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I heard that Crowe is based on a character that you ran in the Curse of the Crimson Throne Adventure Path.
How much fun did you have nailing his iconic look down? Is his style much different than the character you ran in that AP, or does he look mostly like you always imagined him?
Is his presented backstory similar or based on whatever you came up with for him? Or did the powers-at-be spin up an entirely new sort of tale for him?
Obviously Bloodragers weren't around back in the time you ran the path, so what class was he? A pure barbarian with some magical-ish rage powers? (Maybe the elemental ones?). A barbarian/air bloodline sorcerer? Would love to hear!
You're correct that Crowe was based upon my barbarian character when I played Curse of the Crimson Throne AP (Which is a great campaign. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't played it yet!)
There is an unreleased illustration of "Crow Henge" wielding a 2 - handed axe which I painted for my own enjoyment. I sent the image as an aside to Sarah Robinson along with some commissioned Pathfinder artwork. It was just a "Hey, here's my character. Let me know if you ever need an illo of a Shoanti barbarian?". I never realised that the design team were working on the Bloodrager concept.
The Bloodrager description specified;
"Male, Human (shoanti), scale mail armor, armed with an earthbreaker. This class is a blend of sorcerer and barbarian. This character has an affinity with elemental air, and can conjure lightning about his weapon when he is in a rage."
The description seemed to almost fit my depiction of Crow the Barbarian. Sarah was happy for me to adapt the barbarian illustration to the Bloodrager Illustration. I had to replace the 2 handed axe with an earth breaker. I also added more robes and changed equipment to better reflect the Sorcerous aspect of the character class.
Wes contacted me and asked about the background for my barbarian character. My writing skills aren't as developed as my art aptitude. I was more than happy for Wes to use his much superior writing abilities to create a back story for Crowe based upon the background of my barbarian character. I was really happy with the detailed back story that Wes created. Especially considering that I didn't really give Wes much to go on;
"My GM and I never really explored the reason why Crow was exiled from his tribe. But it had something to do with dead horses - They were already like that when I got here - was an often used excuse by that character".