Blood Axe wrote:
I remember reading some stories a while back about some albino dude with a magic sword who made a pact with a patron, too. Probably hardly anyone has ever read it though. It was by some guy named "Heath-rooster" or something.
Elric? Never read them. But that wasn't a RPG game. Many stick to the basic "wizard" type. Its a pretty new concept tor D&D. It hasn't been in any main rulebooks before. Except maybe 4th which I didn't play.
mmm, if you decide to read them, don't set your expectations too high. Great ideas, great characters, great stories, all pulled together with writing that probably wouldn't even get a call back from a literary agent today. Still, they're short, so they move quickly and are worth a read if you aren't expecting too much. Especially the first book which has a couple of great scenes with Patron interaction, including one where Elric makes his pact with his Patron.
As for the existence of the idea in D&D, I don't have a photographic memory but I don't recall ever seeing it included as part of actual gameplay - just the idea mentioned as a descriptive explanation for some of the character classes.
Also, from what I've seen, since 5E was developed based on player input, it seems like it is basically just the better parts of the previous 4 editions all pulled together with some new stuff borrowed from other systems, which I guess is what you would expect.