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The amazon brigade successfully rescued that bachsel in distress

A Damsel is a young unmarried woman, and presented in a diminutive stature. She is unable to defend herself, or protect herself, and requires the attention of a handsome strong man to rescue her.

A Bachsel is a young unmarried man, and presented in an incompetent stature. He is unable to fix or repair things, and often is at the mercy of the environment around him.

It seemed to me that it was most unfair that there was a term for a woman in distress, but not a man is distress. In the modern era it has become increasingly apparent to me that there is an increasingly large population of men who are simply incapable of doing things. Just as the Damsel could not defend herself from robbers, bandits or voracious dragons, the Bachsel is the insolent useless product of a modern culture. 

The proper bachsel is young and attractive, spending a good deal of time at the gym and if not at the beach, a tanning salon. Terms like manscaping, soy lattes, and other unmasculine behaviors come to mind. The bachsel cannot change a tire, or fix anything beyond turning it on and off. He must be rescued by an outsider.

The counterpart to the bachsel is the Dame, or the Lady Knight who is competent and able to take care of herself and can rescue pretty little boy toys.




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Cheka Man
December 30, 2012, 11:24
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It's a pity I can't vote on this.
caesar193
December 30, 2012, 12:44
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Why the name Bachsel?
Scrasamax
December 30, 2012, 16:01
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The term damsel is tied back to mesdemoiselles, a term for an unmarried woman, later abbreviated to 'Damsel'. The term for an unmarried man is bachelor, the root being bache (you can google the etymology of the word if you like) so creating a diminutive form of bachelor, reduce to two syllables and make phonetically similar to damsel equals bachsel.
Scrasamax
December 30, 2012, 18:22
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And you can pronounce it BACH-sel, or BASH-el
MysticMoon
December 30, 2012, 16:52
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What an interesting concept. This is an excellent seed for a plot.
Strolen
December 31, 2012, 3:11
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Excellent thought!
Siren no Orakio
January 1, 2013, 9:40
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Amusing, yes.
Moonlake
June 12, 2013, 22:28
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Good concept based on modern life.


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       By: Almar

While setting up camp for the night, the PC's are aproached by another group of adventurers who seem nice enough. The road is somewhat dangerous and the other group suggests camping together. The two bands split watches, one adventurer from each group watching at once. The night goes by without incident, the next day the PC's travel with the other group as they are going the same way.

The group consists of Hordel the ranger, who is skilled with the bow. Hordel is a quiet man who speaks little but appears quite skilled. Dremar is a barbarian who is a little excentric, he seems to be an excasive drinker and thiunk that battle is the solution to everything. He appears to be a stout and powerful fighter with his greataxe. Ferrin is the leader of the group, a rouge by trade. He is daft and witty, speaking with the PCs often and asking many questions. He fights with finesse with his rapier. Preminitat as a cleric but he will not say which god he worships. He uses his spells to empower and heal his party and fights with a club. He sticks close to Ferrin. Ferrin is a great talker and tells much of himself and his party, but asks even more about the history and capabilities of the PCs. He tells of some adventures his party has had, and they seem like an interesting group of mercenaries. Hordel is quite and has little interest in speaking with the PCs, he ignores most questions. He spends a lot of time with Dremar and sometimes Ferrin. Dremar seems to not care about any questions ansked to him, nor does he seem to know the answers. He seems battle hardened and is a simple man. Preminitat rarely starts conversations but will speak with the PCs. However, some of his accounts of the party's history seem to condradict those of Ferrin.

The Party spends another night and day with Ferrin's group. One of four things can happen on the third night.
1: While eating dinner around the fire, Ferrin gets into an argument with one of the PCs when he/she mentions the discepincies between Ferrin's stories and Preminitat's.
2: Hordel gets mad after repeated questioning about his life from the PCs.
3. Preminitat gets mad after repeated questioning from the PCs about what god he worships.
4: One of the PCs rejects the offer of a drink from Dremar and he takes it as an insult.
All of these scenarios result in a battle between the parties. If Ferrin's party is defeated and still lives he swears vengance. His party may then cross paths with the adventurers again.

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