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Heel

Evil never really suited you. You watched the heroes from afar and always wanted to be like one of them. But because of a few bad choices or a bad lot, you remained the villain for quite some time. Well enough is enough! Time to change your fate and double down on being the face for a change. You’ve burned a lot of bridges, literally and figuratively, and have quite a road ahead of you. But a heel-turn is within your grasp, if only you’re willing to go the distance and prove you’re one of the good guys. What drew you make such a drastic change in your life? Was there someone important who showed you a better way? Were you tired of always ending on the losing side? Did you realize you’d been tricked into doing evil and want to make amends? Think about the dastardly deeds you had previously been a part of and how that may affect your future encounters and personality.

Skill Proficiencies: Intimidation, Performance

Tool Proficiencies: Disguise kit, one type of artisan’s tools

Equipment: A set of travelling clothes, 1 well-crafted alter-ego costume, disguise kit, an instrument you don’t know how to play, one evil keepsake from your past, a self-help book, 100 gp.

Feature: Evil Machinations

Due to your countless years as the villain, you’ve seen many evil plans be built and fall apart. Your knowledge of thwarted plans, through experience or otherwise, give you special insight into the designs of others. This is not precognition; this is pattern recognition and insight from a world few ever experience. If dealing with seemingly unrelated events or a convoluted evil scheme, you can usually get a hunch on what the next move or stage of the plan is. You may not be able to figure out the entire scheme, but you’re often one step ahead of those around you.

Suggested Characteristics

Heels used to be the villain of someone else’s story. They could have been the big bad, waiting for the heroes at the end of a long quest. They could have been a simple soldier, fighting in an army against the forces of good. They could just as easily have been a bully or even simply an actor portraying a villain. Whatever their origin, they have had a change of heart and want to be the hero of the story now. Heels can find the transition difficult and make many mistakes along the way, some going into deep depressions when they slip into evil habits. Others consider it all a learning experience and keep moving on. Still others are unrepentantly and blatantly evil; having trouble understanding why they’re always so reviled.

d8 Personality Trait
1 We should probably hear out our enemies, who knows what they’re going through.
2 I’m confused about my place in the world and am looking for guidance.
3 I apologize to everyone I meet, even those who have no idea of my shady past.
4 I am extremely literal and have trouble understanding anything beyond cold logic.
5 A little light thievery never hurt anybody.
6 After being an evil henchman for so long, I’m not certain how to make decisions for myself.
7 I am constantly looking over my shoulder for enemies from my past.
8 I need someone to acknowledge all these good deeds I keep doing, otherwise I might stop.
d6 Ideal
1 Tommy. My dark side faded away when I gave up my past life. (Good)
2 Darhk. Do not underestimate the power of the dark arts! (Evil)
3 Ko-zu. Evil and good are always at war within me, true power comes from the balance of both. (Neutral)
4 Zena. I have a past filled with bloodshed and misery. I must atone for it. (Any)
5 Wade. Everyone balked when I killed people before; now that I’m a hero, they cheer! (Chaos)
6 T-DCCC. I cannot disobey my orderly programming, but I can change my prime objective. (Law)
d6 Bond
1 I am on the run from a former master who seeks to destroy me.
2 I always looked up to the heroes and style my actions after my favorite one.
3 I am greatly indebted to a family member who never lost faith in me.
4 My otherworldly patron keeps tempting me to go back to my old ways. I do everything I can to silence them.
5 I left my bad life behind to try and impress someone I am infatuated with.
6 My terrible actions caused the death of someone close to me.
d6 Flaw
1 I’m still very, very evil.
2 Even when I try to do good, my sinister appearance and mannerisms make me hard to trust.
3 I’ve held my true past a secret and I will do anything to keep it that way.
4 A little murder never hurt anybody.
5 I am intensely jealous of heroes more popular than me.
6 I refuse to give others a second chance, despite my own background.
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