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After defeating the naga at the Crucible, the Slaying Face congratulates the party with "The naga's venom offers only pyrrhic victory for those who best them, yet our contender lives to fight another day!". Does it mean that there was a person named Pyrrhus in the history of Eora, who achieved a victory, while suffering heavy casualties? Or it should be considered a bug?

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As Terry Pratchett once said, "However towering the local mountains, however dwarf-haunted the local woods, any character wanting to eat a piece of zorkle meat between two slices of bread probably has no other word for it than 'sandwich'. ... The builder of fresh worlds may start out carefully avoiding Alsatian dogs and Toledo steel, but if he or she has any sense will one day look up from the keyboard and utter the words "What the hell?""

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Pyrrhic victory=costly victory... considering the circumstances I think you can easily use that. 

 

...Not that Sir Pratchett wasn't right. 

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Yeah but it was named after a guy who famously had a costly victory. Sort of like Bloodborne slightly bugged me by mentioning Gatling Guns and the Hippocratic Oath

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Interesting, I wasn't aware of the origins of the expression "pyrrhic victory." Honestly though, you're nitpicking a little, don't you think? ;) You can't go looking at the origins of every single word/expression to see if it lines up with Eora's history.

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some big fantasy book make up their own terms and names for many things

reading them was not easy

better just use real world terms

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Hey, I do remember an instance in BG2:EE, (or was it Siege of Dragonspear? It was one if the Beamdog additions) when a resident valley girl Neera reacted with a pretty setting inappropriate "Jeeeezuss" out of nowhere. And nobody in the writing or editing team caught on to that, beacuse it's so natural to say so for some people.

"Pyrrhic victory" might be so ingrained in the writers dictionary, that similarly nobody caught on that it's pretty setting inapropriate. That, or somebody on the writing team just wanted to show off their purple prose.

And it is kind of jarring. Especially when "costly victory" works just as well.

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I think it works a lot better than "costly victory". If you defeat the Naga, but die from their poison later, then you're still dead. That's more than just "costly".

 

And "Pyrrhic victory" at least sounds like something an ancient warrior might say. Do you really think that's as bad as "Jeeeezuss"?

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I'd go with "hollow victory", but, yeah, it's nitpicking. In general, I do appreciate the effort made for the consistency of the setting.

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