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Episode 2070: Resistances Are Not Useless

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A tactical retreat is sometimes the best option, no argument. Heroes can use it when they are faced with the prospect of a fight they can't win. And if you're GMing, make sure to have it as an option ready for the monsters/villains. Sensible combatants will have an escape route planned for if things start to go badly.

Some types of foes won't consider running away an option, including but not limited to: parent animals defending their offspring, mindless undead such as skeletons and zombies, fanatical cultists, and creatures just too unintelligent to flee a losing proposition.

But for those who will flee when the odds look bad, have some trigger events that will cause them to break and run for it. Maybe if a leader is killed, or if an individual is reduced to half health, or if they lose control of some piece of the combat zone, or if the opponents show obviously superior firepower, or whatever. People run from danger more often than confront it, so don't feel weird about increasing the amount of times that adversaries pull out of combat and try to get away.

Commentary by memnarch (who has not seen the movie)

Bwahahaha! I hope the movie had something even close like this, because that's a great set of last lines there.

Let's see; what kind of deal could possibly be worked out? Rey's life for the map is probably what Kylo is thinking here. I don't see any way for Rey and the others not to get shot at once the map is in Kylo's hands though; Kylo doesn't seem like the type to uphold any deals on his side. And Kylo also doesn't seem likely to just let Rey go on the promise that the map gets tossed over to him once Rey is safe. Narratively then, someone's probably going to kick the bucket in this deal, and I bet it's going to be Han Zeppo, if not Chewbacca as well. Rey seems like she's getting propped up as a "chosen one" of sorts with the flashbacks, Finn has the glow stick of destiny and the spying plot to finish, Kanata has just gone MIA, and BB-8's the robot mascot with toy marketing potential. Cameo-like roles from the previous movies? Much more expendable by comparison, even when not considering the Comic Irregulars' naming theme.

Hm, looks like Rey was knocked out as well judging by how she's flopped over in the last panel. I'm guessing that was from either a second failed attempt in the last panel, or that's a Force Dispel of some kind to remove the Force Stasis. Poe didn't look to be in any shape to walk when that Stasis was dropped, but he also got smacked out of that effect and then dragged over. Writing all that out, I just realized how weird all these Force powers seem with the addition of Stasis, like a bunch of actual magic spells now or something similar. I'm again really curious about how this new ability was received by everyone else as it's obviously not just a once-off from the movie beginning and also a little bit frustrated as I'll need to keep waiting to find those opinions out.

Commentary by Keybounce (who has not seen the movie)

[Keybounce's comments will appear here when received.]

Transcript

GM: Sally, what’s Kylo doing?
Kylo Ren: Force Coercion.
Kylo Ren: You will tell me where the map is.
Kylo Ren: Ugh, 5.
GM: Pete, roll for Force Resistance.
Rey: 18! Ha! In your face!
BB-8: Strange place to keep a map.
Trooper Sergeant: Sir! Resistance fighters. We’re taking heavy losses.
Kylo Ren: The map could be on board her ship. Can we capture it?
Trooper Sergeant: Not without reinforcements.
Kylo Ren: Pull the division out.
Kylo Ren: We’re going to arrange a deal.
Rey: I hope it goes better than when you captured Poe.
Kylo Ren: My troops killed him.
Rey: Better for me, I meant.


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