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* ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'': the Superman {{Expy}} Legacy has the Fortitude card used to reduce damage taken, which depicts him [[NoSell No Selling]] a hail of bullets.
-->"Legacy took times like these to ponder what dinner might involve tonight."
10th Jan '17 1:56:32 AM caden123
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9th Jan '17 3:47:05 PM Xtifr
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* In one scene in ''ComicBook/RisingStars'', Pyre (who has power similar to the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Human Torch]]) is getting shot at, which, of course, doesn't affect him. He says the following: "Y'know, I remember watching [[TheAdventuresOfSuperman the old Superman TV series]] with George Reeves, and the bad guys would always shoot at Superman, when he showed up. I used to ask myself, why? They know it's not going to hurt him, at most, it'll piss him off, so why shoot at him? You know what it comes down to? The bad guys are always stupid. Dirt-stick-stone stupid." Unfortunately, right after that [[spoiler: a device is used on him that defuses his powers, and he's shot to death.]]

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* In one scene in ''ComicBook/RisingStars'', Pyre (who has power similar to the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Human Torch]]) is getting shot at, which, of course, doesn't affect him. He says the following: "Y'know, I remember watching [[TheAdventuresOfSuperman [[Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman the old Superman TV series]] with George Reeves, and the bad guys would always shoot at Superman, when he showed up. I used to ask myself, why? They know it's not going to hurt him, at most, it'll piss him off, so why shoot at him? You know what it comes down to? The bad guys are always stupid. Dirt-stick-stone stupid." Unfortunately, right after that [[spoiler: a device is used on him that defuses his powers, and he's shot to death.]]
9th Jan '17 2:41:03 PM StFan
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* The ''Mazinger'' series: Whenever a human army turns on ''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' or ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', they always shot round after of round of ammo in spite of they should already know conventional weaponry not even scratches them (it was kind of subverted the first time Mazinger-Z was activated in the manga. The army could not know what that HumongousMecha was made of. And in that time, the dome that should be protecting Kouji inside the cockpit was still open, so the pilot was still vulnerable. Shooting Superman in that situation could have worked). Also, when a {{Robeast}} appears, the army insists on attacking them in spite of they should know after the first few times they are wasting ammo, men and money. It was kind of subverted in a Mazinger-Z episode, though: a squad of [[{{Mooks}} Iron Masks]] surrounded Aphrodite-A and threw a hail of spears against the FemBot. They very obviously did not damage it, but they managed to slow Sayaka down (they were so many they were very distracting) what was their intention.

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* The ''Mazinger'' series: Whenever a human army turns on ''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' or ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', they always shot round after of round of ammo in spite of they should already know conventional weaponry not even scratches them (it them. (It was kind of subverted the first time Mazinger-Z was activated in the manga. The army could not know what that HumongousMecha was made of. And in that time, the dome that should be protecting Kouji inside the cockpit was still open, so the pilot was still vulnerable. Shooting Superman in that situation could have worked). worked.) Also, when a {{Robeast}} appears, the army insists on attacking them in spite of they should know after the first few times they are wasting ammo, men and money. It was kind of subverted in a Mazinger-Z ''Mazinger-Z'' episode, though: a squad of [[{{Mooks}} Iron Masks]] surrounded Aphrodite-A and threw a hail of spears against the FemBot. They very obviously did not damage it, but they managed to slow Sayaka down (they were so many they were very distracting) what was their intention.



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'''Superman:''' You're simple, Simeon! If flames can't hurt me — What good are bullets going to do?\\

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'''Superman:''' You're simple, Simeon! If flames can't hurt me -- What good are bullets going to do?\\



** Deconstructed by Superman himself in ''Comicbook/{{Justice}}'' when he says being bulletproof means nothing because the bullets don't stop after bouncing off him and they can hurt someone else.

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** Deconstructed by Superman himself in ''Comicbook/{{Justice}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Justice}}'' when he says being bulletproof means nothing because the bullets don't stop after bouncing off him and they can hurt someone else.



