Why are animals so aggressive?

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Why are animals so aggressive?

Post by Subutai » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:58 pm

This has been something that's bothered me since starting on Arelith. The fields around Cordor and other villages are full of deer and other furry critters that, for reasons unknown, viciously assault anyone who comes near them, rather than running away, or even just staying neutral.

Is there a reason for this, or is it just cause? It would be really nice if most animals (except maybe bears, wolves, and boars?) would run rather than fight or, if that isn't feasible, just not attack. It always feels immersion-breaking to have my character always being mauled by badgers and deer everywhere he goes, like some kind of reverse-druid.

Also related: There are a huge number of rabid animals around Cordor, and while this might answer the aggression question, it doesn't really answer the question as to why there are so many rabid animals around Cordor.

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Re: Why are animals so aggressive?

Post by Durvayas » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:59 pm

They're being urged on by druids that oppose the taming of the island.
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Re: Why are animals so aggressive?

Post by Reallylongunneededplayername » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:16 pm

Eh, let them run, when hit turn on attack mode.
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Re: Why are animals so aggressive?

Post by Subutai » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:27 pm

I actually wouldn't mind if they'd keep running even on hit, or even get Expeditious Retreat on hit and run. That would make hunting even more interesting. You wouldn't even want to attack until you were sure the prey was in a position where they couldn't escape before they bolt.

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Re: Why are animals so aggressive?

Post by Tarkus the dog » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:32 pm

They know what you do in quarters with elves.

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Re: Why are animals so aggressive?

Post by Subutai » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:42 pm

I don't know why that's a problem. Humans and elves ain't nothing but mammals.

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Re: Why are animals so aggressive?

Post by CosmicOrderV » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:09 pm

Maybe instead of expeditious retreat, make their base-speed insane. 200% insane. These critters can go--at least--twice as fast as any real human can (often faster; things like reindeer can run three-times our tops speeds). Arelith's mechanics are far too limited to be a meaningful hunting simulator, but maybe having lightning fast deer could help sprinkle some of that role-play in.
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Re: Why are animals so aggressive?

Post by Nevrus » Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:18 am

They're actually less aggressive towards characters with high Animal Empathy!
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Re: Why are animals so aggressive?

Post by NauVaseline » Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:23 am

Animals, even dangerous ones, like those depicted try to avoid Humans

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