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  • #16
    34) The ruler has been possessed by a demon, and now seeks to open a rift to the outer hells, to let his masters into reality to devour all human souls.

    Sadly, nobody realises this.

    When he carries out mass executions, he puts it down as 'tough on crime' and 'those bandits had it coming'. When he infects thousands of people with soul plague, he puts them into quarantine, and then later tearfully addresses that those people had 'died'.

    No one realizes what he's doing. But you've got to stop them anyway. They'll surely understand that you had to kill their beloved king for their own good!

    Right?

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    • #17
      35) Your intellect could best be described as being in the range of "super genius" and you've got many ideas which could revolutionize the world for (what you perceive as) the betterment of society. The problem is that the country is run by narrow minded simpletons who consider your ideas to be "outlandishly insane." As long as those fools remain in power, you'll never be free to share your brilliance with the world, so the only logical course of action is to ensure that they don't remain in power!

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      • #18
        36) The cursed bourgeois have ruled for too long! They have gotten fat, while the peasants starve! Play their war games, while the people suffer and die! They laugh, while the cries of a woman whose children have starved, go unnoticed!

        No more!

        Viva la Revolution! Workers of the world, unite!

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        • #19
          37) The ruler is a fisher king, whose rage and despair have brought the land to ruin. You don't know if killing the fisher king will give the land a chance to recover, or doom it utterly. At this point, you've ceased to care.


          38) You're not crazy. But the voices keep telling you to kill the king. You can't think of a reason not to follow their instructions. But you aren't crazy!


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          • #20
            Originally posted by Accelerator View Post
            34) The ruler has been possessed by a demon, and now seeks to open a rift to the outer hells, to let his masters into reality to devour all human souls.

            Sadly, nobody realises this.

            When he carries out mass executions, he puts it down as 'tough on crime' and 'those bandits had it coming'. When he infects thousands of people with soul plague, he puts them into quarantine, and then later tearfully addresses that those people had 'died'.

            No one realizes what he's doing. But you've got to stop them anyway. They'll surely understand that you had to kill their beloved king for their own good!

            Right?
            Vaguely sounds like the Mayor of Ribcage we're going for here.


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            • #21
              39) Your mentor figure, as it turns out, is one future version of you. Funnily enough, so is the current ruler. They're both at odds with one another, and they've got their eyes on you as a central game piece for it all. Not only does this kind of fuck over your life, but the more they keep at this war across realities, the more it'll all tear it apart. It's time to seize the skein and forge a new destiny that ends this once and for all.

              All you gotta do is not feed the cycle while controlling the board(read the kingdom), which apparently you don't have a great track record of doing.


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              • #22
                40) The old royal line was toppled and the old king killed. Magic runs through the old royal bloodline, however, and the old kings were known for taking mistresses and siring bastards. As such, the usurper to the throne has made it a priority to exterminate anyone possessed of that same magical talent, whether their lineage can be traced to the old royalty or not. You are one of those sorcerers. Your very existence is a crime. The only way to save your skin - and potentially seize the throne - is to off the usurper.


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                • #23
                  41) You need the heart of a king for a magical ritual. All the political stuff is only a cover to get the heart you need for the ritual required to summon your otherworldly patron from the realms beyond.

                  42) The ruler has defaulted on their debts, and you're going to collect one way or another.

                  43) The ruler stole your spouse.

                  44) The ruler stole your spouse and in doing so activated a mutual defense pact you made with all of your spouse's prior suitors.

                  45) The ruler made some petty slight against you, and you have resolved to destroy them without considering the political consequences.

                  46) You are an immortal being, and believe you could do a better job running things than these petty, short-lived rulers managing things now.

                  47) You are an immortal being, and you're bored. Regicide is something you've never tried before, so why not?

                  48) You believe the end of days is nigh, and the prophecies describing the apocalypse suggest that the world will be without leadership before your divine savior will come to rescue all the righteous people. Instead of waiting for the ruler to succumb to the inevitability of fate, you've concluded that it's necessary to move things along yourself.

                  49) The ruler has started so many wars and killed so many of their own people that damn near everyone wants them dead. You're just in a better position than most.

                  50) This is part of a long game - the ruler has to die, so that their child can be cast out into the wilderness, so that the child is raised by the forest spirits, so that "one of noble blood, raised by the forest spirits" can take up a certain magical sword, so that they can slay *another* ruler (of demons) who is supposed to emerge from the earth in 20 years or so, so that the demon throne will be empty, so that civil war in the demon realm will spread across all realms of existence, so that the gods will descend from *their* thrones to restore order, so that they will temporarily vulnerable to death and new gods can take their place.... all so you can dispose of the God of Health Food Fads and replace them with a new God of Gourmands. And then, at last, the foodies will reign triumphant!


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                  • #24
                    51) You are a refugee from another plane, cast out by happenstance, malice, or exile. There is a gate that could return you to your home, but it requires a key. A crystal attuned to the space between planes. The only known crystal pure enough for the work was claimed centuries ago, by the king of an old land. A king who feared death. He wears the crystal set in a crown, using it as a medium to transfer the vital, primal essence that flows between and around planes. It extends his life.

                    You have formally requested the use of the crystal, even for a moment, to open your way home. But he refuses. Though he could almost certainly live in its absence for a time without danger. He will not take the chance, and ordered you dead. He will never willingly give up the crystal. The only way to get home is to kill the Undying King.


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                    • #25
                      52) the king is actually a giant chicken. But no one seems to realize this. You have to act.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Accelerator View Post
                        52) the king is actually a giant chicken. But no one seems to realize this. You have to act.
                        Sounds familiar...


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                        • #27
                          53) They told a bad pun, and now you have a societal obligation to remove them from this planet.

                          54) They already had near limitless wealth by virtue of being the nation's leader, and now you found out that they won the lottery.

                          55) You received a letter in the mail that was "written" in magazine cut outs, which said you were to be the next monarch. All you have to do is prove yourself the better warrior!

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Nyrufa View Post
                            53) They told a bad pun, and now you have a societal obligation to remove them from this planet.
                            56) The monarch made comments disparaging bad puns. This affront to wordplay cannot go unanswered.
                            Last edited by Bluecho; 06-16-2019, 03:44 PM.


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