Wyrd Street Tease: Ji Wensdottir, the Street Preacher

In my last preview for Wyrd Street, I highlighted the Iconic Character Blue Rose, the Vigilante. Today, let’s look at another Iconic: Ji Wensdottir, the Street Preacher

A title banner for Wyrd Street, an upcoming tabletop RPG by Tyler F.M. Edwards.At the heart of Wyrd Street’s story is a single refugee family. The Holder herbalist Karl Vinnarson; the retired Tiahnese soldier Na Wen; and their adult children, Ji and Lo. As war breaks out between the Free Holds and Tiahn, they find themselves torn between the two sides, distrusted by both.

The younger child, Ji Wensdottir is in many ways the heart of the family. Full of the optimism of youth and with a strong connection to the world of spirits, Ji tries to bring comfort to all she meets, be they the destitute of the slums or the fae spirits who still linger in the forgotten corners of the Holds.

Ji is the first character in the story I had a clear image of, and in my mind she’s become something of a mascot for Wyrd Street. Similarly, Street Preacher was one of the first class concepts I had, and when I finally started actually designing the game, Street Preacher was the very first part I wrote out. The class has had some revisions since then, but the general concepts remain the same.

Street Preacher is of course Wyrd Street’s answer to the traditional cleric archetype, though there’s also a touch of wizards and sorcerers to them.

With plentiful healing and buffing abilities, Street Preachers are an ideal fit for the support role, and they are also one of the best classes in the game for dealing AoE damage, capable of devastating hordes of foes by summoning mischievous Flame Imps and deafening Divine Bells. Lest you fear getting caught in the crossfire, they can also take the passive ability Shelter the Faithful to prevent their allies being harmed by their massive AoE bombardments.

That said, Street Preachers are perhaps the most versatile class in the game, so they can be built to fill virtually any role to at least some degree. With heavy armour and mastery of polearms, they can make resilient front-liners, or they can take up bows and magic charms to fight from a distance. Their only major blindspot is a lack of efficient damage options against strong singular enemies, and of course a jack of all trades does risk becoming a master of none.

At level ten, Street Preachers gain access to rituals, incredibly powerful abilities with high focus costs that often require multiple actions spread out over more than one turn to fully activate.

Each ritual emphasizes a different aspect of the Street Preacher identity. Ritual of Flame calls down the wrath of the heavens to deliver devastating and precise multi-target damage. Ritual of Glory blankets your party with a variety of powerful buffs. And Ritual of the Ancestors provides the ultimate expression of a Street Preacher’s versatility, allowing you to temporarily gain the use of a level ten ability from any other class.

Versatile, supportive, and eternally helpful, a Street Preacher can be the heart of any party, just as Ji is the heart of her family.

Of course, if you don’t want to be a Street Preacher, you can always ask your GM to let you change her class. The optimistic Dreamer class is also a natural fit for her, or if you want to take her in a more physical direction, you could make her a Vigilante, allowing her to follow in her mother’s martial footsteps while still wielding divine magic.

Before I go, I would like to provide one more little tease. I recently received the finished cover art for the core rulebook, and as the game’s mascot, Ji has a central role. I’m not going to reveal the full cover today, but I would like to offer you a glimpse of our inspiring Street Preacher in action.

Art of Ji Wensdottir, the Iconic Street Preacher in Wyrd Street.Wyrd Street’s IndieGoGo campaign is scheduled to launch March 29th.

Wyrd Street Tease: Blue Rose, the Vigilante

In addition to the option to create your own characters, my upcoming RPG Wyrd Street features a suite of “Iconic Characters,” who have established classes and identities. Iconic Characters are still heavily customizable in both role-play and mechanics, but they give an easy starting point that allows your character to feel rooted in the world, with existing relationships and connections.

A title banner for Wyrd Street, an upcoming tabletop RPG by Tyler F.M. Edwards.There is one Iconic Character for each class. Today, let’s take a look at the Iconic Vigilante, a woman known only as Blue Rose.

Rose is the owner of the Rose Garden bordello and in many ways the de facto leader of the Wyrd Street community. She is fiercely protective of her employees, and as a result the Rose Garden is one of the safest places in the slums.

I think the Iconic Character system was one of the greatest risks I took when designing Wyrd Street, but it’s been very well-received by play-testers, and Rose has been one of the greatest examples of how much freedom players have to interpret the Iconics. Across the various tests, different people have played Rose as a protective momma bear, as a stern leader, or as an irresponsible disaster.

As a Vigilante, Rose is excellent at defending her allies against the worst the slums might throw at them. Most of Wyrd Street’s class concepts started as “dollar store” versions of traditional fantasy classes, and Vigilante is Wyrd Street’s take on the paladin archetype. It also draws significant inspiration from comic book superheroes.

The result is a resilient melee class that excels at protecting themselves and their friends. With the right build, they can also become Wyrd Street’s premier mage-slayers, with abilities that increase their mental resistance, counter enemy abilities, and punish foes when they spend focus.

Vigilantes are one of only two classes in Wyrd Street that have discrete subclasses. They can choose to follow the Pursuit of Justice to gain some supportive powers, or follow the Pursuit of Vengeance to hunt down single targets with ruthless efficiency.

They can also boast some limited ranged capability through a selection of exclusive sidearms, and at higher levels they gain some powerful mobility with the Grappling Hook Expert ability.

All in all, the Vigilante’s strength, courage, and flair for the dramatic all combine to make it the perfect class to represent Blue Rose.

All that said, if you like Rose but not the Vigilante, you can always ask your GM to let you change her class. In earlier versions of the game, she was the Iconic Scoundrel, and her backstory could also easily justify her as a Drifter or a Brawler. Iconic Characters are there to be a starting point, not an end point, and they’re yours to customize as you see fit.

Before I go, I’d like to leave you with an early sketch of Rose from one of our artists. The details are still subject to change, but it gives you a taste of what’s to come.

An early sketch of Blue Rose, a character from the upcoming tabletop RPG Wyrd Street.Wyrd Street is coming to crowdfunding this March. Stay tuned to this blog for more teases and updates as the date approaches.