So, I had a question concerning the Persuasion Spell. I’ve seen in other threads it being discusses and compared with the ‘these are not the droids you’re looking for’ type of ability.
Im looking though for some additional insight on how its used, as I have a sorceress coming up shortly, in a new game.
Previously I used the spell to convince a player’s character to do some pretty horrible things, and Im not quite sure if I was using it appropriately. The player had infiltrated a secret cabal and had actually changed some of his beliefs to start to have his character follow the new ideals and beliefs of this sorcerer.
So, I had the sorcerer ‘test’ him. To see how truthful he was, to see how much he meant what he said about his new ideals. I honestly thought i was challenging the new beliefs of the player. It was something like: “I have waited for too long seeing the persecution of my people; I will follow the Caiaphas [sorcerer] so that the Shua may rise again.” I told myself to push him and really push to see how far he’d go.
So the player was led into the main temple where the cabal was gathered, dancing and ceremonially garbed. The Caiaphas [sorcerer] was there waiting for the player’s character. In the center of the temple was a great pyre built up, and a man tied to it. This man was a ‘persecutor’ of the player character’s, but also a friend and relationship to one of the other players at the table.
Basically the situation boiled down to the Caiaphas testing this man (the player - who had once been his enemy)to see where his loyalty lied. The Caiaphas simply asked him to set fire to the pyre and tied man, alive.
The player paused, sweat literally dropped from his brow. And his will faltered. He couldnt do it. His head held low, and his torch arm dropped.
So this is when it happened. “I can see the trouble in your eyes Gershan.” the Caiaphas said. “I know what I ask is so small matter. But this man before you is a sinner, doomed to the pits of hell for all eternity. All I ask of you Gershan is to free his soul from that torment, let the fires cleanse him so that he may enter the gates of heaven.”
I then rolled for the Persuasion Spell. Sorcery automatically explodes. I ended up with 8 successes.
I felt dirty. Like I had cheated as the NPC burnt to death. I really feel like I did this wrong.
Whats your input?