Fantasy cannibalism, a theoretical philosophy discussion

Coroc

Adventurer
Vecna isn't a corpse, he's a liche. I'm sure there's a deep ontological argument to made there, but I'm really just rolling with common usage. From a utilitarian standpoint we're really just talking about the difference between jerky and steak, but there you go.
Nethack (Rogue) anyone?

You eat the corpse of Vecna - More- You have a hard time getting it all down - More - You feel seriously ill - More - You die of food poisoning.

Coroc-B died on level 47 of the dungeon, killed by a tainted corpse of Vecna
 

Samloyal23

Explorer
So, many primitive peoples believed you could gain a hero's power by eating part of his body. This sounds like a type of necromancy to me, anyone have a hot take on cannibal magic?
 

prabe

Aspiring Lurker
Vecna isn't a corpse, he's a liche. I'm sure there's a deep ontological argument to made there, but I'm really just rolling with common usage. From a utilitarian standpoint we're really just talking about the difference between jerky and steak, but there you go.
The snack that fights (or bites) back?
 

Wiseblood

Adventurer
So, many primitive peoples believed you could gain a hero's power by eating part of his body. This sounds like a type of necromancy to me, anyone have a hot take on cannibal magic?
Sounds like magic discovered on a dare. Just like eating oysters.
 

Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
The real question is: can you the correct amount of troll to never have to eat again? Too little and stomach acid will stop regen. Too little and it's Alien's but with a troll. :unsure:
 

Wiseblood

Adventurer
The real question is: can you the correct amount of troll to never have to eat again? Too little and stomach acid will stop regen. Too little and it's Alien's but with a troll. :unsure:
I would advise strongly against troll tartare. Well done is the only way. Tenderize in pineapple before charring wash it down with a strong red wine.



Grain fed and killed by fire then dry aged troll. It’s the wagyu of the monster world.
 
I would advise strongly against troll tartare. Well done is the only way. Tenderize in pineapple before charring wash it down with a strong red wine.
Pineapple? Philistine. If anything ever called for a tequila-lime marinade it's troll. A strong red sounds right though, so perhaps you aren't beyond redemption.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Moderator
Staff member
I would advise strongly against troll tartare. Well done is the only way. Tenderize in pineapple before charring wash it down with a strong red wine.



Grain fed and killed by fire then dry aged troll. It’s the wagyu of the monster world.
Troll ceviche. Juuuuust enough acid to retard growth.
 

Eltab

Adventurer
So, many primitive peoples believed you could gain a hero's power by eating part of his body. This sounds like a type of necromancy to me, anyone have a hot take on cannibal magic?
The problem with 'cannibal magic' is, you don't get any benefit in this fight (because you have already won if you have time to prepare a meal) and any effect will wear off after the remains of the meal pass out of your body two days hence.

Perytons should be prime practitioners, though.

An enthusiastic amateur: "Looks like meat's back on the menu, boys!"
 

gyor

Legend
And here's the problem with D&D (any edition): magic as presented, with no long term cost, obviates most of the interesting questions in life or fiction.
Easy solution, the Island is in a dead magic zone like there are in some parts of FR or for some reason some made an Antimagic spell permanent on the Island.
 

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