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My Life is In Your Hands

12th Feb 2015, 8:29 AM

My Life is In Your Hands
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kidra on 12th Feb 2015, 8:29 AM

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Today's storytime is about life and death rolls. Has there ever been a time when passing a skill check or attack roll meant living or dying?

I have a ranger who focuses on archery, but he has feats that let him shoot point blank, so he tends to get up close and personal with the monsters. One day, we were fighting a group of bad guys, ad one of them was a monk that had deflect arrows. I only had two attacks per round, so essentially this guy would be able to Nix my better shot, and would most likely destroy me in melee. Luckily, I had a tanglefoot bag that got him stuck, and then we knocked him prone, and then managed a coup-da-grace on him.

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Spare Parts on 12th Feb 2015, 8:41 AM

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Party was on a ship shark hunting when the ship was attacked by two giant serpents. Our hunter was manning the lookout that day so he tried joining the fight by jumping from the mast trying to pierce a serpent's skin with his spear except he failed the attack roll wich meant that he "missed" entirely and got smashed on the deck.

Not-A-Human on 12th Feb 2015, 8:48 AM

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Well, If my GM wouldn't kill me after the Technomancer thing, I would feel lucky too. Lucky enough to try taking down a dragon bare-handed and naked.

Also, can't wait to see GM's reaction to Hulk destroying the Chitauri Leviathan single-handedly. It'd be hillarious, methinks.

Kaze Koichi on 12th Feb 2015, 10:17 AM

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Lucky Bastard on 12th Feb 2015, 9:26 AM

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I had a nWoD werewolf who'd been dubbed by the group as the sneaky mexican ninja. He was an illegal Mexican who barely spoke any english that had run away from a Pure compound he'd been born into before he was killed because he didn't change early enough in life.

Fast forward a couple of years, he found a home with a pack (the other players). The chronicle started with a near deadly encounter with a cannibalistic Pure and a pissed off bear spirit god.

One failed roll meant death for my character. I somehow rolled so well for two chase scenes that I escaped on the verge of death... and even managed to teach that pure a lesson: don't trespass on my character's territory.

Another example was me holding off a hybrid spirit meant for killing by myself for 10 rounds and dealing a ton of damage in return. Note that this character was heavily stealth based and sucked at combat.

Not just one roll, but two in a row

SeriousBiz on 13th Feb 2015, 7:29 AM

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So, there we were, our party of two fighters (one dwarf and one human) and a ninja, on top of an airborne mountain held aloft by the power of a genie from a magic lamp - which, naturally, was possessed by our sworn enemy, a powerful necromancer. Since clearly he needed the additional boost.

Despite our genuinely good plan to infiltrate the floating mountain with a tamed pterodactyl and have the fighters fight off the hordes of undead guarding the place while my ninja sneaks up on the villain, backstabs him and steals the lamp, everything went to bad places.

Long story short, after a few really bad rolls, we ended up on top of the floating mountain, the lamp firmly in the necromancer's hands, the fighters fending off an army of skeletons too far away from the villain to be able to make a difference. All the necromancer had to do now was to make a wish, and our characters would be goners (the genie lacked restrictions concerning straight-up murder). So my ninja, possessing pretty amazing archer skills, drew his bow...

...and one hit critted the necromancer, with an arrow through the eye. And there was much rejoicing as his minions fell lifeless on the ground.

However, as his link with the genie dissipated, the mountain suddenly crashed to the ground. The fighters were fine, as their hit points were through the roof, but my weakling ninja would have been greeting his honourable ancestors at that point, had it not been for a critical success at a tumble roll. A ton of XP ensued, though the lamp was deemed destroyed by the fall.

So yeah, two life-and-death rolls in a row, and my ninja critically succeeded at them both. I should really include him as a legacy NPC in one of my own campaigns. I miss him.

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Disloyal Subject on 21st Feb 2015, 4:14 AM

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Again, too many to pick one while sleepy. I'm catching up anyway, so I'm already late; perhaps I'll pick a story to edit onto here later.
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