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[4E, Legends of Novus OOC] GM Post up, read OOC for details on skill challenge!

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  • tzeentchlingtzeentchling Dr. Doctor Oakland, CARegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Wow. Thanks for catching that. Need bed now.

  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009


    Personality -
    Miss is driven by her past. Completely willing to lie, cheat, murder, steal, and torture to achieve her goals of revenge, she comes across as slightly... off. Sometimes, however, her gregarious Changeling nature will slip through, and in those moments she almost seems cheerful, as though she were in a better time.

    Appearance -
    Pale skin, black orbs for eyes, a face that looks almost doll-like, her pointed ears sticking out past her oddly-colored hair, Miss strikes an unusual figure amidst the crowds of people. Of course, Revenants aren't common anywhere. Her dark clothing and soft footfalls help deflect attention from her, as much as is possible, but she still prefers to stick to the shadows, always having favored stealth over confrontation, darkness over daylight. Her insistence on moving silently and stealthily often unnerves people, as she arrives behind them without any forewarning.

    Memory and Pain -
    Memory comes in flashes. Her life before is wrought with death, dealt by her hand. Poisons, blades in the dark, shifting to take the place of a diplomat. Dozens have died by her hands, and nobody has known.
    As Memory comes closer to the moment of death, it begins to fragment. Five faces, her closest compatriots. Hars, Lam, Ruz, Yug, and Bin. Each of them whispering a condemnation that she can't quite remember. Then Memory turns to Pain.
    Flames and fire. The scream of a woman's voice. Memory is clear on the scent of burning pine, the knowledge that the screaming woman had deep blue eyes and soft lips. Was she a real lover? Or the wife of a mask she had worn? Memory is unclear. Pain replaces Memory once again.

    Then, the pale grey light. The true face of the Unknown Stranger was revealed to her, although she dare not speak of it. Her soul placed in a new body, with the whispers of the Stranger echoing inside her empty-feeling skull. Memory met her for the first time, whispering in the dark. The faces of her killers.

    Slowly but surely, Miss put together her past. The Fraternity had betrayed her. They had killed her. Now she was back, and while the insistent murmurs of the Stranger pushed her towards an important destiny, Miss wanted one thing. Revenge. Black-tipped fingers scrawl a message on the wall, blood of a Fraternity agent serving as ink. "You killed me. Now it's my turn."

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  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Talon, quick question.

    The Weapon/Implement Expertise feat, introduced in the Player's Handbook 2, grants a +1 untyped attack bonus per tier for a specific weapon/implement class.

    It's a feat that everyone takes, because it was put in by Wizards to fix a bit of broken math they had. Not to mention a +1 untyped attack bonus, which everyone wants.

    So can we(the party as a whole) please have it for free, rather than having to pay the feat tax for it? I'd rather spend my feats on cool things that let me do more neat tricks and real bonuses rather than a flat attack bonus, but I'll buy it anyway because it's so critical.

  • interrobanginterrobang kawaii as  hellRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Rainfall wrote: »
    Talon, quick question.

    The Weapon/Implement Expertise feat, introduced in the Player's Handbook 2, grants a +1 untyped attack bonus per tier for a specific weapon/implement class.

    It's a feat that everyone takes, because it was put in by Wizards to fix a bit of broken math they had. Not to mention a +1 untyped attack bonus, which everyone wants.

    So can we(the party as a whole) please have it for free, rather than having to pay the feat tax for it? I'd rather spend my feats on cool things that let me do more neat tricks and real bonuses rather than a flat attack bonus, but I'll buy it anyway because it's so critical.

    Seconded.

    There's lots of sources and player opinions I could cite that talk about how the (blank) Expertise feats are a math fix on Wizards' part - a feat tax that the players pay because WotC messed up defense scaling.

  • TalonrazorTalonrazor Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I have no problem with people taking that feat for free, that is fine.

    Also: Start giving your characters last names, goddamnit. The only way you will get to have a singular name is if your concept really, really demands it and even then my cheese factor indicator will be red-lining. You are not goddamn superheroes.

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  • tzeentchlingtzeentchling Dr. Doctor Oakland, CARegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Also: Start giving your characters last names, goddamnit. The only way you will get to have a singular name is if your concept really, really demands it and even then my cheese factor indicator will be red-lining. You are not goddamn superheroes.

    Aaaaaas yooooouuu wiiiiiiiish!

  • JacquesCousteauJacquesCousteau Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I was just trying to leave it open-ended since his family name is so important but I guess he could have an assumed last name.

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  • 3clipse3clipse Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Talonrazor wrote: »
    I have no problem with people taking that feat for free, that is fine.

