Let’s just quickly review his point budget. In total, Temian currently has:
- 5 unspent character points that can be used to purchase anything.
- 1 character point that can only be used to purchase a social advantage like Reputation, Favor, Contact etc. This new social advantage has to be related to what he did last session – i.e., deprived the Witch of Dunmoss of her infernal power.
- 15 character points that can only be used to purchase things he might plausibly have gained as a narrative result of succeeding in his quest to bring the Witch of Dunmoss to justice.
How to spend all this? A few thoughts, in no particular order:
First up, there’s the small matter of Temian’s awesome new magic bow. He’s keeping it for sure – I like it! – but he doesn’t yet have the Bow skill. Thus it’s very, very tempting to use one of his 5 free points to buy it. I couldn’t justify doing that right now – he’s had no practice at all – but perhaps I could save the point, and use it for this purpose a bit further down the line, once he’s had some time to practice a little. Of course, he’s not going to be practicing much archery with that crippled hand, so he has to deal with that first…
But that’s only one point, and maybe this is the time to think bigger. Five plus fifteen makes twenty – which is exactly what he would need to raise his DX or IQ by a point. That would be a big gain: he’s such an all-rounder, with a wide variety of different skills, that it’s very efficient for him, in the long run, to invest in basic attributes. Increasing IQ would be the easiest to justify, I think: this adventure involved a lot of research, secret-door-finding, and dispelling of traps and wards – as well as a lot of Will rolls. Pus he found out a lot of new and interesting information about the world, and had a lot of rich and formative experiences – all of which could plausibly contribute to IQ, I think. I’m highly tempted to do this – it would be a great long-term option.
On the other hand, those 5 points could go a long way by themselves if they were used just to bump up a few of his key skills: say, Literature (because he got such great use of it last session), Exorcism, Research, Hidden Lore (Demons), and Navigation (Land). All of these purchases would be easy to justify, given what he spent his time doing during the last adventure – and all are skills in which he currently has only a single point, so he would be raising five IQ-based skills by 1 each, for just 5 pts. Compared to raising IQ for 20 pts, that’s a bargain! Then the other 15 pts could be spent elsewhere – maybe a cool new advantage?
If those 15 pts were available, perhaps I could justify really heading in a new direction, and giving Temian some sort of supernatural advantage. After all, he was just bathed in strange infernal energies, while breaking an evil altar…. and he’s been dealing with demonic powers now for some time. Perhaps when he took the power from the Witch, he inadvertently gained some himself – maybe I could go all CRPG and get him an Innate Attack, to blast his enemies with hellfire…. though it seems as if that would go a bit against the tone I’ve tried to establish so far. Or perhaps the Witch’s power went right back to the demon prince from whom she stole it in the first place. Maybe Temian has now unwittingly put a powerful demon prince in his debt, and demons are famously contract-bound…. 15 pts of Patron, perhaps? Divine Favor? A minor demon Ally from Dungeon Fantasy 5? Or else we could flip the coin to the other side, and say that his good deeds have attracted the notice of some sort of good and decent divine power… There are many options here.
Then there’s the single point he can spend on a social advantage. The obvious choice would a small Reputation, I think – though that’s a bit complicated, since no-one saw what he did. But he was dabbling with the powers of the Infernum, so someone in the Infernum probably knows. Maybe it would be cool to give him a +1 Reuptation as the noteworthy mortal who managed to strip the Witch of Dunmoss of her powers, only among Demons? That’s not likely to help him in daily life (I hope!), but it could at least help him with an Intimidation roll, somewhere further down the line. Plus demons like to make deals, and the way this seems to be going, maybe he’ll one day end up negotiating with a demon prince….
Hmmm….. Decisions, decisions.
Those are my first thoughts anyway. Feel free to chime in with your thoughts in the comments! Y’all were a great help last time.
Later Edit: Then, finally, I spent the points.