I built a character on Twitter and now I think I’m stuck doing that forever

My weekly DnD game recently wrapped up a campaign, then took a break to play through the Pathfinder 2e Beginner Box, then we rotated DMs and our newly-inaugurated DM is now running Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden.

So I needed a new character. I nearly always play a class which I haven’t played in a long time, so I went for barbarian, but beyond that I didn’t have much in mind.

So I went to Twitter.

Our DM gave us a choice of two “Secrets”, which are a mechanic in Rime of the Frostmaiden. The basic concept is that no one wants to live in Icewind Dale, but they’re all here for a reason, and most of them are secret.

The first poll almost went the other direction, but Midwinter Child pulled out a surprise win while I was asleep that night. I went to bed with one character concept and woke up with another.

I had some joke character ideas interspersed between the poll tweets, but I think this one accidently captured everyone’s imagination:

Next I polled for background, and we had another back-and-forth between the two top contenders.

I ended up factoring in a little bit Outlander into the backstory because it made sense for the character, but Folk Hero is my official background. I tweaked it a little bit to get rid of proficiency in Animal Handling, but that’s just a thing you can do in the PHB so it’s not really cheating.

Folk Hero expects you to pick some defining event that raised your stature in the community, so I left that to Twitter, too.

I’m not sure what I would have done if they had picked Powerful Blessing since my blessing was supposed to be a secret. Maybe everyone knows about the blessing, but not where it’s from, and that leads to rampant speculation?

Regardless, Twitter picked Disaster Rescue, so apparently I’m locally known for rescuing people from something or other that I decided to make up when I wrote Bugbear Grylls’ backstory.

I also didn’t want to stick with Bugbear Grylls as the name (too obvious), so I polled for that, too:

And so, Djungelskog the Bugbear Barbarian was born. Blessed by the Frostmaiden with resistance to cold, and known throughout Icewind Dale as a local Folk Hero for rescuing locals from untimely fates..

Building a character this was was a ton of fun, and literally every result was a surprise. Normally my characters turn out to be accidentally auto-biographical, but I can honestly say that Djungelskog is pretty far from anything that I would come up with on my own.

About a month of short weekly sessions later, we hit level 3 and I went back to the metaphorical well to ask Twitter what subclass I should play:

Once again there was close competition: Path of the Beast and Path of Wild Magic were within one vote of each other for almost the entire poll duration. Path of the Beast pulled ahead in the last few hours, so that’s what I’m playing. Of the four, that’s probably the one I was least likely to pick on my own, so it’s exciting that Twitter is pushing me out of my comfort zone a bit.

Next week I’ll surprise everyone by pulling out claws and teeth. If you want to follow Djungelskog’s exploits, I live-tweet my games most Tuesday nights, so come check me out on Twitter.

Building Djungelskog this way has been a ton of fun! I ended up with a lot of decisions that I wouldn’t have made myself, and honestly I think Djungelskog is a better character because of it.

I will almost certainly do this again. If Djungelskog meets an early demise, or if I manage to fit in another campaign (unlikely, but I can dream), I’m excited to see where the wonderful people on Twitter will lead me.

Djungelskog’s character sheet is available on DnDBeyond.

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  1. Pafford June 17, 2021
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