Loving The Low Level Characters

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?

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  1. Tomcat1066 says:

    My favorite low level character was Mylax, a minotaur gladiator. I took weaponsmithing and armorsmithing because I figured they’d always work out well. Mylax was a foul mouthed, foul tempered minotaur who had a bad habit of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, but could make some really awesome armor, thanks to a magical item he found that turned his entire arm silver. In fact, he was so good at making arms and armor, that I retired him at 5th level. He was just that awesome.

    Now, YEARS after the campaign was played, he’s being used by two different DMs (and I’m not one of them) as an NPC. One of those actually has him as a god in their world!

    As for what I liked about him, it was just that he was so unusual in the way I played him. I don’t think there’s to many characters who can have an impact on me like he did, and at only 5th level!

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  2. DnDCorner says:

    Many of my favorite characters also never made it past the first few levels, most of them in fact. Perhaps my favorite character, old basic D&D magic user never made it past level 4, but he was a ton of fun to play.

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  3. Bob says:

    I recently found my old character stash in the attic and all the low level characters are certainly bringing back fond memories. :)

  4. broxolm says:

    I once played a L-G human fighter who was raised by an overprotective family. His father (an ex-adventuring bard) told him stories of heroes and dragons. When he got old enough, he decided he wanted to make him father proud and grow up to be one of the heroes he grew up on.

    After several minor adventurers, (5th level) he was contacted by a paladin of Heronious who wanted to sponcer him for membership in the Paladin Order. This was the fighters dream because you can’t get more heroic than a paladin. After training for several months to prove he was strong and virtuous enough to join the order, the fighter was asked to donate 1000gp as a membership fee and get a phylactory of faithfullness to keep him on the light side.

    The fighter was very offput. I think the exact line I used was, “1000gp! That could feed my family for years! You want me to buy a headband with fortunes stuffed into it? With 1000gp?! Listen, if you need that thing…..I don’t think you deserve to be a Paladin.”

    Needless to say, he wasn’t invited back. But that was actually ok because the fighter realized he didn’t need to be a paladin in order to help people anyway.

    Eventually the fighter saved a village from a soon-to-be lich and a whole tribe of Orcs led by a Eye of Gruumsh possessed by a devil. After that adventurer, the town cleric of Pelor sponcered the fighter for a Paladinship of Pelor which didn’t require an Order’s Supervision.

  5. Jack says:

    i was allowed to make a human character called ‘The Crazed Moody’. Now me and my friends never really play too seriously and allow little things go, and let me spice up games, as i have a rather unusual imagination. My character had 2 spells, which were pure invisibility (made by me, on a 2d6 roll off 9+ i was invisible and for 2 turns and couldnt be seen by anyone no matter what) and a spell titled ‘the magic di’ (MD). he had no armor and wore only a dress, as he was crazy, and used a sharp knife.
    Now MD was literallyi roll a d6 and whatever it lands on is what im allowed to do. 1=shout at enimies, 2=throw knife, 3=hand spikes, 4=throw surroundings, 5=turn to stone (1 turn, no movement or attack) and last but not least 6=roll again, if 6 again 1 free wish.
    Now my character died at level 5, after turning to stone on an old bridge over a horde of violent sheep.
    The reason i loved this character was because at level 3 my team, a human wizard, a orc archer and a elven warrior, and myself, annoyed the GM alot, we somehow were getting lucky rolls and beat every enemy with ease in this barn raid. Now we were mocking him and he decided to get his own back, by unleashing his ‘hidden’ boss, a level 10 dragon. Now scared my team turned to me, the only 1 with any chance to take it out. so i roll the dice to become invisible, and run to the side and forward, the dragon proceeds to attack my team and kills all but the ranger. The next turn i roll it for my second spell, i roll a 6, and then a 5, turning to stone. The dragon tried to break the stone but just failed, and then for my final roll….a 1. My character shouted at the dragon, and i decided to shout (as my character was crazy) ”Run along now little kitty thats a good girl”. The GM laughed and gave me another roll, which he later regreted, as i rolled and 6 then a 6. Now i had 1 free wish…so my wish was to…go back before the quest. This time we just walked past, and left all the enemies standing in a barn. The GM said it was a night and ended it there. Since his death ive never been allowed to play as him again.

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