An Experiment with Narrative
Because character is best revealed through narrative, I thought I’d present most of this installment of Dice Unloaded in story form. It’s an experiment.
Raicho the Recusant—fourth and most controversial in my ongoing series on reskinned clerics—is a divine mercenary, fiercely independent and beholden to no single god. Instead, temples hire him, and he channels divine power from whichever god he happens to be serving at the moment, assuming the god in question or its seneschals are open to the idea—which they sometimes aren’t. It’s a disreputable line of work.
The setting for the narrative is the city of Eador, in the Vorago. Below the narrative, I’ve included a commentary on the rules-based rationale for such a cleric. Here, you can find some stat blocks for Raicho at 1st, 5th, and 10th levels, with the OGL located here.
Guest-starring in this piece is Savina, disciple of the Shackled Lord, whom I haven’t written up yet, but may.
It was dusk when Savina left the High Amble to step gingerly down the uneven flagstone stairs from the boulevard’s sharpest bend onto Red Weeper Row.
Above and behind her, she could hear merchants’ wagons taking the bend, wheels clacking as they slipped in and out of the ruts. Before her, in shadows, huddled the basement shops and homes of the Lower Whitecandle district.
Hurrying to a deep shadow between two buildings, Savina tugged her hood down to better hide her face and looked back toward the stairs.
The figure approaching the top of the steps had the same bearing, same build, same height, and same gait as the man she had spotted lurking outside the Fane of the Grail Duchess, but his face and clothing were different.
She shivered. This was the third such sighting today.
A different man? she wondered. Or the same man in a new guise?
Or something worse?