I think Kromgol is important for a number of reasons.
First off, his battered, stained character sheet is evocative of the roots of the hobby.No true fatguy can help but be moved by it, i mean look at the date, 1981! As a true grognard, that's around the time I, myself, began exploring fantasy worlds in games.And Kromgol's atitude towards the hobby is worthy of emulation. he played a simple, no frills fighter.No multiclassing, no spells, just hit with sword and roleplay. And was he any the less for this? No, in fact he is iconic.
Second, his son is honoring him in a way that is truly heroic and epic, and that is something that many of us, perhaps, are wistful and envious of. Let me be the first to go out on a limbs and say that my father was not as supportive of my imaginative pursuits and "strangeness" as Kromgol was of his son.
And third, it's a reality check. The people that indulge in this hobby, despite their flights of fantasy, are real, mortal human beings. their lives end and it casts a light on how fleeting, temporary, and precious the human experience can be. he didn't even die of old age, in fact I'd wager that Kromgol was probably not much older than me (40), and simply rolled a bad "save vs traffic" check.
One day, you will die, and when you do, you should be so lucky as to have an offspring worthy of your legacy like the Son of Kromgol.thank you for sharing, and reminding us that our hobby, though young compared to some, still has a rich tapestry of human experience behind it.
I was at a bar tonight with friends, and at one point I made a toast to kromgol. Many of them did not understand, but my one friend who had shared gaming with me did, and we drank to his memory.And , ulitimately, to the memory of us all.