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Newbiespud 22nd Apr 2021, 6:00 AM edit delete
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Author: dziadek1990

Guest Author's Note: What was the pettiest/silliest reason an antagonist in your campaign did their Big Bad Thing for?
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Professor Harmless 22nd Apr 2021, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
The village wanted to win the annual Kings Cup for quaintest corner of the kingdom. Our group never did quite figure out how the mass genocide helped them with that...
dziadek1990 22nd Apr 2021, 7:29 AM edit delete reply
Oh! I think I encountered a similar theme in the movie Hot Fuzz:

A small town wanted to win an Award For Being Friendly & Pretty & Nice & such.

They kept their high ranking by silently killing everyone who disturbed the peace or ruined the picturesque-ness of the town with their house design choices (like some extreme version of a Home Owners' Association...)
Hariman 23rd Apr 2021, 11:41 PM edit delete reply
So almost exactly like actual Homeowners' Associations... only with murder instead of endless harassment.
LupisLight 22nd Apr 2021, 8:35 AM edit delete reply
To be fair, *stopping* the person trying to commit mass genocide is slightly higher priority than figuring out exactly *why* the person is committing mass genocide. If it means never learning why the villain was trying to kill everyone, well, I think I could live with that.
DanielLC 22nd Apr 2021, 1:11 PM edit delete reply
It might annoy the DM though. If you're not the type to let villains monologue, then at least do the DM a favor and look for a journal or something afterwards.
Digo 22nd Apr 2021, 7:08 AM edit delete reply
Props to dziadek1990. They got a good meme-face-finding game going on here.

Pettiest reason an antagonist in one of my campaigns became the BBEG was because she was dumped by her boyfriend.

Miluda was a disbarred alchemist dating an evil necromancer for a couple weeks, but he stopped returning her calls (you know, magic) because he found a path to lichdom and took it, a feat that took up all his time to accomplish, and one that required a good bit of alchemical resources that he pinched off Miluda. Well, beware the fury of a woman feeling used. Miluda was so pissed that she got into necromancy and put together an army using alchemy and summoning. She then proceeded to burn down the countryside looking for his dead arse to exact revenge.

Eventually the party convinced her not to burn down the kingdom by helping her destroy the lich and banish his soul to hell (I forget which circle). Miluda then retired from villainy and disappeared for a while. A few years later she was found dating a vampire woman named Elena.
dziadek1990 22nd Apr 2021, 5:08 PM edit delete reply
Oh, NICE!

>A few years later she was found dating a vampire woman named Elena.

Did new adventures come out of that? Like her next big evil plot was just to impress her date?
Digo 23rd Apr 2021, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
Kinda! The next big adventure was about stopping a cabal of vampires so Miluda offered some expertise she learned on what annoys vampires. XD
Winged Cat 23rd Apr 2021, 8:07 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
He sought eternal life, and might have had it had he been willing to share.

"Hi, Miluda. I'm sorry I haven't been returning your calls. I've been busy with my work. But, you know how you can be working on a formula then you realize you're missing one vital ingredient? I've been working on something to make my life perfect, and I realized I have neglected one necessary, vital ingredient: you. I need you. Could you come by my lab? I want to show you what I've been working on - and maybe make a second dose for you, too, so we can be together forever."
you know that guy 22nd Apr 2021, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
How do you refund a sacrifice? It would take some sort of miracle to -- oh, right.
TyrantViewer 22nd Apr 2021, 8:52 PM edit delete reply
I hope the PC's go to a liscensed cleric for that, considering goats are people there. Makes me wonder what various settings have gods get out of sacrifices. For example in canon Forgotten Realms Demogorgon's cult has a sacrifice ritual that sends your soul straight to him, letting him bypass the way souls go to the proper afterlife and get the souls of good people, which are a hot commodity on the evil planes. What do other religious figures in games get out of sacrifices of people, animals and crops? In greece the Gods litterally got the "spirit" of the food sacrificed to them, maybe some resources in various afterlives are produced, or supplemented by offerings of living mortals. In that case I could see some deities asking for followers to offer up magical items or weapons to arm their minions or the reasources to do so themselves... Which comes back around to the way Demogorgon does things.
MayorMcDonald 22nd Apr 2021, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
You'll never catch me alive! Come to me my clown bodyguard paedophile servant!
Cliff_Robotnik 23rd Apr 2021, 4:22 AM edit delete reply
Well, just last night, a Dragon called a PCs mom(whom was also a dragon) an idiot(for falling in love with a mortal), and the PC went from Goodest Boy Diplomancer, and is now planning dragonicide.

Oh wait you said ANTAGONIST...
DKR 23rd Apr 2021, 8:15 PM edit delete reply
I was playing an archaeologist/adventurer/merchant character, and was meeting with an NPC who I had gotten in contact with to sell me a macguffin artifact (something something opens a secret passage to a sealed and forgotten tomb/vault/castle something something). When we met up for the deal, he *immediately* launched an ambush that we had to fight off.

The game itself didn't last long enough for it to matter, but the GM later said that the reason for the ambush was... so that we would be curious/invested in going to the vault (that we were already planning to go to, and was the only reason anyone who knew about the artifact would want it!) so that the BBEG the NPC secretly served could use us to open it for them...
TyrantViewer 25th Apr 2021, 9:06 PM edit delete reply
That is more convoluted than petty, like Voldemort's plans- destroy hogwarts with a copy of my younger self and a magic snake, capture harry potter by entering him into a competition and make the trophy a trap to bring him to me, trick potter into invading the government's magical research lab so I don't have to do so myself (though to be fair having the prophecy recordings only able to be moved by the subjects of the prophecy is a weird resctriction, or a loophole taht Volde had to use since none of the unspeakables were death eaters.)

Order of the stick had something simlar pop up early on, the villians of the first dungeon the heroes were exploring wanted them to reach him since it was one he invaded, and the artifact he wanted to use needed someone good aligned to touch it for it to work...

Was the reasoning the Gm's or the villian's? Either way, convoluted, kind of dumb, not especially petty