Hymns and Heroes: 10 Matches Made in Heaven Oct07

Hymns and Heroes: 10 Matches Made in Heaven...

Not many fictional characters stumble into church (except to set the existential mood), and even fewer actually practice Christianity, unless we’re talking Nightcrawler or Nicholas D. Wolfwood. (No, Sephiroth, being a Jenova’s Witness doesn’t count.) But imagine if our favourite characters were—for no particular reason—suddenly forced to choose their epic theme songs from a hymn book (or else face cricket-chirping silence during their otherwise awesome advents). We’ve got a hunch that these 10 hymn-meets-hero mashups might, literally, be matches made in heaven: 1. Obi Wan Kenobi —”Higher Ground” He takes “plant my feet on higher ground” literally. Maybe if Anakin had given this hymn (or, y’know, his Jedi Counselors) a listen, he’d have fewer artificial limbs. 2. Prince Zuko — “Thine Honor Save” Change thy haircut whilst thou art at it. 3. Aerith Gainsborough — “Holy, Holy, Holy” That was the plan. To her credit, the evilest seraphim did eventually “fall down before her.” 4. Light Yagami — “Is My Name Written There?” You’ll know in about 40 seconds. 5. The Night Guard (Five Nights at Freddy’s) — “I’ll Stand By Until the Morning” …if I’m lucky. 6. Edward Elric — “Small Things Count” Except Ed isn’t “small”—he’s fun-sized. I hear arms and legs count, too. 7. Gandalf — “He Lives” And now he comes in more colours. 8. Link — “Must I Go, and Empty-Handed?” (1) Yes, though it is dangerous. (2) No, take this! 9. Goku — “Ten Thousand Times Ten Thousand” 100,000,000. Now that’s a power level. 10. Ned Stark — “Winter is Coming” Yes, this is an actual hymn, though it’s more about ice than...

Play D&D with Mass Effect Characters Sep01

Play D&D with Mass Effect Characters...

It’s the Mass Effect/Dungeons and Dragons crossover you’ve been waiting for! Perhaps you’ve always wanted to roleplay as Garrus Vakarian, or perhaps you only want to be inspired by Jack’s character with this build and her personality. Whatever the case, I’ve put together some build suggestions. These characters are all Level 10. Jack – Wild Magic Sorcerer Human, Chaotic Neutral Background: Criminal AC: 12 (15 with mage armor) Hit Points 70, Speed 30ft. Stat Block: STR 9 (-1) | DEX 15 (+2) | CON 17 (+3) | INT 11 (+0) | WIS 9 (-1) | CHA 19 (+4) Skill Proficiencies: Deception, Intimidation, Stealth, Arcana Equipment: Boots of Haste, Ring of Spell Storing Notable spells known: mage hand, thunderwave, crown of madness, shield, hold person, levitate, counterspell, fear, dominate person, telekinesis, hold monster, Urdnot Wrex – Berserker Barbarian Half-orc, Chaotic Neutral Background: Pirate AC: 17 (unarmored defense) Hit Points 100 Speed 40ft. Stat Block: STR 25 (+7) | DEX 15 (+2) | CON 18 (+4) | INT 8 (-1) | WIS 8 (-1) | CHA 10 (+0) Skill Proficiencies: Athletics, Perception, Intimidation, Survival, Animal Handling Equipment: greataxe, handaxes, Belt of Fire Giant Strength, Bracers of Defense Battle Techniques: Rage, Frenzy, Relentless Attack, Brutal Critical Thane Krios – Assassin Rogue High Elf, Lawful Neutral Background: Acolyte AC: 16 (studded leather) Hit Points 50 Speed 30ft. Stat Block: STR 8 (-1) | DEX 18 (+4) | CON 8 (-1) | INT 11 (+0) | WIS 14 (+2) | CHA 16 (+3) Skill Proficiencies: Perception, Insight, Religion, Acrobatics, Deception, Stealth, Sleight of Hand Equipment: longbow, hand crossbow, dagger, Boots of Elvenkind, Bracers of Archery Battle Techniques: Sharpshooter, Sneak Attack (5d6), Assassinate, Infiltration Expertise Samara – Oath of Vengeance Paladin Half-elf, Lawful Neutral Background: Sage AC: 20 (plate armor and shield) Hit Points 80 Speed 30ft. Stat Block: STR 18 (+4) | DEX 10 (+0) | CON 14...

Faith like Obi-Wan’s Nov16

Faith like Obi-Wan’s

When was the last time Obi-Wan turned on his lightsaber before he gave it to Luke on Tatooine? This was the question I asked myself when I watched A New Hope recently. I’d never really thought about it before. I’d watched the first Star Wars movie many times but never really looked at old Ben Kenobi, in that hermit’s hut, as anything more than the wise old mentor who guides Luke on his journey through the Force. Obi-Wan, as far as we know, has been on Tatooine in hiding, watching over Luke since the events of Revenge of the Sith. That’s about 19 years of combing sand out of his beard and screaming at Sand People to get off his yard. The movies don’t tell us what he was doing for all those years. It’s easy to forget that the bearded sage in hooded robes was once a warrior. And not just any warrior. Obi-Wan Kenobi was a High Jedi General in the Clone Wars. He led scores of clones through dozens of battles, not from the helm of a capital ship, but from the front lines, lightsaber blazing. He commanded the Open Circle Fleet and the entire Third Systems Army. He was one of the greatest duellists in Jedi history, having achieved near mastery of the highly defensive Soresu lightsaber form. He survived single combat with Darth Vader, Count Dooku, Darth Maul, General Grevious, Asajj Ventress, Savage Opress and countless others on multiple occasions. No other Jedi can boast the same.What does it take for a man to lay down his life, his identity for a purpose not his own? Obi-Wan was one of perhaps 100 Jedi who evaded the execution of Order 66, and one of only a handful to survive for more than a few years in its wake. And he gave it all up. The Jedi were once viewed as infallible paladins by the galaxy, but the Empire had polluted their image into nothing more than corrupt religious monks. Obi-Wan Kenobi, one of the greatest Jedi Guardians since the Jedi Civil War, exiled himself to watch over the son of his fallen apprentice because he knew if he didn’t, the Jedi Order would die out. What must it have been like, for all those years, to hear of the Empire enslaving and dominating the galaxy and be powerless to help? Knowing Luke was the one to carry on the legacy of the Jedi, but having to wait until he was ready to carry the burden? For a warrior to lay down his blade is no simple thing—to unlearn a lifetime of combat, war, and death. Obi-Wan spent much of his exile in meditation with his former master Qui-Gon Jinn who appeared to him through the Force. Over the years, Qui-Gon taught him how to act as a living conduit for the Force and eventually how to retain part of his essence after death. Obi-Wan accepted his new role as mediator and mentor to Luke. Their journey took them onto the Death Star and when that new hope seemed at its dimmest, Obi-Wan stood before Anakin Skywalker, his fallen brother. The same man Obi-Wan had risked his life for countless times demanded it one final time. He ignited his well-rested lightsaber; it must have been something to hear the soft hum again, to wield his blade as a warrior one last time. He moved like he once did, felt the Force stretch out and guide his steps. It wasn’t long before he realized what he must do. “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” Smiling, he raised his blade and allowed Darth Vader to attack without distraction. And with that simple act, one of the greatest Jedi of the age vanished into thin air, denying the Sith Lord the satisfaction of a fight.What must it have been like to...