Character Building

“All right, so far, we have three pretty solid characters. This campaign, I want to add in weaknesses. You guys spend any time thinking about this? Anything you want your character to endure?”

“Thurman wants to die in combat. It is why he bothers waking in the morning.”

“Perfect, I love it. Add a plus three to wisdom and a negative one to armor. Missledore?”

“I want him to wear skimpy sandals, with most of his toes exposed.”

“That sounds pretty dumb. Talk me into allowing it as a weakness.”

“It’ll make him even more spritely in combat. You know, motivation not to get his toes crushed. Does that work?”

I’ll allow it, add a negative one to armor and a positive one to dex. Okay, and Priscilla?.

No, Prince Ellia!

Oh, okay… did you pick a—”

“I want my dude to be barefoot and carry a giant spear and spiked guitar into combat.

“Are you being stupid?”

“No, I’m serious.”


“He plays the guitar with his toes while he stabs at the mobs with the spear.”

“I’ll allow it, negative ten to intelligence.”


Published by Bryan

I am an army vet, husband, and father of twins, I am currently working on my next publication, a collection of military fiction, and next year will be publishing an apocalyptic science fiction novel. My urban noir novel, "Compounded Interest," can be purchased on Amazon. I host a podcast on creativity called Origin: Stories on Creativity and co-host the soon-to-be-released show on speculative fiction called Mirage with fantasy author R. Emma Hardcastle. My youtube channel is: The Origin podcast feed is: For updates on "Mirage" and future publications follow me on twitter: @bryaiello More of my short fiction can be found at: My amazon author page is:

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