Post by Chickadee (DM Trish) on May 23, 2017 21:28:11 GMT
In your campaign, you had several dragons roaming about in disguise (ie. Dale, mysterious lady). I've just finishing listening to the episode about villains and my current baddie is just not hated or scary enough (Black Spider from Lost Mines of Phandelver). I think I want to borrow your idea of making him a dragon (but he won't be in disguise, he'll be trapped in drow form by a very powerful spell, so he needs the cauldron the cave to undo the spell - it seems like a powerful motivation).
Anyhow (rabbit trail), my question is...within your or D&D lore, are dragonborn typically able to sense the presence of other dragons? (ie. by scent or some other means) I have a dragonborn sorcerer and I haven't always been sure how to deal with her interactions with dragons.
As well, I want to have my main baddie start to do some really nasty things now that the party have shown themselves to be a real threat. I'm considering: 1) having him murder a few NPCs the party seem to be fond of 2) having him and/or minions attack the main village (and possibly kill the NPCs during the attack). 3) have him 'appear' as a distant watcher now and again to create some creep-factor.
Do you have any other ideas? or can you direct me to a thread that might have more?
Post by Chickadee (DM Trish) on May 29, 2017 3:33:04 GMT
Just to let you guys know - I listened to your early (episode 15?16?) podcast about creating good villains - it pretty much gave me the advice I was looking for. I reincorporated a dragon they had fought earlier (she had escaped), but had her being controlled by the ultimate baddie (he's riding on her back). I also, as I mentioned above, had them attack the main village & kill some people (aka..Drop a sack with the head of a major NPC who had helped them). As well, during the attack one of three children who was in a sort of 'fanclub' for the adventurer's party died when their house burned and collapsed.
THEY WERE SUPER MAD! (it was perfect). I was shocked by how strongly they reacting including going so far as to attend the funeral rites, say a few words for them, and the sorcerer enchanted snow to fall gently on the bodies while the cleric cast Sacred Flame when the pyres were lit. Anyhow, thanks for the advice (via podcast) I can't wait to keep listening and getting more great advice. I may even catch up at some point