State of the Campaign Address and Chaotic Evil

While the party is now on their way to fight with the traitorous Marquis Eldershade (whose true identity as Voltemand Cormaeril has now been revealed), I gave them a very long series of encounters to go through so they’d be prepared for whatever they’re going to meet at Dragonsgate.

The big problem I have now is that we might never even get to the end of Act II, so I was just thinking of making this adventure as epic as possible so that they’d be left with a feeling of satisfaction when they finish the last encounter.

As such, Chapter 4, The Seeds of Change, might really be the last. At least the campaign will end with a sense of closure. If we finish too early, I might run The Eyes of the Lich Queen instead.

In any case, The Black and the Purple has been very enjoyable thus far. I just wish we’d be able to finish it all the way to the very end, but that really seems unlikely.

Chaotic Evil

I was never really fond of Chaotic Evil villains. They just seem so unsubtle to the point of being predictable despite their chaotic nature. I always preferred Lawful Evil and Neutral Evil villains, as they are capable of depth and have plausible motives.

The typical D&D CE villain is short-sighted and uncoordinated, which leads to failures. He also likes executing his lackeys for no reason. He’s also often a lumbering brute who simply tears stuff apart. There’s no psychological depth, no pathos, nothing chilling or truly disturbing. As such I couldn’t really appreciate Chaotic Evil villains.

That is, until I saw The Dark Knight. The Joker there is the embodiment of Chaotic Evil. He’s without reason, without pity, without ideology or cause. He doesn’t care if he dies, has nothing to lose, and is completely flexible. He’s smart, and his plans are savagely unpredictable. His attacks are more psychological and strike a primal chord in the hearts of his victims, so much so that it’s not his aggressiveness that makes him dangerous. It’s his ability to rip apart the fragile worlds of his victims.

If I were to summarize his character into one sentence, it would be:

The Joker is so wrong as a person, but the things he says about human nature are so right.

As such, I award Heath Ledger’s Joker this motivational poster:

~ by J. R. R. Flores on July 19, 2008.

2 Responses to “State of the Campaign Address and Chaotic Evil”

  1. Randomness lang, but can I suggest watching Blassreiter? It’s on Crunchyroll. It has yet to disappoint me.

  2. Often it’s the characters who’ve experienced and understood human nature (or rather the uglier darker side of it) who end up personifying said qualities.

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