Thursday, May 3, 2012

Dungeonspiration: RIP Chartreuse


Chartreuse, by Angel Urena

Chartreuse, my 5th level wood elf ranger died last night at approximately 11:45 pm in Crazy-ass Tim's 2nd edition AD&D game.

It's been at least 30 years since I played a character enough to reach such a high level.  Actually, Chartreuse was only 52 XP away from being 6th level.  Dammit.

I played Chartreuse as a ranger with an emphasis on 'range.'  She talked a big talk and rained horrible slurs down upon her foes, but she was allergic to melee something fierce.  If she was 20 yards away from combat, she was too close.  If she could be up in the tree branches, far above the party, she would be there.  She even slept in the trees.  She had a very nice hammock.  Any excuse to be away from potential physical harm was a good one.  I really enjoyed playing her.

Chartreuse Drinking
The only thing that would cause Chartreuse to actually endanger herself was to protect her sister Serendipity.  The campaign began with Chartreuse attempting to find and rescue Serendipity (as well as some other party relatives.)  Regretfully, Serendipity joined the party, so Chartreuse had to be on double duty - protecting her sister while staying out of harms way.  It was a difficult task, however, as Serendipity was such a awful mage/thief that she earned the nickname Seren-derpity.

Early in last night's session, Chartreuse has finally convinced Serendipity to go off and retire from adventuring.  Perhaps it was the new found sense of not having to babysit her sister - perhaps it was just something wrong in the air - but this one night, this one dungeon delve, Chartreuse wasn't as cowardly as she needed to be.

A room had been found containing a pack of beetles and an sadistic ogre assaulting said beetles with a whip.  Torvalds, the suicidal mage, dropped two burning hands spells on the roomular inhabitants, assured that he would clear the place out in a hurry.  Regretfully, the DM didn't have time to mention that these were 11 foot friggin long beetles.  And now, they were angry beetles.  I had decided to start calling them John, Paul, George, and Ringo, because that's the way I roll.

Chartreuse Drunk
As Torvalds was standing in the doorway, the beetles rushed him, knocked him unconscious, and went for the party.  They all picked Chartreuse to attack, because crazy-ass Tim hates me or something.  Who knows why DMs do what they do?  After being knocked down to 2 hit points, Chartreuse used her newly acquired ring of jumping 30 feet the fuck away to jump 30 feet the fuck away, back down the hall, and proceeded to arrow the beetles to death.

Two heals from the cleric gave her a whopping 3 hit points back.  That's when the ogre magi appeared.  Well, she was an invisible ogre magi, so appeared isn't quite the right word.  The hidden ogre magi sent a cone of frost down the hallway. Chartreuse failed the save in a major way and suddenly found herself at -25 hit points.  She turned blue, iced over, and shattered into a million little fragments.  In my mind, at least.

Ouch.

What's even more poignant is that Kaye, who has been trying to purposefully get Torvalds killed, survived with flying colors.  Of course, he had help.  When he was at -9 hp, the cleric maliciously saved his life.  Out of spite.  Really.  Torvalds has actually become one of the more useful and productive members of our party, but that hasn't stopped Kaye from hating to play him.

The End
Now I have this annoying sense of loss from the death of someone who didn't even exist.  It's interesting to see how it feels on the other side of the DM's screen.  okay, interesting isn't the word.  It sucks.  But I guess it doesn't suck bad enough to have some sudden burst of empathy and not want to kill PCs in my own games. :)

One big problem is that I have this alternate reality Chartreuse in my Rather Gamey Comic.  The intention was her to be a major character in the story.  Yeah, she's not the 'real' Chartreuse, so it really shouldn't really matter what happens in the game - but it does.  She's dead.  Right now, I dont' have any interest in having her in the story or even drawing her.  I just want to mourn her and move on.

Weird.

So here is to the characters that we play and how they inspire us to try on different personalities for other people's amusement - including our own.

Rest in Peace, Chartreuse.

- Ark

11 comments:

  1. Great story and my thoughts go out to you on your loss of Chartreuse.

    I have lamented the deaths of many characters and how they have affected me. Only once though have I said "fuck it, the universe got this one wrong" and brought the character back.

    Sounds like a good future post for me.

    Maybe Chartreuse is off somewhere where dead characters go. Chatting with my characters Morgan and Fjalar.

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    1. @Tim - Thanks. That does sound like a good posting idea. And yep, Chartreuse is probably chatting with them right as we speak, wanting to be directed to the nearest forest.

      Looking at the Outer Planes for 2nd edition, they changed Olympus into Arborea, which is where she'd be headed as Chaotic Good. That name sounds nice and forest-y, which would please little miss wood elf to no end. :)

      - Ark

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  2. what happened to raise dead or reincarnation
    using 2nd edition criteria for XP
    you should have plenty of gold

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  3. Clovis raises a good point - you may have burned your bridges with the Elves, and the Dwarven Temple folks are gone, but there is a Human Clerical structure out there...

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  4. @Clovis - Our DM, purestrainhuman, assured us that there was only one cleric left on the planet that could bring people back to life. That cleric had stolen every last gp that the party had, and the last time we saw her, she was in the middle of a fight with thousands of angry yuan-ti that the party had . . . um . . . you know when you poke an ant hill with a stick? Yeah that. So there was no one at all left on the planet that could save Chartreuse - or would at least be willing to.

    So yeah, Clovis, the DM made sure to tell us that there was only one such cleric on the planet. Otherwise, Chartreuse would have never dealt with the high elven woman who refused to cast reincarnate on her Chartreuse's sister Serendipity, so that she could be reincarnated as a centaur so Chartreuse could fulfill her lifelong dream of riding her sister into battle. Yes, if there were other clerics, Chartreuse would have damn well sought them out.

    @purestrainhuman - Um . . . wait . . . other clerics . . . what??????

    - Ark

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  5. Yeah, that was the only elven cleric that could cast the spell. You guys still haven't even ventured into the human lands.............

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    1. @purestrainhuman - Oooh, player vs. character knowledge. Gotcha. :) Actually, Chartreuse never did believe humans had clerics. Having Torvalds as the only human to reference, it seemed like they must all be godless, soulless beasts that devoured everything around them.

      As far as resurrection, well, Chartreuse died. I personally consider such spells to be 'cheating' for one's own PC, so it hasn't had a lot of draw for me. I've mourned Chartreuse and I'm over it, so I don't really have any desire for her to bring her back. But oh, the songs I shall sing of her bravery!

      I'm ready to move on.

      Unless Chartreuse could be reincarnated and come back as a centaur so she can ride herself into battle. Now that would be soooooooo cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool.

      - Ark

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  6. I lost a character at 4th level, I really liked him alot, it bugged the Nine Hells out of me that he got gored by a Giant Boar. He currently lives on as a Skyrim character, I love you Grimjack.

    ERIC!

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    1. Tonight, Chartreuse shall drink with Grimjack at the Hall of Valor in Sovngarde! Huzzah!

      - Ark

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  7. Damn that's bad news. I really hope she doesn't disappear from the pages of the comic. It might be tough to keep her in it though, now that she's not around for inspiration.

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    1. @Lead - Thanks. After thinking about it for a while, and taking the black band off my arm, I think I'll be able to keep Chartreuse in the comic. Inspiration won't be a problem. There is plenty of life still left in the gal. :)

      - Ark

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