View Poll Results: What are the Sword Mage's origins?

Voters
36. You may not vote on this poll
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11
  1. #1
    Senior Member Elton Robb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
    Posts
    571
    Downloads
    1
    Uploads
    0

    The Sword Mage (Poll)

    What should the Sword Mage be? May I remind everyone that majority rules.
    Regent of Medoere

  2. #2
    Senior Member ShadowMoon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Pula, Croatia (HR)
    Posts
    278
    Downloads
    8
    Uploads
    0
    In truth it should be used/decided in DMs discretion, but since that is the case with every RPG material, it is not a strong point to vote for.

    I voted for a female, cause in my campaign the Sword Mage is a female.
    "If the wizards and students who lived here centuries ago had practiced control - in their spellcasting and in their dealings with the politics of the empire - you would be studying in a tall tower made by the best dwarf stone masons, not in an old military barracks."
    Applied Thaumaturgy Lector of the Royal College of Sorcery to new generation of students.

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Germany, Rhineland-Palatinate
    Posts
    30
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    I voted female - but only because the choices are limited.

    If free to vote anything I would say the SwordMage is a female Acolyte of the Skin, slowly transforming into a fiend. Female because the other regions have their share of female awnsheglien: Siren in Rjuvik, Hag in Brechtür, Lamia in Khir-aften-el-Arrasi - so Anuire should have it´s female awnsheglien too at some time ;-)
    Michael Romes
    (Assan ibn Daouta in RoE)

  4. #4
    Ehrshegh of Spelling Thelandrin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    1,084
    Downloads
    64
    Uploads
    0
    What about the Chimaera? Isn't she female?

  5. #5
    Senior Member Dcolby's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Dover N.H.
    Posts
    128
    Downloads
    23
    Uploads
    0
    The flavor of the original B.R. was that the majority of NPC's were not completely defined and left open to D.M. tinkering.

    (Hence the basis for so much of our bickering.... )

    I voted to leave the Sword Mage the Mystery Man/Woman/Fiend/halfling on stilts/Ignore the man dehind the curtain....etc..
    Good Morning Peasant!!

  6. #6
    Site Moderator kgauck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Springfield Mo
    Posts
    3,562
    Downloads
    2
    Uploads
    0
    The purpose of a doing a write up is to save the DM the time and effort of tinkering with every NPC. Not writing one up so that the DM can tinker is like (on a smaller scale) saying let's not write up Osoerde so the DM can work his own magic. The DM can do these things despite the write up by ignoring all or part of the write up.

    In general, I think most DM's tinker a lot with key allies and enemies and appreciate a good write-up for NPC's who don't directly interact with the PC's or do so only once.

    Leaving the Sword Mage a blank page means that he/she/it is only used by a DM when they want to make them a major NPC.

    Most of the NPC's were not completly defined because they were leaving room for later detail (because a whole setting does not spring full grown from the forehead of Haelyn) and because the setting was cut before it was finished. Not a feature, its a bug.

  7. #7
    Senior Member Dcolby's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Dover N.H.
    Posts
    128
    Downloads
    23
    Uploads
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by Dcolby View Post
    The flavor of the original B.R. was that the majority of NPC's were not completely defined and left open to D.M. tinkering.
    Nothing against outlining...because as Kguack pointed out D.M.s will tinker regardless. I just feel preserving some of the mystery adds to the flavor of the campaign for the players who...lets face it like to read the bits they are not supposed to.

    Maybe they deserve to be rudely surprised by the D.M., but I kind of like that the player will make up in their own mind things about the Sword Mage worse than the D.M. might have, which is likely what the Sword mage itself has in mind all along...

    Whether intended or not I think the mysteries are what gives the setting its unique taste.
    Good Morning Peasant!!

  8. #8
    Site Moderator kgauck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Springfield Mo
    Posts
    3,562
    Downloads
    2
    Uploads
    0
    That's why DM's do (and should) tinker with the primary NPC's. But I don't define regents I don't have to, and if I am looking for a one-shot problem regent (change of pace villain) I am only going pick on that's been fleshed out a little. I generally confine my creative material for stuff the PC's see more than once.

    The best way to keep some mystery and to keep peeking players on their toes is for the DM to re-invent their primary NPC's, and a good second is for there to be five radically different versions of the Sword Mage posted so that the players wonder which one, which combination of traits, or what the DM will borrow for his own campaign. One authoritative Sword Mage is the problem.

  9. #9
    Senior Member Elton Robb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
    Posts
    571
    Downloads
    1
    Uploads
    0
    Which was precisely what I did with Ohlaak the Dragon. I defined him enough to give him a background, so that people will know what he is doing there. As a sorc ??? this lets the DM to tinker with him.

    The Battle Mage sort of thing was my own finishing touch. I figured Olhaak the Dragon would be the type to wipe the White Witch off the face of the Earth.
    Regent of Medoere

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    81
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Female sounds fine to me - nothing to stop them having fiendish blood as well.

    I usually like information about NPC's to spark ideas - so that I can tinker with them.

    The information in the book of Magecraft implies some things about the character - putting a bit more flesh on them doesn't hurt as long as it suits the original concept

    - I guess the annoying thing is when players read the info and then assume their character has the same knowledge but its up to the gm to beat that poor roleplaying tendancy out of them.

    Putting a disclaimer on the character explaining that the information has been extrapolated from data in The book of magecraft and other BR writing wont hurt.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Sword Mage
    By Elton Robb in forum BRWiki Discussions
    Replies: 58
    Last Post: 03-07-2008, 05:03 PM
  2. The Sword of Enlien
    By ghost681 in forum The Royal Library
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 01-12-2007, 06:40 PM
  3. The Sword Of Roele
    By KBAZZRN in forum The Royal Library
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 08-07-2003, 10:47 PM
  4. Magical Sword
    By Magian in forum The Royal Library
    Replies: 54
    Last Post: 02-22-2002, 10:25 PM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
BIRTHRIGHT, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, D&D, the BIRTHRIGHT logo, and the D&D logo are trademarks owned by Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc., and are used by permission. ©2002-2010 Wizards of the Coast, Inc.