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Character Concepts
By Matthew Sernett

Whether you need a quick character for a pick-up game or you're looking for inspiration for your next campaign, Character Concepts has what you need. This article examines two ideas made more feasible by the recent release of Arcane Power. The first is the hellbound mage. Like Faust, the hellbound mage has made a bargain with the forces of Hell for power. The second concept is the arcane archer, a spellcaster who uses a bow to deliver magic effects.

Both the tiefling race and warlock class suggest the idea of characters who have made a Faustian bargain, but playing a character that has signed over her soul can be a challenge. The concept of the arcane archer comes from a popular 3rd Edition character who used missile weapons to deliver his magical effects. Both of these concepts can be developed in interesting ways with existing powers and feats.

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    About the Author

    Matthew Sernett works as a D&D designer, but he frequently jumps the fence to do writing work for Magic: The Gathering, returning whenever the grass looks greener. He habitually elucubrates when no one is looking.