Sunday, July 26, 2015


We have quite a few characters detailed in the NPC chapter of Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate. Most have just one to two quick paragraphs describing motives, personality and background, but a few are important enough that we give a little more detail. 

This is Lady White Blade, a character loosely inspired by Cheng Pei-pei's Lady Hermit character, but with an evil twist (I've always felt that with her intensity, Lady Hermit would make a compelling bad guy). In my campaign Lady White Blade ended up being the main villain for a while, before the party killed her. 

This is all pre-edited text (the manuscript is with the editor). This may be re-organized, revised, and condensed once it appears in the final book. This should give you an idea of our NPC format. 

Born Dou Lei, Lady White Blade earned her nickname because her temper and sword are said to strike with the ferocity of white lightning and because she is fond of white clothing (she almost always dresses in pure white robes due to their association with death). Lady White Blade is famously severe as a Sifu and sect leader. She’s been known to maim students who displease her (particularly favorites who fall short of her expectations). On the other hand she can be quite maternal with her disciples and even with her enemies when they show the proper amount of respect. She has a soft spot for the young and innocent, being unusually forgiving of their mistakes. Such softness quickly gives way to her fierce temper when provoked.
Lady White Blade Blinds a Foe

There are perhaps none in the martial world as vengeful as Lady White Blade. She acquires new grudges with ease and devotes considerable energy to satisfying existing ones. Some say she slit a waiter’s throat in Chen for serving her cold tea. When the proprietor informed her that the tea was meant to be served cold, she cut out his tongue for failing to speak and prevent her from acting in ignorance against the waiter.

Lady White Blade considers herself the greatest martial hero in Qi Xien and will attack anyone who suggests she is not. The only thing more well-known that her temper is her pride. She has two basic goals she hopes to achieve before death: the destruction of Hai’an Sect and the restoration of Northern Hai’an (which is now part of Hu Qin). Lady White Blade venerates the memories of her mother, great-grandfather, Hen-Shi, Bao and Sunan.

Lady White Blade is the great-granddaughter of General Dou Lun, a hero of Northen Hai’an in the final days of the Civil War. He was martyred and his daughter fled to the banyan region and started Hai’an Sect. Lady White Blade’s mother was a member of Hai’an Sect who formed her own branch, The Mystic Sword Sect, but died of poisoning, presumably at the direction of Hai’an. She assumed the leadership of Mystic Sword Sect after her mother’s death.

Hardiness 6, Evade 3, Parry 10, Stealth 6, Wits 6, Resolve 9

Key Skills
Grapple: 2d10, Arm Strike: 2d10, Throw: 2d10, Kick: 2d10, Light Melee: 3d10, Medium Melee: 3d10 , Heavy Melee: 3d10 , Speed: 3d10, Muscle: 2d10, Endurance: 2d10, Athletics: 2d10, Meditation: 3d10, Command: 3d10, Detect: 2d10, Deception: 2d10, Ritual (Ancestor Veneration): 2d10, Languages (Li-Fan and Hia’nese): 3d10, Read Scripts (Feishu): 3d10, History (The Era of the Glorious Emperor): 3d10

Flaw: Foul-tempered

Qi: 6
Max Wounds: 13
Weapons: Ox Tail Dao and Jian
Reputation: Righteous-Cruel

Key Kung Fu Techniques (Waijia 3, Qinggong 1): Lady White Blades Bursting Charge, Spearing Blade, Sword Whipping Strike, Sword Pinch, Grudge Bearing Sword Strike, Blasting Blade, Slicing Blade of the Flying Phantoms, Phantom Phoenix Sword, Slashing Blade, Swan Taming Strike, Weapon Hunts for Food, Flight of the Hawk, Graceful Retreat (counter), Whirling Dodge (counter), Horizontal Sidestep (counter), Weapon Stride (counter)

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