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    As an RPG player, I like to play some pretty intricate character concepts beyond "hero guy, smashes enemies, grabs loot." As I find myself rerolling a character, I thought it'd be nice to hear a bit about the best characters you all have ever played.

    As for myself, among my favorites were:

    1. Half orc fighter named Maynard "Muttonchops" Burnside who worshipped Erathis and took it upon himself to bring proper civilization everywhere he went. This took the form of doing everything "FOR THE QUEEN!" and challenging to mortal combat anyone who insulted the Queen (or Earl Grey, which, for all intents and purposes, was an emblem of the Queen). To this day, nobody in my gaming group is quite sure of which "queen" he is always referring to (my DM once ventured the theory that Erathis was "the queen." I promptly shot it down).

    2. When my DM announced we would be playing a campaign about warfare, wherein we were soldiers, I immediately got it into my head that I wanted to play "A soldier who loved his Fatherland, but hates what it's becoming." Somehow this became the adoption of a ridiculous level of German cultural stereotypes. Thus was Fritz Schwarzwald (which, according to a translator, means Black Forest >_>), the Tactical Warlord, born. He was:

    - The adopted son of a dwarven master sausage maker named Dussel (Dussel-dwarf, if you will) who taught him everything he knew about sausage making and warfare.

    - Geared with a flamberge-style greatsword named the "King Tiger" and clad in Gothic scale armor (yes, it was somehow both fluted and scaled) named the "Red Baron," and wore a sallet helm with a spike on top.

    - Lawful Good and took mostly powers that increased the group's order and efficiency (such as White Raven Onslaught), regardless of gameplay utility.

    - Was the self-styled "(Reich) Stag of the Black Forest"

    3. Now, taking a turn for the serious and moving away from playing cultural stereotypes, I've decided to roll my fighter as a petite teenager-equivalent female elf (tentative name of "Aven." No last name... like "Cher.") who is a moral and political nihilist and hardcore worshipper of Melora. Basically, a character who, physically, fit the mold of a typical Mary Sue teenage heroine, but would act like a crazed anti-social monster, perhaps like the Joker from the Dark Knight. Her worldview is that the world is always a battlefield where strong devour weak and that anyone who tries to engender society and cooperation are foolish and dangerous. Good stuff.

    4. In a Savage Worlds game I'm playing with a Fallout-esque post apocalyptic setting, I'm playing Father James Wild Bear Williams, a Native American Catholic priest who, seeing the rampant corruption and degeneration of society, has decided to bring justice to all sinners. This is the kind of justice that comes from the business end of a sawn off, double barreled shotgun. The kicker is that the GM has decided to give us each some kind of superpower, which for Father James was the ability to turn into a werebear when wounded. Before I had known this, I had specifically given him the "Doubting Thomas" hindrance, which made him a firm unbeliever in the supernatural. Of course, this means that Father James will never accept that he randomly turns into a werebear, despite the fur and mauled enemies left over post transformation.
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    I haven't got a very large list for this, my RL friends don't exactly put much effort into backstories and character development and tend to scorn RP so I don't really get a chance to do what I love doing, but...

    1) ??? the CE Tiefling Wizard who's name changed whenever he was asked for it. A pathological liar who claimed to be the son of Asmodeus and ate entire corpses. Except for the ears. The ears are bad for you.

    2) Talon Dessreil, the farmboy gone ranger who doesn't care so much about being hero as he does about serving his country, Damara, in battle. But before even that is having fun, and surviving. Can beat the party's drunken master in a drinking contest.
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    The best mechanical character I've ever played was a blaster wizard with action point based metamagic cheese. The campaign ended on the same session that I whipped out my biggest guns.

    The best fluff character I've ever played was... my current one. She's a rebel-esque (while still NG (she's more rebelious against her ultra LN parents)) elf wizard with noble parents. Unlike the generic characters I've played before, this one actually has personality and quirks that are not based entirely upon myself.

