Motivation for a swarm of bugs.

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So i'm playing a nutral good aligned hive-mind swarm of flesh eating insects that just came into being.

Why would i follow a party (the first people) i just met?

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F-111 Interdictor Long (200+ squares) distance ally teleporter. With some warlord stuff. Broken in a plot way, not a power way.

Thought Switch Higher level build that grants upto 14 attacks on turn 1. If your allies play along, it's broken.

Elven Critters Crit op with crit generation. 5 of these will end anything. Broken.

King Fisher Optimized net user.  Moderate.

Boominator Fun catch-22 booming blade build with either strong or completely broken damage depending on your reading.

Very Distracting Warlock Lot's of dazing and major penalties to hit. Overpowered.

Pocket Protector Pixie Stealth Knight. Maximizing the defender's aura by being in an ally's/enemy's square.

Yakuza NinjIntimiAdin: Perma-stealth Striker that offers a little protection for ally's, and can intimidate bloodied enemies. Very Strong.

Chargeburgler with cheese Ranged attacks at the end of a charge along with perma-stealth. Solid, could be overpowered if tweaked.

Void Defender Defends giving a penalty to hit anyone but him, then removing himself from play. Can get somewhat broken in epic.

Scry and Die Attacking from around corners, while staying hidden. Moderate to broken, depending on the situation.

Skimisher Fly in, attack, and fly away. Also prevents enemies from coming close. Moderate to Broken depending on the enemy, but shouldn't make the game un-fun, as the rest of your team is at risk, and you have enough weaknesses.

Indestructible Simply won't die, even if you sleep though combat.  One of THE most abusive character in 4e.

Sir Robin (Bravely Charge Away) He automatically slows and pushes an enemy (5 squares), while charging away. Hard to rate it's power level, since it's terrain dependent.

Death's Gatekeeper A fun twist on a healic, making your party "unkillable". Overpowered to Broken, but shouldn't actually make the game un-fun, just TPK proof.

Death's Gatekeeper mk2, (Stealth Edition) Make your party "unkillable", and you hidden, while doing solid damage. Stronger then the above, but also easier for a DM to shut down. Broken, until your DM get's enough of it.

Domination and Death Dominate everything then kill them quickly. Only works @ 30, but is broken multiple ways.

Battlemind Mc Prone-Daze Protecting your allies by keeping enemies away. Quite powerful.

The Retaliator Getting hit deals more damage to the enemy then you receive yourself, and you can take plenty of hits. Heavy item dependency, Broken.

Dead Kobold Transit Teleports 98 squares a turn, and can bring someone along for the ride. Not fully built, so i can't judge the power.

Psilent Guardian Protect your allies, while being invisible. Overpowered, possibly broken.

Rune of Vengance Do lot's of damage while boosting your teams. Strong to slightly overpowered.

Charedent BarrageA charging ardent. Fine in a normal team, overpowered if there are 2 together, and easily broken in teams of 5.

Super Knight A tough, sticky, high damage knight. Strong.

Super Duper Knight Basically the same as super knight with items, making it far more broken.

Mora, the unkillable avenger Solid damage, while being neigh indestuctable. Overpowered, but not broken.

Swordburst Maximus At-Will Close Burst 3 that slide and prones. Protects allies with off actions. Strong, possibly over powered with the right party.

You realize that if you follow them, you'll get a steady stream of dead bodies to feast on, since they're adventurers and all. (Well, I'm assuming this is your party...)

If it's NOT your party... well, they seem to be very tasty. =P

Your friendly neighborhood Revenant Minotaur Half-Blooded Dragonborn Fighter Hybrid Barbarian Multiclassing into Warlord

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- You're searching for the fabled spellbook of a long dead archwizard, which your queen believes can restore you to a full-sized thri-kreen colony.


- You're an out of work municipal waste disposal colony from a dwarf settlement.  You were dismissed from service for reasons not detailed herein, and on the night you were fired you want to a pub to drown your sorrows.  There you met an unemployed dwarf, and the two of you discussed striking out on the surface to make your fortunes as adventuring heroes.  The deal was that he'd get the gold and you'd get the meat.  The two of you had a short, rewarding career, but one day you met your match in an ogre named Gnashface.  The two of you prevailed against the ogre, but the poor dwarf didn't make it, so you ate them both and skittered off in search of a new group of monster hunters to attend.


- You're the assembled remnants of twelve colonies of insects whose native habitat was destroyed by an encroaching group of psurlons, and you're searching for the perfect place to rebuild your mound.  The psurlons pursue your ragtag colony wherever it goes for reasons you cannot comprehend.  You have, on occasion, captured specimens for questioning, but nothing they said made any sense - they implied that they were acting out an endless cycle whereby your races take turns hunting one another to the brink of extinction, chasing one another from one plane to the next and reestablishing your societies to begin the cycle anew.


