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Curses 
27th-Feb-2006 01:53 pm
Ok we all know there comes a time in every DnD players life where they have upset some sort of God, placed an odd ring on their finger or drew from the deck of many things and have had a curse placed on them. So lets hear some of your worst curses, wither you were the DM handing out the pain or the poor player unlucky enough to touch the glowing black orb.

As DM:
Action: Dragon caught the groups theif trying to steal from it's hoard
Result: Theif is cursed to scream and flee in terror when he sees money/treasure

Action: Dwarf insults a witch
Result: Dwarf is turned to stone
Result2: 1/2 Orc sells the now dwarf statue as a lawn orniment for 10gp

Action: LG Elf Paladin slays a Lich, with its last ounce of power it curses the elf.
Result: The Elf now must eat everything it slays and everything on it.<~~~~~~~~ Most Evil curse used to this point. (Remeber Kids failing a Will save is bad)

I have many more but I thought I would just post a sample for now.
Comments 
27th-Feb-2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
A Paladin failed a will save?

That's unexpected. And that's a curse that will likely cause the Paladin to lose their status.
27th-Feb-2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
I see a major redemption quest.
27th-Feb-2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
Sadly the Paladin fell deeper as the curse progressed to the point where he had the same affliction as a Famine Spirit. His redemption came when the party finally saddened at their comrads state ended his life in order to put him out of his misery.
28th-Feb-2006 01:01 am (UTC)
....dayam. That's harsh, dude. Euthanizing a paladin?

So there wasn't any convenient cleric of his order to remove the curse? Even available via a quest?

If I had been that paladin, I would have retired into a monastery and sworn never to kill again. Would have made a pretty good candidate for the "Apostle of Peace" Exalted prestige class.
27th-Feb-2006 10:35 pm (UTC)
unexpected but when you roll a 1 on a D20 and your will is only a 13 it is kind of hard to resist the curse.
27th-Feb-2006 10:42 pm (UTC)
Only 13? Must have had a pretty low wisdom, charisma, or character level ;)
27th-Feb-2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
yeah wis was like a 13 and charisma was a 14 this guys who played him values Str over all.
27th-Feb-2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
It's in a Ravenloft game.

Rogue steals a sacred, but otherwise normal, staff from a temple of Set.

Over the course of a few days the rogue turns into a snake-like humanoid. Remove curses turn her human for a few days until the snake-like humanoid again. And will until she returns the staff.
27th-Feb-2006 10:35 pm (UTC)
A party member was getting on my nerves, so I cursed her that she would fall down every time she touched paper. This made wizardry hard I guess....

27th-Feb-2006 10:42 pm (UTC)
Unless she became a masochist and put her spellbook on her skin. ^_^
27th-Feb-2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
Or made a spellbook from the flesh of others.
28th-Feb-2006 01:08 am (UTC)
Or, y'know, from regular ol' parchment...(but that would spoil the fun, no doubt)
1st-Mar-2006 02:11 am (UTC)
It totally would.
27th-Feb-2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
There was a (really annoying) wizard in one of the Living Greyhawk adventures I was in at Winter Fantasy. He had the curse that he could not resist trying open any door he encountered. It was actually kinda funny after a while. Everytime the GM would get through describing a place (any place- the Margrave's hall, a dungeon corridor, the temple washroom..whatever) and he got to the word 'door' that guy would jump up and say "I try to open the door!"
27th-Feb-2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
Lol I love having curses like that. My favorite was an Assassin who was cursed with turrets.
28th-Feb-2006 01:52 am (UTC)
he was bombard with turrets all the time? or they were a part of his body shooting other people all of the time?

gun turrets are a bad thing ...?!?
28th-Feb-2006 04:50 am (UTC)
I'm assuming they meant Tourette's, in which the person habitually exclaims curse words (zing!).
28th-Feb-2006 05:38 am (UTC)
oh, I completely knew what the person was talking about ... I was just being an ass about it.

