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Benjamin's End by Saurus Benjamin's End by Saurus
This drawing was actually based on a personal experience. As you probably don’t know, I’m a LARPer, which basically boils down to a whole bunch of people dressing up as fantasy characters and acting out epic adventures in the flesh. In a recent such LARP weekend –because they nearly always span entire weekends- Benjamin, the character I was playing, died. More specifically, he was crucified. Now, I consider myself a fairly sober and down to earth guy, and normally I would not have thought much of it as it is after all just a game, but the entire scene leading up to the crucifixion and all the reactions of other people in response to the scene where pretty intense, leaving me all queasy and, truth be told, a bit teary afterwards. The fact that it was my first and only player character I’ve ever played thus far might have had something to do with it as well. The drawing certainly doesn’t justify the emotions that were involved, but I still felt the need to put it on paper one way or the other.
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ThatCrazyEm Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, I'm happy my character hasn't died yet. But you have to look at it from the bright side, getting crucified is by my point of view WAY more epic than just getting your throat slit ;)
How come he got in that position to begin with?
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Saurus Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, I can't believe I missed this post for so long! Terribly sorry!

I don’t really mind my Larp persona dying if it’s conceivably logical that they do. I try to maintain a sensible emotional detachment to prepare myself for such times when my character might get murdered, either by my own stupidity or the conniving of others.

In this particular case, it was an odd mixture of both that got me turning belly-up. Benjamin was an outspoken preacher of the pantheon, whereas most priests in said setting worshipped only one god at a time. As it happened, at the same time my character got in to the thick of things, a new sinister god arose who sought the destruction of all others. The prophet of said god lured me towards him with a ritual, repeatedly shouting “Benjamin!”. I naively barged right up to him and sheepishly said “”That’s my name”, after which he grabbed and impaled me before I realized what was going on. The absurdity of my failing to comprehend the severity of the situation at the time still gets a lot of laughs :D
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That-Kid-Flak Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I know some folks who get -really- into LARPing and have their emotions outside of the game affected by the happenings within it. It's a good thing I think, shows you care and are really in character :)
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Saurus Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I certainly appreciate the level of empathy some people display on a LARP, but I find it equally important to remember it's still just a game. You need to be a gracious loser at times :D
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NioTheDreamer Featured By Owner May 2, 2008
whoa, sounds a little intense


Where I live nothing like that happens
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Saurus Featured By Owner May 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It most definitely was intense. More so then I would have thought :confused:

I know of at least two dozen Larp organizations within two hours driving from my home, and of what I've heard, it's even more popular in the US, so you actually might be surprised.
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NioTheDreamer Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
that may be true.

Interesting


Well how is your interest? (opposite gender)
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Weredingo Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
fffffffffff...ow....I mean yikes too...I've heard of that stuff, and wanted to try it sometime, for fun and I'm a terrible nerd that way, but I mean shoot, wasn't there any chance of getting away or was it a small location?
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Saurus Featured By Owner May 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I might -and it's a big 'might'- have gotten away if I had seen it comming, but it was so overwhelming that the first time it occured to me the ammount of trouble I was in was when the first arm was being nailed to the cross :D

You should certainly give LARPing a shot. It can be a bit ackward at first, but the moment you get in the flow of things it's well worth your time. Besides, you'd be amazed how distinctivly non-nerdish these people are in real life :)
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Weredingo Featured By Owner May 2, 2008
I mean wow, what'd this guy be that unlucky enough to have done? I mean I'd rather start off fresh with nothing evil tied back to me than that. Phew, creepy. But if I ever get the chance I may.
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dragontrove Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
LARP....wow.
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Saurus Featured By Owner May 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That would sum up the impact pretty nicely, yes.
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dragontrove Featured By Owner May 2, 2008
Never heard of it before. Now I've got to find out where one is in my area.....
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Saurus Featured By Owner May 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to have informed you then :) If you're anything like me, you'll enjoy it immensely.
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dragontrove Featured By Owner May 2, 2008
Sweet. I'll be sure to notify if I find anything.

hmm....I bet there's probably some going on down by the Cove or at estuary. Huh, maybe the lagoon.... God, there's alot of places to search.
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