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April 1, 2006, 8:48 pm

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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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