The Hug that saved the World
Context: Our DM decided to test our characters on his final night as DM. He created a God Tier level Wizard that threatened the very world itself and challenged us to defeat him. After about an hour of fighting our party wasn’t looking too good. The wizard had recently launched a giant fire ball at the party and my character was unlucky and began to be on fire.
Me (OOC) Since I’m on fire could I run up to the wizard and give him a hug while I’m on fire.
DM (chuckling) You can defiantly try.
Me (OOC) Man, how much damage would that cause?
DM (sarcastic) it be 365 hug damage
Me in character “Who wants a hug?!”
My Barbarian ran up to the wizard as my party pleaded me to stop. I passed my grapple check and I gave the best bear hug that my barbarian could do. Surprisingly, the DM honored the said damage as my character delivered a 365 damage bear hug, but my character suffered the same amount of damage. When my party collected themselves, all there was were 2 piles of ash. My character that I have been playing for years was gone.
When the party returned to town, they used their reward money to have a statue made of their fallen Barbarian comrade. Thus reading, “Never Forget Tardgerd, Yippy Ki Yay Mother Hugger.”
So remember kids, if you’re ever faced with an enemy that can’t seem to be beaten, a very warm hug is always an option.