454 – Bringing the Hurt: 1


A recent piece in Vanity Fair about Iceland implied, among a score of other half-truths and silly gossip, that in order for a new business to receive a permit to build, there needs to be an impact study to ensure that no elves are displaced by the construction. The government does require a study be performed to ensure that no religious ruins or artifacts are destroyed by new building, and to see if the site is listed in any important folklore. (Some of which revolves around the doings of elves.) But there is zero implication that the Icelanders believe that the elves even exist, much less that they may be put out on the street to beg for food and cheap whiskey. They just want their heritage and cultural icons protected.

(Though I’m still hoping the elves really exist!)

9 Responses to 454 – Bringing the Hurt: 1

  1. Poor Morty….

    I have to say that’s one of my least favorite parts of engaging a group of adventurers. When they decide the adventure isn’t worth the risk. They always want to wander off into the ‘This area not completed’ section of the dungeon. You’d think after a couple Deadly traps they would learn to stick to the DM’s script.

  2. Pfft! Stick to the plot? Right… πŸ™‚ What fun is that? Of course, this tends to be why the world is as unexplored by the GM in my games as it is by the players… Nobody’s -ever- quite sure what’s going to happen next! (-:

  3. Ok, I’m a bit lost…didn’t they lose the flying ship when the GM came back and tried to normalize the campaign again?

  4. @Seth: You’re half right, Seth. Take a look at #328 here, https://www.heroesoflesserearth.com/2008/09/10/hole_comic_2008-09-10jpg/ for the scoop on what happened to the Salt Wind.

    @Rieve & Misha: As I have gotten older, I find wandering players to be less and less of a problem. Partly because as DMs age they become ever more skillful in dealing with unplanned for events on the fly, but also because many players by this point have had a hand at DMing themselves and tend to try to guide the action towards, rather than away from, the DM’s work.

    In my estimation, (Possible Spoiler Alert!) the players in the HOLE game are between 15 and 20 years old, and are often deliberately obnoxious… much like I was at that age.

  5. I find it hard to believe that anyone denies the existence of elvish folk in Iceland. Don’t you have any BjΓΆrk albums?

  6. I find that our very best games have been when my players took a left turn I did not expect, but I managed to keep up with the situation. Doesn’t always work, but when it does, it’s awesome.

    I have become good at improvising, mainly through lazy lack of preparation.

  7. Hi there, I came across this comic a couple of months ago, and read through the archives, and have been popping in and out occasionally to read it since then.
    However, the reason I’m commenting now is that I’m Icelandic, and I wanted to let you know that more people believe in elves than you expect. Now I don’t believe in them myself, but it’s estimated that as much as half the population does to some extent.
    Case in point; at the farm next to where I used to live, there is a small field right in front of it, reaching down the hill from the farmhouses to the river. It’s mainly used to let the cows out to graze in summer, and only occasionally mowed. However, whenever mowed, a small individual hill in the middle is never mowed, because elves are believed to reside there. It’s been so since that farm farm was established(1100-1200AD maybe, idk), and every time someone tried to anyway, something bad happened. Last such time was only about 10 years ago, when the current farmer mowed the hill. Next time the cows were let graze there(less than three days later) one of them broke a leg on the hill. Now these events may be totally unrelated, but he never mowed that hill again.

  8. @Olafur: Hm. Well, thanks for setting me straight on that. My point was that the author of the article went out of his way to Icelanders as backward, dull-witted, and highly inbred, which I felt was a mistake. He made fun of Icelanders for believing in elves, but the likelihood is high that he believes that evil was introduced into our world when a naked girl (who was like what, a month old?) let a talking snake con her into taking a bite of magic evil fruit from a tree that really should have been planted somewhere else.

    I’ll take the elves.

  9. Funny… elves or naked snake women…

    But did you know that the one creature that can be found in every nations history of ‘myth and fabel’ is the Dragon? You can find influences of Dragons everywhere and in most art forms.

    People tend to believe that these beasts are equally evil and good. While some people scoff at the idea of Elves they tend to find Dragons “cool”, makes ya think…