November 23, 2004

Lunchtime Poll #2: Bizarro World

Ravings of a Textual Deviant � Lunchtime Poll #2: Bizarro World

Li's LP this time involves the bizarre.

What�s the strangest character you�ve ever played?

I haven't played very odd characters--as PCs anyway. As NPCs, I've played a rogues' gallery of unusual things, and I think I am going to focus on them.

After all, some of the GMS here agree that many of your NPCs become as real and vivid as players' characters, tangible parts of the gaming world.

Anyway, in a long ago AD&D game, I had the players raid a Yuan-Ti temple deep in the jungles north of the only civilized nation in the area (not so cleverly called Southron). The Yuan-Ti Temple was carved into the base of a mountain. What the players, and the Yuan-Ti didn't quite know except from legend, is that the mountain was a volcano.

And, inspired by Carathras in LOTR, this volcano was sentient. A careless roll on the party's psionicist, and I decided, in a flash of inspiration, that she contacted not her target--but the volcano itself.

The volcano was old and "cold" and I played him with a cross between a slow-thinking mountain and a fiery, impulsive streak.

A long, drawn out mental conversation between the character and the volcano resulted in a minor eruption to "get rid of the snake infestation." That the characters nearly got themselves burned, and they lost the treasure were minor matters compared to wiping out the temple, and getting notoriety for same.

Posted by Jvstin at November 23, 2004 8:14 AM