Re: Rhino Helm

From: Andrew Larsen <aelarsen_at_kiBTRXJqkF2Uemy3wrSXEOnnFQ4QkwOG0wmskjJoO_yIXqwSGXJy2Z-ndopcRqRQ-12>
Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2012 10:30:22 -0600

In a Sartarite game I ran years ago,
I emphasized that Eurmal was a
capricious and unpredictable god. He
represents contradictory impulses. One
of the NPCs, Orang Pinchbutt, was a
jolly clown who loved children. Eurmal
told him that sacrificing 12 innocent
children would help defeat the Red
Goddess. He managed to kill 11 before
he broke down and became a complete
drunk. No one ever found out what would
have happened if the twelfth child had been killed.

     Later on, the PC Eurmali, who was mostly a thief, gravitated toward the Murderer
subcult when Eurmal started pointing
out to him that killing an important but innocent person would have consequences
that would harm the Lunars. The player
really wrestled with that but ultimately decided that the ends justified the means. He later became the Scapegoat, being
punished for the actions of other PCs.

Andrew E. Larsen

On Mar 2, 2012, at 10:01 AM, Phil Hibbs <> wrote:

> Daniel:
> >Indeed - especially tricksters, as I keep wondering how people actually
> use them in their games.
> One way to approach tricksters is by defining what they are not. They are
> not jolly jesters, they are not comedians, and most of all they are not
> winners. They are broken people, there is something grievously, dangerously
> wrong with their psychology, and they deserve to come to a sticky end. If
> you can find enjoyment in that, then by all means play a trickster. Get
> used to the idea that a lot of your mischief will backfire on you and learn
> to revel in pain, but if you make the game enjoyable by what you do, then
> the other players and referee will let you get out of the trouble that you
> get yourself into. If you annoy them, especially if you annoy them
> out-of-character, then they will have no sympathy for you and you will
> wither be rolling a lot of D6es or writing up some new keywords pretty
> swiftly.
> With all due apologies to those who don't care to hear one guy's "favourite
> character" yarn, here is a potted history of Gribble.
> He joined the party in media res, we were travelling across the plains of
> Prax towards Sun County. An old man by a well is begging for coppers, so I
> take out a Gold Wheel, walk past him, and flip it down the well. He dashes
> over and leans in, so I tip him down the well shaft. "He was an assassin
> sent to kill us, AND YOU BELIEVE ME" (casts Lie spell). Everyone
> in-character believes that the old man was an assassin and that I just
> saved the party, everyone out-of-character just stares at me wide-mouthed
> for quite some time.
> Some weeks later after I'd been playing the character more or less
> straight, we're on a boat with the GM's favourite NPC, an Aldryami
> sorceror. I'm bored of the little shit so one night I cast Swallow 10 and
> eat him. The sorceror's size-diminished Stoorworm familiar bursts forth
> from his backpack and sinks the boat, so I swim to shore. Stoorworm catches
> my scent. I can't outrun it so I cast Become Pair of Smoking Boots.
> Stoorworm rushes past and I escape.
> Some jerk who no-one likes joins the game and decides to wind me up. Keeps
> waking me up with stupid questions. "What's the square root of minus one"
> he asks, so I say "Hold out your finger pointing down, that's minus one."
> *SNAP* I break his finger, "That's the square root of minus one." I get
> chased into the woods by his pet wolf and savagely mauled.
> Finally, after saying "I killed the Crimson Bat five times AND YOU BELIEVE
> ME" once too often (I think I got the number of times wrong), my bluff is
> called and a comedy chase scene through Whitewall ensues, which ends up
> with me confessing all and being beheaded for serial murder.
> That's just one way to play a trickster. I'm sure there are others. Most
> important is to tailor the character to the group. Some will let him get
> away with murder - literally - others will not. You have to get buy-in for
> the character concept from the whole group, which goes for any character
> really, but tricksters are especially... well, tricky.
> Phil.
> Don't you just hate self-referential sigs?
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