that the two have been regarding each other on a friendly level, and have been sharing their daily food with each other as well as playing games with each other (O-Chul has mentioned teaching the Monster how to play what seems to be Go). The Monster still refered to O-Chul as "Mr. Stiffly" despite O-Chul's constant attempts to correct the Monster. Go is a strategic board game for two players. ...

A paladin similar in appearance to O-Chul (minus his scar) has appeared several times, once investigating the remnants of Lirian's Gate and once encountering a disguised Belkar on the street. It is unknown if this is O-Chul, and he got his scar later, or if this is a completely separate paladin.


Lord Shojo was the leader of the Sapphire Guard of Paladins and secular ruler of Azure City. As his father was given the position by Soon Kim, this makes him the third leader in its history. He was the uncle of Hinjo, who was heir apparent to Azure City prior to Shojo's death. He has admitted to being a 14th level Aristocrat (an NPC class) and to be of a non-Lawful alignment (Belkar believes it to be Chaotic Good). Because of this he had little problems with bending the laws if he sees fit, believing that the end justified the means. To avoid assassination attempts by the nobles of Azure City, he pretended to be senile and easily swayed (especially by his cat, Mr. Scruffy) to make them feel that all his policies were due to other nobles' manipulations. An NPC from the video game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. ... Character class is a fundamental part of the identity and nature of characters in the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. ...

In return for Roy's cooperation in defeating Xykon, Lord Shojo agreed to grant each member of the Order one favour (with the exception of Belkar Bitterleaf, who, having murdered his guard, was released on bail in lieu of specific assistance), as well as general aid. Although he is willing to lie to them, he does not appreciate Roy insulting or otherwise criticizing his paladins and wizards, such as the one who accidentally sent the Order (and Nale) to a Roc's nest instead of back to Azure City because the wizard was drunk at the time. In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the roc is a gargantuan animal. ...

Lord Shojo does not consider himself bound by Soon Kim's edict that the other Gates must be left alone, believing that the morality of Soon Kim is obsolete. However he recognises that the oath is very important to the paladins of the Guard and, as such, outwardly does his best to follow the terms of that agreement. Covertly, however, he considers it extremely foolish to risk universal destruction on an oath made to people that he'd never met, and thus he does what he considers necessary to protect the world and the people of Azure City, even if this means lying to the paladins under his command, or recruiting others, like the Order, behind their backs. He was not remotely above threatening his paladins with mundane but unpleasant tasks, such as having to clean out Mr. Scruffy's litter box, in order to get his own way. This attitude made him one of the rare people that Belkar actually showed a degree of admiration for.

Unfortunately, during a conversation with Roy Greenhilt when his actions with regard to the Order and his opinions on the validity of the oath were discussed, Shojo was unaware that Hinjo and Miko Miyazaki were just outside the door and apparently heard the whole thing. Miko immediately jumped to the conclusion that Shojo was working with Xykon, as she considered the Order of the Stick to be the lich's minions. After summarily judging him guilty of treason, she drew her sword and executed him, though this action caused her to lose her paladinhood. Despite the Clerics casting Resurrect on his body, the spirit of Shojo is apparently unwilling to return to life, which Belkar reasons it being the fact that Shojo was close to natural death already and facing a trial for treason.

Mr. Scruffy

Mr. Scruffy is the pet house-cat of the late Lord Shojo. After the death of Shojo and the fall of Azure City, Belkar took on Mr. Scruffy as his friend and companion, even using him in battle against Tsukiko. Mr. Scruffy is also known as the "power behind the throne" of Azure City due to his relationship with Lord Shojo. It was this relationship with Lord Shojo that eventually led to the resistance of Azure City uniting against Xykon. While Mr. Scruffy is not, strictly speaking, a member of the Sapphire Guard, his association with them is quite tangible and unique.


Thanh is a paladin of the Sapphire Guard. He was in the kingdom of Nowhere on a diplomatic mission when Xykon invaded Azure City. Upon returning to Azure City, he joined the resistance and eventually became the defacto leader of it due to the influence of Mr. Scruffy. Since the fall of Azure City, Thanh does not wear the traditional blue sapphire guard uniform, instead wearing black clothing because of the practicality of it in guerilla warfare.

The Greenhilt family

The immediate relatives of Roy Greenhilt have played a recurring role in the Order of the Stick story, particularly in how they shaped the life of young Roy to become the man he is today. Roy Greenhilt is a major character in the webcomic, The Order of the Stick, written by Rich Burlew. ...

Eric Greenhilt

In Comic 496[9], another character related to Roy is introduced while the latter is in the afterlife for Lawful Good people. The character is Roy's brother Eric[10], who was born between Roy and his sister Julia, and died as a young child 18 years before the strip's taking place. It was repeatedly hinted and recently confirmed, that Eric died as a result (likely indirectly) of one of Eugene's experiments. This further strengthened the animosity between Roy and Eugene. After his death his parents attempted to resurrect him, but none of their efforts succeeded; Roy later speculates this was because the Afterlife was so enjoyable Eric's soul never thought about trying to go back. He was apparently found by Sara Greenhilt there when she eventually died, and now lives with her, still in a child's form.

