Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bilbo Baggins—The Hobbit

The first of many Tolkien characters to come, we might as well begin with the one of the most famous fantasy epics' titular character: Mr. Baggins. I've always found it interesting that Savage Worlds captures the feel of the Lord of the Rings characters better than Dungeons and Dragons and d20 systems that were designed around that setting (minus Gandalf, because Gandalf is nuts).

Name: Bilbo Baggins
Race: Hobbit
Experience: 20 (Seasoned)
Agility d6; Smarts d8; Spirit d8; Strength d6–1; Vigor d6
Pace 6; Parry 4; Charisma 0; Toughness 10 (6)
Hindrances: Size –1, Code of Honor, Curious, Loyal, Pacifist (m)
Edges: Lucky, Brave, Elan, Common Bond, Marksman
Skills: Climbing d4, Fighting d4, Knowledge (Riddles) d6, Notice d8, Persuasion d6, Stealth d8, Taunt d4, Throwing d6
Inventory: Sting (Str+d6+1; Danger Sense (Orcs and Goblins Only)), Mithril Shirt (Armor +6), Backpack, Bedroll, Blanket, Small Shield (counts as a Medium Shield for Bilbo), Closed Helmet (Armor +3), Hunting Knife (Str+d4), The One Ring (invisibility with a Raise).

Born a Baggins of Bag End, Bilbo had always wanted to go out in search of elves and mountains. He was born with the spirit of an adventurer, but it was quelled by the secluded attitude of other Hobbits, and soon he fell into the habit of good food and reading.

This all changed when Gandalf the Grey showed up on his doorstep with a party of 13 Dwarves and the promise of riches and quests. At first timid, he eventually gave in and followed the party into the greater area of Middle-Earth, finding everything he ever dreamed of  and more.

Fearless to the point of facing down a dragon, Bilbo is able to look at another and keep them going, even when times are tough. He learned to fight only through necessity and is far from a warrior (though he has a pretty good throwing arm), but his loyalty knows no bounds.

Sting was found in a troll cave, and his Mithril vest was given to him as a gift from Thorin Oakenshield. He is also in possession of one of the great Rings of Power, though he does not know its true significance. The rest of his gear was determined by looking at what he was carrying with him at the end of the Hobbit movies.

Sooner or later, I'll follow Bilbo up with some Dwarves and move on to the greater Lord of the Rings trilogy. And boy, that'll be a hell of a conversion project. Leave questions, comments, and Hobbit Trilogy hate below.

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