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Freehold DM wrote:
I, too, love boobs.
Just reminding Freehold he is very much loved and respected.
Side note, has anyone seen Set post, he's been quiet for a longer time than normal.
That's a fair assumption until you realize, oh wait Disney owns both Star Wars and most of none X Men and Spiderman Marvel now so of course he's seen it.
Resistance is futile.
Favorite villain? Most certainlz Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin. The man is a perfect villain. Just oozing the nazi.
Another Tarkin story from his beginning climb to power.
In the early days of The Empire following the end of the Clone Wars, high taxes on the planet Ghorman prompted a large mass civilian sit-in protest on the planet's main spaceport effectively shutting off incoming traffic.
Then still a Captain, Tarkin was sent to collect the taxes from the defiant population, was ordered explicitly by his superiors NOT TO FIRE A SINGLE SHOT at the peaceful civilian protest but was still ordered to collect the the taxes.
The protestors refused to yield.
Tarkin followed both sets of orders and did not fire upon the civilians and instead landed his whole Strike Cruiser atop the protesters.
Hundreds were killed and thousands more injured in Tarkin's display of the consequences for defying the Imperial government. Despite public outrage at what would become known as the Ghorman Massacre — Emperor Palpatine declined to issue Tarkin any punishment, rather he publicly and personally gave Tarkin a medal and he was soon promoted.
Favorite villain? Most certainlz Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarquin. The man is a perfect villain. Just oozing the nazi.
Hama you are a true scholar and a gentleman!
I always considered Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin not only my favorite Star Wars villain, but also my favorite Star Wars character (Count Dooku being a close 2nd, and interestingly enough portrayed by Christopher Lee, who was Peter Cushing's life long friend).
Fun Fact, while I do not have credit in giving the Grand Moff his first name, I am responsible for making it 'official' when I worked on Star Wars Entertainment and 17 years after I saw Darth Vader's Star Destroyer chase down Princess Leia's Corvette, the Grand Moff got a first name.
I also maintain that The Empire suffered two great loses at the Battle of Yavin.
The Empire lost the first Death Star Battle Station, and as devastating a blow that may have been, the greater and more catastrophic loss was the death of Grand Moff Tarkin.
The Death Star for all its destructive power was still replaceable, Tarkin was not.
Hama and Aranna, your interest in a Star Wars d6 game is noted.
As an aside, for those who played it, was not the plot twist in the original Knights of the Old Republic the greatest video game reveal ever?
A 2nd question for those reading this thread, who is your favorite Star Wars villain from the movies? I am would allow you pick from the expanded universe but then all of you would say Grand Admiral Mitth'raw'nuruodo.
I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds
Tokae Yashkiin wrote:
-Except that Tokae prefers his clean air atop a well appointed private foyer, and his clean clothes more expensive than a full set of plate mail.
Where in the rules does it state that Exotic Weapon: Bastard Sword allows a bastard sword to do 2d8 damage when wielded two-handed?
In the 1st and 2nd Edition Players handbook.
I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds
You have been convicted of a heinous crime and thrown into Branderscar prison, on a small island just offshore from the mainland of Talingarde.
You were brought here in a closed carriage, chained and hooded. You know that a stone causeway connects the island to the mainland and that your cell is on an upper floor. Otherwise, you have seen nothing.
Each of you received the same greeting when you arrived: you were held down by rough hands and branded upon the arm with a runic F. The mark signifies ‘forsaken’ and the painful scar is indelible proof that each of you has betrayed the great and eternal love of Mitra and his chosen mortal vassals.
Condemned, you face at best a life of shackles and servitude in the nearby salt mines. Others might await the ministrations of the inquisitors so that co-conspirators may be revealed and confessions extracted. Perhaps some of you will be spared this ordeal. Perhaps instead you have come to Branderscar to face the final judgment. In three days, the executioner arrives and the axe falls or the pyre will be lit. Through fire or steel, your crimes will be answered.
You have all been chained together in the same communal cell dressed in nothing but filthy, tattered rags. Manhandled and mistreated, any finery you once possessed is either ruined or long lost. No special treatment has been given any prisoner – male or female, commoner or noble – all of the forsaken are bound and imprisoned together.
Your feet are secured by iron cuffs tethered by one long chain. Your arms are secured to the wall above by manacles. A guard is posted
Little thought is given to long term accommodations. At Branderscar, justice comes swift and sure.
