Heroes of Legend Reborn
Old Souls and Your Epic Destiny
By Rodney Thompson
Legendary heroes sometimes find an existence beyond their normal life. No one knows for certain why the Raven Queen returns their souls to the world. Perhaps she has a grand plan that requires them to alter the flow of fate, so she allows their reincarnation like a master strategist placing chess pieces in a grand game that spans eons. Perhaps the Raven Queen isn't involved at all. The three epic destinies presented in this article build upon the idea that great heroes and powerful beings can be reborn, again and again, as their souls reincarnate when the time is right. Your character can embrace this reincarnation as a fundamental aspect of who the character is and the role he or she plays in the course of history.
From time to time, mortal creatures transcend the boundaries between what is possible and what is unthinkable. Those who break through the barrier between what mortals can do and what should remain in the province of the gods become something more. They undergo a transformation that alters their place within reality. Their souls are changed, and they cease to be another soul passing through the world and into the Raven Queen’s grasp. They glow brightly with the light of ambition and aspiration and are more than mortal souls; they are the life force of legends.
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About the Author
Rodney Thompson is an RPG designer at Wizards of the Coast. Originally from Chattanooga, TN, his credits for Dungeons & Dragons include Monster Manual 3, the Dark Sun Campaign Setting, Player Essentials: Heroes of the Fallen Lands, Player Essentials: Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, and Monster Vault.