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Newbiespud 8th Jun 2019, 6:00 AM edit delete
There's also the "absorbing all the power and declaring yourself god is the fastest way to get clocked by a group of plucky adventurers" thing, but I get the feeling we don't actually like our fictional villains knowing that.

Anyway, we've got another episode of The Forgotten Ones, our D&D adventure in the Dungeon of the Mad Mage!
Spudventures - The Forgotten Ones: Podcast | Video

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ANW 8th Jun 2019, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
Villain is a child stories
andreas002 8th Jun 2019, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
Evil Overlord List, entry 151: "I will not set myself up as a god. That perilous position is reserved for my trusted lieutenant."
Solitary Performance 8th Jun 2019, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
Same vein, from a pokémon fanfic with a Giovanni I can respect:
"And there's cosmic power." Giovanni sighed. "There are some morons out there who actually try to get this one. Don't."

"What is it?" James asked, after a pause to make sure the boss had finished speaking.

"The ability to remake reality." The shadowy head of Team Rocket smiled slightly. "Useful, I'll admit, but far too flashy – and dangerous to acquire."

He looked each of them in the eye. "And Team Rocket does not like risk. Agents risk, the Team endures."

The context: Giovanni's telling his new low-rung Executives (the TRio) about the 8 kinds of power he considers important. Superpower (do things by force), Earth Power (you own the property), Hidden Power (partial ownership by TR), Secret Power (Favors owed or when people think TR are doing good things), Cosmic Power (above), Nature Power (Ownership of resources), Stored Power ($$$), and Ancient Power (the kind of power where people think you should have power, so you do)
Tyrantviewer 9th Jun 2019, 9:34 PM edit delete reply
What is the name of this fanfic, and how good is it outside of this conversation?
andreas002 11th Jun 2019, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
A quick google search tells me it's called "Ashes of the Past", and that particular exchange is from Part 43, "Orange Islands Chapter 3".

Haven't actually read it myself, so no clue about how good it is.
Some Bob 8th Jun 2019, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
Also applicable is number 22: No matter how tempted I am with the prospect of unlimited power, I will not consume any energy field bigger than my head.
ZhonLord 8th Jun 2019, 2:41 PM edit delete reply
Let's not forget the most important, Rule 12: "One of my advisors will be an average five-year-old child. Any flaws in my plan that he is able to spot will be corrected before implementation."

Flaw that can be spotted by a five year old? Cozy hasn't absorbed even a fraction of the energy yet. She's waiting til it's all there, when she could at least siphon some of it for a safety power boost.
Gossard 8th Jun 2019, 5:23 PM edit delete reply
You don't know if she CAN do that. She might be unable or unwilling to stop the siphon.
If the power can't be taken out once in there without pausing the siphon for example, then resuming the siphon might be impractical. Or if she does tap the magic while the siphon is going then it might drain right back into the collector.

Or restarting it might take a lot of time, and allow investigators to use their magic without it being sucked away. Setting it up the first time was one thing, no-one was hunting for it then, but now once the process began? Do you want to extend the timer you need to defend for, or stay low-level?
Professor Harmless 8th Jun 2019, 8:16 AM edit delete reply
"Power is Power" ~ Rich Burlew
Greenhornet 8th Jun 2019, 9:04 AM edit delete reply
"Or IS SHE?" Bum bum BUMMM!
Jennifer 8th Jun 2019, 10:40 AM edit delete reply
Does Cozy Glow have parents?
zimmerwald1915 9th Jun 2019, 11:33 AM edit delete reply
We don't know.
Needling Haystacks 9th Jun 2019, 4:41 PM edit delete reply
It would be odd if she did: she never mentions them and they apparently didn't complain to hard about her being sent to a hellish prison. That bothered me so much. Has their society really never had a need for juvenile detention? So far as Cozy knew, she wasn't really hurting anyone (of course her plan would have done so in the long term, but I doubt she was aware that removing magic would mean the planet would be in perpetual day or night, killing most life including her).
Digo 8th Jun 2019, 6:16 PM edit delete reply
I feel like the primary reason Spud is doing this little side adventure is for all the Cosy Glow face expressions. XD

I'm ok with that.
Story Time 8th Jun 2019, 6:22 PM edit delete reply
"She is monologuing, which gives her a penalty in Perception checks" Any story that the villain is punished by the own DM for making a monologue?
Jobany 10th Jun 2019, 5:50 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, playing SR and got the toxic shaman to start monologuing while the street samurai was taking position on a building with clean line of sight. Third pause for evil laugh depleted uranium sniper round through the hand holding the detonator and then one through their head.
Guest 10th Jun 2019, 7:57 AM edit delete reply
As far as I know, the actual fastest way to be clocked by pluck y adventurers is probably "being a nuisance in a tavern's cave".

That or attacking the town's festival, unless you're powerful enough to be the BBEG or at least an important lieutenant.

Any of you has a story of a villain who didn't realise how poorly they picked their fight until too late?

Last time I DMed I had three decently though ruffians accepting to carry out a hitjob against three of the PCs. They actually were smart about it, badly wounding the bard and poisoning the rogue in an ambush, but then the cleric, reasoning they in the part of town where finding thugs and mercenarieswas easy, offered a monetary reward for whoever dispatched the attackers.

Cue one of the wannabe-assassins turned into bloody pulp, the other losing his nerves and fleeing, and the leader having to follow suit to save his life.