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DM of the Rings XCV:
You Could Get a Splinter

By Shamus
on Wednesday May 2, 2007
Filed under:
DM of the Rings


Dryads are sexy.
Ents are not sexy.

Whenever you introduce a new creature, you should be very specific in your descriptions so that players know if this is something for them to fight or have sex with.

Comments (112)

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  1. Shamus says:

    Well, lookie who gets first post today! Three minutes before the comic even goes live. Beat that, suckers!

    I just want to point out that I had to install Oblivion and run the construction set in order to make this comic, which means that one frame of the Spriggan is probably the most time consuming frame in the entire comic. Yeah. Over an hour for that one crappy image.

    Kind of sad, really.

    • Billos says:

      While I appreciate that you did this the hard way from what Ive read, you could just ‘cheat’ for some images and use Google Image search? Unless that wasn’t around in um *checks date of your post*, ok I’ll just be leaving….

      Hmmm…. Must stop commenting on your comics. Just because I play a Necromancer in games, doesn’t mean I should act like one IRL :)

  2. Bookworm says:

    Quite all right, Shamus. Love the Dutch Elm disease line. *grin*

    • smartalek says:

      How can Dutch Elm Disease pre-exist the Dutch?
      At best, it would be “Dutch Elm Disease avant la lettre,” as the French might have put it — had there been any French then.
      Still funny as all get-out, mind you….
      [Edit: @#$% me, I forgot that’s a player character speaking. D’oh! *slinks off, head bowed in shame*]

  3. Arson55 says:

    Nice, Shamus, really nice.

  4. Lynx says:


    Man, you do get some of the oddest Aragon pics.. and the thought of Aragon trying to make out with an Ent is “Ent”ertaining… :D

  5. TooMad says:

    First since Shamus cheated! How’s the 30 mph hummer?

  6. Carl the Bold says:

    Whenever you introduce a new creature, you should be very specific in your descriptions so that players know if this is something for them to fight or have sex with.

    Reminds me of the story of Eric and the Dread Gazebo.


    Nice strip.

  7. Lynx says:

    Change that to fourth. You guys really do sit at your PC just *waiting* for Shamus to post, don’t you? :)

  8. TooMad says:

    Not even second…

  9. Rod says:

    Ha ha! – the deflated look on Aragons face is brilliant!!

  10. Browncoat says:

    7 Lynx Says:

    May 2nd, 2007 at 11:03 am
    Change that to fourth. You guys really do sit at your PC just *waiting* for Shamus to post, don't you?

    You don’t? For shame. What do you have that’s more important than this?

  11. Dantekrad says:

    Yeah!, Top-Ten, Congratulations, again, the expressions of Aragorn… priceless!, jajaja

    See you!

  12. Cenobite says:

    Worse than the thought of Aragorn making out with an Ent…is thinking about what the offspring of such a union would look like.

    Okay, I think I just failed a Sanity check roll.

  13. Arson55 says:

    This was the first time I’d ever gotten here so fast…and I still knew better than to post, ‘Second.’

  14. Lynx says:

    Come to think of it, what’s with Aragon and his fascination with males? First Leg’O’Lass, then Halfir (was that the name?) and now Treebeard. Cross-species, too, while we’re at it.

    Hmm. Shortsighted or Bearded Lady? Your guess as good as mine..

  15. Jeremiah says:

    Aragorn is totally the guy from the Dead Alewives skit, “If there are any girls there, I want to DO them!”

  16. Ryan says:

    “Words fail me.”

    That is the most excellent line from any strip yet.

  17. Browncoat says:

    Odd that Gimli didn’t recognize Treebeard’s voice.

  18. Knastymike says:

    I’m like a dryad… a *sexy* little dryad!

    And since it’s been so popular today, FIRST!

  19. Roxysteve says:

    I got as far as Dutch Elm Disease and began laughing out loud.

    My boss arrived in theater so I told him I had discovered an amusing self-contradiction in RFC1486 which could result in all sorts of timing issues.

    He didn’t buy my cunning story because a) He knows I have no idea what an RFC actually is and b) Everybody knows computers aren’t funny.

    [mutters] Stupid brain incapable of convincing tech improv!

