Using my scale:geordie racer wrote:So which Appendix N character do you think is 10th Level ?
4th = Hero = hero in a team
8th = Super Hero = lone hero
I see a 4th level "hero" as being the kind of guy that stories are written around, but mostly those with a group. Knights of the Round table might be 4th. Legolas and Gimil.
I see an 8th level "super hero" as being the kind of guy that stories are written around, but mostly a loner. Conan is 8th, and probably Elric. Those 8 levels might be spread over more than one class, such as Elric who is a figher/wizard.
So I can fit 6th level in between 4th and 8th to represent someone who is part of a group or team, but a clear leader. Aragorn might get the nod for 6th. Fafhrd and Gray Mouser might be 6th because they are a pair and not really a group.
I see 10th level as someone greater than 8th; someone who is more than exceptional. Someone most likely to be an NPC. Gandalf isn't really human and fits the 10th level model because he's not just "with the party" but is far beyond them.
Basically, the "in between" levels serve to give me some wiggle room if I decide that X is better than Y but not as good as Z.
Just for fun, here is a quickly thrown-together "Lord of the Rings" cast on my scale:
1 = Merry, Pippin
2 = Sam
3 = Frodo
4 = Legolas, Gimli, Boromir, Arwen (movie version)
6 = Aragorn, Elrond, Galadriel
8 = Gandalf the Grey, Saruman
10 = Gandalf the White
12 = Sauron
Anyway, this is kind of an OD&D scale and clearly changes with AD&D and later editions of the rules.