Rocks fall, everyone dies.

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A re-imagining of a certain scene from “Saiyuki,” in a way that can be applied to myself and my roomies. Remember, this manga format reads from the top right to the top left, not left to right as English comics are usually presented!

Also, whiteboard images that went up sometime after I hung the “Saiyuki” challenge:

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This is generally what happens to my whiteboard doodlings – they get added to, redone, or made into bad puns.  It’s a growing process over a length of time.  Also, it is awesome.

Liz saw the last whiteboard version (“NaNo Dying”), and immediately exclaimed, “Harry Potter reference for the win!”  This confused me, since I thought I was making a clever reference to a certain “Something Positivecomic.  Liz’s eyes sort of glazed over and she explained patiently that J.K. Rowling once joked that at the end of HP book 7, rocks would fall and all would die.

I suppose I smiled and nodded, my own eyes glazing over.  Later, while searching the interwebs for the One True Source of the quote “rocks fall, everyone dies,” I discovered… that no one really knew.  It’s been a part of gaming for a long time, though, so I assume that the GMs of old are ultimately to blame for the idea, if not the exact phrasing of “rocks fall.”

I was unable to find a date for J.K. Rowling’s utterance, so I can’t secretly gloat that “Something Positive” used it first (May 3rd, 2002).  But, y’know?  In the immortal words of S*P’s Choo-Choo Bear: “Meh.”

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  1. #1 by Eric Haas on February 3, 2008 - 11:58 pm

    I think the idea goes back even further than that: “And huge hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, came down from heaven upon men;…” (Revelation 16:21)

  2. #2 by probablefutures on February 4, 2008 - 11:44 pm

    Makes sense. It would sure explain god-moding GMs!

  3. #3 by Bosco on August 24, 2008 - 12:08 am

    Play neverwinter nights 2 from start to finish and you’ll know where the quote comes from. And you’ll catch one of the best game endings… ever.

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