THANK YOU.A stampede in the forest? How does that even work?
What you never seen any documentary, where the animals dash out the forest fire and the firemen duck out of the way? So stampede is not the officially correct American English word. Do you have one?THANK YOU.
You don't get stampedes in the forest. Stampeding animals tend to be primarily limited to large open spaces (horses, bison, cattle, etc..) and they percieve, during a stampede, things fairly simply: "what is open" is where they'll go. "what is moving" is part of the herd and "what is not moving" as where not to go. Forests by and large present large obstacles and tell their instinctive animal brains "don't go here!"
I think stampede is appropriate. The description of woodland animals dashing ahead of Jackson's men at the Battle of Chancellorsville in the American Civil War was described in the official war diaries of at least two units as a stampede of deer and other creatures.What you never seen any documentary, where the animals dash out the forest fire and the firemen duck out of the way? So stampede is not the officially correct American English word. Do you have one?
Yeah, my hangup is mostly on the use of the word stampede. It's certainly possible for a herd of panicked deer in the woods to present some danger, but it's not going to be a tide of flesh and hooves like in open terrain. As I imagine it, the biggest danger is trying to predict which way a panicked animal is going to go. These deer aren't being forced to take any particular path, and they're agile enough to evade predators in this terrain. They certainly don't want to collide with anything, whether its a tree or a PC.I think this is a connotation vs. denotation issue. The dictionary definition (as seen at http://www.dictionary.com/browse/stampede?s=t) does not specify "open spaces", but does mention "frightened animals" (like those escaping the fire in [MENTION=277]jasper[/MENTION]'s post), but the connotation (largely from to Western and Tarzan movies) is of large animals on an open plane. This is useful since the DM should have to decide what kind (or at least how large) of animals are stampeding. If it is a bunch of big animals, I would treat it as if two animals attacked each PC every round, if it is a bunch of little animals, one or two swarms should do it, and if it is a mix, maybe one large animal and one swarm per round.