Friday, December 3, 2010

Tolkien & D&D Part II

This is a follow-up to my previous post about modeling the characters from Lord of the Rings in D&D/Labyrinth Lord. Obviously. I'm still going with the idea that an 18 in a stat is the highest possible.

Elrond - 14th/20th level Half-elf Druid/Cleric
I guess technically Elrond would be a Maiar/Elf/Human mix, but I'll make him a half-elf just because that's what they call him in the books. All stats 18, can cast healing spells at will, has Vilya which does all sorts of cool stuff. Essentially another super powerful NPC the DM uses to help the characters.

Galadriel - 30th/5th level Elf Magic-User/Cleric
Why 30th? Why not? In the books it's fairly evident that Galadriel is one of, if not the, most powerful elves in Middle-Earth and she can cast all sorts of spells, even if she doesn't call them spells. Nenya is an artifact ring that basically increases the inherent power of its user, which is probably a reason Sauron didn't fuck with her directly. Low cleric ability as she has healing power but not nearly on the level of Elrond. 18 CHA and WIS and possibly INT.

Arwen - 9th level Half-elf Magic-User
I waffled quite a bit on this one, but this allows her to create magic items. Breaking my own rule about 18 being the maximum stat level and giving her a CHA 19. Essentially the physical manifestation of beauty in Middle-Earth. No, she does not swing a sword nor rescue Frodo...that was just asinine.

Saruman - 35th level Maiar Magic-User
Breaking the rules again, CHA and INT of 19. The fact that Saruman was corrupted demonstrates the power of the One Ring. Could kick Gandalf's ass in a straight-up wizard battle, lacked the wisdom and foresight to understand he was incapable of using the ring to do any good. Fairly tragic figure, still a dick.

Faramir - 12th level Dunedain Ranger
WIS 18, not as physically imposing as his brother, but a better skirmisher. Whoever thinks the ranger class is not pulled directly from LotR really needs to go read The Two Towers in great detail.

Denethor - 5th level Dunedain Jackass I mean Fighter
No spell-casting capability, and actually looks down upon anyone who uses "magic". I'll chalk up the far-seeing and similar abilities as some sort of racial power. INT is 18, WIS is oddly low. The perfect mix of legitimate capability and hubris.

Eomer - 8th level Human Fighter
Not much to say here. Yeah, he was a good fighter and killed a lot of orcs, but the the Rohan were essentially "normal" men compared to guys like Aragorn.

Eowyn - 3rd level Human Fighter
I'll never understand why Peter Jackson felt the need to have Arwen go into battle when we already had a perfectly good warrior-maiden in Eowyn.

Theoden - 10th level Human Fighter
Old but capable. WIS 18 with one unfortunately botched saving throw.

Smeagol/Gollum - 14th level Halfling Thief
INT 7 or 8, but conniving as hell. CON and DEX probably 18. Max hit points. Relentless and indestructible. He seems to be able to Assassinate, but I dunno if I'd make him a full Assassin.

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