Imoen (buffleheaded) wrote,
Imoen
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According to the Bhaalspawn template, a Bhaalspawn is a creature "that is infused with a spark of the Diety of Murder's evil;" they carry a piece of his essence, and the final part of the series is basically all about how gathering this essence by killing all the Bhaalspawn is the method through which the new god will be created. The template is 3rd Edition D&D rules, though, whereas BG uses 2nd, which makes applying the knowledge there somewhat difficult to begin with. So let's take a look at this, because this surprised me a little bit. And Francescu and I had a fun little conversation that makes me think that maybe this isn't entirely out of the question.

The Outsider type:

An outsider is at least partially composed of the essence (but not necessarily the material) of some plane other than the Material Plane. Some creatures start out as some other type and become outsiders when they attain a higher (or lower) state of spiritual existence.

Features: An outsider has the following features.

* 8-sided Hit Dice.
* Base attack bonus equal to total Hit Dice (as fighter).
* Good Fortitude, Reflex, and Will saves.
* Skill points equal to (8 + Int modifier, minimum 1) per Hit Die, with quadruple skill points for the first Hit Die.

Traits: An outsider possesses the following traits (unless otherwise noted in a creature's entry).

* Darkvision out to 60 feet.
* Unlike most other living creatures, an outsider does not have a dual nature -- its soul and body form one unit. When an outsider is slain, no soul is set loose. Spells that restore souls to their bodies, such as raise dead, reincarnate, and resurrection, don't work on an outsider. It takes a different magical effect, such as limited wish, wish, miracle, or true resurrection to restore it to life. An outsider with the native subtype can be raised, reincarnated, or resurrected just as other living creatures can be.
* Proficient with all simple and martial weapons and any weapons mentioned in its entry.
* Proficient with whatever type of armor (light, medium, or heavy) it is described as wearing, as well as all lighter types. Outsiders not indicated as wearing armor are not proficient with armor. Outsiders are proficient with shields if they are proficient with any form of armor.
* Outsiders breathe, but do not need to eat or sleep (although they can do so if they wish). Native outsiders breathe, eat, and sleep.


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An outsider is at least partially composed of the essence (but not necessarily the material) of some plane other than the Material Plane. Some creatures start out as some other type and become outsiders when they attain a higher (or lower) state of spiritual existence.

Imoen is infused with the essence of Bhaal; one could argue that this isn't simply the essence of a god, but the essence of Hell, which in BG is the plane Bhaal ruled. As such, when Abdel goes to Hell, he has a certain amount of unconscious control over it. I like to call this control a plot device, but eh, to each their own. So Imoen is definitely partially composed of the essence of another plane.

The features:
* 8-sided Hit Dice.
Imoen uses the normal mage hit dice to determine her health, so no go here.
* Base attack bonus equal to total Hit Dice (as fighter).
Too much math for me to do right now, but I imagine that she wouldn't have it.
* Good Fortitude, Reflex, and Will saves.
What, exactly, counts as "good" saves? Imoen has EXCELLENT reflex saves as a thief with a great dexterity score. I'd say she has a good fortitude save for a thief/mage because of her high constitution...but will is her failing point, with wisdom being one of her dump stats. Is her will save "good" enough to meet this feature? I'll say Imoen's a maybe for this point.
* Skill points equal to (8 + Int modifier, minimum 1) per Hit Die, with quadruple skill points for the first Hit Die.
It is impossible to determine this feature for Imoen because BG does not use skill points. With no canon indicator, I'm going to give her the benefit of the doubt and say sure, because she does seem like she's supposed to be fairly skillful anway.

Two for, two against in this part. And the rest of the traits are negligible in my mind because either it wouldn't affect Imoen anyway, or there's this part that says a creature doesn't have to possess these traits! CONFUSION ENSUES. Let's take a look anyway.

* Darkvision out to 60 feet.
Imoen doesn't even have infravision (though there is a spell for that!). No explanation really required.
* Unlike most other living creatures, an outsider does not have a dual nature -- its soul and body form one unit. When an outsider is slain, no soul is set loose. Spells that restore souls to their bodies, such as raise dead, reincarnate, and resurrection, don't work on an outsider. It takes a different magical effect, such as limited wish, wish, miracle, or true resurrection to restore it to life. An outsider with the native subtype can be raised, reincarnated, or resurrected just as other living creatures can be.
On this count, Imoen is actually the ONLY Bhaalspawn that we know is able to be resurrected by ordinary means. Both Abdel and Sarevok, upon being killed, immediately dissolve and their essences are whisked away for previously mentioned ascension of the new Lord of Murder. Dialogue in canon implies that Imoen gets herself killed a lot; she has at least one canon death. This means she had to have been resurrected for these deaths. Sarevok, however, is the only other Bhaalspawn we know to have been resurrected, and bringing him back to life requires special means that only another Bhaalspawn can do--he also isn't truly alive, and he does not have the Bhaal essence within him anymore. We don't know of people trying to resurrect any other Bhaalspawn anyway, but. This point holds true for Bhaalspawn in general, with Imoen as an exception...unless you consider the fact that Bhaalspawn should be NATIVE Outsiders, meaning Imoen is the one following the rules here while everyone else is doing their own thing. Granted, we know next to nothing about most Bhaalspawn's births, so it could entirely be that there's a reason for other Bhaalspawn to not have the native subtype.
* Proficient with all simple and martial weapons and any weapons mentioned in its entry.
If we look at 3E, thieves are proficient with all simple weapons and some martial weapons anyway. BG operates on different rules, so this does not apply to our lovely Bhaalspawn.
* Proficient with whatever type of armor (light, medium, or heavy) it is described as wearing, as well as all lighter types. Outsiders not indicated as wearing armor are not proficient with armor. Outsiders are proficient with shields if they are proficient with any form of armor.
Imoen can use light armor. She can also use certain shields. She just typically chooses NOT to use armor because it removes her ability to cast spells. She meets this feature.
* Outsiders breathe, but do not need to eat or sleep (although they can do so if they wish). Native outsiders breathe, eat, and sleep.
Imoen is a native outsider. She likes breathing, eating, and sleeping. BG2 hints and tips remind the player that while the character doesn't need to eat or drink, the player should make sure to remember too...but they're just poking fun, and it should not be taken to imply that our Bhaalspawn wouldn't need to eat or sleep regularly. XD

Further issue, raised by Francescu, is the possibility that the Bhaalspawn would be too easily detected as an Outsider, which is neatly adressed here. Bhaalspawn are detectable, but you'd basically have to know what you're looking for. The thread also addresses possible alignment changes for Imoen and the impact of having someone else's soul. Also, whoring for a Sarevok.

But basically, Imoen fits a lot of the rules for a native Outsider, which makes me lean towards saying that she is one. It doesn't really change anything about how I play her, but it does help pin down how she should feel to people with those types of sensibilities. There's...basically an otherworldly feel to her, probably. Which really, being the child of the god of death, was probably pretty obvious without going through and looking at this form to figure out, but it's nice to know, isn't it~?
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