I have had to do enough metaphysical conversations with snakes in my campaigns that it's worth making a table about it now.
Possibly applicable for dragons, too.
|The Philosophical Snake is the most dangerous predator of all...|
For philosophers, anyway.
THE SNAKE ASKS OF YOU:
1. Do Nightmares Have Dreams?
Sometimes, laying in stillness, I see The Moon.
2. What Does Time Taste Like?
Little mice hiding very still, their heartbeats beating like raindrops in a storm.
3. Do Illusions Feel Pain?
It would be little different for you, I think...
4. What Is The Shape of God?
Powerful, elusive, flexible, growing. It sheds its skin and smaller things come to feast on it.
5. Do Mice Have Free Will?
Will you struggle? Have you agency, or is it determined that you will resist?
(If power is all that determines agency, then which of us has free will?)
Have all the events and causalities of the universe irrevocably led to this moment, where I swallow you whole for nourishment?
Have we any true choice in this matter of consumption? Can I decide not to eat you, tasty meal?
What use is agency to I? Just a way to excuse missing a meal?
(All arguments shall be restated using examples of the snake eating the opposing conversationalists.)
6. Hello, I Am Snake.
(Use This. Type in all player responses.)
7. What Is Joy?
When I have eaten I feel at peace, but it is a still peace. A quiet peace.
8. Why Do You Not Consume Babies?
They are nutritious, soft and delicious, and easy to digest. They do not resist. They have little permanence.
Babies are the best of foods, and yet you spurn them. Why?
What does it matter that it be human or not?