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Episode 2388: Swording the Stone


Adventurers with combat skills should occasionally practise them, to maintain their skills and fitness. So in between fighting goblins and orcs, your party's fighters should spend some time hacking at straw dummies and sparring with each other.

Did we mention you can have accidental critical failures while pretending to attack your comrades while trying not to hit them for real? Just think of all those real world instances of football players missing games because had an accident during training, and extrapolate to training using swords...

Commentary by memnarch (who has not seen the movie)

Oh no! The fish people! How will they enjoy their bathrobes if Rey starts dropping boulders around them! A little hard to tell if Luke approves or not, but I would hazard a guess of No. He has to live with these folks (I think), and having his estranged kid show up and cause trouble would bleed the negative opinion off onto Luke as well. At least Rey looks slightly concerned where the boulder fell in the last panel?

It took me a bit to think through how Rey cut through the rock. With the blade starting and ending on her left side, it'd have to be a C shape, right? That seems really bad form. Maybe this is a part of just figuring things out with the lightsaber though, if no one's showing the proper way to fight with it. I don't think Rey will actually lose a limb this Episode flailing around like this, but I won't be surprised if it happens.


[SFX]: Whooom! Whooom!
[SFX]: Whooom! Whooom! {Rey spars with the laser sword around the rock outcrop}
Luke: I surreptitiously observe Rey’s technique with the laser sword.
[SFX]: Whooom! Whooom!
Luke: The sword she brought here. Where did it come from? There’s some important part of the story missing.
[SFX]: Whooom!
[SFX]: Sliiice! {Rey slices right through the rock}
[SFX]: crumble crunch!
[SFX]: Crash! {the toppled rock falls and crashes through a cart}
Luke: Hmmm. I walk away.
Rey: If I can do that when I’m not even trying, this should be awesome against enemies.
GM: Slice them in half?
Rey: Or make them walk away. I’m easy.

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