Eric first appears in comic 113[11] (panel 7) wearing the same orange shirt he wears in the Afterlife.

Eugene Greenhilt

Despite having died three years before the Order of the Stick was created, Roy's father, Eugene Greenhilt, visits him from time to time to give foreshadowing clues. Eugene had begun dating the ghost of a woman named Violet, since his wedding vows were only "till death do us part." This relationship ended rather abruptly when Violet's own family Blood Oath was fulfilled and she was allowed to proceed to the Celestial Realms. She even asked Eugene not to visit her if he ever made it in, so she would not have to explain about their relationship to her husband. Eugene has often expressed disappointment in Roy's chosen career path, wishing his son had become a wizard instead and berates and insults him in every conversation they have. Eugene trained under Fyron the wizard of Cliffport, who was slain and zombified by Xykon in front of Eugene (who was trapped in an unspecified magic bubble spell and forced to watch). Learning of Xykon's name from the Oracle but not his location, Eugene attempted (and failed) to catch Xykon, who proved to be difficult to track. During a drunken evening, Eugene vowed a Blood Oath of Vengeance against Xykon for this, a vow that was transferred to Roy as eldest child when he died (and now transferred to Julia after Roy's death), since Eugene proved to be incapable of even finding the lich, let alone taking his revenge.

Eugene seems to have the ability to prophesy future events and made one prediction[12] that aided Roy and Haley in defeating Nale. In On the Origin of PCs we learn that Roy's father has no confidence in Roy's ability to defeat Xykon - he's counting on Roy's sister Julia for that. Roy confronted his father after discovering that Eugene (who was apparently an Illusionist in life) was responsible for the phony charge that the Sapphire Guard brought the party in on. Roy said that he would still go after Xykon because of the great threat he poses to the world, but if it weren't for that he'd tell his father to stick his blood oath against Xykon up his "wrinkled, incorporeal ass". Eugene is later shown berating Roy in the afterlife for his failure to defeat Xykon, as well as blaming him for the destruction of Azure City. It is revealed that Eugene's Blood Oath prevents him from ascending to the afterlife as governed by the gods of the North; ever since his death, he has been stuck in an intermediate dimension from where he can see the Prime Material Plane, his only hope of release being that the Blood Oath will be fulfilled by his descendants. He is extremely upset when his son Roy is given permission to ascend to the true afterlife, the deva in charge of Roy's case assuring him that the Blood Oath poses no impediment to Roy at all. The Deva told Eugene that Roy earned permission to enter the Celestial Realms because while Eugene abandoned his oath years before his own death, Roy died attempting to fulfill the oath that Eugene burdened him with and thus Eugene's punishment is to wander the clouds until his descendants (in this case Julia or a resurrected Roy) fulfill the oath.

One of the common running gags of the comic is that whenever Roy mentions his father, another member of the Order of the Stick (Haley, Belkar, and Durkon have done it thus far) will say "Isn't your father dead?" or some similar phrase, which may or may not show their ignorance of ghosts in the world of the Order (although Vaarsuvius accepts Roy's story of his father giving him the occasional visit without hesitation). This article is about the paranormal. ...

Eugene is a manipulative, self-righteous, selfish and unpleasant character. His continued attempts to have events go the way he wants, not to mention his acts of gross deceit (notably his impersonation of a being of pure Law and Good in Azure City) and his bad attitude, have apparently made him rather unpopular with at least one of the Celestials with which he interacts in his current plane of residence. Eugene's wife Sara claims that since people in the afterlife appear as the ideal versions of themselves, Eugene appears as an old man (despite Sara having the appearances she had at age nineteen) because he has always been an old man at heart. Sarah however also states that the curse also plays a part to his general irritability and unpleasantness.

Horace Greenhilt

Horace Greenhilt is Roy's grandfather, and Eugene's father. He makes his first appearance in strip number 497 [13] He is a fighter and was seemingly a great hero in his time (killing at least two dragons and saving one princess). It was because of stories about his deeds that Roy decided to become a fighter himself, a fact which Horace had to be told about by Sara due to the fact he died well before Roy was born. He still has a version of the sword which his family is named after, though this must be a Celestial Planes copy as Roy's dead body (currently with Haley and Belkar) has the material sword. Horace seems to be a lot more like Roy than Roy's father, Horace's son Eugene. They both have taken the single fighter route (without multiclassing) and both look quite alike, with both appearing to wear the same armour and shoes - though the shoes and their shirts are different colours. Horace has stated that he tried to get close to Eugene when the latter was still young, but his son treated him much as he would later do to Roy, browbeating him about a perceived lack of intellect and being generally unpleasant.

