More Heroes to choose from
by Graeme Davis
Heroes For ADVANCED HEROQUEST
Heroquest rulebook shows you how to create two types of Hero - the Warrior and the Wizard.
Here are a few new Heroes, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, for you to use in
We've already met the Rogue
in the Hazards section of the Advanced Heroquest rulebook. Strange as it may seem, some
Rogues can become Heroes in their own right, turning their skills away from crime and
towards adventure. As some would say, it's just a case of who you steal from - steal from
law-abiding citizens and you're a criminal, steal from monsters and you're a Hero. A Rogue
is very good at being stealthy, finding hidden things and dealing with traps. He's also
quite useful with missile weapons, but not so good hand-to-hand. A wise Rogue stays out of
fights as much as possible! Rules for Rogues are as follows:
A Hero of any race may be a
- Rogues may not wear metal armour, although
they may wear leather armour. They may not use shields, two-handed weapons or halberds.
- A Rogue adds +1 to surprise rolls, in the
same way as an Elf. An Elven Rogue adds +2 - +1 for being an Elf and +1 for being a Rogue.
- A Rogue adds +1 to all rolls to spot and
disarm traps, in the same way as a Dwarf. A Dwarven Rogue adds +3 - +2 for being a Dwarf
and +1 for being a Rogue.
- A Rogue adds +1 to all rolls on the Secret
Doors Table and +2 to all rolls on the Hidden Treasure Table.
Warrior-Priests, dedicated to fighting evil with sword and spell alike. They have the
ability to cast spells in addition to their fighting prowess, and can make very formidable
Heroes. Rules for Templars are as follows:
Only Humans may be
- A Templar may use spells, even while wearing
armour. He starts the game with none, and may only learn the first four spells of the Light College - those with which a Wizard of the same
College would start the game. It costs double the normal amount for a Templar to learn a
spell. Casting spells while in armour is very difficult, though, and the Templar must pass
an Intelligence test to cast any spell while wearing armour, even though the spell does
not normally call for an Intelligence test. If the test is failed, the Templar may either
accept that the spell has not been cast, or sacrifice a Fate Point to convert failure into
- Templars have a free choice of weapons and
- On returning from an expedition, a Templar
must give half his wealth (after dividing treasure but before buying anything or paying
for henchmen) to the poor.
- A Templar may not take an Apprentice or a
Barbarians are Human
warriors from remote, bleak regions. They are a good deal hardier than people from more
civilised areas where life is easier, and they take naturally to a life of adventuring.
Rogar, the Barbarian from MB's Heroquest game, is a typical example of this kind of
warrior, and the Advanced Heroquest rulebook gives you a character sheet for him. Rules
for creating your own Barbarian characters are as follows:
Only a Human may be a
- Barbarians may only wear leather or chainmail
armour, but they have a free choice of weapons. They may use shields.
- To reflect his background, a Barbarian's
profile is modified as follows: Intelligence -2, Strength +1, Bravery +1.
- A Barbarian may never take a Squire.
Troll Slayers are dedicated
to seeking out and confronting danger, and will rush headlong into the most perilous
situations. They never speak of their past, but Dwarven tradition states that a young
Dwarf who has been disgraced may redeem his lost honour by becoming a Troll Slayer; others
may have been crossed in love, and taken to the life of a Troll Slayer to forget. Troll
Slayers are among the most fearsome warriors of the Dwarven race. They typically shave the
sides of their heads and use resin or animal fat to stiffen the rest into a high,
orange-dyed crest, and they cover themselves with elaborate tattoos and gold jewellery.
Only a Dwarf may be a Troll
- A Troll Slayer's profile is different to that
of a normal Dwarf, to reflect his dedication to fighting and danger. A Troll Slayer's roll
for Intelligence is modified by -2, and his Bravery by +2, over and above the modifiers on
the Hero Creation Table. Likewise, his Bow Skill is reduced by -2 and his Strength and
Toughness by +1 each.
- Because of his peculiar attitude to danger, a
Troll Slayer may never wear plate or mithril armour, or use a shield. He may never use
- A Troll Slayer has the ability to go berserk
in combat, just like a Berserker monster.
Woodfeys are Elven
Warrior-Wizards, who have studied combat and magic equally. While some claim that a
Woodfey is a jack of all trades and master of none, their versatility can be a blessing in
some situations. Some Woodfeys have become very great Heroes indeed. Rules for Woodfeys
are as follows:
Only Elves may be Woodfeys.
A Woodfey's profile is as generated from the Hero Creation Table - it is not altered as it
is for an Elf Wizard.
- A Woodfey may use spells, even while wearing
armour. He starts the game with none, and may only learn the first four spells of his
College - those with which a Wizard of the same College would start the game. It costs
double the normal amount for a Woodfey to learn a spell. Casting spells while in armour is
very difficult, though, and the Woodfey must pass an Intelligence test to cast any spell
while wearing armour, even though the spell does not normally call for an Intelligence
test. If the test is failed, the Woodfey may either accept that the spell has not been
cast, or sacrifice a Fate Point to convert failure into success.
- Woodfeys may wear leather or chainmail
armour; they may not wear plate or mithril. They have a free choice of weapons.
- A Woodfey may not take an Apprentice.
To the Elves, art and
fighting are different aspects of the same thing - everything is part of the Great Dance
of Life. Wardancers are athletic, acrobatic Elf Warriors who take this philosophy to its
logical extreme. They spend their whole lives training and exercising to keep their bodies
supple and their reflexes sharp, and they fight with an almost supernatural grace, speed,
and deadliness. Rules for Wardancers are as follows:
Only an Elf may be a
- To reflect his lifelong training, a
Wardancer's profile is modified as follows: Bow Skill -5, Weapon Skill +2, Toughness +1,
- Wardancers may not use armour, shields or
ranged weapons. Otherwise, they have a free choice of equipment.
- In hand-to-hand combat, a Wardancer may make
two attack rolls instead of one. This may be two attacks with the same weapon or a single
attack with each of two weapons.
- Wardancers are very skilled at dodging and
feinting, making them very hard to hit. Any creature fighting a Wardancer in hand-to-hand
combat suffers a -2 modifier to its hit rolls.
Priests are dedicated to
the unending battle against evil, and some Priests will turn to a life of heroic adventure
- taking the battle to the enemy's camp, as it were. They certainly never run short of
evil to fight. Rules for Priests are as follows:
A Hero must be Human in
order to become a Priest. This is not to say that Elves and Dwarfs don't have Priests,
it's just that they are much closer to Wizards than to the Hero presented here.
- At the end of each expedition, a Priest must
give half his money to the poor. This figure is calculated after treasure has been divided
up and before the Priest has bought anything or paid for henchmen.
- A Priest may not wear metal armour, although
he may wear leather armour. He may not use shields or any metal weapon larger than a
dagger. He may use his staff as a weapon.
- A Priest may cast spells. Priests are allied
to the College of Light, which
also includes some Wizards. A complete spell book for Light Wizards and Priests is given