Recap: Start of Darkness

Note: As a recap page, all spoilers are unmarked. You have been warned

This is for The Order of the Stick prequel volume. Go here for the trope.


  • The Bad Guy Wins / Foregone Conclusion
  • Breaking Speech: Xykon gives a truly nasty one to Redcloak, as listed here.
  • Covers Always Lie: The cover shows Xykon as a lich killing a paladin before his first encounter with Redcloak — while in the story proper, he wasn't yet undead when this happened. This is lampshaded on the last page of the book:
    MitD: Wait — the scene on the cover didn't happen that way.
    Demon-roach: Welcome to show business, kid.
  • Deal with the Devil: Redcloak, at the end, describes his alliance with Xykon as such.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Xykon provides the page quote.
  • Doomed Hometown: Redcloak's village is wiped out by overeager Paladins from the Sapphire Guard at the very beginning.
  • Start of Darkness: For Redcloak, anyway. Xykon, as we see, was pretty horrible from early childhood.