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Phobic Rival 
8th-Oct-2004 11:09 am
With the ideas flowing through my mind after my last post, I've had a euphoria in creating dungeons, riddles, NPCs, and other tidbits to get the campaign stabilized. I have one NPC that I've designed, a halfling rogue, that suffers from an irrational phobia, and he desires to collect the orbs (with the other "villains" or the rival group) so that he may wish this thing that causes his phobia out of the world (the legend claims the orbs, when brought together, grants one world-changing wish to their possessors, although that's not what really happens--and changing the world with these wishes is the goal of the rival group.)

So, I pose the question, what kind of irrational phobia could this halfling have? Any ideas? I've come up with ideas like him being afraid of the color red, or afraid of it raining, and would wish for red to disappear for the world or for it to never rain again. Think kind of like Malkavian if you've played Vampire before.
8th-Oct-2004 11:15 am (UTC)
Bacon. Or failing that, oak trees.
8th-Oct-2004 11:27 am (UTC)
lol! Those are both hilarious!
8th-Oct-2004 11:19 am (UTC)
a rogue that's afraid of the dark would be fun. but i like bacon better. "this salad is really good! what are these crunchy bi... OH FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!!"
8th-Oct-2004 11:21 am (UTC)
Himself. :P
8th-Oct-2004 11:57 am (UTC)
I thought about that...but then, why would he seek a world-changing power? If he wanted to disperse of that fear that bad, he could go jump off a building. ^_^

I did think, though, fear of sharp objects (And what he might do with them), and thus wanting to have everything sharp in the world destroyed.
8th-Oct-2004 11:27 am (UTC)
Spiders are a good one.
8th-Oct-2004 11:28 am (UTC)
I thought about that. Nothing like running into a drider when you're arachniphobic. (<-- I don't think I spelt that right.)

I wanted to try a fear that was completely off the wall though, one that people don't normally have.
8th-Oct-2004 12:13 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...how about having him be deathly afraid of mirrors? I made my husband promise, no driders in his campaign. (Yes, I am, in fact, a bit arachnaphobic).
8th-Oct-2004 12:16 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, I like the fear of mirrors idea.

I knew it was arachnaphobic and not arachniphobic, but I couldn't believe how many letter a's were in that word and so I threw an "i" in there, lol.

Thanks for the idea!
8th-Oct-2004 11:46 am (UTC)
No Malkavien i've ever played had some ideiotic fear like that. Mlaks are twisted and distrubed thus I will give you something a Malk I played would say:

"Castrate all preists"
"make all have their worst fear become reality"

if you wanta color
"Make everyone zelously hate the color red"
8th-Oct-2004 11:55 am (UTC)
I didn't intend on turning this halfling rogue into a Malkavian when I mentioned it, I just said "think kind of like" with the whole principal behind it. I don't want it to be a dementation or total twisted intellectual form of thinking so much as an irrational fear.

Although castrating priests was still an amusing statement. ^_^
8th-Oct-2004 12:01 pm (UTC)
I liked making people irrationally hate the color red. At the very least make it something that effects p[eople emotions rather then reality in and of itself.
8th-Oct-2004 12:13 pm (UTC)
Have him afraid of anyone smaller than himself.. or bigger.. or those with more hair.. or blue eyes.

What about being afraig of gold, or gems, or artwork? He steals so that he can destroy "such revolting aberrations".

I once had a player with a rogue character who was squeamish. He only used blunt weapons and always tried to subdue rather than kill.
8th-Oct-2004 12:17 pm (UTC)
I like the idea of being afraid of certain gems or people smaller than him...

Thanks for the advice. The squeamish halfling concept is entertaining, too.
8th-Oct-2004 12:36 pm (UTC)
I actually played a halfling rogue with a phobia before. He survived the Bleak House adventure but ended up with a case of hemophobia (fear of blood). This made it extremely difficult to enter combat. Plus, a fear of blood could be bad if he wish all the blood in the world gone, effectively wishing out of existence most living things.
8th-Oct-2004 03:34 pm (UTC)
How about a fear of shadows?

Not of the dark, just of shadows. His own in particular. "Everywhere I go, it keeps stalking me!"
8th-Oct-2004 06:57 pm (UTC)
Fear of Dragonballs
8th-Oct-2004 08:38 pm (UTC)
Afraid of sheep! *evil grin*

If you want a list of phobias, here's a list you could scan.

What's the make up of the player characters? Are they all guys? gals? a mix? You could go with the villian being afraid of females, something that would work much better if there is a female character in the party.
8th-Oct-2004 09:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the phobia list, that helps.

The group is a mix.
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