so @ryan-bae-wood is playing their staple dnd character ringleader (tiefling rogue, arcane trickster) in the wildemount campaign I’m dming— she’s even the same character she played in a tal’dorei one shot I did last year, so it worked out. but, halfway through the first session, our friend jt (who was also in that one shot) asked if this campaign is “canon” with the first exandrian adventure we had. I, of course, said yes because that’s fun!
which is when all 3 of us, first jt, then tori, then me realized what that meant.
I based that one shot on one of the adventure prompts in the tal’dorei book— specifically the one about one of thordak’s eggs hatching, even years and years later, and how this spawn of the crimson king was wreaking havoc in the sewers of emon. the party found and killed this red dragon wyrmling, with an extra surprise waiting for them in its mini hoard. a red dragon egg, shaking and cracking, with a mewling newborn baby wyrmling hatching its way into the world surrounded by the adventurers who had just killed its sibling.
anyway this is the long way of me telling you that ringleader adopted that fucking elemental baby dragon, five years before the start of this campaign, and that we all SCREAMED when we realized this meant I had to SOMEHOW allow this party of level 3 fuckass adventurers have a DRAGON CHILD named RINGO who is easily more powerful than all of them combined.
so that’s the story of how I ended up making a nerfed ass stat block for ringo because despite everything saying I should not allow this to happen, I wanted tori to have a little dragon baby traveling with her so fucking badly. like. I could NOT deny them this joy.
so the battles going forward are going to be. very interesting lmfao