Gregorio Roman gets that picture because he’s the oldest of the characters and kind of shows his age. He’s a gnome who has stayed in his lair doing experiments to the point where his eyes have trouble with candlelight. There are tinted goggles that he uses, but even those give him a problem. As you can guess, he isn’t one of the action characters since he isn’t strong, appears frail, and has no interest in getting his hands dirty. In fact, he’s only one of two characters from the main cast who were never a tabletop RPG character. So, where did he come from?
All of my close friends at the time of the initial creation ended up having a character that they either played or was based on them. Well, everyone except one friend. He did have a character for one or two games, but it was a combat, muscle character that didn’t have anything else. I already had a few of those and this is a guy who, whether he realizes it or not, can be a rather versatile template. That still didn’t make it easy since I kept changing the character around until the following incidents combined:
- I was designing the gnomes in more detail and this friend kept making jokes about them destroying things. He began sending me messages about summoning his gnome army to rule the world. This first led to me making him the inspiration for Voran the Gnome God, which made him ‘worse’. A few weeks later, I came back to War of Nytefall and made Gregorio Roman a gnomish inventor.
- We were both into DBZ for a while and one of the jokes was that one of us would grow up to be Master Roshi. He’s an old man that is fairly strong, teaches Goku and Krillin when they’re kids, and is rather lecherous. It’s a common thing in anime/manga, but Master Roshi was the first one of these characters we ran into. He also introduced us to the nosebleed reaction when a character is aroused. Gregorio isn’t nearly as bad as Roshi, but he does ask the female characters for a lot of hugs. It’s as far as I wanted to go with the ‘dirty old man’ template.
- Our interest in discussing philosophy and life in general had created a lot of email chains. I liked the idea of this ancient vampire being wise without the arrogance that you normally see. Gregorio developed this sense of having seen the world and becoming a little bored with it. History hasn’t surprised him for so long that he left everything behind. This led to an occasional lack of social graces too.
- This one is hard to explain because it either came from Futurama or Jewish grandparents. My friend and I love the show, but he’s not Jewish, so it’s probably the first one. Gregorio does this weird guilt trip and sarcasm thing at times even in the test scenes. It’s fairly amusing, especially when he does it to Clyde or Mab because neither of them take it well. Then again, he doesn’t really do it with any of the others yet. He’s polite with the noble characters and the others have this fear about going to his lair because of the stories. Most of those were spread by Clyde in order to give the old gnome his privacy.
Unlike the previous entries, I have no funny story with Gregorio because he was never in a game. The only tidbit I left out is what he means to the other characters. I’m going to let people have fun and guess, but I’ll put the answer in a future profile since he has a connection to another character.