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Completed Play-by-Post: In Search of the Sorcerer

Discussion in 'Codex Playground' started by nikolokolus, Jan 21, 2015.

  1. nikolokolus Arcane

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    This thread is now "closed." If you are participating or following along, go here
    (same campaign, same world, different rule system).

    Introduction:

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    I'm going to try and spare everyone playing in this game a lot of unnecessary exposition, but since this is all taking place in an alternate Earth, home-brewed world, a certain amount of setting the stage is unavoidable. I'll post the short version below and provide a link to a couple of documents that highlight some of the broad-stroke details of the world's geography, climate, cultures and gods.

    If you need to ask out-of-character questions that aren't directly tied to events happening within the game, please try to remember to post them in the original recruiting thread HERE or at least frame them inside of a "spoiler" tag.


    Die Roller & Character Management:
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    When you roll up your character's attributes use the dice roller at: www.unseenservant.com (click HERE for an in-depth How-to)
    Sign up for a free account and create a character linking to campaign ID: 247 I'll repost stat blocks below in the thread so everything is easy to reference in one location; this is going to make keeping track of characters much, much easier. If you need to make edits to your character (like swapping ability points) just let me know via PM so I can go in and review things. Furthermore, whenever I ask for a die roll, you'll be able to roll on-the-fly, but you can also create macros which can be very helpful. The nicest thing is that it keeps an archive of all rolls for every character.


    Rules & Mechanics:
    Swords & Wizardry Complete

    The house rules I use for S&W are pretty player friendly. Review the linked pdf for specifics, but in general low-level characters are bit more survivable, competent, and versatile than the base game. If people have any strenuous objections to anything, send me a PM; nothing is set in stone.


    Setting:

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    Theia is the known world of an alternate Earth that exists along an uncertain timeline. The world diverges from our own in several key ways:
    • The Ice Age never ended.
    • Parts of H.P Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith and R.E. Howard's mythoi are an inextricable part of the world's cosmology, alongside certain pantheons and deities from Earth's antiquity.
    • Over 2,000 years ago something went terribly wrong with the sky. A full solar cycle now takes 1,456 days to complete. The familiar yellow disc of Sol has been replaced with a large, lurid, orange orb and solitary Luna is now accompanied by a fast moving, ruddy-brown satellite known as Phobos.
    • Atlantis, Lemuria, Hyperborea and Ultima Thule are (or were) real places.
    • Although the continents and geography of Old Earth are different, cultures from antiquity have persisted and flourished; Pseudo-celts, quasi-Hellenes and ersatz Sumerians along with mythical races like Atlanteans, Hyperboreans, and chthonic dwarfs.

    Gods & Religion:
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    You are under no obligation to pick a patron god or pantheon for your character unless you are a Paladin (always Mitra), a Cleric, or a Druid (always Keltic or Kimmerian). In general, most people are polytheistic and worship a number of gods common to their cultural background. Some deities are universal (like the cult of Mitra and the Imperial Cult of the Autarch) and adherents can be found anywhere, while other gods are specific to certain locales (like the patronizing city-state gods of Acadia).

    Alignment:
    The vast majority of people in the world are Neutral; oblivious or indifferent to any great cosmic struggle between Law and Chaos in higher realities. Describing a character as Lawful, Neutral or Chaotic bespeaks more about their general tendencies and habits of thought than it does their allegiances . . . at least until characters become powerful enough that their actions draw the attention of higher powers.


    Character Creation:

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    Race & Culture:
    Use the house rules section on character creation to help you decide how to flesh out your character. Just remember that certain bog-standard fantasy races like Elves and Half-Elves aren't available, they are replaced by a somewhat analogous race of near-humans called Hyperboreans; a race renowned for their cruelty, decadence, and talent for sorcery. Halflings and Dwarfs are also slightly modified from their well-worn high fantasy tropes; not so much different mechanically, as they are in terms of culture, temperament and history. If you choose to play a human, pick one of the cultural groups listed in the Player's Gazetteer.

