[SEASON 2-6 SPOILERS]
Making stats for favourite
characters is fun, but time consuming. This is more true for the 3.5 edition
of D&D than for AD&D and previous editions of D&D.
is an attempt to translate the characters of XWP into D&D terms. As
always, everything here is based on how the characters are portrayed in
XWP, with very little regard to history and mundane myth.
Note: The ability
scores, skills and feats of these characters are chosen to fit their personalities
and actions, NOT to make them as powerful as possible. This is true even
of the epic characters here; most of their epic feat slots are converted
to normal slots through liberal use of I
Have Many Feats. If powergaming is common in your campaigns, review
each NPC carefully before using her as an opponent.
LIST OF CHARACTERS
from Xena the Warlord
Xena the Savage
from Xena the Destroyer of Nations
NPCs from season
NPCs from season
NPCs from season
NPCs from season
NPCs from season
NPCs from season
on the selection
on the alignments
on the classes
on the levels
on the bonuses
division of time
These are various types of
people commonly encountered. Most types come in 2 versions, minor and major.
In all cases, their portrayal in XWP has been considered rather than historical,
and mythical, facts.
If no culture
or other designation is given, they’re assumed to be a global phenomenon,
possibly only lacking in the Horde and parts of
the Turangi culture.
here’s a section with non-canonical characters. While every effort has
been made (as they saying goes) to present them as a logical part of the
Known World, they are all made up. By me. Therefore, no season, as such,
is given. Some might have a note or two on what effects a particular event
will have on them.
But if a character
is somehow connected to a spoiler, a season number is indicated next to
the character’s name.
Characters are mentioned
only at the times they appear in the series, even if their presence earlier
is implied (and in most cases obvious).
relating to XWP are here. Further, only a very brief descriptive text is
given, and nothing of their relationships to Xena
and Gabrielle. This is because I figure you
probably know all about that, or alternatively intend to use them as NPCs
in a non-Xenic environment.
Alignment is a very real
part of XWP. But unlike some other series’ people change here. Some are
good, some are evil, some change because of influence or events for good,
or evil. This part of D&D presents few problems in this context.
I don’t believe in prestige
classes. They’re openly unbalanced and contain little that can’t be achieved
by the right multiclass and feat and spell selection. There’s also an endless
supply of them in various sourcebooks, so you should’ve no trouble selecting
appropriate ones for the characters below, if you like. The only new prestige
class here at TCA is...god.
in general and clerics in particular are rare in XWP. There’re a lot of
priests, but very few exhibit clerical powers. And despite the name, bards
as presented in PHB are not common either. The vast majority of the characters
below are fighters. The battles in XWP are spectacular affairs where the
use of feats is commonplace. Fighters, not warrior, rule the battlefields
of the Known World.
This is a more complicated
matter. Points I’ve tried to take into account are: onscreen behaviour
with known D&D requirements, relative strength, accomplishments, development
over time and reputation. When all is said and done, pure subjectivity
is unavoidable. When there’s little to go by except your feeling, that’s
what you use.
Many of the characters have very high levels; not a few have epic levels
(20+). If this seems excessive, try halving all levels. But I tried to
cater for the involvement of gods. Xena beats a number of gods, even while
outnumbered, something unique in the annals of fantasy (at least by mortals,
to my knowledge).
are apparently the best in the Known
World in their respective fields (Alti, Autolycus,
Nicklio for example). Some few give Xena a very
hard time on the battlefield. But even if Xena seldom has any problems
handling combat, nearly everyone she fights acts quickly and skilfully
in battle and can takes repeated hits before falling.
is the importance of personal abilities and prowess. Magical weapons are
limited to a handful of artefacts, armour is usually light, and many heroes
and villains can take on multiple armed opponents while being themselves
All this points
to the conclusion that virtually everyone encountered in an adventure context,
even common thugs, are likely to have at least 1 or 2 levels of fighting
ability. Greater bullies must by the simple Darwinism of brigandry have
more levels still, those with overseeing functions, elite roles or officer-like
positions probably even more. To say nothing of feared leaders of warbands
or even nations.
Xena should be in a league of her own, many others tower high above realistic
If a character concistently
uses only 1 kind of weapon, the particular bonuses for that weapon are
included, otherwise not. The same applies for armour, including skill bonuses.
Swimming skill, where noted, includes penalities for standard equipment.
The list is broken up into
9 periods with a further subdivision by culture.
eras are divided by cataclysmic events in Xena’s life:
THE WARLORD refers to the years between her successful defence of Amphipolis
and her crucifixion at Caesar’s hands. She’s
ambitious and belligerent, but not yet evil.
THE SAVAGE is her time as a psychopathic ravager between her recovery
at Nicklio’s hands and the alliance with Alti.
THE DESTROYER OF NATIONS begins when Alti makes
her go from “ordinary” evil to absolute evil in symbiosis with the darkest
forces of the Xenaverse.
