Scales of War Chapter 1: Rescue at Rivenroar
"The armies that today march across the fields and mountains of the world will tomorrow be forgotten, as will we all. But do not fear the progress of history, nor give up in today’s fight, for our efforts are far from futile. Instead, prepare your sword and shield and stand against the tide that threatens to overwhelm our lands. For though you and I may be forgotten in the years to come, what we do today will echo through the ages and determine the fate of all those who follow in our footsteps." - Amyria
Chapter 1: Rescue at Rivenroar
The world has never been a safe place. Bastions of civilization populate a dark, menacing world—islands of order and reason exist in a land otherwise overrun by dark cults, vile monsters, creatures from the dark edges of the imagination, and worse. As deadly as the world is on a normal day, something has begun to stir on the fringes of the civilized Elsir Vale (southwest of Nentir Vale). Formerly the site of an attack by an army known as the Red Hand, the Vale has known several years (50 years to be exact) of peace since brave adventurers stormed into the teeth of the approaching Hand and sent them scurrying back into the darkness. But the peace of Elsir Vale has been shattered. Goblinoids and bandits ravage the roads; A massive orc army is building up in the Badlands close to the Dwarven city of Overlook; and sinister schemes unfold in the shadows, awaiting for Elsir Vale’s (and soon the world’s) destruction. Now the land of Elsir Vale finds itself once more in need of brave heroes willing to come to the aid of their people.
This is a recruitment thread for a campaign of 4th edition of Dungeons and Dragons, for a party of five 1st level PCs.
This will be my first time DMing a PbP game. I ask that you please pardon my surely unavoidable errors and spelling mistakes (English was not a major of mine), and I shall endeavor to be the best DM I can be.
Anyone may post an application, but precedence will be given to new players,especially players not currently involved in any other PbPs (1 PbP is okay, but don’t expect to get picked if you’re playing in more than 1 PbP), and players who have not played the Scales of War Adventure Path before. If you fit any of these criteria, please say so in your application post. In addition, anyone with experience as a DM and who would be willing to provide me with a little advice and guidance are particularly welcome.
Standard setup. This is a play by post game; character sheets on Myth-Weavers (if you already have a completed character sheet on Orokos, that’s fine too). Rolls on Invisible Castle (or once again, should IC throw a hissy fit, use of Orokos’s Dice roller is fine too). I, TiamatZ, will be the DM. PCs' minimum post requirement is the usual one per day. Habitual unexplained failures to post will result in your character being ejected from the campaign.
Please submit a level one character created with the 22 Point Buy system. Maximum submissions are one per person (so choose/design carefully).
Submission should include the standard stuff: a link to the sheet (Myth Weavers or Orokos), the character's name, a picture of your character, personality traits, mannerisms and appearances, background, the why and how he/she came to the town of Brindol, and lastly, the CB summary stuff.
For your character, pretty much any official DnD 4th edition material is acceptable (supplement books, Dragon articles, etc.), except with regards to the race and class (see Character Backgrounds and Feats section below). Be prepared to post technical info if I request it.
Deadline is October 3 at 5PM (GMT +0) [ 7 PM at my time (GMT +2)]. Expect the game to begin sometime in the following week (9th October at best), in a new tread if possible (an OOC/IC Thread at best).
Plans for the Campaign
To ease myself into the DM's seat, I intend to start the campaign by playing through SOW chapter 1 first, though not necessarily by the book (looking at it, I might change a few things). What happens next will be determined by how Rescue at Rivenroar went. If it was a great success, then we’ll continue with SoW Chapter 2: Siege of Bodrin’s Watch in a few weeks time after we finish Chapter 1 (or in a month maximum). So think of Rescue at Rivenroar to be like the pilot episode to the series (that is Scales of War) or the 1st Chapter to the Trilogy that is Scales of War (Heroic Tier will be considered the 1st book).
Character Backgrounds and feats:
Races Allowed (Those not listed are banned):
- All PHB 1 and 2 races
- Genasi (FRPG), Githzerai (Dungeon 378), Minotaur (Dragon 369) and Wilden (DDI) are allowed.
Classes Banned from campaign:
All classes are okay, with the exception of all Playtest Class Articles:
- Hybrid rules and Characters
and DDI Exclusive Classes:
(Reason for all these changes is: I’m personally not familiar with Playtest Articles or the world of Ebberon (which means stuff like it's races, houses, dragonmarks etc.). Genasi make an excellent 'planar' race (in a sense that they are a rare kind to see), and Minotaurs are an overall rockin' race. Also, the Githzerai are native to this campaign/world, and I wanted to add Wilden cause of them being a ‘newcomer’ race as stated in their racial profile.).
Players may choose general backgrounds (those from the PHB 2 and Power books) and from the Scales of War ones. No Forgotten Realms or Eberron backgrounds.
The campaign will take place in the 4th edition “points of light” setting (AKA the generic setting found in DMG 1). Your PC may hail from anywhere in the setting, like perhaps from one of the towns of Nentir Vale (most famous of towns there include Fallcrest, Winterhaven and the dwarven town of Hammerfast), or from Elsir Vale itself (notable landmarks include the cosmopolitan dwarven city of Overlook and the town of Brindol).
As for choice of dieties, the standard generic gods may be chosen (e.g. Raven Queen, Pelor, Melora, Avandra etc.)
Players retain their 100gp, but gain the adventurer’s kit, as well as any level 1 magical item of their choice (that’s 360 gp worth) absolutely FREE.
Also all characters are required to have first names and last names. Come on people, be creative :mrgreen:.
Other stuff: (FAQ)
Why Brindol, specifically?
General background on Scales of War?
Final listing and chosen submissions
Edit: Updated the submission date by 3rd October (instead of the 9th October)