Precious

Just a couple of weeks ago, I heard about a new D&D 5E campaign starting. I hadn’t played D&D since 3.5, as I thought 4E was a terrible step backward in roleplaying, and didn’t have time for 5E when it first came out. Now I had enough time to commit to a game, so I went and rolled up a character and started working on the character background, etc.

Then the GM announced that due to increased work commitments he was cancelling the game before it actually started.

Still, any creative work is worthy of recording, so this is my first 5E D&D character, who may yet find a campaign.

Character Description

Character Stats

These stats were rolled using 4d6, taking the highest three rolls and rerolling all “1“s. The Tiefling racial bonuses (+1 INT and +2 CHA) were included.

STR13DEX14CON14INT16WIS15CHA18

Description

  • Race: Tiefling
    • Skills: Deception, Sleight of Hand
  • Class: Warlock
    • Skills: Arcana, Investigation
    • Patron: Archfey
  • Background: Charlatan
    • Proficiencies: Deception, Sleight of Hand, Disguise Kit, Forgery Kit
  • Alignment: CN (shading toward CG at times: she has a soft heart toward anyone in the theater business)
  • Deity: while she may outwardly worship whichever deity that would be associated with her alignment and the acting profession, inwardly she worships her Patron

Appearance

Precious’ appearance is largely based on a piece of artwork I discovered on DeviantArt when I was searching for visual references for this character, with some personal modifications. She can pass for human in most conditions with only minor effort, particularly hiding her horns, which is why she favors clothing with hoods.

  • Height: Average
  • Weight: Slightly below average
  • Build: Trim, slender yet well-built, fit; shows obvious signs of regular exercise and physical activity, primarily acrobatics, tumbling and juggling
  • Hair: Glossy black, thick and wavy, long (to the middle of her back)
  • Eyes: grey-silver
  • Complexion: ruddy or coppery, just barely within the range of standard human coloration or slightly sunburned
  • Horns: black, ridged, flat and thin, starting at her hairline above her eyes and arching straight back over her hair for about six inches
  • Hands: human except for crimson fingernails
  • Feet: human, six toes
  • Tail: thick at base, narrowing to a slender arrowhead about 2 12 feet in length
  • Clothing: stylish, colorful, flowing or tight-fitting, revealing

Spells

  1. Eldritch Blast, Prestidigitation, Thaumaturgy (racial ability)
  2. Charm Person, Sleep

Character History

Nobody really trusted the young tiefling1 and her extended family, but not because they were tieflings. No, because they were … actors, and theater people were even more disreputable than tieflings.

The tiefling’s extended family and their theatrical company performed popular comedies and dramatic tragedies for the commoners and morality plays or historical recreations on behalf of the local clergy or nobility. The company was established enough to support a couple of fully‑accredited Bards, some on their way up in the world and some now down on their luck, and usually more than one illusionist, not to mention a gaggle of poets and scholars and historians. Additionally, behind the scenes, their services were used by local criminals in populating con games, for advice and assistance in disguises and in producing the infrequent forged document. It was even whispered that once their services were employed by the very secret and secretive Royal Inquisitors in ferreting out a ring of traitorous nobles. The company may not have been individually trusted, but on the whole their audiences were always entertained, amused and awed, and their other customers always satisfied, which meant a more‑or‑less constant stream of income for the company.

The young tiefling was born into this world, and expected to live and die in this world. Her birth cries backstage came right on cue.2 She was rocked to sleep every night in a cradle lined with leftover curtain material, when it wasn’t being used as a prop on stage, and wore cast‑off costumes for clothing more often than not. She learned her letters by memorizing lines and her numbers by counting tickets. She first appeared on stage as the evil queen’s innocent child while still nursing3 and spoke her first line as an orphan child asking for bread4 of a cruel taskmaster at the age of six. By her mid‑teen years she was the lead understudy of the leading actress and a dependable supporting actress, a passable juggler and tumbler and a reliable makeup artist. Everyone said she had a bright future ahead of her on or off the stage, perhaps even becoming a Bard, and that was everything she ever dreamed or wanted.

