Grugga Wugga had a fun one. Stevers might like it. :)

October 02, 2017 12:29PM
ā€¯RUUUUUNN!!!"

Grugga bounds through the common room of the Copenham Inn, giant legs pumping furiously, raw panic on his face.

"GET OUT BEFORE TOO LATE!!!" he howls at the top of his lungs. The sight of a cloud giant the size of Grugga running in sheer terror brings patrons to their feet.

"OHMYGOD OHMYGOD OHMYGOD!!!"

The patrons pick up his urgency and soon all flee to the door and flood onto the Trade Road. Grugga pants for air, his face red.

"Was mouse!"



OVERVIEW

The life of Grugga asks a fundamental question. A question that transcends the ways of Whiysdan, the Nexus, the Druid's guild and even the bounds of Thera itself. The question Grugga's life explores is this: What does it mean to have Courage?

It is said, "Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." Thus Courage is measured relatively, not absolutely; the measure of Courage is relative to the measure of fear overcome.

Grugga is afraid of everything. He has every phobia on the list. The slightest worry induces panic. He is anxiety ridden. For Grugga leaving home to go the market and shop requires Courage. Walking past a stray dog requires Courage. Meeting someone new requires Courage. Every thing he does, short of sitting alone tending his plants, causes fear and requires he have Courage. Outside eyes would look at Grugga and see a coward - but does he not exercise Courage more often and more intensely than the hero who only musters it for battle? Is Grugga the most Courageous person in Thera, or the least?

Grugga is a different take on sphere Courage. He is sphere Courage not because he has it, but because he needs it. This, to me, is the nature of religion. We seek what is missing in us, not glorify what we already do well.

BACKSTORY

Inbreeding. It's really the only explanation for the psychosis afflicting Grugga. Grugga's antecedence were among the first cloud giants to leave the once great Arial City for lowland life in Galadon. Procreative options for Grugga's forebears were limited at best. Being of typical cloud giant intelligence they solved this problem by taking as partners their siblings, aunts, uncles, mothers, fathers and cousins. Cloud giants are not particularly good at tracking genealogy, or much of anything, and the crossing relations became too confusing for them to bother puzzling out. This caused yet more inbreeding as they unwittingly bore children with cousins and siblings they didn't even know they had. Until, at last, Grugga.

If you could parse through the complicated twists (and lack of twists) in Grugga's family tree, count each generation back to the first to leave Arial City, you could discover Grugga is the 13th generation. Grugga could not know this, but perhaps Whiysdan might tell him.

Grugga lived with his MomAunt and his DadUncle in a hovel just off the River Road. His father was a bouncer at the Copenham Inn and his mother was a laborer in the lumberyard. Grugga found both his parents occupations terrifying. (Especially the lumberyard. Mice are scary!) It was always a struggle to make ends meet, which is why they lived in the southern part of the city near the Temple of Darkness, anti paladin and thieves guilds (all very scary) instead of in the northern where the mayor and other important people made their homes. Poor, but loved and well fed by the handouts of the paladin's guild Grugga's biggest problems were with neighborhood bullies.

Being a coward, inbred and fat made him the brunt of every foul word and mean trick the bullies could muster. Grugga's only solace came during his occasional strolls into the Feanwyn Weald, or through the park in Galadon. (He wouldn't go into the Silverwood because of the goblins. Goblins are scary!) He found a love for nature. His anxiety lessened and he did not feel so fearful when he was tending plants. After all, flora isn't usually very dangerous if you're careful to avoid certain species. He discovered an unusual gift to heal the plants, to listen to the animals (but nothing bigger than a squirrel, too scary!) which was noticed by the druids of the Weald. They told him he had the makings of a druid, and Grugga accepted their invitation to train in their guild enthusiastically. It would be good to escape the city full of things to be afraid of (especially that sinister dark alley - scary!) and the bullies for good. With his MomAunt and DadUncle's blessing, he was away.

