Curse of the Crimson Throne Act 1: Edge of Anarchy
“Why do I live here? Why live in the most regimented, law-abiding, oppressive city this side of Bloodsworn Vale? Answer’s simple, mate. With the Sable Company flapping around in the clouds, Hellknights stomping around on the streets, and the Korvosan Guard caught between them; no one knows who’s got jurisdiction over what. You just gotta know when to hide and know when to bribe. Now, you wanna buy this magic dagger or not?”
—Corb “Birdtongue” Meever, Cerulean Society Fence
Act 1: Edge of Anarchy
Korvosa, the Jewel of Varisia, has long sparkled on Varisia’s southern shore. The city was established nearly 330 years ago by the human empire of Nerath. After the empire’s fall, the city now commands its own destiny. A line of Korvosan kings and queens emerged to rule the city, establishing an infamous seat power—the Crimson Throne. Rulers have sat upon the Crimson Throne for more than two centuries, and the city has flourished. Yet the monarchy always seems on the brink of disaster. The Crimson Throne is not a prize to be won—it is a curse. No monarch of Korvosa has died of old age, and none have produced an heir while ruling. Even though King Eodred II controls Korvosa more fully than any previous monarch, that control remains tenuous, and many secretly count the days until their latest king falls to what they call the Curse of the Crimson Throne.
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 second time DMing a PbP game (the first being my Scales of War thread here
). 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 (2 PbPs are okay, but don’t expect to get picked if you’re playing in more than 2 PbP), and players who have not played the Curse of the Crimson Throne (both 3.5 and 4th edition converted versions respectively) 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.
Curse of the Crimson Throne was originally a D&D 3.5 Adventure Path released by Paizo in 2007. When 4th edition came out, a lot of people tried to convert many of the old adventure paths for the latest edition of D&D, CotCT being one of them. I have heard many good things regarding Crimson Throne (and it's previous AP, Rise of the Runelords), so I decided to run the first part of this campaign.
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.
1 Leader, 1 Defender, 1 Controller, 1 Range Striker, 1 Melee Striker; OR Range Leader, Controller, Melee Striker, Melee Striker, Defender
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 (optional; for token creation purposes)
- Personality traits, mannerisms and appearances.
- Your ties to Gaedren Lamm (see below)
- The CB summary stuff.
- And lastly, I want to know your availability to post here in the forums, as well as what DnD 4th ed. pbp games you play here.
Even before Curse of the Crimson Throne begins, you and the other PCs have a shared trait—you’ve all been wronged, in some manner, by the despicable Gaedren Lamm. Gaedren Lamm is a despicable low-life crime lord who missed his chance at being somebody big in Korvosa’s murky underworld. Well past his prime, the decrepit thief abducts orphans and forces them to support his despicable lifestyle with petty crime. Many of Korvosa’s lower class has had dealings with Lamm, and even a few of the city’s middle class and nobility have had their lives complicated by this foul old man. How has this detestable crime lord affect you in the past? Was it drug addiction (a friend or even you, perhaps)? Was someone you knew (or yourself) framed for a crime he committed? Was someone you loved killed by one of his many vicious crime sprees? Did you have an unhappy childhood as you were kidnapped by Gaedren and forced to commit unspeakable acts of wanton crime and violence in his service? Or was it something else that Gaedren did during your life? Either way, the game starts with everyone’s dislike (or hatred) to Gaedren, and offers some measure of working as a party.
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.
Note about alignment: I am lax about alignment- there is no need to mark something on the sheet unless you want to. Evil characters are allowed on the condition that they have well thought-out background/goals and have a strong reason to work with a team. No backstabbing the party, no killing the shopkeeper because you felt like it, and most importantly of all, don’t be a griefer
; everyone’s here to have fun, but I will throw out anyone that tries to ruin everyone else’s experience.
Deadline is February 26 6:00 PM (Mid afternoon; GMT+2 time). Expect the game to begin sometime in the following week (March 1-March 5).
Plans for the Campaign
To ease myself into the DM's seat, I intend to start the campaign by playing through CotCT Act 1 first. What happens next will be determined by how the game went. As we are playing CotCT, I'm slowly trying to convert the other acts of the AP to 4th ed. If it was a great success, then we’ll continue with CotCT Act 2: Seven days to the Grave in 3-4 weeks time after we finish Edge of Anarchy.
Character Backgrounds and feats:
Races Allowed (Those not listed are banned):
- All PHB 1, 2 and 3 races (With the exception of Githzerai)
- Changeling, Genasi, Gnoll, Shadar-Kai, and Warforged are allowed.
Classes Banned from campaign:
All classes are okay (even PHB 3 preview and Assassin classes are allowed), with the exception of Hybrid
Players may choose general backgrounds (like those from the PHB 2 and Power books etc.) ONLY! No Forgotten Realms! No Eberron! No Scales of War! ‘Nuff said.
The campaign will take place in the 4th edition “points of light” setting, but in the far-off land of Varasia. Your PC may hail from anywhere in the city of Korvosa, or from its neighboring Shoanti tribes. Your character can come from all walks of life, from a begger trying to make ends meet in the streets, to an aristocrat born in one of the many noble houses of Korvosa (check post below for more details).
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
Removed Drow as a playable race, but added Eladrin back in to compensate.
Moved the deadline earlier to Friday