When the Cat's a Stray, the Mice will Pray
Co-author on AoA 2-3 and 4-1.
I just wanted to say that this thread has been a catalyst for my brain unlike any other. I particularly dig when you crazy cats post characters and NPC's from the same campaign, allowing a deeper understanding of how the world functions. Keep it up please!
ShowXanatos is a prime example of why I love the TMB so much, his original design started as an Eladrin general. Once I looked at him and wondered why the fey invaded one particular noble's lands in specific, it became a personal vendetta against that lord's affair with an eladrin princess. Which led me to the idea that she should have had a child so that Erithian the PC has an unknown half-brother. Only that child would only have been around ten years old, hardly old enough to be a threat. Why would he need to age faster? The same reason the humans were wiped out in the first place, a hatred of non-eladrin and non-fey, requiring his mother to be concealing and quick in his birth. Before I started Xanatos earlier, I had no idea that the fey were so racist in my campaign.
I know the feeling. Several developments came about through writing TMBs for my characters. For instance, Bodak Steelgrinder, the very first TMB I did here next to the example, was originally a character of mine that I wanted to put in a position of power over the local adventurer's guild. I also wanted to add some conflict there for the PCs to explore, so I put him in debt to the Merchant's Guild. It only made sense that the guild would be offering to alleviate his burden by offering him some shady deals. And that was the genesis of Gaston Duchamps, who is the BBEG of the current adventure the characters are on.
I really like Duchamps, I find it much harder for the players to respect or hate a villain that is dangerous through social power, and not more talented in a fight than they. Seems like he really shines through as quite the bastard.
It's difficult after reading through the whole thread not to blatantly plagiarize ideas from all you creative fellows. There's some tremendous stuff here. Thanks for keeping it together Stray. One request though, on the offchance that a player in this campaign happens by here, would you mind sblocking the text that talks about stuff they haven't learned yet :D
Narsopath is finished!
Well Duchamps does have SOME capacity in a fight (D&D being the kind of game it is, I had to at least be prepared for one, and I got to use that "Demagogue" template in the DMG) but yes, he's mostly dangerous because of the resources he can bring to bear against those who cross him, as the players are in the unpleasant process of finding out. They already found him gross and disgusting (thanks to how I RPed him) but the hate is growing as they discover just what sorts of horrible things he's involved in, and the lengths he'll go to make their lives miserable. He's like my version of The Kingpen from Marvel.
If you get some inspiration from the stuff I've posted, feel free to take those ideas and run with them. I'd be happy to see some alternative takes on some of the characters I've posted.
Heh, what I do these days is keep a file of every name I ever heard and didn't despise, so I never have to waste time thinking of names. So chances are sooner or later I'll have NPC's with names similar to yours. The ideas filter in slowly and subtly in comparison
Here's the background for a PC I want to play soon.
Reag is a male Tiefling who was born in a small village of about 50-60% Tiefling. When he was about 5, his father forced him into an infernal warlock pact for his protection (his father had one as well). Reag naturally assumed he should at least pay some respect to Asmodeus, to keep on his good side. His father taught him to use his powers until he was 10, when a barbarian horde destroyed the village and scattered the residents. Reag was left alone and wandered towards the mountains. To his luck, there was a rather large, mostly Dwarven town there, so he went. He couldn't live on the streets for very long, however, so he joined the militia. There he was taught the Dwarven way to fight, drink, and speak. While living there, he learned to respect Moradin, putting him on his list of gods to worship. He proved a true hero on the battlefield, sometimes using the Infernal powers his father taught him. Soon people heard of his power on the battlefield, and Reag soon joined an adventuring group.
Reag's ideals are somewhat bizarre, seeing that he worships two almost incompatible gods. They are as follows...He is loyal to his groupHe willingly oppresses all that oppose himHe upholds the law. Reag realizes that cheating isn't always the way to profit.
Due to his training, Reag gains Dwarven Weapon Training as a bonus feat and counts as a Dwarf for the purpose of magic items.
A dwarven tiefling, eh? That's an interesting concept.
Would you be willing to reformat this background to conform to the TMB template?
Redcaps are what I've turned gnomes into for my game. They've been enslaved by Cyclopses and Fomorians, and later by the Eladrin and lesser Fey. They are the stuff of nightmares, from Rumplestiltskin to the more mundane tales of them simply murdering innocent travelers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redcaps. I haven't found a good place in this setting for kobolds or goblins, so this serves a much more campaign appropriate low level opponent. Plus it makes my players think a little harder, as they would zone out before a description ever takes place if I used goblin to describe a monster .
Boris is one of the first that I plan to have them encounter, and although he's stacked heavily to be a villian, they may be able to sell him on helping them instead (not that he won't betray them anyway.) If he survives a few sorties, he'll be showing up in all sorts of interesting places, owing to the sneaky and magical abilities of gnomes. Now that I've shown the party to be afraid of gnomes and their fey ways, it's time to show them to be most afraid of the ones that stop to chat before they try to kill them.[/sblock]
Sweet, I had this same idea for my own game (check out the TMB of Robin Redcap). I Like the cut of Boris' gib.
Hey all. I found this thread and decided to try out making a character background with it. Holy smokes is it easy! My DM for the game this character will be played in said I gave him a lot to work with as well.
:D You, sir, have just made my day!