The other night, I saw the first episode of Dexter, a TV series on Showtime which is based upon the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter. It was really good, but that isn’t the point of this post.
Dexter is about a guy (named Dexter. surprise.) who was adopted at a young age after some sort of traumatic incident. He believes himself unable to feel emotions. His foster father, a cop, recognized early on that Dexter had homicidal tendencies. He taught Dexter to channel them and, essentially, trained Dexter to become a vigilante serial killer who preyed only on ‘bad people’ who the police couldn’t catch. Dexter, now grown, works as a blood splatter analyst in forensics for the Miami police.
One of the first things that I thought was that this would be a cool RPG concept. Take someone who has a keen interest in vivisection, but only practices it on bad people… or evil creatures. In D&D, humans and demihumans may be off-limits, but orcs and goblinoids could be fair game.
Then I stopped and realized that I just described half the D&D characters in existence.