He chose Whiysdan as his patron to help find his Courage. Luck is also very important to Grugga. When you are dumb, inbred, cowardly and not particularly athletic you need luck more than most. And, Grugga always seemed to have it. Grugga is incapable of calculating odds and probabilities and is afraid of any risk. He has no compass for decision making. So, he relies on luck. If it feels lucky, do it. Unlucky, don't. Grugga knows 13 is a lucky number, and he is as obsessed with it as any follower of the Lucky Lord - but he can't count that high, so that may become an issue for his priestlyness.

A particular passage from Whiysdan's holy text is important to Grugga. "Said to have little patience for those who threaten the happiness of others or smother their culture, his followers are often known to swiftly murder such disrespectful kind." Grugga hates bullies and loves people. He believes in balance between all things, which is nature's way. He will summon all his Courage to try to help the Seekers of Balance. That way everyone can continue to be who they are without fear of extermination. The prospect is terrifying (murder is scary!) but it feels lucky.


DESCRIPTION


Fat. Rolls of blubber cover the frame of this eighteen foot behemoth. He must weigh at least a half a ton. A horrendous stink, presumably from beneath the rolls, is almost overwhelming in his presence. His skin is an odd blue and white hue, splotchy, and covered with terrible acne. His hair, greasy and unkempt, hangs just short of his shoulders. His eyes are too far apart. One is blue, the other brown. A broad nose lays too flat, but almost makes up his eyes being too far apart. Almost. His lips seem to tremble constantly. Between them is a remarkable pair of yellowing buck teeth. His breath always seems to come in a high pitched wheeze.


ROLE 2 Grugga finds some Courage

Whiysdan told Grugga he may find some Courage in the company of good friends. Being ever the dutiful seeker of "Courages" and a follower of the Lord of "furteens" Grugga did his level best to make friends. To Grugga it made perfect sense. If he had strong friends he could hide behind them, then maybe he wouldn't be so afraid. He also found he had to summon his Courage to speak to potential acquaintances, and thought maybe that was part of what the Lucky Lord was after - but he was to find neither of these things to truly give Courage.

One day Grugga was adventuring with two new friends. Belenzar, a young shapeshifter who took the form of a rabbid ferret (very scary) and a bard by the name of Jacko. They were very nice to Grugga, encouraging him, holding his hand, reassuring him and even singing him off to sleep when he was in need of rest, but too afraid to sleep for worry of bad dreams.

The three cut a path through the Shadow Grove of Thera's past fighting wraiths. Grugga was being brave, even standing in front and communing Nature's fury down on the undead. He only peed a little. All was well until the three fell under assault from a devilish imp and an assassin. Grugga watched as his two friends fought for their lives. As he did he felt a strange, new emotion welling up in his heart. Anger? Perhaps at first, but this was the day Passion awoke in the awkward giant.

Alive in his Passion for his newfound friends Grugga looked at the imp. Slowly the gears in his feeble mind started to turn. Imp. Familiar? Yes. That meant a conjurer. He'd seen one earlier, a dark elf Bruhral had walked into the forest. Imp here. Assassin here. He thought so hard his eyes crossed. Bruhral may still be nearby!

With a snarl (yes, a snarl!) Grugga moved his acne ridden fatness through the trees as lithe as a ghost. He entered the settlement. Saw his prey, struck. Bruhral yelped in fear and took off running, blood trailing behind him. Grugga pumped his legs as hard and fast as he could manage, running faster even than the dark elf. He stuck again and again beating him all the way to Voralian city where the dark elf took refuge in the shadows of the Spire's men. Grugga was undeterred. He pounced on the conjurer once more. He struck no fatal blow for Rylium himself put out a warrant then set out with two lieutenants to put Grugga's fat head on a pike.

Once Grugga stopped shaking and put his fear of the law out of his mind he realized the wisdom of the Lucky Lord. Making friends didn't give him Courage because he could hide behind them. It gave him Courage because he would fight for them.
Subject Author Posted

Let's try... ASK THE JOKER... and I shall reveal all my closely guarded CF secrets.

