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Newbiespud 3rd Jan 2017, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Some groups behave on the assumption that the world they're playing in operates on a base level of rationality. Others... don't.

I have no doubt some D&D old-timers are going, "Pfft, breaking the sound barrier? Figured that out ages ago."

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Digo Dragon 3rd Jan 2017, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Up there with the peasant railgun technique.
Blyndpwn 3rd Jan 2017, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
That has got to be the most disturbingly awesome thing I've ever heard of. Where can I buy one?
Joe the Rat 3rd Jan 2017, 6:28 AM edit delete reply
Lessee... untrained labor is 1sp a day?
By 3.5 rules, 1056 peasants, at 5-foot intervals, can through readied actions (if you're stingy) transport an object 1 mile in 6 seconds.

It kind of breaks down for weaponization, though. Because there is no conservation of momentum in the rules, the object in question leaves the last peasant's hand no faster than he can throw it.
Digo Dragon 3rd Jan 2017, 7:14 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
While weaponization of the the railgun technique isn't practical, the ability to transport goods from A to B at mach speed is still useful for mercantile purposes to get around paying wizard guild fees. ;)
Greenhornet 3rd Jan 2017, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
I can hear the objections now...
GM: "But how will you get the peasants all in a line? That would take forever!"
PLAYER (with a perfectly straight face): "Simple, the mage teleports them."
Winged Cat 3rd Jan 2017, 12:41 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Eh? It doesn't take that long for peasants to walk a mile. Just give them each a number and have them stand 5 feet past the one before them. Maybe have them live in huts along the mile, so they can file out to the line and stand around during the day (if paid to maintain the transport line, and some kingdoms could easily afford 105.6 gp per mile per day).

If at least some of the peasants are literate, this doubles as as a manned scout post: anywhere along that line, if trouble or untoward sorts come through, the peasants jot down a description (1 action or maybe a free action) and pass it along. Or perhaps abuse "talking is a free action": each one yells a warning, and the warning ripples toward both ends within 6 seconds.
Digo Dragon 3rd Jan 2017, 2:52 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I'm reminded of a Simpsons episode where Bart lined up 20 megaphones and then yelled into the first one. The resulting shockwave that came out was devastating. I'm envisioning this line of peasants doing something similar. Somehow.
Anvildude 3rd Jan 2017, 11:09 AM edit