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Competition Design a Torment NPC

Discussion in 'RPG News & Content' started by DarkUnderlord, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. DarkUnderlord Bringing that old Raptor magic.

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    Tags: Numenera KickStarter; Torment: Tides of Numenera

    Last year we did this, which gets us this in this thing here.

    Which means that we need to fill in this:

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    (you can ignore the "Art Print" bit)

    And we need it by Dec 31. The Codex is now taking suggestions. The winner will be rewarded with love and kindness and an all expenses paid visit from Bryce!
     
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  2. tuluse Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Serpent in the Staglands Divinity: Original Sin Project: Eternity Torment: Tides of Numenera Shadorwun: Hong Kong
    For the Obelisk:

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    But made from obsidian.

    I will actually be fairly outraged if this is not the selection.
     
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  3. Outlander Custom Tags Are For Fags. Patron

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    Dead Hero Name:

    Phelot.
     
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  4. Sensuki Arcane Cuck

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    Dead hero Obelisk should be Excidium - sounds p. banal
     
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  5. deuxhero Arcane

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    inXile is way too in to Social Justice. Do something that makes fun of that so they have to implement it.
     
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  6. Chunkyman Savant

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    Make a monument to A. Wyatt Mann.

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  7. Lady Error Arcane Literally Hitler

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    Andh'aira - Follower of an ancient cult that strives to defeat death. Some say they do this through sheer force of will - others suspect dark mystical rituals. It is rumored that this may involve possession of human bodies.

    NPC type: cultist
     
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  8. Night Goat The Immovable Autism Patron No Fun Allowed

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  9. Jaesun Fabulous Moderator Patron

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    Torment: Tides of Numenera Divinity: Original Sin 2 BattleTech
    NPC: Biothesda Red

    Biothesda Red is a merchant within the Merchant District that sells Candles that will induce a Dream like state, of which can help the customer focus and deal with a certain problem that is troubling them. Within this Dream State, the Customer using such a candle, can see all the possible Action and Consequences surrounding the certain problem troubling them. However, the user soon discovers that no matter what Action or Consequence a User takes, it is all meaningless, and always leads to the same conclusion.

    Many consider Biothesda Red a scam artist, peddling useless wares and avoid such nonsense. While others consider Him and his products a valuable tool and continue to purchase them regularly.
     
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  10. Sordid MCA/Prosper Hybryd Arcane Patron

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    NPC Fate: brutally raped and murdered by demons.
     
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  11. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    To make things more clear, right now we don't urgently need any of the following:

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    We only need the in-game NPC:

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    (ignore the Art Print selection at the bottom)

    Here is a page with extra information on designing the NPC: https://torment.inxile-entertainment.com/backer-information/design-npc

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    Some NPC Options
    In the questions, you'll see that we ask for your first and second choice for what "type" of NPC you'd like to write a description for. You should write your description with your first choice in mind, though your description will ideally be general enough to apply to a wide variety of NPC types. Should we be unable to accommodate your first choice, and have difficulty adapting your description for another NPC, then we will contact you about it and seek another description.

