Once upon a time, long ago on a server I don’t regularly visit, I timidly stepped my toes into the exciting and absolutely frightening world of Permadeath. Sadly, while I enjoyed it, I found myself being drawn back to my regular cast of characters, who would laugh in the face of the evil Lag Monster.
Recently however, the siren’s call of Permadeath has caught my ear once more thanks to Lessah suckering Patrick of DDOCast into playing Permadeath on Thelanis. Once I saw the birth of DDOCasplat, I knew I was doomed once more to have precious and brave adventurers ripped unjustly from my loving and caring stable of characters by the cold face of Death (usually a lowly Kobold or as is often the case now a surprise Mimic(but more on the later).
As I contemplated what kind of character I wanted to play in Permadeath, I thought I’d try a first life version of the Swashbuckler (2/2/16 Ftr/Rog/Bard) I plan on TR’ing my main character into, since it really seems like a fun build. So I painstakingly pulled up Ron’s Character Planner and planned out my Permadeath hopeful’s future. Some might ask why bother planning out the whole build if it will likely meet an untimely and gory death well before it reaches its full potential. The logical part of my brain says there is little to no room for error in Permadeath, so the build and playstyle must be solid, if the character hopes to survive. Thus I need a plan.