The Raven and the Spider

I didn’t listen to myself and so I decided to join some old friends in a D&D campaign. I’ve known some of these folks for over a dozen years. How could I decline when they decided to run City of the Spider Queen?

So after getting some original ideas for my next character, I originally planned to play a

CONDESCENDING HALF-ELF WARLOCK FROM A SECRET ORDER OF MONKS WHO DOESN’T BELIEVE IN HYGIENE

Raven Queen (Ever After High)
Not this one.

Or, at least the first parts, minus the hygiene bit. And since this campaign didn’t have to abide by AL rules, I started looking at some of the Unearthed Arcana playtest material, including the Raven Queen warlock patron. Unfortunately, it turns out that at this point in the timeline, the Raven Queen is not yet a thing (we all get hit by the bus that is Forgotten Realms lore). This made me sad because I did a bunch of reading on the plane and now I think I’m in love with the Raven Queen. (Not my warlock – me.)

Anyway, this isn’t something I’d ask the GM to handwave, since apparently her ascension is related to Lolth’s own arc. So it’s back to finding a new patron, or even new character concept.

We have a cleric, paladin, rogue/warlock, and a bard (I think – might be missing someone). While I realize we don’t have to put composition together the way you would for some types of campaigns or (say) a WoW raid, I also like finding ways to support everyone else and be the guy that helps and supports the party by providing the last piece of the puzzle. I’m not married to any particular character concept other than “help the group be awesome”.

I went back to the character concept generator:

BLUNT ELF FIGHTER FROM THE RAT CATCHERS GUILD WHO SEARCHES ENDLESSLY FOR THEIR KIDNAPPED CHILD

FUSSY ELF RANGER FROM A SECLUDED FOREST VILLAGE WHO HAS A SERIOUS WEAPONS FETISH

GLOOMY ELF RANGER FROM A ENCHANTED FOREST LOGGING COMPANY WHO WANTS TO PROVE THEY’RE NO LONGER THAT GOOFY KID

Merging these together, I think something like a gloomy wood elf ranger from a secluded forest village who searches endlessly for their kidnapped child. (Again, that last bit may vary significantly if it turns out that’s actually what the worst Mary Sue character in D&D is about…) That also creates the perfect situation to try out the new revised Ranger including the Deep Stalker archetype. I presume that the new book Xanathar’s Guide to Everything will include the final version of this, so that may require adjustments in a few months.

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