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Black-Hearted KnaveD&D Insider Article
Character Themes
By Robert J. Schwalb

Glory, gold, and power are powerful temptations, and no shortage of talented individuals willingly pit their abilities against the world’s most dangerous monsters and brave the dungeon depths to gain them. Many adventurers take up their professions out of a moral obligation to drive back the darkness and to protect civilization against ruin. Some seek personal gain, preferring to go their own ways rather than to align themselves with an ethical force. Others are touched by darkness and twisted by evil, and these individuals have a self-serving ambition that enables them to commit atrocities similar to or worse than that of the monsters and villains they fight. The Book of Vile Darkness introduces several character themes to help you construct player characters who are tempted or touched by evil. This article adds the black-hearted knave to their ranks.

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