Julia Greenhilt

Julia Greenhilt is Roy's 16-year-old sister and a third level Wizard according to Roy. Following her father's wish for his children to become wizards (unlike Roy, who took his own path), she attended Warthog's School of Wizardry and Sorcery, the same school attended by Pompey of the Linear Guild, and Eugene Greenhilt (shown in Start of Darkness) where she is considered to be the most popular girl in school. She was kidnapped by the Linear Guild as a pawn to lure the Order of the Stick to Cliffport so that Nale could carry out his plan to replace Elan. Freed by the Order, she has returned[14] to her studies. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a setting in J. K. Rowlings best-selling Harry Potter series. ... The Linear Guild are a fictional team of villains from the webcomic The Order of the Stick, created and written by Rich Burlew. ... The Linear Guild are a fictional team of villains from the webcomic The Order of the Stick, created and written by Ruch Burlew. ...

It was hinted in On the Origin of PCs that Roy may harbor feelings of jealousy against her because he thought of her as being their father's favorite child. ("I can tell because you almost never use the phrase, 'crushing depression' when talking about her.") She does seem to be her father's favorite child (probably because she became a wizard while Roy went to Fighter College) because her father is counting on her to finish off Xykon.

So far, Julia is portrayed as the stereotypical Valley Girl i.e. an unapologetically spoiled, superficial brat much more concerned with her kidnappers' lack of coolness than with the mortal peril she and her brother were in. She has revealed herself to be of True Neutral alignment, as opposed to Roy's Lawful Good. She is also a flirt who uses her natural endowments (which she seems to get from her mother) to get the attention of her teachers, a ploy that fails on Durkon. She actually ends up a bit in awe of him, dropping the "cool girl" attitude, boasting about knowing him, and insisting (correctly) that he did most of the fighting in this encounter with the Linear Guild. She replies "yes, sir" when he lectures her for immodesty twice. It seems highly unlikely that she will actually heed his advice, but not talking back or responding with a wisecrack is unusual for Julia, as evidenced by her behaviour towards both Roy and the Linear Guild. Though she and her brother squabble a lot, which is normal considering their differences, they do actually love each other, something that the disguised Nale found hard to comprehend due to his hatred of Elan. Sabine explains that "some families are just different." For other uses, see Valley girl (disambiguation). ...

Sara Greenhilt

Mother of Roy, Eric and Julia Greenhilt, wife of Eugene Greenhilt, who appears to have died three years before the formation of the Order of the Stick, while Roy was still at Bash University. During her life, Roy describes her as having a 'grey bun hairdo and osteoporosis,' however she appears to have had something of a wild side before her marriage---she met Eugene while drunk at a bar (not a library as they claim to their children), and apparently went home with each other that very night. After marrying and having her children, however, she seems to have fairly quickly settled herself down to become an attentive and caring mother, especially in comparison to Eugene.

Sara meets Roy in the Afterlife, where he was surprised to see that she had her nineteen-year-old, pre-Eugene body, and like her husband, Sara appears to have taken the "until death do us part" section of her vows seriously, as she is currently dating other people, illustrated by the appearance of one of her flings during Roy's first day, the knight wearing nothing but a towel. Despite her own issues with Eugene, she notes that they had a good life together while he was focused on her, but that he was merely 'stuck with her because they'd had children' when his attention wandered back to other interests.

"The Order of the Scribble"

An adventuring group was founded by Soon Kim and Lirian after Kim's wife was killed by The Snarl through a rift in the fabric of reality. They adventured to defeat those that would release the Snarl, eventually constructing five magical Gates to seal it in its weakening prison. However, the battle to seal the final rift resulted in the death of one of their own, which lead to a breakdown in the group dynamic. In order to prevent outright bloodshed between them, they agreed to retire and each protect one of the five Gates in whatever manner they saw fit, foreswearing interference in each other's affairs.

The main plot of The Order of the Stick often revolves around these Gates and the fate of the members of the Order of the Scribble. However, as the strip is set more than 50 years after their retirement, the characters themselves take little direct part in the action of the comic. It should be noted that this group does not have an official name; the strip in which they were formally introduced was entitled "The Order of the Scribble", referring to the crayon-drawn style of that arc, and it is from this that the group's unofficial designation is drawn. For other uses, see Crayon (disambiguation). ...

