As an immortal, it is a veritable certainty
that one will "die" many, many times over the course of one's existance.
The question is, what can you do to make sure your next death is
There are many, many elements that go into memorable death scene.
The one such item addressed here is impossible odds.
This is always a big one. To truly impress the common people, one
must go up against something that they view as invincible. Being stabbed in the eye
and dying of a brain hemorrage while fighting Bob from down the street is simply not
heroic. What follows are some prospects for "impossible" targets one may
Pros: A perennial favorite.
Nearly every hero out there has slain a dragon at some point during his or her
career. But how many heros have been slain by a dragon?
Cons: Dragons are an old hat. The
public may be jaded and expect something more.
Pros: If you're looking for
a memorable death scene, how could one do better? When a god decides to kill
something, the results are always spectacular.
Cons: A god might decide to go and kill an
immortal permanently, which defeats the entire purpose. Watch out for death gods;
there are especially notorious for this.
Pros: Dying while battling
the forces of darkness will make you a martyr to the common people for generations to
Cons: Greater fiends have a nasty tendency
to drag one's soul into the deepest pits for a thousand years of unimaginable suffering.
But hey, you're immortal, you can take it, right?
The Endless Hordes
Pros: Wave after wave of
individually-weak but numerically-infinite foes foes throw themselves against your bladed
defenses. You take thousands of them with you into the dark night. What could
more exemplify heroic bravery?
Cons: When you come right down to it, you
just got spanked by a bunch of measly rats (or centipedes, or kobolds, or what have you).
Pros: This is as big as they
come. Killing the tarrasque is the ultimate hopeless quest.
Cons: One of those bloody 50th-level dark
elf multiclass-paladin/mage/crusader/assassins from Toril probably beat you to it.
The Lady of Pain
Pros: Clueless berks will
hold you in awe for attempting such a feat.
Cons: Planars will think you're a damn fool
and deserve what you got. Not exactly good for one's image.
So you see, the selection of the proper target on which to achieve one's martyrdom is
no laughing matter. It is hoped that this article will assist in this most important