Unleashing Yuri: A Gaming Story About Evil Gods and Evil PCs
Here on our Table Talk feature we are always happy to hear from our readers. This week's gaming story comes from Ron Samuel, and it's one that I think we can all sympathize with.
Game masters take note; evil gods lead to evil characters. And shenanigans.
The Story of Yuri
Yuri, as recreated by the stock photo tribe.
is a story about a barbarian our shop owner plays. It is definitely a
little more on the adult side but I tried to keep the references to a
minimum. Let me know what you think.
adventures of Yuri #1
I met Yuri.
couple months ago my younger brother started a beginner Pathfinder
group at the local game shop, to try to drum up some interest for
some new players and introduce more people to the world of
roleplaying. He had been playing with the same group off and on for
years, so starting a new group with strangers seemed like a great
missed the first couple of sessions due to some work scheduling
issues, and not being acquainted with Pathfinder (my last roleplaying
experience was some 4th edition games) I wanted to see how the games
were going. I sat in for a session before making a character to get
in on the action. It was a pretty standard group set up so far:
barbarian, cleric, bard, fighter, rogue, mage; the staples. At this
point the group was still about the same, plus some old friends who
we hadn’t played with in years and the shop owner who was also new
didn’t know exactly how into this I was going to be so, with the
GM’s permission I rolled a magus tiefling who was going to end up
being one of the NPC villains of the campaign. I didn’t know how
long or interested I was going to be so I was preparing my character
for integration into the campaign if I didn’t end up sticking
around. He was a blind magus based on a character from a early Sega
Genesis rpg game called Shining Force 2. He had lost his memory (I
know what an original plot), and when recovered would revert to his
evil persona. I can’t even remember what I named this character
because after the first session he henceforth was known as “The
Yuri. Yuri was the party’s barbarian who was being played by the
shop owner. As barbarian as he could be, he also worshiped an evil
god. My brother allows all sorts of stuff in his campaigns. Never one
to shun any creative idea, he had let this barbarian come up with his
own evil god to worship. Now as every GM knows leaving decisions to
your players can result in some hilarious or even broken characters;
this particular god came to be known as Phallus Diablo. Yes this is
exactly what it sounds like, a god that was worshiped by sacrificing
male parts to it.
Yes folks, this too was allowed.
being a swing first act questions later kind of character,
immediately latched onto The Herald as he entered the game.
Proclaiming that this demonic looking creature must be a “Herald”
of his god Phallus Diablo. The special relationship that developed
around these two eventually ended up with us taking our turns in
unison, being as The Herald was blind and he needed to be led in most
almost every single one of the characters in the campaign being
Chaotic Neutral didn’t help the situation either. Often resulting
in inter-party fighting over various things the Herald and Yuri took
on all comers, using different creative ways to bring down their
foes. An example of this was when the party was fighting a giant
whale god, Yuri shed his armor and attempted to jump onto the whale's
back as it was swimming. Using The Heralds prehensile wings to help
with the check he lunged out, dragging The Herald behind him like a
kite. Upon landing they both immediately began assaulting the whale’s
blowhole, all in the name of Phallus Diablo (whose sworn enemy was
apparently whales… based on the size of their… in Yuri’s words
shenanigans ensued, at one point ending up with Yuri killing off
another party member in a drunken brawl. The Herald, not realizing it
was a friendly bout, had heard the struggling from Yuri and cast
Enlarge person on Yuri, which spelled the downfall for the dwarven
fighter. Afterwards he was jailed in the city of Sandpoint. Now in
character, every time someone would get within range of Yuri in the
jail cell echoes of FREE YURI were yelled into the night hoping that
someone would free our mighty barbarian.
story short I have since rolled a new character to play in this
campaign (the Herald taking his predetermined slot of a villain), but
the hooks laid into Yuri by befriending this blind tiefling have led
to all sorts of story lines and adventures. GM's, let your players be
creative. In the end it may be broken, or make you change some of
your campaign, but it almost always ends in a more fulfilling
experience for the player. Sometimes you just have to free Yuri.
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