What weirds me out about my friends is the sheer amount of random knowledge they have. Consider the following questions:
- What plant does saffron come from?
- If someone displays their arms on a lozenge, what do you know about them?
- What’s the AC of an unarmored person?
- What’s a gore, when dealing with fabric?
- What year did the Normans conquer England?
- A cop stops Werner Heisenburg and asks, “Sir, do you know how fast you were going?” Heisenburg thinks for a moment, then says, “No, but I know exactly where I am!” Now, why is that funny?
- Can you count to 10 in binary?
- Bonus point for asking which 10.
- Can you count to 10 in any language other than English? Two points if it’s a dead or nonhuman language.
- What’s Esperanto?
- Briefly describe any of the following: Pierson’s puppeteer; fire lizard; beholder; 800-series combat chassis; treecat; rancor
- Briefly describe any of the following: Jareth, King of the Goblins; Glorfindel; Frank-n-Furter; Chief Chirpa; Oberon; Valentine Michael Smith; Grendel
- What’s a gorget?
- Who wears strawberry leaves on their hats?
Now, I’m going to bet that most people I know can answer four or five of these just off the tops of their respective heads, maybe more if their knowledge-sets really overlap mine. What’s strange is how uncommon it is to find someone who can answer even one.
There’s something about PCs and NPCs lurking in the back of my head, but it hasn’t cohered yet.