The_Joker September 28, 2017 08:22AM

Okay now that I know who you are and see your BFF re-IMM'd this random forum drama shitfest makes sense. n/t

jalim October 23, 2017 02:39PM

What are the two best chars and tactics to kill a Warrior Berserker from the Village?

frob October 06, 2017 07:57AM

Orc + fallback/bash

Quas October 06, 2017 08:24AM

This, as a shig-ru adapted orc. See: Krunk (n/t)

Frosty October 06, 2017 10:55AM

Interesting...

frob October 06, 2017 09:04AM

Angel/Demon conjie if you are willing/able to prep highly.

laearrist October 06, 2017 11:26AM

Mummy/wight (n/t)

Quas October 06, 2017 10:36AM

Have any old logs worth sharing? (n/t)

saagkri October 03, 2017 06:00PM

Ooh, I have one. Why, after he killed Viscrinth, did Zorsaul have to justify his actions to Twist? (n/t)

saagkri October 03, 2017 02:05AM

The Joker does not Know. (n/t)

The_Joker October 03, 2017 11:42AM

Fair enough. So, who played Zorsaul? (n/t)

saagkri October 03, 2017 01:50PM

Imm drama?

Luis October 01, 2017 07:53PM

El Joker Comprendo

The_Joker October 02, 2017 12:15PM

cleave factors

ellokraine October 01, 2017 04:05PM

The Joker Knows...kinda

The_Joker October 02, 2017 12:07PM

Chance was lowered afterward. I'd guess something like 1% chance now. Was ~5%

laearrist October 02, 2017 12:10PM

Oh gee. You don't say... *eyeroll* (n/t)

The_Joker October 02, 2017 12:15PM

Who the fuck are you?

Kstatida October 01, 2017 06:53AM

Just a guy who has been around forever. (n/t)

The_Joker October 01, 2017 08:24AM

Why didnt any of the imms shut down Silent Tower once you saw how powerful it was and how it could be abused.

Tolnum September 30, 2017 06:53PM

The Joker knows about 20+ years of Nepenthe drama.

The_Joker October 01, 2017 06:13AM

What was so bad about Baerinika (I missed most of her reign) (n/t)

saagkri October 03, 2017 01:56AM

The Joker Knows

The_Joker October 03, 2017 11:45AM

Shrug, seems my search-fu is lacking.

Mjothvitnir October 03, 2017 01:25PM

I thought it was removed (n/t)

demos October 03, 2017 05:33PM

Depends who you ask

zannon October 03, 2017 03:23AM

Sycophant detected.

Matrik October 03, 2017 04:15PM

Cabal rules are not static though

zannon October 04, 2017 06:35AM

Nothing to do with rules.

Matrik October 04, 2017 07:06AM

I have been away too long

zannon October 04, 2017 09:02AM

Figured you would respond that way. It's the sycophant's purview.

Matrik October 04, 2017 11:04AM

Re: Figured you would respond that way. It's the sycophant's purview.

zannon October 05, 2017 02:26AM

Re: Figured you would respond that way. It's the sycophant's purview.

Matrik October 05, 2017 05:32AM

Baer gave her followers the choice of the maran eternity deal or another option involving stuff specific to her religion/shrine.

jalim October 04, 2017 11:21AM

You're welcome to make up as much fluff as you like Jalim. (n/t)

Matrik October 04, 2017 12:35PM

Thanks. I'm just explaining why there was the difference in her religion and the example you used saying she 'did maran wrong'. n/t

jalim October 04, 2017 12:40PM

Explanations with false details are fluff. (n/t)

Matrik October 04, 2017 12:41PM

Okay. n/t

jalim October 04, 2017 12:45PM

Kinda silly to argue about Maran with Shokai...but...there it is. (n/t)

The_Joker October 03, 2017 04:40PM

Oh, snap! Matrik, you just got full looted by a post. IDK what anyone's even talking about, but I agree with Matrik on the mudsex. Ew. (n/t)

saagkri October 03, 2017 05:58PM

Lol. He was agreeing with me dingus :)

Matrik October 04, 2017 05:28AM

I guess I full looted myself. At least now I have all new EQ! (n/t)

saagkri October 04, 2017 09:21AM

I see your full loot and raise you a full sac. Consider us both naked.