And then there
is SEASON 1 - SEASON 6.
Here are all the mortal NPCs
listed per virtual level.
Virtual level is the character
level adjusted for various factors that affect how powerful the character
is. This is used for calculating suitable encounter levels.
It's adjusted like this:
-1 for every
NPC-class except commoner the character has
commoner class level if any (rounded down)
- every 5th
character level, to cater for the lack of magic items
+ level adjustment
+1 if the total
ability score bonus is +16 or more
The season is given in brackets
next to the character name. The time before season 1 is given as either
"Warlord", "Savage" or "Destroyer" - see above.
a non-canonical character (i.e. someone made up by me).
Why this list? Just for fun.
And to make it easier to use the cry
out for a hero spell and for other instances when it's useful to pick
an NPC of a particular power level. Oh, and because it's much easier for
you to find something to complain about. Please, write to me and suggest
changes. "No way Marc Antony is a better fighter
(1-beginning), Joxer (1), Ming
T'ien (Savage), Minya (2-3), Pandora
(Warlord), Diana (1), Gabrielle
(1-early mid), Hippocrates (1), Homer
(1), Joxer (2-4), Meg
(2), Minya (4), Tara
(1-4), Diana (2), Gabrielle
(1-mid), Meg (3)
(2), Anteus (1), Cyrene
(5), Helen (1), Gabrielle
(1-late mid), Joxer
(5), Meg (4), Yakut
(1-end), Leah (3), Otere
(4), The Seer (2)
(2-mid), Hector (1), Meg
(5), Thalassa (4), Xena
(2), Flanagus (4), Gabrielle
(2-end), Jonathan (2), Lias
(1,2), Mael, Menelaus
(4), The Baptist (5), Diomedes
(1), Eli (4), Elkton (1),
Ersina (4), Gabrielle
(3-beginning), Gregor (1), Joxer
(5), Ming Tsu (Savage), Octavius
(5), Palaemon (2), Paris
(1),Theodorus (1), Toris
(1), Yakut (5), Xena
(5), Crassus (3), Dagon
(3-end), Manus (1) Theodorus
(5), Belach (6), Caesar
(Warlord), Chia (5), Gabrielle
(4-beginning), Jace (5), Krykus,
(4-mid), Kahina (6), Petracles
(1), Phantes (1), Philemon
(1, 2), Xena
(Warlord-pirate), Xerxes (1), Zehra
(4), Autolycus (Destroyer-1), Cycnus
(1), Cortese (1), Darnelle
(3), Drufion (),
Ephiny (1), Estragon
(4-end), Gurkhan (6), Marcus
(1), Mezentius (1) , Meleager
(1), M'Lila (Warlord), Monlik
(3), Ming T'ien (3), Thersites
(1), Velasca (2), Walsim
(Warlord-M'Lila), Yukagir ()
(2), Burdok (),
Ephiny (2), Gabrielle
(5-demonette and 6-WFC), Glaphyra (3), Kullervo
(2), Rafe (3), Satrina
(4), Ulysses (2), Xena
(3), Ephiny (3), Eponin
(5-early pre-Livia), Vercinix (3), Xena
(4), Brutus (4), Darphus
(Destroyer), Draco (1), Ephiny
(5-early mid pre-Livia), Marga (6), Milo
(Destroyer), Autolycus (5), Borias
(Savage), Brutus (5), Cecrops
(2), Dagnine (Destroyer, 2), Draco
(2, 5), Eli (5), Gabrielle
(5-archangel and mid pre-Livia), Ilainus (5),
Jett (3), Marga (6), Octavius
(5), Pompey (3), Sinteres
(1), Borias (Destroyer), Caesar
(5-late pre-Livia), Marc Antony (5), Mavican
(5), Melosa (1), Nicklio
(Savage), Virilus (2)
(6), Boadicea (3), Brunhilda
(5-end), Goliath (2), Sisyphus
(1), Darphus (Destroyer-immortal), Gabrielle
(6-beginning), Hercules (Warlord), Waltraute
(6-early pre AFIN), Grinhilda (Destroyer,
6), Kaleipus (Destroyer), Tataka
(4, 5), Callisto (1), Gabrielle
(6- mid pre AFIN), Hanuman (4), Hercules
(Savage), Kaleipus (2), Nicklio
(2), Pompey (4), Xena
(4), Callisto (2), Gabrielle
(6-late mid pre AFIN), Hercules
(Destroyer), Kaleipus (3), Xena
(6-late pre AFIN), Xena
(6-AFIN beginning), Hercules (1),
Livia (5), Xena
(6-AFIN end), Hercules (2), Xena
Ma (Savage), Xena
Cyane (Destroyer), Gareth
(4, with her future self), Xena
(5-full demon, archangel, and end, 6-beginning)