Then, one night, that dream changed, because that night, she dreamed The Dream.

The company was preparing to perform a traditional play5 that involved maidens and marriages and mistaken identities and madness in the midnight moonlight and, most importantly, mischievous Fey, and the young tiefling was to play one of the young maidens. The night before the opening, she dreamed of the play itself, and she Dreamed. In The Dream, there was a woman, and that Woman was wicked and divine and enchanting and noble and royal and perilous and fair and all other things Fey, and in that dream She seduced the young tiefling She called “Precious”6 into Her service, granting her the magic through the Pact that transforms the beneficiary into a Warlock. In return, Precious pledged Her her eternal service and worship, and unbidden and unrequited love.

When she awoke, Precious was wearing the proof of their Pact, the token of her Patron and the arcane focus of her Art in the form of an ornate magical ring7 crafted of heavy silver and sparkling crystals and emeralds in the form of a wide circle of ivy vines and leaves.8 True to her theater upbringing, however, Precious completed the run of the play before informing her family of what happened to her and her intent of leaving the company: a wider stage awaited her. In return, the company supplied her with the equipment she would need to make her way in the world, and sent her on her way in true theatrical fashion with a party that lasted three days and nights.

Character Background

Charlatan

You have always had a way with people. You know what makes them tick. you can tease out their hearts’ desires after a few minutes of conversation, and with a few leading questions you can read them like they were children’s books. It’s a useful talent, and one that you’re perfectly willing to use for your advantage.

Favorite Scheme

Like any good actor, she can assume a new identity on a moment’s notice, and has several prepared through theatrical archetypes and practice.

Feature: False Identity

The amusingly eccentric, darkly mysterious and enchantingly enigmatic noblewoman, forced to travel incognito because her villainous relatives set assassins on her to stop her from revealing their nefarious plans.9 This is a real hit in the rural areas and among the minor nobility.

Characteristics

Personality Traits

“All the world’s a stage, and everyone else gets second billing.”

Ideals

Aspiration: always to be the center of attention of any audience.10

Bonds

All theater people need to stick together.11

Flaws

Sometimes she will lose sight of who she actually is, losing herself in a role.

Character Development

Level 2 (Warlock 2)

If Precious pleases her Patron by surviving to second level, she will be rewarded with another spell, comprehend languages, and two Eldritch Invocations, Eldritch Sight (detect magic at will) and Mask of Many Faces (disguise self at will).

Spells

  1. Eldritch Blast, Prestidigitation, Thaumaturgy (racial ability)
  2. Charm Person, Detect Magic (at will), Disguise Self (at will), Comprehend Languages, Sleep

Level 3 (Warlock 3)

Precious is awarded her Pact Boon, Pact of the Tome. The three cantrips written within it are dancing lights, mage hand and minor illusion. She is also awarded her first second level spell, enthrall. As a tiefling, she may also cast hellish rebuke once per day.

Spells

  1. Eldritch Blast, Prestidigitation, Thaumaturgy (racial ability)
  2. Charm Person, Comprehend Languages, Detect Magic (at will), Disguise Self (at will), Sleep
  3. Enthrall, Hellish Rebuke (racial ability)

Pact of the Tome

  1. Dancing Lights, Mage Hand, Minor Illusion

Level 4 (Warlock 3 / Rogue 1)

In a rare show of independence, and through the association with a rather fetching con artist, swindler and Rogue, Precious multi-classes as a Rogue herself and participates in a series of cunning con artistries and escapades with her associate. This grants her the skill proficiency Persuasion and the kit proficiency Thieve’s Tools, as well as learning the Rogue features Expertise, Sneak Attack and Thieve’s Cant. She applies her Expertise to Deception and Persuasion. Her Patron is amused with her cheek and her intelligence and approves, especially when Precious eventually ends her association with the Rogue on her own terms, and walks away with most of the Rogue’s gold, too.

