Dungeon World Hypothetical
What can you offer a character, short of death, whose players accepts the total and permanent annihilation of their character’s body?
Picture the ancient halls of a long entombed temple, deep within Death Mountain. Imagine the Druid whispering-muttering-speaking-SCREAMING the stone awake. And then assume a dozen or so elemental stone demons and monstrous heathen idols of murder and death emerge from their engravings in the walls. The Stone Demons of Death Mountain easily fulfil their menial task (clear a few rocks from a tunnel) and then demand a favour in return, which the adventurers decide not to fulfil. Unfortunately for the adventurers in this scenario, assume the Stone Demons of Death Mountain are blocking the exit of some adventurers and blocking all of the copious loot they piled up. Also assume the Stone Demons of Death Mountain are very patient and very willing to wait the adventurers out. Assume the adventures wait a day or so and then hatch the following plan.
Assume fighting is Plan B but the adventurers commit to Plan A. Plan A is making a deal with the Fae Lord of Shadow and using a strange unknown artefact to perform a ritual to summon a being of shadow into the body of the Bard. Assume the adventurers believe this will give the Bard the ability to Smash and Destroy All Stone Demons Of Death Mountain that Stand in His Way. Now assume the adventurers fulfil the ritual’s conditions. They have:
– prepared a place of power on a narrow precipice on a sheer face of Death Mountain
– sacrificed someone and collected the requisite quantity of blood
– waited till night fall, and
– accepted the total and permanent annihilation of the Bard’s physical body on completion of the ritual.
Assume the summoning works and destroys the Stone Demons of Death Mountain. Assume the Bard is not annihilated with his body (I know this is a test of your resolve). Now how do you follow the fiction yet give the Bard’s player the opportunity to continue playing the Bard, in some form or other? What compendium classes, moves or other outcomes would you create?