We’ve all got them. Characters we wanted to play but, for one reason or another, you couldn’t. Maybe the game never got started, maybe it did but fell apart too soon. Maybe you managed to play them, but couldn’t get them quite right. Either way, you’ve got unfinished stories and I want to hear them. Here’s two of mine, to start with:
Gwynn Halfhand was a goblin knight, in service to the legendary Goblin King - a powerfully magical King Arthur-like figure who secretly ruled over all goblins with honour and fairness for all and definitely wasn’t just David Bowie in Labyrinth. Unfortunately, no-one else believed he existed. Gwynn had been scraping together a living in a city when she was knighted in a dream and charged with bringing the light of the Goblin King back to the world. She claims she had a sword sitting next to her when she woke up, though the sword does look suspiciously like a common guardsman’s sword. True or not, Gwynn definitely believes in her mission and will do everything in her power to complete her self-proclaimed mission.
Gwynn was going to be my character in a D&D4E game back in university, but the GM flaked out after the first session and just never scheduled a second one without giving a reason. Never did find out why.
My second example was a 13th Age character in a game that I was invited to by someone I knew who sadly later revealed he was secretly a dumbass redpill motherfucker, so I quit before even starting. Sadly, she didn’t get to the stage of giving her a name (I’m terrible at names so they always go last) but I still liked her concept:
You know that one curse that was super in vogue for a couple centuries? The one where evil copies of any intruding adventurers appear and fight them? And it got put on like every tomb and dungeon even though it never works? Well, one time it did. As the shadow stood over the original, an elf knight, she gained all the original’s knowledge and memories - and also a crystal clear understanding that these were not hers.
Tell me about your characters, friends of the Discourse Zone. Feed my need.