Atlas Games is doing this thing called “Reverb Gamers 2012″, with 31 question prompts to kick off 2012. I’m going to post one up each day, including weekends, throughout January. I invite you to do the same! And check out @ReverbGamers on Twitter or Facebook.
REVERB GAMERS 2012, #20: What was the most memorable character death you’ve ever experienced? What makes it stick with you?
I cannot remember the name of the character, but I remember most of the other details. This was a GURPS Fantasy game several years ago, with a heavy Inquisition theme. My Christian knight character was essentially fucked politically, captured, and given to the Head Inquisitor in the region to extract truths & confession. He was a very devout knight, loyal to the idea of the crown more than to the actual forces at work that had true power. That was..a problem.
That he travelled with a Muslim of note was also an issue, in the form of “another reason we’re going to torture you, as an example.” It was a very hardcore, religious war-themed game. Brutal. And an entire session was a smash-cut back and forth to the rest of the party trying to figure out how to break him out of the fortress and my torture.
I made some will rolls, but was never told that my character completely submitted. The GM took a novel-for-the-time twist of letting me decide that. I didn’t want to go out like that, so I didn’t. And we kept talking & playing scenes of torture.
I learned a lot about medieval torture devices & methods in that session.
In the end, he was sentenced to be burned at the stake in the square. The party, in disguise, watched him die.
That was the session, and turned out to be the high point of the campaign, as after that it flopped and a couple sessions later went on permanent hiatus. Still, hell of a character death.