Matrik October 04, 2017 11:08AM

Kinda right.

The_Joker October 03, 2017 11:50AM

Every time i hear baer - erics song from sp plays in my mind n/t

mharldarn October 03, 2017 03:56AM

Noone hates Umiron

Kstatida October 03, 2017 03:43AM

Re: Noone hates Umiron

zannon October 03, 2017 04:44AM

Sounds about right.

Matrik October 01, 2017 09:26AM

and Destuvius. (n/t)

The_Joker October 01, 2017 09:38AM

You still can

Kstatida October 01, 2017 05:38AM

The Joker legitimately knows who played Zorszaul - and no I haven't heard anyone correctly guess. (n/t)

The_Joker September 29, 2017 11:03AM

Huh...I never actually wondered who played Zors...

Mjothvitnir October 02, 2017 01:42PM

Valg had really close to 0 PK skill. :) (n/t)

The_Joker October 02, 2017 03:10PM

Heh....so do I....

Mjothvitnir October 02, 2017 07:41PM

The Joker will reveal if Jalim says genuinely nice things about him and his characters. Muahah. (n/t)

The_Joker September 29, 2017 12:34PM

Yeah, I'm interested in chars you played, too. Even the perma L15 thief from 20yrs ago. (n/t)

saagkri September 29, 2017 02:11PM

Funny, because I learned to PK with a series of exploding-heart assassins all called Wun-something. (n/t)

The_Joker September 29, 2017 04:12PM

Who did you play right after the purge? When you could still assassinate mobs? Don't say Triln. (n/t)

saagkri September 29, 2017 07:42PM

I barely remember who I played two years ago. :( I think Dryaven - a name I reused later. (n/t)

The_Joker September 30, 2017 05:28AM

I don't really know who you are or any of your characters though. n/t

jalim September 29, 2017 02:03PM

Nevermind, 2 minute forum search reveals...

jalim September 29, 2017 02:08PM

And you deleted a catoblepas in favor of playing Agilus.

Murphy September 29, 2017 02:33PM

lolz (n/t)

The_Joker September 29, 2017 04:05PM

No regerts. n/t

jalim September 29, 2017 03:52PM

Uhhh...you're hilariously delusional.

The_Joker September 29, 2017 02:16PM

that is maybe the second time I've mentioned it n/t

jalim September 29, 2017 03:54PM

I'd say Nep. Whoever it was I'm pretty sure had issues with the truth as well. (n/t)

saagkri September 29, 2017 12:32PM

Who? (n/t)

laearrist September 29, 2017 12:32PM

Some questions

Kez September 28, 2017 08:53PM

The Joker Knows...but cannot respond to that many questions in one post. (n/t)

The_Joker September 29, 2017 05:48AM

Thank you for your time and detailed responses.

Kez September 29, 2017 05:33PM

8. How does The Joker hunt for PKs

The_Joker September 29, 2017 11:03AM

7. Tricks for skill/spell practice.

The_Joker September 29, 2017 10:23AM

6) Explore and observe XP.

The_Joker September 29, 2017 10:14AM

Earning imm xp through gameplay.

The_Joker September 29, 2017 08:09AM

3,5. Role Writing for Maximum Rewards

The_Joker September 29, 2017 07:53AM

Example of shorter, RC-winning role of mine: Dungard (n/t)

The_Joker September 29, 2017 07:53AM

Any other roles available in PBF?

frob October 01, 2017 04:26PM

Grugga Wugga had a fun one. Stevers might like it. :)

The_Joker October 02, 2017 12:29PM

Hilarious!

frob October 05, 2017 03:33PM

A couple

The_Joker October 02, 2017 12:04PM

Dryaven, Yunno, Icilio and Dungard

frob October 05, 2017 04:13PM

The name of the duergar smith is Pzandra. Tarni is the dwarven one.

