Post by Rigil Kent on Oct 27, 2012 18:36:12 GMT -6
The son of a disgraced knight who turned to drink and recently died, Alain has taken up adventuring, ostensibly to redeem his family honor but in truth because he just doesn't want to turn into a drunk like his father. He is in search of a Cause. He's a well-meaning sort of guy who is pretty damned tough, fairly strong and certainly charismatic, but only of average wisdom.
Alignment: Lawful Neutral. Class: Fighter Fighting Style: Sword & Board. Will specialize in bastard sword. Planned Progression: Plans to alignment shift to LG at 4th level, and then enter Paladin (nonspellcasting variant, CW) at 5th.
Last Edit: Apr 12, 2013 18:54:10 GMT -6 by Rigil Kent
Alain would be a good fit for Rags to Royalty as the "lost prince John" with an (inevitable?) eye toward Dating Catwoman when the group invariably encounters the Nefarian Overlord's daughter (who really needs to look like this. Rowl. Perhaps with a side of Tragic Hero on the side and a dash of Be Careful What You Wish For (want to be a Knight? Okay ... but the job really freaking sucks...)
It occurs to me that, as a player, I should telegraph my intentions for the character. So ... intentions are pretty simple: Fighter through level 4 so I can get Weapon Spec (next couple of feats are likely going to be Shield Specialization (Heavy), then Shield Ward, then WpnSpc), and then I'm likely going to enter the Knight class from there on. So when we start nosing around 5th level (obviously not for a while) the active GM will need to keep that in mind since it stands to reason Alain will need to be actually knighted to be eligible for the class...
So, I decided to do a Background using the StoryForge cards and this is what I got (obviously, on a few of the cards, I kept replacing them until I got something that tracked with the original background): 1. Mother - Identity. Knowing who someone really is becomes of utmost importance. 2. Father - Weakness. Either through physical weakness or a lack of conviction, failure is likely. 3. The Strength of His Parent's Relationship: Pain. Actions are driven purely by physical or emotional pain; either to put an end to the suffering or to strike out at the source. 4. The Problems Between his Parents: Obliviousness. The truth is missed, refuse, or ignored, no matter how dramatically it is revealed. 5. The Circumstances of Alain's Birth: Injustice. Justice is thwarted. The greedy and corrupt win the day, threatening all that is good and right. 6. Complications, if any. The Outlaw. Not all crimes hurt the innocent. In the eyes of the law, Robin Hood was a criminal, even though his cause was considered by many to be just. 7. The Universe's Influence on Alain or his Nature. The Mentor. This person might be a professor, a professional who takes an apprentice, or even a martial arts sensei. His or her gift is helping others with growth or training in a specific skill or craft. 8. Early Strengths. Youth. Enthusiasm and energy push one forward, driven by a naive and simplistic worldview. Mistakes are more likely, by youthful resilience will help one survive them. 9. Early Weaknesses. The Lovers. True love, all consuming, at its most beautiful, becomes the primary focus, sometimes to the exclusion of all else. 10. Education. Courage. Emotional fortitude is found. Even in the face of impending doom, the will to go on is within reach. 11. Belief Foundation. Law. This can be the idea of law, the institution of the legal system or the intervention of a law enforcement system. 12. Life Experience. The Outsider, Some people just don't belong. Whether it's a club, profession, tribe or culture, this person is clearly not included or welcome. 13. A Shaping Experience in Recent Times. Order. Order prevails. Even if things go poorly, they behave as expected. 14. An Experience That Left Scars. Defeat. Failure to achieve the goal results in loss and despair. 15. The State of the Character at the Beginning of the Story. Ignorance. One is missing important or correct information, which may lead to vulnerability.
With this in mind, I've revised my background slightly. The core elements are still intact - his father is a disgraced knight who turned to drink - but I have a better grasp of the character now:
The son of Aemon Silversword, last scion of a fading House known only for its weakness, Alain never knew his mother1. His father was a drunk2 and, from what little Alain gleaned from the old man's rants, it is highly likely that the marriage between his parents was an arranged and loveless one.3 How his Mother passed - if indeed she actually did; his father was so intent on his own self-destructive tendencies that Alain began to suspect that Aemon had absconded with him early - he knows not, but whatever happened, it led to Sir Aemon being effectively exiled to the small village of Homlet 5 6 (or Heroham or Borington; the name changes according to the map one looks at) where he spent the remaining years of his life drinking himself into oblivion. Were it not for the town mayor, a retired warrior who once marched alongside paladins7, Alain would have likely grown up as self-involved and bitter as his father. From the Mayor, he learned how necessary was Law was to keep society together.11
As the son of a knight, Alain should have grown up in relative wealth, but that was far from the case and he spent much of his youth struggling to make ends meet along with the others of his town. Being broad of shoulders and strong of arm 8, he naturally drew much attention from the young maidens of Homlet, but he had eyes only for a girl his age.9 He did his best to court her, but his position as the son of a disgraced knight made him something of an outsider12 and his dreams were crushed when she married another.14
He found the courage to continue10 and set aside his childish dreams by concentrating on the example set by his role model, the Mayor. The village continued and life went on, no matter how pained he was at his loss, which was to be expected. 13Despite never being truly accepted into the village as one of them, Alain concentrated on being the best he could be, and when the call came forth from Kingsport for a militia, he was the first to volunteer.
One thing troubles him as he ventures out into the world. Before he passed, during one of his drunken rages, his father said something that now makes Alain wonder if the older man was truly his father after all...15
Ewan isn't a "big" guy. Embiggen Ewan, or enshorten Alain?
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4th Level: WpnSpc (PHB), CHA Bump. Alignment Shift to Lawful Good - I'm going to be setting the groundwork for this during my initial GM sequence, though it will be mostly in the background; given that the majority of his close friends are NG (Maia, Uzi and I believe WxMAN said Bruno would be NG), the assumption is that they will rub off on him. Because of them, he will likely focus more on the Good than the Law.
5th Level: Enter Paladin class. Use CW Variant - no spellcasting (because he doesn't have the Wisdom for it.)
6th Level: Shield Ward (PHB2)
8th Level: CHA bump
9th Level: Divine Shield (CW)
12th Level: ArmorSpec (Hvy) (PHB2), CHA bump
15th Level: Expanded Aura of Courage (HoB)
16th Level: CHA bump
18th Level: Improved Smiting (CD)
20th Level: CHA bump
Some of these feats may get shuffled around as necessary, but that's my plan...
Last Edit: Dec 28, 2012 13:39:29 GMT -6 by Rigil Kent
Good point. Upon further consideration, I will use Jared Padalecki instead - he is the right height...
Just a suggestion, but in my head I pictured Alain as being portrayed by Henry Cavill (but not when he had that stupid cropped haircut in Tudors). There's something about Padalecki that doesn't sit right with me. Maybe because he looks too...nice? Granted Cavill is a bit older (I don't know what age you're thinking for Alain) is only 6'2" but I think his rugged good looks and hard jawline could portray a LN character with a CHA of 15.