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Durkon Thundershield

Durkon Thundershield, drawn by Rich Burlew. Image File history File links Durkon1. ...

Publisher Giant In The Playground
First appearance The Order of the Stick #1
Created by Rich Burlew
Affiliations Order of the Stick, Thor
Abilities Spell-casting, undead-turning, combat proficient.

Durkon Thundershield is a character from The Order of the Stick, created, written and drawn by Rich Burlew. A 54-year-old dwarf, Durkon is the party's cleric, with Thor as his deity. In comic books, first appearance refers to the date or issue of a characters first appearance. ... The Order of the Stick, nicknamed OotS, is a comedic fantasy webcomic based on the genre of pen and paper roleplaying games. ... From Left to Right: Belkar, Vaarsuvius, Elan, Haley, Durkon and Roy. ... Thors battle against the giants, by Mårten Eskil Winge, 1872 Thor (Old Norse: Þórr) is the red-haired and bearded god of thunder in Norse Mythology and more generally Germanic mythology (Old English: Þunor, Old Dutch and Old High German: Donar, from Proto-Germanic *Þunraz). ... The Order of the Stick, nicknamed OotS, is a comedic fantasy webcomic based on the genre of pen and paper roleplaying games. ... In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, dwarves are a humanoid race, one of the primary races available for play as player characters. ... In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, the cleric is one of the base character classes. ... This is a list of characters from the webcomic The Order of the Stick. ...

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.


Character History


Durkon was born in the dwarven lands and stayed there throughout his early life. He joined the temple of Thor as a cleric and lived within its walls.

Seventeen years prior to the formation of the Order of the Stick, Durkon was visited by Hurak, the high priest of Thor, who informed him that the deity had selected him for a mission to human lands. Durkon was to remain with humans indefinitely, ostensibly until he was summoned home to act as a cultural instructor to his people.

However, the true reason for the "mission" was that the priest of Odin had arrived at the temple that morning with a prophecy that, when Durkon next returned home, he would bring death and destruction upon his people. In order to thwart the prophesy, the high priest had no intention of ever calling Durkon home, leaving him effectively banished for life. (This deception may have been unnecessary -- Durkon has shown willingness to accept indefinite banishment for a mission that seems completely pointless to him. It is reasonable to assume that he would have accepted life-long exile to save his homeland.) For other meanings of Odin, Woden or Wotan see Odin (disambiguation), Woden (disambiguation), Wotan (disambiguation). ...

Durkon made his way to human lands, where he almost immediately got off onto the wrong foot with the first humans that he met, then was appalled to discover that the best beer in human lands tasted, in his opinion, like moose urine.

Fourteen years later, Durkon was part of an adventuring group. Having grown surly and unpleasant as a result of his experiences, he was frequently sent on apparently suicidal missions by his allies. When his party accepted a mission to deal with a group of orcs who were causing problems in a nearby village, Durkon was paired with a newly recruited fighter, Roy Greenhilt. In the course of the mission, Roy threw himself in the way of an attack that the dwarf hadn't seen coming, earning a measure of trust from the dwarf. When Roy subsequently negotiated a peaceful settlement between the village and the orcs, who it turned out were only in the area for a concert, Durkon came to realise that there was at least one human worth knowing. A typical fantasy orc In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, orcs are a primitive race of barbaric humanoid, largely based upon the orcs appearing in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. ... Roy Greenhilt is a major character in the webcomic, The Order of the Stick, written by Rich Burlew. ...

Roy left the group, which had simply wanted to slaughter the orcs, that being quicker and more convenient than negotiating, and Durkon followed him, agreeing to be a part of any party the fighter subsequently founded.

Roy and Durkon travelled together for the next three years, searching for clues to the whereabouts of the lich, Xykon. Finally getting the information that they needed from an oracle, they came to the conclusion that more allies would be required to assault Xykon's stronghold. Returning to a nearby town, Roy recruited four other adventurers to join the party, and the Order of the Stick was born. In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the lich is an undead creature; a spellcaster who seeks to defy death by magical means. ... Xykon is the main villain of the webcomic The Order of the Stick, created and written by Rich Burlew. ... This is a list of characters from the webcomic The Order of the Stick. ...

The Order of the Stick

Durkon has been a highly effective member of the team since its formation. As team cleric, his healing spells are often in demand and he serves well alongside his friend Roy as one of the Order's frontline warriors. During his time with the party, he has had a brief relationship with Hilgya Firehelm, a female dwarf cleric of Loki and was also briefly the leader of a group of bandits. As a prize from his adventures, he possesses an Amulet of Natural Armor and may also still have the Girdle of Masculinity/Femininity which Roy discarded after Durkon helped him remove it with a Remove Curse spell. The Linear Guild are a fictional team of villains from the webcomic The Order of the Stick, created and written by Rich Burlew. ... This picture, from an 18th century Icelandic manuscript, shows Loki with his invention - the fishing net. ...

