Hero Spotlight

Hero Spotlight: Conclusion

And that wraps up my first run through the Hero Spotlight companion series to the original Villian Spotlight.  I have to admit that I had a more difficult time writing this particular series since the Hero Archetypes tend to blend together when they actually see play, either due to conept, or from gameplay.

The Penitent Lone Wolf is a common example, and it’s not rare to see the Farmboy become a Veteran further down the line.  I hope that this series has been of use to you guys with regards to coming up with your next character.  I’m personally looking forward to the next game I’ll end up playing as I’m now seriously considering playing up a Young Master Archetype just to show that it’s entirely possible to play one without being overpowered.

That being said I’m still going to update this series as soon as I can compile some more archetypes.  Consider this an open call for Hero Archetypes that I haven’t written yet.  Put them up on the comments page and I’ll see what I can come up with.  Hope you guys enjoyed the series!

Hero Spotlight #9: The Retainer

Sometimes people achieve glory not from becoming a leader, but in becoming a follower.  While everyone dreams of becoming a hero, there are people who find validation in becoming of service to others, whether it stems from oaths of fealty, or just plain faith.  And in this quiet devotion they transform themselves into heroes of their own right.

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Hero Spotlight #8: The Young Master

Villains aren’t the only guys who can get away with an entourage.  The Young Master is a relatively obscure archetype that shares part of it’s features with the Farmboy but with a different twist.  Rather than being a Country Mouse that sets off on a journey for fame and glory, the Young Master is usually a child born to a position of priveledge who, on a whim, or by fate is tasked to go on a voyage of discovery.  As implied by his name, the Young Master is accompanied on his journey by an entourage, which could be as little as a single retainer, or perhaps even three or more servants/bodyguards/maids.

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Hero Spotlight #7: The Savage

Not all heroes are shiny, happy civilized people that live in idyllic villages, or metropolitan cities.  Sometimes a hero is what you least expect, and in the tradition of Tarzan and Conan, today we take a look at none other than the Savage.  Savages are heroes that may not necessarily know or care about law or civilized manner, but possess an innate goodness in them that brands them as heroes in their own right.  Free from the limitations of having to fear the repercussions of the law (even if often only due to sheer ignorance,) the Savage cuts straight to the heart of evil and delivers a primal brand of justice.

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Hero Spotlight #6: The Penitent

Some people have a lot to make up for, and it’s their efforts to set things right that make them into remarkable characters on their own right.  The strength earned from regret is a powerful motivation and makes for an intriguing and mature character concept.  Whether it’s starting over, or trying to undo something he was responsible for The Penitent is a goldmine of plot hooks and concepts fit for any game.

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Hero Spotlight #5: The Specialist

If there’s one thing about players, it’s that they always prefer to have a Unique and Beautiful Snowflake, a character that stands out from the norm by being exceptional somehow.  Nowhere is this more pronounced therefore than in The Specialist.  As indicated by the archetype’s name, The Specialist is a character made to excel at a given (and assumed to be significant) field, and therefore is invaluable when it comes to their field of expertise.

That being said The Specialist is an example of niche protection at its finest.  By isolating a given subset of actions and making that your top priority you outstrip your peers and get to revel in it whenever the situation you’re optimized for comes up and the spotlight’s on you.

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Hero Spotlight #4: The Wingman

Continuing with our Hero Spotlight, let’s take a moment to bring notice to the unsung heroes of any adventuring party… the Wingman.  The Wingman is the guy who watches your back, warns you of danger, and makes sure the rest of the team gets the job done, even if he gets none of the glory.  Needless to say every party can benefit from a Wingman.

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