town guards

  World of Warcraft is a wonderful game, full of undead elves & dragons, mages that shoot fire from their fingers and can blink entire cities, talking bear men who live on a giant turtle and train in martial arts, gnomes that have build helicopters & subways, a guy that literally resurrected himself, plus many MANY other crazy ridiculous characters & lore and people still will shit their pants if you RP anything other than a town guard, or pally-grandpa from lordaeron™.

  And GOD FORBID you have any differing eye colors because of magic or whatever.

Avon Calling!

Context: Our party had come across a partially destroyed town. After looting the town, attempting to steal a skull in a mausoleum (and then attempting to seduce the ghost of the skull’s owner. Bards, man, idek), and artistically shaving our dwarf fighter’s eyebrows as he slept, we made our way to the keep. After having a stealthy look about, we discovered 4 guards residing in the building. It was determined that our rouge and bard, being the characters with the highest charisma, would go knock on the door and attempt to talk to the guards while the druid and the fighter would hide around the corner as opposed to entering into combat. 

Bard: *knocks on door*

Guard 1: Who are you and what do you want?

Bard: I am a missionary of The Lady Avon, goddess of makeup, fragrances, and all things beauty product related. 

Rogue, who has not been informed that this was to be the direction of conversation: Uh…yeah, we both are. We’ve come to assist you in your time of need. We saw the destroyed town when we arrived and came to find survivors. Can we help in any way? Do you need prayers to the Lady Avon?

DM: Roll a persuasion check.

Bard: *passes persuasion check*

So, the guards believe us and we start getting the story of what happened to the town. One of the guards mentions that the Lord of the keep died a few years back and had we noticed the lovely mausoleum in the town cemetery where he’s kept?

Bard: Yes, actually, we had.

Fighter (from around the corner where he’s been listening in): THAT WAS THE GHOST YOU TRIED TO SEDUCE!!!

Guards: *immediately stand up and run around the corner to find the hiding fighter. The druid had since run away.*

Guards: Who the hell are YOU?

Fighter: *stands up straight* I…am The Lady Avon…come to answer your prayers. 

Rogue: I hear you can tell it’s her by her oddly shaved eyebrows. 

Bard: Indeed!

DM: I had dreams and aspirations for this campaign, you know. And not one of them involved THIS. Roll deception.

Writing Secondary Characters

@chemistreat asked: “How does one kinda figure out when they need side characters? I have a main plot but I want to add characters like friends, or guards or towns people but I don’t know how to make sure they fit well. Any tips?”

Secondary characters are so often undervalued or overlooked by writers. This is a great thing to be asking. You want to make sure that you aren’t throwing characters in who will distract from the plot but will be able to further provide insight into your character’s life. Secondary characters also will give your reader some breathing room. While your book can be incredibly close to the protagonist, dialogue and scenes with secondary characters will lighten up a heavy point of view. 

So, how do you go about creating these characters? How I see it, there are a few different types of secondary characters- there are characters who exist to show who support your protagonist’s identity (ie: parents, siblings, pets), confidants (best friends, hair stylists, I don’t know), and characters who serve to advance the plot (that woman who goes to the detective and says, “I need your help!”) I’ll go into detail on who those characters are. 

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Knighted- Chapter 1

Have ya’ll seen Tides’ art post for this? We started working on this at the same time, and trust me this is gonna be great. 

Please look at Tides’ art first before enjoying, trust me it makes the build better cause then you know what’s coming and how not serious this fic is gonna get.

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[Context: We’re playing Dusk City Outlaws, where the Judge plays the role of the GM]

Grifter: I’m going to wash the guard uniforms.

Judge: Okay, I think that just happens, you don’t need to roll–

Alchemist: Wait, I want to assist! Okay, as an alchemist, I’ve created a badass laundry detergent. It gets your whites whiter, your colors brighter, and it’s just the most kickass laundry detergent ever.

Boss: I get some of my goons and they just go to town on those dirty guard uniforms.

Grifter: And all this is happening like in a sports anime, just overdramatic shots and sprays of water and it looks amazing.

Royal Guard Dogs: [OCT. Contest Pic]

Finally…FINISHED!! This took waaaay longer than I thought it would…fun, but kinda tedious really; didn’t mean to make it so big. But I will say I’m pretty proud of the BG for someone that kinda despises BGs…I’m gettin’ better! So all-in-all, mmyeah I’m pretty happy with this…~ :p
…I’ll be honest though, can’t wait to move on to somethin’ else.

yeah, without a doubt nintendo is awful about lgbt characters and gay men are the biggest target

for context if you havent played the game: at one point in the game you have to get into gerudo town, which only accepts women within their walls.

You have to find this character who is a man-in-a-dress joke, who gives link the gerudo vai outfit. After you dress up as a girl you can enter the town.


They have a long history of gaycoding their villains (ghirahim and yuga are the main ones, but theres other villains who are coded to lesser degrees)

and like it doesnt end with villains? For example theres a joke character in hateno village in botw who is heavily coded as a gay man and its meant to be humorous.

