Point of Discovery/Informant Bio
My name is Steven Shumway I’m 21, a student at Utah State University and I have been playing Dungeons and Dragons for about 5 or 6 years. I think it is the most fun you can have with your brain. Because of this I have been immersed in the culture of the game both in game stores and online since I discovered it and fell in love with it.
The rules of different editions of Dungeons and Dragons are often very open to interpretation allowing people to make silly decisions and characters if their Dungeon Master allows it. This particular piece originated on 4chan in 2011. Ever since its creation it has been passed around in forums when people are showing off their crazy stories. This particular story took place within the 3rd edition of the rules. These had extensive ways to customize your characters through skills and as you’re character levelled up these skills could reach levels of ridiculousness that are hard to comprehend.
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This is often shared with an extreme sense of humor. It’s also accepted that this story likely is not completely true. It’s often showed to people who have no idea what the game is about to give them an example of the whacky fun weirdness that can happen in D&D. This meme is also often quoted in real life as well. My friend group would often have one of us have growl some would respond with “Excellent suggestion”.
Dr. Lynne McNeill
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Shumway, Steven, "Sir Bearington" (2018). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 462.
Additional FilesSir Bearington.png (61 kB)