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Abyssal weretiger speedys

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Published: February 21, 2013
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Playing with my newest d&d character who is an abyssal weretiger paladin. Probably the most hilarious d&d session I have had. But his decent into seeing shadow people, sleep deprivation, hearing demonic voices in his head and his party diagnosing him with acute schizophrenia is a tale for another time.
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Ok, I have played d&d but I was 5, what is going on with people and characters? Can you actually make a character and use it with the game? It makes d&d sound like a completely new world!
Freelancer521's avatar
Oh, and amazing drawing, cant wait to hear more about this guy. Definetly worth the fave.
CircuitDruid's avatar
*looks at her massive pile of things to finish * XD one day... one day soon.... *props up the pile so it does not fall over. 
Freelancer521's avatar
Wow, I've never tried to play a lycantropic character before. Having much luck with him? Also, is there a template you used online to create a charcter with lycantropy, or did your DM house-rule it?
CircuitDruid's avatar
have much luck? funny story that. I hope your prepared for a ramble.

we were told to roll level 15 starting characters, and I wanted to make a paladin because my friends character was an evil orc cleric, and we are the type of players who enjoy a bit of humorous party conflict. However I needed a reason for my paladin to believe there could be something good in an 'evil' race so my initial idea was to have him be of a classically evil race himself. I Toyed with the idea of a chromatic half dragon, but as It was my first time playing with the group i did not want to pick anything over powered. So I went with were-tiger, because its alignment went true neutral rather than evil on transformation so my party would not be at risk, during transform the DM has control of the powerful form (unless he makes a will save, so I kept his will score as low as I could)and knocked off a few of the more OP and unnecessary traits to this natural form from the template. keeping sense of smell and low light vision, loosing some of the crazy stat boosts. It was perfect, I had my very embarrassed were paladin ( he could have easily cured the early stages of lycanthropy so the fact he got it was pretty hilarious).

Then we ran into a little snag. A high level paladin can cure all lycanthropy with remove curse greater. by then the DM was sold on the idea however, tied his back-story to the back-story of the plot saying the demonic big bad had cursed him after he had killed his bestest evil buddy, an abyssal were-tiger druid, that the curse was beyond the ability of his order to heal, and that the demon intended to make the paladin replace his lost buddy personally. the game started then with the paladin and the big bad already having a bit of a history and my paladin got to be the catalyst for getting the plot rolling.

Things just got, really really silly from there. as far as luck goes id say yes, in that he was an instigator for one of the most hysterically hilarious games i've ever taken part in.

There's a template for lythrocopic creatures in the monster manual one, I believe (if not its in 2). Ther's also a template for abyssal creatures somewhere but I did not use it (that's just insanely complex) so we just changed its alignment and determined it to look 'abyssalish'. The lythrocampy template gives a full form and a half form template plus the additions to your base form. The template might be a little overpowered if your generating a new character, so discuss it with your group first. I recommend taking the xp penalty, or nerfing the template a little. also if your DM is one you trust and is allot of fun, keep our wisdom score and don't get the feat that aloud your character lucidity during transformations. Having your DM get your char into terrible or embarrassing situations and then having your character have to get themselves out of it can be utterly hilarious. (The orc priest decided to settle a bunch of age old questions one transformation, such as, if a abyssal weretiger and an abyssal squid fought, who would win?)

Finally Id recommend doing the template for your were forms as a separate character sheet, and handing a copy to the Dm. it saved us allot of time and frustration.
Freelancer521's avatar
Sorry for the late reply, I was in Europe and unable to respond. I can't thank you enough for your advice, and I love your stories. It sounds like an amazing set of players and an amazing game of D&D. I appreciate your advice on modifying the template from the MM, but I am a tad confused on what you were refering to with Will Scores.

Also, I'd like to ask the reactions of your party members when they found out your character was a lycanthrope. Did they start out knowing, or did they discover it in the misdt of your adventures? Also, was it contracted before the party came together, and was something the paladin was living with before he met the party, or did he aquire it during their adventures?

Again, many thanks for your feedback and advice. I greatly enjoyed your story about this character, as it reminded me of similar friction between my players.

After that, I guess there is only one question that really matters...
Who DOES win in a fight between a weretiger and abyssal squid...besides the audience of course?
Sorry for the late reply, I was in Europe and unable to respond. I can't thank you enough for your advice, and I love your stories. It sounds like an amazing set of players and an amazing game of D&D. I appreciate your advice on modifying the template from the MM, but I am a tad confused on what you were refering to with Will Scores.

