Lady Red has just thrown a fireball at some pirates in the jungle. But as an expert wizard, she had no problem applying the Merciful meta-magic to it, turning it into a non-lethal show of force.
Lady Red was a fellow player's character in our local "Savage Tide" RPG campaign. The campaign was played using the D&D 3.5 rule set, with a lot of custom house rules. The main adventures were from the Savage Tide adventure path, but there were plenty of extra adventures to beside those.