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Home Remedies - Or how to be a Commoner and survive Faerûn

It's no secret that being a Commoner sucks.
No class abilities, d4 hit points, all stat points lower than 10, and most are only proficient in one simple weapon. If any at all.
That would normally be a death sentence in the Forgotten Realms. So how can the common folk survive that harsh reality?
Sure, some may run into a looting traveling Adventurer party and try recruiting them for a quest or two.
But what if such individuals are curently not at hand? The answer is obvious: home remedies!

That's right! Even a run of the mill Commoner can prevent dangers with daily household items!
  • Kuo-Toa are closing in your village? Fear not! Fill fragile clay containers with salt and throw those at them. Also works on giant slugs, oozes, tax collectors, mother-in-laws and anything else slimy.
  • There are reports of trolls in the surrounding? Procure lots of sour fruits and spread their juices on anyone and anything. The giant's well developed noses can't stand the smell citric acid. Much less the taste of it.
  • Zombies rise from village's graveyard late at night? Pour your whole milk and yoghurt stock into the graves. It's only a matter of time until they will get fermented by lactic acid bacterias. Little buggers will cancel all traces of necromancy.

Have ideas on your own? List them in the comments! ;)

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Comments

  • UnderstandMouseMagicUnderstandMouseMagic Member Posts: 2,147
    Group together and demand the authorities create a properly funded, under proper jurisdiction civil defense force to protect their interests otherwise they will revolt and create it themselves.
    A good name for this idea would be "policeforce" as opposed to "army" as it would deal with civil defense, though it could call on the "army" in the event of invasion.

    Boring but ultimately the only thing that will work in the long run.

    KamigoroshiAerakartbone1lolien
  • KamigoroshiKamigoroshi Member Posts: 5,876
    Running to the authorities wouldn't really count as utilizing home remedies for survival though, does it? Although... it would kind of count if said militia is armed with daily household items. Like using rolling pins against fairies. Let's roll them to fairy dust! :smirk:

    AerakarRavenslight
  • UnderstandMouseMagicUnderstandMouseMagic Member Posts: 2,147

    Running to the authorities wouldn't really count as utilizing home remedies for survival though, does it? Although... it would kind of count if said militia is armed with daily household items. Like using rolling pins against fairies. Let's roll them to fairy dust! :smirk:

    I know, sorry, just couldn't resist. :p

    Why or how anyone has survived in Faerun long enough to even get what we see is pretty amazing considering how innept any official forces are.
    And then you turn up and every long running problem and issue is laid at your door to solve. In spite of being young, inexperienced and chased by killers.

    KamigoroshiAerakarRavenslight
  • KamigoroshiKamigoroshi Member Posts: 5,876
    @Ygramul Been there, done that. 12/10, would play again. ;)

    YgramulRavenslighttbone1
  • RavenslightRavenslight Member Posts: 1,611
    Ankhegs destroying your garden?

    First, it is very important to armor yourself as well as possible. Large cooking pots make effective helmets and a repurposed cutting board can make a serviceable shield.

    Gather as much support as you can from friendly neighbors. One good tactic is to lull the beasties to sleep before proceeding to whack them repeatedly over the head with a sturdy shovel. A lullaby sung by the good town mothers can be surprisingly helpful here.

    KamigoroshiBalrog99ThacoBell
  • YgramulYgramul Member Posts: 1,059

    @Ygramul Been there, done that. 12/10, would play again. ;)

    Awesome!

    Kudos for the concept and the attempt.

    KamigoroshiRavenslight
  • tbone1tbone1 Member Posts: 1,996


    One good tactic is to lull the beasties to sleep before proceeding to whack them repeatedly over the head with a sturdy shovel. A lullaby sung by the good town mothers can be surprisingly helpful here.

    Reading a thread about Keldorn being Lawful Good would be more effective.

    [ducks into bomb shelter again]

    KamigoroshiRavenslight
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