Forget this, we out
(Context: They are going through a wizard’s lair to free a town from a spell. Among the trapped villagers is Annie, a party member who couldn’t be there that night.)
Players: *realize this dungeon isn’t going to be a walk in the park*
Rogue: Guys should we just leave?
Paladin OOC: Can we even do that?
DM (me): I mean technically yes, there’s nothing stopping you
Rogue: We should just leave
Sorcerer: But what about Annie?
Paladin: I’m sure it’ll be fine
Sorcerer: You’re right. Let’s leave
DM: Ok, so you leave the dungeon, abandoning the town to its fate including your friend. Congratulations, you just doomed your friend and now I have to come up with some excuse for her being free so she doesn’t have to roll new character. We’re stopping there.