This doesn’t come at all. Why would it? We kind of take it for granted that our adventuring heroes are in shape. They usually start that way after training or . . . living in a farming village. It’s rare that you see an out-of-shape adventurer unless you have a comic relief or a pampered type. So, is this even worth thinking about?
No . . . Well, good-bye.
Seriously though, this is something I’ve been thinking of and never bothered to touch on because I always came up with the same answers. Mostly that it isn’t worth touching on that often. Show your warriors work out in the morning once or twice and people will assume it’s their routine. Same goes for any character who shows even a single interest in exercise. This is an area where a little goes a long way, but that’s not really necessary when you think about it.
Let’s take a character who isn’t a trained warrior and might not be in shape. They’re now an adventurer who is traveling and getting into battles. Their daily life is filled with the following:
- Eating just enough to not be hungry
- Walking a lot
- Carrying all belongings
I’m sure there’s more, but that’s a lot of activity and working of the muscles. That’s bound to have an effect on the body over time, especially if the person is training as they’re traveling. This is what adventurers do, so they’re going to be in shape as long as they don’t take long breaks or find a way to get around most of that list. Containers that hold a lot and items that create food can go a long way here. Still, those don’t change the fact that adventurers live an active life. Sedentary lifestyles aren’t their thing.
Think I would like to try for an adventurer who is at least not visibly in shape. They can run, climb, and do all of that other stuff, but they get winded and are on the chubby side. I might be doing that a little with Darwin Slepsnor, but he’s a halfling species that are normally a little chubby. That and I’ve already established that he’s fast and durable, so it’s not going to be the same. Maybe those who are out-of-shape wouldn’t be adventurers in the first place. Need to think a bit more about that.
So, has anyone else ever wondered about this or am I just getting desperate for blog topics?