The theft is so blatant that the plagiarist even left in the original name of an NPC, Chandra Stol -- not exactly the fantasy equivalent of John Smith. (Quinn Brightheart? Conan the Bloodinator?) Ironically, this obviousness played in Bethesda's favor, as after a million D&D fans pointed out the jarring similarities, they were able to act like a confused dad at a parent/teacher conference, baffled that their terrible child got their Moby Dick book report off the internet.
The module was pulled and an investigation has been launched. But really, only one question needs answering: How is plagiarism in video game culture a thing? There is no group more proud of scrutinizing every single movie frame and line of text than geeks, yet people still think they can get away with this. It'd be easier to steal a beard off a dwarf. Did we say dwarf? We meant Nord.
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