A strange thing happened last night on the way to the Demon Queen. Quite strange.
It seems there is a room in Against the Demon Queen with a fall-away floor, revealing a vertigo-inducing fall and a pack of poisonous scorpions. You know the room, or at least you do if you were playing back when you had to run Against the Demon Queen every three days. There is a chest on the far side of the room, seemingly easily attainable.
Suddenly the floor falls away. Then the chest is not at all easily attainable, but rather, sort of a mocking taunting totem, sitting on a now-distant platform with no obvious entree.
Except there is a less-obvious entree. A ledge along the left side of the room, behind two wide pillars. It is possible to leap from the room entrance onto the side ledge, scamper across the room, and then leap again from the side ledge onto the chest platform.
Possible, but not easy. Something about the geometry of the ceiling is off. When you jump from the most logical part of the side ledge, the ceiling geometry pushes you away from the chest platform. So you have to jump from a less-obvious point, twist in mid-air, grab the platform with your hands, and then pull yourself up. There is a second method for those with lots of jump that involves leaving the side ledge from the other side of the last pillar and wrapping around it in mid-jump.
Anyway, you remember now, yes? How you sometimes are able to make this jump the first attempt, but usually not, usually it takes multiple tries, sometimes many multiple tries. With all eyes on you as you flail and fail, over and over.
But not last night.
Last night we had two clerics in the party. Weird in it’s own way, right? Two clerics? In a party of five? Nonetheless, two clerics, a fighter, a druid, and a rogue. And then we got to the scorpion jump room.
Two clerics. You may not know this, but the word “cleric” is from ancient Latin roots meaning “the class that cannot jump”. Clerics can never jump, there simply are not enough skill points in the world. Clerics cannot jump.
But there we were, both of the clerics, making the jump on our first try. Our first try! While everyone else flailed and failed.
Clerics. Jumping like a boss.
🙂 😀 🙂