Martell, our guide, inclined his head slightly towards the lumbering figure that was stagger along the road toward us.
“Sis is no correct. Dat mon is an etranger. Moi desert, she will not care for his kind.”
The PCs encounter either a campsite or a heavily burdened figure walking alone along the desert road. This figure is a young man in his late teens or early twenties. He is well prepared in terms of his equipment, but there is something off about him. His clothes are garish. His supplies are new but poorly maintained. His eyes are frightened, his skin is pale or freshly sunburnt, he is physically weak and overburdened. He is not from this desert and he is not use to hard labor.
This young man heard of prophecies about a messiah type figure that will come out of this desert. He became to believe that he was this prophet, and he left his relatively easy life to venture into the desert. But the desert is harder and more pitiless than he thought. He has had no epiphanies and his vision of how this would go has not matched the realties of his experiences. He is a soft man who wants help and reassurances. If the PCs show him any kindness he will latch onto them. Despite his pride, he possess an overwhelming need. He will want two things from the PCs: some one to care for him/help him and two he will look for some sort of affirmation or conclusion. As much as he wants someone to guide him out this waterless hellhole, part of him is still hoping that these PCs will help him become the import person that he deeply wants to be. Are they sign he has
RPing: If your PCs are like most game parties they are in this desert for some violent and/or dangerous purpose. This guy will be a burden. Also, while he has been humbled by his experience, he is still extremely self-centered. He will try to engage the PCs in long conversations about his life and look for them to tell him it is okay. He will not pick up on cues or hints. He will eat up supplies and game table time that could be spent fighting giant monsters. How will the PC deal with this sad but not entirely sympathetic character? Will they derail their own plans to help him? Will they allow him to slow them down? Or will they scrape him off their boots? Whatever choice they make could come back to haunt them in the future.Go to Comment