OK. He is an orphan, super-powerful (or at least super-skilled) half-monster with dubious morals that does as he pleases and wanders the world to... ummm, have fun or what. Sorry but this feels definitely too cliche for me.
Where does he put all that money in? And, how long does it take until he is known in certain circles ("Thaxen? Oh yeah, good fighter but watch his sticky fingers.") Having several names with a unique look helps only for so long, too. Besides, I wonder if he would not be considered demonspawn or something evil, and denied entry to 'decent' towns.
The write-up is all fine, it is the idea that repulses me. May be personal preference though. Go to Comment
I think Thaxen would be a fine character, there is adequate beckground. Some his his attributes are rather cliche, especially the orphan part, did someone kill his draconic parent, of was he orphaned by abandonment? I think the fact that he is half-drow and half dragon detracts from the post, and to echo Manfred's thought, his description sounds quite fierce and evil looking, i dont imagine he would be found in most lawful, or good aligned communities. Orcs might be more forgiving... Go to Comment
I was afraid the orphan thing would seem cliche, but it made more sense in my head. No dragon would accept a half-breed, and the drow would want nothing to do with him. Perhaps you're right about him looking too fierce to live in standard communities, though. I'll have to rethink him a bit. Go to Comment
So Thaxen comes from my high school era of RPing. He was supposed to be an adversary/antithesis of a elf/blue dragon hybrid. Clearly, I didn't get much beyond that stage in my thinking.
As Scras and Forganthus suggested, he obviously needed some more background and characterization. The "orphan to avenger" thing has been done to death, of course. So what could save him? Is there anything salvageable in this guy? Go to Comment
They don't really work as a weapon, as I understand the description. It is just a matter of physics. Sure these will be large and heavy, and this is part of the problem. You can use it as a heaven and earth staff, slashing and trapping. You can't get much of a cut going vs a human scaled target without more leverage or near superstrength. Mashing people over the head will work, but the weapon is not well balanced.
Yes, you can physically make them as a weapon. Yes they will inflict some harm. Yes, I can see them as a novelty weapon in a base gladitorial combat. Being used outside the gladitorial ring? Why? There are weapons that are vastly more efficient, they do as much or more damage, with a faster strike speed, with less weight (thus fatigue). Go to Comment
yes...not practical or plausible at all. BUT, they are fun to visualize, and as Cheka said they work as weapons for impractical trolls and giants, or as Moonhunter said (and Dozus explained) would definitely work in a gladitorial arena, where the spectators are getting bored of the same ol' weapons. So, originality and a good back story, hence 4/5. "realism" in fantasy is a relative term. We could have dragons, demons, trolls, and ogres, but we draw the line at giant scissors...why? Go to Comment
Hmm, if the outer edges are instead sharpened, this weapon would gain more usability, being usable somewhat conventionally as a normal, if heavy, sword. This is especially important since the mechanical complexity of the blade could fail after a hard parry or the like. Fully open, the blades would cover a wide area and might even serve as a weapon-breaker.
Odd, flamboyant with definite downsides, it still has value. Go to Comment