Fic idea where a lonely person sells their soul to Satan to be their friend. And Satan just rolls with it until he realizes at the time of their death he genuinely likes them.
Since he can’t renege on the contract he takes them to Hell and puts them in a high position of power. Demons hardened by millenia of torture now have to answer to a shy, self-conscious, quiet, depressed, lonely person who has unintentionally become Satan’s #1
So I had mentioned to a friend of mine that I was reopening a Pathfinder campaign and he showed interest in joining, so I gave him a trial run. If he liked it then he could stay. He made a Rogue Elf and wanted to be a generic thief. Since all the other players are level 5 already I gave all the new characters a good bit of downtime to catch up, so that means mostly 1 on 1 sessions of 90% improv with maybe some other players watching. A little note about this kid is he is a bit unpredictable when he is upset, and one of our other PCs just messed with him and threw him in a garbage can.
Me(DM): So you are in a Garbage can, what do you do?
Rogue: I sleep here for 12 hours…
Me: Ok… 12 hours pass, what do you do next..?
Rogue: I get up and look for some food.
Me: You smell freshly baked bread and follow the smell to a bakery.
Rogue: I sit down and smell for a half hour.
Me: Right… people look at you weirdly as you sniff the air for 30 minutes.
Rogue: I ask the lady behind the counter for a cake.
Me: She offers you one fresh cake for 10 gold.
Rogue: I buy it to go and take the cake.
Rogue: I roll acrobatics to do a backflip out of the store…*fails*
Me: … you try to backflip with a cake in your hands, but you instead land face first into the cake, hurting yourself.
Rogue: I sit there and shovel cake into my mouth in self pity.
Me: … everyone who sees you wonders if you are alright.
Rogue: I get up and smash my face through the display case…*fails strength check*
Me: You bounce your head off the glass.
Rogue: I do it again…*fails*
Me: Everyone is wondering if you are mentally insane.
Rogue: One more time…*succeeds*
Me: Everyone looks in shock as you smash your face through solid glass, taking 4 damage.
Rogue: I steal a cake from the display case and attempt to backflip out of the store…*succeeds*
Me: Everyone is too scared and confused to notice that you just stole a cake.
Rogue: I sprint down the road holding the cake high above my head until I reach the river. I roll acrobatics to cross the river with a backflip. *Crits*
Me(clearly confused and shocked): You make it across the river without getting wet, cake completely intact.
Rogue: I run to the farmland and look for animals… *succeeds*
Me: You find some cows..?
Rogue: Perfect…I place the cake on the ground and roll to tip the cow by backflipping over it…*SUCCEEDS*
Me: The cow has been tipped, it thrashes about on the ground for a while…
Rogue: I go back to pick up the cake and sit down next to the cow. I shovel some cake in my hand and ask the cow if it wants any…*Fails Handle Animal*
Me: The cow hoofs you in the butt from its downed position.
Rogue: Oh well, more for me.
This was an extremely random and exhausting encounter, I had no idea what to say or do after this. However, after he got this out of his system he became a little more serious and actually did some roguish things.
To this day he is referred to as “The Backflip Bandit” and rolls acrobatics for backflips CONSTANTLY to retain his title.
There is this very specific feeling I got when I first started listening to twenty one pilots.
An understanding of what Tyler went through. A connection with Josh when I found out he struggled with the same anxious feelings as me. A deep stirring in my mind that brought me to think and create.
When I first heard their music, forests sprouted in my mind. Acres of hidden land I didn’t know I had. Stars I hadn’t counted, rivers I hadn’t crossed. But now I think the trees are dying. The stars are silent. The rivers are running dry.
And I see this drought spreading. Suddenly the jungles of minds we possess are worried about other things: where is Tyler? Why isn’t Josh in a relationship? Why didn’t I win tickets? why don’t I have more followers? why are the big accounts more popular? why isn’t everything going according to plan?
We are turning to love the very thing we accused twenty one pilots of gaining in the first place: popularity. Suddenly creating isn’t enough. We want more numbers, more information, more opportunities. More, more, more, more.
And so, our forests are wilting. And I am just another writer among a thousand. Just another teenager with too many words in my brain. But I beg you this: grow your forests. Return to what you first found when you started listening to this band. Strip away the numbers, strip away the fame, strip away the drama, and return to the reason why you came in the first place.
There is something very special in this music, and we cannot lose that.
Visited Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles) recently. Its been an epic trip I’ve always wanted to do but did not have to confidence for until recently. I needed the mental health break and more than five hours of heavily corrugated 4WD tracks and river crossings helped. I wish I had dedicated more than a day to spend there and did not see even half of the attractions on the map. The area is considered very remote and there is no available fuel, phone reception or drinking water; although it is popular enough to have an (expensive) caravan park and helicopter tours.
The rounded, layered domes are made of alternating sandstone layers that became compacted; and then were lifted above the surrounding plain. Seasonal rainfall continued to weather them down and round them off.
Cathedral Gorge is formed by water cascading into a crevice in the rock and eroding a hollow. The resulting cavern has amazing acoustics, is cold even during the hottest weather, and has a pool of water containing tiny fish.
A big big lineup of characters and NPCs from Tears of a Machine! All decked out in outfits they’d wear on a date. Left to right, NPC Orion, @titsmcgillicuddy‘s Tavi, @lovelyrotter‘s Cire, my Alice, NPC River, @aurawolfiewind‘s Matty and NPC Tesla. Shoutout to @paladinmarmora for running all this as always <3