I'm DMing a session tonight, and there is a new player at the table. The setup is for a fairly grueling encounter which will likely take the bulk of the session, and I'm looking for an original way to introduce him to the rest of the group, so I'm soliciting any creative ideas you might have.
To keep things fairly generic in case my players read this...suffice it to say the other PCs are questing in an underground area, and have had some dealings with a drow that have led them to a duergar fortress...they are about to enter the forge and meet the head duergar smithy, who likely won't take too kindly to tresspassers.
I was thinking of having the new PC imprisoned/enslaved/restrained by the duergar and they could set him free if they so chose during the encounter. That makes it difficult from a story perspective - they'd likely have the new PC stripped of gear if he was imprisoned, and donning gear typically takes a short rest. I don't want to severely gimp this PC because he's new to 4e and want to make the experience fun for him. Perhaps I could have them free him and gear him up just before the encounter begins?
At this point, I'm just looking for something better than...you show up in the room, and there's this new guy...who's fighting on your side. But if you have any really creative ideas, I'm all ears...