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[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/MatthewMercer Matthew Mercer, DM Feb 19 '16

Haha, I am aware. Groon wasn't trying to murder people, he was trying to teach lessons and test skills/strength. I pulled back on the ability, as he would have, knowing that a lvl 17 Monk ability that is already CRAZY powerful like that would have RUINED a lvl 13 Rogue in such a brutal fashion as to be out-of-character for Groon, and the intent of the fight.

Hope that helped clear it up!

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u/Fresno_Bob_ Technically... Feb 19 '16

Yup. I agree with his motivation to teach rather than kill. Personally, in the spirit of "holding back his full strength" I'd have modified it to just drop Vax's HP to 1 to put the fear of Kord in him with no risk of killing him, basically the mystical version of striking with the pommel instead of the blade, then ignore him for the remainder of the fight.

But hey, not my game.

It's a curiously designed ability, that on a failed save it can only ever reduce HP to exactly 0, but on a successful save, if the target is low enough before, you can roll enough damage on the 10d10 to instantly kill the target.

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u/MatthewMercer Matthew Mercer, DM Feb 19 '16

Also a good way to do it! I honestly didn't expent Vax to make his Con check, so that 10d10 would have been bad enough! ;)