Spells

  1. Eldritch Blast, Prestidigitation, Thaumaturgy (racial ability)
  2. Charm Person, Comprehend Languages, Detect Magic (at will), Disguise Self (at will), Sleep
  3. Enthrall, Hellish Rebuke (racial ability)

Pact of the Tome

  1. Dancing Lights, Mage Hand, Minor Illusion

Level 5 (Warlock 4 / Rogue 1)

Precious’ flirtation with (and with being) a Rogue was only a passing fancy, and her Patron rewards her renewed interest (and for being more interesting and potentially unique now) with another cantrip, friends, and another spell, suggestion. As a tiefling, she may also cast darkness once per day. In addition, Precious’ varied experience at charming and persuading and deceiving others improved her own natural Charisma to 20.

Spells

  1. Eldritch Blast, Friends, Prestidigitation, Thaumaturgy (racial ability)
  2. Charm Person, Comprehend Languages, Darkness (racial ability), Detect Magic (at will), Disguise Self (at will), Sleep
  3. Enthrall, Hellish Rebuke (racial ability), Suggestion

Pact of the Tome

  1. Dancing Lights, Mage Hand, Minor Illusion

Level 6 (Warlock 5 / Rogue 1)

Precious is now becoming even more interesting for her Patron, and she is rewarded with the Eldrich Invocation Tome of Ancient Secrets: now written within her Tome are the ritual spells identify and unseen servant. Precious is also granted her first third level spell, hypnotic pattern. Her existing spell comprehend languages is replaced with tongues.

Spells

  1. Eldritch Blast, Friends, Prestidigitation, Thaumaturgy (racial ability)
  2. Charm Person, Darkness (racial ability), Detect Magic (at will), Disguise Self (at will), Sleep
  3. Enthrall, Hellish Rebuke (racial ability), Suggestion
  4. Hypnotic Pattern, Tongues

Pact of the Tome

  1. Dancing Lights, Mage Hand, Minor Illusion
  2. Identify, Unseen Servant

Level 7 (Warlock 6 / Rogue 1)

Because Precious is now becoming a favorite pet of her Patron, her Patron is becoming more protective of her. Therefore, her Patron blessed Precious with the Misty Escape Pact ability. She is also granted another spell, the second level spell hold person. Also, Precious wrote the ritual spell augury into her Pact Tome.

Spells

  1. Eldritch Blast, Friends, Prestidigitation, Thaumaturgy (racial ability)
  2. Charm Person, Darkness (racial ability), Detect Magic (at will), Disguise Self (at will), Sleep
  3. Enthrall, Hellish Rebuke (racial ability), Hold Person, Suggestion
  4. Hypnotic Pattern, Tongues

Pact of the Tome

  1. Dancing Lights, Mage Hand, Minor Illusion
  2. Identify, Unseen Servant
  3. Augury

Level 8 (Warlock 7 / Rogue 1)

Precious is granted her first fourth level spell, dominate beast, and another Invocation, Misty Images. Through a trade of favors, she is able to inscribe leomund’s tiny hut as a ritual into her Tome.

Spells

  1. Eldritch Blast, Friends, Prestidigitation, Thaumaturgy (racial ability)
  2. Charm Person, Darkness (racial ability), Detect Magic (at will), Disguise Self (at will), Silent Images (at will), Sleep
  3. Enthrall, Hellish Rebuke (racial ability), Hold Person, Suggestion
  4. Hypnotic Pattern, Tongues
  5. Dominate Beast

Pact of the Tome

  1. Dancing Lights, Mage Hand, Minor Illusion
  2. Identify, Unseen Servant
  3. Augury
  4. Leomund’s Tiny Hut

Level 9 (Warlock 8 / Rogue 1)

Precious is granted another spell, dispel magic. She also inscribes divination into her Tome. Plus, through her continued practice and exercise, she is able to increase her DEX to 16.

