24 thoughts on “How do you Defy Danger with Charisma that isn’t a Parley?”

  1. Lying and bluffing.

    The guard puffs up his chest. “Workers aren’t allowed in here!”

    I puff mine up just as large. “You DARE talk down to me?! Let me through, you clod!”

  2. Depends on the danger too. Charisma doesn’t usually stop an arrow midair, regardless of how many times my players have tried it.

  3. Drawing attention to yourself (as opposed to a more vulnerable/squishy ally). “HEY!” I shout at the orc breaker. “Why don’t you pick on someone your own size?”

    Goading an NPC acting rashly. “Nice outfit. You buy that in a general store?”

    Calming someone who’s freaking out. “Shh… shhh. Hush, now, hush…. there there.”

    Winning someone’s trust. “Look, I get it, you’ve got no reason to believe me. But if we stay here, we are all going to die!”

    Note that many of these would have similar outcomes to a Parley, but they don’t really involve you having leverage or making promises.

  4. “You’re all going to die” is only leverage if they already believe you, or have good reason to. If they stubbornly refuse to believe that they are in danger, or the danger you describe seems implausible, or your credibility is crap, then you’re defying the very real danger of them dismissing you out of hand.

    Ultimately, though, it doesn’t much matter. Parley is, basically, a Defy Danger with pre-defined outcomes on a 10+ and a 7-9. In any of the circumstances above, you’d likely get similar outcomes regardless of which move you decided was triggered.

  5. Strike a pose to make a wild animal think you are bigger and stronger.

    Ask your opponent, “When you swing your axe, do you inhale or exhale on the swing?”

    Rope-a-Dope your opponent, making him think his blows are connecting.

  6. Oh, also: remember that defy danger triggers when you suffer a calamity.

    So: keeping your poise when Count Jagoff publicly reveals evidence of your plots to topple the throne. Holding together a posse of peasants who just got ambushed. Remaining polite when the faerie reveals that you’ve been eating rotted crow glamoured up to appear like savory quail. Etc.

  7. I like Defy Danger(Cha) for instant reactions (as opposed to negotiations).

    Blend into a crowd. “The mark looks back over his shoulder; he’ll see you for sure.” “I act like I’m just another merchant, walking to market.” DD(cha)

    There are what you could call “tense moments”. Well timed / mistimed wit for instance: “With a face like that, your grace, I’m surprised the King even lets you into the palace.” DD(cha) “The guard puts a hand to his sword hilt. The earl stares at you for a few tense seconds, then bursts into laughter. ‘I like a man with a sense of humour. Join me for a drink?'”

  8. Giant Bat is swooping down at you.  You taunt it into being angry and attacking you blindly and dodge behind a stone pillar.  Defy Danger: roll+Cha

  9. Human priest takes invisibility as his wizard spell, casts it, moves in to suckersmack the book dragon. Book dragon eats a volume of genealogy and barfs a knight out at the wizard. Human priest attempts to nonchalantly trip the knight with his staff because that won’t count as an attack, right?

    Roll +CHA to convince your god this isn’t an attack.

  10. The PCs were in a cage on a wagon on their way to be hanged. A big crowd followed them to see the execution, pelting them with garbage. The bard stood up and gave a political speech… He aced his DD (cha) roll.

    The crowd started a riot and freed the prisoners.

  11. Tell the dragon how magnificent it’s hoard of treasure is, much more magnificent than that other dragon who has been planning to steal all of his treasure… (Trick one enemy into fighting another one that you may not be strong enough to take on yourself)

  12. using bodylanguage to mislead your enemy into over- or underestimating you. (Appear strong when you are weak, appear weak when you are strong – dzjengis khan)

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