  • Girard Draketooth, a male human of indeterminate class(es) (though he was capable of casting illusions spells and wielding twin swords, which hints at a Sorcerer/Ranger multiclass). His Gate, located in the desert on the Western Continent, is hidden behind a series of magical illusions. Acrimony between Girard and Soon Kim seems to have been the primary source of the group's dissolution. It is unknown whether Girard survives.
First appearance: OOTS #196 (in diary illustration), OOTS #276 (flashback).
  • Dorukan, a male human wizard. He designed and built the five Gates with Lirian, with whom he shared a romantic long-distance relationship afterwards (though he left an exception in the Cloister spell he cast upon his dungeon for summoning spells for liaisons with Lirian). His Gate was located in a dungeon in the Redmountain Hills which he filled with magical traps and wards, including a talisman that controlled monsters that had not been updated to the latest D&D rules. He was slain by Xykon in a magical duel in the skies above his dungeon and his soul trapped (along with that of his long-dead love, Lirian) in a black gemstone, accidentally allowing them to be together for the first time in decades. His castle was then seized by Xykon, and it served as the setting for the first 120 strips of The Order of the Stick. The Order of the Stick Adventure Game is subtitled The Dungeon of Dorukan as a result.
First appearance: OOTS #196 (both in diary illustration and flashback), Start of Darkness pg. 97 (alive).
  • Soon Kim, a male human paladin from Azure City. Soon founded the Sapphire Guard to protect the Gate that bore his name, which was located in the skies above his native city. He died of unspecified causes shortly after transferring control of the Sapphire Guard to the lord of the city (Shojo's father), but his duty to protect the Gate persisted even past death. His spirit (along with those of other Sapphire Guard members) became bound to the Gate itself, rising as a ghost-martyr to defend it from Xykon and Redcloak. He passed from the plane of mortals after the Gate was shattered by fallen paladin Miko Miyazaki, his oath to defend the Gate rendered moot by its destruction.
First appearance: OOTS #196 (in diary illustration), OOTS #275 (flashback), OOTS #449 (as ghost-martyr).
  • Kraagor, a male dwarf barbarian. He was slain by the Snarl itself when the Order of the Scribble was sealing the rift that would bear his name, and his death precipitated the group's dissolution. The Gate that bears his name is in the north, protected by the most powerful monsters that Serini could find, to commemorate Kraagor's belief in physical prowess.
First appearance: OOTS #196 (in diary illustration), OOTS #276 (flashback).
  • Lirian, a female elven druid. She was romantically involved with fellow member Dorukan, corresponding with him via letter for many years while they each guarded their respective Gates. She defeated and imprisoned Xykon when he tried to harness her Gate, but was subsequently slain by him following his transformation into a lich. Her soul was trapped by Xykon into a large black gem using necromancy; it is unclear whether her soul remains imprisoned (or if the gem remains in Xykon's possession). Her Gate was accidentally burned in a fire started by Redcloak during the same conflict.
First appearance: OOTS #196 (in diary illustration), OOTS #276 (flashback), Start of Darkness pg. 53 (alive).
  • Serini Toormuck, a female halfling rogue. She seems to have served as the group's mediator; the compromise to have each member of the team guard a single Gate was her idea. However, she is the only member who does not have a Gate named after her. After the group's dissolution, she instead built a tomb for Kraagor to protect the one of the Gates in his memory. She encoded the locations of all five of the Gates in her diary, and it was by finding it that Xykon has managed to locate them.
First appearance: OOTS #196 (in diary illustration), OOTS #276 (flashback).

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The Gods

There are three main pantheons of gods in the OOTS world. The Northern Gods, worshipped by the dwarves and humans living in the Northern Lands, are based on the Norse gods, while the Southern Gods (often referred to by their worshippers as the "Twelve Gods") are revered by the people of the Southern Lands and are based on the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. The third set of gods, called the Western Gods, are based on the deities of the ancient Near East, such as Marduk; only one of their worshippers, the Oracle of the Sunken Valley, has been depicted in the comic so far. A fourth pantheon, called the Eastern Gods and based on the Olympian gods of ancient Greece, was destroyed by the Snarl during the time of the previous world, and is thus unknown to most inhabitants of the world. Norse gods Divided between the Æsir and the Vanir, and sometimes including Jotun, the dividing line between these groups is less than clear. ... Chinese astrology (占星術 pinyin: zhan4 xing1 shu4; 星學 pinyin: xing1 xue2; 七政四餘 pinyin: qi1 zheng4 si4 yu2; and 果老星宗 pinyin: guo3 lao3 xing1 zong1) is related to the Chinese calendar, particularly its 12-year cycle of animals (aka Chinese Zodiac), and the fortune-telling aspects according to movement of heavenly... Marduk (Sumerian spelling in Akkadian: AMAR.UTU solar calf; Biblical: Merodach) was the Babylonian name of a late-generation god from ancient Mesopotamia and patron deity of the city of Babylon, who, when Babylon permanently became the political center of the Euphrates valley in the time of Hammurabi (18th century... The Twelve Olympians, in Greek mythology, were the principal gods of the Greek pantheon, residing atop Mount Olympus. ...

The elves and goblins have their own gods, as well, such as Vaarsuvius' God of Knowledge and Redcloak's Dark One. They are mentioned to have been "raised" to godhood rather than having existed before the universe; the Dark One is stated to have been raised through a yearlong slaughter in his name after his death while the Elven gods apparently gathered enough followers to gain godhood. As is usual in D&D, the gods are demonstrably real; Thor and others have appeared in the comic several times. It is stated in Start of Darkness that each pantheon has greater control over the geographical area after which it is named, as Tiger (one of the Southern Gods) prevents Thor from directly intervening in events transpiring in the Southern Lands. Another god, "Banjo the Clown," was created by Elan; though Banjo was nothing more than a hand puppet, Elan was able to use it to create small examples of divine power, apparently because any god in the OOTS world gets power based on the number of its worshippers; however, because Banjo never gained more than a handful of followers, he quickly lost power. Vaarsuvius is a major character in the webcomic The Order of the Stick, written by Rich Burlew. ... For other uses, see Thor (disambiguation). ...


