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Heroism....some questions! 
25th-Sep-2006 12:13 pm
What is the most heroic thing you have done as a PC?
What is the most heroic thing you've seen another PC do?
25th-Sep-2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
Heroic...? Um... Well... How about the biggest explosion caused in the name of good? I've got a few of those...
25th-Sep-2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
I've got a few 'I will valiently make myself as large a target as possible, so the spellcasters/sneaky types can hang back in safety, for I am the meatshield!' stories. Only one of them was in D&D, though.

I think it says something that I can think of at least two of these stories when I don't game that often. Probably has to do with what kind of characters I play.
25th-Sep-2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
1. My paladin gave up his successful reflex save to jump in front of a character who failed and got turned to stone.

2. A CE first level wizard faced off against 3 1st level fighter like thugs to rescue his two downed companions. "They would have been hard to replace!" was his reasoning lol. It's still the most heroic act i've seen, even if done for selfish reasons.
25th-Sep-2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
We had to get the key off the tail of a nightcrawler swimming through shadowstuff. My barbarian agreed to act as tasty bait- he proceeded to get swallowed, submerged in the (caustic) shadowstuff, he cut his way out of the creature's gullet and kept on fighting.
25th-Sep-2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
i ran an adventure where the PCs were a party of barbarian / cleric Wemics tasked with restoring their ancestral home. At one stage, one of the solutions involved a character sacrificing his or her soul in a dream-time vortex. Each player decided to sacrifice his or her character, as a team, each giving the veldt the greatest virtue of his or her character's soul (bravery, faith, wisdom, etc.)

It ended the campaign on a high note.
25th-Sep-2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
I hit reply to comment on this, and then started thinking.

Sadly, I don't think any of the games I can play in have had any truly noble moments. Sure, the players here and there have made sacrifices and taken bold and daring measures, but there hasn't been a combination of great danger and great sacrifice leading to an altruistic goal that I can remember.

Neither could one of the other players who has GM'd half of these games.

It's somewhat depressing when I think about it.

Hopefully I can reply with something soon, but I'm blanking on things that I believe would fit the criteria.
25th-Sep-2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
I had a player that in RL was a quiet, geeky type (not that there is anything wrong with that) that was very lacking in the physical realm. He often played big strong warriors. He played a paladin in one of my games that throughout the campaign would do small heroic acts (in keeping with his char). The final fight was with a red dragon inside its lair. The cleric got pummeled pretty good and was knocked unconsious. The paladin ran from his position, did a lay of hands and stood over the cleric as she regained her feet and tried to escape to a covered spot. Next round, the paladin took the brunt of the dragons claws, effectively rendering him a shredded mass of metal and flesh, but giving the cleric enough time to move behind cover and heal the remainder of the party.
25th-Sep-2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
Level 3, Party of a fighter, a scout, and my character, a transmuter.

Hobgoblins ambushed us on a bridge. Scout fell in a hurry and the fighter downed one of three hobs. I buffed the fighter and stabilized the scout, and the fighter managed to soften the second hob before falling (it was a bad roll night for us).

Alone against two hobgoblins, my Transmuter fells the injured one with his last magic missile and then casts Fist of Stone and charges the remaining hobgoblin (taking the -2 to an already sucky AC). Stick-thin magenerd then proceeds to go balls to the wall hammering the hobgoblin with lucky slam attacks from his stone fist.

It's funnier when you look at my drawing of the character.
25th-Sep-2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
My Order of the Bow Initiative killed 4 thugs (about 5th level) in one round (using Oathbow) - after that battle party called my bow - Railgun %))
25th-Sep-2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
What is the most heroic thing you have done as a PC?

I have done may heroic deeds in many worlds, but three shine most brightly of all:

On a forsaken patch of ice in the world of Exalted, I struck down a mountain who wished to shatter our newly reborn souls.

In the castle of an evil wizard in the world of Timescape, I forsaw certain death, denied the bloodlust of my self and my cohort, and retained both my life and sight, so as to bring my companions home.

Along the side of a road in the world of Pete, I walked up to a lumbering tank surrounded by murderous soldiers, smiled with the childlike grace of all elves, and turned an ambush into a route with a single vial of greek fire.

What is the most heroic thing you've seen another PC do?

Nothing. My players are all lazy smucks--

Except for the time they used a divine wish to grant a demon it's truest desire, to be a servant of the Light.

Or the time they gathered on a forgotten field, cracked the armor of a wizardly knight, and slew the demon of smoke and fire.

And then then there was just last night, when an elf named Ashwyn led a dozen Oruc marauders straight to the line of a charging calvalry line, risking her own life to prove that the Orucs were real and a threat in need of war.
26th-Sep-2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
I can't think of anything one of my PCs did that could be considered really heroic. When I take a risk, it's normally a calculated risk.

Here's an example. One of my PCs, a 9th-level cleric, once fought a fiendish adult white dragon one-on-one for half a dozen rounds so that the rest of the party could withdraw, concealed by the ongoing snow storm. I dunno if that could be considered heroic. Good, probably, especially for my PC who was Lawful Neutral.

As for the others... well, our paladin's griffon mount, using the 3.0 rules, fought an iron golem to defend some of the more fragile members of the party and died as a result. It was a big loss for our paladin, that's for sure, but it was also her decision to have the griffon fight like this. I recall that some of us felt sad at its death.
26th-Sep-2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
In a Birthright game, my 6th level paladin (Aeric) engaged the Gorgon (Birthright's equivalent of Sauron) in single combat. Unsurprisingly, he died.

The Gorgon was invading the kingdom of Ghoerre, and my character (the Baron of Ilien) had assembled a multi-kingdom alliance to fight the Gorgon's army. The night before the big battle, Aeric was praying in a ruined temple of Haelyn when he was visited by a priest. The two talked, and it turned out that the priest was the ghost of a priest who was killed when the temple was destroyed. He was sent by Haelyn to judge Aeric, and found him worthy. He then gave Aeric the Holy Avenger (a unique weapon in this DM's version of the game) and told him it was his destiny to face the Gorgon on the morrow.

So Aeric rode out in front of the army the following morning, and the clouds parted to shine a single ray of sunlight on his upraised sword. The Gorgon rose to the challenge astride his ancient green dragon. Aeric charged the dragon with a (nonmagical) lance, and critted. The dragon failed its death from massive damage save and was one-shotted. I think Aeric ended up getting the Gorgon down to 25% of his original HP before he died.

He knew it was suicide, but it was a glorious death. The army was so inspired by Aeric's heroism that they managed to defeat the army. As an epilogue, the DM described a scene where Aeric took a place of honor at the table of his god, Haelyn.
27th-Sep-2006 12:45 am (UTC)
Do suicide bombings count? I carried a delayed fireball up to an enemy and grappled with him untill it went off. The DM didn't like that one much but the other pc's (specially the wizard who cast the spell)called me a hero. As I recall they convinced the village we saved in the process to build a monument in my honor.
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