The Paizo RPG Superstar 2009 second round is in, and you can go read and vote on the villain entries from the top 32!
I am disappointed in these, especially in comparison to last year’s excellent entries.
What is it with druids and bards? The two lamest classes. Whenever my gaming group fights a bad guy and realizes they’re a bard or druid (or monk), we laugh, relax, and get to spanking them.
And the motivations this year – jeez! Everyone was a cliche. “I like to kill because…”
- I’m EVIL!
- I’m INSANE!
- I’m a CULTIST!
- I want WEALTH and POWER!
Here’s my thoughts in depth.
A bone devil that just meditates but leaks corruption into the area. Seems more like a plot device than a villain. Could be an artifact instead of a creature and have the same “corrupt the locals” effect.
Bricius, The Wrath of the Forest (2/10)
An anti-civilization druid. Pretty standard really, I’ve seen a dozen just like him before.
Sharina Legendsinger (4/10) *
An annoying paparazzi. More of a plot device than anything, as all the proposed schemes/plots require the DM to assume social engineering succeeds on a level way past a 6th level bard’s capacity. “She starts a war!” Really?
Paradigm Theoguard (4/10)
A forceful pacifist. OK, at least that’s different… The name is awful. And you’d better have a *really* good-aligned party, or else they’ll just catch his minions stealing something and terminate them (likely legal in most medieval municipalities).
Montellan Corey (2/10)
A generic serial killer. I’ve never seen one of *those* before.
Kar-en-haris (6/10) *
A thinking man’s cultist right out of one of the Mummy movies. Still a bit of a stock character, but at least he has an agenda more interesting than “kill.”
Haldon Valmaur (4/10)
Well, it’s a little more colorful to want to kill elves rather than just kill. But only a little.
Varrush (2/10) *
A generic rakshasa that sounds like every other rakshasa in the world. Declaring a villain a mastermind doesn’t really make him more interesting.
Aelfric Dreamslayer (8/10) *
A pro-elf druidical lich. OK, that’s interesting. Heck, it might make Haldon an interesting character to be used as a foil. Good staying power. I like it!
Crazy hot scorpion lady. Interesting and memorable, though seems like a one trick pony for a standard adventurer “kill your way up the food chain” adventure.
Volner Tain (5/10) *
I liked the setup backstory but then he turned into “generic evil undead guy.”
Count Falconbridge (6/10) *
Hmm. The execution’s not all I’d want, but I like the idea here, especially if unwound gradually enough and with enough plausibility to get the PCs initially on his side, ask themselves some hard philosophical questions…
A killer pixie. Like a generic serial killer but with more cliches sprinkled on him. No thanks.
Boemundo (2/10) *
Just a monster, really. “He used to have a personality, but now that he’s a wraith he done forgot all that.”
Derinogen (3/10) *
A good kernel of an idea that could have been very Nip/Tuck but instead just got boring.
Malgana (7/10) *
OK – more of a plot device or even object than a villain, and more helpful than really a villain, but it’s just so much FUN! Assemble your own undead goblin! She needs a better endgame than the lame “and then she’ll kill them” however. Though I agree with all the other judges’ comments, this one at least interested me, unlike 90% of the other entries.
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