The Worth of a Hero

A common joke at my table, when a character is really close to levelling but isn’t quite there yet, they start to wonder how much experience they’d get for offing the party’s bard. Especially at high level when revivify is available, 500 gp isn’t that much of a cost to get that last bit of experience.  When a player is a non-human or non-standard race—especially a traditionally monstrous race—then that becomes even more appealing. After all, if every other orc or goblin you’ve killed has give you a showering of xp, why not the more powerful champion that won’t see it coming?