And then as you said the whole gerudo quest is , Really Bad like theres the transphobic jokes about both the person you get the gerudo vai outfit from but also the various comments link gets while wearing the outfit.

if you take the outfit off in the town the guard will also say something along the lines ‘you do realise you are a voe right’ lmao lmao fuck off

also, not only that but the gerudo are still steeped in awful arabic stereotypes and i frankly expected that part of the game to be Bad News when i saw the gerudo were back cause i simply dont trust nintendo :/

At the very least they’re not a villainous race anymore so thats. a minor plus, but theyre still sexualised and now all Obsessed With Finding A Husband lmao. yikes.

it would be Real Great if those big game websites that make those criticisms that lead to things like nintendo making twilight princess in response to criticisms about how wind waker looks, and the whole skyward sword vs botw, would criticise these major issues in the series so they’ll be forced to address these too lmao.

botw is so open world because people criticised how enclosed and linear skyward sword was, which is great and all! but there should also have been more criticisms of ghirahim’s violent gay coding!

again for context if you havent played that game, ghirahim is the main antagonist in skyward sword and he is a very flamboyant heavily gay coded character who also plays into the homophobic stereotype that gay men are predatory, amongst other things.

nintendo has gotten barely any backlash for this, they proceeded to do this again in ALBW with yuga and now BoTW is no better.

anyway im not really going anywhere with this other than i love zelda and all but god is it flawed and i wish it wasn’t so shitty in this area. i talk about this a lot on my personal & twitter tbh :/

anonymous asked:

Where did Aidrian and Jason go after Extra dark chocolate?

Aidrian has an apartment on the human side of town and Maverick is guarding them from the shadows.
-TQ

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Decided to throw together a tiger’s eye More Tips charm.

Took a tiger’s eye claw, strung on a necklace with a sun charm. Added lodestone oil, chamomile, basil, and 6 quarters. Mixed in a small cast iron pot lined with ashes of holy incense.

Lit two tea lights. Each one has a fresh rue leaf and basil. Closed the pot so the spell could “cook” and added a yellow candle.

Spoke to each spirit and instructed them on their part.

  • Tiger’s Eye: He houses the spell and acts as the nexus of energy. He is a fierce were-tiger who will fight for me to get what I want.
  • Sun charm: The prosperous sun shines his rays to encourage prosperity.
  • Basil: Basil dwarves go out to collect money for me.
  • Rue: Rue clears blockages towards prosperity and collecting money.
  • Chamomile: Widens “prosperity paths” and creates room in your life for extra money.
  • Candles: Empowerment, energy, charging.
  • Lodestone oil: Drawing down in a powerful way; pulling, “magnetic” energies.
  • Coins: To give the spell the right idea about what we are all here for.

As I “cooked” the spell I had a vision of the tiger’s eye stone. The stone originally rejected the spell, but I spoke to it and got it’s agreement to house the charm. I saw basil and chamomile spirits waiting outside the stone to begin. As soon as the stone accepted, the Sun shone outside. The stone transformed to a palace and the basil soldiers went out to organize money for me. Chamomile’s energies went out and I can feel blockages being cleared as the spell is being charged. Rue works in her mysterious ways and I cannot determine what path she has taken yet.

Presently, I feel my money life “opening up” and being thoroughly cleansed and cleared as Rue and Chamomile work together. On the edges of this spring meadow, Basil dwarves chop down trees to add more access. I get the sense of a ghost town, but now it is coming to life. Rue guards this town and keeps it domesticated while Chamomile spirits move in, building new buildings and starting an economy. I see fields being tilled and planted, and children playing under the bright Sun.

When it is time to go to work I take the charm with me.


Since making this charm two days ago I’ve received roughly 350% in tips, a lead on freelance artist work, and extra hours at work :)

The Butlers

Context: the group consists of myself (Tiefling Rogue), a Half-Elf Warlock, a Drow Elf Bard, and a Half-Orc Fighter. We are currently in combat with some corrupt town guards; three of them, plus the guard captain. Now during this fight, the following all happen:

  • I take a page from Assassin’s Creed, climbing a building before the fight begins and just taking shots at them with my crossbow, constantly passing stealth checks to avoid being seen, and I eventually kill one guard by rolling maximum damage with a bonus
  • Our Fighter, due to having a total AC of 19, tanks every single hit while dueling with the captain, and eventually does enough damage that the captain takes himself out with a nat 1 by accidentally hitting himself in the head with the hilt of his own sword
  • Our Warlock casts spells from a distance, before eventually using Witch Bolt - which he refers to as “Emperor Palpatine lightning hands” - to outright disintegrate a guard
  • Our Bard keeps casting Vicious Mockery to make the guards shoot at him rather than run for reinforcements, casts plenty of buffs and debuffs, and also rolls a nat 20 to get himself back up immediately after being knocked prone
  • During all this, the Bard is the only one on our team to take any damage, and any attempts to send the guards for reinforcements (which was apparently supposed to be the primary difficulty of this battle) are consistently thwarted by Vicious Mockery, well-aimed crossbow bolts, Thaumaturgy distractions, and nat 20 counters to disengagement attempts

One guard remains, already damaged, and he freezes up after witnessing all this, screaming at us, “What are you guys?!