Loki is Thor's evil half-brother and the patron deity of Hilgya, who was once the cleric for the Linear Guild. While Thor and Loki have been shown to be enemies in recent OotS history, they cooperated in the distant past when the gods created a new world to contain the Snarl. Loki is apparently more sensitive than Thor to bizarre events occurring in the mortal world, as he noticed the liaison between Durkon and Hilgya first (the discovery made both deities ill). He also seems to have more common sense than Thor, as he is renowned for saying, "Dude, don't taunt the god-killing abomination". Loki is also an apparent ally of The Dark One. In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, the cleric is one of the base character classes. ...


Durkon's patron deity and member of the Gods of the North, Thor is roughly equivalent to the real Thor in Norse mythology. However, in the strip Thor acts as comic relief, a drunken buffoon but with a good heart. His less wise acts have included taunting the Snarl, abandoning a village to the fire giant Surt while being hassled by Durkon, and creating a portentous storm while drunk. W.W.T.D?, or What Would Thor Do? is a running joke, as Durkon occasionally considers what Thor would do for guidance; unfortunately, since Thor would simply crush his enemies with his divine power, return to Asgard, woo goddesses, and drink, the W.W.T.D. is never as applicable to Durkon's situation as it's supposed to be. He appeared to grant Durkon a casting of Control Weather via a scroll, which Durkon used to generate a thunderclap of such force that Leeky Windstaff's animated trees (and staff) were blown to pieces (as the Druid had failed to protect them against Sonic damage). After intimidating[15] a Celestial who tried to point out the Control Weather spell couldn't be used like that, Thor wandered off to "get tanked and paw Sif", telling the Celestial to report on whether Durkon lived or died. He later appeared telling Tiger of the 12 Gods of the South to relax after he had attempted to assist Durkon in Azure City. Thor is later shown having impregnated an unnamed fertility goddess, with Loki scolding him for not knowing that she is a goddess of fertility. For other uses, see Thor (disambiguation). ... Norse, Viking or Scandinavian mythology comprises the indigenous pre-Christian religion, beliefs and legends of the Scandinavian peoples, including those who settled on Iceland, where most of the written sources for Norse mythology were assembled. ... In the Icelandic Eddas Surtur (Old Norse Surtr) is the leader of the fire giants in the south, the ruler of Muspel, the realm of fire. ... A W.W.J.D bracelet The phrase What would Jesus do? (often abbreviated to WWJD) became popular in the United States in the 1990s as a personal motto for thousands of Christians who used the phrase as a reminder of their belief that Jesus is the example to be... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... For other uses, see SIF (disambiguation). ...

The Snarl

The Snarl is an embodiment of deific frustration and wrath. It was created when the first world was created by the gods, as the Gods of the West, East, North, and South, analogues to historical pantheons, argued about how to create the world. As they argued and pulled on the threads of reality in an attempt to get their way, snags began to develop in the fabric of the world. As the snags grew and combined, the Snarl was created, gradually growing ever more intelligent and malevolent. Finally, it revealed itself to its unwitting creators, slaying the entire pantheon of the Gods of the East with ease, then devouring every soul on the newly created world. It took just twenty-seven minutes to undo the entirety of creation. Mesopotamian mythology is the collective name given to Sumerian, Akkadian, Assyrian, and Babylonian mythologies from the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Iraq. ... The bust of Zeus found at Otricoli (Sala Rotonda, Museo Pio-Clementino, Vatican) Greek mythology is the body of stories belonging to the Ancient Greeks concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world and the origins and significance of their own cult and ritual practices. ... Norse, Viking or Scandinavian mythology comprises the indigenous pre-Christian religion, beliefs and legends of the Scandinavian peoples, including those who settled on Iceland, where most of the written sources for Norse mythology were assembled. ... Chinese astrology is the divination of the future from the Chinese calendar, which is based on astronomy, and ancient Chinese philosophy. ...

Hidden away in their realms among the Outer Planes, the leaders of the three remaining pantheons met in secret and hatched a plan. Agreeing in advance which pantheons would be responsible for which parts of a new creation, they began to weave a new world out of the remaining threads of reality. With few arguments to slow them down, the gods wove the new world as quickly as possible. The Snarl, born of chaos and unable to comprehend things of order and purpose, failed to realise what the gods were attempting. Finally, the final threads were pulled into place and a new world formed around the Snarl, imprisoning it in a small demi-plane, with the world itself acting to keep the Snarl firmly in place.

Over a thousand years passed, until, sixty-six years prior to the start of the Order's adventures, the Snarl nearly escaped through holes in its prison, only to be defeated, with the rifts in reality sealed behind five gates by the Order of the Scribble. The recent destruction of three of these gates, and Xykon's apparent interest in the remaining two, has led to a fear that the Snarl would be released and serves as the plot hook for the protagonists' campaign. In role-playing games, a campaign is a continuing storyline or set of adventures, typically involving the same characters. ...