    Below is a brief explanation of the NPC types from which you can select so that you have more context for your choice.
    • Any: You have no particular preference and would like us to simply find the best fit for your NPC.
    • Explorer: Explorers are the "adventurers" of Numenera and are likely glaives, nanos, or jacks. Whether a novice or veteran, any explorer would have an interesting tale to tell.
    • Tradesman: Tradesmen are minor merchants (i.e., no store, but they would be able to talk about their trade and may trade in a specific item) who provide some sort of good or service.
    • Traveler: Travelers or tourists from throughout the Ninth World are fairly common in the regions explored in Torment. They could have knowledge of far away places as well as an interesting perspective on their surroundings.
    • Citizen: Villagers make up the backbone of their society and are likely sources of information about their local culture and recent events.
    • Military: These NPCs might be militia, guards, mercenaries, or soldiers, trained and employed as military muscle. They may have taken part in the Endless Battle or one of many other struggles throughout the region.
    • Cultist: Cultists might belong to any of the three primary cults in the region (the Children of the Endless Gate, the Order of Flagellants and Austerities, and the Dendra O'Hur).
    • Acolyte: Though far from the Steadfast, the Aeon Priesthood is active in the lands of Torment as well, and its acolytes are among those most knowledgeable in the numenera.
    Locations
    We also ask which region within the game you'd prefer your NPC to appear (the options listed are a subset of the locations in the game). As with NPC type, you should write your description assuming your first choice. Pick "any" if you have no particular preference and would simply like us to place your NPC wherever we feel is best. Here are some generalities about the denizens of each of the regions listed:
    • Sagus Cliffs: This trading hub is a morass of competing influences: economic, political, social, religious, and intellectual. The blatant corruption of the system makes cynics of all its residents. They trust few people, have mercenary hearts, and are quick to take advantage of others. Even the altruists of the city must approach their dealings with cynicism, lest they be taken advantage of by less scrupulous partners. They consider themselves cosmopolitan, able to deal well with people from all walks of life… but they fear to venture far from the city’s walls, and they are quick to judge those who venture within.
    • Bloom: The Bloom is an enormous predator, its black and tarry tendrils reaching out to anchor itself against the gorge walls as it creeps toward Sagus Cliffs and the sea. Its interior chambers and great folds provide any number of places for someone to live and hide, and its hidden pathways, sometimes one-way passages to new worlds, can lead daring merchants to great secrets—or to their dooms. The denizens of the Bloom are the desperate, the fugitives, and the mad.
    • Oasis of M'ra Jolios: The Oasis of M’ra Jolios is a resort, an underwater paradise in the desert sands that is inhabited by water-breathers known as the Ghibra. Outside the Oasis is Jerboa, an air-breather town that has grown up around the water dome. The two societies have coexisted for centuries, with the Ghibra supplying life to the air-breathers—without their water and protection, the Jerboans would surely die. Many refugees have come to Jerboa, rapidly increasing its population and attracting a strong tourist trade, while M'ra Jolios has resisted change, tightly controlling who can enter their environment. Most Jerboans view their relationship with the Oasis as a symbiotic one and while many in M'ra Jolios would agree, there is a growing minority of Ghibra who have come to see the Jerboans as parasites rather than symbiotes.
    • In a Mere: When the player enters a Mere, he or she temporarily inhabits the body of another castoff, displacing their consciousness. Meres occur in a wide variety of geographical locations or dimensions and could occur at a different point in time than the present. NPCs within Meres vary greatly.
    Naming Your NPC
    Please suggest a name for your NPC that is suitable for the Ninth World. Most 21st century names don't have the right flavor, but you could consider taking your name (or a friend's) and modifying it slightly to better fit the setting. One- or two-word names tend to work best (most Torment characters thus far have a single name).

    Here are some example Ninth World names from the Numenera books or Torment:

    Female
    Cali
    Funae
    Hesterin Hthumos
    Iyene Who Knows
    Maggie Yets
    Ni-chodoss
    Sheen
    Skaydi
    Tarlin

    Male
    Ashe
    Diario Mardain
    Grisseler
    Lestel
    Malegran
    Naraniel Horges
    Omis
    Parsim Flint
    Sajeen Dar

    Writing a Good NPC Description
    Your description will be used in the opening part of the conversation with the NPC. By convention for Torment, text can be used to describe actions or features that might not be depicted graphically, so within reason you can use your imagination. The text you submit will be reviewed and edited, and we may also change some details to better fit other aspects of the narrative. Your description should be 400 characters or less. Reading about the Numenera setting and the lore sections of Torment's updates (such as 29 and 31) may help you get a better sense of what types of characters might fit best in the game world.

    Examples
    Here are some example NPC descriptions for characters that may appear in Torment for you to use as a guide in terms of writing style and content:

    The fat little man turns toward you, a wide smile already on his face. Indeed, his smile is unnaturally wide, reaching almost to his ears. You notice that his mouth contains *two* rows of white, well-manicured teeth.

    ***

    You look upon a heavyset, pale woman. Her eyes have trouble focusing on you, and when they do, she drops them quickly. Her hands nervously adjust the scarf around her neck, then she wipes them on her once-fine clothing. She seems to steel herself and raises her gaze again... almost defiantly.

    ***

    The skin of this broad-shouldered man looks blotchy, even patchwork. It slumps from his frame as if he had lost a great deal of weight. He bobs his bald head in greeting as you approach, and his neck moves like it's broken. Yet he seems to be in no pain, and his movements are quick and assured. His voice is sonorous yet fluting, with a strange buzz that grates on your nerves.

    ***

    When she turns, you realize that the thing you had mistaken for a bundle of sticks and twine is a woman. An impossibly thin woman, her face all angles and lines. her arms thin as summer twigs. Her clothes drape across her like sailcloth, and though her face is young, her eyes are old, old, old. Her voice is flat, though an undercurrent sings at a register you cannot hear.
     
