Content of the article: "How my players (mostly) got away with murdering an entire family"
SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST CHAPTER OF WATERDEEP DRAGON HEIST
Be me, DM
Be not me, half elf bard, tiefling rogue, fire genasi sorcerer, elf monk
Players are leaving Xanathar’s Guild hideout after killing Grum’shar, Renear and Floon are with them
I decided to be a little generous and gave the monk a pair of enchanted gauntlets normally used for spellcasting but he wanted them for punching people (Important)
Players leave through Peabody family’s cellar
Family is alarmed, but calm
Rogue: I roll deception and say that the house is mine
It of course fails
Other players attempt to persuade the family into saying that they own the house, and telling them to leave the house
The bard makes a high IQ play and just leaves with Floon and Renear
Other players getting confused/frustrated
Monk: I roll to punch the one in front of me
He rolls a nat 20 for hit and gets a max roll on his unarmed attack
”The monk pulls back his hand, wearing the gauntlet, and punches the father halfling across the room, he flies out of the window and into the middle of the street, seemingly unconscious”
The rest of the family, the 2 children and the wife, attempt to run out of the front door
As monk runs upstairs, rogue throws an axe into the wife’s leg
Monk looks out of the window, sees guards running towards the house after a lot of yelling from passers by and the father in the streets
Also sees the bard just strolling away, whistling to himself
Monk attempts to jump from the window to a nearby rooftop, rolls a 24, easily does it
Sorcerer is thinking of how to hold off the guards, she lights the front door on fire
The wife’s screams of pain tear through the other yelling and noise
Rogue attempts to do the same as the monk, ends up hanging from a second story ledge
Sorcerer runs through the front door, rolling low and tripping over the charred carcass of the wife
She takes some damage, and is grabbed by guards
Bard continues whistling as he’s calmly walking away
Rogue drops to ground level, takes some damage
Rogue runs out of alley into street, throws down ball bearings in an attempt to save the sorcerer
The sorcerer rolls high enough to break free from the guard holding her, and rolls high enough to avoid the ball bearings
Both of them are running, Sorcerer is able to get away and hide, while Rogue falters and is captured
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