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The XP Delima – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS

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“Lex the Brave spots a path ahead on his left, barely noticeable among all the trees and bushes,” says the DM. “He adjusts the sword strapped to his back and plunges into the foliage to follow the path.

“Lex follows the path for a while, and it eventually ends at a clearing. In the middle of the clearing this a large stone altar. Atop the altar is a big gilt chest.”

“Lex starts towards the altar,” says Lex’s owner, “very eager to see what is in the chest, certain that it must be a great treasure of some sort. But he holds back, wary of any traps or hidden dangers. The path to this place had been suspiciously safe, and Lex would have expected something to block his entry to the treasure.”

“So you want to check for traps?” asks the DM. “Very well.”

Lex’s owner rolls the die and the DM checks his sheet.

“All clear,” says the DM. “There are no hidden traps.”

“Then Lex steps into the clearing to check the chest on the altar,” says Lex’s owner.

“As he does,” the DM narrates, ” a giant troll appears in order to guard the altar.”

“A giant troll? Ugh! How much XP does it have?”

The DM answers and Lex’s owner groans as he looks at his character record sheet. “I don’t think I have enough XP to beat him.”

“Still, you need to make a saving throw. Who knows, you might get lucky.”

Lex’s owner grabs the die and shakes it in his hand. He closes his eyes and whispers a prayer as he rolls the die.

The DM looks at the number on the die, surprised at the result. “Well, well, well,” he says. “It looks like you got lucky after all. The troll starts to charge you but it trips on its feet and falls backwards, hitting its head on the side of the altar and knocking itself out, leaving you free to investigate the chest.”

“Woohoo!” says Lex’s owner. “I open the chest.”

The DM rolls the die. “Oh, too bad. You should have checked it for traps, too. The chest is boobytrapped. You’re pricked by a poison needle hidden on the clasp.”

Lex’s owner looks at his sheet. “Dang it! I don’t have anything to ward off poison or enough XP to heal myself with magic.”

“Do you want to try a saving throw anyway?”

“Sure, why not.”

Lex’s owner rolls the die.

“Oh, too bad. Better luck next time.”


 

This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “xp”:

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS April 27/19

 

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Keen – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

Listening to her angrily admonish him, he found her keen tongue to be as sharp as any blade and he was quite keen to get away as quickly as possible and give her time to calm down.

 

 

This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “keen”:

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2019/04/23/tuesdayuseitinasentence-keen/


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Job Description – The Writer’s Pet #Writers #WritingCommunity

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On those gloomy writing days when it feels like the world has turned away from our stories, we can always rely on our pets to make us smile again.

Pets play an important role in the life of a writer. They use the magical power of animal love to soothe our anxious writer brains. Unlike some human family members, who are too busy watching sport or having a teenage meltdown, our pets are always on hand to give us a wet kiss, a sniff, a lick or a lap cuddle after a rejection or a bad writing day.

So, I have given some thought to the job description for a writer’s pet. Here goes:

Vacancy For A Writer’s Pet.

About The Role:

Animal needed to provide long-term emotional and creative support to a writer.

Hours:

Can vary each week. Dependent upon a number of factors:

  • The writer’s feelings towards their…

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Jar – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

In light of all that had happened, she hoped the news she had to tell him wouldn’t jar him too much.

 

 

This day-late post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “jar”:

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/tuesdayuseitinasentence-jar/


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Happy Caturday — National Library Week edition

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BAMBI

84 CHARING CROSS ROAD

OLD POSSUM’S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS

THE FROG PRINCE

THE WOODLANDERS

BLACK BEAUTY

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN

THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT

LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS

THE SNOW QUEEN

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

PUSS IN BOOTS

SLEEPING BEAUTY

THE RELUCTANT DRAGON

THE SECRET GARDEN

THE RAVEN

SNOW WHITE

THE MILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR

CHICKEN LITTLE

DRACULA

BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO YOGA

WYNKEN, BLYNKEN, AND NOD

THE WIZARD OF OZ

FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS AND HOW THEY GREW

HARRY POTTER

TREASURE ISLAND

MACBETH

LITTLE WOMEN

THUMBELINA

HANSEL AND GRETEL

CINDERELLA

THE THREE MUSKETEERS

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

THE HORSE AND HIS BOY

ROMEO AND JULIET

THE JOY OF COOKING

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