* In a decades-old issue of ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' comic book series a villainess laughs off the titular hero's reputation of being eternal. There's some kidnapping, romantic tension, reducing plans to ruins and holding the hero helpless at gunpoint. The usual, but the Phantom just stands there [[AssKickingPose arms crossed]] and doesn't even flinch as he's shot. The woman commits suicide rather than face a genuine immortal. As it happens, the Phantom is the [[LegacyCharacter latest in a line]] of {{Badass normal}}s with no superpowers whatsoever. He slinks away badly wounded, thanking his lucky stars that he was toughx enough to keep stoic.



* ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'' - The Hulk's adversary [[GeneralRipper General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross]] considers this standard operating procedure. Every time he finds Dr. Banner, he orders his battalion to open fire on his [[UnstoppableRage raging]] [[NighInvulnerability indestructible]] foe, conveniently forgetting the previous ''hundred'' or so times where this only served to piss him off. He made a grand return in ''Comicbook/WorldWarHulk'' and proceeded to… shoot the Hulk. [[ImmuneToBullets It didn't really work]], even with ''adamantium'' bullets.

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* ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'' - ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'': The Hulk's adversary [[GeneralRipper General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross]] considers this standard operating procedure. Every time he finds Dr. Banner, he orders his battalion to open fire on his [[UnstoppableRage raging]] [[NighInvulnerability indestructible]] foe, conveniently forgetting the previous ''hundred'' or so times where this only served to piss him off. He made a grand return in ''Comicbook/WorldWarHulk'' ''ComicBook/WorldWarHulk'' and proceeded to… to... shoot the Hulk. [[ImmuneToBullets It didn't doesn't really work]], even with ''adamantium'' bullets.



-->'''Superman''': You can hit me if you want. I'll even make sure you don't break your hand\\
'''Batman''': ''[glares at him]'' Pow.\\

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-->'''Superman''': -->'''Superman:''' You can hit me if you want. I'll even make sure you don't break your hand\\
'''Batman''':
hand.\\
'''Batman:'''
''[glares at him]'' Pow.\\



* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Webcomic/LoveAndCapes'' #10 when Abby gains temporary superpowers and her fiancee Crusader (a Superman {{Expy}}) is schooling her in superheroing:
-->'''Abby''': So, after they run out of bullets, why do they throw the empty guns?\\
'''Crusader''': I've been trying to figure that out for years.



* ''Comicbook/LukeCageHeroForHire'' - Marvel super hero Luke Cage has super strength and unbreakable skin. Whenever someone tries to shoot or stab him, he'll just stand there and say "unbreakable skin." (Note, in the [[TheSeventies 70s]], when Cage was a {{blaxploitation}} parody, he'd say "Unbreakable skin fool/turkey." And in the [[Creator/MarvelMax Max]] line, he says "Unbreakable skin motherfucker." A running gag is that people, mostly Franchise/SpiderMan, will say that he needs [[ClothingDamage unbreakable pants.]]
** In an issue of ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'', someone tries to stab Luke Cage. Since the knife stops at his skin but the guy keeps stabbing, his hand slides down the knife and gets cut open.

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* ''Comicbook/LukeCageHeroForHire'' ''ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire'' - Marvel super hero Luke Cage has super strength and unbreakable skin. Whenever someone tries to shoot or stab him, he'll just stand there and say "unbreakable skin." (Note, in the [[TheSeventies 70s]], when Cage was a {{blaxploitation}} parody, he'd say "Unbreakable skin fool/turkey." And in the [[Creator/MarvelMax Max]] line, he says "Unbreakable skin motherfucker." A running gag is that people, mostly Franchise/SpiderMan, will say that he needs [[ClothingDamage unbreakable pants.]]
** In an issue of ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'', someone tries to stab Luke Cage. Since the knife stops at his skin but the guy keeps stabbing, his hand slides down the knife and gets cut open.



* ''Comicbook/AtomicRobo'' is a famous robot Action Scientist who is immune to small arms fire. That doesn't stop people from trying to shoot him.

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* ''Comicbook/AtomicRobo'' ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'' is a famous robot Action Scientist who is immune to small arms fire. That doesn't stop people from trying to shoot him.