Miscellaneous characters


Not all citizens of Azure City belong to the Sapphire Guard. A number serve the army or secular government without apparent ties to the paladin organization.

  • General Chang is the leader of the Azure City military. He is conducts the tactical planning of the defense of Azure City and personally leads the defenders when the walls of the city are breached. He is subsequently killed by a death knight.
First appearance: OOTS #413.
  • Kazumi Kato and Daigo, a pair of human Azure City soldiers (female and male, respectively) who fought alongside the Order of the Stick during the battle of Azure City. They met each other when they became trapped in a tower with the Order, at which time Kazumi asked Daigo out on a date should they both survive the battle. While they were originally unnamed and undifferentiated members of the Azure City army, they revealed their names to each other in order to dodge the fate of all nameless redshirts (that is, to be killed horribly while the main characters survive), although Daigo's last name is still unknown as they are "saving it for an emergency". They then escaped the city aboard Lord Hinjo's junk. During their time in exile, Kazumi and Daigo fell in love and conceived a child, leading them to ask Durkon to officiate at their wedding. Hinjo rewarded their service with a noble title, forming House Kato.
First appearance: OOTS #455 (as unnamed soldiers), OOTS #472 (named).
  • Sangwaan, a female human diviner or shugenja. Sangwaan wears a blindfold, but seems mostly unhampered by it due to her oracular magic--though she occasionally needs to be pointed in the direction of those to whom she is speaking. She is a top aide to Lord Hinjo, providing hims with magical intelligence in the hours leading up to the battle of Azure City. She was crucial in detecting Xykon's attempt to bypass the city walls and attack the throne room directly, using a True Seeing spell to thwart his invisibility. Unfortunately, she was then immediately flung from the walls by Xykon's undead dragon steed, presumably killing her.
First appearance: OOTS #413.

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Celia, a sylph, was first seen guarding the air sigil in Dorukan's tower. Celia lost all loyalty to her job when her old boss "disappeared" and Xykon moved in (at which point she started "making personal calls and swiping office supplies"). She was transformed to stone by the Linear Guild but cured by Vaarsuvius, and repaid the Order by taking Nale and Thog to jail and opening a magical portal to allow them to skip two levels of the dungeon. In an attempt to move on to a more satisfying career, she then started attending night classes in law, and has appeared representing the Order of the Stick as a paralegal, successfully defending them in their trial for weakening the fabric of the universe. Elan then hinted at an attraction[16] between Roy and Celia, and Celia is subsequently seen shopping for clothes[17] to "get his attention" (presumably referring to Roy). She then asked[18] Roy to join her at a dinner for two in one of the nicer dining establishments (coincidentally following a conversation between Roy and Durkon as to whether the phallic nature of his sword in any way causes women to develop stronger physical attractions to him). They enjoyed a candlelit dinner and a romantic walk/flight, leading up to a kiss at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. The next morning [19], Celia was seen in Roy's hotel room, presumably after having slept with him. She has also given Roy a talisman to summon her should their battles get too rough, though warning him that it's not a 'Booty Talisman'. However, the talisman only broke for magical energy, Celia having believed that humans could shoot energy out of their fingers like herself, which Roy did not know before dying. Haley later recovered the talisman, which later broke due to being hit with an Electric Orb attack from Tsukiko. She gets on well with the members of the Order, with the exception of Belkar and Haley. Sylph is a faux-mythological creature in the Western tradition. ... For the fish called lawyer, see Burbot. ... Flirting is alleged to be a form of human interaction, usually expressing a sexual or romantic interest in the other person. ... This article is about the symbol of the erect penis. ... Booty Call is a 1997 comedy film, written by Takashi Bufford and J. Stanford Parker, and directed by Jeff Pollack. ...

Cliffport Police Department

The Cliffport Police Department or CPPD are a parody of a real-world police department, or perhaps more accurately, of a real-life police department as depicted in TV-series. These characters protect the city of Cliffport to the best of their ability, which is difficult when clever, strong, and/or magical beings (such as the Linear Guild) show up to cause trouble. The CPPD Chief was the most-commonly seen member, while his unnamed squad members include a man with ginger hair, who the chief called "Rookie" and regarded as the one member of the team with any sense, a female with light brown hair, a bearded blonde man who's losing his hair and a dark-skinned, dark-haired man. The last of these was charged with delivering Pompey to prison, but it turns out that the real officer had been knocked out and replaced by a shapeshifted Sabine. The Chief was decapitated by Nale in a surprise attack - the rookie appears to have taken charge of the group since his demise; it's been implied that he may not be as inexperienced as his nickname would suggest. At least one other member has subsequently been slain trying to subdue Thog. The Linear Guild are a fictional team of villains from the webcomic The Order of the Stick, created and written by Rich Burlew. ...

