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Analect 50: Splash Damage

Analect 50: Splash Damage

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Your villains do need to have some weakness the PCs can exploit if they are to prevail in the end. Just be careful about making it something that they could stumble across accidentally less than a third of the way through the adventure.

Oh, and yeah, those are some seriously impressive glaives the guards are wielding. Or are they guisarmes? Or voulges? Or glaive-guisarmes? Or bardiches? Or guisarme-voulges? Or Bohemian ear-spoons?

In the real world of the Magicians & Munchkins universe, of course, the Oz movies don't exist. That's the premise of this entire comic, after all. But most of the other things we know and love (such as insanely elaborate pole-arms) do, albeit modified by the lack of The Wizard of Oz:

Vision-Impaired Transcript

Wicked Witch of the West: Well, my pretty! You may have insanely powerful magic shoes, but you're still just a little girl.
Dorothy: I kick her! 16!
Scarecrow: You don't have the reach! Her goons will impale you on their pole-arms!
Tin Man: Are they glaives? Or guisarmes?
Wicked Witch of the West: It doesn't matter! You're all going to die!
Tin Man: The armour penetration values are totally different. Realistically speaking.
Wicked Witch of the West: Armour won't save you. Your Low Empathy means I'll have no compunction in killing you slowly!
Wicked Witch of the West: And your lion friend with Combat Paralysis won't be able to save you!
Wicked Witch of the West: And Scarecrow! You may be immune to dismemberment, but you have low INT and Vulnerability to Fire!
Cowardly Lion: Gah! Throw some water on it!
Tin Man: Or maybe voulges?
[SFX]: Splash!
Wicked Witch of the West: I'm melting...!
Dorothy: Wicked!
Tin Man: So the witch was min-maxed out the wazoo too, huh?
GM: You weren't supposed to figure that out for another three sessions...

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