My first post on the DM's Mouthpiece is here
Harold's excellent follow-up and response is here
When i posted the first post, I was typing on my iPad, which generally means it is a thought that popped into my head and if I didn't put it down immediately, it would fly away on its cute little wings - bye bye!
Here's more of the same, hopefully more fleshed out ;)
Anyhow, the rest of my definition of the DM's Mouthpiece:
1 - Unmeasurable Power - Gandalf, Elminster, Fizban (Dragonlance) fit the definition
2 - Have no problem telling characters / pcs what to do, but when asked for clarification, speak in riddles
3 - Could easily do whatever mission they have asked / assigned to the pcs with both hands tied behind their backs, gagged and castrated - but still require the PCs to do it.
4 - When PCs are totally off the rails, can always find the PCs and return them to the rails, point in the right direction, and clarify the riddles still befuddling the PCs
These are not mere NPCs. These are not DM PCs (a true horror). These are Demi-Gods masquerading as mere mortals, ensuring that the PCs stay within the bounds of the DM's ongoing story.
Any NPC can speak for the DM. DM Mouthpieces speak as the DM.
Thanks for the great discussion folks!
- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad
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