    A quick synopsis of the various playable human cultures and near-human races available.
    Humans:
    • Acadians: Desert dwelling men of the east. Similar to ancient Babylonian culture mixed with Bedouin characteristics, from Earth's antiquity.
    • Illyrians: The "common men" of Theia. Illyrians were conquered by their Hyperborean masters thousands of years ago and form the lowest class of citizenry in the Commorian Imperium. Analogous to earth's ancient Hellenic people.
    • Kelts: Men of the west. People similar to the ancient Gaels, Britons, and Cyrmru of Bronze Age Europe, but supposes they never succumbed to the conquest of Rome.
    • Kimmerians: A barbarous race from the Arran Mountains, who were driven from their home by the Kurgan horde. Their diaspora has scattered their surviving numbers across Theia. Somewhat analogous to the Caucasuses dwelling Cimmerians of Earth's antiquity.
    • Kurgans: Nomadic tribes of hunters and herders from the taiga and steppe of the frozen north. Analogous to Earth's Hunnic, Turkic and proto-Slavic peoples from Earth's prehistory. They are probably best known for their use of strange, two-legged, furred lizards for mounts and beasts of burden and their hordes that occasionally erupt from the hinterlands to raid and pillage.
    • Stgyians: A lawless, ancient land of vine-choked jungles, crumbling ruins, and dark secrets. There is no earthly analog for this place, its people, or its customs. Native Stygians are dark-skinned jungle dwellers, while the rest of Stygia is composed of foreigners that ply the seas as pirates or are lured by tales of treasure.
    Near-Humans:
    • Dwarfs: A stunted, weird folk born from worms of the Underearth. Dwarfs are a sexless (but male appearing) race, bereft of pride, love or joy. The only thing that numbs their spirit is to make war or toil in pursuit of precious metals and gems.
    • Halflings: Diminutive, sycophantic vermin is how most people view this race of rat-catchers, midden cleaners and natural thieves.
    • Hyperboreans: A fair-haired, fair-skinned race of great stature, long life-span and a dark, sorcerous reputation. A sort of cross between Micheal Moorcock's Melnibonéans and the mythical race described by Herodotus.
    Starting Languages:
    Characters of 3 to 7 intelligence can only speak their cultural or racial tongue (haltingly and poorly). If Intelligence is 8 or greater and thus the character has additional languages, you are strongly encouraged to pick Illyrian - the lingua franca of Inner Theia, but if you don't want to speak "Common" you are free to do as you wish.

    Character Backstories:
    Just a sentence or two should suffice. The main thing is to come up with a reason for why your character is suddenly an itinerant who can't hold down a "real" job.


    Starting Point:
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    A little bit of geographical context that might help with character creation:

    The jump-off point for the campaign is near the small port-city Odessos, a semi-autonomous, fortified, trading post of the Commorian Imperium. Odessos sits in a sheltered bay along the western shore of the Aixenos Sea, a large inland body of water at the center of the known world. The city also marks the western edge of Commorium's practical domain; the river Don, that empties into Odessos Bay, forms the unofficial border between Imperial Illyria and Keltic lands of Getae to the north. For further context, travel to the Imperial city of Commorium is a month's journey southeast by caravan, the Kurgan Steppe stretches across unknown distances north of the Aixenos, Acadia lies well east of Commorium, and a couple Dwarfish holdfasts are known to be somewhere southwest in the Haemus Mons.

    Odessos is a mixed city, with representatives of just about every race from Inner Theia. Illyrians and Kelts are by far the most common, Kimmerians and Halflings are somewhat uncommon, Kurgan and Acadian's are rare, and Hyperboreans and Dwarfs are very rare (usually outcasts, who have been banished).
    A Map of Inner Theia (open)

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    The story so far . . . (open)

    Getae - Zelkor's Ferry: Begin at the Beginning
    Getae - Zelkor's Ferry: Blessed Dawn
    Getae - Zelkor's Landing: The Crossing

    Odessos: Ill Met in Odessos

    Odessos - Grand Bazaar: Night Bird
    Odessos - Grand Bazaar: Everybody's a Critic
    Odessos - The Undercity: Flight Into Darkness
    Odessos - The Undercity: The Fall of Heron
    Odessos - Lowtown: The Broken Anchor
    Odessos - Lowtown: Father Inniros
    Odessos - Lowtown: The Trial
    Odessos - Lowtown: Reunion and Parting
    Odessos - Lowtown: The Tower of Koren Ghul


    The Tower of Koren Ghul: A Wizard's Sanctuary

    Pictland: Into the Wilds
    Pictland: The Dolmens
    Pictland: Coming to Crannógmere
    Pictland:
    The Big Bad Wolf
    Pictland: The Tomb of Ulfheonar
    Pictland:
    The Taking of The Spear
    Pictland: The Slaying of Blaidd Mawr
    Pictland: The End of King Talorc
    Pictland: A Revelation

     
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  2. nikolokolus Arcane

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    Roster of Characters:
    (pm me a link to your unseenservant character sheet and I'll post the player's name, character and brief description

    (Siveon) - Marcán Macc Fionnghal: Keltic Fighter (male); LVL:2, HP: 13/6 wounds; AC:14
    6'1", 230 lbs. a fair-skinned Kelt, with brown unkempt hair and a short beard. He has slightly thick eyebrows, dark brown eyes with a thick rounded off nose. Sunken cheekbones and an angular jaw with a round chin.

    (Grimgravy) - Rhenmyr: Stygian Ranger; LVL 2; HP: 25/9 wounds; AC: 17
    5'11", 183 lbs. A man of lean features, black hair, light brown eyes, and dusky olive skin.

    (Helly) - Ker Gwez: Keltic, Druid (male). LVL 2; HP: 12/1 wounds; AC: 12
    Young tall pale man with green eyes and red hair wearing leather armor and the green robes of a druidic novice.

    Llywelyn ap Gruffydd - Cormac Macc Fionghall: Keltic, Cleric of Arawn (male); LVL 2; HP:13/0 wounds, AC: 12
    A small, thin, pale man with brown hair and blue eyes. Startles easily.

