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The RQ6 Roll of Honour

The RQ6 Roll of Honour

Postby Pete » Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:20 pm

Just for fun, I decided to start a Roll of Honour for those brave heroes who have died under the merciless RuneQuest 6 rules. Any Game Master is free to add to this list; just include the character's Name, Profession, and short precis concerning the Method of Death.

In deference to our fallen characters, may they live forever!
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Re: The RQ6 Roll of Honour

Postby Pete » Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:21 pm

In memory of Lord William Fagginton

Chief Surgeon, late of HMS Resolution

Died from terror caused by the spores of a small puffball mushroom (fumbled Willpower roll leading to heart attack). A salient lesson in where not to stick your sword.
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Re: The RQ6 Roll of Honour

Postby loz » Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:29 pm

Lancelot-ap-Ban, Prince of Benoic, Defeater of the Franks, Rightful King of Armorica, Lover, Hero, Poet.

In reality, a slimy, cowardly bastard who was the Craven of Lugg Vale, Traitor to the Saxons, and Hated Foe of the Circle of Britain. He was a seducer and adulterer; schemer and villain.

He fell in single combat at the Battle of Badan Hill to Eowald of Dumnonia, who bested him with sword and shield, before his peers, including Arthur-ap-Uther of the Britons, and Aelle and Cynric of the Saxons.

He is survived by King Galahad, rightful king of Armorica, Siluria, Dumnonia and All Lands west of the Ox River Vale. He leaves no heirs, and is buried in an unmarked grave. Or was he just dumped in a river.

The Christian priests sing of Lancelot's epic deeds and great courage, but as Britain is now reclaimed by the Gods of the Old Faith, no one really gives a shit, and the Bards of the Britons sing the songs (written for the harp) by Eowald of Dumnonia which tell the true story of Lancelot, Prince of Twats.
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Re: The RQ6 Roll of Honour

Postby Pruneau » Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:53 pm

Jaya Lightthorn, originally a ranger from Manside in the Rubble. Yelorna initiate. After becoming desperate because her party members (all male of course) took no action and rather spent their time testing the Clearwine, she undertook a scouting mission to the Lunar Slave Camp, tried to sneak up to the guards in one of the towers and kill them, and almost succeeded, before falling to her death. She will be missed. Mainly by her War zebra.
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Re: The RQ6 Roll of Honour

Postby Pete » Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:52 am

In remembrance of Baltazar Seath

Merchant Thief of Pyris, twisted and thrice burned by the nuclear holocausts of his home

Caught a terminal case of Eidolonosis, his soul transmuted into an Undeath Spirit imprisoned within his own body. Now serves as a mindless zombie drudge to those he once sought to embezzle.
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Re: The RQ6 Roll of Honour

Postby bluefenix42 » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:47 am

In memory of Volund of the Vandra nomads,

Volund the miner, tinker, and caravan follower of Vargas, Volund the friend of Bjorg Half-Giant, Volund who smashed in the heads of ettins, Volund the rescuer of lost travelers.

On this day he did stand with his fellow adventurers and rang the Gong of Thunder atop the temple of the Rainbow Pantheon in the Lost City which is now under the mountain. And lo, the mighty crash of that gong did knock them all down, and deafen them, and shatter all objects of glass and pottery nearby, including that strange artifact his companion Logoscales had found and foolishly kept, an Orb of Chaos. Such were the bizarre and uncontrolled magics unleashed then that all present were forever altered, but none more so than Volund. His very soul was ripped from his body by the swirling forces of chaos and carried far from this plane of existence. Though his body still lives and breathes, Volund as we knew him is, alas, no more.
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Re: The RQ6 Roll of Honour

Postby skoll » Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:10 am

Harmand, initiate of Orlanth, died far away from home on Fire day of Disorder week, Earth season, year 1615.

Night has fallen in the Long Dry, Prax. Garath, initate of Humakt, raises his sword and brings it down on the neck of his companion, severing head from body.

