If you've ever seen situations where people seem to lack urgency during an obvious crisis, think back to the old monster films and insert a strange plot twist: a dragon is approaching a village and yet the peasants seem to lack any sense of urgency.
Here are some possible explanations:
- They are frozen with fear.
- They believe they have a lucky charm.
- They don't believe it's a real dragon.
- They have been warned many times before and each time, nothing happened. The dragon wandered off to terrorize another village or returned to its lair.
- They are afraid that if they take vigorous action now, they'll be expected to do so every time someone runs in with a dragon sighting.
- It's more sophisticated to keep cool and scoff at danger.
- They don't think it is their responsibility to fight the dragon. The knights should earn their status.
- They have no idea of how to fight a dragon.
- They're tired of fighting dragons.
- They don't think the dragon will do much damage.
- They feel they can outrun the dragon.
- They are planning to blame everything on their worthless mayor.
- They've been thinking of moving from the village and plan to be gone by the time the dragon arrives.
- They are quietly enjoying the crisis.