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more kick-ass quotes from House of Cards’ 1st season

Written by MythicParty - Published on March 13, 2015

imgres-1Last time we looked at various phrases of dialogue from Netflix’s hit political drama House of Cards that could be used by those NPCs who are benign to the players and want to actually try to help them.  Now we’ll see what NPCs who don’t have the PCs best interests at heart might say, as coming from the mouth of HoC’s main character Frank Underwood.  If you’re able to find videos of Kevin Spacey actually doing scenes with these quotes in them, it will greatly enhance the way you recite them at the table.  Especially if you practice and channel your inner Keyser SözeHere are 20 lines that NPCs with some sort of power over the players- whether from stats, magic items, position, or leverage- might say to them at some point.

  • There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong or useless pain, the kind that’s only suffering.  I have no patience for useless things.“
  • “I love her more than sharks love blood.”
  • “We’re in the same boat now.  Take care not to tip it over, I can only save one of us from drowning.”
  • “From this moment on you are a rock. You absorb nothing, you saying nothing, and nothing breaks you.”
  • “Do not misunderstand what I mean by ‘loyalty.’”
  • “The road to power is paved with hypocrisy. And casualties.”
  • “It’s so refreshing to work with someone who’ll throw a saddle on a gift horse rather than look it in the mouth.”
  • “They talk while I sit quietly and imagine their lightly salted faces frying in a skillet.”
  • “What a martyr craves more than anything is a sword to fall on.”
  • “You are never to dictate to me what I can or cannot do.”
  • “I revised the parameters of my promise.”
  • “I’m a powerful friend to have.  Maybe your only friend.  So don’t defy me.”
  • “This is the part where you leave.”
  • “The truth would have ended the conversation before it began.”
  • “I’m not going to lie.  I despise children.  There I said it.”
  • “I want to know who lied.”
  • “I have zero tolerance for betrayal.”
  • “Once someone is exposed, they’re at your mercy.”
  • “I don’t shackle myself to people I don’t know.”
  • “I’ve worked too hard to get in arm’s reach of the prize, only to have my hand cut off before I seize it.”

So these might come from the mouths of the Baron, the guildmaster, or anyone functioning in a leadership role, even if that individual don’t have an official title.  But they could also be spoken by someone who is blackmailing the characters or otherwise in a position of power over them.  The key with these 20 lines drawn from the malign side of Frank Underwood is that the NPC is able to confidently declare them without fear of (immediate) retribution from the characters.  In fact, it helps if the NPC uttering these makes the characters scared or at least a little nervous.  Because every campaign should have at least one such figure.

We have one more part of Frank Underwood’s personality to deconstruct for dialogue: things that actual monsters might say.  And these are truly terrifying.  Stay tuned.

In the meantime, what’s the most intimidating thing an NPC has gotten away with telling a PC?  Or just as interestingly, what’s the most intimidating thing a PC has gotten away with mouthing off to an NPC?  Let us know in the comments below.

Written by MythicParty

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