Quote Originally Posted by Ganymede81 View Post
Why did you build him as a PC? If the point is to highlight legendary figures as potential NPCs, why not build him like an NPC as seen in the Monster Manual? It'd be far simpler and less restricted.
Good question!
1) I expect GMs to cut extraneous traits they don't need when using one of these as an NPC (I do).
2) Often times folks want to play ____ but aren't sure how to build them. This is kind of a how-to guide in that respect.
3) It's a fun display of the system's versatility.
4) It is (as closely as possible) RAW. The DMG even has guidelines for class level NPCs (ignore proficiency when calculating CR).
5) Need a neat pregen RIGHT NOW? Does the entire table? Do they need to be EPIC pregens? Blammo hit up this series.