unless you are using it to further your game

Critical Fumbles

It is my opinion that the DM should almost never take a turn away from their players as punishment. A failure should always result in a choice between two or more less than ideal options.

Here is a critical fumbles table which tries to take this principle into account.

  1. You put yourself off balance. You can either release your weapon to stay upright, or fall prone.
  2. A strap from your pack tangles around your arm. Attacks are made at a disadvantage until you make a successful dex save (easy).
  3. Your opponent parries your weapon and makes to body-check you. Allow the opponent to deal unarmed attack damage to you or drop your weapon.
  4. You get sand in your eye. You make attack rolls and perception based checks at disadvantage for 30 seconds unless you make a successful con save (easy). If you attempt the save and fail, you are blinded for 1 minute.
  5. You slip on some rubble and are in a bad stance. You suffer disadvantage on all attack rolls until the end of your next turn, or until you move five feet in any direction.
  6. You roll your ankle. You are slowed until you take a brief rest or until you receive one or more points of healing.
  7. You feel a pang of empathy towards your foe. Every subsequent attack against that enemy causes you to feel slightly uncomfortable about this whole situation.
  8. You give away your secret triple-bluff fighting technique! Further attacks using the same weapon against that enemy are made at disadvantage.
  9. One of the ties or straps on your armour gets snagged on your enemy. Moving away from that enemy causes part of your armour to come undone, decreasing your AC by 1, unless you make a successful dex save (easy).
  10. Your guts make a horrid rumbling. Moving more than five feet in a round causes you to crap your pants. This effect is resolved when you… well… you know.

Working on companion!rorie dialogue because reasons

((This is a result of the initial flirt option after reaching skyhold btw, because flirting at haven only rewards the inquisitor with awkward, caught-off guard silence and Rorie changing the subject, asking the inquisitor if they have any further questions.))

Rorie: *chuckles, rolling his eyes* Your persistence is admirable, but surely there are more constructive uses of your time than flirting with me. Skyhold is in need of repairs, after all, and Corypheus is at large.
M!Inquisitor: I enjoy flirting with you, and I can spare a moment if it means seeing you smile again. Unless…my advances are unwelcome?
Rorie: I never said that.
M!Inquisitor: So…
Rorie: Go. Tend to your duties, Inquisitor. This can wait until another day.

20 Misused Words That Make Smart People Look Dumb

Accept vs. Except

These two words sound similar but have very different meanings. Accept means to receive something willingly: “His mom accepted his explanation” or “She accepted the gift graciously.” Except signifies exclusion: “I can attend every meeting except the one next week.”

To help you remember, note that both except and exclusion begin with ex.

Affect vs. Effect

To make these words even more confusing than they already are, both can be used as either a noun or a verb.

Let’s start with the verbs. Affect means to influence something or someone; effect means to accomplish something. “Your job was affected by the organizational restructuring” but “These changes will be effected on Monday.”

As a noun, an effect is the result of something: “The sunny weather had a huge effect on sales.” It’s almost always the right choice because the noun affect refers to an emotional state and is rarely used outside of psychological circles: “The patient’s affect was flat.”

Lie vs. Lay

We’re all pretty clear on the lie that means an untruth. It’s the other usage that trips us up. Lie also means to recline: “Why don’t you lie down and rest?” Lay requires an object: “Lay the book on the table.” Lie is something you can do by yourself, but you need an object to lay.

It’s more confusing in the past tense. The past tense of lie is—you guessed it—lay: “I lay down for an hour last night.” And the past tense of lay is laid: “I laid the book on the table.”

Bring vs. Take

Bring and take both describe transporting something or someone from one place to another, but the correct usage depends on the speaker’s point of view. Somebody brings something to you, but you take it to somewhere else: “Bring me the mail, then take your shoes to your room.”

Just remember, if the movement is toward you, use bring; if the movement is away from you, use take.

Ironic vs. Coincidental

A lot of people get this wrong. If you break your leg the day before a ski trip, that’s not ironic—it’s coincidental (and bad luck).

Ironic has several meanings, all of which include some type of reversal of what was expected. Verbal irony is when a person says one thing but clearly means another. Situational irony is when a result is the opposite of what was expected. O. Henry was a master of situational irony. In “The Gift of the Magi,” Jim sells his watch to buy combs for his wife’s hair, and she sells her hair to buy a chain for Jim’s watch. Each character sold something precious to buy a gift for the other, but those gifts were intended for what the other person sold. That is true irony.

If you break your leg the day before a ski trip, that’s coincidental. If you drive up to the mountains to ski, and there was more snow back at your house, that’s ironic.

Imply vs. Infer

To imply means to suggest something without saying it outright. To infer means to draw a conclusion from what someone else implies. As a general rule, the speaker/writer implies, and the listener/reader infers.

Nauseous vs. Nauseated

Nauseous has been misused so often that the incorrect usage is accepted in some circles. Still, it’s important to note the difference. Nauseous means causing nausea; nauseated means experiencing nausea.

So, if your circle includes ultra-particular grammar sticklers, never say “I’m nauseous” unless you want them to be snickering behind your back.

Comprise vs. Compose

These are two of the most commonly misused words in the English language. Comprise means to include; compose means to make up.

It all comes down to parts versus the whole. When you use comprise, you put the whole first: “A soccer game comprises (includes) two halves.” When you use compose, you put the pieces first: “Fifty states compose (make up) the United States of America.”

Farther vs. Further

Farther refers to physical distance, while further describes the degree or extent of an action or situation. “I can’t run any farther,” but “I have nothing further to say.”

If you can substitute “more” or “additional,” use further.

Fewer vs. Less

Use fewer when you’re referring to separate items that can be counted; use less when referring to a whole: “You have fewer dollars, but less money.”


Travis Bradberry, Ph.D.