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    I'm really loving Jack, my human Psion. I'm sure he's not the perfect character, but he embodies several things I've wanted to try in a character:

    1) A tragic past. Both his parents died, and for several years he adventured with his sister before she too left his life (current situation unknown).
    2) A strong goal. He hopes to someday manifest Genesis and leave this world of corruptness, which leads to my third...
    3) A disfavorable outlook. He thinks the world is full of evil and corrupt. He tries to solve it when possible, but he's still hoping to leave at some point.
    4) A strange personality. Jack is very withdrawn and unemotional, and only has one friend. A stark contrast to the friendly, happy-go-lucky characters I'm playing in most of my other campaigns.
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    Llewellyn 'Bright Voice', in a game of Werewolf the Apocalypse.

    A fianna galliard who was -intensely- tied to his moon. Every time it was the gibbous moon he was active, highly so, because of the Rage it stirred up inside him. During the rising phase of the gibbous moon, he was romantic, exultant, exuberant, optimistic, and fearless. During the -waning- gibbous moon he was intense, driving, merciless, and vengeful. The full moon was a time he was impatient because it was always -between- his moons and he considered it an unnatural interruption of his affairs. I kid you not.

    Toward the end of the gibbous phases he tended to stay awake for long periods, so much so that he'd fall asleep for the entirety of the waning half moon. People tended to joke about his 'monthly cycle' pretty incessantly, but he went along with the jokes because he was that kinda guy. He was also maxed in appearance, one of the best warriors and bards the sept had seen in ages, and was rather respected for his time.

    That, and he had a MONSTER sweet tooth. He'd show up to formal rituals with lollipops to keep his cravings to a minimum. Someone once gave him an entire bag of brown sugar for christmas, and he made them a friend on the spot.

    Oh, and he was Welsh. God help you if you called him British.

    I miss that guy.
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    Clearly Muttonchops is British! Doing things for the Queen and upholding the honour of Earl Grey tea? It's so obvious, he does his great work for qeen and country. As an Englishman, I much approve of the half-orc's actions.

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    Dusk Eclipse (yes I choose my name based on him) my shifter rogue/ninja spy/swordsage

    He is a TN rogue who works for the Crimson Codex as a retriever, he hates with ungodly passion the Church of the Silver Flame, my DM has houseruled I got to do a will save to avoid shifting when I see a Silver flame (for obvious reason I am banned to enter thrane).

    Also he haves a problem with elves (mostly because of an IN game issue with another player).

    He also has a passion for poisons, I have maxed my Knowledge (Toxins) and also got a decanter of endless poison (Custom Item, I just need to feed it a dose of a particular poison and the decanter endlessly produces it for me, I am trying to get a Black Lotus sample right now)

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    The various incarnations of Jo Pistachio. He was adopted by a pair of kind but eccentric scientists, who let him fully name himself when he was 10 years old (hence his odd name.) He enthusiastically absorbed everything science related when he was young, as that was what his parents liked to talk with him about. He had about a dozen nearly debillitating mutations that kept him bed ridden in an artificially lit room (his blood was poisonous to him giving him an anti-tox dependancy, he had anti-radiation drug dependancy, and direct sunlight caused him to spontaneously combust, which ironically didn't bother him.)

    With nothing to do but study, he managed to get an advanced degree in engineering by the age of 14, when he started working with his parents at CSIS as a tech expert and safety advisor. By then, better drugs to deal with his physical problems existed, so he was able to adventure properly, but he was still essentially a non-combatant, relying instead on massive skill checks and being the party face.

    One recurring theme with him is his utter lack of common sense. This led to him getting kidnapped on a constant basis. So much so that we knew an adventure was about to start rolling when he got kidnapped, where his bright and cheerful disposition kept him alive and relatively uninterogated until the rest of the party could join him, and the mission could start. He also had the strangest luck of any of my characters, rolling only 1s or 20s on relevant rolls. Since I wasn't a combatant I was called upon to roll versus death very often, so this set of extremes made for some hilareous RP.
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    DM: aye, and it's not like she's been saved by a mysterious little girl and a band of real live puppets from a bad man and worse step-sister to go live with the faries in the happy land.
    Me: Yeah, a knight in shining armour might just bring her over the edge.

