Avenger Fashion

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So I've decided to start an Avenger in my next game, but not sure what a typical cloth Avenger wears, what do you see your wearing?
Well it depends on the setting, that would influence the kind of clothing a Avenger would wear.

They wear just cloth armour so obviously stuff like plate and leather armour is unlikely. I imagine they would wear layers of cloth, probably tighter clothing underneath that gives one maximum dexterity. But also billowier clothing to hide weapons, holy symbols, etc. They function as assassins a lot of the time so hiding their purpose be useful.
I think it'd depend alot on your god. If you're following Bane, black or purple, if you're following erathis, probably some sort of gray. You might want to narrow it down.

The first one I'm playing is going to be FR based, and will probably be of Torm. He will tend to be fairly commonly dressed, leather breaches, wool tunic died black, using either a fullblade or executioner's ax, and was going to have a bandolero of some sort of throwing weapon but if the spoiled power is legit, he might just be using radiant damage, hard to tell. He'll basically look like a sellsword, which will work for him because it's easier to maintain his duty if he can blend in.
This.
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That's exactly how I pictured him.
where are you people getting your avenger info? Was there an excerpt or CB update that includes avenger?
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I picture this.
I think of the guy from Assassin's Creed when I think of avengers. I imagine them in clothing similar to his, with the colorations varying by god. (silver/blue for Bahamut, black/red for Bane, ect)

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This looks more like a witch-hunter or even a mercenary. The breastplate is very anti avenger too <.<
where are you people getting your avenger info? Was there an excerpt or CB update that includes avenger?

Seconded.
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I pictured the Magdalena from the Witchblade comics. Spear + leather armor + awesome.
This looks more like a witch-hunter or even a mercenary. The breastplate is very anti avenger too <.<

I thought an Avenger was a kind of witch-hunter.
I thought an Avenger was a kind of witch-hunter.

Basically, they are the weapon of their god. The crusaders, the assassins, that's what they are. They kill the enemies of the faith.

Here's they way I envision it.
Avenger: Sword of the Faith
Paladin: Shield of the Faith
Cleric: Word/Heart of the Faith
Invoker: Don't know enough about it. Maybe the "mind" of the faith.

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And here I thought paladins were always the sword of the faith.
I don't know... I think Paladins are the sword of the faith, while Avengers are more the "poisoned dagger" of the faith.
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Paladins defend the faithful. Avengers punish the unfaithful. There is obviously a degree of overlap (sometimes keeping your flock from harm means going out and killing the wolves in their lair), but the essence of their roles is quite distinct. Paladins work openly, their arms and armour proclaiming their allegiance, while avengers operate in the shadows, only revealing their true nature when it's time to strike.

Warhammer witch-hunters are not a bad fit for the D&D avenger, although the one in the pic Zousha posted is a little too heavily armoured.
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Some of the more outrageous outfits are concucted by clerical institutions. As long as its impressive or it can hide large waepons Avengers would probably wear it.

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Invokers are the holy wrath of god, while avengers are the sword. The two are close depending on you interpretation but there are some differences. I do also agree that Altir has the perfect wardrobe for an avenger, nothing too obvious or that stands out but allows you to conceal what you need to so you can strike swiftly.
Paladins defend the faithful. Avengers punish the unfaithful. There is obviously a degree of overlap (sometimes keeping your flock from harm means going out and killing the wolves in their lair), but the essence of their roles is quite distinct. Paladins work openly, their arms and armour proclaiming their allegiance, while avengers operate in the shadows, only revealing their true nature when it's time to strike.

Warhammer witch-hunters are not a bad fit for the D&D avenger, although the one in the pic Zousha posted is a little too heavily armoured.

Well here's how I picture the Half-Elf Dhampir Avenger of the Raven Queen that I've been wanting to play since I started with AD&D 2nd Edition:


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I don't know... I think Paladins are the sword of the faith, while Avengers are more the "poisoned dagger" of the faith.

That's a better way of putting it, actually.

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That's a better way of putting it, actually.

Yay! I'm useful! :D

Anyway, like I asked before... Where are you guys getting your Avenger info? Anyone got a link?
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I'm getting my info mostly based on second-hand rumor and discussion.
Some of you folks don't get around the boards much, eh? Avenger info has been floating around in far more concrete forms than simple speculation for a little while now.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davethegame/3264017196/sizes/l/in/set-72157613512677768/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davethegame/3264016606/sizes/l/in/set-72157613512677768/

Given that these are the CharDev boards and not CharOp, those links should provide most of what you're interested in. ;)

As a side note, don't write off Avengers in leather... it is only a single feat away if you want it. That said, I like the idea of them in cloth. Can't wait to play one... likely a dwarf, though elves have thier appeal.

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And here I thought paladins were always the sword of the faith.

I see paladins more like the warriors of faith. They're there to fight for the the righteous, take down the unjust, and defend the honor and integrity of their faith and really the good in the world.

