A note about magic, the supernatural, and you
: (For the rare occasion when it's encountered in game)
These things exist in the world and everyone knows it but few have seen them. People know of tales of the dead walking, or flying demons. Dark witches that spill blood to cast incantations and burn men alive.
Your character would have grown up on tales of gods and goddesses, demons, cannibals, and creatures lurking in the shadows.
However, regardless of the stories that your character has heard or the bravery they display in battle, nothing is quit like going face to face with a horror straight out of a nightmare. The tales your character was told as a child were designed to terrify young ones into listening to adults and following in their various deities teachings. These lessons are ingrained in your culture and belief systems.The combat experience and you...
#1 YOU ARE NOT CONAN!
My expectations for players are simply that they will recognize the fact that although they maybe good swordsman/whatever but when they are fighting there should be a sense of desperation in their response. A realization that getting hurt means pain. ...as long as players recognize and give proper response to the reality of combat I'm okay with it.Consider your combat experience as above average but you are not Conan
and all combat should be approached with caution in mind. Respond to combat as though every action and re-action is potentially life and death (or at least potential agonizing pain.)
What I'm saying is just that your characters should think before they act and treat actions as having consequences.
Characters should always be aware of the risks and the pain of battle. They should act like fighting is a gritty visceral thing and not a matter or rolling dice or dropping in flowery words of victory. So while it might be easy to beat up a street urchin, it's still a dangerous proposition with risks that need to be considered accordingly.
(Obvious acceptations are friendly practice duels and casual drunken brawls. Who doesn't love a good brawl?! *smashes a chair over someones head*
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