The Chronicles of Loth pg. 57 ch. 12

Friday, the 11th of July at 12:00 AM, 2014 in A Tale of Confliction
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The Chronicles of Loth pg. 57 ch. 12

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EFlint Friday, the 11th of July at 12:00 AM, 2014 edit delete
EFlint
I asked Jason (like 2 years ago) if I could write up a super technical speech about the way magic and Cade's toothpicks works. Like a chump he said yes, and originally this conversation would have taken, like, 3 pages. For the sake of brevity (and page count), we trimmed it down to this page. But for the few people that want to see the original explanation maybe you should check out the TWC image, it's also got some Cerene to get you through it. Caution I tried to make it dry and textbooky. And I'll post a clean vote image on the Tumblr for the people that don't want to read.

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Ed8 Friday, the 11th of July at 12:13 AM, 2014 edit delete reply
Cerene is the BEST teacher EVER!

Any time she wants to hold any more classes on magic and stuff, I'm totally there.
Shosher Friday, the 11th of July at 1:29 AM, 2014 edit delete reply
Shosher
Well, now we know his toothpicks are the embodiment of Death. :D
Thisguy Friday, the 11th of July at 5:39 AM, 2014 edit delete reply
I love Cade, he seems to get more awesome as time goes on. Not bad for a guy who is primarily the comic relief.
Steals guns, gets run out of cities, forgets where he's been a stuff, and carries a couple hundred toothpick bombs like it's nothing.
MidnightDStroyer Sunday, the 13th of July at 7:31 PM, 2014 edit delete reply
Cade seems to embody the concept of "Serendipity at it's finest."

As the saying goes, "Awesome is as Awesome does." Or something like that.
Guesticus Friday, the 11th of July at 9:32 AM, 2014 edit delete reply
Where is HattyBag going? To check on Loth's new sword?
hiddennijafist Sunday, the 13th of July at 1:16 AM, 2014 edit delete reply
which he chews!
ADemonicPresence Friday, the 11th of July at 5:51 PM, 2014 edit delete reply
ADemonicPresence
if i were to use D&D numbers here and assume that was a wand of fireball...
fireball has a minimum caster level of 5 and a wand holds 50 charges, so breaking a new wand would detonate for at least 250d6 dealing 250-1500 fire damage. assuming that's actually how it works

this is terrifying.
Ed8 Saturday, the 12th of July at 11:15 AM, 2014 edit delete reply
So, since each of 200 toothpicks is equivalent to the original wand, breaking then all simultaneously would produce 5000d6 or 5,000-30,000 fire damage. Cade has invented the mystical equivalent of nuclear weapons.
roke Saturday, the 12th of July at 3:17 PM, 2014 edit delete reply
usually the bursting of all at once would deal a higher dice power with less dice and deal less damage (slightly) than the actual casting of all the spells.
Puzzleton Friday, the 11th of July at 11:12 PM, 2014 edit delete reply
hahahaaa
I can see this scene being one of those animated scenes in an anime where they like rapidly jump back screaming something with big whited eyes like "WTF IS WRONG YOU YOU!? DB<"
Kreldor Friday, the 11th of July at 11:24 PM, 2014 edit delete reply
In D&D the only tool items that can explode like this are 2 high end staffs. Other magic items broken do not release their magic, just do not work unless repaired. If you had magic ability you could ideally whittle them down but would only get 1 toothpick per wand not several. The boom would only be possible if the one who made them set up explosion on breaking. Good thing this is a variant realm. In the game golems are immune to all but a short list of spells by type. Most of those effects only slow them down not destroy. Example: exploding wand of fireballs on an Iron Golem ends with and fully healed golem. Your realm, your rules, good story though.
Guesticus Sunday, the 13th of July at 8:12 AM, 2014 edit delete reply
Actually depends on how you whittle it down: if you retain each piece you slice off of the wand, then you can have a huge heaping pile of 'mini-wands', but if you do it like that really really old cartoon with Ralph and Clyde (one is a wolf trying to get the sheep, the other is a sheep dog stopping the wolf) then you start from a redwood tree and end up with a pile of sawdust and a single toothpick

Alternatively (for the younger readers): you have The Simpsons episode where they take a fresh tree and turn it into a single ten-pin skittle (the old skittles getdumped and turned into a dam by beavers)
Kreldor Sunday, the 13th of July at 5:35 PM, 2014 edit delete reply
The other option I can think of is Cade is a magical savant, no one ever discovered or he just did not have the attention span to learn spells. So he pours his magic in to the whittles toothpick resonating the spell form from the wand. In the D&D system it is strange. Wands hold up to 100 charges when made and staves only 25 but staff magic is usually 8th lvl effect instead of 6th. Some magic law of diminishing returns I would guess. The whole thing get silly when you think about applying logic to a fantasy realm. :P
MrTTAO Monday, the 4th of August at 3:12 AM, 2014 edit delete reply
and he keeps this in his mouth!