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    I had a crazy 2e gnome illusionist that went along w/ w/e the other gnome illusionist did. We ended up beating the party rogue into submission for trying to sell my brother (in the figurative sense) into slavery. It was fun.

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    I played a pretty long OWD Vampire chronicle as a Ventrue who maintained his mortal family and did a decent job of controlling the rest of the coterie with a combination of paternalism, bribery, and Dominate. He also had a thing for learning out of clan disciplines. When we found out that the Toreador in our coterie was an Assamite he called in a favor with the group's beatstick to help him subdue her and brainwash her into teaching him Quietus. By the end of the Chronicle he everything but Necromancy, Thaumaturgy, and Chimestry.

    I also played a decrepit Tremere mage on an online chronicle who assassinated someone by conjuring an anvil from the top of a tall building and having it fall on their car. He also got all kinds of goodies by tricking people into believing he would teach them Thaumaturgy.

    "Oh yes, the Path of the Mind's Eye is the foundation of ALL Thaumaturgy."

    Path of the Mind's Eye being Auspex of course

    Then there was my 2nd edition (male) bard who stood in for a kidnapped princess at her wedding to an evil despot while the party snuck her out. He was barely rescued at his execution.

    So many characters over the years

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    1E Human Ranger, straight 26 levels. By the end of the campaign he had two artifacts, a magic item list that was three pages long, a space station, a cybernetic Pegasus, a Sylph wife, two half-fey sons and the ability to shapechange into a rabbit at will. Ah, the days of 1E...

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    Clearly Muttonchops is British! Doing things for the Queen and upholding the honour of Earl Grey tea? It's so obvious, he does his great work for qeen and country. As an Englishman, I much approve of the half-orc's actions.
    Gods save the Queen!

    edit: Almost forgot. Whenever Muttonchops did something amazing, like knocking out an enemy elite or scoring a crit, he would say something to the effect of "You think these mutton chops are just for show?"
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    My all time favorite character was Piers Keylin, half aquatic elf privateer. Mechanically he was terrible, something like gestalt swashbuckler 11//bard6/dread pirate 5 with skills and feats all over the place. He was a blast to play though, since my go to plan for any situation was to just do the craziest thing I could think of (high diplomacy and bluff scores helped too). One time I got the party out of jail by convincing the guard that we were traveling security system sales men who had snuck into jail to prove just how badly they needed our product.

    My second favorite was probably Vedis Melchior, elan psion. Before the beginning of the campaign, Vedis had been an infamous male gnome telepath/mind bender who decided he wanted to go straight. A bounty hunter, a female human, tracked him down and almost killed him before he used true mindswitch to take her body and ran off with it to become an elan (which resets your character level to 1). Led to all sorts of in-character awkwardness.

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    My best characters are three (technically two) Exalted Characters.

    The First was Isha the Tear of Heaven, Dawn Caste Solar, after playing a gambit of joker character generally being the party face and wiseguy, I tell everyone I am going to play a very serious and sombre warrior. They of course laughed at the idea that I could be serious. So I made her story very impacting.

    She was the very first Solar slain in the battle against the primordials in the firs age, in this re-incarnation her past lives reflected her sorrow of never being able to fufill her duty to Sol and her bretheren Exalts. She was very much the visionary I made her, making blood enemies with those who threatend the weak, standing her ground against the Living Tower and his minions alone.

    I gave her a familiar, her horse that could cover any distance in a Day and a Night, which the Zenth caste Exalt used as a ploy when I was once far away and they were surrounded by enemies, using the charm that makes everyone stop and listen to you for a day and a night, claiming that their judgement would arrive with the dawn, as the sun crested the horizon, and I arrived to assault them mercilessly.

    Her crowning moment of glory was that we learned that the Living Tower working under the Ebon Dragon and leading an assault directly to the Imperial city with the Scarlet Empress bound to them. Isha went to heaven to petition to see Sol Invictus himself. He gifted her his shield and she wore it to battle stopping the Second Circle Demon herself.