* Performed and lampshaded in ''Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog.'' Super Sonic fights the equally powerful Enerjak to a standstill, greatly frustrating the latter. Fed up, Enerjak decides to simply teleport Sonic away... deep underground. Sonic's response is to instantly dig his way back up to the surface, remarking; "He seriously tries to imprison a burrowing species by burying him? At least his brain is still as clever as ever!"
* ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}'': ''Superman #9 - Superman #10'': Superman is fighting Anguish, a girl roughly as strong and fast as him and able to turn {{intangib|ility}}le. Even after Anguish demonstrates that not even Superman is fast enough to hit her before she turns intangible, the arriving police continue to shoot. Both fighters request for them to stop (Superman because the bullets that go through Anguish are wrecking everything, Anguish because she thinks the gunfire is annoying), but the police refuse to stop.
** In another Comicbook/{{New 52}} storyline featuring a crossover with Wonder Woman, Superman ends up fighting Apollo, the Greek god of the sun, who doesn't approve of his and Wonder Woman's relationship. He tries to kill Superman with a direct hit from the sun. [[note]]Superman is powered by the sun, and direct exposure only makes him more powerful, and on top of that, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain it healed all Superman's previous injuries]][[/note]] When Apollo seems stunned that Superman is still alive and unharmed, he asks how, to which Supes replies, "You hit me with sunlight? You don't know very much about me, do you?" and proceeds to deliver an epic CurbstompBattle.
* ''Comicbook/{{Irredeemable}}'''s spin-off ''Incorruptible'' lampshades this when the invulnerable Max Damage punches a guard who was shooting him in the face, shouting "That's for wasting bullets!"

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* Performed and lampshaded in ''Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog.''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog.'' Super Sonic fights the equally powerful Enerjak to a standstill, greatly frustrating the latter. Fed up, Enerjak decides to simply teleport Sonic away... deep underground. Sonic's response is to instantly dig his way back up to the surface, remarking; "He seriously tries to imprison a burrowing species by burying him? At least his brain is still as clever as ever!"
* ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}'': ''ComicBook/New52'':
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''Superman #9 - Superman #10'': Superman is fighting Anguish, a girl roughly as strong and fast as him and able to turn {{intangib|ility}}le. Even after Anguish demonstrates that not even Superman is fast enough to hit her before she turns intangible, the arriving police continue to shoot. Both fighters request for them to stop (Superman because the bullets that go through Anguish are wrecking everything, Anguish because she thinks the gunfire is annoying), but the police refuse to stop.
** In another Comicbook/{{New 52}} New 52 storyline featuring a crossover with Wonder Woman, Superman ends up fighting Apollo, the Greek god of the sun, who doesn't approve of his and Wonder Woman's relationship. He tries to kill Superman with a direct hit from the sun. [[note]]Superman is powered by the sun, and direct exposure only makes him more powerful, and on top of that, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain it healed all Superman's previous injuries]][[/note]] When Apollo seems stunned that Superman is still alive and unharmed, he asks how, to which Supes replies, "You hit me with sunlight? You don't know very much about me, do you?" and proceeds to deliver an epic CurbstompBattle.
* ''Comicbook/{{Irredeemable}}'''s ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'''s spin-off ''Incorruptible'' lampshades this when the invulnerable Max Damage punches a guard who was shooting him in the face, shouting "That's for wasting bullets!"



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* In a decades-old issue of ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' comic book series a villainess laughs off the titular hero's reputation of being eternal. There's some kidnapping, romantic tension, reducing plans to ruins and holding the hero helpless at gunpoint. The usual, but the Phantom just stands there [[AssKickingPose arms crossed]] and doesn't even flinch as he's shot. The woman commits suicide rather than face a genuine immortal. As it happens, the Phantom is the [[LegacyCharacter latest in a line]] of {{Badass normal}}s with no superpowers whatsoever. He slinks away badly wounded, thanking his lucky stars that he was tough enough to keep stoic.
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** Hilariously {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the short in which [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Rorschach]] shoots ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} only to find out:
--->'''Rorschach:''' You don't die, do you?\\
'''Deadpool:''' Nope.
** Rorschach then continues to shoot Deadpool [[RunningGag throughout the series]]. However, he never really seems to expect it to have an effect (though once he caused impact by shooting Deadpool's guitar). He usually just does it to shut Deadpool up.