    Also: Start giving your characters last names, goddamnit. The only way you will get to have a singular name is if your concept really, really demands it and even then my cheese factor indicator will be red-lining. You are not goddamn superheroes.

    'kay. Done.

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  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009

    JC, for now we are apparently going with the standard array of magical items. You might want to pick some up to fix that terrifyingly low AC.

  • TalonrazorTalonrazor Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Just giving everyone a heads up, due to the number of excellent submissions I've gotten I am going to close recruitment sometime this weekend. I really wish I could run a party of twelve, I am liking something about every single app. I will probably be running a seven-character party. If anyone out there has some killer apps (arcane user and controllers are gonna be needed), now is the time.

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  • JacquesCousteauJacquesCousteau Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Rainfall wrote: »

    JC, for now we are apparently going with the standard array of magical items. You might want to pick some up to fix that terrifyingly low AC.

    Oh. I'll get on that tomorrow morning.

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  • WeretacoWeretaco Cubicle Gangster Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Karamir <lastNameHere> - Genasi Invoker

    Talon, I'll get you the response probably today.

    History

    Karamir is among the descendants of the Genasi who arrived by ship. Unaware of their past they forged a new future for themselves. He was given to the priesthood of Kharak at a young age as his tribe passed through Cygepta. The danger of a travelling band of Genasi no place for a youngster like him. Raised in the temples he adopted the beliefs of the priests and entered their ranks when he was of age. When he finally reached adulthood, he was given the test that all of his brethern must go through to become full priests. Boarding an airship he was taken to the middle of the desert and left on his own to prove his worth to the Priesthood. 30 days and 30 nights he was to survive and commune with his god to prove his dedication. Finding a ruined temple in the middle of The Burning Sands, he meditated and prayed. After days of starvation and little water, he became weak and began to see visions. He beheld a figure whose power radiated over him. Deep inside he knew this was his god Kharak. Kharak gave him a message, a task to purge his church of a taint that had crept up to its highest leader, the Piaro. First though, he had to prove himself worthy. As the ultimate test of character, Kharak wiped Karamir's mind of his past and all his teachings from the Priesthood. It would be up to his nature to guide him along the true path that the church had long since strayed from. If he was up to the test, it would fall upon him to cleanse the religion and bring its people back to the true faith.



    The trauma of this encounter left Karamir weak again and he slept in the desert for what seemed like an eternity. He was found by a small tribe that lived in the desert. They brought him to their home, nursed him to health, gave him a new name, and encouraged him to look within for the true answers about himself. Living with these people and helping them in their daily survivial in a harsh desert environment helped Karamir begin his path towards his true test. He learned many of their skills of survival and their primitive (but highly effective) martial arts. After a time, he realized that his path with these people had to split as he would no longer advance in his faith and knowledge with them. He thanked them for the life they had given him and went to seek out the world and prove to his god that he was worth of the task given him.


    The Journal of Karamir:
    Was it all a dream?

    I leave the scorching heat of the desert on this journey I've been tasked with. My faith in Kharak and the goal given to me the only thing keeping me going. I still have faint memories of another life, another person. Who I am now is a mystery. A past I can't return to. I've spent time with these poeple of the desert learning to survive. A man saved from certain death in the blazing heat and empty expanse of sand to be brought in and healed of my physical wounds. The mental injury remains still. I'm a blank slate, with only a leftover reminder from this past existence. The words of a god commanding me to follow his path, and purge his church of a vile taint that has plauged it. Maybe in time, I will be allowed to regain my identity.

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  • DelmainDelmain Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
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    Aaron Mitchell, Explorer Extraordinaire!

    "Snakes? Why'd it have to be- Oh hey, there's a spellbook down there! Hold the torch, I'm going in!"

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  • kuhlmeyekuhlmeye Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Hmm... I have a wizard written up, and a background, but it's just not written up yet. Do you know when you will be closing this weekend, so that I know when it would need to be written up by? Been just a little to busy to get it written up.

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  • WeretacoWeretaco Cubicle Gangster Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
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    Karamir sighs as he stands in front of the exhausted peasant. "what would my god ask of me" he thinks to himself. Unable to take the role of judge from the god he holds dear, Karamir decides.

    "Flee peasant.. you have already lost your home, friends, and what you would hold dear. You are now also wanted by a noble. I will not be your executioner though, let your god judge your actions when you pass". Knowing the peasant will not return where he will be hunted, Karamir considers his job done. "As far as these nobles think, a peasant they don't see is a peasant who doesn't exist" he mutters to himself and walks away.

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  • kuhlmeyekuhlmeye Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Vondaal Odain


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    Why do they always run? Vondaal thought, trudging through the snow after the fugitive. Didn't he know that people like me always catch up? He did, Vondaal always caught up. He couldn't afford to fail people like nobles.

