This blog is dedicated to Rich Burlew's epic fantasy webcomic; The Order of the Stick. Here you will find everything you will never need about greedy rogues, grumpy dwarves, snarky fighters, psychopathic halflings, ditzy bards and androgynous elves; from Dorukan's dungeon to the Windy Canyon; from Team Evil to the Linear guild; if it's Ootsverse, it's here.
You can’t be a torturing, mass-murdering rapist and then go home and turn your Evil Switch to the “off” position to spend time with your kids. It doesn’t work that way. If you are the sort of person that can commit the acts that Tarquin does daily, then that will find its way into every aspect of your existence. It’s who you are. This idea that Tarquin was this perfectly rational actor despite being a complete monster at his Day Job is a pipe dream. Tarquin wants you (and Elan) to think that what he does is separate from who he is—that he’s a fundamentally decent man who just so happens to murder a bunch of people here and there—because that’s how he tricks you into slowly accepting his blatant Evil as a valid life choice that needs to be respected. Which it is not.
Some people want to love the villain without having to face the fact that villains are largely terrible people who do horrific things with deficient reasoning. Not on my watch.
Being able to act like a good person some of the time does not make one a good person, it makes one a competent actor. Someone mentally and emotionally capable of intentional deliberate mass murder is still capable of mass murder when hugging their child. They’re just not doing it that moment.
Felt like drawing some OotS, so I attempted un-sticking Leeky Windstaff and Pompey. It’s hard to see the back of Pompey’s hair (it’s buzzed) and Leeky looks more like a dwarf than a gnome but overall I’m still pretty okay with this.
Also, can we all stop listing Durkon’s race as “white”? There are white dwarves in the comic. He is clearly not one of them. Try “brown” if you need to label it. I don’t want to think too much about what it means when you see a character with brown skin and think, “That’s a white guy with a tan.