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Episode 1829: Pretty Little Policemen in a Row


The Significant Death Scene. Occasionally characters in games die. If it happens, you can use the scene to establish something important for future events. Some emotional link, or some swearing of of revenge, or some final request that must be carried out.

Think a little about what your character might say when they die - do they have incomplete business? Do they want their worldly possessions (or magic items) given to a relative or friend? Do they want to pass on responsibility for an unfinished quest?

Rather than just have a PC die and leave their magic items and treasure to be split up by the remainder of the party, have them request with their dying words that their +3 Dragonslayer sword be handed to their young nephew or whatever, who lives in a village halfway across the known world. Have this statement ready just in case, but don't tell your fellow players about it. Until your character fails that critical saving throw and the GM grants you a dying speech.

Your GM will applaud your story hook. And you fellow players... well... you'll get to see what they do with the request.

Commentary by memnarch (who has not seen the movie)

Ah, Shakespeare, a good choice for pulling death quotes from. Or is this Dickens, or some other old writer? Maybe a mix-up of both of those two anyway. I wonder how much of this is improv by Annie and the GM and how much was planned out beforehand; I would be hard pressed to come up with last rites like this on the spot myself. This also might be a clue that there's more to the First Order than being sinister, wanting Luke dead, and whatever their history is with those two Rebels from Episode VI.

And, uh, I'm probably wrong, but this is the first time I recall Star Wars having displayed blood in such an obvious way. There's been some of that here and there, like the Mos Eisley bar scene with the gentleman that loses his arm to a lightsaber, but this feels like it would be more than just a 3 second clip. And with Disney having taken the franchise over, I'm even more surprised that something like this was included in the movie.

Commentary by Keybounce (who has not seen the movie)

So the GM is trying to be as vocal, eloquent, and Shakespearian as Annie. Alright. And we go from Shakespeare, to Star Trek. To "point 5 past lightspeed", hmm, was that from Episode IV from some troublemaker pilot?

We have the death of a backstory relevant NPC. Backstory NPCs are kinda the bread and butter of serious roleplayers. The power level of your character isn't nearly as important as the fully-fleshed out people in your life that define your character. And for someone looking at acting and serious method acting, even to the point of understanding the other players as robbers, this just makes sense.

In other words, Annie being this concerned with being in character is being in character for Annie.


{the shot trooper lies on the ground and calls out}
Gil: Finn!
Finn: Gil! Gil! Are you okay, buddy?
Gil: O, untimely death! It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.
Finn: Gil! Stay with me!
Gil: I turn my body from the sun. What ho, Finn! To the undiscovered country, from whose bourn no traveller returns.
Finn: Gil.... no...
Gil: Don’t grieve, Finn. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh...
Finn: ... the needs of the few.
Gil: Is the word given, Finn?
Finn: The word is given. Point five past lightspeed.
Gil: Aye.
{Gil places a hand on Finn's helmet, leaving a bloody print, then dies}

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