Could have been worse ... he could have been cursed with rogue rouge....
27th-Feb-2006 11:50 pm (UTC)
Action: Player was extremely late to a session because he skipped to play basket ball. The DM was leaving for college and it was one of our last sessions for the next couple weeks. The player eventually gets there 4 hours late with a half hour to spare.
Resulty: DM placed Narcolepsy on him and we all convinced him it was "urban-druids" casting sleep spells on him whereever he went. He eventually developed an in-game hatred for druids.


Action: My girlfriend was asked out by one of her older DM's she had baack in highschool. She declined and the DM got upset and made an ingame curse for her.
Result: everytime someone said the words "the" "a" or "shit" (in a 80ft radius), she would have a shitball explode on her. Very similar to the spell "fireball" with radius effects and what-not, except there was no damage, just a charisma drain. It was hilarious for a while, then she just decided her character would commit suicide cause she was tired of walking in towns and having shit explode every few seconds.

Our DM's are kinda funny..
28th-Feb-2006 01:10 am (UTC)
Wow. I'm glad that didn't happen when my old DM asked me out.

(I'm inwardly warring between "That's pretty damn funny" and "That's hideously unfair.")
28th-Feb-2006 02:11 am (UTC)
go for the "that's pretty damn funny". It was their first game in D&D and none of it went over perfectly. They only kept it mostly cause it was hilarious.
28th-Feb-2006 02:16 am (UTC)
That makes sense, I guess.
28th-Feb-2006 04:23 am (UTC)
ya know I've walked away from gaming groups for less than something like that..
28th-Feb-2006 07:09 am (UTC)
ME, too. Check your baggage at the door.
28th-Feb-2006 01:30 am (UTC) - The Mage always gets it worse then anyone.
Action: Low level mage yelled at the head of a mage guild.
Result: My mage suddenly had Turret's

In every group I have ever been in people will often stop to fight over the rules. I just played it out. Made for a rather funny (yet somewhat offensive) game session.
28th-Feb-2006 02:17 am (UTC) - Re: The Mage always gets it worse then anyone.
ok, two typo's in a row: Tourette's.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourette%27s_syndrome
28th-Feb-2006 02:37 am (UTC) - Re: The Mage always gets it worse then anyone.
Oops...sorry about that :p
28th-Feb-2006 05:39 am (UTC) - Re: The Mage always gets it worse then anyone.
strangely enough ... they were the exact same misspelling
28th-Feb-2006 01:54 am (UTC)
In the last campaign I ran, the PCs were in the top of a tower where an evil cult had created a permanent gate to the plane of monsters (essentially a monster generator, Gauntlet-style). They couldn't figure out how to destroy it, and monsters were pouring out of the thing, so they fled down the stairs.

As they were leaving, an enemy spellcaster Cursed the lead PC with a 50% chance each round to stop and do nothing. The stairs spiraled down around the inside wall of the tower, had no handrails, and the tower itself was hollow (a silo, basically).

So every round, the guy in front of the party had to roll percentile to see if he stopped, and I also had him make Balance checks to see if he fell down. Ditto with the rest of the party behind him. It was brutal, but it made for an exciting scene.

This wasn't a curse per se, but still pretty crippling:

In a much older game, a character had been slain and only partially resurrected, so that he was technically undead. The DM had initially ruled that the character couldn't talk, but we convinced him to let the poor bastard talk by forcing air through his diaphram by burping. The DM agreed, but only if the player role-played it. Which he did.

Thankfully, the character died for good a few sessions later.
28th-Feb-2006 04:07 am (UTC)
I once DM'd a 14 person game, and there was one dude who kept getting on everyone's nerves. Eventually I "allowed" him to "find" a 10-foot long, solid iron staff of Call Lightning.
28th-Feb-2006 05:07 am (UTC)
"everything it slays and everything on it"
How? swords etc are pretty much inedible; or have I mis-understood?
28th-Feb-2006 07:15 am (UTC)
No good curses, but a few good wishes...