The CPPD had Elan, whom they believed to be Nale, and Thog under arrest for 417 charges of murder and one charge of intent to summon a demon (this last offense was made up by Nale after he was "freed" by Rookie), although their imprisonment ultimately only lasted forty minutes before they broke out. Leeky Windstaff, who was subdued by the Order, was also in custody before being freed by his friend Pompey. The local laws forbid the use of magic to determine guilt, because the result can readily be faked using illusions. As such, the CPPD expect their investigation into these crimes to take at least six months. With Elan, Thog and Leeky all now escaped, it remains to be seen whether the CPPD will attempt to track them down.


Two representatives of the only lawful good monster in the original Fiend Folio were introduced as inhabitants of Dorukan's Pit, which was full of monsters that were never updated to 3rd Edition. They have since broken the falls of characters on several occasions. One of them sought counselling in Cliffport for the feeling that it was just a minor character in someone else's story, when Haley landed on it. Another got the feeling he was supposed to be somewhere while Roy was falling to his death outside Azure City. More recently, an evil Ghostly Flumph (the self-proclaimed "Ghost of Lame Monsters Past") succeeded in scaring the wits out of the two living Flumphs, until it was flattened by Roy Greenhilt's ghost. The flumph is a monster found in the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. ... D&D 3rd Edition Fiend Folio. ... Roy Greenhilt is a major character in the webcomic, The Order of the Stick, written by Rich Burlew. ...

Julio Scoundrél

The dashing sky pirate and captain of the airship Mechane, Julio Scoundrél is a famous action star and listed as the thirty-second out of the one hundred greatest swordsmen of the century. His proficiency is due to taking ten levels in the obscure prestige class Dashing Swordsman, allowing him to apply his incredibly high Charisma bonus to attacks with a rapier. Elan encountered[20] Julio while attempting to get transport from Cliffport to Azure City; the air pirate agreed to help Elan because the bard reminded him of himself. While traveling to Azure City, Julio also agreed to train Elan in the ways of the Dashing Swordsman so he could defeat Nale once he arrived. Much like Elan, Julio is extremely well-versed in the ways of Genre Conventions and follows such rules. He is also a wanted criminal in Azure City, which is the reason that he is immediately attacked by the local militia upon approaching the city. Before parting ways he gave Elan[21] the +3 Keen Rapier that he used when he was a Level 1 Dashing Swordsman (claiming that since he has managed to father children in every port on the continent he doesn't know whom to give it to). He also told him that he wished never to cross paths with Elan again because, due to genre conventions and the demands of stories, he would most likely be killed by a random enemy of Elan's the next time they meet so that Elan could swear vengeance on his killer. Appearing in primitive form in the second edition rules of the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game and developed extensively in the third edition rules, prestige classes (PrC) are character classes that offer specialized, exclusive abilities once certain restrictive requirements are met. ...


Mr. Jones and Mr. Phil Rodriguez are two lawyers that appear in the world of the Order of the Stick. Their main purpose is ensure that no copyright infringements occur. Mr. Jones is highly professional and educated, though arrogant, while Mr. Rodriguez has a relatively childish demeanour, prefers to role-play when around the adventurers, and is prone to odd tricks such as producing a giant boot as a distraction. They were sent by the "Spooooky Wizard who lives by the Coast". They have appeared several times, once to drag away[22] the "Squid-Thingy" (or Mind Flayer), and once when Vaarsuvius called them out against Zz'dtri for being a copyright infringement on Drizzt Do'Urden. Wizards of the Coast (often referred to as WotC or simply Wizards) is a publisher of games, primarily based on fantasy and science fiction themes. ... In the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, illithids (also known as mind flayers) are semi-humanoid beings with an octopus-like head with psychic powers that often live in moist caverns and underground cities. ... Drizzt DoUrden (IPA: ) is a fictional character in the Dungeons & Dragons-based Forgotten Realms setting. ...

Mr. Jones appeared at Belkar's request[23], claiming that Miko's use of Detect Evil "clearly constitutes an illegal search" employing "harmful radiation" (on the basis that many of the creatures Miko has scanned are currently dead, and that the scan is blocked by a lead sheet in a manner consistent with the properties of ionizing radiation). Miko's horse Windstriker then attempted to hire Mr. Rodriguez to put a restraining order on Belkar, but Belkar simply informed Mr. Rodriguez that he was of Chaotic alignment and chased him out of the stables (Windstriker having been returned to the Celestial Realms so Miko didn't have to pay for him as well). Most recently they were summoned to Azure City by Lord Shojo to act as the prosecution at the Order's trial on the charge of 'weakening the fabric of the universe', though they lost the case due to the whole thing being a sham perpetrated by Shojo and Eugene Greenhilt. Due to Jones' skill at converting trial transcripts, his record is 5-0 while Mr. Rodriguez shoulders the defeats at 0-147. Radiation hazard symbol. ...

Apart from the six members of the Order of the Stick themselves, Mr. Jones and Mr. Rodriguez are the only named characters from the webcomic version of The Order of the Stick to appear in the Dragon Magazine OOTS comics, appearing in the last panel of the comic that ran in Dragon #351. The cover of the 300th issue Dragon is one of the two official magazines for source material for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game and associated products. ...