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** Hilariously {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the short in which [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Rorschach]] shoots SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} only to find out-
--->'''Rorschach''': You don't die, do you?\\
'''Deadpool''': Nope.
** Rorschach then continues to shoot Deadpool [[RunningGag throughout the series]]. However, he never really seems to expect it to have an effect (though once he caused impact by shooting Deadpool's guitar). He usually just does it to shut Deadpool up.
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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Webcomic/LoveAndCapes'' #10 when Abby gains temporary superpowers and her fiancee Crusader (a Superman {{Expy}}) is schooling her in superheroing:
-->'''Abby:''' So, after they run out of bullets, why do they throw the empty guns?\\
'''Crusader:''' I've been trying to figure that out for years.



-->'''Wonderella:''' Man, I been there. Once a week I get some genius who keeps shooting at me even after my "YOUR BULLETS ARE USELESS" speech. Gotta wonder what the schools are teaching these days.

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-->'''Wonderella:''' --->'''Wonderella:''' Man, I been there. Once a week I get some genius who keeps shooting at me even after my "YOUR BULLETS ARE USELESS" speech. Gotta wonder what the schools are teaching these days.



--->'''Wonderella:''' A dozen bullets didn't do the job - let's try [[ThrowAwayGuns awkwardly tossing an empty gun]]. [[SchmuckBait See how that works for you.]]

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--->'''Wonderella:''' A dozen bullets didn't do the job - -- let's try [[ThrowAwayGuns awkwardly tossing an empty gun]]. [[SchmuckBait See how that works for you.]]



* This happens rather frequently throughout the Franchise/{{DCAU}}, as the different shows feature many heroes that are immune to one attack or another, including the eponymous Superman:

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* This happens rather frequently throughout the Franchise/{{DCAU}}, Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse, as the different shows feature many heroes that are immune to one attack or another, including the eponymous Superman:



** ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'':

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** ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'':''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'':



*** Lampshaded (and justified) in "Hereafter" by a pair of police officers as they lament the useless of their guns against a group of super villains during Superman's absence :
----> '''Officer 1:''' This is hopeless, we might as well be throwing candy corn at them!\\

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*** Lampshaded (and justified) in "Hereafter" by a pair of police officers as they lament the useless of their guns against a group of super villains supervillains during Superman's absence :
----> '''Officer ---->'''Officer 1:''' This is hopeless, we might as well be throwing candy corn at them!\\



* It's become something of a RunningGag in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' that Bumblebee will always try to use his stingers (weapons that shoot beams of electricity) on Decepticons even though they never do ''anything'' (until he fought Swindle which was in the ''24th'' episode).

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It's become something of a RunningGag in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' that Bumblebee will always try to use his stingers (weapons that shoot beams of electricity) on Decepticons even though they never do ''anything'' (until he fought Swindle which was in the ''24th'' episode).



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' - In "Treehouse of Horror X'', Bart and Lisa get superpowers and have to fight 'The Collector' (I.E Comic Book Guy). He shoots Bart (with a laser!) who manages to dodge every shot. In a subversion though, when he throws the gun, it hits Bart and knocks him out.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'''s episode "Stuck Up, Up and Away" when the girls arrive to stop a bank robbery. Naturally the robbers open fire on them to no effect.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' - ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "Treehouse of Horror X'', Bart and Lisa get superpowers and have to fight 'The Collector' (I.E Comic Book Guy). He shoots Bart (with a laser!) who manages to dodge every shot. In a subversion though, when he throws the gun, it hits Bart and knocks him out.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'''s episode "Stuck Up, Up and Away" when the girls arrive to stop a bank robbery. Naturally the robbers open fire on them to no effect. [[StrongAsTheyNeedToBe To be fair, the girls durability is very inconsistent. Some episodes they take getting sent through a building with no major injuries, and other times getting hit by an ordinary human can hurt them.]]



