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The Best DnD Character I Ever Created

Like many RPG geeks, I have a vertiable army of characters that I've played. Picking a favorite from among that lot would naturally be a hard thing to do. But when it comes down to it, there is always the one character, the character that i played the longest, the character that had the most growth. It wasn't my first character, not by a long shot, but it was the character that I put the most effort into. Their name was Nikos the Younger, and they were a nonbinary Eladrin Warclock in a 5e game.

Nikos' backstory was not my finest work by any means. Born into privilege, they were exiled from the Feywild for what essentially amounted to a prank gone wrong. After a fortuitous meeting with a unicorn, they gained the power of arcane magic and ended up making contact with a party of adventurers on the material plane. During the course of their adventures, they drew a card from the deck on many things and lost all their possessions, participated in a trial for someone's soul, lost an arm, and eventually retired with a friend to an old cabin, their adventuring days behind them.

I could go into Nikos's build and stats, but that's not what made them fun to play. What was fun about Nikos was their personality. They were still very much a naive young adult in a lot of ways. Heck, by Eladrin standards they were barely an adult at all, despite being over a hundred. They were very much lacking in common sense, but they had a good heart and wanted to do the right thing.

I ended up putting a lot myself into Nikos. They were the first character I played who wasn't cisgender, as well as the firs asexual character I ever played. I used them to come out to my group with both of those things, in fact. They also relfected some feelings I had about myself as a person. I have often felt like I don't fit in and can't understand how other people think and behave. I magnified that in Nikos, not to the extent of parody, but enough to make them and interesting character, a reflection of myself that was still somehow different.

Nikos very much earned their rest, and I don't really intend to ever play them again. But I loved them as a character, and they feel like a big part of my roleplaying experience. I thought it would be appropriate for my first post on this blog to be about them.

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