    The other two characters are the same chatracter with slightly different incarnations. Hiraku.

    In his first incarnation Hiraku was a dawn caste solar who had a chip on his shoulder about the celestial beauracracy and used his brash attitude to get his way, his best moment when a god was acting all mysterious and trying to get under his skin, Hiraku stone cold looked into the Gods eye and said, "I'm tired of this riddle crap, tell me what you mean plainly. And before you answer remember this: I am here in heaven as your guest, I can, and will, get you into trouble."

    The next incarnation of Hiraku was brought about because we were introducing a new member to the gaming group, so we decided a fresh start would be nice, I offered to use Hiraku again, despite his attitude he was a very good example of how to stunt most things.

    I ended up toning down his bitterness a tad and made him more driven. We were starting off as half-castes this time, so I gave him a Zenith father who had the ideal that all people should aspire to greatness under Sol, so that everyone should have the potential to exalt. His father was killed by the wyld hunt so Hiraku spent most of his childhood and teens trying to find his fathers weapon which was broken into peices and scattered across the scavenger lands, living under his fathers ideals. What this amounted to was becoming a Gallant and would do anything even a little over the top to garner enough attention to become an Exalt.

    This included but not limited to: Breaking down a prison wall with his bare hands, sinking a pirate ship with a single Essence attack, and a seduction attempt using the line: "Hey baby, was your father the god of explosives? Cause you are the bomb."
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    That would most likely be my current character, Marcius Moundwatcher. I'm playing him in the Pathfinder system in a game run by an old player of mine. He's a cleric of Pharasma, a Necromancer who uses Necromancy and Negative energy almost exclusively, and actually does a damn fine job of destroying most enemies we're put to, and fluff-wise, he's fun as hell. See, he, unlike most Necromancers commonly seen, understands that the commoners generally run screaming when the man in black robes with a scythe leaps out, so he's masquerading as a Paladin. He wears a shining Mithril breastplate, an Icy shortspear, and a large steel shield, is tan and well-muscled, and is both outgoing and devout. His gear is well-cared for, his backpack and clothing worn but still serviceable, and he always has a smile, making any indication that he might be a servant of a goddess of Death and raiser of skeletal minions outlandish, unreasonable, even foolish!

    The first three skeletal minions he created (the campaign started last Sunday, so I've only played him for one game) were thieves which he killed in the holy artifact room of an even more holy temple. He took them out to a Holy (but not Consecrated ) graveyard, and raised all of them, outfitting them with bows and beginning his quest to rid the world of evil, using Evil's most potent weapon, the undead.

    Mechanically, he's a 5th level Human Cleric of Pharasma with the Deathbound domain (it wasn't present in Pathfinder, but I asked my DM and he said it would be okay) who's begun taking the Corpsecrafter line of feats. His skeletons, being from 2HD human warriors, receive 4 extra hit points, a +4 bonus to Strength and Initiative, and an extra 10ft. of movement so far. My next feat is going to be Undead Leadership (my DM is running a high-powered game and approved Leadership and even the infamous Leadership-chain, with the limitation that my Undead cohorts that took Undead Leadership not be spellcasters, to avoid the massive amount of cheese that can come out of that), and, all totaled, by level 20 my theoretical Undead army might well be in excess of 1000. I also hope to find or create and take control of a few Incorporeal, Spawn-creating Undead like Wraiths, for the chaining that can be done with that.

    I've never had a DM approve a Necromancer build before, and the freedom my current DM is giving me with that is really helping to enhance my experience. The game's shaping up to be great, and there's even been hints that my army might eventually clash openly with the main force of evil in this game: The Drow. I'm geeking out.

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    I've got two, because my experiences with the characters are near and dear as opposed to being my favorite character to create or play.

