One of the crew from my Phandelver group has moved a couple of modules he’s written into Roll20. He needed some playtesters, so I happily volunteered. With all of the kids after school activities still off, I have some free time in the evenings.
So I got to make a character and actually play it (rather than just fluffing about on D&D Beyond). I decided I wanted to make a dwarven ranger. I ended up with some nice rolls, with good strength and dex bonuses. Perfect for my ranger.
And so Hilfander was born. He’s spent many years living with his Grandfather, trying to keep an unused Clan mine clear of nasties. Sadly after the death of his Grandfather, he wasn’t able to keep on top of the threats and eventually was forced from the mine. He’s left to wander in shame and also to skill up to take it back at some point.
Our first session saw us come across a small town being hassled by a drunken medusa. This eventually led us to a run in with a hag. Hilfander is developing into a ranged attacker, using his longbow to support the party. He’s now level 2, and has +7 to hit with his bow, so it’s quite effective with 1d8+3 damage. And no one has said anything about the bow being taller than him. Keen for a magical bow.
In the next session we rushed to help a dying dryad, who told of a terrible evil trying to capture a magical crown. We’ve set out to get to the crown first and use it against the evil. Hilfander is not convinced it’s the right idea, but supports the party. He’s pretty sure that we should just guard the location for the next 7 days or so, then after that it’s not a concern for almost 3000 years.
This has led us to an interesting set of puzzles and pocket dimensions (I think That’s what they might be, we’re not actually sure of the mechanics) where again, Hilfander’s bow, and his dwarven constitution have proved worthwhile.
It’s only a short story, so it’s expected to finish up this last session. I hope to get a chance to see Hilfander continue in his story later. It sounds like one of the group is going to kick off with a Dungeon of the Mad Mage, which I would love to join in, but am not sure of my commitments coming up.