Spells

  1. Eldritch Blast, Friends, Prestidigitation, Thaumaturgy (racial ability)
  2. Charm Person, Darkness (racial ability), Detect Magic (at will), Disguise Self (at will), Silent Images (at will), Sleep
  3. Enthrall, Hellish Rebuke (racial ability), Hold Person, Suggestion
  4. Dispel Magic, Hypnotic Pattern, Tongues
  5. Dominate Beast

Pact of the Tome

  1. Dancing Lights, Mage Hand, Minor Illusion
  2. Identify, Unseen Servant
  3. Augury
  4. Leomund’s Tiny Hut
  5. Divination

Level 10 (Warlock 9 / Rogue 1)

Precious is granted her first fifth level spell, hold monster, replaces charm person with dominate person, and adds an additional Invocation, Devil’s Sight.

Spells

  1. Eldritch Blast, Friends, Prestidigitation, Thaumaturgy (racial ability)
  2. Darkness (racial ability), Detect Magic (at will), Disguise Self (at will), Silent Images (at will), Sleep
  3. Enthrall, Hellish Rebuke (racial ability), Hold Person, Suggestion
  4. Dispel Magic, Hypnotic Pattern, Tongues
  5. Dominate Beast
  6. Dominate Person, Hold Monster

Pact of the Tome

  1. Dancing Lights, Mage Hand, Minor Illusion
  2. Identify, Unseen Servant
  3. Augury
  4. Leomund’s Tiny Hut
  5. Divination

Equipment

Pouch

  • Chalk (×3 in different colors)
  • Signal Whistle
  • Signet Ring (Fake)
  • Small Packet of Fresh Rose Petals

Backpack

Outside

  • Bedroll
  • Blanket
  • Waterskin

Inside

  • Disguise Kit
  • Fine Clothes
  • Mess Kit
  • Scholar’s Kit
    • Bag of Blotting Sand
    • Book of Lore (largely blank)
    • Bottle of Ink
    • Ink Pen
    • Parchment Page (×10)
    • Small Knife
  • Soap
  • Tinderbox
  • Whetstone

Worn

  • Arcane Focus (Ring)
  • Ornate Brass Key on Red Satin Ribbon (Trinket)12
  • Traveler’s Clothes13

Arms & Armor

  • Leather Armor
  • Daggers (x2) (one on each hip)
  • Sickle
  • Light Crossbow (slung over shoulder)
    • Case of 20 bolts (on belt behind right hip)
  1. She had another name, once, but she forgot it when the took the Pact. Strangely enough, so did everyone else.
  2. “Rassyndyl’s Revenge” at the end of the first act, signaling the birth of the hero Rassyndyl.
  3. And did so, several times during performances, from her mother who played the evil queen.
  4. “Please, sir, may I have some more?”
  5. “A Midsummer Marriage Madness” (A Merrie Folke Comedie in Four Actes) based on an even older Elven tragedy.
  6. “Our Precious Pawn” were the exact words used. Whether the royal plural was used or not is still in question.
  7. Those with eyes or other sensory organs or elements which can detect or perceive magic will know the ring radiates faint enchantment, illusion and transformation magic that corresponds to no known type of magic ring.
  8. At least to her eyes and to those of whom she trusts, and for a select number of other people at the whims or designs of her Patron. To anyone else, it looks like cheap tin and enamel and quartz. Which is the real form is unknown: it may be another trick of the Fey or a means of protecting Precious’ focus from theft, or it may be something else entirely.
  9. It is also the plot of several commonly‑performed ‘penny‑bit’ plays, most notably “Lady Veronica’s Vengeance”.
  10. Except, of course, when people are trying to kill her, and then its “Alarums & Excursions! Exit, stage right!”
  11. Meaning anyone even remotely associated with the theater, and, by extension, any and all Bards. “Hey, Rube!”
  12. “This? This is the key to the ancestral manor that my evil relatives forced me out of. I keep it as a reminder that I will return and retake what is rightfully mine!” Actually its a stage prop given as a traditional actor’s good luck piece. ‘May you find all doors open to you on your path to success!”
  13. She is particularly fond of clothing with attached hoods that can conceal her horns from casual observation: see here and here for examples.
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