Wednesday, February 5, 2014

D&D 40th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 5

Day 5: First character to go from 1st to the highest level possible in a given edition. (Or what's the highest level character you ever ran?)

Since I have usually played the role of the DM, I rarely get to run characters for very long periods of time. The highest level character I ever ran was back in the 2nd Edition days. My dad was running a campaign for my little brother and me, and Eric was playing a dwarf. My character was a drow earth elementalist (a specialist wizard from Tome of Magic) named Ranaghar the Houseless. He was an outcast, but not the Drizzt type. He had dreams of conquest. Specifically, his long term plan was to build a castle in the underdark and then use the Estate Transference spell to move it to the Elemental Plane of Earth. From there, he would conquer the plane, turning it into his own personal (and endless) underdark.

Yeah, he was ambitious.

His plans never panned out, of course. Ranaghar's story was left unfinished just after he attained 5th level. The last thing I remember doing with this character was despairing over the fact that the coolest 3rd level spells had nothing to do with the earth and therefor seemed out of character for him. As a player, I really wanted to hurl fireballs, but I just couldn't bring myself to put them on his spell list because it didn't seem like what the character would want. It really changed the way I thought of D&D characters - more as independent works of fiction than simple extensions of myself.

In the end, what spell he learned for 5th level didn't matter. He earned every point of experience he needed to sling a fireball, but his tale was left in limbo before he ever got the chance.
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