    The first is the Eberron character who managed to trick the actual PCs (their players as well as their characters) into never guessing his true race, gender, class, or other identifying features. He was a straight Changling Rogue/Assassin without any non-core + Eberron base book material. I had a blast getting my actor on with DM's covert support. At the end of the campaign, the party was convinced I was either a Master of Many Forms or...whatever that class is that gets to mimic the class features of any class. When we explained the limitations I had imposed as to material, they stated with complete surety that I was a (Batman) Wizard specializing in either Illusion or Tranmutation with heavy reliance on both schools. Oh, it was a blast to do the grand reveal.


    The second is actually another Eberron character in an expanded campaign, that was coincidence instead of planning. I went Wizard/Monk/that-PrC-that-does-both to create a close approximation to the Saiyuki character Cho Hakkai (with a much more er...conservative...back story). Spell Thematics = win. I even got to live up to the 'Hakkai is badass!' moment. That character death is one I'll never forget, for two reasons:
    1) My first reaction to the death was "I knew I should have prepared Heart of Water today. And I talked myself out of it ><;"
    2) Caught in the jaws of a fiendish dragon plummeting from an airship, unable to escape only because of lack of freedom of movement (which I had access to from the aforementioned spell), surviving maximum falling damage, and dying by a combination of "-8 hp and bleeding" and "drowning" is something that sticks with you
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    a seduction attempt using the line: "Hey baby, was your father the god of explosives? Cause you are the bomb."
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    My favorite character I ever played was unfortunately only used in a one shot adventure (I DM way more often than I play.) He was a horrible little human bard named Garret the Ferret, he was a cowardly 5' tall 100lb flautist (the humor was doubled by the fact that I'm 6'4" and built like a refrigerator.) He was arrested for bragging in a tavern that he had had carnal relations with the kings daughter (which he hadn't) but when they brought him in he was charged with a huge list of his past misdeeds ranging from tax evasion to impersonating a cleric. He ended up with a sentence of 412 years, but was offered a sentence of permanent exile in exchange for joining a team of prisoners on a mission to kill some lich named arse-rack or something (he was always bad with names.) He spent the whole mission hiding behind the meatwall and sucking up to the wizard. The wizard liked having his ego stroked so much he personally saw to it that Garret survived the whole encounter, despite the rest of the team wanting to kill him.
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    Seargent Duncan Max Fightmaster. His father, Flex Plexico Fightmaster, had only ever given him two things; a 'lucky' pocketwatch and a cursed relic that was a literal gateway to purgatory where the BBEG sat waiting for someone strong and stupid enough to one day use the relic. (Thanks, dad.) It was stolen and used by another PC, Pirate Clancey, who was a delusional mental patient who wished to suffer 'just the right amount' of physical harm to obtain a peg leg/hook/eyepatch.
    Duncan's shtick was that he was virtually unkillable - I had picked up an ability that let me negate death in exchange for points, and I had accumulated a TON of points.
    So when Pirate Clancey uses the relic and is possessed by the BBEG, the first thing he does is horribly kill Duncan and throw him to the gators, then use his Ultimate Cosmic Power to create a pirate vessel in the middle of New Orleans and sail onwards to victory.

    Imagine his surprise when he notices a crocodile following him, ticking with the sound of a pocketwatch...and then a zombified-looking Duncan ripping his way out of the creature with his bare hands and storming the ship with HATE in his eyes.

    I swear to you that this story is 100% true.

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    Maybe its the nostalgia talking, but my first ever DnD character is by far my favorite.

    He began life as an elf fighter, whom after a few campaigns (during which I got to meet characters from an earlier campaign of the DM's and the Dungeon Master's daughter (not the DM's daughter. Apparently in this universe the Dungeon Master is an actual character, though we never met him) wound up cross-classing into rogue. At one point I got my hands on a "Polyjuice Potion," which allowed the drinker to change their race into whatever they wanted. I became a lizardman. Stuff happened. At one point I robbed the Dwarf King blind. At 2nd level, no less.

    Fast-forward a few years, I'd played another campaign with the same DM using a different character, before deciding to switch back to my old one at the beginning of this newest campaign. It turns out that all the characters from the campaign previous were actually the offspring of the Seelie King, Oberon (not including my own character from that campaign, since I opted for my lizardman instead).