    Busted again for not doing work stuff during non-break work time.

    Curse you Shamus, and curse your highly addictive web comic!


  20. Hotaru says:

    heh… almost feel sorry for aragorn… almost…not quite…

  21. Roxysteve says:

    DM “Let me introduce you to Rowan, the Hamadryad…”

    Aragormless (Three pages of dialogue deleted, let’s resume with the couple embracing)

    DM “…Rowan the Ball-Peen Hamadryad (of Death)”

    Ya gotta dream.


  22. Fred's Friend Mike's Friend Gary's Friend Jim says:


    Anyway, pretty good stuff today.

  23. Erin says:

    I loved the “Dutch Elm disease” line. And the looks on their faces … priceless as always. Another winner, Shamus, great job.

  24. LafinJack says:

    Am I the only one who can appreciate the “splinter” line?

  25. Rebecca says:

    Roxysteve: In my tech support job, I would just show my boss the comic.

  26. Corwin says:

    Frighteningly enough, Aragorn doesn’t look 100% turned off by Treebeard in that last frame.

  27. Jill says:

    First one in a bit that’s made me snicker uncontrollably for several minutes straight… Awesomely amusing, just like the old days.

  28. Alex says:

    It might have taken an hour to get that frame but it was one of the funnier comics you’ve made.
    The contrast between Aragorn’s speech and the dryad pictures to Treebeard’s face is priceless.

  29. Jindra34 says:

    Its kinda sad that the same aragorn joke that has been going on through the entire thing is still funny.

  30. Raved Thrad says:

    The expression on Gimli’s face suggests the following internal monologue:

    “Big talking tree. I want to chop it with my ax. But wait, it’s big and it talks, it might fight back and stomp me. But it’s a big talking tree. I want to chop it with my ax. But then it might fight back and stomp me…”

    Repeating over and over ad infinitum in his little boneheaded skull. *eg* I wonder if he has to make a WILL save >:)

  31. Clyde says:

    I dunno… Those spriggans are nasty, and not just in a “give you a splinter” way. Any chick who can whistle up a bear and send it after you is too high-maintenance. And all for a lousy taproot; you don’t even get the bearskin out of it!

  32. scldragonfish says:

    (i)Corwin Says:Frighteningly enough, Aragorn doesn't look 100% turned off by Treebeard in that last frame.(i)

    (b)Ahhhhh, nothing like a little denderphilia to liven up the sexual experience.

    I once heard a joke where this guy went to a tree to get experience before losing his virginity. When he went to a house of ill-repute to finally have sex, he kicked the prostitute in the hip. When she yelled “what was that for?” His reply was that he wanted to make sure there were no bees.(b)

  33. Woerlan says:

    I loved their expressions. At least they didn’t know that most trees are actually both sexes at once. Then again, few people think of flowers as sexual organs (which they are).

  34. Blindeye says:

    Hahaha! Awesome. Aragorn looks so let down. Like you told him his dog just died.

  35. SongCoyote says:

    I found the tag-line after the comic as funny as the comic itself today :)

    Oh, and the Dutch Elm disease line harkens way back to when I first heard jokes/stories about people doing naughty things with trees. Scary and funny at the same time!

    Thanks for more great comic-ing!

    Light and laughter,

  36. mneme says:

    “At least they didn't know that most trees are actually both sexes at once.”

    Sure. But then, Ents aren’t trees; they’re the -Shepherds- of trees. See: Ent-wives.

  37. fair_n_hite_451 says:


  38. Flexstyle says:

    Fantastic screen capture of Aragorn’s face. I love this one!

  39. Thad says:

    I have to say, that isn’t the Spriggan association I have.

  40. Nogard Codesmith says:

    I don’t have time to just sit and refresh the page till the new comic comes up. I have tedious data entry work to do today… so i can only refresh the page about once every 30 mins.

  41. Marmot says:

    The line after the comic about importance of descriptions cracked me up like never before. Awesome :)

  42. Haha, I love the last and 6th frames!
    Aragon’s faces are toooo good!

    The best part for me is I have only seen return of the King once, so I have forgotten alot so the rest of the comic will be some-what new to me :D

    Keep up the good work!

