“My name is Aleena. I’m a cleric, an adventurer like yourself. I live in the town nearby, and came here seeking monsters and treasure. Do you know about clerics?”
- Aleena, D&D Basic Set, Player's Book, page 4.
I never knew about her ultimate sacrifice for what could have been millions of would-be adventures out there. I never played, or owned, the Mentzer Basic Set. I started with Moldvay and Morgan Ironwolf never would have gone down after one magic missile. But I got on the 'net and soon I discovered her tale and that of Bargle.
I liked Elmore's art, always have. That alone seems invalidate my Old School street cred. I love his witches (no surprise) and love how he draws women. So when I finally got my hands on a Mentzer basic set, I loved the art and yes, I found Aleena. Though there was no emotional connection there with me. I felt that killing her was a cheap attempt to get the players involved. This is called a "Women in Refrigerators" effect and its a cliché.
That all aside, it also worked.
People to this very day still remember Aleena and hate Bargle.
Give that Aleena was the star of the Mentzer Red Box, then it is fitting that she be given stats for the new D&D 4 Essentials Red Box. Though we never got stats (at least what I could find) for her in the Red Box Basic. She did appear later in some D&D (BECMI) products, which gives us an idea what she eventually did. Of course assuming that she somehow came back to life.
I say in D&D4 she is reincarnated, and given a second chance.
Like with Morgan Ironwolf, I went through the hand process. Yes, I have DDI and it is a lot of fun, but I felt Morgan and Aleens deserved to have things done the "old-school" way. I did most of her sheet while working tonight away from my books. It went really fast.
Comparing Aleena to Morgan Aleena obviously has more powers and spells, even if many effect how her weapon of choice, her mace, does damage. I like this, it very cool. I choose Pelor as her God, even if she is Mystaran and Pelor is from the Greyhawk campaign world, but I felt it fit the concept well and Pelor is an old god. I did not give her many combat related feats, she was felled by a single magic missile after all, but she did manage to scare off some ghouls. So I emphasized her "turning undead" and healing powers.
In truth, she feels like a cleric from one of the older rule-sets with some house rules that her spells are focused through her mace. Hell, the Sun-Domain War Priest here is not very different than the Sun-Priest class I made for 2nd AD&D so many years back. In fact I like it so much that I might have to break with tradition and have my first D&D4 Essentials character be a Sun Priest, er Sun Domain War Priest.
There she is. The reason so many of you play.
Print out the sheet and go save her. Or maybe she will end up saving your butt one day, cause I don't see this one going down without a fight. So her and Morgan are going to team up and go after Bargle now.