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  • #16
    Originally posted by Nazfool View Post
    *Why* is he a wraith? What's keeping him in the Shadowlands? What's his unfinished business?
    ​Perhaps his unfinished business either involves his family or his work. If it is his family, he could've been taking a Christmas present to his granddaughter but was gunned down before he delivered it. If it was a work thing, perhaps he tried to postpone a death penalty sentence because of new evidence but was gunned down before he could.

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    • #17
      In my experience, a wraith's Regret (captial "R") is more important than a vampire's Clan. It's a wraith character's conceptual cornerstone. Dig into the Judge's regret. What kind is it?


      This is what happens when an Abyssal Exalted ends up in H.o.L.
      (Also known as "Derpwraith" and "PretentiousFontsGuy
      ").

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Nazfool View Post
        In my experience, a wraith's Regret (captial "R") is more important than a vampire's Clan. It's a wraith character's conceptual cornerstone. Dig into the Judge's regret. What kind is it?
        Perhaps my guy can regret a bribe he took the day before he died. He basically was hearing case against a mobster named Pee-wee Harrison for murder. But, on the day of the verdict, he took a bribe for Harrison's boss and declared him not guilty. After he died, he found out Harrison killed a whole family, including their kids.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Killerclown View Post
          Perhaps my guy can regret a bribe he took the day before he died. He basically was hearing case against a mobster named Pee-wee Harrison for murder. But, on the day of the verdict, he took a bribe for Harrison's boss and declared him not guilty. After he died, he found out Harrison killed a whole family, including their kids.
          How does that divide him into two conflicting sides in a way that makes him playable? Meaning also, "playable with other PCs", unless this just a thought experiment? I mean, he's still a complete murderhobo who now has compromised his internal rationalization for why it's okay to be a complete psychopath. So the tension is going to be with a Shadow that reminds him that he's just as guilty as the people he's punishing. That's actually cool, but that's going to goad him into being even more of a dick to make-up for his lack of upright dickishness before he died.

          Honestly, you are constructing a GREAT NPC for a starting Wraith game: the hardass Grim Legion stooge of middling level power (enough to be intimidating to starting PCs) who can make the circle's life intermittently miserable in a a very dark way.... Since, if he DOES catch one or all of it, that's 100% it. Welcome to being a moaning ash tray or a door stop that grunts in pain or something. He does work as a wraith (with a set of Dark Passion-like Passions and a very strong Shadow with more Dark Passions) sensu stricto, but he's just not going to be all that easy to keep going as a PC, nor is it likely most other PC concepts are going to want to spend any time around him. Unless it's a game of where all the characters are borderline Specter murderhobos doing dark deeds.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Killerclown View Post
            Perhaps my guy can regret a bribe he took the day before he died. He basically was hearing case against a mobster named Pee-wee Harrison for murder. But, on the day of the verdict, he took a bribe for Harrison's boss and declared him not guilty. After he died, he found out Harrison killed a whole family, including their kids.
            A regret doesn't have to be a single action, and if it is it should be an action that strongly resonates with his life. The mistakes of a moment, even a final moment, rarely leave much of an impact. It is the mistakes of a lifetime, or the mistakes you felt for a lifetime that matter. Decades spent playing it safe could be a regret, as could getting into that car on that fateful day 20 years ago. Taking a bribe at the end could work, but a better regret would be the first time he took a bribe and the lifetime of compromised principles it led to. Then you could set up the conflict between his desire for justice and his own guilt. Or his regret could involve the people he had to silence along the way, setting up a conflict between his crusade and doing the right thing.

            Try asking this: If there was one thing your character could change about the world, what would it be? Follow up question: Why didn't he do it when he had the chance?


            Mage: The Ice-ension: An Epic Game of Reality on the Rink

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