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Donors: Bonus Poll for "Grit and Grace"

This is one of two bonus polls relating to the poem "Grit and Grace" from Path of the Paladins.  Current donors may view and vote in this poll, and NOT in the other one I'm going to post for everyone else.  It's uncommon for me to encounter a Schrodinger Uncertainty state in my writing, but it happens occasionally, and I thought you folks would have fun shaking the box to see whether live or dead things will fall out of it.

The poem "Grit and Grace" features two bandits attacking Ari while Shahana is gathering firewood, intending to rob the camp.  Ari flings hot grits into the shorter man's face and bashes the taller man over the head with the hot frying pan.  Shahana hacks the taller man behind the knee with a hatchet.

What becomes of the two bandits after they flee the camp?  You decide!  Donors will be voting on the taller bandit, while everyone else votes on the shorter bandit.  Polling will be open at least through Saturday morning.  If the answers are clear then, I'll close the polling; otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.

Poll #1817988 Donor Bonus Poll for "Grit and Grace"
This poll is closed.

The taller man with the bashed head and hacked knee:

dies and is never heard from again.
2(28.6%)
lives and is never heard from again.
0(0.0%)
lives and returns to trouble our heras.
3(42.9%)
lives and repents of his sin, returning to surprise our heras.
2(28.6%)

If this man lives, he:

has little or no disfiguration.
1(14.3%)
has moderate disfiguration.
0(0.0%)
is now hideous to look upon.
0(0.0%)
is not only hideous but also lamed.
6(85.7%)


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the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: February 10th, 2012 09:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Ari deserves her shot at going all snickersnee on this guy. 'Course, it might be interesting to see what he has to say with a hangman's noose about his neck... or if Shahana is asked to dispense justice to a couple of captured bandits.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 13th, 2012 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Well...

Considering the amount of tension at play here, the motivational effect that a raging vendetta can have on a formerly lackadaisical lout, and the very proximate availability of divine support for malfeasance ... I doubt that getting rid of this guy will be as simple as a trial and a noose. I do think Ari is likely to be confronted with him again, as she is taking on more responsibility as the series progresses.


Feel free to keep your ideas for possible prompts!
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: February 13th, 2012 09:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

It's pretty much gonna take divine intervention to keep said lout out of a hole in the ground. Unless he happens to know enough field medicine to keep himself alive, he'll either have to seek help elsewhere, or die. (Infection is a bitch.) Even if he lives, given the nature of the injury, his fighting days are pretty much over. As such, by themselves, these two are likely either going to die or get captured. Even if they belong to a pack of outlaws, things are still not good for the lame one (he's now pretty much useless). Now they might have relatives nearby that could make things interesting, like the fantasy world equivalent of Ma Barker, but, other than that, yeah, divine intervention is about the only thing that's going to put this guy back into the 'menace' category.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 17th, 2012 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

>>It's pretty much gonna take divine intervention to keep said lout out of a hole in the ground. Unless he happens to know enough field medicine to keep himself alive, he'll either have to seek help elsewhere, or die. (Infection is a bitch.) <<

Well, he certainly did not heal fully.

>> Even if he lives, given the nature of the injury, his fighting days are pretty much over. <<

Frontline fighting, anyhow. But he has other ways to become a credible threat. (Remember our conversation about the keyboard as weapon?)

>>divine intervention is about the only thing that's going to put this guy back into the 'menace' category.<<

You're getting warmer!

I really look forward to future poems about these guys.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: February 17th, 2012 12:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

Aw dammit, he's gonna sell the girls out to the priests of whatzhisname, isn't he.
rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: February 10th, 2012 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)
May I suggest that facial disfigurement and lameness be independent outcomes?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 13th, 2012 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Well...

I didn't think to separate the injuries in the poll, but they are actually different. I was thinking about the leg as the primary source of "disfigurement" here (as distinct from the facial scars the other guy has). With the vote falling so heavily toward a crippling injury, consider the leg to have been nearly severed and no longer oriented quite right. But the frying pan on the head will leave somewhat of a mark too.
From: minor_architect Date: February 10th, 2012 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know I asked for harsh fates to befall this man but I've little use for thieves - especially the violent ones. May Gailah have mercy on his soul. -_-
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 13th, 2012 06:02 am (UTC) (Link)

Okay...

>>I know I asked for harsh fates to befall this man but I've little use for thieves - especially the violent ones.<<

You're not the only one who voiced such sentiments.

>> May Gailah have mercy on his soul. -_-

Yyyyyeah ... I'm not seeing that as a likely future. Because this is the guy who, after being beaten over the head with a clue machine, screamed and ran away to foment revenge. He is like clue teflon. All things are possible, including mercy and the acceptance of same, but some things have a very low probability.
From: minor_architect Date: February 13th, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
While I see your point about the low probability of this bandit accepting any offer of mercy, I merely invoked the phrase, "May Gailah have mercy on his soul" because he's not getting any from me. >;)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 14th, 2012 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

Some people say things like that because they're commending someone to his own stupidity, and some because they hope a higher power will intervene after lesser attempts at salvage have failed.

Me, I won't hesitate to stuff him into a sausage grinder sooner or later, and some of my characters who not lawful good are passing around popcorn and laughing over how the poor bastard has no idea how much trouble he's in.
From: minor_architect Date: February 14th, 2012 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)
*casts an eye over the remains of Melinda's parents, courtesy of the bogeyman from "Monster House"*

I'm sure. >;)
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