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The House of Ainsley
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PostSubject: Dungeons & Thrones   Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:00 pm

I'm not sure if this is the best forum for this topic.  Feel free to move it if you want, Drakon and/or Wraith.

So things are picking up around here.  I passed all my tests (the urinalysis and the Physical Agility Test) and I'm going back to prison!  As a guard, of course.  Only this time I'm going part-time so maybe I won't burn out this time.  It looks like I'll probably have to give up my Walmart discount and quit Walmart, since Walmart's leadership, in their arrogance, are never willing to work around an employee's second job.  So like I told our hiring manager, if Walmart expects me to choose Walmart over the Texas State Government, they really need to wake up and stop dreaming.  I'm working 32 hours a week at Walmart, I don't get benefits and I'm lucky if I clear $1,000 a month.  Contrast to the TDCJ, which will have me working 20 hours a week (two ten-hour days) for medical and dental, a retirement fund and $1,500 a month.  The choice is obvious!

I think that losing my 10% discount's worth getting my pride and self-esteem back.  I'm already back to cleaning and repairing my house, which is a great sign that I'm getting through this latest blues period.  I've also decided to put my spare bedroom to use as my study-slash-art studio, and my House of Ainsley campaign notes now share a card table with my D&D books and my sketchbook and pencils.  I'll be replacing the card table with a proper desk soon after that sweet TDCJ moolah starts flowing in.  Smile

So until I get everything back into gear, I may as well be chattier hereabout.  So Season 7 of Game of Thrones is looking pretty sweet so far.  I'll have to wait till tonight to find out, but I'm wondering what will happen to Yara, Ellaria and Tyene (the only Sand Snake whom I actually cared about, and adios to the other two) now that Euron has them in his clutches.  I expect Ellaria and Tyene to go right before Cersei in chains (since Euron promised Cersei a gift, and what better gift than the two Dornishwomen who poisoned her daughter?), but I'm wondering what's going to happen to Yara.  Yara never crossed Cersei personally (though she is one of Daenerys' allies now), but she did turn on Euron (however justifiably), and as long as Yara lives, Euron has a contender for the Salt Throne.  But if that's all there was to it, then why would Euron use Yara to taunt Theon before sailing off with her, as opposed to eliminating the competition by slashing Yara's throat and throwing her into the sea?  Obviously there's more to what Euron's thinking here.  I can't wait to see how things go tonight.  Shocked

So now, something to think about:  Let's say that you got into a new D&D campaign, and you had to create characters for yourself and for four other buddies.  So you incorporate five Game of Thrones characters into your campaign's adventuring party, suiting the Classes to each character as appropriate (ie. No making Tyrion Lannister a Wizard).  We'll assume that the Abilities fit the character (ie. No 8 in Strength for Gregor Clegane).  Which five GoT characters would you bring into your D&D party?

Lamentably, Game of Thrones is heavy on warrior types and not-so-heavy on spellcasters, so our front lines will probably be a bit on the beefy side...not that that has ever been a problem in D&D, mind you; surely we've all heard that online story about the very successful D&D party which consisted entirely of five Barbarians.  For my party, I'd like some interpersonal dynamics among the warriors, nothing too uncomfortable and party-breaking, but just enough to create some scathing dialogue here and there.  Relations with both the party's Cleric and the party's Rogue would also be nice.  So....

Ainsley's Dungeons & Thrones party (possibly to be refined as this topic progresses):

Barbarian:  Tormund Giantsbane
Fighter:  Sandor Clegane
Paladin:  Brienne of Tarth
Cleric:  Thoros of Myr
Rogue:  Arya Stark

I wanted to include Grey Worm (Fighter), Oberyn Martell (Fighter/Rogue, Fighter/Rogue/Assassin or maybe just a Fighter with high Dexterity), Yara Greyjoy (Fighter or Fighter/Rogue) and Tyene Sand (Rogue/Assassin) in the party, but there just wasn't room for them.  It was also tempting to toss in Beric Dondarrion (Fighter) as well, but heck, my party has enough of the Brotherhood without Banners already.  Ser Arthur Dayne (Fighter, possibly Fighter/Paladin if his remarkable battle prowess could be attributed to Divine ability instead of just a higher Level) might have worked, but he's just a bit anachronistic for my tastes.  Arya...well, she's not really Evil enough to be an Assassin, so she's just a Rogue who's really good with disguises; if you can fool an 80-year-old man's family into thinking that you're him without question, then you have some mad Disguise skills.  Brienne's the generic "Paladin serving the virtues and/or sworn oaths" type and not the "Paladin serving a particular god" type, so that's okay. And Brienne did heal up from that vicious throwdown with Sandor rather quickly, didn't she? Surely some healing powers would explain that. Practically every D&D party involves a male character coming on to a female character (or vice-versa) at some point; ergo, Brienne + Tormund. And if Tormund unloading on Rattleshirt wasn't a display of Barbarian Rage, then I don't know what is.  Wink

So which GoT characters would you bring into your five-character adventuring party, and why?
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