    ERYFKRAD
    Borric "The Brick": Kurgan Fighter; LVL: 2; HP 12/11 wounds; AC:14
    6'0", 187 lbs. (85 kilos) His face is covered in bite-scars, obscuring most of his features and his mouth is set in a permanent scowl. Ragged furs are draped across his broad shoulders and a sledgehammer is slung across his back.

    L'ennui Urash of Kor: Acadian Magic-User (male); LVL: 1; HP:5/2 wounds; AC:11
    Urash is of medium build. His defining features are his jet black beard and his Acadian accent.


    Wayward Son Mab Ystyfnig: Pict Druid (male): Lvl:1, HP:6/1 wounds; AC:13
    Mab is a furtive fellow with a nasty scar on his jaw and eyes that belie a touch of madness or mania. He is never without the strange animal pelt that he keeps draped over his shoulders.


    The Honored Dead and Departed:
    (Smashing Axe) - Heron Eurybia: Acadian Magic-User. LVL: 1 "Got out while the getting was good"

    (bert) - Sokrates: Kimmerian Paladin. LVL: 1 "Perished in the tower of Koren Ghul and now rests in Mitra's embrace"

    (Stalin_Brando) Rashid: Acadian Thief (male): Lvl:2; HP:9/0 wounds; AC:11

    "Where could the scoundrel have gotten off to in that dread swamp?!"
     
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  3. bert Arcane

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    What character is everyone going as? I'm looking at Paladin chiefly or Fighter if that doesn't work out.
     
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  4. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    I've rolled a Kurgan fighter for the moment, assuming you have room for an extra player.
     
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  5. Siveon Bot

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    I rolled a Kelt fighter, but I don't mind the extra back-up.

    I do hope someone picks a thief or a wizard though. Hopefully non-Human.
     
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  6. Helly Translating for brofists Patron

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    I've rolled a keltic druid. It ain't no magical powerhouse, but he'll be feisty
     
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  7. bert Arcane

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    I hope you guys like a 4 int character :lol:

    Any preferences for what you guys want? A paladin might be overboard on heavy fighters. My character is dumb as fuck but he's also quite gifted in everything else (17 16 16 14 14...)
     
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  8. Grimgravy Augur Patron

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    So we've got a fighter or 2, a druid.

    So we're lacking sneak and magic support. I'll look into that. Suppose it will depend on what rolls I get.
     
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  9. nikolokolus Arcane

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    Rember human characters can arrange abilities to taste (non-humans are in order with racial modifiers)
     
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  10. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    Rolled a human magic-user
     
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  11. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Humies everywhere.
    The Emperor approves.
     
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  12. Siveon Bot

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    It makes sense. Nobody wants to be a douche high-elf, a cannibal, and dwarves?

    Eew.
     
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  13. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Siveon, I'm thinking of going with brass knuckles or a sledgehammer, are you going for something similar?
    nikolokolus, anyplace where I can read up more on Kurgans?
     
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  14. Siveon Bot

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    Traditional Sword and Board for me, actually.
     
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  15. Grimgravy Augur Patron

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    Going with a Stygian ranger.
     
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  16. nikolokolus Arcane

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    Imagine Attila The Hun. Now put him on a tauntaun from Empire Strikes Back.

    If you need more, what exactly did you want to know?
     
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  17. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Ah, I think I'll just wing it with Attila the Hun.
    Brb, updating char sheet.
     
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  18. nikolokolus Arcane

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    Still waiting on a few character sheets and some of you still need to roll for gold, buy equipment, roll for your HPs or otherwise finalize your characters. No big rush. Just PM me when you've got it done.

    Also, make sure to use the "preview" link for your character sheet at unseen servant and copy and paste from the window that pops up (it needs the "&wh=f" bit of URL code for it to be viewable by others).
     
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  19. Grimgravy Augur Patron

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    Finishing mine up now.
     
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  20. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    HP 4.
    :negative:
     
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  21. nikolokolus Arcane

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    Don't forget to add 1d4 (+CON bonus) for your 0-level hit points (It's in the house rules document).
     
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  22. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Oh, well that changes things.
     
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  23. nikolokolus Arcane

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    Just waiting on one more person I believe? Also I'm sure some of you have noticed in the PMs I've sent some of you (still finalizing a couple of intros), that your characters don't all necessarily know each other. Hopefully I'll do a decent enough job weaving all of this together, so you'll have a good enough reason to join forces shortly. ;)
     
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  24. Nevill Arcane

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    So has it started already? Or is there still room for a character?

    Edit: read the introductory thread. Hm, I guess I will need to get in line. No matter, I am sure a place in the party will be made available shortly. :lol:

    I have absolutely no idea how it is going to work over the Internet, so I guess there may be a benefit from observing things first before rushing in. :)
     
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  25. nikolokolus Arcane

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    I set the maximum players at six. If things end up running really smoothly I might expand it, but I sort of want to see how things go. I have one other person the "waiting list" ahead of you, but I'll let you know if a slot opens up.
     
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