Oh yes, Katherine Hepburn. What a fine inspiration.
Nice, smart, and burning for justice 'n stuff. Other than that, where is some weak point? Nothing dark, just something to make her more human. Perhaps, she tends to fall in for any charming man, but keeps it secret? Or any little weakness. Go to Comment
A character that must be somewhere in every Court. I like characters that are no-nonsense and practical. She isn't a manipulator in the standard sense, in that everyone knows she's doing it, but can't say that she's doing it, because they'll lose face. She's too upright to make someone a dangerous enemy, but she could concievably humiliate them, if she chose, and she seems the kind of person who has friends who would make dangerous enemies.
I can only imagine the uproar that would occur if, somehow, she actually ascended to the throne (maybe someone would devote themselves to protecting the others in line before her, specifically to keep her away from it?) Go to Comment
That's fine, all that.
However, I can't help but get the feeling that I've seen this character before.
Hmmm... Let's see, the Shadow on the Glass series, Sword of Truth series (in a way), other fantasy series... It's been done before. The "uppity woman" is a sort of archetype that is verging on cliche. I think that it's quickly nearing the day when it will be worn out.
But then again, not bad.
I think that being unconventional and caring for people is a weakness itself, given the deadly environment of the court.
As well as that, the men whose game she's playing might resent her intrusion upon their territory... she's walking a thin line. Go to Comment
Hey she is my size! I truly love this women already and some how I have a feeling that them deep brown eyes are full of fire! How can I not like this women who fights for the rights of others. Now all she needs is a friend who is a mindless person about the new and finest fashions. I can aleady see one nagging her about the clothing. Sorry let my mind get away from me. Anyway love it! Go to Comment
I like him. A good man behind the curtain...that you will never see. He could even be dead and people can still blame him for things that are going on...without knowing who they are blaming exactly. Go to Comment
I may have mentioned before how much I love Shadowy Malevolent Villians. Here we have a Shadowy Villian, who is not Malevolent (although one might make a case for misguided). And I absolutely adore villians who aren't in it for thier own gain, or just to be evil, but that really think they're Doing the Right Thing. Also, depending on the class of PCs that encounter him: will they fight him... or join him? And given his tendency to play the puppet master behind the scenes, the odds are fairly high that he could manipulate the PCs into accomplishing some of his goals (after all, what is the group most likely to topple a government?) He would fit in very well with some of my characters, several of whom would be sympathetic to his cause, if not his means. Well, I am going to use him, somehow.
And I think this deserves a Hall of Honor... Go to Comment
Actually it is more Ra's Al Ghul or Magneto. However since he does not have super powers or immortality, he has to use Moriarity-esk tactics. Yes, he is on the side of the oppressed, but he is not a nice man. And he thinks very long term...
1) So, There is little motivation to fight such an enemy?
Okay: What if Scarbomontus could "save the world", make it an utter paradise. All he would have to do is kill off about 30% of the land's (if not the continent or the world's) population . He would see that as a small price to pay. Would you or your characters? What if the number was closer to 80%?
Since Religion is a primary tool of oppression, he decides to destory all the various temples by causing them to wage holy war against each other. Of course, innocents might die in the process... but it only shows that the religions were evil anyways. Then he and his will raise an army of people who are righously against such slaughter and destroy the remaining ones.
Perhaps he can find an artifact of ancient evil which will banish all the Gods from the world. Of course that eliminates any clerical healing, but religions are tools of oppression.
He might put together a bitter war between two countries, allowing their "slightly more enlightened neighbor" to take on the "winner". Since Nobles and their Lackey's do most of the fighting, that will eliminate most of them. Of course, there will be loss of innocent life... but it is a small price to pay for centuries of peace and prosperity?
Maybe he will simply cause an explosion at the royal corronation killing all the noble guests and high priests. Sure the son of the King is a nice guy, but you really can't trust nobles.
Sure we will steal the entire treasury and distribute it to the poor and un noble. Of course, the king will no longer be able to pay his army and his enemies will attack him, crushing his country. It serves him right for overtaxing the poor and those who work for a living. (Even if the taxe rates for this country are no better or worse than any others).
Yes, he is really a nice guy. He means well. He thinks really long term.
And Hitler was a vegatarian and painted watercolors.
2) If he is never seen, his plans are epic in detail and meticulous in construction, and he always has quick escape routes planned, how are players ever to come to suspect him of anything? And don't tell me thats the point, if the players aren't to know he is operating, he might as well not be.
Carefully constructed plans seldom fall apart. And just because you "get away" does not mean a) the plan wasn't foiled and b) the people foiling it do not know approximately who you are. And if you are doing investigation and such, every plan leave fingerprints. And there will be a suspicion that one many comes through. He is not a dime store villian to be tossed away after one foiled plot. Oh no, the PCs will encounter him throughout the campaign.
Think: Good Spymasters are seldom if ever caught. Just look though the anuals of espionage. Then I want you to thin Blofeld. They will get close to him eventually. Holmes got to Moriarty after all. Of course, your PCs are probably not as good as Holmes or Bond or Batman either.
If Scarabmontus is not central to the campaign, then they could
3) You never mentioned what he does with the stolen goods, other than more campaigns. What a campaign is, in undefined (Assasination? open war? Guerilla war? Terrorism?). Yes, and more.
Does he give money to the poor, or secretly fund public works in poor areas?
Yes he gives that which does not need to fund the campaigns away.
If his campaigns have collatoral cost, does he try to minimize it, or does he believe "ends justify the means". Yes, minimizing it is the idea, but as long as it is effective in the end. Remember, this is a "villian" or antagonist. He is not the protagonist of the story. That is supposed to be you and your characters. Go to Comment