Ever since I began playing D&D 8 years ago it has been one of my favorite hobbies, but within the last two years it's become an even bigger part of my life. Since I've been having so much fun with it recently, I decided it was finally time to try something I'd always wanted to do: combine two of my favorite interests and turn the Disney Princesses into D&D characters.
Over the last year I've been slowly creating D&D characters based off of the DPs, and I spent so much time on them that I really wanted to share them here. I'll be posting a series of articles, one for each DP, in which I explain why I chose the classes, subclasses, etc. for each princess, and share the backstory I wrote for each. I'll also be crossposting these articles to the Disney Princess club. All the characters will be level 3 to ensure that they all have a chosen subclass. Sourcebooks used to build these characters include the Player's Handbook, Volo's Guide to Monsters, Xanathar's Guide to Everything, and Tasha's Cauldron of Everything. Anything written in italics
is an author's note explaining my reasoning behind certain character choices.
Human Wizard - Order of Scribes / Background - Guild Artisan
Yay time for my favorite princess! <3 Belle's whole thing is that she's a bookworm. What's the most bookish D&D class? Wizards, of course! Scholarly magic users who never keep their spellbooks far from their reach. Then I had the conundrum of deciding which of the many many wizard subclasses I should make her. I decided to go with the most bookish of them all - the Order of Scribes - wizards who love books so much that they literally bring their spellbooks to life. Given that Belle's story revolved around a lot of talking objects that just felt too perfect. For her background I thought that Belle might have helped out her father with his tinkering, so I gave her the guild artisan background.
-1 (9) DEX
0 (11) CON
+2 (15) INT
+3 (16) WIS
+1 (13) CHA
I used the standard array to generate stats. I tried to assign them in a way that would allow for a strong D&D character while still remaining mostly true to the attributes of the character in the film.
Speed 30 ft.
Saving throws: Int +5, Wis +3
Skills: Arcana +5, Insight +3, Perception +3, Persuasion +4 (For her class skills I gave her Arcana and Insight. I thought that given her curiosity she would try to learn everything she could about magic, and she's clearly insightful since she was able to see beneath the Beast's rough exterior. Persuasion was granted by her background, and then I got to choose one more. I went with perception because she comes across to me as fairly perceptive of the world around her.)
Languages: Common, Elvish, Gnomish (Since her father's a tinker and gnomes are famous for their tinkering skills I wouldn't be surprised if she had spent some time around gnomes and spoke at least conversational Gnomish. She also seems like the type who might romanticise elves for their mystery and majesty and learn Elvish just for fun.)
Tools: Tinker's Tools
Features and Traits
Arcane Recovery: Once per day when you finish a short rest, you can choose expended spell slots to recover - up to a combined level of 2, and none of the slots can be 6th level or higher.
Awakened Spellbook: While you are holding your Awakened Spellbook, it grants you the following benefits:
- You can use the book as a spellcasting focus for your wizard spells.
- When you cast a wizard spell with a spell slot, you can temporarily replace its damage type with a type that appears in another spell in your spellbook.
- When you cast a wizard spell as a ritual, you can use the spell’s normal casting time. You regain use of this feature when you finish a long rest.
Spell attack: +5
Save DC: 13
Cantrips (at will): Light, Mage Hand, Ray of Frost
1st level (4 slots): Charm Person, Detect Magic, Feather Fall, Illusory Script, Mage Armor, Magic Missile, Sleep
2nd level (2 slots): Suggestion
Tbh I mostly just gave her the suggested starter spells cuz I was starting to get lazy at this point lol
Dagger: +2 to hit, 1d4 piercing damage
Wizardly Quill: As a bonus action, you can magically create a Tiny quill in your free hand. The magic quill has the following properties:
- The quill doesn’t require ink. When you write with it, it produces ink in a color of your choice on the writing surface.
- The time you must spend to copy a spell into your spellbook equals 2 minutes per spell level if you use the quill for the transcription.
- You can erase anything you write with the quill if you wave the feather over the text as a bonus action, provided the text is within 5 feet of you.
This quill disappears if you create another one or if you die.
Backstories have been created with a combination of the stories from the films and rolling randomly on the random tables in the "This Is Your Life" section of Xanathar's Guide to Everything, which is why some of these backstories have some wild things that really come out of left field lol.
I had an unusual beginning to my life. I was born at home to Agnez and Maurice Durand. My mother left us when we were very young, and my father does not like to speak of her. I know nothing of why she abandoned us.
My father and I lived a modest life in a small house on the edge of a provincial town. He was a clever man, though many considered him odd or even crazy. A member of the Tinker's Guild, he was always tinkering away at his inventions, and he trained me to help him at his work. When I was 15 I was inducted as a member of the guild as well.
My father believed education was important for all children, regardless of gender, so he taught me my letters and arithmetic from an early age. Once I knew how to read, I always had my nose in a book. I desperately desired to go on my own adventure, like the ones in the novels. In particular, I was enchanted by the idea of magic and wizards, and I hoped one day to learn the craft myself.
The town we lived in was rather old-fashioned, and most people believed it wasn't right for women to read. As such, I was seen as different and strange, so I had few friends. I was very close with my father as a result of this.
Through a strange series of events, my father was captured by a fearsome beast who lived in an enchanted castle deep in the forest. I found him, and traded my life for his. A single enchanted rose counted down the remaining time to break his curse, and I was fascinated. As the months went by, I began to know the beast better and grew to care for him and eventually love him. My love broke the curse that had been placed upon him as a child, and returned him and his entire palace staff to their true forms. He was, in fact, a handsome prince named Adam.
I was happy with Adam, but still desired adventure as I always had, and though palace life was comfortable it was not particularly stimulating.
One day, while perusing the castle library, I discovered a beautiful gilt-edged tome that contained strange arcane markings. Immediately my mind went to the wizards of the books I'd so loved my whole life, and I set about decoding whatever was written therein. Through careful study of the few other books on magic in the library's collection I was able to decipher some of what was written, and even able to cast a couple simple cantrips.
Desperate to know more, I applied to the Order of Scribes, a wizarding school, and was accepted. Adam and my father saw my off with well wishes and tears in my eyes, but I knew that this was my true calling and I went without regret.
I applied myself rigorously to my studies and advanced quickly. My professors have told me I have great promise, and I privately hope to become the greatest wizard of our age.
I recently returned to the palace during a break in my schooling to discover my father's workshop destroyed and Adam nowhere to be found. Whoever the assailant was left only a small multicolored stone disc in the spot where Adam's enchanted rose had once stood.
I have set out in search of whoever destroyed my father's livelihood and stole my lover from me, and I intend to rain down the full strength of my wrath upon them.
Another story that I didn't feel the need to change much~