  43. LaZorra says:

    I’ve been reading this for a while now and never commented, but this was too freaking hilarious. The screencaps of Aragorn are PERFECT.

  44. Wraithshadow says:

    Yeah, my idea of a Spriggan is a bit different as well.

    If I didn’t know better and thought this was all being designed by a DM I’d think this is a natural evolution. First Aragorn’s player creeps him out when he sees an actual good looking woman. So then he tosses in Haldir, and Aragorn still creeps him out. So what now? Now he goes with creatures that are absolutely, unequivocally not female.

  45. required says:

    Good one! The line after the comic made me laugh too and it made me think of having read somewhere how turtles divide things into 4 groups:

    1) Things to eat
    2) Things that will eat you
    3) Things to have sex with
    4) Rocks

  46. anachronist says:

    46th! Woohoo!

    I didn’t notice anybody congratulating Shamus on his hard work and time spent on the Spriggan frame. So let me be the first: Great job. -A

  47. Scarlet Knight says:

    Somehow, I can see Aragorn in a recruiting poster for the Rangers. Kind of a whole, “Got Wood?” campaign…See the world, meet interesting species, proposition them…

  48. Saelwen says:

    Oblivion!!! That game rocks :D

    Panel six is awesome. Great work!

  49. Sean K says:

    Of course, this is why there are creatures like the succubus — it’s meant to faught with *and* sexed up.

  50. hendrake says:

    I had to cover my mouth at work to stop from laughing out loud.

    “Dryads are sexy”

    “Ents are not sexy”

    Tears were running down my face!

  51. Osvaldo Mandias says:

    Whenever you introduce a new creature, you should be very specific in your descriptions so that players know if this is something for them to fight or have sex with.


  52. Nogard_Codesmith says:

    I dont think you can just flatly say that Ents are *NOT* sexy…
    …I’m sure they give *someone* wood

  53. scldragonfish says:

    Yeah, I can actually imagine a group of lumberjacks who don’t just love their job, they luuuuuuvvv their job!

  54. Osvaldo Mandias says:


  55. Dave says:

    “Whenever you introduce a new creature, you should be very specific in your descriptions so that players know if this is something for them to fight or have sex with.”

    or, as Rich Burlew put it:
    “I theorize that the (PC) does not possess a true sentient brain, like you or I, but rather a simple lump of nerve tissue that serves as a primitive ‘proto-brain’ that can process only two emotional reactions to people: Hate or Lust.”

  56. Rickster says:

    Gotta hand to you Shamus, your pics of Aragorn in this strip are priceless! I remember watching the trilogy too and I don’t recall him having that many different facial expressions.

    Great work dude, keep ’em coming and don’t listen to the idiots that whinge about this strip….I reckon it’s the best mate.

  57. Dexter says:

    You forgot about Google Images though you mentioned it in one of your first? :D http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=spriggan+oblivion&gbv=2

  58. Stella says:

    It’s just as Joss Whedon said in a commentary on the Serenity DVD,

    “If this movie is special to you, tell others, tell everyone…

    … If you think this movie sucks, this is a time for quiet, for silent meditation…”

    Something like that. :)

    I’ve enjoyed every strip and have shown it to almost all of my friends, Shamus. Keep it up, PLEASE! :)

  59. Shamus says:

    Dexter: Arg! I searched for “dryad”. I made the same mistake “aragorn” did. Once I had the editor opened and saw my error, I didn’t think to go back to google.

    Ah well. By that point I’d done 90% of the work.

  60. sexyskank says:

    don’t worry shamus, we still love you :)

  61. Peter Jackson is going to be amused at the Ent-sex bit…

  62. Myxx says:

    Man, I laughed hard at the last line, after the actual comic.

  63. Daniel says:

    A great one for sure. It seems the ones where you have 1 frame from outside the film were the best. This one and the uncertanty lich comic were my favorites. Gimli is a great character trying to keep everyone on the game when everyone else has ADD.

  64. Hal says:

    First, I appreciate the Spriggan reference. Very clever, and a good way to remind us that these guys aren’t actually in Tolkien’s world.

    Second, I love the font that you used for Treebeard’s voice. Great choice. Where did you get it?

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