Thursday, April 9, 2015

Gandalf—White Wizard

It's taken a while, but we finally reach the end of the Fellowship. This last member is easily the most powerful of the nine, and honestly was probably a DMPC but we're gonna make him anyways. The below are the stats for Gandalf the Grey.

Name: Gandalf
Race: Maiar
Experience: 350 (Legendary as f*ck)
Agility d8; Smarts d10; Spirit d8; Strength d8; Vigor d8
Pace 6; Parry 7; Charisma 0; Toughness 6
Hindrances: Habit (m—Pipeweed), Loyal, Stubborn, Vow (M—cannot use his full power)
Edges: Ageless, Very Old, Arcane Background (Magic), Wizard, Command, Two-Fisted, Frenzy, First Strike, Connections—Eagles, Familiar (Shadowfax), Harder to Kill, Trademark Weapon (Glamdring)
Skills: Fighting d10, Investigation d8, Knowledge (Arcana) d10, Knowledge (Battle) d8, Notice d8, Persuasion d6, Riding d8, Spellcasting d12+1, Stealth d6
Power Points: 20
Spells: Elemental manipulation (fire, air), fear, light (no obscure; Touch range), bust, bolt (fire; 3d6 is electric), blast (light), pummel, smite (lightning), dispel, armor
Inventory: Staff (Str+d4, Reach 1, Parry +1), Glamdring (Str+d8),

Now, we've covered some pretty intense characters, but (discounting supers) Gandalf may well be one of the most powerful. Not only is he a good fighter, but his spellcasting ability and flexibility are unparalleled. He fights with his staff in one hand and Glamdring in the other, able to hold his own against orcs and goblins alike without the use of his magic.

Gandalf is a part of an ancient race known as the Maiar. These beings are effectively angels, and after their direct involvement in Middle-Earth eons ago, they vowed to never directly intervene in the realms of men or mer, sending only a select few to keep balance. Even then, they were not allowed to use their full power in fear of some awful thing happening. They are effectively ageless, and Gandalf receives +2 to Common Knowledge rolls purely due to his age.

He has been present at several major battles in Middle-Earth's history and is an accomplished commander, presiding most recently over the siege of Gondor. Gandalf is also quite the speaker, typically working as the Fellowship's face when present. Between his reputation and his wisdom, he typically gets folks to do as he asks.

He is a master of magic, commanding fire and air, inspiring fear into his enemies, and is capable of limited telekinesis (pummel). He does have one custom spell: bust, a 2 PP power allowing him to roll 2d6 damage (3d6 for 4 PP and 4d6 for 8 PP) against inanimate objects. The damage is considered a Heavy Weapon and can Ace, but it only works if he is able to hit the object with his staff.

Gandalf the White—Gandalf's form upon return (spoilers)—has a fair number of Advances over his form as the Grey; these differences are as follow:

Skills: Spellcasting d12+2
Edges: Command Presence, Hold the Line!, Master (Spellcasting)
Spells: deflectblindsuccor
Power Points: 25

His ascended form gave him a few more spells but a significant increase in his magical capabilities. All in all, crossing this Wizard is a poor choice indeed. Leave questions, comments, and lore corrections below.

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