In the Roleplays you have played, what Player Characters stood out? Which ones are still memorable and why? By a stand-out character I mean player characters that were unique, and memorable in some way.
For my second choice, I pick Sir Rengar. For the campaign Jungles of Nocturnal Madness, the DMs allowed us to choose our own PC, but they had to be from specific books available in Unearthed Arcana, which is an area of D&D designed to create custom character and creatures not available in the Players Handbook or Monster Manual, in my case I was given Eberron, Waterborne and That Old Black Magic. As a race of creature, I chose a Krynn (Sea-faring race of Minotaur) and was asked to select 3 types of classes. From those, the DM selected paladin. I was excited!
For a visual idea, see this brilliant picture by brianvadell.
Sir Rengar Gutlub is a fearsome agent of order and took the Oath of the Crown, dedicating himself to society and the just laws that hold it together. In appearance he is a very resplendent bull of legend created to inspire allies and terrify agents of chaos. In his owns words, he had a privileged background but never forgot that his mother did not. He treads the line between the honest working folk and the pillars of society. In truth, he can be a bit of a hypocrite; he believes in upholding moral standards of society, but is immensely proud of his noble birth and can be arrogant and let praise go to his head.
In the first two instalments of Jungles of Nocturnal Madness, the PCs encountered each other in a sea battle between crusaders and pirates during a devastating storm. The survivors ended up on an unknown island. Sir Rengar’s mettle was tested in a jungle full of terrifying creatures (especially at night!). He battled with the need to work together with piratical chaos-agents for the greater good and survival. Without the glue that society brings, he had to refocus and found moments of chivalry and aid kept him in check. When they found a corrupt city with segregated layers of society based on wealth and status, his goal became clear – to purge the city of corruption! I’m looking forward to the next part of this saga.
In the Roleplays you have played, what Player Characters stood out? Which ones are still memorable and why?
This is the question I asked myself recently when thinking when creating new characters for my D&D modules. I think it’s important to mention that by a stand-out character I do not mean that one character should dominate the game to the detriment of the other players, but that the player characters can certainly be unique, eccentric, dogged or their journey more poignant somehow. For each player or viewer, they will have their own favourites and certain memories will stay with them that differ from the other players. For example, Critical Role’s Vox Machina’s player characters are all very unique and distinctive and each had their moments to shine over the course of the campaign.
For my first choice, I am going to select a PC that I once played. My favourite and certainly most memorable has to be Lupa. I joined a sandbox game (a game with a very open plot based on what the characters chose to do) after the first session so I took over an NPC that they players met. The Co-Dungeon Masters had to customise her special abilities to match her NPC background. She was found in a glacier and could control and manipulate ice and hard rocks. Like a Monk using Ki points in D&D 5e, the co-DMs gave her power points that she could spend each day on her abilities. It was so much fun trying to make larger objects move in this tundra-like wilderness such as throwing boulders into battle. She was very useful in combat, but the point-based system prevented her being too overpowered.
For visual reference, I imagine her to look similar to this stunning image drawn by Anndr.
Her story didn’t go how I expected at all. The party met a lot of refugees in the wastelands that they were unable to help. Then two of the party saw a giant rock cow marching across the landscape. Lupa attempted to control and befriend the cow. To all our surprise, it worked (natural 20)! Suddenly we had a cow so big it had trees and grass growing on its back. We steered the cow back to the refugees and picked them up. From that moment on, my mission became clear. I was still interested in helping out the party but my priority was to look after these refugees and secure their future. By the end of the roleplay, I had found them a home and created my own civilisation!