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Blind mage that casts spells from Braile scrolls.

Special Equipment:

Carries large wooden staff which allows him to cast spells and to find his way around because he can’t see


Old bent over man in a grey cloak, long beard, favorite sentance starter: Oh my aching bones! & Back when I was a lad we had to/we never had…


Began learning scroll magic as a young boy.  Blinded at age 30 by his own backfiring spell, he now uses braile to read scrolls.  On the outside he appears to be grumpy and easily irritated, but deep inside, he’s a caring old windbag. 

Roleplaying Notes:

The guy himself is a plot twist, look at him, a blind scroll-reading mage, you can have all kinds of fun with him!  He can read the braile wrong, It takes him forever to read the braile, He can’t see, the possibilities of ways for him to hold up the party are endless!  He can get lost and everyone needs to find him, His real job is a group holder upper.  If there is ever any bad time to loose a member of the party, Orald will find it.

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May 15, 2004, 22:44
No personality, no backstory. The only thing original about this character is that it is blind.
May 16, 2004, 2:01
It needs a bit more depth to be an actual character. Right now it is just a cipher.

I think the character's purpose is to get sucked into an adventuring group as a minion/ henchman and slowing them down. So instead of them going "Oh cool a wizard for the party"... they will eventually be groaning at their misfortune for hiring this idiot.
July 19, 2004, 18:25
I agree that this character needs some flesh and bone though the idea of a caster being blind has possibilities. There are detriments but benefits as well. He would be immune to vision attacks and illusion spells but more susceptible to sound based attacks. Even Braille could be a cool twist, though a form of rune. Forgive me if I ramble on. Below is a little suggestion for character development.

Perhaps a little on what he was like as a child and how he became a mage feeding into the story of his blindness and eventually his creation of Braille/rune scrolls. He would have to create his own scrolls since he'd be a rarity. Perhaps he finds a tome that he could not read when he had his sight. Where and how did he come across this tome? After going blind he has feelings of hopelessness over the course of a week. Eventually growing frustrated, he manages to find his library. Once there he begins throwing papers and books in a fit of rage as he clumsily feels his way around the room. Growing weary and distraught, he settles down and inadvertently places his hand on that strange tome he couldn't read previously and realizes that he senses something about this tome, strange and exciting. He sits down and caresses the cover of the book with his finger in anticipation and letters begin to form in his mind. He concentrates and soon words begin to form. Sucked in by curiosity, he sits for many days reading, stopping only for life's essentials before returning to continue his study of these mystic pages of strange runes. Once he absorbed the tome, he was endowed with the ability (a feat) to create runes that can be read with the hand not the eye. He could fashion these runes into his staff through use of the skills of carving he developed as a child and likewise into scrolls by lightly stabbing with dabs of spell components on the end of a thin dagger. Only another of his kind could use his staff and scrolls.

With one or two good magic items he could be a formidable foe.

Let the mind run from there. Hope this helps. Good luck.
July 28, 2004, 18:04
I misunderstood the purpose of the original post and instead came up with a viable NPC/PC. I hope that some of my comments are helpful. The idea of a character that inadvertently slows a party down is interesting but I find my group slows themselves down enough without help. They once spent almost an entire session planning the assault on an empty cabin, well empty except for some animated household items. :)
March 20, 2007, 15:17
Blind mage that casts spells from Braile scrolls

thats a pretty nifty concept, braille scrolls.
Voted valadaar
March 20, 2007, 16:23
Yep, definately a 2. A lot can be done with this. I've got a blind spellcaster sub here as well.

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       By: Almar

While setting up camp for the night, the PC's are aproached by another group of adventurers who seem nice enough. The road is somewhat dangerous and the other group suggests camping together. The two bands split watches, one adventurer from each group watching at once. The night goes by without incident, the next day the PC's travel with the other group as they are going the same way.

The group consists of Hordel the ranger, who is skilled with the bow. Hordel is a quiet man who speaks little but appears quite skilled. Dremar is a barbarian who is a little excentric, he seems to be an excasive drinker and thiunk that battle is the solution to everything. He appears to be a stout and powerful fighter with his greataxe. Ferrin is the leader of the group, a rouge by trade. He is daft and witty, speaking with the PCs often and asking many questions. He fights with finesse with his rapier. Preminitat as a cleric but he will not say which god he worships. He uses his spells to empower and heal his party and fights with a club. He sticks close to Ferrin. Ferrin is a great talker and tells much of himself and his party, but asks even more about the history and capabilities of the PCs. He tells of some adventures his party has had, and they seem like an interesting group of mercenaries. Hordel is quite and has little interest in speaking with the PCs, he ignores most questions. He spends a lot of time with Dremar and sometimes Ferrin. Dremar seems to not care about any questions ansked to him, nor does he seem to know the answers. He seems battle hardened and is a simple man. Preminitat rarely starts conversations but will speak with the PCs. However, some of his accounts of the party's history seem to condradict those of Ferrin.

The Party spends another night and day with Ferrin's group. One of four things can happen on the third night.
1: While eating dinner around the fire, Ferrin gets into an argument with one of the PCs when he/she mentions the discepincies between Ferrin's stories and Preminitat's.
2: Hordel gets mad after repeated questioning about his life from the PCs.
3. Preminitat gets mad after repeated questioning from the PCs about what god he worships.
4: One of the PCs rejects the offer of a drink from Dremar and he takes it as an insult.
All of these scenarios result in a battle between the parties. If Ferrin's party is defeated and still lives he swears vengance. His party may then cross paths with the adventurers again.

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