One of my favorite aspects of RPGs is how they classify and suggest types of characters in specific genres, the abilities they have, the ways they can act, etc. Character options in RPGs usually give me new ideas and act as inspiration for OC (original character) creation. I spend a lot of time reading character creation sections of games even when I don’t expect to be playing them any time soon (I have a number of OCs for games I’ve never actually played, in fact…). As someone who very rarely manages to find time or a group to play most of the games I want to play with, the majority of my time spent with RPGs involves me daydreaming about my characters like this. Obviously lots of other things end up mixing in for character inspiration as well-- videogames, movies, anime, books, music, history, and so on.
What are some of y’all’s favorite OCs that originated from RPGs you’ve read or played? What did you like in particular about them? For those who tend to always end up DMing, maybe an NPC you were particularly fond of?
One of mine was a character I did actually end up playing in a D&D 5e campaign, a viking-y warrior poet type named Gunnlaugr (mechanically speaking, he was a half-elf Valor Bard, with a build that ended up being a whole mess, but that’s besides the point… >_> ).
I wanted to make a character who didn’t have any sort of tragic past or mysterious secret he was keeping from the rest of the party (which was a dynamic I had seen very frequently in D&D groups, and was often guilty of myself)-- his childhood was totally fine, he wasn’t angsty about being a half-elf and “not belonging in either world” or any of that, his relationship with his parents was pretty healthy, neither of them had been murdered by marauding orcs or anything… He was basically just there because deep down he was just a big nerd for sagas and legends and all that jazz. He had grown up on sagas and legends in a culture that emphasized big heroics and going around and slaying dragons and whatnot, and was eager to go out and become the stuff of legends himself. It was fun to play a character who was as excited to be involved in fantasy adventures as I was as a player. The character was mostly very lighthearted, very loud and boisterous and easygoing, but there was a subtext going on that he was maybe there for the wrong reasons-- he wanted to adventure because he thought getting fame and glory and wealth through adventuring was what a good viking ought to do, rather than like, because he consciously wanted to help people…