Also, I'd like to ask the reactions of your party members when they found out your character was a lycanthrope. Did they start out knowing, or did they discover it in the misdt of your adventures? Also, was it contracted before the party came together, and was something the paladin was living with before he met the party, or did he aquire it during their adventures?

Again, many thanks for your feedback and advice. I greatly enjoyed your story about this character, as it reminded me of similar friction between my players.

After that, I guess there is only one question that really matters...
Who DOES win in a fight between a weretiger and abyssal squid...besides the audience of course?
CircuitDruid's avatar
The tiger won the first round, but the squid was out of water.. and it was close. XD
Freelancer521's avatar
And the party, how did they react? I only ask, because I am starting a new werewolf paladin character in the near future.
CircuitDruid's avatar
ahh... well I told the players beforehand. as amusing as surprise reactions are, there are some things you don't keep from the players. I had not played with this group before, and I wanted to make sure I had the ok from the rest of them to play an unusual and potentially overpowered race type. As it turned out, not only were they ok with it, but they rolled with the idea with enthusiasm, and the DM even added the 'abyssal' element. But I would have gone with something else had anyone not been happy with it :) 

In game, they were pretty startled when the paladin turned into a big cat and tried to chomp them, but in honestly he had been acting so strange until that point I don't think it really surprised any of them.  By then I think they were more concerned by the way demonic portals seemed to open for them when he asked them nicely. or by the way his he was developing a nervous twitch. The cleric was actually evil aligned, so he found a cursed paladin utterly hilarious. 
Freelancer521's avatar
Yeah, I told the DM about my plan, and we worked out a balanced character. This is also the second campaign with my party, just my first as a regular character. I only asked how your experiences went to see if there were any really negative reactions, like characters or NPC's that flat out refused to interact with you or got hostile. Thanks again for all your help through this.
CircuitDruid's avatar
no problem, I love this sort of thing ^.^ 
Although i feel as though I should point out that this characters key aspects were specifically chosen to lessen his potential conflict with other pc's, one of them being evil and my paladin needing plausible deniability, at least to reduce it to the manageable kind we enjoy. Also, bad is kind of subjective I think. I've been in Rps were thing did get hostile, and they were some of the most enjoyable and memorable occasions for all involved.... and others where I wanted to cause as little stir as possible. 
I think the trick is not to avoid other pc's bad reactions, but to make sure that your oc will compliment and help them explore rather than hinder other OCs. Like in this case I let my paladin be easily duped, so as the evil cleric could easily fly under his radar and even attempt to pull his strings, I kept his willpower at the minimum required level for his class so that he would have trouble retaining control of his were form, effectively handing the majority of the control of the were-beast to the dungeon master (which she thoroughly enjoyed) and made sure he was humble and respectful of others enough that he would naturally step back and follow the mage characters take the spotlight when it could have easily been consumed by his otherwise rather determined nature and the insane antics surrounding him.  
Ultimately, I think any pc is only as entertaining as his interactions with the party. As long as you put equal emphasis on using your PC as a tool to give other players opportunities to explore their characters further, as you do on exploring your OC, then I think its really hard to go wrong. 
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Redmannine's avatar
certainly would love to hear more about this fellow & party's adventures!
CircuitDruid's avatar
I'll put it up when I manage to draw his human self :) that was a hilarious campaign.
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The tiger-man is like a rakshasa. Interesting.
Caliphos's avatar
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Which kind of schizophrenia?
CircuitDruid's avatar
The kind described genericaly by ye olde wikipedia, the kind where symptoms include auditory hallucinations and paranoid or bizarre delusions.

It's a faulty diagnosis. The shadow people following him that dissapear whenever other people look are really there, he is hearing voices in his head and there is a horrible demonic entity out to get him ^.^ He has given up trying to explain this to people however, his adventuring party think he is crazy enough as it is.
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Okay, so paranoid schizophrenia. There are 3 types of schizophrenia, but paranoid is probably the most prolific/common. The most interesting is catatonic schizophrenia.

I see, I see. Oh that poor man. :(
Keyblade0's avatar
This looks great!

I the whole shadow effect going on...
CircuitDruid's avatar
I was wondering how to make it appropriately demonic looking :) glad you like!
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MoeMarrowHobbyist General Artist
Vgcfxdzscvgcf *major freakout* just brilliant! :iconderpyclapplz:
Runrookie101's avatar
this looks awesome! but i would watch the length of the torse on the humanoid version. just a heads up :D
CircuitDruid's avatar
I definitely see where your coming from ^.^
still, the classical were-proportions kind of bore me, so went for something more animalistic than human. :heart:

Thanks for the feedback!
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