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I'm guessing that Jacinda may have levels in Assassin.
Miron full name is Miron Shewdanker, and it was Miron who sent the letter to Haley about the imprisonment of her father.
I believe the last member of Tarquin's group is also human.
Also Malack is called a Serpentfolk but has no apparent legs.
I miss my wild eyed fascination that I experienced from playing the Red Box and then 1st Ed.
I miss the time when the DM of yesteryear got far more respect than the GM's of today.
I miss the original D&D Saturday morning cartoons, add to that the original Transformers cartoon to that as well, even the Justice League vs the Legion of Doom, actually I miss Saturday mornings period.
I miss the Forgotten Realms before the Time of Troubled WotC.
I miss damned non twink Vampires that don't sparkle and take their objects of desire to prom.
I miss Jedi when they did not have a midichlorians count.
I miss Gary Gygax. I miss Dave Arneon. I miss Ronald Reagan.
I miss the Twin Towers.
While I know Paizo is rocking the industry today, I still bloody miss my beloved subscription to Dragon and Dungeon magazine!
And finally ... I hope this does not start a flame war.
Here goes ... God give me strength.
I ... I really like Cosmo. I've met the man a few times over the years and I truly enjoy his company.
I LIKE COSMO.
Message boards forgive me!
I picked piscoloth, the older phrase, on purpose. Either name can be correct. Please don't be a pedant over stupid stuff like this, it's annoying.
Friend Deathquaker, piscodaemon actually is the older phrase.
That's actually why I chose that phrase. On purpose.
When original Monster Manual 2 came out the image you used for the piscoloth was introduced as the piscodaemon. The name piscodaemon predates piscoloth by 9 years. When it was reintroduced in the Planescape setting.
I was not trying to be pedantic. Just old. In homage to my dear fellow Grognards posting.
Did I mention I was old.
I am half expecting Malack to appear in the Ewok village at the end of Return of the Jedi.
I actually liked the albino undead lizard.*
*Thank you Rich Burlew, (and Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson) for not only giving me the opportunity for saying those words but for giving a means that fellow enthusiasts can fully understand those words.
I fell asleep at the break of dawn right in the middle of reading the final and most current strip 896.
I woke up and finished reading the strip.
And I Wished* I could read the next installment right away.
I can now cast Wish.
Ladies and gentlemen I am now obviously 17th Level.**
*Yes technically a djinn could have been nearby and granted my request but that makes less of a cool story.
**Since I'm such a Grognard, I should say 18th Level because that's when a Magic User can cast 9th Level Spell but I am trying to sound hip and current.
Male Imperial Purebred Human 13 th level bard/9 th level nightlife empressario/epic level chocolate fiend
Since all of you guys are playing such lovely villains, would you please consider posting on this thread.
I am a Grognard, I have that cred. I played with the original Red Box, or 1st Ed where monks had d4 hit dice, there were no damage caps for fireballs (or lightning bolts), there are white hairs on my head, my belt size is no longer 30", and sometimes I pass up sex for a really good meal.
That being said, sometimes Set pulls something out of his ancient crusty arse and I feel young enough and have the moves to audition for a boy band.
God Bless Set.
Set, have you ever actually listened to the words behind 'The Rains of Castamere'? (full version)
It is quite an elegant, though brutally foreboding song.
The Rains of Castamere was a song written about Lord Tywin Lannister's crushing victory over rebellious House Reyne of Castamere and the complete and utter destruction of the House, it's banner men, and all people associated with House Reyne at the end of their rebellion.
The title is thus a play on words, as the "rains" fall over the empty halls of the "Reynes" who have been killed to the last man.
The song is typically sung as a reminder of the fate that awaits those who cross Tywin Lannister, or the Lannisters of Casterly Rock in general.
The lyrics heavily reference the fact that the sigil of House Reyne was ALSO a lion, but a red one instead of the golden lion used as the sigil of House Lannister. The rebellion of the Reynes against the Lannisters was seen as a clash of lions.
Tyrion Lannister whistles it at least three times in the series, once as he enters the small council's chambers, announcing he is Hand of the King in his fathers name.
As the court gathers for Tyrion's wedding, Cersei finally snaps when Margaery says she looks radiant. Cersei reminds the queen-in-waiting of the lyrics of Rains of Castamere and to take a lesson of what happened to House Reyne. Cersei threatens to have Margaery strangled in her sleep if she ever refers to her as "sister" again.
