> Be me, a 12 year old gnome armorer Artificer named Little Timmy, the baby in a 6 player party
> Party is at a decent level (9), and are challenged by an unknown figure to fight us or die
> We accept! (we're at level 9 what's the worst that can happen?)
> Fight begins, and the figure floats 15 ft in the air and starts throwing his familiars at us
> We're all primarily melee and can't reach 15 ft.
> *his is fine
> His familiars can ignore all my spells increasing my armor, including shield
> excuse me what the fuck
> We finally kill his two familiars, and he stops floating
> Okay, this is actually starting to go well, now we can finally-
> He transforms into a gigantic fucking Nightmare
> Jazz music stops
> We fight this abomination from Hell, and the party is getting wrecked
> It does 3 necrotic damage every time we make contact with it (this will become VERY relevant later)
> My gnome gets grabbed by the monster and picked up, leaving him with only 3 health
> I suddenly have an idea
> Yeah, this is big brain time
> "I want to misty step on top of the creature's head."
> DM (trying to figure out if I had a stroke): "You want to mistystep on its head? Are you sure?"
> Me (still in big brain mode): "Yes, I have an idea!"
> DM (wondering why my brain decided to leave the party): "Ok…"
> I teleport to his head and unleash a lightning bolt directly on his head
> I feel epic for about two seconds, then-
> DM: "You take three damage from standing on the Nightmare."
> pikachu face
> My poor gnome is now bleeding out on top of the Nightmare
> Me (desperately trying to justify my idiocy): well my max health is over 100 there's no way he can instakill me, and our alchemist has healing word, this should be fine.
> It wasn't fine
> The Nightmare proceeds to pick me up and chuck me at our wizard (who's currently a giant ape)
> And Crits.
> I'm fine this is fine
> Somehow, by some miracle, this doesn't instantly kill kill me, but I do now have two death save fails.
> But this homebrewed boss from hell ain't done yet.
> He picks up a rock, and chucks it at me and Monkey.
> RIP Little Timmy, now crushed under a rock.
> Now to provide some context, this DM doesn't pull his punches. He has previously punished other players for stupid decisions and killed off characters, so I was fully prepared for this to be the end of Timmy.
> But it was not to be.
> The Nightmare transforms back into the figure, and casts Revivify on Timmy.
> This brings him back to life, but barely, as his body doesn't significantly recover from the rock crushing.
> The figure then explains that he was testing our strength, and after a short conversation with the party (excluding Timmy who's in massive pain and barely conscious), left.
> The party now has to go on a side quest to obtain the spell scrolls and materials to keep Timmy from dying (again).
> Even if he survives, he'll very likely be crippled and require even more time/materials to fully recover (if he even can).
> Guys I might have miscalculated here.
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