    Being essentially demigods, we had loads of wacky adventures that made no sense, and plenty of ridiculously awesome toys. I had a chainsaw-katana, another had a sword hilt that summoned Madcoils (chinese dragons on crack), one had an adoptive daughter who had an unlimited supply of heal spells and a pet winged cat that could turn tiger-sized, and one could shapeshift.

    Honestly, the bulk of the campaign is one big haze thinking back on it, but it was loads of fun and made no sense at any point.
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    Marcus "Redeye" Kaden, my TN (bordering on NG) Half-Drow Beguiler

    Not only do I love the beguiler class (except when we go up against stuff that is immune to almost my entire spell list), but he is the only character I've made with a proper written backstory.

    The party still don't know he's half-drow, which should be interesting when they find out.
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    tough to choose just one so i'll mention 2 :)
    probably my true favorite is Tycho Binderwhirdle, kender cleric (and eventually high priest) of branchala, wore full plate and carried a mace and shield. i played him from lvl 5 (i joined a group in progress) through 23. it was really awesome to be a wise and truly power kender, i mean, who expects a kender who's yelling, "oh no you don't meanies!" to suddenly blast out with a 9th level cleric spell :) that and i'm pretty sure he was the driving force in turning our red mage white. best moment for him was when he hops onto the silver dragon's (party member) back and they go swooping over a battle field full of undead, breath weapons, turn undeads, flame strikes and other such awesomeness blasting everywhere, WHEEEEEE.

    on the darker side i played a rogue/assassin called Corran Kelter in a heavy RP political campaign for years, brought him up to 24 from 1st. by the end he became the queen's personal assassin, married a gorgeous bard/blackguard, taken over a noble house and pretty much singlehandedly stopped a slaadi invasion, just for a few examples. i liked him alot, very much the willing anti-hero, from when he was a child he decided that his (or most other people's) soul was a reasonable trade to secure his beloved countries interests and he never backed down. one really fun bit was that he masqueraded alot as a low class old man (his favorite cover) and it was really great to wander around as "old william" and screw with people.

    ahhhh memories, i should dig those 2 up sometime...
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    It's easily my iconic, Kell Kheraptis, for me, who through numerous revisions and versions has had just about ever caster/manifester build imaginable, but is always A)Draconic in some form, B)Incredibly ancient, and C)Fire focused in some way, shape, or form. He began in 1st/2nd edition as an elemental mage (the Dragon version, who were also considered druids of 3/4 level and fighters of 2/3) and usually keeps that gish aspect in every incarnation. Current 3.5 version involves Erudite, Psionic Swiftblade, Psionic Abjurant Champion, and a tome of spells/powers known (took up the equivalent of 3 5 subject notebooks to compile).

    And as for most memorable moment with the character...there have been literally hundreds over the course of the past 15 years, but the real standout was taking down an ancient red dragon with a critical hit in his initial incarnation with the spell Lead Spray, fired basically down the thing's throat as it breathed fire on the party (which I was immune to). Rolled a crit, rolled really high for effect, and the DM basically ruled the lead spray acted like a giant shotgun slug and blew the back of it's head off. One shot kill, several levels gained, and a party now scared to death of the mostly quiet mage who they figured was talking to himself all the time (actually a permanent schism and implanted heartstone, each with their own personality separate from his, leading to internal and sometimes vocal/audible dialogue) :P
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    Like some of the others in this thread, I typically DM rather a lot more than I play. Really, the two most memorable non-NPCs I've played are Silverscreen and Shichirou, The Fist of Heaven.

    Silverscreen is a face in our gaming group's Shadowrun game. Briggs Jackson is a trid actor who plays shadowrunners in the various low-end movies; only recently did he get any fame playing as a mage in Shadow Seven, which has gotten a cult following on par with The Matrix. Nonetheless, the money he gets from acting is tied up in his high lifestyle, so to cover the bioware he is constantly getting, he runs in the shadows for real. Humorously enough, the group he joined was comprised of the runners who pulled off the mission that Shadow Seven was based off of, so the situations seem a bit familiar to him...

