Ok, so it’s a Sunday. Jared & I are geeking out over Dungeons & Dragons crap, and something rather funny occurs to us.
The Hecatonchires (the baddest non-dragon critter in TSR’s Epic Level Handbook) is killable in one shot by a dude with a whip.
Yep, a dude with a whip. Or even a dude with a shuriken. Regardless of 60/+12 damage reduction, all manner of immunities, and an ungodly number of hit points, a lvl57ish Ranger with Abominations as a favored enemy and a handy “kill on crit” epic feat (the name escapes me at the moment), and a couple of other mild advantages can whack a hecatonchires in one shot.
Throw in Improved Crit and a keen weapon and there’s a significant chance that the critter will need to roll a fortitude save at +39 against a difficulty of 38 plus the Ranger’s Wisdom bonus. Egads, a chance in hell for a whip-wielding mortal to kill a cr57 baddie with a whip… Will wonders never cease?