A gnarles staff with a large emerald at the head.
He is a cloaked figure, who wanders the realms, he appears everywhere out of the blue. Not a single shread of skin is visable on him, his cloak covers his entire body, and his hand are covered by cloves. His face is covered by a opera mask, making his emotions unreadable. Due to his enigmatic appearance, people are unable to tell weither he is a human, a god, or an apparation. He appears out of the blue, but a thick fog allways comes before his arrival.Time seems to stop as he speaks to you, almost as a dream. He speaks in riddles of what will happen in the near future. But the one thing all his prophesis share, are that they are never good news, and they always come true. He speaks to you in a calm male, humanly voice. And he leaves as soon as he goes. Those who know his legend, know that he is never somebody you want to meet. It is also said that if you see him eye to eye. You will see youre own demise.(which is why he is usually looking down)
His origin is a mystery, their are many tales about his past. Some say that he is a ghost of a long dead wizard. others say he is multiple people who are trying to get a scare. There are others that say he is a powerful archmage, from another world. able to trave through space in time, which is why he is able to predict the future with such accuracy.
You might want to use this character if you want to give youre players a little heads up, of a great challenge or hardship that lies ahead, but not just come out and say it.
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There is no backstory!
There's nothing interesting about this character!
It seems like a mish-mash of old cliches.
However, you did use the word 'enigmatic' right.
Amen to that last part. but there isn't a backstory, because that would limit his uses. I mean really, don't you believe in legends among legends.
Even a legend among legends leave tales in their passing. Was he there trying to evacuate the people of Atlantis or Pompei? Did he advise a great king? Does he advise bad guys?
What is his motivation? Why does he do this? And what kind of things does he warn of... does he work to protect the world, protect the time stream, protect the Land of Oz, etc, etc.
What are this guys credentials? Why should anyone listen to him? Justy because you have lived a long time does not mean I should trust you. Any good Illusionist or Dream Mage could perpetrate his appearance and effect, ruining his reputation.
Yes he is a legendary. But even legends have origins (told and retold badly over the ages). Where did Athena come from? Or The Hood (aka Robin Hood)? Or Toth? These are legendaries who still have origins (though the details might be different than the reality).
Just a few comment
To answer what i see fit in order, before i take youre advice. Yes he was there at atlantis, but not to evacuate them, to warn them. no. He didn't advice a great king, because hes not an adviser, hes a prophet. Yes he 'prophosises' to bad guys. He workes to give people a second chance. People have no reason to listen to him, such as would have been the case with atlantis. Yes someone could immitate him, but most people that talk about him are thought to have something wrong with them. And there is no evidence that he is even a real person. He may just be an imagination that, because people know of them, they see him, even though he is not there. In other words, he could not even exist. His origin like a stated has many different stories, as a DM come up with youre own if you want to.
Prophets usualy speak in riddles :)
The GM from the old cartoon Dungeons and Dragons?