Content of the article: "Veteran assistance required: Should I pit my players against each other?"
Hello! I’m posting here as it’s my favorite DM sub. I hope it’s not too late that this won’t see action.
I’ve got two players in a 5e Faerun game that are both lovely. One we’ll call Player A is quick with a joke, generally a more relaxed player, and is a life-loving ranger/cleric of Lathander. The other player, Player B, is sharp and rule-abiding, and is an edgy but interesting god-hating warlock/paladin. Player A is along for the ride, having fun and contributing a good amount. Player B is an RP powerhouse, leading gameplay and bringing people along on his personal quests because they’re cool with it! Nothing better to do, yeah?
So the issue: Player B is very shadow oriented, twisting dark powers to his own personal ends. He wants to rescue his family. Player A, the cleric, loves his god and kind of roleplays piety. I frequently send his character dreams about his light god’s displeasure at helping Player B do almost/or straight up evil stuff to get his family back. Player A isn’t super confrontational and pipes up briefly (I think just to make me happy). Player B is pretty aggressive and ignores him.
Last session was really rough. Player B’s decision to sacrifice an enemy on an evil altar (to get info on his lost family) inadvertently killed a new player to the group, causing a shit-storm spiral of events. STILL the whole group has nothing to say to the very confident RP leader Player B.
So far I haven’t done anything to incriminate Player B or turn the party against him, but should I? Should Player A lose his god of light’s blessing and power for being complicit? I’m frustrated story-wise as no other players drive the game except Player B, and I don’t want to take all agency away from my meeker players by forcefully changing the narrative they’ve allowed to unfold. Help, please!
And before it’s asked, the shitty events sum up like this: Everyone’s in the Shadowfell. Player B transported them there willingly. Next session they will face extremely difficult and treasure-less challenges. I am pretty certain they’ll chalk it up to inevitable storyline stuff and not blame Player B. Why do I want them to blame Player B so badly?!
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