Okay, this is gonna take some explaining but, there’s a story that my old D&D group would tell any incoming players new to tabletop gaming about me. As a warning to how committed I was to playing my characters as accurately as I could and how ruthless I could be as a roleplayer.
So back in 3.5 I was in a game that lasted for a couple years, playing once a week for several hours. There were 3 of us and a DM. The DM made characters for each of us to start the game as and gave each of us a quirk. I grabbed the spellcaster (half-elf sorceror), and was told I was -obsessed with magical items-. That is very important.
Fast forward a long time (We were level 6 or 7, we ended the game at level 9) and that sorceror was the only one of the three starting characters still alive, though the DM had let me class change to shadowcaster cause we got Tome of Magic during it and it -fit- the character well. Regardless, my character has been burned a lot and has developed some pretty serious trust issues, and we have no healer in the party. Our ranger is currently carrying the wand of healing and our group has swelled to 5 players and a DM at this point.
SO, with all that set, we get into this encounter against some very large bugs. One of them grapples my character and tries to take off and the fighter literally jumps up and grabs me to ground me. So I’m good. Next round they grab the ranger and start to take off. Everyone else is otherwise too far or preoccupied to help so I’m trying to figure out how to resolve this situation. The DM helpfully pipes up “He has your only wand of healing”.
I look at him like “Oh yeah you’re right.” followed by “I cast Umbral Hand (stronger Mage Hand) on the Wand of Healing”.
There is dead silence at the table and a thousand yard stare fixated on me as I grin like a lunatic. About a minute later the DM says “Okay, you take the wand.”
Another turn goes around and it comes back to me.
DM: “Well the ranger is out of reach now, anything you can do to help him?”
Me: “Nope, but I’m gonna cast Umbral Hand and take his quiver of magic arrows too.”
And this is how all new players got told that I will loot them before they died if given the chance and the reasoning.