Finding Inspiration. Creating Pippa.

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(Pictured) Natalie Dormer
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When we started dreaming up what we wanted to do for this podcast, I was pretty sure right away that I either wanted to go Wizard or Rogue. Honestly I was leaning more toward wizard, BUT I was scrolling through Netflix one fateful Sunday morning with nothing better to do than watch a movie and I stumbled on an old favorite: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. And my initial concept for a high class con-artist was born.

Originally I saw her as a (more) dishonest Carrie Bradshaw – witty, quick to anger, obsessed with shoes and a hater of the outdoors. Some of that survived (the shoes and the temper). She was going to be human, but since the rest of the party was turning up ostensibly human I wanted to mix it up a bit. Also, those Stealth bonuses for Halflings are no joke.  

Pippa didn’t have a name for the longest time. It was actually the last thing about her I decided on! I eventually landed on naming her after my all-time favorite “Halfling”, Peregrine “Pippin” Took from LOTR. There’s also a bit of a Pippi Longstocking sound to her name as well, which I also thought suited her. Her last name is shared with Robin Hood, for obvious reasons.

When I was creating her character, I honestly never envisioned her as someone so kind and committed to a general concept of good. She was going to have a pretty average moral compass for a thief – an every Halfling for herself kind of attitude. Dustin laid out an excellent argument for making her a good character, partially that it would be a more interesting choice for a thief – but also because I am a known villain sympathizer and playing a Good aligned person would be a fun challenge for me.

So far I’m having a blast with her! We’ll see how long I can keep her alive – the longer we can go without bumping into someone who needs our help against overwhelming odds the better. Or someone with lots of money that’s also smart enough to know Pippa’s not really a princess. 

P.S. She’s currently being played by Natalie Dormer. Don’t sue me Natalie, this is a great honor for you. 

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