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  12. laclongquan Arcane

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    Phelot

    Description: The suntanned nearly to dark skinned old man turns from his small table filled with cups toward your direction. He smiled widely at your stunned visage, knowing that you noticed his 4 golden canine teeths, blackened somewhat with leaves' stain. Clearly he had indulged too much on his exotic and aromatic teas, though judging by his surrounding's decorations, he had done well nonetheless.
    Tradesman
    Explorer
    Sagus Cliff
    Any
    Human, Non Mutant
    Before the Fall art
     
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  13. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    To make things even more clear, specifying the art print also isn't required now.
     
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  14. ghostdog Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Patron

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    Name: The Man with Many Names.

    original (open)
    The being now known as "The Man with Many Names" is one of the closest things the multiverse has to an immortal. Precisely how long he has lived or how many reincarnations he has had is unknown, but judging from some of the contacts he has made (Wyrmlord the Mad, among others) he is probably at least several thousand years old. Over the centuries, he has taken myriad life-paths. Some say he has been the infamous "Chefe" and the cunning "KickAss". Others claim he was the despicable "Schattenjager", but none can be certain, The Man with Many Names is as elusive as a multiheaded lim-lim. As for his first incarnation, nobody knows, perhaps not even The Man himself.

    {Edited for length. Meh, it's too damn small.}

    The being known as "The Man with Many Names" is one of the closest things the multiverse has to an immortal. Over the centuries, he has taken myriad life-paths. The names "Chefe", "KickAss and "Schattenjager" have been attributed to him, but none can be certain. As for his true name, nobody knows, perhaps not even The Man himself.

    Fate: Whatever fits the game.

    Type: Traveler/cultist

    Location : In a Mere/bloom
     
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  15. Drowed Arcane

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    ITEM:
    The Hatred Gem

    Item Type:
    Component / Miscellaneous

    Item Flavor:
    Feels more mystical.

    Additional Comments:
    The description of the item would be something like: "This glittering gem seems to emanate some kind of evil aura, as if thousands of tortured souls tried to escape and possess the one who owns it, declining his soul until nothing's left but despair. Or maybe it's just ugly". The item will be found in some kind of old/dirty basement. It should have any effect related to anger, or other negative mental effects.




    EDIT:

    OP updated.
     
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  16. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    We don't need this now. We need an NPC. Updated OP.
     
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  17. Drowed Arcane

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    That's a pity, oh well, I will think of something then.
     
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  18. MicoSelva Prestigious Gentleman Monstroterratum Furiosum Patron

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    Codex 2012 Codex 2013 Codex 2014 PC RPG Website of the Year, 2015 Codex 2016 - The Age of Grimoire Make the Codex Great Again! Grab the Codex by the pussy Serpent in the Staglands Divinity: Original Sin Project: Eternity Torment: Tides of Numenera Divinity: Original Sin 2 Bubbles In Memoria A Beautifully Desolate Campaign Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    Here is my idea:

    Oracle 013 could also be changed to Codex 013 (as in Codex of Infinite Wisdom), but it kind of seems too obvious...?

    EDIT: shit, description is too long, let me trim that in a moment.

    EDIT 2: ok, done.
     
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  19. Abu Antar Tweet, tweet Patron

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    Anyone can partake?
     
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  20. TheEntitledOne Arcane

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    This would be really fitting, Andhaira being a Castoff/The Changing God.
    Either that or Prosper.
     
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  21. Zed Codex Staff Patron

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    Codex USB, 2014
    put the credits string in all caps
    WWW.RPGCODEX.NET
    or something like
    ~~``´´\\\ RPG CODEX ///``´´~~
    they just copy-paste that shit anyway
    :cool:
     
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  22. Zorba the Hutt Arcane Weasel

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    Name: Myron Horaceson

    Desc: This mutated runt of a man usually sports garish blue and red robes, his weaselly features creased in a fake smile. Notable for his luxurious neckbeard and gloriously oversized hole of a mouth. Well known in Sagus Cliffs for overstating his importance, abilities and business ventures and making idle threats. While residents treat him as a figure of fun, unwary travelers have been known to fall for his bluster.

    Type: Minor Tradesman

    Location: Sagus Cliffs

    Gruesome NPC Fate?: Yes

    Race: Human, mutant
     
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  23. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Name : He-That-Hungers

    Desc. : You do not see anything about the man that strikes you as odd. And yet, you feel tired just trying to look at him. It is as if there is something actively trying to have him at the center of your attention and you feel compelled to obey, and as you stare his features blur more and more, and you tire. Perhaps you need to rest?

    Type : Any

    Race : Non-Human

    Gruesome Fate : Yes

    Location : Any
     
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  24. Sensuki Arcane Cuck

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    NPC: Cloaked Figure

    has the ability to put his face on any creature, no matter the size/form
     
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