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Heroes of the Nentir Vale

Postby Zeromaru X » Mon Feb 08, 2016 8:22 am

D&D have always had its iconics, signature characters that are used in illustrations and text explanations to illustrate archetypal D&D race and class combinations. Thought the use of the term "iconics" was something that began with 3rd edition, they have existed way back since 1st edition, with characters such as the legendary Morgan Ironwolf. 4e didn't have their own iconics until the launch of the Essentials line of products. Those characters appear in the "Heroes" series of books as well as in "Into the Unknown", and some even were used as the protagonists of the Abyssal Plague novels.

Here I will list all of the 4e/Essentials iconics. Inside the [] are the main class of a certain essentials sub-class. I will indicate main classes only once (saves me a lot of work).

Heroes of the Fallen Lands

Valenae, female eladrin warpriest of Pelor [cleric] (p. 59; p. 82) (not directly stated in the book, but she is a cleric of the Sun domain in the Dark Legacy of Evard Adventure)
Falon of Nenlast, male human warpriest of Erathis (p. 4, alongside Uldane fighting against Raggit the Wererat; p. 31; p. 84)
Lyriel, female elf knight [warrior] (p.77; p. 125)
Dendric, male human knight (p. 8, confronting Furystorm, the blue dragon; p. 126)
Fargrim, male dwarf slayer [warrior] (p. 147; p. 305)
Shara, female human slayer (p. 149)
Keira, female elf thief [rogue] (p. 170; p. 279)
Uldane, male halfling thief (p. 4, alongside Falon fighting against Raggit the Wererat; p. 170)
Albanon, male eladrin mage [wizard], with Splendid the pseudodragon (p. 195; p. 321)
Kathra, female dwarf mage (p. 246; p.197)

Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms

Dara, half-elf sentinel [druid] (p. 83; p. 277)
Jarod, male human sentinel (p. 59; p. 85; p. 87)
Bree, female half-orc cavalier [paladin] (p. 119; p. 303, battling against the blackguard Hogar -seems like an orc or hobgoblin-)
Roghar, male dragonborn cavalier of Bahamut (p. 8, confronting Ashardalon, the red dragon; p. 120)
Donaar, male dragonborn cavalier (p. 146)
Belgos, male drow hunter [ranger] (p. 151; p. 323)
Gwenn, female human hunter (p. 30; p. 153)
Avalar, female human hunter (p. 172)
Thar, half orc scout [ranger] (p. 176; p. 238)
Zarra, female drow scout (p. 79; p. 177)
Tempest, female tiefling hexblade [warlock] (p. 201)
Brandis, male half-elf hexblade (p. 4; p. 203)
Ekemon, male tiefling warlock, (p. 57)

Heroes of Shadow

Kantos, male human blackguard (cover; p. 34; p. 39; p. 139)
Sibarra, female drow blackguard (p. 35)
Eldas, male human vampire (p. 50; p. 56)
Jyriel, female elf vampìre (p. 51)
Andragora, female halfling vampire (p. 54)
Kelwyn, male human binder [warlock] (p. 63)
Eida, female halfling binder (p. 66; p. 68; p. 103)
Akta, female tiefling warpriest of the Raven Queen (p. 87)
Kava, female dragonborn hexblade (p. 94)
Barwin, male dwarf hexblade (p. 95; p. 97)
Tyrak, tiefling necromancer [wizard] (p. 111)
Sariel, eladrin nethermancer [wizard] (p. 112; p. 133)
Keira, female elf thief (p. 115)
Dendric, male human knight (p. 115)

Heroes of the Feywild

Keldar, male human berserker [barbarian] (p. 7; p. 8; p. 13; p. 45; p. 88; p. 97; p. 141; p. 145)
Roweena, female human witch [wizard] (p. 7; p. 13; p. 39; p. 121; p. 125; p. 129; p. 145)
Nistyncia, female eladrin witch (p. 8: p. 35; p. 61; p. 88; p. 97; p. 145; p. 151)
Lyrindel, hamadryad protector [druid] (p. 15; p. 18; p. 21; p. 22; p. 24; p. 27; p. 55; p. 77; 145)
Andronus, satyr skald [bard] (p. 15; p. 27; p. 34; p. 35; p. 37; p. 55; p. 61; p. 145; p. 151 -transformed into a rabbit)
Viltham, male gnome skald (p. 18; p. 24; p. 39; p. 77; p. 121; p. 129; p. 145)

