->''"My business is not to know the truth of stories."''

''[[http://riceboy.jho-tan.com/order/index.html Order of Tales]]'' is a surreal fantasy webcomic by Evan Dahm. The story is set in {{Webcomic/Overside}}, several centuries prior to Dahm's other webcomic, ''Webcomic/RiceBoy''. However, ''Order'' is more of a side story than a direct prequel. The comic completed July, 2010, and Dahm has since started a third webcomic, ''Webcomic/{{Vattu}}''.

Koark (pronounced Ko-ark) is the [[LastOfHisKind last Teller]] of the Order of Tales. He barely escaped the destruction of his hometown with nothing but a book of stories, his mount Potok, and the instructions of his father to find an ancient and powerful story: "The Ascent of the Bone Ziggurat". Fifteen years later, Koark has a chance run-in with a Machine Man named The One Electronic, and his first good lead to finding the tale of the Ziggurat... and his travels get him mixed up with a very pissed-off DamselInDistress, made of glass and known only as Bottle Woman.

!!This webcomic provides examples of:
* ActionSurvivor: Koark may have had the training of a [[TheStoryteller Teller]], but [[RightManInTheWrongPlace he grows into this role]].
* AllMythsAreTrue: Played with to such an extent that the story is one step away from going meta, [[spoiler: especially in the climactic fight with Gerrah, who attempts to fulfill his own version of the Obilik myth, dryly noting that the hero, Koark, dies in the tale]]. In the end, all myths are subverted. TOE puts it best at the beginning:
--->'''TOE:''' An absurd simplification of the actual events.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Gerrah, the man who murdered Koark's parents at the beginning, is behind almost all the strife in the story]].
* TheBlank: T.O.E.
* BookEnds
* CharacterDevelopment: Subtle and off-screen, but heartwarming. When Koark is a boy, he treats Potok with disdain for being scrawny and grey, favoring joyrides on his father's mount instead. After the FlashForward to Chapter Two, he is quite affectionate with Potok.
* {{Chiaroscuro}}: A given, since the comic is in black and white.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Koark did not and it's a TearJerker]].
* DoomedHometown: Played straight with Koark's home; slightly subverted with Stone Palm, [[spoiler:although the town got burned, most of its inhabitants were perfectly safe underground]].
* FetchQuest: It seems Koark's journey is shaping up to be an endless series of these.
* FiveManBand: As of the end of Book Two. T-O-E is the Hero, Calabash the Lancer, Koark the Smart Guy, Aethirus the Big Guy, and Bottle Woman the Chick.
* HeroicBSOD: Koark experiences a brief one after [[spoiler: Potok dies.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: The Bottle Woman sacrifices herself in order to stop the BigBad. Koark is noticeably not pleased about this.]]
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Potok, Koark's animal companion.
* LastOfHisKind
* LivingMacGuffin: The Bottle Woman
* MeaningfulName: An unintentional case occurs with [[{{Pun}} Koark and the Bottle Woman]] (although the former's name in Seen-script shows that it's pronounced Ko-ark, with two syllables).
* MistakenForMurderer: [[spoiler:Koark]] is accused of murder while visiting Tenshells.
* {{Mythopoeia}}: Koark's job is to catalog it.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Torchlord.
* NervesOfSteel: An early demonstration of Koark's ability to keep his wits about him in the face of danger comes when [[spoiler:[[http://www.rice-boy.com/order/index.php?c=122 he has been accused of murder and brought before the Oceanqueen of Tenshells]]]]. He is obviously terrified, but [[http://www.rice-boy.com/order/index.php?c=125 speaks easily and eloquently in his own defense]] nevertheless.
* TheStoryteller: The purpose of the Order of Tales is to preserve and tell stories.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: How the stablehand saves young Koark's life. [[spoiler: Koark manages the same trick after [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]]]].
* {{Tsundere}}: The Bottle Woman is understandably a little pissy about being dragged around by people who won't tell her anything.
* WalkingTheEarth: What Koark chooses to do as he travels with TOE and Calabash, crafting a new book along the way.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:After Aethirus is separated from the group on the disastrous flying trip, he simple vanishes from the face of the narrative with nary a mention as to his final fate]].