Durgal Maldar "the martyr eater"


Round 3: Design a villain

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I adore Durgal!

This concept is so twisted that he will be memorable once his plot is uncovered. Isn't that what you want from all of your villains in a game?

This one is easily the most likely to be stolen for my own campaign use.

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

Hal Maclean wrote:
The Jade wrote:

Yeah, if you haven't tasted the roasted flesh of a duped martyr, you just haven't eaten.

If I were running Durgal I'd have him place a hefty satchel of spices around their necks sometime before they self-detonated, that way the dill and tarragon could bake into every charred casualty within the blast zone. He could tell them it was "A gift of fine cooking spice for your glorious afterlife."

I know that's a bit demented, but what am I supposed to do? PG-13 an undead cannibal villain?

Congratulations, you are now officially sicker than me :)

That idea officially rocks the house! Wish I'd thought of it... muahahahaaa


Hey thanks, Jason. And may I wish you the best of luck with the vote, Superstar. Finger crossin' time.

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Really? I'm shocked! This is the only one I would have used in one of my games. I guess I'm in the minority....again.

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You and me both.

Would be kind of interesting to see the vote counts.

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Matthew Morris wrote:

You and me both.

Would be kind of interesting to see the vote counts.

I am disappointed as well, on the flip side my other vote did work out and the other true villain I saw last round advanced even though I could not vote for him because of the stupid name.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 16

MKennedy wrote:

I adore Durgal!

This concept is so twisted that he will be memorable once his plot is uncovered. Isn't that what you want from all of your villains in a game?

This one is easily the most likely to be stolen for my own campaign use.

Thank you, I'm glad you can find a use for him. :)

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Daigle wrote:
Really? I'm shocked! This is the only one I would have used in one of my games. I guess I'm in the minority....again.

You and me both :) Thanks for the support.

(hey, I made three pages in comments!!)

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Matthew Morris wrote:

You and me both.

Would be kind of interesting to see the vote counts.

I was consistently in ninth place on the who are you voting for" thread, so my guess is that's how it broke down. But you never know.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 16

Darkjoy wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:

You and me both.

Would be kind of interesting to see the vote counts.

I am disappointed as well, on the flip side my other vote did work out and the other true villain I saw last round advanced even though I could not vote for him because of the stupid name.

Well, batting .500 is still pretty good :)

(a sure hall of famer unless you fail the blood test... )

Darkjoy, thanks for all you encouraging words throughout this contest. For whatever reason your screen name and icon registered with me, turning you into a surrogate for the audience as a whole. I was thinking of you (and propeliea though for somewhat different reasons) when I was working on this guy, so I'm glad you liked him.

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Hal Maclean wrote:
Darkjoy wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:

You and me both.

Would be kind of interesting to see the vote counts.

I am disappointed as well, on the flip side my other vote did work out and the other true villain I saw last round advanced even though I could not vote for him because of the stupid name.

Well, batting .500 is still pretty good :)

(a sure hall of famer unless you fail the blood test... )

Darkjoy, thanks for all you encouraging words throughout this contest. For whatever reason your screen name and icon registered with me, turning you into a surrogate for the audience as a whole. I was thinking of you (and propeliea though for somewhat different reasons) when I was working on this guy, so I'm glad you liked him.

OK, but I was just returning a favor you provided once upon a time when Dungeon was still printed and campaign workbooks were still in them. You provided some encouraring words yourself.....


Hal Maclean wrote:

You and me both.

Darkjoy, thanks for all you encouraging words throughout this contest. For whatever reason your screen name and icon registered with me, turning you into a surrogate for the audience as a whole. I was thinking of you (and propeliea though for somewhat different reasons) when I was working on this guy, so I'm glad you liked him.

Well, I'm disappointed for ya, but you sure seem to be making your way in this field. Here's to more of the same.


Not sure I mentioned this (and am too tired to read and see) but, Durgal was my favorite entry of yours, Hal. I think the choice shows an eye for what makes stories interesting. It was in my top 6 and maybe some soft touches would have changed that.

Just some solid work in this contest.

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Hal,

What of the RotRL 7 sins would you say Durgal qualifies under? I'm working on a side quest, and could use input on that.

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Matthew Morris wrote:

Hal,

What of the RotRL 7 sins would you say Durgal qualifies under? I'm working on a side quest, and could use input on that.

Gluttony?

