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28th Aug 2014, 6:00 AM
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Idle Worship
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Newbiespud 28th Aug 2014, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
PCs getting pardoned or exempted from the law is more the norm than the exception, in my experience. It's still not wise to get on the nerves of the mayor/senator/executive/king in these situations, but there's sometimes a ridiculous amount of leeway.

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Toric 28th Aug 2014, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
It also doesn't hurt that you've saved their bacon with a magical McGuffin either, but I was expecting at least a little more of a lecture.

Story time: tell about an event where you DID NOT get away with something and a ruler/official punished you hard.
Digo 28th Aug 2014, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
In a Teen titans campaign I ran, the party was called to stop an in-progress jail break at a prison where a few minor super villains were kept.

The party was not gentle with the non-super population and the collateral to the prison itself wax pretty significant. After ending the rioting and recapturing all but 3 prisoners, the team got chewed out by the US National guard (and their own boss) over how expensive their "help" was.

The "Titans Initiative" was nearly disbanded right then and there if it weren't for the fact that the three prisoners that did escape were forming their own 'Legion of Doom'.
Raxon 28th Aug 2014, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
My characters actually usually actively avoid royalty or those of noble birth. Too much destiny, you know. Never ends well.

I suppose I do have a story... Ummm...

Huh. I guess there really aren't any good stories. There was the time my ranger exposed the king as a vampire before the kingdom. I then slew the vampire singlehandedly. And got lynched for it, because even though he was known to kill random people, he was still the king. The party distanced themselves from me. I was saved at the last moment by the royal family. Who had me tried and executed the very next day.

The DM was of the opinion that the king was still the king, and my actions were unjustified, because he was a good king, aside from needing to feed on people in order to live. What are a few human lives in exchange for the good of the kingdom, after all?
Digo 28th Aug 2014, 8:47 AM edit delete reply
I can see where the DM is coming from. Yeah, I avoid royalty for a lot of similar sticky issues like that.
guy 28th Aug 2014, 9:01 AM edit delete reply
Wow, that would seriously annoy me if my DM did that. Killing a murderous, unelected dictator is almost the very DEFINITION of the word "hero".
Raxon 28th Aug 2014, 10:05 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
This was his idea of a dark, edgy king.

The king was actually very good to his people, except the ones he ate. I am of the personal opinion that a leader who kills his people will eventually see them all as pawns or cattle.

I saw him as an unfortunate man with good intentions slowly being corrupted. He saw the king as a good man with an unfortunate addiction.

Also, there was some contention between us over the politics. He argued that even corrupt authority is still authority, and must be respected. I argued that corruption must be opposed, and blind obedience and acceptance promotes despotism. A good man should fight injustice, even if he has to defy the king himself.
Malroth 28th Aug 2014, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
Sounds like a perfect tragic hero to me, Died saving the people from a force so insidious that they diddn't want to be saved from it.

Killing the Vampire King was a "GOOD" act but definately a Chaotic one
Raxon 28th Aug 2014, 12:12 PM