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Do you use Greyhawk's famous personalities in your games?

Post by Dragonhelm » Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:29 pm

Like the subject says, do you use the famous personalities of Greyhawk in your game? Or are they sacred territory, never to be touched?
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Re: Do you use Greyhawk's famous personalities in your games

Post by grodog » Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:00 pm

Dragonhelm wrote:Like the subject says, do you use the famous personalities of Greyhawk in your game? Or are they sacred territory, never to be touched?
In my sons' Castle Greyhawk campaign, they've met Lord Robilar at the Green Dragon Inn, as well as the Jeweled Man (briefly, while being pursued by an NPC party they met as a wandering monster encounter). Robilar's been largely window dressing, but sometime when they learn more about his history, they may perhaps connect the dots back to the guy who they met when they were 1st level, warning them about battling foes too big for their britches ;)

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Re: Do you use Greyhawk's famous personalities in your games

Post by vestcoat » Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:45 pm

I've used a few. One of the things that first appealed to me about GH in the early Nineties was that all of D&D's famous personages had roots here, but they didn't dominate TSR's branding and plots like Elminster, Kelben, the Harpers, etc. in the Realms. I liked the emphasis on players and "wheels within wheels." There were no video games, few novels, and the protagonists in the novels (Gord & Mika) didn't appear in the rulebooks. This has changed since then as Hasbro and our culture are increasingly obsessed with nostalgia and plastering Mordenkainen on everything.

Anyway, these are the highest-level, published NPC's I've used over the last twenty years:
Curly Greenleaf made a brief appearance
Nystul (disguised successfully)
Phyton met with a dead PC on Gladsheim before the character was raised
Istus (per WGR1)
Kord's son Kayden (plucked from WG7 without running the module)
Justinian Lorinar from C2
2/18 of the Ice Barbarian kings
1/6 of the Boneshadow
two Archdruids from Paul Stormberg's Oerth Journal article
The Grandmaster of Assassins, Lassiviren the Younger from Allan Hammack's Night of the Black Swords
The famous pregens for WG5 (Mordenkainen, Rigby, Bigby, & Yrag, used as PC's)
Tsunroon (sp?) the Traveler, from Greenwood's Wizard's Three articles.

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Re: Do you use Greyhawk's famous personalities in your games

Post by Greyhawk Grognard » Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:15 am

I've had great success involving some of the minor ones, like Biff. I've never directly used ones like Tenser or Mordenkainen.
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Re: Do you use Greyhawk's famous personalities in your games

Post by GMWestermeyer » Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:45 pm

They seem more useful as villains then contacts, Robilar came across as punk jerk even before they had him team with Rary to betray the Eight.

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