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3rd-Aug-2003 02:11 pm
I have a dilemma. For once in my life as a roleplayer, I have no idea what to take as my next character. I have plenty of character ideas, but none that are "suitable" for the current situation.

The campaign I play in is a homegrown world that exists in the same set of planes as all the D&D worlds. In the last session the characters all ended up in Faerun (apologies if I butchered the spelling of that). Well, all the characters except mine who is retiring after dying, being resurrected, and deciding she's not quite ready for the life of an adventurer. My next character idea is dependent on being brought in in the normal world. And so, while we play in Faerun, I need a new character. But since it's probably only going to be a short-term character I don't need one with the depth I'd normally give to a character. Even so, I don't like plain, bog-standard characters.

And so, I want character ideas! We're playing 3E, the character really needs to be from Faerun (a place I know nothing about), and will probably be somewhere between levels 12 and 15. I've had so many characters, I'd really like something different.

Anyway, if anyone is willing to help, being the precious lj-cut are details on my past characters, and the current characters in the group, to give an idea of what I don't want to play.

I tend to play a lot of multiclass characters, mainly because I hate bog-standard characters. Sometimes the characters are different because of race, class, sometimes just because of background info. But I rarely play bog-standard things. So here's a list of what I've played in this campaign in the past (at least, what I can remember):

  • Centaur fighter-thief (read spy for thief)

  • Half-drow mage-thief

  • Kender fighter-thief

  • Elven fighter

  • Quarter-elven bard-sorceress (was just a mage before conversion to 3E)

  • Half-Dragon-half-halfling, Cleric-Psychic Warrior (don't ask, but there's good reason for this one)

  • Next character to be a Human Paladin

And here's a list of the current characters in the group:

  • Half-elven fighter-thief

  • Strange blue ex-gladiator fighter

  • Half-elven cleric who is very much a fighter

  • Human Bard

  • Sorcerer.. I think.. he may not be playing

So pretty much, the fighter avenue is taken, as is the cleric one. The fighter-thief is more of a fighter so there may be an opportunity there. My favourite classes are mage/sorcerer and thief.

Notable gaps in my character playing (both in this and other campaigns) is that I've never played a dwarf. So I think that's a possibility.

I'd be interested to play a druid, but I wouldn't want a druid straight out of the book. Does anyone know of any good prestige classes (preferably Faerun based) for druids? Or are there any special druids in Faerun?

Other than that, I really don't know. It doesn't help that I don't know what's going on in Faerun just yet. I guess maybe I should try to find that out before giving too much thought into what sort of charcater to take.

Any suggestions would be welcome. If you have questions too, then I'll try to answer them if it will help come up with an idea!
3rd-Aug-2003 09:12 am (UTC)
Try a Volodni Druid, they're a race in Unapproachable East, it's a race of tree people, they actually have the Plant subtype.
4th-Aug-2003 10:37 am (UTC)
Do you know which sourcebook that will be in? Sounds interesting, it just depends if someone in the group has the correct book!
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3rd-Aug-2003 09:14 am (UTC)
Geomancer in Masters of the Wild, that's pretty wicked.
3rd-Aug-2003 02:17 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately I don't have any of the booster books. My GM does but she lives quite a way away so I only get to read them occasionally. And then I'm in the presence of another player so it's hard to keep character ideas secret.
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4th-Aug-2003 10:38 am (UTC)
Unfortunately the only way I can download files is from websites or via email.. firewall gets in the way. But if you could get some to me, I would appreciate it. :)
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4th-Aug-2003 02:35 pm (UTC)
draconid@livejournal.com :)
3rd-Aug-2003 09:29 am (UTC)
Check Savage Species... there's some great stuff in there... looks like you could use a Barbarian... Or try a Monk... if you're in Faerun you could do that Monk prestige class... Order of the Sun or something like that. Don't have the books in front of me so I can't remember the exact name.
4th-Aug-2003 10:38 am (UTC)
I'll look into it. Both are classes I've never run and both would be cool to try out. I'm mostly thinking druid right now though.
4th-Aug-2003 01:31 am (UTC)
Personally I'd recommend a dwarf cleric with the prestige class of "Runecaster" out of the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting. They really rock pardon the pun. They can keep the party healed, their runes are easier, cheaper, and faster to make than scrolls, their runes can be used by anyone, without too much effort they can heal or smite a party...if that's your thing. And divine power is always a plus.
4th-Aug-2003 10:40 am (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion, but this is one I definitely won't be taking up. Firstly we have a kick-arse cleric with us (although he may have God problems being from a different plane), secondly I hate clerics, thirdly my other most recent character is a cleric. And fourthly, and more importantly, one of the longest standing characters, and most important to seven plus years of the campaign, is a dwarven cleric.

Thanks for the suggestion though, I do appreciate it!
4th-Aug-2003 06:31 am (UTC) - I second the Dwarf Cleric
A dwarf cleric is the most valuable "throw-away" character you could play. If you know that you are only going to play the character for a short while, and you are not going to get totally wrapped up in the character development - this is it.

As dwarves do not get slowed when they are encumbered, get the heaviest (read best) armor you can afford. Their base move is 20' so there is no harm it getting scale and a heavy shield. Also get a heavy mace.

This way you can do some smack-down during the encounters and healing after.

Just my two cents...
4th-Aug-2003 10:40 am (UTC) - Re: I second the Dwarf Cleric
See above comment. :)
4th-Aug-2003 11:14 am (UTC) - oops!
I must have been typing while you were responding. ixnay on the cleric!
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