A lich kneeling next to a headstone.
knight battles and loses to existential meaningless
Two skeletons clutch each other amidst ash.
This is an original character, I swear
>If my research was correct, this man had the largest bones in the entire kingdom!
"If only you could speak their language"
Happened tonight as a matter of fact. Didn't really turn into a feels trip until one of them basically surrendered but we were hip deep into a Thunderdome situation and the Barbarian "put him out of his misery" GM later admitted there was a potential diplomatic "out", but nobody spoke Gnoll
Didn't this happen to some girls RP board? Girl ran fantasy/cyberpunk/postapoc game of some sort and a bunch of guys from /tg/ invaded and played as a trio of Adeptus Mechanicus brothers and proceeded to nuke the city the story was set in?
Cuz that was a dick move. Brilliant, but a dick move.
One man stands alone against the darkness.
The succubus' latest conquest broke her heart.
Not even Necromancy can bring her back.
His men marched, his orders, none returned.
Heavy crown, hollow eyes, a doomed kingdom.
You can blame no one but yourself.
He traded friends for riches, died alone.
The Resurrection spell only prolonged the torment.
He died years before the journey's end.
You forget, I prepared Explosive Runes today.
Woman scorned, party broken, no second chances.
The Bard silent, his former allies screamed.
Your love crushed her like a mace.
Dying paladin's final prayer resurrects wiped party.
I have been sowing the seeds of hate for Pelor among the players I'm DM'ing a campaign for. They'll end up with powers specifically meant to kill deities too.
I can't wait to go "Okay. Pelor's final form explodes in a shower of light, blinding you all and causing your very souls to tremble in the wake of the terrible act that you've performed. When you regain your sight, in Pelor's place stands a humanoid, fifteen foot tall with reddish skin and curled horns, wearing luxurious robes and the most expensive jewelry you've ever seen."
I finished a campaign recently where the players had found a room that basically can randomly shift between planes at will, but also carrying a giant core of magic that was going to explode with enough force to vaporize everything in sight. Party has to get away, but the paladin realizes that the based way is to shift to a plane where nobody else can get hurt. Somebody had to stay behind, and he volunteered. As he died, he did pray for the survival of him and the party member in there with him, but I didn't reveal whether he did at the end of the session.
I should leave him dead, right? It's a better story that way.
If he does turn up, have it be at a suitable time and have the player reintroduce him.
Or he could become a legacy character in your campaigns, unstable due to the magic he phases in and out of planes on a regular basis, but wherever you go there will be stories of him showing up at just the right moment to fight off evil and fading back into the Aether once the battle is over.
Just make the player reroll a new character and turn the paladin into doomrider/mysterious stranger.
Get the same number x times in a row and he appears and helps for x amount of rounds based on the roll.
Make it so that the damage he takes from previous encounters will still be on him when he reappears later on. Tell the players that for the paladin, each appearance is continuous and he will eventually tire out/need healing the longer this goes on.
oh and maybe make the players roll every time they camp. if they roll doubles on at least two dice then the pally shows to take a break and disappear in the morning.
Make it a 4d4 roll or something if you want him to appear more often or maybe 10d20 if you want a little extra suspense.
>The players decide to munchkin up and kill him for his gear.
I might. Although the thing was that the drow had gotten the tar beaten out of him against the BBEG and had disgraced himself in the eyes of lolth, so in an effort to do one good deed before he died (the player was retiring him, got bored of playing small-e Chaotic evil) he tossed the paladin the wineskin he had left and the last bit of dialogue of the session was "Nobody should have to die alone. Even you." And I thought it was a nice way to end it.
Bringing either character back might spoil it.
His spells could not hold long enough.
Even his strength could not stop it.
His faith could not keep them strong.
Her arrows ran out far too soon.
Her blades could not pierce the hide.
It's wrath was worse than it's legends.
Seven words can tell you only woe.
Pain was her weapon, then her fate.
"Is there anyone left?"
None had said.
All they could say was "Why you?"
"You all expected me not to fall."
Can no one be a hero, today?
Know what you can never fight for.
Heroes are where glory turn to nothing.
>Pain was her weapon, then her fate.
>"Is there anyone left?" None had said.
>All they could say was "Why you?"
>"You all expected me not to fall."
>Can no one be a hero, today?
>Know what you can never fight for.
>Heroes are where glory turn to nothing.
>Pain is all you know Heroes
>Fate said you fall today for Nothing
A knight stands against a Rust Monster
I'm on my phone right now so I can't do it. But somebody with photoshop knows what to do.
Our darkest hour, the brightest light ignites
Even in death, no child will cry
A peaceful kingdom before the elves returned.
Industrious dwarves dig too deep, find death.
Zealous paladin obtains ultimate macguffin, burns world.
Aspiring necromancer can't find wife's body.
Mazed by Lady of Pain, forgot glasses.
The last God watched the sun set.
Your family crest is amongst the ash.
Lich reaches for indestructible phylactery in desperation.
Mummy and fire elemental fall in love.
Ive got a few examples from real games Ive played:
Humanity lost, rediscovered in shallow graves
He did it to save her, failed
Is Time Magic Genocide? We'll find out!
Use your heart, its a philosopher's stone
A loyal hound obeys, disloyal ones die.
"Forgive me, for I have availed you nothing."
"It's funny, I-I thought dying w-w-ould hurt a l-little m-m-more...."
Scorched gauntlet raised high, still clutching the crucifix.
"We won!" "Not all of us..."
The sorceress gripped the helm, and let her tears trickle.
>The sorceress gripped the helm, and let her tears trickle.
>somehow think of Dragonage, my Mage Hunter tank dude romancing with Morrigan. He chose do die fighting the Archdemon over the ritual she preposed.
The proud knight fell, child in arms.
Throughout the fortress, not a keg remained.
The bard's last blue pill was stolen.
It was for naught, none used coasters.
Here lies a musician. Nothing more.
Seriously, just have him revealed as Zarus. It'll add an extra layer of complexity if any of the characters are human. Especially if any of them are like some of my players and they're 40Kism seeps through their personalities.
Do this but make it more spooky. He does stuff with no sound and he looks hideos, all bone and melted armor, the steel molded into his undying body. Basically like the old Legion of the Damned.