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Author Notes:

Newbiespud 4th Jul 2019, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
I waffled between this punchline and "Cure Wounds" for simplicity, but I felt like the cantrip that stabilizes a dying target at 0 was probably more apt. Plus, "Spare the Dying" is just sillier to say.
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Space Jawa 4th Jul 2019, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
On the other hand, the joke may be lost on people who don't know anything about "Spare the Dying". (Here I missed that it was a joke entirely and thought she was just asking about if they had some spell prepared to help them in case all their insults wound up wasting time and got them in trouble when someone shows up to interrupt their attempt to rescue him.)

But explaining the joke in your Author Note helps.
Newbiespud 4th Jul 2019, 7:17 AM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
I'm a firm believer in the philosophy of "Sometimes - once in a great long while, even - you write a joke that ten people will get because it's funnier than the joke that everybody will get."
Toric 4th Jul 2019, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
I can agree with that, and I did get the joke. But a good middle-ground might have asking for a resurrection, or saying that's why you prepare protection from fire. Still, I do love it when PCs actually decide to gloat
Digo 4th Jul 2019, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
Or make one up, like "Cure Moderate Burns".
Newbiespud 4th Jul 2019, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
I'm also a firm believer in "When you're dealing with limited panel space, sometimes it's better to quit while you're ahead."

But yes, those are pretty good, too.
vegetalss4 4th Jul 2019, 12:39 PM edit delete reply
I support your decision to tell jokes I do not personally get.
Digo 5th Jul 2019, 6:23 AM edit delete reply
It does provide a learning opportunity to shocking grasp new concepts of the game.
Randonimity 5th Jul 2019, 7:39 AM edit delete reply
Randonimity
But if the hit lands, there's no reaction so it's kind of a lose/lose, wouldn't you say? ;)
Happy Balor 5th Jul 2019, 7:51 AM edit delete reply
Also, given that this is a D&D webcomic, it's not like it's a huge ask. Plus, Google is a thing.
Smithers 4th Jul 2019, 5:18 PM edit delete reply
As one who doesn't know anything about Spare the Dying (or much about tabletop RPGs at all outside what I've learned from this comic) I had to look up the spell online.

My first thought from the name was that it would put someone out of their misery. I.e. a euthanasia spell. I still like this as an alternative version of the punchline.
Rakaydos 5th Jul 2019, 4:51 AM edit delete reply
My first assumption was that she would need it for herself. "You guys are absolutely hilarious. I'm dying over here. Someone spare a heal?"
ANW 4th Jul 2019, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
Does anyone here ha 've a good fireworks story?
Greenhornet 4th Jul 2019, 5:01 PM edit delete reply
Many moons ago (Before we knew better), my brother ground up about a hundred sparklers into a coffee can with another sparkler as a fuse. It was a nice fountain, but what we didn't know was, he had put half a dozen FIRECRACKERS in the bottom!
He had the thing in the middle of the street and when the crackers went off, they made a nice gush of sparks.
Jhn 4th Jul 2019, 6:34 AM edit delete reply
Jhn
The Spare the Dying joke is hilarious!
It really gives the idea of kicking a man down.


Good to explain the spell in the author notes for those that don't play much D&D though.
Wulfraed 4th Jul 2019, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
Especially the more recent editions (I don't recall ever seeing a spell by that name in 1st or 2nd Edition AD&D)

Closest I can come up with is a (old) RuneQuest 2-pt healing spell -- the minimum needed to cauterize severed limbs and prevent bleeding out in the next round or so... {Yes, RuneQuest gets that gory at times}
Alias Unknown 6th Jul 2019, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
Cure Wounds is a 1st level spell. You touch an creature and it regains 1d8+ spell casting modifier hitpoints. Using higher spell slots they regain an extra d8 hitpoints per spell level above 1st.

TL;DR It's the touch based healing spell for fifth edition.
kgy121 4th Jul 2019, 10:41 AM edit delete reply
He's fine, vicious mockery only does 1d4 per round, and he's still got high level wizard hit points.
Digo 4th Jul 2019, 10:58 AM edit delete reply
He's held back by the "Wall of Irony" though. XD
werefrog 4th Jul 2019, 12:53 PM edit delete reply
The Werefrog only know 2 spells in D&D:

Magic Missile because it's effective against darkness

Daze because The Werefrog once killed a dragon with it. That game was about 15-20 years ago now, and The Werefrog haven't really gone back to D&D.
Anonymous 4th Jul 2019, 10:58 PM edit delete reply
You don't prepare cantrips in 5e.
Digo 5th Jul 2019, 6:16 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, that's a little detail that cantrip up players new to the system.
Toric 5th Jul 2019, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
I know that struggle. Perhaps you can spell it out for me
Guest 5th Jul 2019, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
This reminds me of a forum post I've read that criticized the 5e Archmage NPC statblock for being "unoptimized", due to having good CHA and WIS but poor physical stats.

Because awareness and people skills are obviously not important for powerful magic users (sarcasm sarcasm)
Rihtan 5th Jul 2019, 8:29 PM edit delete reply
Owch, Long term wizard player here. OD&D though 3.5 & 5th. Like Space Jawa I totally missed the joke until you explained it. I'd suggest that healing jokes are best made from the cleric lists.