While your friendly neighborhood Trivia Geek endeavors to remain publicly neutral on all issues political or controversial, I simply could not resist reposting (without editing or judgment) the three leading U.S. presidential candidates as they would appear in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons' Monster Manual, courtesy of British sci-fi author Charles Stross.John McCain (Demon Prince of Republicans.) (Lesser God.) FREQUENCY: Very rare NO APPEARING: 1 ARMOUR CLASS: -7 MOVE: 3" (72" per flight sector on the campaign jet) HIT DICE: 200 hit points (But first you have to defeat 4d8 Secret Service Agents) % IN LAIR: 0% TREASURE TYPE: All your NATO base are belong to us! NO. OF ATTACKS: 1 DAMAGE/ATTACK: Invades Iran. Takes 100d20 casualties in first strike while inflicting 20 x 100d20 civilian casualties. Followed by war of attrition, economic collapse, recrimination. SPECIAL ATTACKS: 5% chance of 30,000 Megaton nuclear first strike on Upper Volta. SPECIAL DEFENSES: +3 or better weapon to hit. In event of combat, 20% chance of heart attack per round, followed by the swearing in of President Santorum. You wouldn't want that, would you?) MAGIC RESISTANCE: 80% (10% vs. mind control spells by Cheney.) INTELLIGENCE: Normal. CHARISMA: 12 (16 to neocons) ALIGNMENT: Chaotic evil if under control of Cheney; otherwise Chaotic neutral. SIZE: M LEVEL/X.P. VALUE: X/29,950* (* for impeachment)
A huge, ancient, carnivorous dinosaur from the swamps at the heart of Republican country, not unlike Godzilla in appearance and wrinkled integument, McCain has seen better years. Nevertheless he can breathe fire and threaten to stomp flat the capital city of any country that Fox News disapproves of with the best of them.
The biggest danger in facing off against a McCain is that he might be under the mind control of the Svengali-like Cheney, Prince of Darkness. In this case, he is likely to be lethally aggressive and even more unpredictable than usual.Hilary Clinton (Demon Queen of Pork Belly Futures.) (Lesser Goddess.) FREQUENCY: Very rare NO APPEARING: 1 ARMOUR CLASS: -7 (But -4 if encountered in the same campaign as a Bill Clinton) MOVE: 3" (72" per flight sector on the campaign jet) HIT DICE: 200 hit points (But first you have to defeat 4d8 Secret Service Agents) % IN LAIR: 0% TREASURE TYPE: The future is ... Pork! NO. OF ATTACKS: 1 + 1 DAMAGE/ATTACK: captures 2-16 superdelegates; 20% chance to cast Slime per round SPECIAL ATTACKS: If sustaining damage, 33% chance per round of invoking Bill Clinton to fight alongside her. See also Big Dog.) SPECIAL DEFENSES: +4 Fundraising, Regeneration, +3 or better weapon to hit. MAGIC RESISTANCE: 80% INTELLIGENCE: Genius CHARISMA: 17 (Democrats)/ -1 (Republicans) ALIGNMENT: Lawful Neutral (Will steal anything that's not nailed down, especially if she can construe it as lawful appropriation. Depending on the meaning of the word "it".) SIZE: 14 LEVEL/X.P. VALUE: X/12,250* (* for impeachment) As with all Clintons, Hillary exudes negative charisma towards Republicans. Otherwise, she's a classic machine reptile. Barack Obama (Demon Prince of Upsetting Applecarts.) (Lesser God.) FREQUENCY: Very rare NO APPEARING: 1 ARMOUR CLASS: MOVE: 3" (72" per flight sector on the campaign jet) HIT DICE: 200 hit points (But first you have to defeat 4d8 Secret Service Agents — unless attacking in Texas, Florida, or other Republican-held states) % IN LAIR: 0% TREASURE TYPE: Budget Deficit: -500,000 million G.P. plus compound interest NO. OF ATTACKS: 0 (He runs a clean campaign). DAMAGE/ATTACK: Makes his opponents look foolish: -1 Charisma per round engaged in
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