If you are not a fantasy lover or D&D geek, you may wanna pass on this post, and move on McDuff...
A while ago, I mentioned that I am something of a D&D geek. I am not ashamed of this. In experimenting with playing via Skype, we discovered it was doable. So after a one off adventure with an all dwarven party (at the end of which my character died, I sort of expected him to and, the death was epic, an explosion of violence, but the adventure was successful), I was asked to come with a character with a solid armour class. This, according to Second Edition rules limited my character to either a fighter or priest.
This was not at all what I wanted to play. I wanted a mage-thief type, because I have never played one. So I scoured the books- and I mean books- for a character type that sounded interesting. I discovered a character type that no one in my circle has tried. The inquisitor paladin. My interpretation of the character is of a paladin, but with a longer leash than the typical. He doesn't fight with the typical lance and longsword. Because he is a Paladin of Mystra, he is a fighter designed as a mage killer. His weapon choices are selected for speed over damage- to interrupt spell casting.
He is devoted to his goddess, and the doctrine is that magic is tool for creativity and growth. His mandate is to take care of those who would use it to enslave, conquer or destroy.
The beauty of this is it gives Eddard- named for Eddard Stark from the book Game of Thrones by George RR Martin- a clear mission. There are limitations. I can't play this character like I played my favourite character of all time- Torggil, an almost insane priest of Tymora (goddess of luck)- who was as evil as he was good, and was played genuinely chaotic. He was also weirdly successful, and remains the only campaign character of mine to take on a dragon, and win (with the help of a party, naturally). But that was Torggil.
This is Eddard. As a Paladin, he has restrictions. I intend to explore their limits.
I think for my own entertainment, I will recount selected events from the game here, In the form of unofficial diary entries. This may help me write more, and with Justin's permission, actually pen to paper some of his incredible imagination.
I'll start with the background story, mainly because I've not written it yet, but I'll need to. So thats next.