Although your faithful servant isn’t invisible he might as well be. He’s overlooked and often forgotten. Whenever you stop for an extended rest, the faithful servant is the one who sets up camp. He tends to your armor, weapons and other equipment. He sees that your horse is fed and groomed. He makes dinner and cleans up afterwards. Without the faithful servant you’d be lost. Yet you barely acknowledge him or even address him.
PCs only want to focus on the exciting parts of D&D. But what about all that behind the scenes stuff? Just because you don’t want to play the boring parts doesn’t mean that they aren’t happening in between fighting and sleeping. Most PCs don’t even realize that they have a faithful servant who’s been handing all of the less glamorous parts of your adventuring career for years. Well today the faithful servants speak up and if you know what’s good for you, you’ll listen.
It’s been so long since you’ve had a direct, one-on-one conversation with your faithful servant that you may not even remember hiring him. You probably don’t even remember seeing him as recently as this morning when he made you your breakfast. You’ve become so consumed by your everyday adventuring that you don’t even see the faithful servant any more.
Sure, go ahead and try to deny his very existence. But ask yourself, when was the last time you did any of the chores the faithful servant handles every day? Last night you said “I take an extended rest” and the next thing you know it’s morning and you’re off again. You made no mention of doing any of the mundane and boring tasks that life throws at you when you’re not killing monsters or talking your way past a check point. If it wasn’t for the faithful servant you would have perished long ago.
It’s about time that you and all of your adventuring friends took notice of your faithful servants. They do all the tasks that you don’t want to do. They do all the “real-life” stuff that you don’t want to bother with. But just because you don’t want to do them doesn’t mean they aren’t getting done. The faithful servant fills a necessary role in your adventuring career and if you don’t recognize that fact soon you’ll be in big trouble.
You can begin making amends by thanking the faithful servant for all the hard work he’s already done (without so much as a word of praise). Next you can start to help him with the mundane chores. I’m not suggesting that you waste a lot of time with the little things, but once and a while try to make an effort. Even a small acknowledgement of the little details goes a long way. You’d do well to keep that in mind the next time you decide to take and extended rest.