It s played no less than three more times in full during the series, twice at the end of an episode.
And who are you, the proud lord said,
that I must bow so low?
Only a cat of a different coat,
that's all the truth I know.
In a coat of gold or a coat of red,
a lion still has claws,
And mine are long and sharp, my lord,
as long and sharp as yours.
And so he spoke, and so he spoke,
that Lord of Castamere,
But now the rains weep o'er his hall,
with no one there to hear.
Yes now the rains weep o'er his hall,
and not a soul to hear.
Listen to the version above, if that song is not a Lawful Evil song that has a version in Infernal, I don't know what is.
I swear on my honor as a Grognard that no spoilers follow but I shall add to what has already been discussed. Also these next few paragraphs reflect things that have happened in the tv series, there are some notable contradictions or deviations from the books.
It is of course at Harrenhal that Jaqen H'ghar makes all his kills for Arya Stark.
Harrenhal is a huge castle, THE LARGEST one in all of Westeros, though it is also the most ill-omened. It is located on the northern shore of the Gods Eye lake at the heart of the Riverlands, south of the River Trident and northwest of King's Landing.
A Brief History
It was built centuries earlier by King Harren the Black. He was betrayed by his bannermen during the War of Conquest and the castle was largely melted by dragonfire: while Harren had thought the castle's walls were tall enough to withstand any assault, he neglected to consider that the Targaryens' dragons could fly right over them. As a result Harrenhal is more than half-ruined, with stone towers melted and twisted by the flames of the dragons, giving it an ominous and nightmarish appearance. No lord has held the castle for long since Harren's death.
Aegon the Conqueror granted Harrenhal to his bannermen of House Qoherys, which eventually became extinct. They were followed by Houses Towers, Harroway, Strong, and Lothston. All of them, like the Harren and Qoherys before them, DIED OUT, their noble lines ending, leading to the castle of be considered a cursed place.
Several tales are told of Harrenhal, including the tale of Mad Lady Lothston, the flaming ghosts of Harren and his sons, and of servants who go to sleep and are found turned to ashes the following day.
Harrenhal is seen as something of a white elephant: while it is technically the biggest castle in Westeros, it is so ridiculously large that the surrounding area cannot possibly produce the necessary food to support the massive army needed to fully man it. Rulers of Harrenhal usually lose money and resources simply by possessing it. As a result, Harrenhal is rarely if ever fully manned. Moreover, it was never fully repaired after being blasted with dragonfire by the Targaryens three hundred years ago, which combined with the fact that the garrison is never as large as the fortifications require, means that Harrenhal really isn't one of the most defensibly formidable castles in Westeros.
Harrenhal at the time of the tv series
Catelyn Stark recognises a knight of Harrenhal at the Crossroads Inn and asks him if he is loyal to Lady Whent and Catelyn's father, Whent's liege lord. When he replies this is the case, she asks his aid in restraining Tyrion Lannister and receives it.
By the time of the War of the Five Kings, Harrenhal was held by House Whent, until they were stripped of it and the castle was given to House Slynt as a reward for Janos Slynt's (commander of the City Guard) betrayal of Eddard Stark and ensuring Joffrey is made King of the Iron Throne.
However, due to the area being in the middle of a warzone, Slynt NEVER actually occupied the castle and was stripped of it when Janos Slynt was sent to the Wall by Tyrion Lannister.
Following the Lannister defeat at the Battle of the Whispering Wood, Lord Tywin Lannister announces that he will take his army of 30,000 men, capture Harrenhal and use it as the forward base for his army in the Riverlands while Robb Stark's numerically superior forces consolidate near Riverrun.
In Season 2, it is used as the main forward base for Tywin Lannister's army in the Riverlands during his campaign against Robb Stark. However, the Lannisters later withdraw their forces to defend King's Landing in the decisive Battle of the Blackwater.
Tyrion Lannister offers Harrenhal to Petyr Baelish along with lordship over all of the Riverlands in exchange for his aid in the release of Jaime Lannister.
After the Battle of the Blackwater, during an official ceremony King Joffrey grants Harrenhal to Lord Baelish for his aid in arranging the Lannister-Tyrell alliance.
At the beginning of Season 3 the abandoned castle is re-captured by the Northern army (in particular, Robb Stark's maternal grandmother was a Whent, so he actually has some direct claim to the castle), and Robb leaves a detachment of the Northern army under Roose Bolton to hold the castle.