Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Fantasy Character Workshop #010 Halfling Wizard

William O'Connor

Working as a fantasy illustrator for over twenty years I have created hundreds (maybe thousands) of fantasy characters. When I was a student I would draw the characters of all the players in my gaming group. later working for various games I would be commissioned to illustrate and design characters from stories. As an artist many of these commissions became derivative to the point of becoming boring (Dwarf Fighter with an Axe, Elf Ranger with a Bow, etc.) so I strove to change things up and make sure that I was always coming up with new combinations. I created my Random Character Generator. (attached below). This was based upon the appendixes that were listed in the back of the D&D Dungeon Master's Guide when I was a kid. I started using this generator routinely, and still employ it when creating characters and when teaching character design to students.

This series is intended to use my generator to create characters on a regular basis to share the process with you. I will try to be as faithful as possible to the attributes that are created, as the series is meant to challenge my skills, and make the characters as difficult as possible.



Fantasy CharacterWorkshop #010 Halfling Wizard

Race: Halfling
Gender: Male
Class: Wizard
Armor: none
Weapon: Club
Missile:  Slingshot
Motiff: Eagle
Familiar: Eagle
Equipment:tankard, canteen, bell, jar

When we think of Halflings usually images of Bilbo and Frodo come to mind, but Halflings are not Hobbits. Halflings are cunning and agile adventurers with sharp minds making them ideal quest wizards.  Innately attuned to the natural world a Halfling wizard would very likely have a wild animal familiar like a hawk and the use of a common wooden cudgel would be quite effective in experienced hands.  Never judge a character by his size.



Check out the time lapse video as well:

Random Character Generator

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  1. As a almost rabid player of all things halfling, I love this. Out of my three to maybe four dozen Halfling characters, maybe six are "Thieves." the rest rn the gambit from bard, to Ninja.. my recent most popular was a Witch from Pathfinder.. i actually flipped a coin for her to be a Good Witch or a Bad with helping mostly good party, she was Good.

    1. Halflings are underestimated. They make classic thieves of course, but are also very wise.