Getting tempted by dark powers comes standard with levels in Wizard. Saruman was tempted by the One Ring, Raistlin was tempted by the Black Moon, and everyone’s favorite space wizard is pretty much the poster boy for temptation. It’s just one of those things that seems to happen to wizards. I know it happened to me.

This was in that same campaign we talked about in the last comic. You know…the one with the adorable group sketch? Well that behir was my wizard’s best buddy. He was a loyal cohort and a fearless bodyguard, and if you noticed the past tense there it’s bloody well intentional. One lucky crit from a random hill giant and it’s time for a save vs. massive damage. Of course the die said 1, and so my wizard had to say bye-bye behir. Despite my party’s attempts to cheer me up it was a traumatic event for the nerdy little spellslinger. Suddenly he was using unsavory magic, voting to show no quarter to enemies, and even advocating torture. My turn to the dark side was all about revenge, which is why I think it never went all the way. The bad guys, being bad guys, brought Kazaat the behir back from the dead so that we couldn’t resurrect him ourselves. That means we had to march straight into their trap, execute a daring rescue mission, and yadda yadda adventuring happened.

The point is that there’s nothing to avenge if your murdered buddy is miraculously alive again. Or at least, that’s what I tell myself now. I still wonder if it wasn’t a meta-decision on my part. We had a paladin in the group after all, and a full-blown turn towards Evil would have done all kinds of damage to party cohesion. Years later and I still think it was the right decision, but I can’t help but wonder if it wouldn’t have been a more interesting story if my guy had put on the black robes for realsies.

How about you guys? Have you ever experienced a sudden turn to the dark side? How did it affect the rest of the group? Did you have to retire the character? Sound off with your stories in the comments!