As a boon from Lord Shojo of Azure City, a messenger was sent to Durkon's homeland to obtain permission from the High Priest of Thor to allow Durkon home. Hurak had died years ago, and the new High Priest could find in his predecessor's notes no mention of or justification for Durkon's ostracism; he wrote for Durkon to come home at any time. Unfortunately, the letter was eaten by the Monster in the Dark, and it is unlikely that the message will be conveyed verbally, given that Miko Miyazaki, who was the courier, believes the Order of the Stick to be working with Xykon. This is a list of characters from the webcomic The Order of the Stick. ... This is a list of characters from the webcomic The Order of the Stick. ... Miko Miyazaki is a long-running character in Rich Burlews Order of the Stick, and is a main adversary. ...

When the Order revisited the Oracle of Sunken Valley to gain new information about Xykon's whereabouts, Durkon asked "How will I finally be returnin' ta me beloved dwarven homelands?", the Oracle answered, "Posthumously". Durkon, who had previously believed that he would die in human lands and his body torn apart by animals or left to rot, found comfort in this idea, knowing that he would ultimately be reunited with his family. How this foretelling will affect or be affected by the prophesy of Odin is unknown. This is a list of characters from the webcomic The Order of the Stick. ...

Personality, Traits and Abilities

Durkon is something of a stereotypical dwarf, wearing heavy armour, carrying a powerful weapon, possessing a low charisma, having a great interest in beer and so forth, although- as noted in the paragraph below- he also subverts this stereotype somewhat. He is dutiful, pious (often attributing his god Thor with more purpose and planning than the rather wild god is actually capable of), unassuming and stoic. He believes in speaking plainly, rarely resorting to the wit or sarcasm often used (or at least attempted) by his teammates. He speaks (and, oddly enough, writes) with a thick accent. While not immune to temptation, he believes strongly in proper behaviour; while he ogled Haley along with the rest of the males in the party on one occasion when she suffered a 'wardrobe malfunction', he chastised Julia Greenhilt when she attempted to flirt with him to gain his attention. This is probably because, while the party saw Haley naked by accident, Julia was attempting to use her body on him deliberately, and Durkon's strong morals prevent such behaviour. In modern usage, a stereotype is a simplified mental picture of an individual or group of people who share a certain characteristic (or stereotypical) qualities. ... The word charisma (from the Greek word χάρισμα (kharisma), gift or divine favor, from kharizesthai, to favor, from kharis, favor) refers to a rare trait found in certain human personalities usually including extreme charm and a magnetic quality of personality and/or appearance along with innate and powerfully sophisticated personal communicability... This is a list of characters from the webcomic The Order of the Stick. ...

While Durkon generally fits the concept of a dwarf very well, he is much like other members of his party in that he's a counterstereotype, too, this time of the traditional "drunken dwarf fighter". Despite loving beer, Durkon has never been shown as drunk, and is fully capable of holding massive amounts of liquor (drinking ten beers in ten seconds while New Year's was counting down in Azure City). Likewise, though most dwarves in fantasy novels are the goofy comic relief, Durkon is the other "straight man" besides Roy (who is also a countersterotype of his class) of his party; and despite wearing heavy armor and weapons, Durkon tends to rely more on his spells than his sheer physical might. He also shows no sign of the stereotypical dwarven greed. Men hur kommer man in i berget, frågade tomtepojken (But how do I get into the mountain? the young dwarf asked. ... A counter-stereotype, reverse stereotype, or anti-stereotype is the reverse of a stereotype or simply an individual who doesnt conform to stereotypes. ...

He hates the undead and reflexively tries to turn them as soon as they are even mentioned. He also, apparently in common with the rest of his people, has a severe phobia regarding trees, believing them to be powerful (and highly stealthy) monsters. In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, undead is a type of creature, or creature type. Undead creatures were most often once-living creatures, which have been animated by spiritual or supernatural forces. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...

Based on the spells and abilities he has displayed or had attributed to him by other characters, he is at least 13th level, as that is the minimum level to cast Control Weather.

Spoilers end here.
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The Order of the Stick by Rich Burlew
Characters: Roy Greenhilt | Durkon Thundershield | Haley Starshine | Elan | Vaarsuvius | Belkar Bitterleaf | Xykon | Miko Miyazaki
Character lists: General list | Linear Guild
Locations: General list



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