My good friend sent me a synopsis for a story he was working on that was inspired by a D&D game he ran some months back. Like many roleplaying campaigns, this one ended prematurely, but reading about his tale inspired me, and I suggested completing the storyline by roleplaying one or more of the characters myself.

In essence, roelplaying the original players roleplaying their characters. It’s very “meta,” but I’m good at that kind of stuff. It’s basically what I do as a writer.

Anyway, he makes the counter-proposal to start up a new adventure in the distant past of the adventure that ended, which I’ll admit was more than I was expecting. I figured he might be salvage his notes from the other game, but he was offering to run an brand-new game for me in the same setting. I took him up on it, of course.

When you reach a certain level of comfort in roleplaying with certain people, the creation and execution of a new adventure becomes less about the character and setting creation, you know, figuring out, eh, let’s say, “numbers and stuff,” and it becomes more like setting and casting a film. It helped I already knew who to play.

Elric Darme has been on my mind lately (sorry for the break in copying over old roleplaying posts, btw, it was getting tedious – I’ll resume it at some point soon) and undead factor prominently in this campaign setting. This time around, I thought I’d make him an Archivist (a la Heroes of Horror) and up his non-combatant status.

The new Elric is very much the wimpy scholar. I rolled pretty terribly average stats, ultimately not faring much better than the standard array (I got 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16 versus the standard 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15), and focusing on Intelligence with Charisma/Constitution as secondary abilities was pretty much the only way to go.

As for skills, this time around Elric is focusing on Concentration, Decipher Script, Diplomacy, Gather Information, Arcana, Religion, Search, and Spellcraft. The world is one in which scrolls and tomes are more valuable than gold (technically the standard setting for D&D, but still) but we’re looking more like the Dark Ages.

We met last night and set up my meeting with a priest of a temple of elemental Earth, and we’ll hopefully have me finding and fighting some weird earth-based undead in the near future. My character’s ultimate goal will be to found the first Great Library the world has seen in an Age, and maybe the Necronomicon. We’ll see how that goes.