Art by Conceptopolis
Let it not be said that the Final Show Films crew is not accommodating. I had been listening to the Breakverse campaign for a while, when I decided it could be interesting for the party to deal with an antagonistic kind of character, and arranged with the GM to join in temporarily as a guest. This was a lot of fun, and I think it was well timed, due to other players’ real life commitments meaning they had to drop out. As such, here’s Carsi’s first episode of what ended up being a 7 episode run.
Episode 35 of D&D 5E – Breakverse: https://senstaku.podbean.com/e/breakverse-35/
Carsi is a character that I feel a lot of DMs would hesitate to allow, especially in a longer campaign, if the player was an unknown: he hits a lot of the elements that make party play basically not fun. I’m very lucky that the GM for Breakverse was also a player in the Eberron game, so we had some shared knowledge of playstyle. But this should still be a warning: Don’t play an evil character in a good(ish) group if you can’t make it work. Carsi was inspired by Cait Sith of Final Fantasy VII, Trader Slick of Jumanji, and Scar of The Lion King. Much like Knife-Knife, I could be a little more free with how I handled the character because I knew he wasn’t long for this world.
“Red Right Hand” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
From the beginning, the cards were stacked against Carsi. The Mother Of Serpents had reached into his father Sengal’s mind, to guide him towards growing her influence and vision in the Feywild. Sengal, a Wild Magic sorcerer in his own right, was driven mad to an extent from a mixture of this guidance and the raw chaos of magic at his command. The instruction became warped and misunderstood.
“The Touch” by Stan Bush
Despite the setback, Sengal managed to instruct his son Carsi in the ways of Wild Magic due to him being born with the power already within him, all the while pushing his influence on the child.
“Sympathy For The Devil” by The Rolling Stones
Wild Magic is unpredictable. Sengal had only told Carsi part of his warped plan, to usurp one of the Archfey with their combined power, when tragedy struck. Sengal was destroyed by the chaotic forces of his magic, infusing his bones with supernatural strength and emotionally scarring Carsi who bore witness. Carsi claimed his Father’s jawbone as a makeshift boomerang, and set out to accomplish the shadow of a shadow of a mission.
“Take A Chance On Me” by ABBA
Building his experience and sustaining himself while his power grew came, if not easily, then at least consistently to Carsi, as he grew more confident in his abilities to charm and deceive, supplementing his natural ability with magic. Being able to read people came in handy as he portrayed himself as a fortune teller, when he was just telling them things they wanted to hear so he could steal what he liked from them unawares. It’s at this point Carsi hears of a tournament offering a boon from the Archfey controlling the area; the twin dragons. All he needed were some scapegoats.
“Prophecy of the Lazer Witch” by Brendon Small
With a rush of incoming air, such scapegoats were provided in the form of an adventuring party seeking boons to return to the Material Plane, teleporting into the house that Carsi was in the process of “cleaning”. However, in the midst of reading their fake fortunes, a blank card was revealed multiple times where none such existed within the marked deck. Carsi was just as curious about its meaning as he was eager to join the group until they had solved his problems for him.
“Birdhouse In Your Soul” by They Might Be Giants
Using his charm as he had for years, Carsi made the party’s enlistment in the tournament and life within the city as easy as he could, but couldn’t resist having some fun when fun presented itself. He was one of them, and they loved him.
“Danger! High Voltage” by Electric Six
This was obviously false, but Carsi was too full of himself to see the signs.
“Sabotage” by Beastie Boys
Having won the tournament, the plan was struck. Take out the dragons in their lair, and rule as was Carsi’s perceived right.
“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Öyster Cult
The plan quite obviously falls apart, as the party quite rightly disowns Carsi from their number and protests innocence. Carsi is in too deep to back down, and risks everything for his success.
“My Last Serenade” by Killswitch Engage
Pain and torment without end. Doomed to be flayed to the soul until the end of time, Carsi’s self-confidence and conniving nature is his undoing.