** [[StrongAsTheyNeedToBe To be fair, the girls durability is very inconsistent. Some episodes they take getting sent through a building with no major injuries, and other times getting hit by an ordinary human can hurt them.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', Ben becomes GenreSavvy of this trope in subsequent fights with [[BigBad Vilgax]] and mostly runs from him or relies on tricks to defeat him rather than fighting him head on since Vilgax is {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'', Ben becomes GenreSavvy of this trope in subsequent fights with [[BigBad Vilgax]] and mostly runs from him or relies on tricks to defeat him rather than fighting him head on since Vilgax is {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le.



* As part of a plan to steal Olive Oyl's heart, Bluto disguised himself as Superman and used several tricks to make it look like he had Supes' powers. That included wearing a metal plate under his costume and daring {{ComicStrip/Popeye}} to shoot him. As part of the Popeye vs. Bluto/Superman challenge, Bluto got to shoot Popeye back but the bullets were stopped by Popeye's spinach can. ([[FridgeHorror Did Popeye eat those bullets with the spinach?]]) It's ''[[MadeOfIron Popeye]]''. He easily could.

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* As part of a plan to steal Olive Oyl's heart, Bluto disguised disguises himself as Superman and used uses several tricks to make it look like he had Supes' powers. That included includes wearing a metal plate under his costume and daring {{ComicStrip/Popeye}} WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} to shoot him. As part of the Popeye vs. Bluto/Superman challenge, Bluto got gets to shoot Popeye back but the bullets were are stopped by Popeye's spinach can. ([[FridgeHorror Did Popeye eat those bullets with the spinach?]]) It's ''[[MadeOfIron Popeye]]''. He easily could.



* Speaking of modern armour, there's also body armour too - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXMjh_XbkiI there's this video]] showing a soldier in Iraq who gets sniped centre of mass, only to get up again. [[MookHorrorShow Cue freaked-out insurgents.]]

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* Speaking of modern armour, armor, there's also body armour armor too - -- [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXMjh_XbkiI there's this video]] showing a soldier in Iraq who gets sniped centre of mass, only to get up again. [[MookHorrorShow Cue freaked-out insurgents.]]



8th Jan '17 7:21:30 AM nighttrainfm
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** ''ComicBook/SupermanTheWeddingAlbum'' features an example of someone not even bothering and just running...when, unbeknownst to him, Clark was BroughtDownToNormal and could've actually been hurt.
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** ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'' played straight and lampshaded this before subverting it:
*** Superman lampshades this when several crooks open fire in the first issue:
---->'''Superman:''' Criminal types never seem to tire of shooting off guns! I shouldn't complain... a few cannon shells aren't even a bother!
*** Issue #234 gives a truly stupid example. A corrupt tycoon's hired guns shoot at Superman using 50 millimeter shells. Then one of them uses a shotgun. Later they try to punch him, and their boss headbutts' Superman's stomach.
---->'''Superman:''' Oh, come on, fella! If your big guns didn't stop me, surely you don't expect that bean-shooter to do the job!
*** In issue #235, several terrorists shoot Superman. When bullets don't work, one of them clubs his head with his shotgun's butt. Superman lampshades it.
---->'''Superman:''' Oh... You shouldn't have tried shooting, either! My name is Superman... and bullets don't bother me a whole lot! But you've noticed that, huh?
*** In issue #240, though, Superman is so weak than he can be injured by a bullet. Fortunately his costume is still bulletproof.
28th Dec '16 10:48:56 AM MiddleEighth
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*Averted in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. Spectrem gets so angry at Paul for being an ActualPacifist in the middle of a war that he starts attacking him with different energy beams in an attempt to get Paul to take a swing at him, but stops when it becomes apparent that [[NighInvulnerable Paul isn't being harmed in the slightest]]. Later, when Paul and George have a messy little encounter with the diplomat Lee Ayson, Spectrem doesn't bother to even try to attack Paul, which irks Lee considerably.
**Played more straight when muggers in Tevri'ed continually attack the four despite swords breaking on Paul's skin and sliding off John's water field. Though after a couple of days of being “fished” they do finally figure it out.
27th Dec '16 1:00:22 AM ManEFaces
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