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10-30-2009 @ 2:49PM
Indeed, I agree with Gamer am I- I remember all these old RPGs, where one would find weapons absolutely key to defeating a dungeon boss and blasting his minions into oblivion right there, inside the dungeon. I used to think that was crazy- then I thought, well, the boss was probably trying to keep someone from going somewhere, finding the weapon, and bringing it to him and using it. Much better with his own trusted minions guarding it, right?Oh Course not! But that's not the point- the practice is sound and logical, but much better than just locking the thing away is to blast it into little pieces.We're totally screwed when bosses figure out that they need to separate powerful, holy/good weapons into individual atoms and spread them into the world. How long would that take to collect?!
10-30-2009 @ 2:56PM
"Much better with his own trusted minions guarding it, right?"Yep, we all know what happens in the Mega Man. When will they ever learn?
10-30-2009 @ 3:26PM
That reminds me of an old D&D adventure, Dragon Mountain. As part of the Huge Treasure (tm) at the end, there's a piece of once-molten metal that's been shoved away from the rest of the pile. Further investigation shows that it's the remains of a dragonslaying sword, whose wielder should clearly also have tried to get his hands on something to protect him from dragon fire.
10-30-2009 @ 4:09PM
This has historic precedent. Read your Beowulf:"Hroðgar, Beowulf, and their men track Grendel's mother to her lair under a lake. Beowulf prepares himself for battle; he is presented with a sword, Hrunting, by a warrior called Unferth. After stipulating a number of conditions to Hroðgar in case of his death (including the taking in of his kinsmen and the inheritance by Unferth of Beowulf's estate), Beowulf dives into the lake. He is swiftly detected and attacked by Grendel's mother. However, she is unable to harm Beowulf through his armor and drags him to the bottom of the lake. In a cavern containing Grendel's body and the remains of men that the two have killed, Grendel's mother and Beowulf engage in fierce combat.Grendel's mother at first prevails after Beowulf, finding that Hrunting cannot harm his foe, discards it in fury. Beowulf is again saved from his opponent's attack by his armor and, grasping a mighty sword from Grendel's mother's armory (which no other man could have hefted in battle), Beowulf beheads her.
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