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17th Jan 2020, 7:00 AM in Invasion of Konoha Arc
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RandomRex6 17th Jan 2020, 7:00 AM edit delete
"If I can survive until my next turn, I think I can-" *enemy 9th-level spell* "Well... shoot."

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Guest 19th Jan 2020, 7:29 PM edit delete reply
"I can survive"

10 of us fighting against the final boss. She's doing enough damage per attack that our hit points don't matter.You're either up, or you go down, maybe take a death save or two, then someone gets you back up. And we have enough people with some method of healing that you'll be back in two rounds tops. So we're tossing around first-level heals, weak potions, lay on hands for 1 hit point. I had every base covered, no one was going to die on my watch unless they did something really stupid

Until she uses Divine Word. Saving throw for an all-or-none effects based on how many hit points you have. 2-hp or lower: killed instantly. Not drops to zero hit points. Not unconscious with two failed death saves. Killed. No ifs or buts, no rerolls, no contingencies.

Fortunately for the party, I was the only one who was below 20 and failed the save. And in that moment, I was helpless. To quote Wallace, "I'm the senior player. More than that, I'm the guy who sees all the ins and outs... I'm the guy who always finds a way to do what should be impossible!" I know the game inside and out, I prepared multiple battle strategies for the encounter, and I spent hours optimizing my character for that final fight.

From a storytelling perspective, the whole thing just left a bad taste in my mouth, I was one of three characters who had been in the campaign start to finish. So it made dramatic sense that one of us should die. But the Rule of Cool requires that it had to be in some dramatic blaze, not in a mass attack that wasn't even aimed at me. It could have been the captain (whose player was absent) when he got frozen and shattered by a lightning bolt to justify his absence. It could have been the cleric when he used the macguffin to literally dive into hell to destroy the enemies' shields.

But, I get that one of the occupational hazards in these games is sheer chance. End of rant, thank you for coming.
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