Dude, You Just Defeated the Entire Dungeon

Posted on August 03, 2017

This story takes place in the murky past of the original D&D, where Hit Points and Hit Dice were often confused and Elf was a class, not a race (okay, maybe not THAT far back. But it was well before 2nd Edition).

My brother and I, still new to the entire experience, were adventuring with my brother's friend as the DM in a homebrew adventure. I played a Wizard, and my brother… well, I don't remember much about my brother’s character.

Early in the exploration of a cavern filled with baddies, I found myself suddenly plummeting down a very deep shaft. Naturally, I cast Feather Fall and gently landed at the bottom. This somewhat flustered our still-novice DM. Don't worry, it won't be the last time.

Exiting through a convenient door at the bottom of the shaft, I went exploring and found a Book of Dragon Control. Soon after, I found myself in the lair of a huge white Dragon.

While the DM smirked at my predicament, I calmly flipped to the White Dragon section of the Book of Dragon Control and cast the spell to control this dragon.

"Okay, but it will only last for a short time," the DM cautioned.

"Fine," I replied. "I tell the dragon to fly away as far and as fast as possible and to never return."

Staring at me in utter shock, he said, "Dude, you just defeated the entire dungeon."

So that's how I took out the boss of a dungeon with a 1st-level spell, a handy magic item, and some ingenuity.

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