Friday, July 27, 2012
Jafar, the Ideal Villain?
Others might think I'm way off base here, but I see Jafar as coming from the same mold as R. E. Howard's Thoth-Amon and Yara. Most of the villainous (and some of the non-villainous) wizards I've used since 1992 started out as Jafar and were refined from there.
Much of Jafar's power came from a single, potent magical device--a cobra-headed charming staff. Clearly he had mojo that went way beyond the staff, but the cobra stick was the one thing he never left the palace without.
Jafar is a solid hook. His menace comes from a melding of cruel mind and wicked implements and he fits my style of game.