Welcome to Circulus, a Homebrew D&D 5e campaign setting. In this episode we (the players, not the characters… well, them too, I guess…) get familiar with how we’ll work together with a short little encounter in the woods.
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(I usually assume that if you’re into Dungeons & Dragons you already know about the cool things on their official website, but last I checked this was a little buried so I figured it was worth pointing out.)
In recent years, the good folk behind D&D have made a LOT of their material freely available. Turns out, this also includes 5th edition character sheets.
The neat thing about this article on their website is that it doesn’t JUST have blank, printable generic sheets. It also has a PDF with editable forms, which is great for people like me who have less than stellar handwriting, AS WELL AS pre-generated characters. Each character on the site also includes multiple levels, so if you need to quickly add an orc paladin to the party it doesn’t matter if it needs to be level 1 or level 10 – there’s a sheet ready for you.
I’ve scored the opportunity to join a Pathfinder game, so naturally I rolled up a gnome fighter named Crashbang Gearcrunch.
Why not a paladin, you might ask? Well, he WANTS to be a paladin, but his personality tends to make the clerics and paladins of multiple faiths much more interested in sending him to OTHER churches. He’s essentially a hot potato.
He also has zero ranks in Knowledge: Religion, so he tends to invoke deities that no one’s ever heard of before. Naturally none of the ones he calls upon exist in the game world, so nothing happens when he calls upon them other than a fellow player chuckling or facepalming. Both are good.
My favorites that aren’t just in-jokes are:
Arthur, God of Sufficiently Advanced Technology,
Deedee, Goddess of Less than helpful Lab Assistants,
Geordi, God of Large Power Sources and Literature, and
Ginsburg, Goddess of Justice
But I have a whole “pantheon” laid out in a spreadsheet ready to use whenever I have the opportunity to make a pop culture reference.
Bonus image: an in-progress version of the above picture: