enderxenocide0 wrote:In my campaign, she has a recent political rival in the city. Said rival may have less regard for the other races and wants to be a tyrant that's feared. His followers might actively disregard standard safety procedures like closing their eyes and using their snake hair, forcing Sheshka to start adopting other policies if she wants to keep the people happy.
A group of medusae abandoning the normal gaze-avoidance protocols in order to engender fear in other races makes about as much sense as white supremacists shooting guns in the air during their own gatherings (it might end up generating fear in other people because of the lack of control, but it's going to cause a *lot* more injury to their own people as they end up getting hit by the friendly fire that those protocols were designed to avoid).
Never said they were going about this intelligently
I play most of my villains as intelligent, but every once and a while, you get someone who makes absolutely stupid mistakes and still manages to get followers on emotional grounds.
But let's suppose for a moment they are
aware of the consequences of their actions. They may have a system to announce their presence to each other, so as not to risk their own being petrified. Other medusae are already
following safety protocols that would prevent incidents, so they don't need to worry about that. Or, they only do this as a coordinated effort, actively blocking off "territory" where they know only one medusa of their organization is located.
You might ask why they would do this. Possible reasons include, but are not limited to:
1. Terrorism. They're irrationally upset that they're not even more feared
than they already are and feel they can accomplish this goal through terror.
2. Anarchism. They have a skewed sense of "freedom" and safety be damned, they should be allowed to walk with their eyes open.
3. Upheaval. It's really just a cover for something else, but they need the public to be in an outcry about medusa sight safety issues. It could be a spark that leads to something like the pre-Meiji Era sword hunts in Japan.
4. Idiocy. This is a catch-all for "anything that is just a result of poor thought". Such things happen every day in the real world and usually burn themselves out quickly, exactly because
they are stupid.