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why you should take a skill check in Perception

November 4th, 2008 (06:57 pm)
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There are a lot of wild pigs in the area where I'm working, so every day we fence up our site with tall stakes and orange plastic netting. We were putting up the fence today when one of my coworkers jumped and dropped the roll of netting he was holding. He swore a rattlesnake had just gone under the tarp. He'd heard it.

We peeled the tarp back and checked. Nothing.

He picked up the netting and kept unrolling it, stringing it over the fenceposts, and then he stopped and dropped the netting again. "There!" he said. "You hear it?"

We crowded around and listened. I'd never encountered a wild rattlesnake in person before, so I thought it was cool. It rattled, sure enough. The rattlesnakes in this area are pygmy rattlers, and so the rattle sounded a bit buzzy, like an angry bug. I still couldn't tell where it was coming from -- and then we saw it.

Curled up in the middle of the tube of orange netting my coworker had been hugging to his chest.

"Dude," I said. "*Way to fail your spot hidden check.*"

We had enough rolls of netting. We let the snake have that one.

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Posted by: Mara (marag)
Posted at: November 5th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
Indy

::wince:: Whoops?

All the places I excavated had a minimum of dangerous animals. I did have some snake encounters, but so far as I know, all of them were not dangerous!

I had a boss who had what I think was the best story ever. She and her crewmates arrived on site one morning to find a cow standing in their unit. It had somehow gotten around several fences and walked straight in, but couldn't figure out how to get out.

I believe they required heavy machinery to remove it.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: November 5th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)

This reminds me of a story from one of my great uncles.

One fall he's out bailing hay in the upper fields, and he's almost done for the day, so its getting dark. He decides to roll up one last bale (the big spiral bales) and call it a night.

He rolls up the bale with his baler, and gets off to cut the bale twine with his knife. Walks around one side, cuts the twine, walks to the other... and hears a rattler.

... sticking out of the bale of hay is the back end of what must have been a 6 foot diamond back. HUGE snake. Tail is lashing, its rattling, its PISSED. Because its head and the upper 3 feet are stuck in the bale.

What does my great uncle do? Walks up, grabs the back end of the snake, and LOPS the butt off with his knife.

He always laughs nervously when we ask "What would you have done if it had been the FRONT end of the snake that was free?"

Posted by: mendori (mendori)
Posted at: November 5th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)

Damn it, that was me.

Posted by: trinfaneb (trinfaneb)
Posted at: November 5th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)

I thought humans already had Perception as a racial trait :) (at least in the WoW universe)

Posted by: Mari (marici)
Posted at: November 5th, 2008 06:10 am (UTC)
hiding my face

Nerfed last patch, I'm afraid. Clearly the source of this snaky story.

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