It’s my turn, and I see my chance. I successfully roll to jump off the rooftop, causing the guy to look up at me as I jump down, land right on him, and hold my dagger to his throat when he’s on the ground prone. I then proclaim…

“We are the Butlers. Because we clean up.”

Our Warlock, without missing a beat: “I facepalm in response.”

And thus I slit that guard’s throat to the sound of my allies laughing. My attempts to get the group officially named “The Butlers” have been moderately unsuccessful, but I will not give in.

italian gothic

Italy is perfect for those gothic posts like:

  • the elders observe your every move as you stumble along the cobble stone. You never know if they are benevolent or not. You just know they are watching.
  • the way to town is uphill. The way home is also uphill. You are left to wonder how is that possible.
  • The city elects the new Mayor. You didn’t vote for the new mayor. You’re pretty sure nobody you know voted for the new mayor. You have a haunting feeling nobody actually voted for the new Mayor. As you see questionable local enterprise bigshots grinning, anxiety creeps into you.
  • In any given place, as you walk, you’re walking on ancient ruins. Wherever you’ll dig, you’ll find ancient ruins. Ancient ruins resurface on their own. They are around you. They are beneath you. You can’t escape.
  • Beautiful churches lurking behind every corner. You enter one and are greeted by sublime ancient frescos depicting suffering, torture and martyrdom. The Priest tells you that suffering is the only pathway to Heaven. The townspeople nod and chant along him. You realize that the beliefs of these people influence the policies of the Country. You are scared.
  • The old towns are guarded by the dead gaze of the statues of our forefathers. Some of these statues are headless, or damaged by past wars. Everything around you is older than you can possibly imagine. You wonder if the headless statues are luckier, for their eyes haven’t survived to witness, powerlessly, the misery of human history.
  • Regardless of where you are, there are abandoned homes. Dusty and dark houses lurking on the dark alleys, too old to be destroyed, too damaged to be restored.
  • The streets are lit by candles. Like every year, it starts with an ominous chanting getting near. Shortly after, the horde floods your street, slowly dragging their feet, lead by a Priest droning into a microphone. Some are holding holy objects. You are filled with dread as you watch your family join the horde, smiling.
  • You are to turn in some paperwork. You discover that you need more paperwork and that you are supposed to deliver it to another office. The paperwork grows as you continue the process. The red tape overwhelms you. You drown in paperwork. It is all you see. A deadline looms over you. You feel no hope. Then, if the Bureaucrats will allow it, your paperwork will get through. Then, your request will sit in a dark room, ignored for a decade.
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Everybody meet Pikk. My nonbinary Wood Elf Druid that literally died 2 times because our Wizard picked fights with the town guard.

Also being the only Good character in the team drives them to drink heavily.

Wish them luck.

BREAKING NEWS: Seventy-Two Killed Resisting Gun Confiscation In Maryland

National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed by elements of a Para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.

Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement.

Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group’s organizers as “criminals,” issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government’s efforts to secure law and order.

The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.

Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting in early this month between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms.

One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that “none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily.”

Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government’s plans.

During a tense standoff in the Lexington town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists.

Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange.

Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units. Colonel Smith, finding his forces over matched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.

Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops.

Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as “ringleaders” of the extremist faction, remain at large.

And this fellow Americans, is how the American Revolution began, April 20, 1775.

When the party brings an evil doer to justice, but causes more trouble and collateral damage than the bad guy ever did

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

It took getting banished from a couple of towns, but my players finally learned that town guards don’t really accept “But the Paladin said he was evil” as carte blanche to ignore all local ordinances in investigating and apprehending criminals.

*bangs fist on table*

Garrance AU where Garroth is a visiting prince a rather small and simple town-territory that outskirts his kingdom. The purpose of the visit is to convince the town to secede itself and join their kingdom, because there been a number of years of clashes at the border & the town unshakeable refusal on joining the kingdom. The king wants the land for one reason or another, and originally wanted to send Zane but Garroth volunteers, believing that Zane’s cruel methods of forcing the town to join would only lead to resentment.

Anyways, Garroth saddles up to the town leader/lord’s house, wanting to speak to them but instead a rather pretty guy waiting there, strumming on a lyre and looking rather bored up until Garroth steps in.

The two exchange some words, the man introducing himself as Laurance, and seems to amused when Garroth addresses him as Lord.

Little did Garroth know this was actually a trap, and soon his guards are taken out, while he’s knocked out.

He wakes to in a rather nice room, though the windows are barred and the door is reinforced. Apparently, the town was banding together with some villages/territories within Garroth’s kingdom, and now Garroth is gonna be used as a bargaining chip.

Everything hits it off from there. Garroth is rather calm, feeling a little foolish actually because this should be expected– he is the crowned prince after all. And Laurance feels a little bad, because it would’ve been easier to hate Garroth if he was some sort of self-centered prick, but he isn’t and now he has a nice guy as a hostage, which gonna have to babysit until everything blows over.