Wish: "I wish for more gold than I know what to do with"
Result: Two gold pieces and an Int and Wis of 1.

Wish: "I wish for 10000 XP and a new belt"
Result: A huge fire elemental appears wearing a belt.

Wish: "I wish for a million gold pieces"
Result: 1000000 gold pieces approximately 1mm in diameter. We estimated it to weigh a pounrd or so.

Then this guy got creative and had his neighbor/lawyer draw him up an iron-clad wish for ridiculous amounts of money. A passing red dragon slew him and his comrads and claimed the riches for its own.

To quote a t-shirt I saw once, "Fuck w/ the DM, you lose XP."
28th-Feb-2006 08:31 am (UTC)
Wishes are EVIL:>
It always seems to happen with money too; one of the chaps in our games once wished to be showered in money...The DM played nice, he got covered in credsticks (Shadowrun currency) rather than molten gold.
28th-Feb-2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
Wishes are evil, and I am the root of all evil, so watch your wishes around me.
1st-Mar-2006 02:17 am (UTC)
Ever have a PC wish to rule the world, only to find a brand new snow-globe in their backpack?
1st-Mar-2006 03:59 am (UTC)
They might have wished to ruse the world, but they didn't get into specifics. They meld into the lift pinkie tow of AO, becoming part of his fundament, never to be seen again.

Foolish wishes equal death or dismsmberment.
1st-Mar-2006 05:39 am (UTC)
haha, Wish.

I recall a game I was in where one player wished he could "Cast cone of cold at will."

Unfortunately, whenever he cast Cone of Cold, some poor sucker named Will would freeze to death.
1st-Mar-2006 05:41 am (UTC)
That's what I like to do. The only place to get a flawless wish is from a Lawful Neutral Wizard/Lawyer or at the 'Bop.
1st-Mar-2006 05:57 am (UTC)
I usually write out a half-page summary of a wish, outlining particulars, and get it read over by other players for any loopholes before I actually cast the spell.

Most GMs will usually give me what I'm asking for if it's not too extreme (which it never is -- I may be greedy, but I'm not stupid), but a few will try and find something.

Unfortunately for them, most of the people I poll tend to be the kind of people that actively hunt for these loopholes in anything they can to gain an advantage (from character creation to spell descriptions to video games), so the GMs don't get a lot of wiggle room.

I always give props to a GM who can squeeze something out.

I'd love to find an example of one to give to you for your critique, but the last time I cast Wish was a second edition game, and I don't know where any of my notes from that are :)
1st-Mar-2006 05:59 am (UTC)
heh. Fire awya. I'm a Very Bad Man (TM).
3rd-Mar-2006 12:56 am (UTC)
ooo...i <3 loopholes ^_^
3rd-Mar-2006 12:58 am (UTC)
the campaign im in now, im a custom made class and am CG. I got this dagger from the DM, which has a curse on it that makes me want to use it a lot. so everytime i use it, i lose exp but gain a soul imbedded in the dagger. everyone KNOWS the dagger is VERY evil.....but the characters dont so i have to run around using this evil dagger of soul sucking whenever i get into a fight :'(
3rd-Mar-2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
Cursed item

DM (Me): Ok Cleric you find an amulet, now due to your vast knowledge of religion you know this to be some sort of amulet of turning.

Cleric: "Hell Yeah I pick it up, now that zombie hoard is in for it."

DM (Me): Ok after the cleric is done doing his happy dance of faith you all wander back down the path to the fork in the tunnle you had started from, 3 directions are infront of you, Left, Middle, and right.

Ranger: Well we know the middle leads us back up to the level we originally came from and the left is just a huge pit of spikes, so lets head right chums.

DM: ok all of you head right, Cleric as you start to your amulet shines and leads you down the left path.

Ranger Makes a spot check and then a grapple to stop his commrad from walking into his death.

Cleric: What why was I going left I wanted right!

DM: Ahh I said it was a amulet of turning, you took it as turning undead. Little did you know it is a cursed amulet of Left Turning.
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