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Villains Anonymous
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Newbiespud 23rd Oct 2014, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Okay, I had to make one more. I think we're more or less out of the woods now, though.

Story time! Tell a story about a recurring ex-villain. Sometimes the antagonist of the moment doesn't stay that way later on. They might become allies, or at the very least neutral NPCs. Tell a story about such characters in the comments.

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Specter 23rd Oct 2014, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
Specter
Recurring villains.

Well, usually it's one the PC's. It's kind of sad really.

One particular DM has one of us PC's just try to go on some evil mastermind plan to do something... well, evil. Most just take 2-3 sessions going on a killing spree, taking half the party with them. Other's do about 7-10 sessions going on an elaborate crime spree of theft and vandalism, with their own hired help. But all of those usually end in death and mayhem for the villain of those campaigns, no guarantee to life or anything.
Breakfateschain 23rd Oct 2014, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
I played a 4e Artificer for almost 2 years, and I got to say, they SUCK mechanically. Not to mention, they're the ONE class in 4e that they never improved or gave more options to in later books
Zrab 23rd Oct 2014, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
And yet they were somehow one of the most fun classes in the entire game.
CWO 23rd Oct 2014, 9:41 PM edit delete reply
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Raincloud_Man 24th Oct 2014, 4:42 AM edit delete reply
And yet in 3.5 they were so overpowered that they bordered on broken.
Magic items at low level? We has them.
Obscure spells needed for crafting that blood crystal golem? No problems!

First crafting project? Gloves of +use magic device, class and player restricted. Cheap and OP.
Disloyal Subject 24th Oct 2014, 3:29 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
I do love 3.5 artificers. A Dwarf with a bayonetted crossbow and a small fortune's worth of potions of Glibness was one of the characters I was always sad I never played, but parts of him got subsumed into the Half-Dwarf Archivist questgiver/DMPC for my setting's introductory campaign.
Raxon 23rd Oct 2014, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
I have a recurring villain for you. Xovox. Xovox was a troll named Grunch that got sucked into a lawful sane version of the far realm. It twisted him, and he emerged as a perfectly symetrical being of law. He was lawful evil, and ranted to take over the world, but he wasn't a fascist, he was a bureaucrat. He wanted nothing more than to pave the whole world, and turn it all into middle management for the filing realm.

As you can imagine, Raxon took this as a very, very serious threat, and despite nany clashes over the years, Raxon was never really able to destroy Xovox. In the end, Raxon could only imprison Xovox in a prison requiring an endlessly looping system of paperwork to be released.

Truly, he was a villain worthy of the legacy of Raxon.

...crap. I misread that. No worries! I have just such a story! Allow me to tell you the woeful tale of Caleb. Caleb was similar to Raxon, actually, in that he was an avatar. Caleb was the avatar of fire. There's an actual scientific concept he was the mortal avatar of, but it manifested as fire, since such sciences hadn't been discovered yet.

Caleb was really powerful, even by avatar standards. Raxon met him while he was running with The M