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Hamako the Black


"You would be wise not to cross me.  I have powers that you cannot even begin to comprehend.  Do not anger me, lest I turn you into a goose, fat and ugly.  Then if you are lucky and I am in a forgiving mood, I won’t eat you for supper."
Based on Muro’s Archaic Words Challenge, the word myomancer.


Hamako the Black is a short, middle-aged man, with a developing paunch and receeding hairline.  His over-large, hooked nose and close-set eyes only serve to make him even more unattractive.  He tends to dress in ill-fitting mage’s robes, and has a habit of deliberately attracting attention to himself.


Hamako the Black is an odd, and unpleasant fellow.  He claims to be a wizard, and to be sure seems to have done some things that only could have been accomplished with magic.  Still, he is far from the typical member of his trade.  He’ll sweep into a village and demand the best room at the inn, the best food, and often gold and goods, and terrifies the locals until they give him what he wants, usually without being paid.  His mute servant, Mouse, an albino, sickly, undersized boy of fifteen, plainly regards his master with a combination of terror and hatred.  Many don’t like the harsh way Hamako uses his servant, but none so far have been brave enough to intervene.

If any dare to defy him, or show doubt of his magic, he will make an example of them, usually in a terrible way.  In one village, he made a man shrivell up and die right in front of their eyes.  In another, he called up a storm that wrecked the village and destroyed the fields.  Despite his apparent power, however, he is a coward, and will run from some one on or above his level.

Though he calls Mouse his servant, the boy is really little more than a slave.  He is not paid, and should he do anything that annoys his master, he suffers for it.  Though Mouse dreams of running away or escaping his abusive master, he lacks the force of will.  Hamako bought him from an orphanage when he was very young, and has by this point in his life broken him completely.  Though he will not hinder someone opposing Hamako, he is too afraid to take any positive action to help.

Roleplaying Notes

Hamako is the ultimate form of bully.  He preys on those weaker than him, and runs from those stronger.  He has never fought a fair battle in his life.

However, he has a secret.  He is almost incapable of performing any magic on his own.  He has the knowledge, but the power is lacking.  But there is one thing he can do, and do well, and that is to steal the power of others.  His primary source is his servant, Mouse.  Mouse is the son of a mighty sorcerer, and Hamako recognized the raw power the boy possessed.  So Hamako accquired him, and cut his tongue out to ensure that Mouse could never speak any spells against him, if he ever gained the knowledge.  He also kept him illiterate so that he couldn’t gain the knowledge.  Mouse knows that Hamako is stealing his magic, for Hamako lords it over him, but he can’t prevent it.  The constant drain on his magic and the physical abuse he suffers is slowly killing Mouse.  When he dies, Hamako will simply find another ‘servant.’

Possible Hooks

A local village is looking for someone, anyone, to rid them of Hamako the Black.  What self-respecting adventurers can resist defeating an evil wizard, particularly when there’s possible monetary compensation in store?

Exhibiting some profoundly bad judgement, Hamako encounters the PCs and demands tribute.

The group decides to help Mouse, either because of their own consciences or on behalf of someone who’s hired them.

Hamako has found someone with even stronger magical power than Mouse, and intends to take that power for himself.  The PCs are hired to either prevent a kidnapping, or retrieve the person in question.

Another wizard or the mage’s guild has discovered Hamako’s secret, and want him punished.  For one reason or another, they can’t or won’t go after him themselves, and so hire the group.

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Voted manfred
August 24, 2006, 4:55
What a nicely formed lesser villain, actually well-suited against beginning PCs. Good work!
Voted Scrasamax
August 24, 2006, 7:59
This villian exhibits a fair degree more personality than most, I can see him berating all those around him, yet inside, he is a hard knot of fear since his power is stolen, and his courage is fake.
Voted Cheka Man
August 24, 2006, 10:00
One *nasty* way to stop him would be to kill Mouse, thus shutting off his magic like turning off a tap.
August 24, 2006, 12:39
Well how nice and heroic. Kill the innocent victim to spite the bad guy, who will grab the nearest person and start draining them of any spell ability they might have... and keep doing it until he has enough power to achieve his next goal.
Voted Murometz
August 24, 2006, 10:07
Intriguing NPC Ria! I like this alot! Certainly a surprising take on a myomancer...thumbs way up!
Voted MoonHunter
August 24, 2006, 12:41
An interesting character. He provides a slight moral quandry for the PCs. A good antagonist though.

Of course, if you include him in your world, you need for there to be others... or pcs to be aware that this is possible.
Voted Wulfhere
September 14, 2006, 11:55
This fellow will be very helpful in the execution of my sinister plans to baffle and challenge my players...
Cheka Man
September 14, 2006, 12:40
Kill Mouse first (if one is evil) then kill Hamako whilst he's helpless.
September 16, 2006, 14:27
How terribly heroic. This is one of the key dramatic hooks for the character.

If your players are "the heroes", killing the innocent so you can kill the bad guy, should put a bad taste in their mouth. It might put them in a moral quandry, if they figured it out. In fact the way he treats Mouse should make every Good and most lawful characters wish to gut the mage.

If your characters are just "guys" collecting goods and gold, then killing the kid and then the bad guy is all good because it is tactically sound.
Voted Nap
November 11, 2006, 15:29
I've always liked the idea of NPC's who appear more powerful than they actually are. This is well done, with a plausible explanation and definite source of weakness. Definitely well-suited for lower level adventures, when PC's are more likely to be intimidated by a "powerful" wizard. Love the name, too!
Barbarian Horde
November 11, 2006, 17:35
Hamako met a gruesome end, crushed under a bed by two amorous half-ogres.
Voted axlerowes
April 10, 2009, 14:56
This has a very nice fable quality to it, and would be an interesting minor subplot.
Voted Michael Jotne Slayer
October 17, 2010, 9:18

Interesting twist on the Myomancer.

Voted Old Dreamer
April 21, 2011, 20:02

Excellent NPC! Very interesting twist that could set up lots of role-playing as the party tries to figure out how to deal with this "powerful" wizared.

Voted Pieh
April 21, 2011, 20:12

I agree with everything already said. Excellent Myomancer. Excellent NPC. Very thought provoking and fun.

Voted valadaar
April 18, 2013, 10:42
Ah, Mouse's old master. What jerk.

Nice job Ria!

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