Thinking back through all the characters that you’ve played over the years which ones really stand out. From personal experience I’d say about 90% of them are the characters you’ve ran with for months if not years. No one seems to remember the low level characters that come and go.
Just to prove I’m not just about high level characters, though you’d be forgiven for thinking this going on my previous posts, I’ll tell you about a character that sits in my top three and never made it past level six.
We’ve ran and played in many Forgotten Realms campaigns but for me one of them stands out purely for the character I played. I don’t know what the attraction is but I think I’ve played my fair share of dwarves over the years and for once I wanted to play something other than your normal axe wielding warrior but at the same time wanting to be that axe wielding warrior. What I finally landed on was Thorgrim Hardanvil.
Looking back at the character sheet I can remember thinking I wanted to eventually make him into your stereotypical dwarven weaponsmith that would also go out on adventures. I’d never actually tried that route with a dwarf before surprisingly enough but I had a spare non-weapon proficiency slot going and nothing that jumped out at me. In a moment of random insight I added brewing to my sheet and didn’t think anything else of it.
That was until the 3rd or 4th session we played. We’d picked up a mission in The Yawning Portal to help out some local merchants who were being pushed out of the market after refusing to pay protection money to a local gang. After a few hours of gaming we came across a building that used to be a brewery that just happened to be where the gang had set up shop. After a rather successful battle I came up with a bright idea to use the equipment to make up some homebrew. It certainly wasn’t easy to set up but within a few levels I had a rather successful business venture going on.
You may ask what was so exciting about playing a character that ran a brewery? Well after we managed to get a few contracts in Waterdeep itself, usually after doing a ‘favour’ for the tavern owners, we expanded our business north to the villages in Frozenfar. Being a little like bat country once you got into the wilds it meant having to have armed escorts to make sure the goods got through as well as trips to the outlying areas to sell the ale in the first place. The simplest skill taken in a moment of weakness turned out the be the major plot point for almost everything we did over the nexts three months of gaming.
What has been your favorite low level character and what made them so special?