Drama Llamas

Recently in a large online game/community I encountered DRAMA. I loathe drama. At least the OOC variety. In Character it's all good. This was the sort that starts because some people can't tell the bloody difference. So, tell me, as inquiring minds want to know...

What is your least favorite type of drama?


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Pray for smoke.
  • exilian

"You're so cold but you feel alive."

While this bit of magic is contained in the D&D manual Frostburn, I think it would make a great spell-trap in a “Warm” location (i.e. a ruined desert locale, a temple dedicated to evil Elemental Fire, etc.).

Then it becomes a race against time for the victim’s companions!

Flesh to Ice
Level: Sorcerer/wizard 5
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Medium (100 ft. 10 ft./level)
Target: One creature
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: Fortitude negates
Spell Resistance: Yes
The subject, along with all its carried
gear, turns into a mindless,
inert ice sculpture. If the sculpture
resulting from this spell is broken,
melted, or damaged, the subject (if
ever returned to its original state) has
similar damage or deformities. The
creature is not dead, but it does not
seem to be alive either when viewed
with spells such as deathwatch. Only
creatures made of flesh are affected
by this spell.

Material Component: Water and a
drop of blood.

  • Current Music
    Breaking Benjamin - So Cold
Pray for smoke.
  • exilian

Giving back.

I came up with this to include in my D&D 3.5 update for the Against The Giants module.

I was thrilled with how it not only met but exceeded my expectations.


Rending Yeti
(The) Abominable Snow-slasher

(Multiheaded Cryo-Girallon = Savage Species, p.125 & MM I, p. 126-127)

Large Magical Beast (Cold)

Hit Dice: 9d10+33 (67 hp)
Initiative: +7
Speed: 40 ft. (8 squares), climb 40 ft.
Armor Class: 17 (–1 size, +3 Dex, +1 due to extra head, +4 natural), touch 13, flat-footed 16
Base Attack/Grapple: +7/+17
Attack: Claw +12 melee (1d4+6)
Full Attack: 4 claws +12 melee (1d4+6) and 2 bite +12 melee
Space/Reach: 10 ft./10 ft.
Special Attacks: Rend 2d4+9, Breath Weapon
Special Qualities: Darkvision 90 ft., immunity to cold, low-light vision, scent, vulnerability to fire
Saves: Fort +8, Ref +8, Will +5
Abilities: Str 22, Dex 17, Con 16, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 7
Skills: Climb +14, Listen +2, Move Silently +8, Search +2, Spot +8
Feats: Iron Will, Toughness (2), Improved Multiattack, Improved Initiative, Combat Reflexes
Environment: Cold mountains or Cold forests
Organization: Solitary
Challenge Rating: 9
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: 8–10 HD (Large); 11–21 HD (Huge)
Level Adjustment:—

This creature looks like an albino gorilla with a purplish tinge to its fur, but it has four arms and two heads. It also has razor-sharp teeth and long claws.

Slashing Yetis are savage, magical cousins of the gorilla. They are aggressive, bloodthirsty, highly territorial, and incredibly strong. When moving on the ground, a Slashing Yeti walks on its legs and lower arms (one head controls the upper pair of arms while the other head controls the lower pair). An adult Slashing Yeti is about 8 feet tall, broad-chested, and covered in thick, purplish-white fur. It weighs about 800 pounds.

Cold Subtype (Ex): Slashing Yetis are immune to cold damage and take a -10 penalty on saves against fire attacks. If a fire attack does not allow a saving throw, the creature takes double damage instead.

Slashing Yetis attack anything that enters their territory, even others of their kind. Their senseless belligerence is the one characteristic that keeps their numbers in check. Still, the creatures show some cunning.

A solitary Slashing Yeti usually conceals itself under a pile of snow and ice, with only its nose showing.
When it spots or scents prey, it charges to the attack. A Slashing Yeti picks up prey that is small enough to carry and withdraws, often vanishing into the frozen wastes before the victim’s companions can do anything to retaliate. Against larger foes, a Slashing Yeti seeks to tear a single opponent to bits as quickly as it can.

Breath of Hail (Su): Slashing Yetis can breath jets of frost 10 feet high, 10 feet wide, and 20 feet long. Both heads breathe once every 1d4 rounds, and each jet deals 3d6 points of cold damage per head; a successful Reflex save (DC 14) halves the damage.

Rend (Ex): A Slashing Yeti that hits with two or more claw attacks latches onto the opponent’s body and tears the flesh. This attack automatically deals an extra 2d4+12 points of damage.

Skills: A Slashing Yeti has a +8 racial bonus on Climb checks and can always choose to take 10 on a Climb check, even if rushed or threatened.

  • Current Music
    Cold - Suffocate
Jesse Custer? Or me?
  • exilian

Q & A

I’d love to use this as the coup de grace of a seemingly innocuous pit trap.

[This is from the D & D manual Sandstorm]

Mundane volcanic lands sometimes feature black sand
composed of ground-up cinders. Other than its striking
color, such sand is no different from any other. However,
magical black sand is a vile peril, whether on the scoured
surface of Minethys in the Tarterian Depths of Carceri
(where the Plane of Shadow overlays the Elemental Plane
of Earth) or in lands cursed by foul magic.
Black sand is infused with shadowstuff and negative
energy. A region of black sand literally swallows light;
magical darkness rises to a height of 20 feet over the
surface. Nothing short of a sunburst spell can disperse this
darkness, and even then only for a period of 1 hour per
caster level. In addition, creatures that come in contact
with the sand take 1d4 points of damage per round from
negative energy. Upon reaching 0 hit points, they crumble
and join the black sand.

Do you interpret the last line as flowery prose or that the victim’s remains become black sand itself?

[x-posted in other appropriate communities]

  • Current Music
    Motörhead - No Remorse

It's the Christmas/Hannukah/Winter Solstice/Kwanza/etc Season!

So, in keeping with that, I'm going to ask: Ever work that sort of thing into your gaming? Ever see it done? Was it an holiday similar to ours, or unique to your game world? What sort of problems/issues may have come with it?

If you've not done it/seen it done, might you consider doing so? What might happen if you did?

(And sorry for the long absence. RL and my bad, as was chasing shinies...)


PS: Hope you are all having a wonderful, fun, and safe holiday season, online and IRL both!