Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Day 5: First character to go from 1st level to the highest level possible in a given edition. (Or, what's the highest level character you've ever ran?)
My first character of note, after a slew of hopeless cannon fodder, was a wizard named Urlik Banork. He was modeled after Gandalf - and I started him as a gray-bearded old man, not some young punk whippersnapper.
He got amazingly high in levels - not from my skill, or even luck, mind you. Urlik was in multiple campaigns, had multiple DMs, was a Mary Sue NPC sometimes, and sometimes us kids would just narrate adventures with no DM and assign our favorite characters levels on a whim. Not that, in the early days, we really understood - or cared to understand - all that AD&D had to offer. We were playing for fun, and all of our characters ended up being '50th level' - whatever that meant.
Urlik was adamant about being Lawful Good and really hated Orcs - so much so that he got his buddies together, raised and army, and wiped the Bone March clean of evil. At that point, we were only playing with those characters as narration, but still, it was fun to redraw the maps of Greyhawk.
As far as an actual character I leveled up to the tippy-top of the level limit? Um - never, I'd guess. At least not the honest way. :) I was too busy DMing.