D&D has a whole lot of villains.

I mean A LOT of villains. There are too many to count. Who are they? What do they want? How does Faerun managed to survive their destructive plots?

These are all great questions… that I will partially answer.

Let’s jump into another Villain’s Yearbook, looking at some of the most well known enemies of the Forgotten Realms!

Most Likely to Start an Grunge Revival Band: Vecna

Vecna may be the most well known villains in the Forgotten Realms. He was once a general who decided to dabble in dark magics, eventually becoming a lich, and then a lesser god. Even Critical Role has run this guy in their first campaign as the big bad evil guy. He is powerful, intimidating, and terrifying…

And overall, a bit of an overachiever. I mean, come on dude. Could you not just stop for ten seconds to smell the flowers and realize that maybe immortality isn’t the be all and end all?

Vecna has big ‘I was bullied in high school and never got over it‘ energy. The lichdom sch-tick was already done by Acererack and Velsharoon before him. At a certain point, you start to wonder if Vecna was more of just a cloak chaser than a real original baddie.

Most Likely to Be the Worst Group Project Partner: Primus

In the Clockwork Nirvana of Mechanus, Primus is a living library. They can speak any language, knows the name of every individual in Mechanus, and can even have brief glimpses of the future.

The only down side is they think they know what the world needs, regardless of humanity’s interest.

Primus doesn’t care about what you think you need. Primus knows what needs to be done in order to get things moving in the right direction. Order is Primus’s only goal, and any kind of chaos that exists should be extinguished. This includes things like empathy, emotions, trickery, and other things that help the world go round.

Talk about a control freak. They are totally going to take over every aspect of your project, tell you that you aren’t doing enough, and then complain when you haven’t done what they wanted you to do in the first place. You could have an interesting project by the end of the semester, but… is it really worth it?

Most Likely to The World’s Worst Boss: Xanathar

Another D&D fan favourite, Xanathar lives in the sewers beneath Waterdeep. He is a crime lord, passing the time by reading old books and looking after his gold fish, Sylgar.

He is also a full blown beholder.

You may be wondering – aren’t all beholders nuts? Like nuts-nuts? Paranoid beyond belief, so they can only trust themselves?

Yes. It just happens that one of these creatures has decided to start his own thieves guild. It also means that Xanathar considers everyone in his employment expendable, willing to use them as fodder to test traps, or alter their forms. For example, there are a series of dwarves who got the short end of the stick and were transformed into mind flayers so Xanathar would have a better surveillance network.

All I’m saying is even if you are desperate for work, just make sure you check what kind of work privileges come with it. You never know if your future boss could turn you into a octopus person cause he felt like it.

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