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Aesop, the Fable Weaver

Aesop, the Fable Weaver
  • Alias: None.
  • Gender: Male.
  • Race: Human.
  • Occupation: Storyteller, slave.
  • Religion: Ancient Greek mythology.
  • Allies: People who appreciate and value his fables.
  • Enemies: Those who oppose his messages or find his stories subversive.
  • Abode/Base of operations: Varied, as he travels from place to place.
  • Nationality: Greek.
  • Languages: Greek (primary), potentially familiar with other regional languages.
  • Alignment: Neutral Good.
  • Affiliation(s): None in particular, as he is a free-roaming storyteller.
  • Significant others: Unknown.

In the bustling city of ancient Greece, there lived a man named Aesop, known far and wide for his profound wisdom and storytelling prowess. Aesop, a humble slave with a quick wit and sharp intellect, possesses a remarkable gift for crafting fables that carry powerful moral lessons. With an insatiable thirst for knowledge and a burning desire to share his insights, Aesop traverses the land, captivating audiences with his enchanting tales.

As a character, Aesop embodies resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity. Born into slavery, he faced numerous hardships throughout his life, yet his spirit remained unbroken. His experiences have shaped his understanding of the human condition, allowing him to weave timeless tales that resonate with people from all walks of life.

Driven by his deep-rooted belief in the power of storytelling, he seeks to inspire change and provoke introspection. Through his fables, he aims to challenge societal norms, question established hierarchies, and offer alternative perspectives. Aesop understands that words have the ability to transcend boundaries and touch the hearts and minds of listeners, and he uses this knowledge to promote empathy, critical thinking, and moral growth.

Though humble and unassuming in appearance, Aesop possesses a magnetic presence that draws people to him. His voice carries the weight of ancient wisdom, and his tales transport listeners to worlds where animals speak, and lessons abound. Aesop’s stories are often imbued with subtle irony and astute observations, offering subtle critiques of human behavior and exposing the follies of society.

What Aesop seeks to achieve is not fame or personal gain, but rather a transformation of hearts and minds. He aspires to sow the seeds of virtue, justice, and compassion through his fables, fostering a society where individuals strive to be their best selves and treat one another with kindness and understanding. Aesop’s ultimate goal is to leave a lasting legacy, one that transcends his own existence and continues to inspire generations to come.

Aesop, the Fable Weaver

By Diego Velázquez - See below., Public Domain,, Aesop
By Diego Velázquez – See below., Public Domain,

Medium humanoid (human), neutral good

Armor Class 12 (natural armor) Hit Points 58 (9d8 + 18) Speed 30 ft.

10 (+0)14 (+2)14 (+2)16 (+3)14 (+2)18 (+4)

Skills Insight +4, Persuasion +6 Senses passive Perception 12 Languages Common Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)

Special Traits

Master Storyteller. He has advantage on Charisma (Persuasion) checks when using fables or moral tales to persuade others.

Keen Observer. He can use his bonus action to make a Wisdom (Perception) check to perceive hidden or obscured creatures or objects within 30 feet of him.

Fables and Morals. Aesop carries a collection of fables and morals, which he can share with others to impart wisdom or teach valuable lessons. A creature that spends 1 hour listening to Aesop’s tales gains advantage on Wisdom saving throws for the next 24 hours.


Wisdom Staff. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d4 + 2) bludgeoning damage.

Words of Wisdom (Recharge 5-6). Aesop shares a moral tale or fable, targeting up to three creatures within 30 feet of him. Each targeted creature must succeed on a DC 14 Wisdom saving throw or be charmed by Aesop for 1 minute. While charmed in this way, the creature is incapacitated and unable to take actions, but it has advantage on Wisdom saving throws against being frightened.


Tale of Caution. When a creature within 30 feet of Aesop is about to make an attack, he can use his reaction to share a cautionary tale. The attacking creature must make a Wisdom saving throw (DC 14) or have disadvantage on the attack roll.

Legendary Actions

Aesop can take 2 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action option can be used at a time and only at the end of another creature’s turn. Aesop regains spent legendary actions at the start of his turn.

Tale of Resilience. He shares a story of overcoming adversity. He regains 10 hit points.

Words of Inspiration. He imparts a few words of encouragement to an ally within 30 feet of him. The ally gains advantage on its next ability check, attack roll, or saving throw.

Tale of Wisdom. He tells a short tale that imparts wisdom and insight. One creature of his choice within 30 feet of him gains advantage on its next Wisdom saving throw.


  • Wisdom Staff (quarterstaff)
  • Leather Armor
  • Satchel of Fables (contains Aesop’s collection of fables and morals)

Magical Item

Medallion of Persuasion. While wearing this medallion, Aesop has advantage on Charisma (Persuasion) checks.


  • Personality Trait. He is a patient and observant individual, always searching for valuable lessons in the world around him.
  • Ideal. He believes in the power of storytelling and seeks to inspire others with his tales of wisdom and morality.
  • Bond. He is dedicated to sharing the truths he has learned through his experiences and fables, hoping to guide others towards a better understanding of themselves and the world.
  • Flaw. He can be overly cautious at times, often hesitant to take risks or make decisions without considering all possible outcomes.

Currently in the World

Physical Description: Aesop is a middle-aged man of average height and build, with a weathered face that reflects a life of hardship and wisdom. He possesses a balding head, with a few gray strands of hair remaining. His eyes, though worn, carry a glimmer of mischief and intelligence. Aesop’s attire consists of simple and worn clothing, befitting his humble status.

Current Situation: Aesop is seated on a wooden stool in the shade of a large tree, surrounded by a small group of listeners. His animated gestures and expressive face captivate the audience as he tells one of his fables. The setting is a bustling marketplace, with the murmur of people and the scent of various goods filling the air.

Mood: Aesop’s mood is animated and enthusiastic as he weaves his tales, delighting in the reactions and engagement of his audience. He radiates a sense of purpose and fulfillment, finding joy in the power of storytelling to convey wisdom and provoke introspection.

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