    Shichirou is an Exalted character - a Dawn Caste Solar. He ultimately seeks to liberate Thorns from Mask of Winters' evil clutches, but it's a long, hard road, fraught with punching out Abyssals and Infernals. One time I sent an Abyssal flying sixteen yards from a punch, and I can't help but wonder at how far she would've gone if I'd had Solar Hero Form up at the time...
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    1. Tony Frost. A Rogue5/Ranger5/Shadowdancer5 that thinks he's a paladin… He's got his special mount (Animal companion horse), Smite evil (Sneak attack, Favorite Enemy), His Detect Evil (Track, Urban Tracking, Knowledge Skills)
    He was paladin on a unknow, not existing god. That devoted himself te hunting werewolfs. (Main enemy of the campaign.
    He used shot on the run and improved manyshot so well that the party wizards think that Tony was a ghost or something. And Because of evaison and the rediculus ref saves he could easely throw fireballs is direction of Tony. HE also loathed the party with silver weapons.

    2. Sesei Shanshuki Chan. A Monk14, (Middelaged chinese dude) devoted to stunning fist like attacks, weakning touch, freezing the lifeblood etc.He was lawfull good and verry loyal to the party. Used to dash arround combat parralizing and weaking different opponents.

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    I've got two that I liked a whole lot.

    -A genie, going through the monster class progression, focusing on crafting alchemy items, reach weapons melee fighting, and hidden blades for close combat. In this setting genies were pretty highly regarded, and were planar merchants, so I fluffed that I was a young genie that was doing business for my clan's store in the city. We had lots of fun - in particular when the party's gnome and I teamed up to tackle some rooftop assailants. Flying Gnome Bullrush Attack!

    -Thalm Acamont, an Int-focused bard. He was the son of a minor noble family, and made his money traveling around, gaining experiences, and then lecturing at centers of education he passed by. At one point in the campaign our party deemed it necessary to travel to my family's estate, so I actually statted the family and inhabitants of the castle, fleshed them out, and then and mapped out the estate. I still have it all lying around, and I went through later and retooled it all so that any DM could click it in to their campaign easily. I'm still proud of it all.

    Neither of these characters were particularly effective, but damn they were fun.

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    Michael Valentine. An Epic Level Sorcerer who having realized there's a multiverse of people to fight evil in his stead took to using his expertise in conjuration magic to create a lucrative import/export business across the planes before founding a brothel in Sigil. Standard method of dealing with enemies who won't go away is to simply use combinations of spells that allow him to poof away from harm on a whim till the enemy gives up in frustration.
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    I don't have much gaming experience yet unfortunately, but I do enjoy having unusual characters, I can tell you what a couple of them are like.

    1. Toissonador, a wizard that's a wren. I took the smallest bird I could find in the monster manual and used the monster advancement table to scale it down to wren size. I have visions of doing what city birds do best to people, only with more fire. Will need to grab him a very, very small spellbook or some way of carrying a normal one, and probably the surrogate spellcasting feat depending on the DM (I've tested him out in only one casual session so far). The potential to hide in a tavern and have a prestidigitation fest for fun is incredible, too.

    2. Feryl, a wolf that's a druid. An eccentric old druid awakened him and started to educate him in druidism, hoping to one day establish a sect of animal druids in the forest which could look after both it and themselves so that he might move on and spread the trend further to other regions. Feryl has so far managed to defend his home from a dwarf mining expedition, but I haven't had the chance to play him much. He'll be going for the master of many forms prestige class, and will probably be very light on the magic items, considering his morphology.

    3. I have another character, a rogue scout, who is a natural lycanthrope that was abducted as a newborn by Avalonca Denza, a mighty and evil wizard who was conducting various different experiments in his tower. The wizard placed a powerful and nigh-imperceptible geas of some kind on the werewolf to suppress his heritage and basically reduce him to being an ordinary human, so that Avalonca could study the non-magical differences between the two races, whether they developed different social skills or had different reflex actions, that kind of thing. One day, through a campaign the DM puts together, the lycanthropy will be released again, and should provide lots of nice roleplaying potential. This is also the character who stole an onion to annoy the stick-in-the-mud party leader, and went on to get it enchanted into a +3 onion of disruption with a True Death augment crystal; this is a weird thing to do and suits his odd personality, since he's quite quirky, but does make him a bit less useless against zombies and the like, the bane of all precision damage professionals.

