During WWII, L Ron Hubbard once led a 68 hour battle against two Japanese submarines which he claimed “definitely sunk, beyond doubt”. An analysis later concluded that there were never any submarines in the area. source
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9. On 12th September 2001, the day after 9/11, The Queen ordered her Royal Guards to break protocol and play the USA’s National Anthem for stranded Americans in London.
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Rewatching the episode 68 battle and… oh gosh. Scanlan really saved the day again and again. If he hadn’t cast the reverse gravity spell that wound up taking out two of the baddies (including the spellcaster!)… wow. At that horrible moment where they realized Keyleth, Percy, Scanlan, and Trinket were all unconscious at the same time… all six of their enemies could’ve still been standing, including the one with the superior healing potion. That’s TPK territory.
And then he saved the day again by being close enough to counterspell that fireball right at the end of the fight. I mean, it very well could’ve knocked out Keyleth, Percy, Vax, and Kynan… and Vex too? Percy was going to be out for good regardless, but with that extra bit of leeway Ripley could very easily have finished off at least one of the others as well before the end.
Side note: Percy’s use of Diplomacy on Kynan stunned him for a round, preventing him from attacking the unconscious Keyleth on his next turn, before Vax got through to him. If he’d been especially brutal (or desperate), with two attacks that both would’ve been auto-crits, he would’ve killed her then and there.
Seven times people went unconscious in this battle. It was definitely a disaster, but they narrowly avoided something a whole lot worse.