Chosen One

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Chosen Ones, despite their names, are not really something you want to encounter in a /tg/ sense. These are a species of horrifically deformed monsters created by the Red Wizards of Thay in the Forgotten Realms setting of Dungeons & Dragons; once-human, they have been warped by regimes of black magic and torture into spindly bundles of muscle, teeth and claws, driven by an endless white-hot fury at literally everything around them. Mindlessly savage, they are killing machines who lash out with distended claws and bite with toxic fangs. The Red Wizards prize them for their savagery and their loyalty... although if allowed to linger in the heat of combat for too long, Chosen Ones do have a chance of breaking through the spells that magically redirect their rage at their painful transformation away from their creator, at which point they will immediately try to kill the bastard who did this to them.

Publication History[edit]

Chosen Ones first appeared in the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition Forgotten Realms splatbook "Villains' Lorebook". They were subsequently reprinted in "Spellbound" and in the "Monstrous Compendium Appendix Annual Volume Three".

They migrated to Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition in "Monsters of Faerun".

AD&D Fluff[edit]

Chosen ones were once human slaves, but have been turned into violent guardians under the control of their creators. The process has subjected them to torture and arcane magical procedures of the worst type. The Red Wizards of Thay are known to create these creatures.

Driven by rage, chosen ones seek to avenge themselves upon those who caused their pain and suffering, but their anger has been redirected by their diabolical creators. In effect, each chosen one is compelled to see everyone except its creator and his companions as the cause of its pain and consequently attacks all others with unstoppable fury.

The magical spells that create a chosen ones twist his appearance into a hideous caricatures of a human; the face contorts, teeth elongate, and the skin transforms into a tough, leathery protective sheathing. Chosen ones’ hands are gnarled and stretched, ending in wicked, filthy claws.

Combat: If a Red Wizard is compelled or held hostage, a special code word can be uttered to compel the chosen ones to attack their creator’s captor.

In battle, chosen ones attack fearlessly, biting with fangs and slashing with filthy claws. Some chosen ones are equipped with weapons that replace the claw attacks.

Creatures bitten by a chosen one must make a successful saving throw vs. poison or suffer an additional 1d8 points of damage per round for the next 1d6 rounds.

Chosen ones are not completely reliable. Occasionally, their conditioning breaks down and memories of their past lives as well as the the cause of their pain flood their heads. Each round a chosen one is in combat after the fifth, there is a 1% cumulative chance that it goes berserk (for example, the chance increases to 5% after 10 rounds). If that happens, the chosen one screams horribly and immediately leaves combat, running away to find its master and take revenge as quickly as possible, fighting only those who stand in its way.

Habitat/Society: Chosen ones make effective, if somewhat vicious, guards. They are most useful, and terrifying, when released to chase down a trespasser or other miscreant. They are consumed with white-hot rage against all in their vicinity, held back only by the authority of their master; and they may lash out suddenly if disturbed unless the creator forcefully orders them to hold back.

The occasional instability of chosen ones is a price their creators are willing to pay for useful slaves. The death of the Red Wizard Thamarrak and several of his guests whose 20 chosen ones unaccountably went berserk simultaneously during a dinner party, is considered an aberration. (On the other hand, several Thayans have speculated that it was the work of one of Thamarrak’s enemies, who discovered how to circumvent the magical programming).

Ecology: The Red Wizards use chosen ones as guards for their homes or important places such as laboratories, treasure vaults, and dungeons. Once created, a chosen one can only be restored to humanity by a wish or similar powerful magic.

Chosen ones occasionally escape into the wild. These nearly always terrorize innocents for a time before being hunted down and destroyed.

Many Red Wizards foresee the military applications of the chosen ones — the creation of legions of chosen ones that can be unleashed upon neighboring states without commanders. The current political tumult in Thay has so far prevented this. Of course, the possibility of large numbers of chosen ones going berserk and taking vengeance in Thay may put an end to the plan until chosen ones can be more readily stabilized.

3e Fluff[edit]

Chosen ones are a twisted mockery of humanity created from slave stock to serve as bodyguards and soldiers. The spells that create chosen ones transform their appearance into a hideous caricature: Their faces are contorted, their teeth are long and sharp, and their skin is tough and leathery. Their hands are gnarled and stretched, ending in wicked, filthy claws. Driven by rage, chosen ones seek to avenge themselves on those who caused their pain and suffering, but their anger is magically redirected from their creators. In effect, a chosen one is compelled to see everyone except its creator and his companions as the cause of its pain; consequently, it attacks all others with unstoppable fury.

COMBAT Chosen ones attack fearlessly, biting with fangs and slashing with filthy claws. They obey their creators’ commands to the best of their ability. However, a chosen one occasionally goes berserk, somehow recovering some memory of its past life and the tortures it endured at its master’s hand. For each consecutive round a chosen one is in combat after the fifth, there is a cumulative 1% chance that it goes berserk, screaming horribly and fleeing combat in search of its creator.

IN THE REALMS Chosen ones are created by the Red Wizards of Thay as guards for their homes or important places such as laboratories, treasure vaults, and dungeons. Their occasional instability is a price the wizards are willing to pay for such useful slaves. Many Red Wizards and tharchions have considered creating legions of chosen ones to unleash upon Rashemen and Aglarond, but so far the political instability of Thay has prevented this. As the Red Wizards establish concessions in major cities throughout the Realms, their chosen one slaves go with them, and can now be found anywhere the red robes of their masters can be seen.

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