A Very Wholesome Dungeons & Dragons Story

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The beauty of D&D is its capacity for story. Sometimes, those stories turn out to be incredibly wholesome.

Emily Smith is a freelance comic artist from Perth who, as it so happens, also runs a rural D&D club. It's a club for younger kids, usually between 12 to 18, and they meet about three times a week.

Sometimes the kids interactions are what you'd expect from kids in D&D. (Extra points for the Avatar reference.)

So most of the time, Smith's stories are just about dumb kid stuff. But the imagination of a child is a powerful thing, powerful enough to take down a Nothic.

For the record, this is what a Nothic looks like:

Apart from having two claw attacks, the Nothic can also target any creature within 30ft (that it can see) and do 3d6 necrotic damage, unless they make a constitution saving throw. And just for shits and giggles, it can also target any visible target within 30ft and force a deception check against its insight check, allowing the Nothic to learn "one fact or secret".

It's a bastard of a creature, basically.

Low on health, being battered mentally and roleplayed by Smith like Pennywise from IT, the party was on its last legs. Not willing to rest up prior - because hey, they're kids - Emily mentally prepared for the arduous tale of a party wipe.

But never underestimate the power of a child's imagination.

For all the crappy D&D experiences out there - people spending the whole time on their phones, people not bothering to roleplay or just living out their personal power fantasies at the expense of the group - it always has the capacity for some amazing encounters.

Well played, kids.


Comments

    LOL they deserved a TPK. I've learned the hard way. If the DM asks whether you want to rest up or press on, always, ALWAYS, rest up.

    What Emily didn't say was that when the Nothik started opening up to the group, that's when the Tiefling Rogue pulled a backstab and the Paladin and Ranger went HAM on it.

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