One of the things that amuse me most about gamers is their ability to remember their noble characters death in the middle of the brave battle and how the death pulled everyone through the fire and saved the day. But what about the ignoble deaths that slip under the carpet, never to be heard of again? Today I hope some of you will share with us, in the comments, some of your most ignoble deaths that your characters have suffered.
As a player, my most ignoble character death occurred in a game of Mechwarrior. I had a character that was the head of a mercenary group (Dogs of War) called Louis Armfeldt. He piloted an Atlas. He got some downtime and decided to head to Solaris VII to fight in the arenas. He did rather well and built up a nice nest egg when he entered a battle with another player. I was running a couple of characters around that time and my other character had badly set back this players character and so, even though it were not the same character, he came gunning for me. It was a close battle but in the end due to body heat and an imminent explosion of AC 20 ammo Louis ejected. The player of the other character wanted to shoot the ejection pod. GM said the only way that could be done was with a natural double 6 roll. He rolled, double 6 and my most successful Mechwarrior character was destroyed in a blast of PPC fire.
As a GM I have caused quite a few ignoble deaths but there is one that sticks in my head. It is the death of an NPC that one of my players caused in the Serpent Skull Adventure Path. In the second module of that path the party ally with a Cleric of Gozreh (god of nature kinda) called N’kechi (or something similar, don’t have my books on me). He was a bit of an oddball and a real joy for me to role-play. Anyhow, on their journey the group was attacked by a spirit being that was really quite a difficult sight. Aiming at the creature with her bow was the Cavalier Seleca and she let fly, with a natural 1… Now we use the critical hit and critical fumble decks and Selec’as player (my daughter Courtney) hit the button (it is an iPad version) and the result stated that the shot hits the nearest ally to the target and she had to roll to see if it were a critical hit and if it were it did 4 times the damage. Poor old N’kechi was in melee combat with the creature and already wounded by it. She rolled and it was a critical and ended up doing maximum damage. N’kechi dropped to the ground stone cold dead. The party always give my daughter wary stares whenever her characters pull out bows these days!
So let me know some of your more ignoble deaths. I would be glad to read them. Keep rolling!