The Oracle of the Sunken Valley

The Oracle of the Sunken Valley was sought out by Roy and Durkon to locate Xykon's lair prior to the formation of the Order of the Stick, then subsequently in order to determine where the lich is headed next.

Years before the events of the Order of the Stick, Eugene Greenhilt tracked down the Oracle of the Sunken Valley and asked the oracle who killed his (Greenhilt's father's) master. The oracle responded that Xykon killed Greenhilt's father's master and then refused to provide more details because of his one question per person per visit policy.

In order to keep out pesky adventurers, the Oracle hired QuestGuard to establish a series of moderately challenging tests, including a heart test to prevent him from getting sued if a questioner with a weak heart had a heart attack induced by the awe of Tiamat. Once the Order actually encountered[24] the Oracle, it turned out to be a sarcastic, rambling, and irritating kobold, who proceeded to give the group a series of prophecies laden heavily with multiple meanings and ambiguous language. (In fact, on Roy and Durkon's previous visit, the Oracle had answered the question 'Where is Xykon?' with the unhelpful answer, 'In his throne room,' prompting Roy and Durkon to dangle the Oracle out of the window until he agreed to give them a useful answer.) However, when Roy worded his question carefully to keep the Oracle from being too ambiguous, he ended up making it too precise, eliminating Xykon's actual next target from consideration. Despite the kobold's attempts to hint that the question was too specific, Roy insisted that the Oracle had to answer the question as stated, and thus the Order was mistakenly led to believe that Girard's Gate was Xykon's next destination. This mistake was corrected when Miko Miyazaki arrived in Azure City a day ahead of Xykon's army, informing them in an angry tirade of Xykon's impending invasion. Kobolds are a fictional species featured In the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. ...

While Roy did figure out where he went wrong before leaving the valley, the magic associated with the Oracle causes all visitors to forget everything about their visit except the answer to their question, so his realization of the truth was quickly lost. This magic effect also means that nobody is able to remember the nature of the Oracle, so Roy was surprised to find out that the Oracle was a kobold, despite his previous visit.

Other questions asked of and answers given by the oracle include:

  • "How will I return to my dwarven homeland?" asked Durkon Thundershield. "Posthumously."
  • "How will I achieve complete and total ultimate arcane power?" asked Vaarsuvius. "By saying the right four words, to the right being, at the right time, for all the wrong reasons.'
  • "Will I cause the death of any of the following: Miko, Miko's stupid horse, Roy, Vaarsuvius, or you?" asked Belkar Bitterleaf. "Yes." "Cool, which one?" "Next." (Belkar's second question was refused due to the oracle's one question per person per visit policy) Belkar later lent Roy his Ring of Jumping, after which Roy was killed by falling from a great height. Miko's fall as a Paladin and circumstances leading to her death were fueled in part by her obsession with the Order of the Stick, and Belkar in particular. Miko's horse Windstriker is likely unable to reach the mortal realm without Miko. Vaarsuvius and the Oracle have not died as yet.
  • "Will this story have a happy ending?" asked Elan. "Yes, it will--for you, at least."
  • "(How can I restore my speech?)" (in cryptogram) asked Haley Starshine. "When the gift horse comes calling, don't look it in the mouth." This presumably refers to Nale's (impersonating Elan) offer of a date; Haley's acceptance despite her suspicions led to the circumstances that broke her mental block, not to mention her declaration of love to Elan.
  • "Caw caw CAW caw caw caw" asked Blackwing the Raven, Vaarsuvius' familiar. "Try using ginko bilboa [sic]" Presumably the raven was asking how to prevent Vaarsuvius from forgetting it existed.

The Oracle worships Tiamat and uses her powers to grant him his visions of the future. In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, Tiamat is a powerful draconic goddess, usually depicted as a European dragon with multiple heads. ...


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The Order of the Stick is a comedic fantasy webcomic based on pencil and paper roleplaying games, particularly Dungeons and Dragons, and its accompanying system, d20. ... Roy Greenhilt is a major character in the webcomic, The Order of the Stick, written by Rich Burlew. ... Durkon Thundershield is a character from The Order of the Stick, created, written and drawn by Rich Burlew. ... Haley Starshine is a major character in the webcomic The Order of the Stick, written by Rich Burlew. ... Elan (IPA: //)[1] is a major character in the webcomic, The Order of the Stick, written and drawn by Rich Burlew. ... Vaarsuvius is a major character in the webcomic The Order of the Stick, written by Rich Burlew. ... Belkar Bitterleaf is a major character in the webcomic The Order of the Stick, written by Rich Burlew. ... The Linear Guild are a fictional team of villains from the webcomic The Order of the Stick, created and written by Rich Burlew. ... Xykon is the main villain of the webcomic The Order of the Stick, created and written by Rich Burlew. ... Redcloak is a major villain of the webcomic The Order of the Stick, created and written by Rich Burlew. ... Miko Miyazaki was a fictional character in the webcomic The Order of the Stick, by Rich Burlew. ... Hinjo is a fictional Paladin in the webcomic The Order of the Stick and the current ruler of Azure City. ...



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