The mentor is wiser, older, and more worldly than our soon to be hero. They also offer the necessary bit of encouragement.
I like the idea of the template system where a DM can quickly change a monster’s level to suit the needs of the upcoming combat. I was wondering if we could do something like that for 5e.
This is a gross oversimplification, but the choices in the series highlight the difference between the three main types of decisions that often come up in RPGs: optimal, conflicting, and preference.
If melee characters get to use strength mod on Intimidate checks, why no similar case for the Bard to attack with charisma?