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Let’s have some fun.
I’m preparing a special one-shot Dungeons & Dragons campaign for a large group of my theater friends. I’m so excited because, for many of them, this will be their first time playing D&D. I’m hoping to really show them what the game is all about, and why it’s so fun and addicting.
Now, since they’re mostly new, and since this is going to be a single-game session, I went ahead and pre-created a number of character sheets for them to
fight over choose from. This way, they don’t have to worry about the sometimes labor-intensive character creation process. Instead, they can take their chosen character sheet home after Session Zero, study it, and come back for the game prepared with the character and ready to go.
Some of you may argue that creating the character is key to learning the mechanics of the game, but I think they’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly. I’m also slightly more interested in them learning their character from a role-playing standpoint, and seeing the fun they can have with that. I’ll worry about the “Rules” second to that.
I’m going to share some of these crazy, parody characters with you, to show how I made them game-ready, and how I made them entertaining but still interesting enough to want to play as them.
Please note that I did take some liberties with the rules in a couple places to make the game more interesting and fun for the players. Besides, the campaign that I run might be really difficult (I’m looking at you, Tales From the Yawning Portal…), so they may need the slight buffs I provided them. All characters are leveled up to 5. Click the provided links to view them in Google Drive.
Note, also, that I made all of these sheets using the awesome fully-automated sheet builder from More Purple More Better on the DM’s Guild.
First up is my favorite of the D&D classes, the Monk.
Meet Thuma Herman, the ex-mercenary who fell in love with her mentor, but left him for another man. The scorned lover, a man named Pyll, then crashed Thuma’s wedding rehearsal with his elite squad of assassins – the Killer Chimeras – and killed everyone, including – so he thought – Thuma. When she recovered, she made a list of all her former Chimera teammates, with Pyll at the top, and vowed to have her revenge.
Sound familiar? I did indeed base this character off of Uma Thurman’s character The Bride from the Kill Bill movies. I wanted a strong martial artist type character for the Monk, and also wanted a kick-ass female character as an option, so I immediately thought of Kill Bill.
She carries a +2 Scimitar made by the greatest swordsmith in the world, who broke a blood oath with his god to never make a weapon of death again in order to help Thuma in her quest to kill Pyll. As a Monk, she is the Way of the Open Hand, because I wanted the focus to be on the hand-to-hand combat, and not on any of the other stuff in which Monks can specialize. Thuma is a half-elf, in order to utilize a larger number of skill proficiencies, because I feel like a character like this would have many skills given her background.
Next we have the Cleric, where I thought I would have some fun with my fellow theater peeps.
This is Jon Dijon, a human man who lived a life of poverty, and went to prison for stealing a loaf of bread for his family. He became a prosperous and wealthy man after his release, but soon had to flee from his life of comfort when a parole officer came looking for him. He brought a woman with him, who was also facing harsh persecution, and who eventually died, leaving her only daughter in his care. Corset now travels with him from hiding place to hiding place as Jon continues to help the less fortunate while fleeing from authorities.
Jon is obviously based on Jean Valjean from the musical Les Misérables. Making him human was very helpful, because it let me up all his stats by 1, allowing me to instead focus his stat points into what I felt was most important: Strength (because Valjean is stupid strong in the story), Wisdom (because he’s a Cleric, and also Valjean becomes very wise in his journey), and Constitution (to give him a huge sack of hit points). I also granted this character two extra Feats: Athlete and Heavy Armor Master – to boost his Strength score up even higher. I’m going for accurate character flavor here, not strict rule-following. Probably my favorite part of the character is his Flaw: “I often make promises I know I cannot keep,” because, in the musical, Valjean constantly tells his enemy Javert to let him go just this one time and then he’ll turn himself over to the law…and he never does. It’s hilarious that Javert keeps falling for it.
The third character I have for you today is our Gunslinger, incorporating Matt Mercer’s homebrew D&D rules for the Fighter class (which, yes, are incorporated into More Purple More Better’s auto character sheet).
He is only known as El. He grew up an orphan on the streets in the city, and eventually became a street performer with a couple of other boys. Together, they would play captivating folk music on their guitars, and one day caught the ear of a noble who hired them to perform at a private party for the elite. Seeing how these people lived so lavishly, but left so little for the poor, El and his two friends came back in the night to steal as much as they could. They then used these hired performances to scope out other noble houses and come back to steal from them in order to live a better life and provide for those less fortunate. They were soon discovered, and had to flee the city. The nobles sent assassins after them, who were successful in killing El’s two friends. He discovered the employer of the assassins and used the remaining of his coin to create a new weapon for himself, which he will use to remind the rich and wealthy that they are not safe hiding behind their money.
One of my favorite films is Desperado, and this character jumped right out at me. I’ve seen the whole Mariachi trilogy, and so I modified the story of El from these to create a fun character utilizing the Gunslinger class option. He carries a pistol and a musket, and has the Sharpshooter Feat. I made him a tiefling, because I like the look of a dark, Antonio Banderas type character dressed in blacks with horns and a tail. Plus it allows him to use Thaumaturgy, which could be used to create a more scary persona around his enemies – which comes from the Desperado film where everyone has slightly different accounts of the Man in Black.
Finally, there’s our Sorcerer. I wanted to create a character like this, and I think it worked out well.
Yaang is the youngest of the character choices, and is still a teenager. He hails from a part of the world wherein exist four warring regions. One day, the tyrannical region of Aarknar sent its armies into the other regions and quickly took power over much of the land. Yaang was born of the Niimba region, known for its sorcerers who harness the wind, and was hailed as the child of a prophecy that foretold of a great warrior that would defeat the Aarknar forces. Yaang spent his whole life training his mind and his body to prepare for the day when he and his trusty mountain elk Guapo would meet the enemy.
I’m a huge fan of the Avatar: The Last Airbender series, and always found Aang to be a very compelling character. So I modified the story just a little bit and created this – a ghostwise halfling with the alternate Storm Sorcerer class, which allows Yaang to control elemental air after he casts a spell. Perfect, right?! I picked the ghostwise halfling race because I felt the Lucky and Halfling Nimbleness features would prove accurate to Aang in Avatar, and the Silent Speech could be utilized to communicate with Guapo. The character sheet does come with a companion animal – Guapo the elk – which is based on Appa the sky bison (though Guapo doesn’t fly). Even so, I also gave Yaang the War Caster and the Tavern Brawler Feats because I feel – again – those are accurate to the TV show character. We’ll see if I’ve made him too OP for the table…. The final modification made to the character is the addition of the spell Absorb Elements to his available spell list, because it just fits too perfectly not to utilize.
So those are some of my custom, parody character sheets that I made for my friends to enjoy during our one-shot campaign. I hope you enjoy. Feel free to download them and use them in your own games. If you do, let me know how they play.
I have a large handful of other parody characters that I can write about another time, so let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more!
Have you ever made a parody character? Or at least tried to make a D&D character that’s based on another person, fictional or real? Let me know what you did and how it went! I’m very interested to hear!
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Until next time – Well Met!