Off Topic: The Chronicles of "Of Course Brugo Did" - Chapter 10: Scooby-Do...
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>>> Prelude <<<
And awaaaaaay, we go!
We're back on track & we have a bunny in hand. Yeah, not exactly how I expected that combat to go either, but I can't complain. Plus... that rabbit may be tactically advantageous at a later date. Just... don't tell the Druid that that's a plan.
The next several nights go well. No surprises. No ambushes. Just several quiet nights, in the wilderness. -_- Yeah. I don't trust it either...
So, one night, during Brugo's (the Fighter) shift... Yeah, I know. I know. LITERALLY EVERYTHING HAPPENS ON HIS SHIFT. Anyway. So, he sees some lights out in the woods. Small motes of scintillating light that seem to draw his gaze. I know what these are. Everyone at the table knows what these are. Anyone who's see Brave, knows what these are. Brugo, however... does not know what these are.
Okay. So what would Brian Boitano do? Well, I can tell you this. He probably would not leave the entire party for dead while he wanders, alone, out into the woods to investigate what some suspicious lights are.
Is that what Brugo did?
No... of course not...
Yes. Yes, that's what he did.
So, the Fighter wanders off into the woods. And the GM & the player wander off into another room to have sexy... er, quiet time.
Next thing we know, they come back. And nothing happens.
If you can imagine the Suspicious Fry Meme or the Suspicious Inception Leo Meme... yeah, multiply that by 5. That's our faces right then.
So we all get up, pack up our things & ride out for the day. And about midday, the Fighter rolls up to me (the Thief) & goes, "So, hey. I need to talk to you about something." And then proceeds to follow THAT with, "But you can't tell the Bloodrager."
"No really. Don't tell her."
He starts coming clean & tells me he wandered out into the night following "balls of light," to which I give him the old man eyebrow/stink eye & say, "You... followed... will o' the wisps... into the swamp... at night... alone...? And... you didn't think to wake anyone? No one?"
His response was less than stellar. He goes into a tale about how it worked out & was for the best & he saw a dragon overhead & then he met a weird elf with a name that "can't possibly be pronounced by your common tongue." And everything was fine. He talked with the elf & the elf said he was on our side & he wasn't lying (because he could tell).
I asked him how long he was gone. "Maybe 20 minutes. 30 at most. But it was fine, nothing happened."
I then said, "Imagine, if you will. Being part of a hunting party. And your job is to track down & capture or kill a group of people. And you happen to come across your marks, conveniently asleep, without a guard, in the middle of the woods... How much damage could you do, before you woke them?"
Yeah... the fighter's eyes lit up like Christmas lights...
And then I told him that I'd have to tell the Bloodrager. But that's because we'd have to discuss his adventure with the group. Annnnnnd he started panicking.
You can guess why. Because you know what's about to happen. You know it's coming.
So, I bring up the topic over lunch. And I try to put a positive spin on what the Fighter did. I even point out that his encounter did turn out well & the Fighter adds he even left a trail through the swamp! A trail of breadcrumbs. Literally, crumbs of bread. In a swamp.
And he didn't do anything wrong! It was the right choice. Everything was just fine. It's nothing to...
Then the Bloodrager stood up.
And the Fighter ran for his horse & started galloping away.
Brave Sir Robin! (Can't blame him though)
She looks at me. I look at her. I nod, and add "Don't kill him."
She casts Cheetah's Sprint & barrels after him, tearing him off his horse & proceeds to start beating the shit out of him. But. He pulls his shield & is able to deflect her blows, the whole while yelling in his defense that "he didn't do the wrong thing!"
Luckily for him, the Bloodrager succeeds in a self-imposed Will Save as she finally loses it & rages & tears off into the woods, butchering everything in her path, rather than tearing the Fighter limb from limb.
Yeah... this trip just became a little more "family togetherness" than I'd have liked...
Next time, on The Chronicles of "Of Course Brugo Did," Genius Raptor, Take Two?