RPG-a-Day 2018
RPG-a-Day 2018 Day 09 (alternate): Share playing a “temporary” character

I’m going with an alternate question today because I’ve spent much of today mulling over how a game has surprised me and I couldn’t come up with anything interesting. That’s not to say that a game hasn’t surprised me, or that I’ve been surprised in game, but the most surprising thing that I could come up with was our characters accidentally wandering into Ravenloft without realising it and finally putting the pieces together later that night to much swearing.

So instead I thought I’d share a memory of playing a “temporary” character, and then a little bonus throwback to one of my favourite questions from last year with a bit of an update…

Anyway, the “temporary” character I’m going to share with you all is Kornath Furytouched the Half Orc Barbarian. Kornath was a result of the previously mentioned character death of the rogue on the wrong end of a natural 20, and while we adventured in order to bring her back I needed a character and I thought I’d go back to my roots, the group needed a heavy-hitter/meat shield and I really wanted to hit things with a big hammer. I spent a bit of time looking at decent builds for Barbarians in Pathfinder so I could do what I wanted to do well, discovered a few neat things I could tag on and built him. Then I did something I had never done with my previous Barbarians, I gave him a background…

Kornath Furytouched was shunned and derided by the Orc tribe he was born into. He was the half-breed offspring of one of the warrior women who had “had her way” with a mage during a raid on a local village. It’s not know if it was a chance encounter, of if she targeted the mage knowingly, but the union granted Konath a slither of the arcane in his soul and his mother granted him the moniker “Furytouched” for the elemental Furies of old. The subtley was lost of Kornath however, thinking it a reference to his ferocious temper in battle. Fed up of being kicked around by the bigger, stronger full-blooded Orcs in the tribe, Kornath set out on his own in a bid to see more of the world and find friends, which is where he came upon the party.

Kornath was fun to play, he was dim-witted and naive, but in an endearing way. He was blown away by the Druid in the group using Beast Shape to turn into a bear, and after saving the Druid’s grandmother from a corrupted spirit that had trapped her in Dire Polar Bear form, he now believes that all animals are actually Druids and talks to them as if they understand him. This led to the hilarious reveal that the other Druid in the party’s animal companion was actually another Druid stuck in Beast Form after Kornath kept talking to it and someone cast Speak with Animal to see what the “lion” thought of the whole thing… He also managed to score a maxed out critical hit with his Earthbreaker Great Hammer on a Young Green Dragon that did 75 points of damage in one blow (an x3 multiplier on 2d6+13, and I rolled two 6s). It didn’t kill it outright, but did result in the dragon flying into the upper reaches of it’s layer to avoid further attacks, though Kornath tried to lure it back down by “rage looting” the dragon’s treasure hoard.

Ultimately the rogue was reincarnated as a half elf, via goblin and Kornath was benched for the the next part of the campaign before being drafted back into the group as an NPC to help balance the party a little better. I like the idea of having a bunch of characters that float in and out of the party depending on what an adventure entails, I think it could be a fun system to implement to help party balance and allow players to try out different characters from time to time.

Anyway, that’s today’s post done, I’ll pop up the bonus post soon where I lay out a number of ideas for what I’d do if I could game for seven day…

Until then, you can use the comments to share you experiences with “temporary” characters. As ever, you can find all the previous RPG-a-Day articles here, you can follow me @bargtheogre on Twitter, or check out the Inside the Ogre’s Cavern podcast at @itocpodcast