A…neutral evil gnome barbarian?!
In the third installment of our ongoing Creative D&D Characters series—based almost exclusively upon 5th edition rules—we have rolled up a character that perhaps borders on the absurd. As stated in previous articles, these characters are complex and challenging to incorporate into a campaign without some forethought and careful planning. This one really takes the cake. To allay your skepticism of a neutral evil gnome barbarian we ask that you suspend your disbelief for just a moment. After all, this is a game of fantasy and make-believe, right?
The idea behind this series is to showcase just how versatile characters can be when your primary resource is the Player’s Handbook. We’ve probably all fallen victim to going down a rabbit-hole to seek out some esoteric tome to create a truly unique and compelling character at least once but we contend that given just a singular resource and, perhaps, a brief web search you can create a vast array of truly unique characters. That is not say that we think you should shun supplemental material. We happen to enjoy going down the rabbit-hole. But to some, it can be overwhelming. We encourage you to use these characters as you’d like whether they be as NPCs or PCs.
Today we give you Gnimsh “Shinbarker” Scheppen, the neutral evil gnome barbarian of (as-of-yet) little renown.“Well if I were to tell you the first, and most important, thing about myself it would be that I revere Baravar Cloakshadow above all else. Indeed, it was The Sly One that revealed to me the truth of Faerûn and of my Clerical order. I revere him despite the temple’s accusations against me as a heretic. I revere him despite the loss of my Baravar-given magic. He has presented me with a great challenge to reveal the true representation of the Master of Illusion to Faerûn and he has stripped me of my magic to test my loyalty. But I will not stop my apophatism no matter what! What was once the beginnings of a powerful and divine magic has been replaced with an inimitable rage. I will prove to my lord that I understand him better than the temple could ever imagine. I will prove my worth.