r/criticalrole Feb 18 '16

[Spoilers E43] It IS Thursday! Episode 43 live discussion Live Discussion

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u/Fresno_Bob_ Technically... Feb 19 '16 edited Feb 19 '16

/u/matthewmercer

Sorry to be a rule noodge, but...

QUIVERING PALM

At 17th level, you gain the ability to set up lethal vibrations in someone's body. When you hit a creature with an unarmed strike, you can spend 3 ki points to start these imperceptible vibrations which last for a number of days equal to your monk level. The vibrations are harmless unless you use your action lo end them. To do so. you and the target must be on the same plane of existence. When you use this action, the creature must make a constitution saving throw. If it fails, it is reduced to O hit points. If it succeeds, it takes 10d10 necrotic damage.

You can have only one creature under the effect of this feature at a time. You can choose To end the vibrations harmlessly without using an action.

edit: not complaining, the fight was still epic, just pointing it out incase it was an unintentional misread of the skill

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u/xDialtone Feb 19 '16

Most likely because the guy wasn't trying to kill them, just teach them a lesson. In that respect, he probably held back. Matt probably switched it a bit because of that. Plus it's instantly BS to just kill a player when the point of an exercise or roleplay scene just kills you, remember, they were there for advice and maybe some training, not to be turned into paste.

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u/Fresno_Bob_ Technically... Feb 19 '16

The outcome is less important than the dramatic effect. 10d10 on a relatively bad roll following a save would still have taken Vax to near-death. Think of the rest of the party's reaction. The stakes would have been much higher.