Did i do the right thing here?
I had a scene coming up in our Play by Community.
The adventurers have found themselves in a big entrance hall with a giant, reality warping goo monster and a group of foreign looking attackers shooting that thing with crossbows.
The fighter then goes to do this :
“Wait Wait!” Llyurim catches up to the others. “What are you doing? We don’t even …” she looks at the others for a moment. “You have as little idea what’s going on here, as I, right? So…. ummm” A grin forms on her face. “Shouldn’t we just ask?” Llyurim is about to step forward and shout out, if no one stops her.
“Hey, you there! What the hell do you think you are doing there? Get away from that thing!”
I want to move quite somewhat to the side as to draw a bit of attention away from the rest of the group.
Now my first instinct was. Ouh, he just goes to this on-the-edge/battle crazy bad guys to say hello without any precaution? Golden Opportunity – bang. Eat a crossbowbolt. I deal damage.
What i did instead was being a fan of the character and offered an opportunity to show why he is cool.
One of the beings turns around in surprise and aims it’s crossbow at you, firing in panic. Normaly i’d say you just take damage but you are THE Fighter. What does that mean anyway? What makes you THE Fighter?
And is it enough to dodge a crossbow bolt like that?
Why would I dodge a crossbow bolt, and give away how awesome my reflexes are, when I can just pull my shield up and let it impact there? 😉
What makes me THE FIGHTER is my ability to believe I can FACE situations, where others would RUN AWAY or seek to CIRCUMVENT it. I can conquer my fear – although some doubtlessly envious tongues say, that it is because I act before I think – and I know the way to prevail in this world is to face worthy threats, beat them and earn their wisdom, or return to fight another day, hopefully wiser then.
Being a fighter is not about being the strongest, though. It is just a means to an end: When you are in control, you can protect your friends and allies and you can determine where the darkness in the world is allowed to dwell.
Is this okay to just give the fighter this “free block?” I mean this could be Defy Danger right? this has to be defy danger with a 7-9: you have to show them your awesome reflexes by jumping out of the way. They won’t underestimate you now.
But anyway, the moment is gone.
(he still has to make a When you interact with someone and don’t share a common way of speaking or doing business roll because of what these guys are)
What would you have done in this situation?