My Ninja needs personality


Advice

Grand Lodge

I have a 4th level Wayang Ninja in PFS who fights with 2 wakazashi. He belongs to Cheliax and believes he is a champion for order regardless of the cost (well, regardless of the costs that don't change his alignment from LN). This can include acts of Chaos that give order the tools it needs to do its job. Other than this, though, I haven't come up with any other good role-playing ideas for the character, possibly because I have only actually played him once (his levels almost all came from GM credits). I have come up with good RP personalities and schtik for my other PFS characters, but this one is alluding me. His stats are good; especially Dex, Int, & Cha. Wisdom is his only dump stat. While being the mysterious silent guy watching from the shadows would fit the character, it isn't very good RP fodder.


The new Van Helsing movie with Hugh Jackman may be some inspiration. "Some call me a monster, some a saint... The truth lies somewhere in between... I am a little of both, but alltogether, neither." Maybe your character is misunderstood because of his actions, but doesn't care about reputation (good or bad), and just does what needs to be done.

If Jackman is too flat for your liking, then draw inspiration from Rose of "Legend of Dragoon". There is a neutral minded protector of balance for you. And bad ass to boot. Maybe a little tortured on the inside, but Rose doesn't need your approval, sympathy, or condemnation!

Grand Lodge

Hmmmm...

My gunslinger already has a bit of the "rogue agent for the church" vibe going on and I am not familiar with Legend of Dragoon. But maybe a slightly nicer version of The Operative from Serenity would work (the guy was obviously LE).


Yes, that would be fine. But before you do that, familiarize yourself with LoD.

Liberty's Edge

trollbill wrote:

Hmmmm...

My gunslinger already has a bit of the "rogue agent for the church" vibe going on and I am not familiar with Legend of Dragoon. But maybe a slightly nicer version of The Operative from Serenity would work (the guy was obviously LE).

If you build him like the operative, I hope you know you *have* to make his coup de grace be making someone fall onto his sword.


Personality isn't all mental. Its attire too. Don't forget to equip him with a few masterwork tools(props) that give him a visual image of being special and different from every other character of the same flock. I always find that adding a few well worded pieces of equipment to a character adds to his uniqueness as an RP individual with personality, and helps people remember who you are. (Examples: A particular pauldron, scar, or large bracelet in the shape of a scorpion)

Grand Lodge

Salabrian wrote:
trollbill wrote:

Hmmmm...

My gunslinger already has a bit of the "rogue agent for the church" vibe going on and I am not familiar with Legend of Dragoon. But maybe a slightly nicer version of The Operative from Serenity would work (the guy was obviously LE).

If you build him like the operative, I hope you know you *have* to make his coup de grace be making someone fall onto his sword.

Heh... I thought about that, but I'm not sure how to get the paralyzing touch by level 12.


A nice backstory complexity for your character, considering he's from Cheliax, is that he is contracted through some sort of faustian pact. Somebody or something dear to you was obligated to some devil or diabolic power -- and to preserve it or protect them, you vowed (being lawful neutral) to be bound to that power. You seek to complete your contract as you have all of the others, even if you don't necessarily like it or believe in it. As cool headed as you might be, you know you're a rat in a maze -- and you've got to find whatever your true master behind the scene deems is "the cheese" before you can move on to the next contract.

Also, if you can bear the back-gen graphics, here is a video with the dialogue of the "Khor-Ah" from an old game called Star Control 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEFALqujPPU

The Khor-Ah are a PRIME example to me of what a complex killer-guy can entail. this example isn't for your setting (or even genre) but if you synthesize the story of these guys (which will take about 7 minutes) you have the example of a dark, fearsome, murderous character -- that has very justifiable, complex, interesting, and sympathizable motivations. If nothing else it might be good inspiration for finding your voice.

Liberty's Edge

I'd push for something simple yet strong. PFS tends to be RP lite given most people play with stranger or an irregular table. You need a really easy hook you can remember and the dude across the table who just met you can also remember. Something without a lot of backstory.

LN says to me "order wins regardless of good or evil."
He could be very logical. Obeys the laws but is cold and merciless. Heartless. Maybe a bit of a sociopath. He does what needs to be done. Spock as an assassin.

Alternatively, you could play him as a very by-the-book character. The Roger Murtaugh. Given he doesn't get played often (getting GM credit) you could spin that as him having a PFS desk job and is rarely sent out into the field.


Part of playing a ninja is speaking mysteriously and wearing black pajamas. Start there.

Community / Forums / Pathfinder / Pathfinder First Edition / Advice / My Ninja needs personality All Messageboards

Want to post a reply? Sign in.