Four hours earlier Harmand was standing in a huge cavern in the Hellpits of Nightfang together with Lathor, an initiate of Yelmalio. The rest of their companions had went off to investigate a water-filled tunnel. Earlier the team had fought the denizens of the cavern - two vampires and a pack of wolves. They won the battle, but one of the vampires managed to escape by turning into mist. Suddenly, out of darkness, the vampire attacked, crushing Harmand's right arm. Lathor's light magic was strong against the vampire, but before he managed to slay the creature, it once again turned into mist and disappeared. Lathor darted after the mist, leaving his severely wounded friend alone in the dark. After a futile chase, Lathor returned to Harmand, only to find his companion unconscious, with two red dots on his neck.

Some hours later Harmand stopped breathing. Knowing what kind of abominations they had been fighting, Garath didn't waste a moment before decapitating his former comrade-in-arms.
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Re: The RQ6 Roll of Honour

Postby Caliburn » Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:46 am

Ser Ivan Severan, Seneschal of the Northmarch and vile traitor to his commander Earl Falkmar Brandhelm and the Valrathian Empire.

Died from a spear thrust through his skull whilst paralysed by shock and surprise during a meeting with a group of Shadow Elves and Frost Uruks in old Draconian mines southeast of the Citadel of Jormungardr.

Ragnar, ex-soldier of the Army of the North and now Companion of the Order of the Oathband saw Ivan (his hated enemy) enter a subterranean chamber and could not contain his ire. He unilaterally abandoned the Oathband's plan to observe and assassinate the Uruk Chief, and then plant evidence another Uruk tribe had been involved. Instead he charged alone into the chamber filled with his enemies, and, spear and shield in hand with no regard for his life heroically slew four of the 6 sat around their campfire. But there was a cost - his loyal warwolf Unna, who died impaled on a Shadow Elf blade meant for her beloved master as Ragnar attempted to escape.

Retreating deeper into the mines and in sight of his friends, Ragnar was attacked by a Death Spirit - seeming a shadowed cloud made entirely of claws and hate to the quickly discorporated soldier - bound to slay him by the Uruk High Shaman. The Dwarven Pathfinder Kavok found the Shaman's heart with a crossbow bolt, and in the confusion Ragnar was saved in the brief moments before his death by the magics of Mage-Adept Harkon, his friend and ally.

Their plan now in tatters, the Oathband fled deeper still into the mines, knowing the calamity that may now fall upon the Northmarch. Seeking now a way out, they are desperate to get back to the Earl with warning that the Uruiks are still united, that Ivan has deliberately left the Northmarch undefended. But an unrealised danger, long torpid now awaits them, a remnant of dark and ancient times.

So it is the unbridled hatred of Ragnar may yet prove to be the undoing of much they hold dear, and perhaps their very lives.
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Re: The RQ6 Roll of Honour

Postby loz » Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:05 am

a shadowed cloud made entirely of claws and hate


Wonderful description!
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Re: The RQ6 Roll of Honour

Postby Caliburn » Tue Oct 29, 2013 6:48 am

I very much like the narrative freedom allowed to describe spirit combat encounters - it all got a bit 'Hellraiser' on my poor player, and his initial reaction was very much "oh... CRAP!"

He then worked out his 28% chance to hit and 2 max damage in spirit combat against the rank 4 death spirit and he couldn't help but laugh - nobody round the table had expected him to get out of the room filled with his arch-enemy and a group of armed Shadow Elves, and to be caught by the Shaman's pet just as he thought he had made good his escape was dramatic.

He was one attack from dissolution when the sorcerer saved him. When he didn't die and the party managed to flee with him, I was then resigned to having to ditch 10 pages of political and mass battle plot notes and write a dungeon adventure I had never anticipated.

I do love it when the players (or indeed a mere passion roll) derail the plot train :)
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