Into the Unknown

Meliera, female eladrin paladin (p. 8)
Karl, male human ranger (p. 12)
Mord, male half-orc cleric of Ioun (p. 15; p. 115)
Thorry the Unlucky, male svirfneblin rogue (p. 19; p. 88; p. 125)
Ella, female halfling warlock (p. 23; p. 65; p. 122)
Khiira, female drow bard (p. 5; p. 26)
Korag, male dwarf barbarian (p. 5; p. 29; p. 71)
Count Strahd von Zarovich of Castle Ravenloft (p. 97)
Meepo, kobold companion (p. 149)

Player's Handbook Races: Dragonbon

Donaar, dragonborn paladin of Bahamut
Lia, elf rogue
Brandis, a human fighter (he dies in a story related in Martial Power)
Thorn, a shaman
Chana, a cleric of Erathis
They fight against a Tiamatan cleric member of the Red Hand.

Player's Handbook Races: Tieflings

Lucius, a tiefling rogue
Balasar, a dragonborn fighter
Helja, a dwarf wizard

Fell's Five comics

Adric Fell (male human fighter)
Bree Three-Hands (female halfling rogue)
Khal Khalundurrin (male dwarf paladin of Moradin)
Tisha Swornheart (female tiefling warlock)
Varis (male elf ranger)
Copernicus Jinx (male gnome wizard)
Juliana E'teall (female eladrin wizard)
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Re: Heroes of the Nentir Vale

Postby Tim Baker » Sat Apr 02, 2016 9:05 pm

This is a very impressive list! How do you use it in practice? Have you introduced some of these iconics as NPCs in your adventures? Pointed them out to new players who may not know what a typical warpriest, knight, slayer, etc. would look like?
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Re: Heroes of the Nentir Vale

Postby Zeromaru X » Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:57 pm

Both ways. As reference, or as companion characters (however, I hate NPCs overshadowing players, and I try to no use them all the time).
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Re: Heroes of the Nentir Vale

Postby Tim Baker » Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:52 am

Zeromaru X wrote:Both ways. As reference, or as companion characters (however, I hate NPCs overshadowing players, and I try to no use them all the time).

I completely agree, but sometimes it's helpful to have them act as a contact or even a minor character who's traveling with the party if you have small group and are missing a key role (e.g., healer).
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Re: Heroes of the Nentir Vale

Postby lostanddamned » Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:45 pm

Oh nice to see Meepo get a nod in 4ed, I remember him in the Sunless Citadel and Modern rulebook....
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Re: Heroes of the Nentir Vale

Postby Zeromaru X » Thu Apr 28, 2016 1:38 pm

Added the heroes from the comics. Thanks to Sturm for the info.
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Re: Heroes of the Nentir Vale

Postby Big Mac » Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:23 pm

Do they use any of these 4e Iconics in the Nentir Vale/Nerath novels?

If so, do they mix any of the sets of Iconics, or do the stories only include Iconics that are featured in a single D&D book?
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Re: Heroes of the Nentir Vale

Postby Zeromaru X » Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:36 am

Yeah, all of the protagonists in the novels are the iconics from the Essentials books line. From memory only, I remember Falon as the main character of the Mark of Nerath (and also the descendant of the last Nerathi emperor), and Albanon, Uldane, Shara, Tempest and Roghar also appear in that novel, and are the protagonists of the Abyssal Plague trilogy as well (Falon don't appear in the trilogy, IIRC).

Other iconics are the premade characters for the March of the Phantom Brigade, Beyond the Crystal Cave, and the Dark Legacy of Evard adventures of the "Encounters" event.
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Re: Heroes of the Nentir Vale

Postby Zeromaru X » Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:24 am

Updated with the characters of the stories published in the "Player's Handbook Races" books.
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