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This a quote from The Lies of Locke Lamora an excellent book if you have not yet read it.
Without too many spoilers, the series takes it's name from one of the many guilds in a renaissance-era world. The author makes you wait a bit for the magic but it's worth it. He builds a stunning world that could be a nice post-op escape. The first book is The Lies of Locke Lamora
Best of luck with your surgery and a speedy recovery!
Not sure if it's appropriate for this thread and subreddit, but may I suggest a book? I just finished reading The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch and it's a funny, action-packed novel about a gang of thieves in a fantasy world and I already consider it one of my favorite books, it was so much fun to read.
Have you read The Lies of Locke Lamora? The main character is trained to be a thief, not a fighter, but the progression from childhood to adulthood is similar - I am actually reading Blood Song right now, the main character just "graduated" from training, and I definitely see similarities.
Also - Locke Lamora's best friend is trained along side him, but his training is as the brawn/enforcer of the group so there is still plenty of fighting in the book
Nobody has mentioned the "Lies of Locke Lamora" by Scott Lynch yet. If you love stories about charming thieves, underground criminal organizations, and good old fashioned revenge, this book is great! (Language is a little explicit, fyi)
It's not super rational, and has been recc'd here before, but I really enjoyed Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard series. If you haven't already read the first one, give it a try: https://www.amazon.com/Lies-Locke-Lamora-Gentleman-Bastards/dp/055358894X
It's fantasy/adventure/outwitting/snark series, with a few 'creative problem solving' moments.
uj/ let me introduce you to The Lies of Locke Lamora
I thought the lies of Locke Lamora was similar , check it out!!
Could give this a whirl: Gentleman Bastards series
I have 0 experience with incarceration, but I have loads of experience with books. Not sure his interests, but here are a few books I adore:
The Lies of Locke Lamora - Basically an Ocean's 11 heist story set in a world similar to Game of Thrones.
The Name of the Wind - (from the Amazon description) The riveting first-person narrative of a young man who grows to be the most notorious magician his world has ever seen.
Cosmos - Carl Sagan saw the best in our species. This book is what the TV series was based on.
I would encourage your friend to read text books as well while he is inside as well. Pick a topic they have an interest in, and find an older textbook on the subject. For me that would be this book. Not a topic I was educated on, but something I have an interest in.
Thank you for supporting your friend!
My experience is with fiction books, both with Magic (The way of Shadows, like dogz_n_catz stated), and non-Magical... The Lies of Locke Lamora.
The last one I can remember is The Highwayman. But this one has some "kind" of magic.
Hope that helps.
Not Similar to white collar, but for a fantasy-style "Ocean's 11" book:
Lies of Locke Lamora
What kind of backstory does he have? What is his personality? Motivations?
Does he go for the quick kill? Does he study the battlefield? How does he feel about magic?
How to Build™ : Down Here Buddy(Fighter- Dual Dex Dynamo)
A dual weilding halfling using a quick wit and even faster blades.
Stout Halfling +2 Dex, +1 Con
You are the muscle behind The Cartel. Your quickness to drive home messages with great efficiency caught the eye of Those Who Be when one of their trainees didn't heed your "Scram" warning. Two blades slicing off his hand and ear proved to Those Who Be that they didn't lose a cutpurse but had gained a new Messenger.
Equipment based off Suggested Quick Build
Stats based off Legal Adventure League Array 15,14,13,12,10,8
AC 14 (7 more AC possible with higher quality gear)
HP 13 (9 hp/level afterwards)
This gets you pretty far progression wise, more beyond this and it can just get too complex as far as flexibility of a guide goes.
Post level 10 I would suggest Feat: Resilient Dexterity, Feat: Durable, +2 Con, and even Magic Initiate: Cleric to pick up the spell Shield of Faith or Bless and then Spare the Dying, and Thuamaturgy. These spells augment your team helping their attacks and saves, lets you instantly stop a bleed out, have great RP moments, and are not reliant on having a high wisdom. Also it could work well as your level 19 Feat as you're being blessed by the God of Theives with greater power.