So my group is made up of four players – a Fighter, a Wizard, a Bard, and a Warlock. The Fighter is a bit of an odd duck and has periodically enjoyed making things deliberately harder on themself – for example, ruling that they don’t get their aasimar racial bonus to CHA when their hood is up and refusing to use their aasimar Angel Mode due to Associated Past Trauma.
When they started joking about wanting their character to get a cursed item, I didn’t think much of it, but they recently brought it up again and were surprisingly insistent about it. So I figured, well, why not?
Right now, in terms of items I’m considering, I’m torn between the Berserker Axe (or spear, in this case) or the Stone of Ill Luck. The spear seems like something the party might let the fighter have organically, the stone seems like a curse I could keep hidden for longer.
The group is Level 6 so I want to avoid something like the Scorpion Armor which could kill them outright if the dice were unfavorable.
My idea for how they might come across these cursed items is that the party recently uncovered where their current BBEG used to live, in a farm outside the big city. They’re planning to go and check the place out to see if they can find any useful info on him. My idea was that the farm would currently be occupied by a team of flesh golems pretending to be human, and would attack the party at some point while using the cursed items, so the party would have some incentive to pick them up and look them over.
As for why there’d be cursed items on this farm and in possession of these flesh golems, my thought was that the BBEG would have planted them there to fuck with the party – he’s been a bit of an enduring villain, and literally the first session involved them stealing one of his actual magic items and also his mail. So I think it’d make sense that he’d foresee this move of theirs’ and do something to fuck with them about it.
That said, I want to come up with a scenario that has the best possible chance of leading the fighter to be given the cursed item, so I don’t wind up getting one of the other three in on a game that they never volunteered to play in the first place.
TL;DR – I want to curse the party fighter since they literally asked for it without cursing one of the other PCs and I’m taking suggestions how to nudge the group in the right direction.