This story comes from a D&D group I was part of in college. A first-time RP gamer had just joined the group and decided that her first character would be a Paladin.
She read through the class features, but didn't quite understand the mechanics behind them, planning to mostly pick it up during play.
Eventually she got to the ‘Turn Undead’ ability. Confused, she asked the DM, "What's an undead?"
Her eyes went wide. "Really!" She took some notes, and continued reading.
Several weeks later, the group was in trouble. Combat had turned against them, and the newbie…Read more
Undead creatures pepper the lands and lore of D&D, and none scream ‘undead’ more than a skeleton.
It’s fairly obvious that the bony thing you are fighting is the re-animated remains of some long-dead, demised, passed on, expired, bereft of life, kicked the bucket, no longer of this world, ex-living... thing. It has gone on to meet it’s maker, or at the very least a cultist/demon/necromancer who called the poor creature (who just wanted a rest!) back into service as a walking, warring, not-quite-alive skeleton.
Skeletons are the choice minions for an army of undead. They are loyal, obedient, unthinking, and willing to take a…Read more