Ok, so the plan was to get up kind of early, read a bunch of my shiney new 5e Player’s Handbook and do a review while also building a character like I said I was going to a little while ago. But, in keeping with a theme any regular readers may have picked up on…. I got really drunk last night and thus slept really late. Then I came home and started to read and fell asleep again.
Oh, booze, will I never learn?
So the reason today’s post is so late is because I just now finished with reading the minimum to build a character and then… y’know, building a character. Ladies and gentlemen meet Myrarrogos, Drow Cleric!
Race: Elf (Drow)
Class/Level: Cleric 1 (Worships Lolth, Trickery Domain)
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Abilities (Modifiers): Str 14 (+2) Dex 10 (+0) Con 13 (+1) Int 10 (+0) Wis 15 (+2) Cha 13 (+1)
Skill Proficiencies (Total Mod): History (+2), Insight (+4) Perception (+4) Religion (+2)
Proficient Saves: Wisdon (+4) Charisma (+3)
Weapon Proficiencies: rapiers, shortswords, hand crossbows, all simple weapons
Passive Wisdom (Perception): 14
AC 13 (from armor and shield)
Attacks: Mace +2 (dmg 1d6+2) Light Crossbow +0 (dmg 1d8)
Cantrips Known: Sacred Flame, Light, Spare the Dying
2 1st level spell slots
Domain Spells: charm person, disguise self
Blessing of the Trickster: Give another advantage of Dex (Stealth), last 1 hour or until next use
Personality Traits: Tolerant of other faiths, Little experience outside of temple
Bond: Revenge on temple
Backstory: The woman who eventually would be know as Myrarragos grew up in service to a temple to Lolth, being primed to become a priestess. But shortly before being ordained she encountered an Elf slave, who displayed a confidence and assertiveness that she thought men and non-Drow incapable of. This led to her rethinking many of the tenants of her faith, and the social inequalities in Drow society stemming from that faith, and she became a reformist… or as other Drow would say, a heretic. She was exiled from the temple and forced out into the surface world, where she has struggled to reconcile her Drow upbringing with her new beliefs, all the while vowing to someday return to the Underdark and force her reformist ideas on her former sisters.
Myrarragos is progressive and tolerant by Drow standards, but people of other races will still find her mean and judgmental. Her foward thinking rhetoric (that males and non-Drow aren’t inferior to female Drow) often clashes with her behavior, which is far more in light with what one would expect of someone of her race. She isn’t evil, but is leaning on the eviler side of neutrality.
So a couple of quick things I want to call attention to before signing off.
1. As you know, I don’t have a whole lot of D&D experience, and I’m not super familiar with the Drow. Myrarragos’s backstory is based on basic descriptions I’ve been given. If something here doesn’t jive, that’s why.
2. Last time I talked about 5e I was bemoaning the reduction in the importance of skills, and I still don’t like it, but as you can see I was wrong about only having 2 proficient skills. You get proficiencies from class, race, and background. In this character’s case, there was overlap, it’s possible to have more than the for this character has.
Between now and next Saturday I’m going to try to get the whole book read to do a proper review. I’ve already spotted somethings that are worth talking about, but I don’t know enough about them yet. However, I don’t think I’m going to hate the new system.
(It’s possible I may even like it!)