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Tortle NPCs from Mystara and Non-Mystara sources

Post by Havard » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:42 pm

BECMI Tortle Characters
  • Abbot of Dunwick (Dragon #179) - It is not specified that the Abbot is a Tortle, but more than half of the population of Dunwick are Tortles and he does send a group of Tortle Mystics into goblin lands where they encounter the crew of the Princess Ark.
  • The Tortle Mystics (Dragon #179) - We don't get the names of these Tortles, but I think we can all guess who they were based on ;)
  • Kallot the Sage (Dungeon #6) - one of the few Tortles who have travelled from the Savage Coast to the Known World.
  • The Sand Beach Tortle (X9 p6)
  • The Brown Sand Tortle (X9 p6)
  • The Twin Islands Peninsula Tortle (X9 p6) - This female tortle also has two newly hatched "torts".
Note: There were more unnamed Tortles in X9, but I only included the ones that were unique characters and not listed as a group.

AD&D 2nd Edition Tortle Characters
  • Company of the Shell (Red Steel) - This organization only accepts Tortle members. AFAIK none are named, sadly.
D&D 5th Edition Tortle Characters

(Not officially connected to Mystara)
  • Eeyal, a tortle guide from Fort Beluarian wearing goggles to protect her eyes from volcanic ash (The Tortle Package)
  • Kwilgok, a guide from Port Nyanzaru working for a merchant prince (The Tortle Package)
  • Mudgraw, a tortle druid from Ahoyhoy (a Tortle Fort/Settlement) who can be hired by the PCs as a guide (The Tortle Package)
  • Krull, Tortle Death Domain Cleric
  • Orly Skiffback (Mattthew Mercers character from Critical Role)


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(Not officially connected to Mystara) Turtle-characters from Other Media
(Not officially connected to Mystara)
  • Cecil Turtle (Warner Brothers)
  • Franklin Turtle
  • Shellman/Shellback from the Swedish Bamse Cartoons/Comics
  • Bowser (Supermario)
  • Filburt Shellbach (Nickelodeon)
  • Superturtle (DC Comics)
  • Clothahump - turtle wizard from Alan Dean Foster's Spellsinger books.
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Have you created any Tortle PCs or NPCs for your games? Please share them here!

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Post by Khedrac » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:09 am

Turtle-characters from Other Media:
Clothahump - turtle wizard from Alan Dean Foster's Spellsinger books.
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Post by Havard » Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:16 pm

Khedrac wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:09 am
Turtle-characters from Other Media:
Clothahump - turtle wizard from Alan Dean Foster's Spellsinger books.
Nice!

I haven't read those books yet, but have added him to the list! :)

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Post by Cthulhudrew » Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:23 pm

I'd totally forgotten about Clothahump. I used to really love Foster's Spellsinger series. There is at least one that I never read, though (I believe it was a "next generation" sort of story with Jontom's son in it.)
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Post by Khedrac » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:05 pm

Cthulhudrew wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:23 pm
I'd totally forgotten about Clothahump. I used to really love Foster's Spellsinger series. There is at least one that I never read, though (I believe it was a "next generation" sort of story with Jontom's son in it.)
That would be "Son of Spellsinger". If I remember correctly the last one "Chorus Skating" is back to Jontom himself (they are all downstairs, but I am too lazy to check).
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Post by stanles » Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:57 am

I was trying to remember the name of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon turtle, Touche Turtle - a swashbuckling rogue touring the Baronies if ever there was inspiration needed for such a character, and came across a larger list of fictional turtles than I had realised - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fictional_turtles
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Post by Cthulhudrew » Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:50 am

Depending on how far you want to reach for tortle inspirations, you could always have an analogue of the Terrific Whatzit, a tortle that has the red blur power (or the Red Curse equivalent). Rather than be a WWII veteran, he could be a veteran of the Baronial wars of the late 9th century on the Savage Coast.

He may even have a nephew or two who inherited his powers (like Fastback and/or the Crash).
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Post by Khedrac » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:10 am

stanles wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:57 am
I was trying to remember the name of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon turtle, Touche Turtle - a swashbuckling rogue touring the Baronies if ever there was inspiration needed for such a character, and came across a larger list of fictional turtles than I had realised - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fictional_turtles
And Dumdum fits due to the dog-folk (whose name annoyingly escapes me) that live in the vicinity!
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Post by Cthulhudrew » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:39 am

Khedrac wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:10 am
And Dumdum fits due to the dog-folk (whose name annoyingly escapes me) that live in the vicinity!
Now you've got me picturing a lupin version of Huckleberry Hound running around the Savage Coast. :lol:
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Post by BryanLeeDavidson » Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:53 pm

Ummm the Barbarian is the female tortle PC I am using in my solo run through Thunder Rift. :)
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Post by stanles » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:11 pm

Cthulhudrew wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:39 am
Khedrac wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:10 am
And Dumdum fits due to the dog-folk (whose name annoyingly escapes me) that live in the vicinity!
Now you've got me picturing a lupin version of Huckleberry Hound running around the Savage Coast. :lol:
Given the preponderance of anthropomorphic animals in cartoons, and having looked at Hanna-Barbera cartoons wen looking at other tortles this does show some holes in the anthropomorphic races which the Mystara gameworld also has several on. We need some hyena-folk, squirrel-folk, donkey-folk amongst others I'm sure.

Although some of these might not be totally appropriate hyena-folk does seem an appropriate race however for Mystara. Maybe the hyena-folk might be an idea, they probably wouldn't be too numerous, competing with lupins and gnolls and hutaakans besides.

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