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Episode 2307: Free Body Problem


Putting on and taking off protective gear takes a considerable amount of time. This applies to medieval fantasy armour as well as modern hazmat suits, space suits, and other gear. As long as you're not in a hurry, it's okay. But since when are adventuring heroes not in a hurry?

Donning or doffing armour or protective gear should take several rounds of combat in most games. So it's not something heroes should want to do in dangerous situations.

So make them do it. Give them strong reasons for wanting to either get into that gear, or to take it off, which they need to prioritise against beating off goblins or whatever. Maybe a wizard is heating their metal armour to an uncomfortable temperature. Or there's a chemical or radiation hazard that makes them really want some protection.

Commentary by memnarch (who has not seen the movie)

Uh, really? *checks comic 2304 again*

Uhhhhhhh, IIIII guess if the movie shows that she's alive again later then Leia's alive, but man. It certainly looks like that explosion was engulfing her. Either way, I think Leia's gonna need a lot of medical attention if she is actually alive. Pete usually knows what he's talking about, but that doesn't mean much if the GM rules later that it's actually the second missile that caused the most injuries if they manage to save Leia on-screen. At the very least, we've already got oddly large explosions that have been shown in the vacuum of space, like the one in the first panel (with bonus clouds of some kind all over the frame). And I suppose Leia could just never show up again while the comic pretends she's recovering or something as well.

Jim is definitely trying for some kind of record here. Most heroic sacrifices with a single character? Edgar(?) certainly acts like someone who's ignoring one of the first rules of emergency response for nonprofessionals: "Don't become a victim as well". A tractor beam would make a lot more sense to me, if it's got fine enough resolution to work on people. I can't think why it wouldn't, but using something only meant to pull other ships on a person doesn't sound great without some quick modifications.

Hm, I just realized that the odd shape in the first panel doesn't make a lot of sense. It's kind of human shaped, but the scale is extremely out of whack for it to be a person. And the lighting is off as well. Sure, Star Wars lighting isn't the most realistic in the first place, but I would have expected there to be at least some side lighting on the right side based on the light on the left side frigate and the star destroyers in the background. I wonder if that'll get explained later or it's just part of the Raddus that was shot off and just happened to be in the frame used.


Edgar: We can’t leave Leia’s body out there in space.
Rey: Actually... I’ve been doing some calculations.
Kaydel Ko Connix: Have we left her too far behind?
Rey: No, momentum will keep her at our speed. But two other things.
Rey: One: The bridge explosion was immediately exposed to space. Leia was standing here. Flames wouldn’t touch her and the vacuum wouldn’t transmit the shock wave.
Rey: Two: People can survive vacuum exposure. As long as she didn’t hold her breath and rupture her lungs. She’ll be alive for a couple of minutes.
Edgar: Tie a rope to me! I’ll go out and grab her!
Kaydel Ko Connix: Or I could use a tractor beam. Rey’d never think of that.
Finn: Yeah, we don’t have time to get you into a space suit.
Edgar: Space suit?

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