Meanwhile, avengers are the blade of their respected gods. They've been raised and taught in this kind of strick fashion to serve as the blade of the god. While they can be noble and all that jazz, really they're meant to strike down those that go against their god. So the two classes have similarities in background, but are still unique which is good. Plus paladins are always to me as your heroic knight in shining armor type. While avengers really seem to be more zealot fights or the credos of their respected gods. Actually a team of paladin and avenger would be cool....
I've always seen Paladins as the "Right Hand of God," the strong, just, and upright defenders of the faith. With the Avenger fluff I've seen, they fill the place at God's left hand, wetworks men. In a theological perspective, they're followers of the Archangel Uriel (the Angel of Death during the Passover in Egypt, who checked the doors for lambs' blood and took the lives of the Egyptians' firstborn).

Remember the 3.5 Greyguard? Kind of like that. Or a WH40k Inquisitor (though a Redemptionist may be more appropriate for a berserker-type Avenger).

Dresden Files reference/spoiler:
For a more popular culture version, Avengers might be the Blackstaff McCoys of their orders, those charged with the burden of breaking their Codes to uphold the Orders.
I don't think there is a uniform for Avengers, they don't have the best of reputations. The Avenger doesn't even want people to know that avengers exist.

They're nothing like Paladins or Clerics; most paladins and clerics have no respect for avengers, they consider avengers to be loose cannons if not just self-righteous serial killers. Avenger's don't relate themselves to paladins or clerics, those guys do the 'people' stuff, the 'moral' stuff, the 'face' stuff, while the avenger works in the shadows and does the dirty work.

They don't wear shiny armor, armor is just for show, to let the people feel safe but the avenger knows they're not safe so faith is his armor. They don't wear priestly robes, priest robes convey purity and nobility and the avenger has neither, they're fully aware of their sins, but some sins must be done.

when I think about who the Avenger is, this comes to mind:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silas_(The_Da_Vinci_Code)
Dresden Files reference/spoiler:
For a more popular culture version, Avengers might be the Blackstaff McCoys of their orders, those charged with the burden of breaking their Codes to uphold the Orders.

This is very much what I thought of when i was trying to get a good idea for the story behind an avenger, which evolved to an amalgam of that and
His Dark Materials reference/spoiler
At least I think I recall it being in here. Not sure when it is, or the name of the character in question, but the concept of preemptive penance has come to my mind on this subject.
I don't think there is a uniform for Avengers, they don't have the best of reputations. The Avenger doesn't even want people to know that avengers exist.

They're nothing like Paladins or Clerics; most paladins and clerics have no respect for avengers, they consider avengers to be loose cannons if not just self-righteous serial killers. Avenger's don't relate themselves to paladins or clerics, those guys do the 'people' stuff, the 'moral' stuff, the 'face' stuff, while the avenger works in the shadows and does the dirty work.

They don't wear shiny armor, armor is just for show, to let the people feel safe but the avenger knows they're not safe so faith is his armor. They don't wear priestly robes, priest robes convey purity and nobility and the avenger has neither, they're fully aware of their sins, but some sins must be done.

when I think about who the Avenger is, this comes to mind:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silas_(The_Da_Vinci_Code)

good example.

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Razorclaw Shifter Avenger in her cloth armor.
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Sorry, couldn't resist.

The Assassin's Creed guy rocks my socks.
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Sorry, couldn't resist.

The Assassin's Creed guy rocks my socks.

I claim ninja as I posted a comic book avenger first. :P
I plan on playing an Elf Avenger of the Raven Queen as soon as my lazy friend gets back to DMing.

I imagine his cloth armor would resemble overlapping black feathers (fanning out a bit on the shoulders). It would not have a hood, but instead an extremely high collar like the Punisher. Most likely wielding a Fullblade or Greatsword, not sure exactly how I want to spend my feats. Additionally, he would have a shaved head and many tattoos.
Razorclaw Shifter Avenger in her cloth armor.
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Win!
For your urban Avenger

For your urban Avenger


He got scale armor and a light shield!! >.>
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Its studded leather, and buckler, his hands are still free
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This is a drawing I did for an avenger character of mine that was raised by an evil cult. Her story isn't completely ironed out yet but the idea is that I want her to eventually find a more wholesome patron diety when she learns better, or something.

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I hope to be playing an Avenger of the Undying Court, for those familiar with Eberron. They typically favour Black and Gold, so I picture him wearing black robes, possibly with leather over it (much like Altair of Assassin's Creed).

Honestly, Jedi and Sith come to mind. Voluminous robes on a sword-wielding badass. It's not uncommon for Aereni holy warriors (like my PC) to tattoo skulls on their faces, or even to alchemically alter their skin to appear more like undying/undead. I tend to prefer the skull tattoo, so I end up with a very "Darth Maul meets Altair" look.

I've posted a request for just such a PC portrait, so we'll see how that goes. :crosses fingers: