My Name is Nyx Shrader- Dungeons & Dragons

Several years ago, I wrote about how awesome Dungeons & Dragons is (you can read it here). And if you don't already know, I play DND fairly regularly (our group is currently taking a break because Chad is SO swamped with school and work). And this blog name is actually inspired by Dungeons and Dragons (read about that here). Normally, we try and play every week and we have been playing the same campaign since August of 2013. As I mentioned, there are times where we will take extended breaks because people are busy or going to be out of town and schedules just don't match up. Also, characters come and go with players.

Chad, is our DM (Dungeon Master). So he creates the story and "referees" the game, if you will. He is basically in charge. But each of the players have their own character and we get to make decisions and actions, all by our own choice. Free agency, people! It's absolutely fabulous. Dungeons & Dragons is like playing pretend for adults. I am a massive fan.

**Also, fun fact. Chad and I pretty much fell in love while playing the game because it's how we first met and developed a friendship that continued on to a secret romance. So scandalous, I know.  

This blog post, is all about my current character (who happens to be my all time favorite!). I have had several characters over the 9 years I have been playing. I've played a Ranger, a Fighter or two, Scout, Valkyrie (her name was Freya and was SO cool), a Necromancer and a couple others (I have never been brave enough to try a magic user of any kind, too tricky).

Pic of a Rogue in the Players Handbook

My Current Character is named Nyx Shrader and she is a human rogue. I am going to give you all the details about my character because she is my favorite. You may not care and if so, I understand. But just know that she is super dope.

Appearance: Lets start off by explaining the way she looks. When we started the campaign in 2013, Nyx was just a small framed, 17 year old. She had mousy brown hair with green eyes and was a human (you can be different races like Elf, Orc, Halfling, Dwarf, etc). She had very little to her name and only had the most basic equipment (including daggers, which is her main weapon). Now, because we have been playing for so long, Chad has started a new section of the campaign that flashes forward about 20 years. We all had the option to keep our character or to make a new one. Because I was so fond of Nyx, I decided to keep her so she is now nearly 40. It's quite neat playing someone in a different phase of the their life.

Now, Nyx has been through a WHOLE lot in the 20 years that flashed forward. She goes through something SO crazy (I'll explain more in the back story portion) that she is now super pale and has stark white hair (which she wears in mid length braid). Now, Nyx is rarely seen. You see, rogues tend to be excellent hiders and extremely quiet. They are the sneakiest of all the classes.

But Nyx has an extra leg up on other rogues because she found a Poncho that gives her complete invisibility when out of direct sunlight (if in sunlight, I am blurred). So, I just stick to the shade or hope for a cloudy day.

Nyx also wears a magical wide brim hat that identifies anything you put inside it. So when our group finds magical items, it can tell us exactly what it does.

I want these goggles in real life. So gooooood.

I stumbled upon some awesome magical goggles while searching one day (in game, of course) which happen to give me night vision. Huzzah!

Again, WANT THESE. Remind me of Drive. 

I found magical gloves. Now these gloves are super cool because when I find an item, I get to have a choice of 3 different items. Normally, you just get the one thing you found but I have the benefit of getting an OPTION of what I find. So, if I find an item, Chad will tell me 2 other items that I could find instead. Does that make sense? I still only get 1 item but I actually get a few options where as others wouldn't. Super cool gloves, especially when finding magical items.

Nyx also got an awesome vest that has human sized wasp wings attached to them. SO I CAN FLY. Thanks Gish!

Lastly, while fighting some terrible, giant, insect monsters, I got my left hand cut off. Yeah, it was pretty crappy. So I had to wait and find someone who could either restore my hand (basically make it grow back) or get a robotic hand. This was an easy answer, I wanted a new ROBOT HAND (does this scream Luke Skywalker to anybody else?)! Our group stumbled across a Sea Elf who was actually able to help me get a robotic hand, and it's awesome. I believe it can actually cast electricity once per day too, which is super (I don't think I've used it yet). Oh, and that hand also has vampiric touch cast on it too (I can take a few hit points from an opponent once per day).

Other than that, Nyx wears leather adventuring pants and knee high leather boots (that actually give me an extra 5 ft movement!). There are other items that I wear that are small, like a ring or two but I can't remember what they do off the top of my head. Haha.

Back Story: As mentioned before, Nyx started off as a 17 year old girl who was living on the streets. Basically a street rat. She was a thief and got involved in a nasty thief "gang" and eventually got into such trouble and had to leave the city. So, she went and joined a group Lumberjacks which is where I meet the rest of my group's characters. The first section of the campaign ended and during the next 20 years, my character actually ends up dying (remember, we didn't actually play those 20 years, it's just for the story's sake) but is brought back from the Ethereal Plain by my good friend Simon, who was a cleric (that was my friend Jon's old character). Simon became like a Father figure to Nyx (he was much older than she) because she never knew her family.

Even though she is alive again, she has returned with some unique traits. Mainly, she can turn into a ghost at will. That comes with some cool, creepy, ghostlike abilities (like horrific appearance, frightful moan, and some others). And Nyx LIKES being in ghost form, she is a bit tortured in a way (so much like Buffy the Vampire Slayer). The problem is, I have to roll a will save every time I want to come BACK from being a ghost. And the longer I am in Ghost form, the higher I have to roll in order to come back. Oh, and when in ghost form, I can go through anything (walls, doors, etc).

Now, unfortunately, Nyx's good friend Simon ends up dying. Because he was the closest thing to a Father to her or maybe Big Brother, she started praying to Pelor (God of the Sun, Simon was Cleric of Pelor) to find comfort? Answers? Closure? Who knows, again, she is a bit of a tortured character.  
Skills: Basically, I am amazing at hiding, moving silently, searching, lock picking, all things that a rogue would be good at.

Why I Love Her: You may ask "Why do you love this character more than your others?" and my answer is "I'm not exactly sure". I feel comfortable playing Nyx. She isn't a character who demands to talk to all the NPCs or who does actions to get a rouse out of an audience. And one of my least favorite things IRL is being the center of attention. That just makes my skin crawl. Also, I feel like she is the most developed character I have played. I am not the best player, totally not. In the past I have felt like I was playing to watch the story unfold (which I STILL love) but now I actually feel like Nyx is PART of it. Like really part of it. And it just feels good and feels right. I have no idea what I will play next but I will always hold a very special spot for my little Jinx (aka Nyx Shrader).

Did I totally lose all of you on this post? I am sorry if I did. And if you have no clue what Dungeons & Dragons is, google it. And if you ever have an opportunity to play. Do it. I bet you'll love it.

For any who are curious, my group plays edition 3.5.

And I found all these pics in random places on the internet. I'm sorry I didn't link them...too lazy.

Happy Nerdtastic Wednesday!


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