    Walking up to the old man, Vondaal listens to his story, almost feeling sorry. "I realize the hurt they put on you, but you must understand," Vondaal starts, his voice his own now, not having to pretend. He starts to pace back and forward in front of the man, "What you did, murder and all that, is wrong. Now, I'm not the biggest fan of killing, but you know, I can't let you go back to alive. I've already risked too much, and you already know what I can do," he continues, his eyes drifting down to the wound. He brings his eyes back up to the mans, but not before looking around for others, "But I can allow you the benefit of dying quick. Sorry." He voice was cold as the man tried to bat away the imaginary bolt, and then dropped to the ground.

    And that's that. Nasty stuff, but a man needs to eat.

    Note: I still have 1000g to spend on random crap, but I'll do that if chosen.

    Sorry for competing with you Delmain, but it had to be done!

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  • KilmKilm Registered User
    edited September 2009
    Comighan Immory Half-Elf Sorcerer

    Just need to add items and clean it up.


    Got the items, 3 magic ones sound about right?

  • heysparkyheysparky Registered User
    edited September 2009
    Howdy! I was looking for a new PbP game and after reading the excellent background materials and the character submissions I knew I needed to make a grab at a slot here.

    I don't see any specific callout of the items and monies these 6th Level PCs should have. Can someone link a reference or spell it out for me?

  • TalonrazorTalonrazor Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    For know, it's standard array of items + 1000gp as long as people don't grab too "Magic-licious" items. We may swap to a low-magic item ruleset later on. Also, I will probably be closing submissions here tonight, just a final warning to everyone.

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  • PowerpuppiesPowerpuppies Registered User regular
    edited September 2009

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  • fe1dmanfe1dman Registered User
    edited September 2009
    Tenexaphion Racer Model Prototype, Warforged Ranger (Beast Mastery)

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  • lodwilklodwilk Registered User
    edited September 2009
    Solvonos Sarielastra

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  • heysparkyheysparky Registered User
    edited September 2009
    Caden Bollardtoggle... Merchant, Explorer, Devout

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  • NotoriusBENNotoriusBEN Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    dammit, i cant compete with this level of submissions... stop making your PC's so cool everyone :P

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  • interrobanginterrobang kawaii as  hellRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    dammit, i cant compete with this level of submissions... stop making your PC's so cool everyone :P

    No!

  • TalonrazorTalonrazor Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Hey all, I am going to go ahead and close recruitment. I'll put up a list of accepted characters here in a moment. Some pretty tough choices here.

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  • TalonrazorTalonrazor Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Ok, here is the casting list for the Legends of Novus! I pretty much loved everyone's character and wish I could run with all of you. However, if you didn't make it in, I encourage you to keep an eye on the thread. I usually always have a person or two drop due to time conflicts or other problems that crop up so those that already have had character ready for quick play will probably get scooped up as reserves.

    Interrobang – Shreya Darchala, Eladrin Artificer
    Rainfall – Miss, Revenant Assassin
    Elfword – Thoth, Human Warden
    SimpsonParadox – Kavaki Yuthr, Goliath Barbarian
    Weretac0 - Karamir LastNameHere, Genasi Invoker
    Powerpuppies – Garret Andershard, Halfling Bard/Cleric
    Delmain – Aaron Mitchell, Human Wizard

    While we probably won't start the actual adventure until tomorrow or even Monday night, I am going to try and get an IC thread up this afternoon so you guys can start all the handshaking and intros. Some things everyone needs to do right now:

    1. Starting items. If you haven't already, get your starting items. We get standard allotment of gold plus starting items. Be warned, I might take away some of those items depending on how I like the low-magic item alternative rules in DMG2. As well, try to reflavor as many items into well-made/clockwork type of stuff.
    2. Please post how and why your character joined Wildlands Security, which is the name of the private venturing company you are all members of that was decided on by members in IRC, and what your secondary role is. This way we can look and see what exactly the party make-up is and get ideas rolling for player interactions.
    3. When I GM, I usually like to hear from players what they are looking for in this game. Go ahead and let me know what you want to do in this game (fight big bosses, explore more diplomacy roleplaying, cool settings for war, more exploration of open-ended gameplay, etc), what your goal is with your character (test out a new build, explore some new theme, develop personality, etc) and what would be the coolest thing you could get to do in the game (fight a freefalling battle from a plummeting airship, storm an underwater castle, take on the necromancer vampires in the Graveyard, lead the peasants of Swadia in revolt, etc).