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 16

Darkjoy wrote:


OK, but I was just returning a favor you provided once upon a time when Dungeon was still printed and campaign workbooks were still in them. You provided some encouraring words yourself.....

That rings a bell but I can't quite place the reference Could you be a bit more specific on the CW in question?

(or the manuscript?)

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propeliea wrote:
Hal Maclean wrote:

You and me both.

Darkjoy, thanks for all you encouraging words throughout this contest. For whatever reason your screen name and icon registered with me, turning you into a surrogate for the audience as a whole. I was thinking of you (and propeliea though for somewhat different reasons) when I was working on this guy, so I'm glad you liked him.

Well, I'm disappointed for ya, but you sure seem to be making your way in this field. Here's to more of the same.

Thanks for all your feedback. I really do appreciate it :)

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propeliea wrote:

Not sure I mentioned this (and am too tired to read and see) but, Durgal was my favorite entry of yours, Hal. I think the choice shows an eye for what makes stories interesting. It was in my top 6 and maybe some soft touches would have changed that.

Just some solid work in this contest.

Top six is pretty good considering the quality of the other entries. I was going for memorable and I think most folks would concede I got that at least :)

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Matthew Morris wrote:

Hal,

What of the RotRL 7 sins would you say Durgal qualifies under? I'm working on a side quest, and could use input on that.

Yeah, as Darkjoy says, gluttony strikes me as the most appropriate sin for him. If you've got a copy of my "Seven Sins" article (Dragon #323 IIRC) you could slip him the gluttony domain with minimal tinkering.

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Hal Maclean wrote:
Darkjoy wrote:


OK, but I was just returning a favor you provided once upon a time when Dungeon was still printed and campaign workbooks were still in them. You provided some encouraring words yourself.....

That rings a bell but I can't quite place the reference Could you be a bit more specific on the CW in question?

(or the manuscript?)

It was in this thread I guess: link

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Hal Maclean wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:

Hal,

What of the RotRL 7 sins would you say Durgal qualifies under? I'm working on a side quest, and could use input on that.

Yeah, as Darkjoy says, gluttony strikes me as the most appropriate sin for him. If you've got a copy of my "Seven Sins" article (Dragon #323 IIRC) you could slip him the gluttony domain with minimal tinkering.

Ok, wasn't sure if it was Gluttony, or maybe envy (envying the gods and their followers, and their tastes) Wrath was too easy. I thought about lust, but tossed it aside.

Here's my idea:

Spoiler:
I'm going to have the lumber mill worker become one of Durgal's followers, following Belsanus, a (fictional) god of the hunt. Katrine has stolen some stuff from her father and run off to join this cult. Ven Vinder has to swallow his pride and ask the heroes, including Larson, the one he knocked out after flirting with Shayless, to rescue his lovely daughter from the cult. (not mentioning what was stolen) If they don't, then she's going to be the 'bomb' in the town square. It will be a brief dungeon crawl, ending with a confrontation in the 'temple' the logger will, at the climax, read a scroll to 'smite the unbelievers' and go boom, killing him and most of the followers. Ideally the party saves the girl, gets back in Ven's good graces, and force feeds him a healthy dish of crow. Oh, and they get to 3rd level in time to take on Thistletop. They'll never see Durgal, but it will set the seeds if I need other side treks in the future.

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Matthew Morris wrote:
Hal Maclean wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:

Hal,

What of the RotRL 7 sins would you say Durgal qualifies under? I'm working on a side quest, and could use input on that.

Yeah, as Darkjoy says, gluttony strikes me as the most appropriate sin for him. If you've got a copy of my "Seven Sins" article (Dragon #323 IIRC) you could slip him the gluttony domain with minimal tinkering.

Ok, wasn't sure if it was Gluttony, or maybe envy (envying the gods and their followers, and their tastes) Wrath was too easy. I thought about lust, but tossed it aside.

Here's my idea:
** spoiler omitted **

Nice, to enhance your idea: After bringing home the girl have the sheriff escort the party back to the temple, some explanation is in order after all, while explaining everything have the pc's make some spot or wisdom checks to notice that some parts are missing.........

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Darkjoy wrote:
Nice, to enhance your idea: After bringing home the girl have the sheriff escort the party back to the temple, some explanation is in order after all, while explaining everything have the pc's make some spot or wisdom checks to notice that some parts are missing.........

Thank you. consider your idea yoinked.

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