Page 1049 - Relished Sorrow

10th Apr 2018, 6:00 AM in The Return of Harmony, Part 1
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Relished Sorrow
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Newbiespud 10th Apr 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
Empathy for the suffering of fictional masses is actually a pretty high bar for tabletop emotions, considering self-servitude is the baseline.

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RandomRex6 10th Apr 2018, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
What sad music came to your mind, everybody? Mad World for me.
ANW 10th Apr 2018, 6:45 AM edit delete reply
The time has come
Pikachu's goodbye
Digo Dragon 10th Apr 2018, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I was thinking of "Look On Down From The Bridge."
Classic Steve 10th Apr 2018, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
The theme from the end of "Requiem for a Dream."
Greenhornet 10th Apr 2018, 8:26 AM edit delete reply
"Not Going Home Anymore" from "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid".
LazerWulf 10th Apr 2018, 9:14 AM edit delete reply
Lonely Man (a.k.a. The Incredible Hulk Sad Walking Away Theme)
The_Hittite 10th Apr 2018, 1:35 PM edit delete reply
Well that makes 2 of us.
RandomRex6 10th Apr 2018, 5:29 PM edit delete reply
Saddest music ever written...
Khyrin 11th Apr 2018, 10:04 PM edit delete reply
Beat me to it.
Pablo360 10th Apr 2018, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
In The Palace ~ Lamentoso from Hunter x Hunter 2011's Chimera Ant Arc
Jennifer 10th Apr 2018, 6:18 PM edit delete reply
Battle of the Somme. Awesome bagpipe lament.
CrowMagnon 10th Apr 2018, 6:23 AM edit delete reply
Empathy isn't that strange at my table, at least among the players whose characters would act that way. In a recent mission, we were seizing a keep and took special care not to kill any of the soldiers inside (except for the commander, who totally had it coming) because it would have ruined our friendship with an NPC.
Draxynnic 10th Apr 2018, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
Given that this is based on 4E... Welcome to Paragon tier?
Digo Dragon 10th Apr 2018, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I'm reminded of the eight zebra travelers my character won as slaves from a bet. Didn't expect to win, and when my character did, she probed them and learned about their past (they lost their home to a cybernetic dragon our party has been fighting for some time). I felt so bad for them that after my character released them from their bonds, we began working together to slay this dragon so that the zebras can rebuild their home.
ThatGuest 10th Apr 2018, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
God I wish some of my group's players had empathy. To them all the npc's are just there to get killed, dispense all their belongings to the party (whether they like it or not) or exist to.....fulfill......desires I -seriously- cannot mention on here and wish that I'd never had to witness. Here's a hint 'honorable persuaded adultery' has been the tamest thing they've ever wanted to try.
Digo Dragon 10th Apr 2018, 8:56 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
The words honorable and adultery seem mutually exclusive in my opinion. Dang, sucks about your group being pretty murder-hoborous.
ThatGuest 10th Apr 2018, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
Murder hobos would be preferable, they did/wanted to do things that would make Freddy Kruger pause and go "Dude, that's messed up." It got to the point that our party was probably a bigger threat to the people living in our world than Tiamat was. At least with Tiamat she'd either subjugate you or just vaporize you. I had to do mercy kills a few times just because I didn't want the party getting their hands on a villain. The one silver lining to this story is that the campaign is over and all the bad players died pathetic anti-climactic deaths. As for the confusion about the 'Honorable adultery' thing, to quote verbatum our glorious fighter... "She won't be married anymore if her husband is dead right?"
Digo Dragon 11th Apr 2018, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon Okay yeah, this party needs to be cleansed for the good of the world. With fire.
Guest 10th Apr 2018, 9:29 AM edit delete reply
Then maybe it's time they had to deal with the repercussions of what they are doing. Cutting a swath of murder and destruction across the land is the sort of thing you need an Adventuring Party to deal with.

Maybe it's time your problem players meet the group of heroes that are hunting them?
ThatGuest 10th Apr 2018, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
Also if Tiamat hadn't killed them I was going to murder them for the sake of the future in their weakened states. I actually cleared it with the DM first and had his blessing. There was no way they were getting out of that final boss room alive. "Slaughter them."-DM
KSClaw 10th Apr 2018, 8:29 AM edit delete reply
Uh oh, the DM is smiling.
Joe the Rat 10th Apr 2018, 8:47 AM edit delete reply
The benefits of playing online without a camera:
Nobody can see you smile.
Or if you have pants.
SilverShadow4 12th Apr 2018, 12:01 AM edit delete reply
I play online too and I partially prefer video because I like to physically and expressivley demonstrate stuff because I'm not as good at describing with words lol

The pants thing is nice though...
Zorro362 10th Apr 2018, 9:28 AM edit delete reply
Our dm gets us with with the old emotional choice a lot,
For example, recently we had to choose between saving some actually nice and fairly friendly, demi gods from being forcefully turned in minions of one of our enemies, or loot the mostly abandoned, but still full of super epic loot, city before it was destroyed by a rampageing giant monster.

We ended up saving the demi gods. Who ended up demanding the few items we did get since they were from their city.........
though we did not tell them about the scroll of “power word kill” that our rogue found. Hahaha
Winged Cat 10th Apr 2018, 2:40 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
I once had a PC in a similar situation. Fortunately she could summon elementals with a wide definition - so, she summoned gold elementals to move as much of the treasure pile as they could before it was slagged, while the party's efforts were focused on the boss.
LibbyLishly 10th Apr 2018, 10:18 AM edit delete reply

Newbiespud, I've been binging your comic for several weeks now (with a brief break to binge your dad's duck comic) and, let me tell you, it's HARD to binge quickly, because the comments are always so compelling that I wound up reading most of those as well. This makes for a weird situation in which I feel like I have been interacting with the regular commenters all this time, watching them come and go, even though I'm brand new to the comic in comparison and no one knows me yet at all.

You should be SO proud of your accomplishments here. The comic is brilliant, and the last arc was so interesting (and the boss fight arc so intense) that I could not put my phone down all morning. I am impressed .

And now, of course, I have to wait for the comic to update just like everyone else. XD
Winged Cat 10th Apr 2018, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Welcome to the future! Which is now the present, and soon enough will become the past.
SilverShadow4 12th Apr 2018, 12:04 AM edit delete reply
I was in your position once. Ahh the joy of anticipation!
BackSet 10th Apr 2018, 2:25 PM edit delete reply
Another way that situation could have played out, had our heroes not been genre savvy enough to avoid the helplessness

Twilight: we're almost dead with half of us at negative hit points (is that a thing in fourth edition), why are you smiling?

GM: because that means I'm doing my job.
Truthkeeper 10th Apr 2018, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
Somehow I missed that the scroll was still in front of Twilight in the last two panels, leaving me thinking "Why is Fluttershy's ass glowing?"
Hankroyd 11th Apr 2018, 9:04 AM edit delete reply
And now I can't unsee it.
Thanks a lot !
Digo Dragon 12th Apr 2018, 5:13 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Pffft haha, well that's an interesting thought I can't unsee either. XD