Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Red Sonja: Old-School Essentials (Remembering Frank Thorne)

Frank Thorne as the Wizard
On Sunday, March 7th, Frank Thorne, the legendary Red Sonja artist, and writer, passed a few hours after his wife Marilyn.  He was 90.

Fans of Red Sonja all know Frank's work from the mid to late 70s. In truth, he defined the character nearly as much as Robert E. Howard, Roy Thomas, and Barry Windsor-Smith.

He certainly left his mark on her enduring legacy.

He was also known for Ghita of Alizarr and "Lann" in Heavy Metal magazine. He was an early cosplayer, taking on the role of "the Wizard."  He would then judge Red Sonja look-a-like contests.  Wendy Pini’s Sonja would be with him at many of these conventions and shows and predated the modern cosplay scene by decades.

Red Sonja

I have done stats for Red Sonja in the past for all sorts of systems:

Feels like a good time to update her to Old-School Essentials, Advanced Fantasy.

Red Sonja
Red Sonja 

13th Level Barbarian
(Old-School Essentials)

Strength: 15
Intelligence: 16
Wisdom: 11
Dexterity: 17
Constitution: 11
Charisma: 18

Alignment: Neutral (chaotic good)

Hit Points: 72
AC: 0 (special scale mail 4), +4 bonus
THAC0: 10 [+9]

D:3 W:5 P:4 B:5 S:5

CS: 99%
HG: 56%
MS: 50%

Sword +2, Great Axe, dagger

Thorne "The Wizard"
14th Level Wizard

Strength: 13
Intelligence: 18
Wisdom: 14
Dexterity: 16
Constitution: 11
Charisma: 15

Alignment: Neutral (neutral good)

Hit Points: 34
AC: 6 (Robe of Protection)
THAC0: 10 [+9]

Saves (+3, Robe of Protection)
D:5 W:6 P:5 B:8 S:5

First level: Detect Magic, Magic Missle, Read Magic, Shield
Second level: Detect Evil, Levitate, Locate Object, Wizard Lock
Third level: Fire Ball, Fly, Protection from Evil 10', Protection from Normal Missiles
Fourth level: Confusion, Dimension Door, Curse, Wizard Eye
Fifth level: Contact Higher Plane, Telekinesis, Teleport
Sixth level: Anti-Magic Shell, Disintegrate, Projected Image

Thorne is Red Sonja's wizard patron. He provides her with magical arms and armor. He is rather over-fond of attractive women. 


Dick McGee said...

Very sorry to hear he's passed away. Always enjoyed his work. I've met Wendy Pini (out of costume) in years past but never Frank Thorne.

JB said...

I've been meaning to post a comment here since I first read this a few days ago: I kind of hate this write up for Sonja.

A barbarian? Is that some kind of joke?

I will leave my comment at that.

Timothy S. Brannan said...

JB, I wanted to try out the new OSE Barbarian class. I have done her a lot of other different ways.

JB said...

Ah. Okay.

Still, you couldn't find a better model for a barbarian?

[I get it, Tim...the post was more about Frank Thorne and you bundled that with the desire to do a barbarian write-up. It just offended delicate sensibilities with regard to my favorite heroine]

; )