About to run Conan for the first time and I’m looking to do something a little… weird. Could use some major help finding and/or homebrewing a mechanic. Might be a talent, or a spell, or an item. Not really sure. But maybe I’m getting ahead of myself…
Our group has been playing together most weeks for almost two years. Primarily D&D 5e with brief forays into other systems. In that time, we’ve all acquired, not a significant number of characters, but a solid half-dozen or so each that will probably otherwise never again see the light of day.
I want to use them.
My idea is to set up a fairly standard adventure. Maybe even… too standard? Carousing at a festival, attempting to cheat the (rigged) carnival games, drinking contest, turkey legs… Everything copacetic until the big announcement, the unveiling of a new statue, goes horribly awry. The statue is NOT the one that was erected. It is, in fact, some kind of adaptive golem. One that will, one by one, psychically attack the players, giving them fleeting first-hand visions of things their previous characters experienced in our other games.
Long story short, Asura needs them. She needs them now. She needs them strong. Stronger than they could ever be on their own. At least in just their one lifetimes. So, she’s going to unlock, if not the abilities, spells, weapons, etc of their previous characters, at least their knowledge. Their wisdom. Their experience.
In game, I want them to be able to use information from these other lives (not PAST lives, since we even played a one-shot Men In Black RPG) to gain some kind of advantage.
My first instinct is to give the players access to some kind of Sorcerous ability without the need to barter their souls and all of that, but so far haven’t found one that fits the bill. Ideally, something more interesting than rolling an additional d20 or re-rolling a failed attempt, and not as wishy-washy as getting to ask an open-ended question. Probably something with limited uses.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Is there something obvious I’ve overlooked or is this too weird of an idea?