    My philosophy of GMing is always "players have shitloads of fun", so letting me know what "fun" is to you helps me structure cooler campaign arcs and encounters. This campaign is going to be pretty sandbox-y so giving me as many hooks and ideas with your characters, themes you'd like to see and cool roleplaying ideas you'd like to try will give me as much ammo to work with as possible. This should (hopefully) lead to an infinitely better game. I'm taking off for another shift with the police department in a few but it's a short shift (new officers are doing a first aid class and I gotta be there to cover) and when I get back I'll start working on getting us an IC thread.

    Welcome aboard peeps, this should be awesome!

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  • tzeentchlingtzeentchling Dr. Doctor Oakland, CARegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Awwwww. :( Tough luck. Enjoy the game, guys, and I'll be ready should a reserve be needed.

  • TalonrazorTalonrazor Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Yea, once again, we had fucking fantastic submissions. Seriously, these were some of the best characters I have seen in my many years of GMing. It was depressing not being able to choose everyone. I'll take a list of reserve players out of the characters already submitted, if people would like, that I can quickly plug in should we lose someone.

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  • heysparkyheysparky Registered User
    edited September 2009
    Aw nuts. Have fun guys.

    EDIT: Please do put Caden on the list.

  • samurai6966samurai6966 Registered User
    edited September 2009
    Plug me in. I love the campaign settings. If you need me, just PM me. Good luck guys.

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  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    If possible, I'd like to stay out of long extended dungeon drags, because those are boring. Combat is fun, though. Especially the more awesome combat gets, the more fun it is.

    Obviously I'd like to engage in at least a little bit of politicking, since Miss is trying to track down the elusive Fraternity and kill them all in gory fashion. So that's a big thing for her, hunting down her former friends, especially the five who betrayed her in the first place.

    As for why Miss would join an adventuring company, it's simple. It's employment, it keeps her travelling, and she moves to hotspots where members of the Fraternity are going to be. Her skills are unquestionably useful and deadly, so she wouldn't have a problem getting in or proving herself. Provided other members of Wildlands aren't concerned with her slightly outlandish and unsettling appearance, there should be no issue with her being in the group.

  • SimpsonsParadoxSimpsonsParadox Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I'll second the dislike of extended dungeon romps. I'd like for some RPing mixed in with checks (Not mutually exclusive with skill checks, of course.) However, I am a Barbarian, so hitting things is always something I'm interested in.

    Kavaki would join an adventuring group for two reasons. A, to keep moving so that slavers can't find him and return him, and B, to see the world in all of its glory/to read all of its books. To Kavaki, every natural wonder is a monument to the Great Spirits (And another opportunity for a Turtles All The Way Down joke in OOC chat.) He believes that, as someone who inhabits this world, it is his job to see each and every one of these monuments and to give praise to the spirits there. The book thing is sort of self explanatory =D

    -edit- Oh yeah. My goals. As stated in IRC, I wish to throw a Dwarf. I don't care into what. I just wish to pick up a dwarf and make a strength roll so I may use him as a thrown weapon. That is all.

  • lodwilklodwilk Registered User
    edited September 2009
    Congrats to those who made it in. Also you can put Solvonos on the reserves list.

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  • heysparkyheysparky Registered User
    edited September 2009
    Say, Talon, is that campaign doc all you? It's boss. Nice job.

  • TalonrazorTalonrazor Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Thanks sparky. I just slapped it together, I am working on right now a Player's Guide for this game with actual formatting. I used to be a media manager for a University office before I jumped over to the police, so used a lot of InDesign tricks :P.

    One thing I forgot to mention to all players: I need lists of availability. This is when you can both do posts and IRC times, as I'd like to try and do an IRC meet-up every once in a while for combat. I am pretty busy and probably won't be able to do too many sessions but I'd like to try hit one every now and then. For posting, I'd like to get a post from everyone at LEAST once a day. More is preferable.

    For the reserves, I'm putting up a standby list as well and I'll be contacting you for drop-outs depending on what we need.

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  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    My availability is pretty wild. I'm on MDT time right now, and you'll not be able to get me on Friday, Saturday, and Monday nights/evenings. Other than that, I may or may not be on depending on schedule.

  • SimpsonsParadoxSimpsonsParadox Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Weekdays are bad juju for me, especially as finals week creeps closer and closer. However, anytime past 7ish until 11ish is good on weekdays (Except Friday, which is entirely closed off) and pretty much any time on weekends so long as its set up before hand should be good.

  • heysparkyheysparky Registered User
    edited September 2009
    If I get called up from the reserves:

    Timezone: PST, (GMT -8)

    With enough notice, I should be able to make myself available for an IRC session.

    EDIT: Talon, for the players guide, do call out the specific gear levels and gold amounts. I still haven't found where it's written or posted what starting gear and gold non-1st level characters get. :)

  • 3clipse3clipse Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Well balls. Ah well.

    Keep me on the Reserves just in case. I'm at GMT-5 and can post pretty much all the time.

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