Refreshing Shower – Chapter 8, Act 2, Strip 29

Yeah, something like delayed blast fireball would have been more stereotypical, but I’ve somehow always liked the idea behind the meteor strike spells that feature in a number of RPG systems.

There’s just something charmingly megalomaniac about the idea of messing with that sort of celestial phenomenon just in order to win a fight against a bunch of orcs or goblins more quickly than you could while using direct force. It really sets a magic-user apart from the common crowd – unless it’s a common crowd of insane mass murderers (which you could conceivably encounter in a fantasy world, of course). I feel it stresses the specialness that magic-users should display, their aloofness from the mundane world and its trivial problems … trivial problems like the survival of all life on the planet.

And you’ve got to admit that meteor strikes have a good track record when it comes to getting rid of mega-fauna – the dinosaurs can attest to that. Or rather, could attest to that if it hadn’t happened to them. Or rather rather, could attest to that if it hadn’t happened to them and they’d evolved, in the meantime, sufficiently highly to be able to attest to something either verbally or in writing. But you catch my drift.

It was a close-run thing, though, for the rest of life on the planet back then…so perhaps Latho’s concerns aren’t entirely unfounded. Which only further justifies using that spell here, though – after all, Snuka took it out of the Necronomicon, and you aren’t supposed to be able to get anything out of that book that isn’t both insanely dangerous and plainly insane. ._. So, well done?

More on Monday.

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