    My wife deserves a mention for her anthropomorphic vixen warmage and her winter wolf barbarian ranger. My brother has a lizardman cleric who habitually collected the teeth from fallen enemies because that's where he believed their souls to be kept; he also rolled up an imp ninja once.

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    ... I GM too much, seeign as how i like one of my rarely seen NPC's better than all my PCs*.
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    Quote:"My Mistress loved me so much, She played with me all the time. Until I broke, then She threw me away..."
    Seeming, kith: elemental, manikin. (was very temped by fairest, manikin)
    Age apparent: 14-29 - it's hard to tell, she's been out of the hedge for over 12 years, and hasn't aged a day.
    Wyrd 7: (at this wyrd, she is actually made of wood for most puposes - the rules are fexible liek that for high wyrd characters)
    Clarity 1, her minds gone, she's completely mad, but to naive to be evil.



    Sara never had to escape from Arcadia, her mistress threw her away like so much used trash, once she got broken.
    Sara got her soul back, well some of it at least, but it's been put through a mincer, torn to sheds, much like her mind.
    Her mind is gone, it was completely shreadded, it you look closly you can see the crack in here painted wooded head.
    I haven't prop[pely statted her out but at a quick gets: she has attributes int 1, wits 1, resolve 1, composure 1, her physical stats would be that good either, she's badly balanced (falls over occationally) weak, and proably has the endurance of a feather. she's not manipulative... infact Presence migjht be her best stat - she might even have a 3 in it.
    She has a stack of mental flaws i'm sure.

    Her skills are Ok... for a 5 year old child, (wich what shen she was taken, i think) occationally bits of her minmd will click together and she will come up with something brilliant.
    Her Occult is 4, if you can keep her focused long enough to get anything out of her.
    her academics is 3 with specialties in nursry rhymes, and fairy tales.

    She's the most magically sensitive person in the freehold,
    and a potent prophet, by far the best in the freehold.
    not even the highest ranking autumn court members come close.

    I suspece now that i think about it, that she was found wandering the hedge, close to the mortal side, by Mother Hendrick. (antoher of my faverate characters)
    Retired Autumn Monach, Scarecrow minister, and 1 of three High Mages (not litterally) the Free hold has 'produced" (the other two: 1 is the Sorcerer and heir to Autumn, the other is a exciled member of Autumn who is working hard to carve out a Realm in Arcadia, and create a new Title - he's dangerous and evil, and so very very arrogent)
    Mother Hendrick (or Mother Hen) as the PC's like to call her, seeming knows almost every court contract (maintains great relations with all the courts), and elemental contracts of multiple flavors.
    She's a wizened that lives in a Ginerbread House(actually it's painted, but it looks real), and looks (and often acts) like the wicked witch form Hansel and Gretal - she tried to cook the PC's once.
    But she's a sweet thing really,
    I suspect she found Sara wandering the hedges, alternately crying and singing to herself.
    I think she proablly travelled the hedge with the poor girl collecting bits of her soul and her minds from the Briars, and sewing them back together with Masterful pledgecraft.
    that would explain why Sara isn't one of the soulless.

    I liek Sara - she's creepy to be around - she'll sing in the middle of a battle.
    She once cut of one of her fingers calved it into a tower and gave it to one of the PC's as a gift.
    She's Broken and i love her like that.



    Sara, the Broken Doll, was insired by a woman i knew for a week. my first interactions with her was: when she came up to me and said:"I'm going to hug you now, they just interviewed me and i'm going to be in the paper."
    Nice lady. (quiet aspergers autistic i think).







    *(with the exception of in the Play your self game - my faverate PC is of course myself... even though i statted myself too weak, curse this rare occurance of modesty)
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