I tend to in the case of falling in lava, or even falling from the back of a flying creature at extreme heights that the character will die. That is provided they do not have some sort of spell like feather fall, or fly, and even some item to let them glide to safety they are given a chance to survive a fall from great distance. My players enjoy that aspect becaise they know that even at higher levels they aren't yet gods.
Obviously others have different playing styles as posted above, in the long run it's about the playing style that a person enjoys.
91 The forest of the albino lords.
A cursed forest once ruled by less than benevelant elves. The gods cursed them and all that resides in their domain from flora to fauna suffer from albinoism. It is unknown if the elves still live here, those who stay within the confines of the forest for extended periods of time ( a month or longer) begin to slowly develop albinoism. If they stay long enough and become changed into a full albino the effect becomes permanent. Their gear even becomes completely white. Any animal or plant eaten from this forest that is completely white has little to no flavor and is bland at best.
Depending on your alignment, sell individual teeth in jewelry form as protection from outsider, grind teeth in to powder and sell it as an aphrodisiac, et cetera. If there are barbarian tribes in your game world see if you can barter the head for something useful, I can't think of spell or alchemical components off of the top of my head.
Or make up a back story and charge 1 cp to see the head of the demon/devil croc that you rescued a child from being eaten, or virgin sacrifice. Just a thought.
In my homebrews, dragons are uncommen to rare. There are tales that inspire adventurers to seek these beasts out, many of the young ones are dead or well hidden. The older ones when found tend to be crankier, who wouldn't be with the wholesale slaughter of your kind.
Though with less hunting of them, or the older ones gobbling adventurers like tic tacs than if needed, I could have a slow reintroduction of them.
I agree with all three, though Ghim is awesome, my favorite was woodchuck the rogue from lodoss wars. The tv series for record of lodoss wars was an excellent follow up.
Throw in Ninja Scroll, Demon City Sinjinku (movie not tv show), and X for me ad well.
You would have to take in to account that everyone in the village wasn't suspicious of magic to some degree. Even in cities where a wizards colledge might reside, the populace isn't 100% behind the wizardly cause. You after all are in command of powers that are far beyond the citizenry despite their average intelligence.
I can only imagine a series of village wars that would be a nightmare not only for the rulimg class but for everyone else. Having a smidgen of power would these villagers then raise the prices on the various food goods that they sell? After all they, in their minds could view themselves as all powerful. That is until they are set back in to their place.
Sure the occasional dream of adventure fills the mind of the average hayseed, many don't move beyond their menial life. Yes you can argue that everyone wishes to raise their status, villagers are not exempt. I of course wouldn't deny that right, but only envision headaches beyond belief.
Hope I didn't ramble on too much.