- You were originally a far less intelligent colony of creatures that a necromancer employed to macerate skeletons for later animation.  In the course of his research he inadvertently increased your cognitive ability, at which point you realized he was a sadistic monster who had no regard for the sanctity of life.  You ate him, and have been scouring the world clean of his handiwork ever since, taking odd jobs to keep the colony fed.  Once you've cleansed your collective soul of the guilt of helping the necromancer do his foul work, you hope to settle down, fattening up your queen and raising some larvae of your own.


"When Friday comes, we'll all call rats fish." D&D Outsider
So i'm playing a nutral good aligned hive-mind swarm of flesh eating insects that just came into being.

Why would i follow a party (the first people) i just met?



*Why* would you follow them?  Well, obviously, you can't eat them all at once.  There are too many of them for that!

*How* would you follow them?  Either very stealthily or by pretending to be one of them.  :: Nods ::

Is this hive-mind swarm of insects also a swarm druid?  Would that mean that each insect of the swarm could take on the form of a swarm of creatures?

Wow.

A swarm within a swarm.
INFESTATION
So i'm playing a nutral good aligned hive-mind swarm of flesh eating insects that just came into being.

Why would i follow a party (the first people) i just met?



*Why* would you follow them?  Well, obviously, you can't eat them all at once.  There are too many of them for that!

*How* would you follow them?  Either very stealthily or by pretending to be one of them.  :: Nods ::

Is this hive-mind swarm of insects also a swarm druid?  Would that mean that each insect of the swarm could take on the form of a swarm of creatures?

Wow.

A swarm within a swarm.
INFESTATION




So i'm playing a nutral good aligned hive-mind swarm of flesh eating insects that just came into being.

Why would i follow a party (the first people) i just met?



*Why* would you follow them?  Well, obviously, you can't eat them all at once.  There are too many of them for that!

*How* would you follow them?  Either very stealthily or by pretending to be one of them.  :: Nods ::

Is this hive-mind swarm of insects also a swarm druid?  Would that mean that each insect of the swarm could take on the form of a swarm of creatures?

Wow.

A swarm within a swarm.
INFESTATION






That was great.  I'm not sure why the forums only just not decided to tell me about a reply to this thread, but I needed a pick-me-up.  :P
Well I'm glad someone liked it xD
As a hive of normal insects you required the strongest and smartest bugs to reach your goals.  Now that you have gained consciousness and intelligence, you realize that there is much more to the world than rotted matter and sugar. There are delicious morsels of all kinds and much of the world to discover.  for these things, you'll need members of your colony/hive/swarm to be able to do a lot more.  maybe these adventurers are the sort that you'd like to incorporate.  Your idea of what a hive needs has changed as has your idea of what it means to be a part of a hive.
If one of the party is a Thri-Kreen, then perhaps you view them as a substitue queen, or simply respect them as a superior and wish to follow and learn under them.

If not, then perhaps (because you are a sentient swarm of insects) you are particularly in tune with the natural world and have felt some sort of disturbance planar, alien or otherwise (perhaps this disturbance is what caused you to gain sentience?) and wish to investigate to see if it is a threat or not... this might be good idea if you are using a psionic class.
i'm playing something similar to this right now: i've got a druid who primaril turns into a wolf, and has done so his whole life. he thinks of both the wolf form and the elf form as "him", and doesn't diferintiate between the two. I find it's best to figure out the main things that would ever motivate him, and then figure out how they apply to the current situation. for example, he joined his adventuring party because his pack had vanish into thin air and he needed a new one. these adventurers seem to be correcting sources of 'wrongness' in the natural world, and so he is helping them.

once he joined the party, he became subservient to the perceived 'alpha male' in the group, and does whatever that one says because he is the pack leader. it makes for some fun RPing because the 'alpha male' doesn't like the druid because of the shape-shifting.

The whole character concept is "pack Predator" plus some personal touches that make this character unique. If you identify the core personality of this swarm of flesh-eaters, then you can figure out what would motivate it to follow a 2-legs in a metal can.   
One of the party members uknowingly carries around your favorite snack in their back pocket. Despite your best efforts to obtain your delicious morsel, the snack is always just out of your reach. To keep from starving you eat the various monster and creatures that threaten the snack-bearer.Laughing

EDIT: Better yet, the party's dwarf indefinetly carries abit of meat in their beard.
One of the party members uknowingly carries around your favorite snack in their back pocket. Despite your best efforts to obtain your delicious morsel, the snack is always just out of your reach. To keep from starving you eat the various monster and creatures that threaten the snack-bearer.Laughing

EDIT: Better yet, the party's dwarf indefinetly carries abit of meat in their beard.



ROFL this is great. now i have to create a swarm druid just so i can use this. thanks Arlim! Laughing
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