Dungeon Crawl (flash fiction)

Dungeon Crawl

Our party went further down the cavern until we heard voices, so we hid among the rocks. The fighter unsheathed his sword while I nocked an arrow getting ready to fire. The cleric gently put his hand on my arm.

“What are you doing my elven friend?”

“Getting ready to shoot. Those voices are from troglodytes. We must wipe them out.”

“Why?” he asked.

“Because they’re evil.” I explained.

“Evil? And yet you’re the one breaking into their home planning to kill them all, including their children.” he replied. “So what does that make you?”

Joanne Fisher

Word count: 95

This was written with the prompt troglodyte provided by Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #189. In Dungeons and Dragons, troglodytes are a monster.

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9 thoughts on “Dungeon Crawl (flash fiction)

      1. Yeah just interested in the implications of character behaviour in roleplaying games. The main character is based on my elf ranger who grew up in a forest and was told from when they were young that all other races were evil. Incidentally Aalen is originally based on this character…

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    1. My intention was to cast an eye on the ethical and moral issues that occur during a dungeon crawl. There was a satirical roleplaying game (or at least I hope it was satirical) that was set in the modern day and had groups doing what they might do in a fantasy roleplaying game,but in a modern city and so groups would go through an apartment complex and invade people’s apartments killing the occupants and looting their stuff, which is precisely what happens in roleplaying games during a standard dungeon crawl, if you look at it in daylight ethics. It’s certainly fun to play D&D and I’m not saying how people roleplay is wrong, just the implications of what your characters are doing can be interesting from a moral perspective, if you care to analyse it that way. The aim of this piece was satire really. I’m sure troglodytes might see others as evil too…

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  1. Excellent. Nice one.
    You know, there once was a time (verrrry long time ago) when “white man” came to our island and all-but wiped out the aborigines. They called them “Brownies”. They live on in our folktales. Oh, what island might that be? Britain. This story is proven by ancient DNA studies.

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