They’re like any NPC, but better—because the DM likes ’em more.
Before I say this, remember that D&D is a lot of things to a lot of people, and so my opinions won’t necessarily be yours. And that’s ok. It’s a flexible game with lots of potential, and you can make it your way. It’s fine.
PC vs. NPC vs. DMPC
First, some terms:
«PC» stands for player character. These characters are controlled by the players (usually each player controls one PC) and are, typically, the most developed and sophisticated characters in the game. They have ability scores, attack and defense mechanics, spells, skills, and feats.
They have the most screen time and are rightly considered the main characters of most (if not necessarily all) campaigns.
They usually have backstories and often very detailed physical descriptions. Odds are the player or maybe the DM has…
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