Posted by RRC on February 16, 2008 at 18:03:
In Reply to: Order of the Stick posted by ESC on February 16, 2008 at 15:52:
: : I stumbled upon the phrase while reading the net comic "Order of the Stick" and was wondering what it actually refers to? I'm not aware of it having any non-literal meaning, but it really feels odd in the context so I'm guessing I'm missing something.
: Wikipedia has an entry. It says stick figures are used in the comic. Is that the origin?
In the comic, stick figures are playing at being knights, paladins, clerics, etc. It's a play on the names chivalric (knightly) organizations such as the Order of the Garter, the Order of the Temple (the Knights Templar), etc. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chivalric_order Chivalric orders in the Crusades were often related to and/or based on religious orders such as Knights of the Order of Saint John. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_Order