Elementals attack! Periwinkle attacks back! Our cavalier is in his ele—um, well, he's comfortable with being out in the open, which gives his riding wolf room to charge. His lance strikes a vulnerable spot on the elemental and he scores a critical hit.
Because of feats and character traits, his D6+3 damage is tripled from the charging, and tripled because of the critical hit, becoming 9D6+27. The elemental explodes in to smithereens as Periwinkle's lance hits for 61 damage.
The noise alone strikes us all dumb, and we turn to look at the gnome in the middle of a cloud of dust. 'What? What's wrong with hitting for 61 points of damage?'
'What's wrong? You're 3rd level. And this isn't 4th Edition.'