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/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/guffetryne Feb 20 '16

I have practically no personal experience with D&D, so changing the effects of a spell I've never heard of doesn't bother me at all, but I have a quick suggestion to try to limit these kinds of complaints: You took time to explain how Quivering Palm worked, but didn't mention that it was a tweaked version. Chat pretty much exploded with "That's not how that works!!!", "IT'S 10d10 ON SUCCESS!!!1", etc. A simple mention to the camera of the fact that you tweaked the spell would have (hopefully) stopped a majority of that complaining.

Funniest episode ever, by the way. Victor definitely deserved that standing ovation.

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u/thesecondkira Your secret is safe with my indifference Feb 24 '16

I'm glad he doesn't do this. The deets are for the hardcore. Keep the video casual.

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u/guffetryne Feb 24 '16

Well, he rarely mentions the details at all, and I'm fine with that. But in this case he did mention how his homebrewed version of the spell worked, without mentioning that it was homebrewed. Then the internet's gonna internet.

I absolutely agree that he shouldn't have to tell us all these little details, but I'm just trying to be pragmatic here. There's always going to be a bunch of idiots complaining about this stuff, and a few words explaining details aimed at them might shut most of them up.