Murphy October 02, 2017 07:03PM

Well. Shit. (n/t)

The_Joker October 03, 2017 11:45AM

BOOM! You just got full looted. So, who played Zorsaul? (n/t)

saagkri October 06, 2017 05:21AM

2. Most Powerful PK Combo for New Player at Hero

The_Joker September 29, 2017 06:28AM

Just so you know, they broke flyto.

Murphy October 01, 2017 05:01PM

Only one you missed was 5 minutes after you log in.

jalim October 02, 2017 01:51AM

1. The Best Legacies

The_Joker September 29, 2017 06:14AM

I'm considering a scroll thief

saagkri September 28, 2017 11:56AM

Razor chain.

Matrik September 28, 2017 02:28PM

Duo. ;) (n/t)

Frosty September 28, 2017 02:26PM

I do know of a scroll that casts L60 PWK

saagkri September 28, 2017 02:37PM

Here The Joker is of little help.

The_Joker September 28, 2017 12:04PM

You are my only network. (n/t)

saagkri September 28, 2017 01:57PM

Re: Here The Joker is of little help.

saagkri September 28, 2017 12:16PM

Re: Here The Joker is of little help.

The_Joker September 28, 2017 12:44PM

Arcane lore is spellcraft for scrolls. n/t

jalim September 28, 2017 01:36PM

Let me get this straight...

saagkri September 28, 2017 01:56PM

The Joker cannot confirm this is accurate. (n/t)

The_Joker September 28, 2017 02:55PM

Jalim is flat out wrong. It's not spellcraft for thieves. It just makes your success rate higher on the scroll skill. (n/t)

The_Joker October 02, 2017 06:40PM

I'm glad you can read officials too. Umiron did clarify this 2 days ago.

jalim October 03, 2017 01:08AM

I'm sorry for picking on you. That was a bully move and I shouldn't have done it. (n/t)

The_Joker October 03, 2017 12:02PM

It's okay. We do not all have to get along all the time but I still love all my CF bros. Funnyone more than most. n/t

jalim October 03, 2017 05:15PM

Here's one: What happened in your personal life that prompted you to seek attention here?

Stevers September 28, 2017 10:52AM

The Stevers Knows.

Stevers September 28, 2017 11:03AM

DO NOT SPEAK HIS NAME. He has crumbled before me in defeat and thus is no longer here. The only "accident" was waiting as long as I did. (n/t)

The_Joker September 28, 2017 11:06AM

The Joker Knows.

The_Joker September 28, 2017 11:03AM

Play the game, it's still fun if you have a sense of humor.

Frosty September 28, 2017 02:31PM

That sounds like a real hoot. (n/t)

The_Joker September 28, 2017 02:52PM

The Stevers Responds.

Stevers September 28, 2017 11:09AM

The Facebook story is 100% true. Ridiculous, right? (n/t)

The_Joker September 28, 2017 11:10AM

Re: Let's try... ASK THE JOKER... and I shall reveal all my closely guarded CF secrets.

ellokraine September 28, 2017 09:21AM

The Joker Knows.

The_Joker September 28, 2017 09:44AM

Strong response and accurate

ellokraine September 28, 2017 11:14AM

I was thinking what you're thinking

The_Joker September 28, 2017 11:24AM

Re: I was thinking what you're thinking

Quas September 28, 2017 07:24PM

Start Small...

shane September 28, 2017 08:41AM

Re: Start Small...

saagkri September 28, 2017 11:50AM

This. Except maybe not head. (n/t)

The_Joker September 28, 2017 11:52AM

The Joker Knows.

The_Joker September 28, 2017 09:01AM

Re: The Joker Knows.

shane September 28, 2017 09:15AM

Oh yea.

The_Joker September 28, 2017 09:18AM

Everything else is on that shaman. nt

TheProphet October 01, 2017 02:30PM



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