If you haven't played, or at least read, the Lamentations of the Flame Princess adventure Tower of the Stargazer, you should probably skip this post for now. Here be spoilers.
James Raggi posted this on his blog on June 30, 2010:
"... until one day in the campaign... it's the PCs who are rich. And powerful. And even if they've always fought well for the cause, they're going to wake up one day and find that they're the enemy they've always been fighting against. Power always corrupts, always. If it's rich, it's evil. And the PCs have killed a lot of evil, and taken its stuff, and have gotten very rich. If it's powerful, it's evil. And the PCs have gained a lot of levels, and are very powerful. They've sold out, they've come too far to truly embody the spirit they've always championed, and it's up to the next generation of oppressed, angry warriors to be able to fight the good fight."
Now, who's the biggest, baddest, scariest monster in Tower of the Stargazer? The horrible creature held back only by a summoning circle, which if released will give no quarter to anyone foolish enough to get in its way?
A 13th-level magic-user. The kind of character the PCs are trying to become.
This is your character on XP. Any questions?