11 July 2015
D&D 30-Day Challenge: Day 14- Favorite NPC.
In MechWarrior, Captain Ivan Sergeevich Tukachevski was an armor commander attached to the Royal Dragoon Guards. He had a habit of drinking constantly and never appearing drunk- he also used every available space aboard his command track to store alcohol, which he euphemistically referred to as "Breakfast." Ivan Sergeevich was a favorite of mine to play, and a definite favorite of my players, but he wasn't in D&D.
In Shadowrun, Dr. Ho was another player favorite, and favorite of mine to play. He was named for the scientist in the American sentai parody Dynaman. I played him as a mashup of Egg Shen and Lo Pan. He owned an underground clinic frequented by shadowrunners and other SINless folk where he used a combination of Eastern and Western medicine and magic. He was terribly fond of Twinkies, and had trouble with the bioware-heavy PC who would eat far more than her share of his munchies when under his care. He also had a habit of practially spitting the name of one of the other PCs - "Ess-po-SEET-oh!" as if it were the harshest curse or rebuke in one of the many languages he spoke. But Dr. Ho was also not in D&D.
My favorite D&D NPC would have to be Aleena Halloran, yes, THAT Aleena. I don't always care for 2nd editions or re-writes, but when the AD&D Mystara material said Aleena was alive and working with the Order of the Gryphon, I took it and ran with it. I used Aleena as a middleweight go-between to give the Order of the Gryphon PCs their marching orders and sometimes join the party for a little extra clerical oomph. I'm glad the 2nd Edition AD&D rewrite made this change, since like many other players who grew up with Menzer Basic I can never forgive Bargle for slaying the beautiful young Cleric who healed my first battle wound.