Creativity Can Be a Dangerous Thing

Posted on January 07, 2019

I was DMing a 5th Edition playtest with some college friends. We had a High Elf Wizard, a High Elf Rogue who pretended to be a Wizard, a Wood Elf Monk, a Half-Elf Paladin, a Wood Elf Druid, and myself, the Half-Orc Fighter.

In the middle of a decently difficult battle against a nearly unkillable troll, our Druid hesitated on his turn. Rather than fire his bow for what must have been the billionth time, he began reading one of his spells very carefully.

"So this cantrip, Fire Seeds. It can affect any sort of seeds, yes?" he asked.

"Sure," I stupidly replied.

"I make a touch attack against the troll's 'seeds'," he said.

Silence fell only briefly, while everyone figured out exactly what he meant. Then they all looked at me.

I shrugged. "Technically possible, I guess."

He rolled. Success.

I ruled that the pain to the troll, technically through fire damage, was enough to finally halt his regeneration. It died that round.

I learned that as a DM, sometimes allowing free rein of creativity can go places I never would have thought of myself: Dark and terrible places that kill trolls with just about the least dignity possible.

On the other hand it's kinda fun.

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