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[DnD 4E] A Point of Light - Act IV: The New World

susansusan Registered User regular
edited July 2011 in Critical Failures
"A Point of Light"

The Dread Necromancer Ladroc turned himself into a Lich by his 25th Birthday. By his 30th he was marching an army of undead across the land, slaughtering cities and counties and using the thousands of corpses to swell his ranks of thralls.

All the nations of the world fought him. They sent their armies, they sent their heroes, they sent their Generals, they sent their Royalty. Humans and Demihumans, the Fey Races and the Savage Races, Dragons and Goblinoids, every sane person across the globe stood shoulder to shoulder to fight and contain this menace. And fight they did. Bravely. Valiantly. Intelligently. Tirelessly. An army a million strong, larger than any the world had ever seen before, charged as one to meet the Necromancer's horde knowing that they were the last line of defense against it.

They lost.

That was some centuries ago. Perhaps some exceptionally old Fey can still remember a time when Ladroc was not the unquestioned tyrant of the world, free to do what he wishes to whomever he wishes to do it, but you doubt anyone could survive the hundreds of years of Hell while still staying sane. For you, the world is what it always has been: A big dark place full of Zombies and Vampires and Monsters who can and will rip you apart for breakfast if they have the slightest inkling to. Trade and travel are rare at best, non-existent in most towns. Humans and other mortals live together in either small hidden enclaves or in larger towns and cities, allowed to exist by the governing Vampire Courts so that they can exact a tribute of flesh and blood from these cities on a regular schedule.

While dissent is rampant, rebellion isn't even considered. None of the masters care if a human kills a zombie, or even a thousand zombies; mindless beasts and abominations run wild, and town militias work day and night to fend off rampant incursions of these creatures. But if a human attacks or, Gods forbid, wounds a Vampire or one of the ruling class, a whole town might die a slow and bloody death. If a man refuses a request of one of his rulers, he and his family are to be summarily executed and their property seized. If a city refuses to pay their blood tribute, at best the Vampires will kill ten times the demanded number before taking their living tribute anyway. At worst, the town is demolished and the survivors sent to Ladroc for 'Experimentation'. No living person knows what this involves, but your nightmares still try and give you some ideas on occasion.

But even in this madness there is a small piece of hope, a single point of light in the dark. That light is you. Your background has shaped you, and your past has forged you, and on this day you are refusing to allow yourself to slip into the night without putting up a fight first. Today, you will find companions and allies who will help you fight this menace. Today, you will hear the start of the plan that will take you from a remote and terrified village all the way to the towering walls of the City of Death. And if the Gods smile upon you, one day soon, you may be able to watch the sun rise over a world where skeletons stay buried in the ground and politicians just steal your money and not your organs and your children. The power is yours to change the world...


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Game Type: DnD 4th Edition, Generic Points of Light World controlled by an evil Lich Overlord and his mostly Undead underlings.
Submissions: One per person, to keep the number of submissions sane. I don't need more than a paragraph or so of background and personality, but hey, if you want to write more, go crazy. ...Sane crazy, not actual crazy. Hamlet, not the Joker. Pictures are always nice for characters, too.
Usable classes/races/items: I have DDI, so I'm good on most everything. I'm not too big on Hybrids, though (they seem so unfocused...), and probably won't allow any Homebrew.
Starting level: 2 (Utilities and all that). 22 point buy system, 1 free Expertise feat (Weapon, Implement, Versatile, etc). Use General Backgrounds.
Starting equipment/Gold: A level 1, 2 and 3 Magic Item, 360 gold to buy extra stuff with.
Grammar: Strongly preferred.
Dice Rolling/Sheets: I am a fan of Orokos and Invisible Castle for rollers, Orokos and Myth Weavers for sheets. If you know of other good ones, I always love to learn new things.
Story and Setting: A Work in Progress; I'm as interested to find out where you guys are going as you are. You'll be starting in a remote village mostly cut off from the rest of the world, though enough people come and go (including perhaps your characters) that you know what's up and where other nearby settlements are. My idea is for you to be the good guys in this campaign; you don't have to be Knights in Shining Armor, but if a little girl is being menaced by a skeleton, I'd expect you'd want to help the girl and not the skeleton. Play style will be lots of combat, some good bits of RPing, and a largely self-directed roadtrip through Hell.
Players: I always try to be newbie friendly, though I likes me some experienced folk too. I should warn ya though, my monsters will fight smart (the smart ones, anyway), so you should be prepared to do the same if you want to keep your organs nicely internal.
Posting Schedule: I ain't gonna lie, there's probably gonna be times where I can't post for a couple days, and I know that real life happens to people too. I'll try to keep up at least 1 post per day when I'm able, though, and hope that I can keep my players enthusiastic enough throughout so they do the same. If you're gonna hit a rough spot (finals, big project, etc) and want someone to take over your guy for a few days, cool. And if you're in the game and need to drop for whatever reason, please do post a quick message either on the board or to my Inbox; it happens, it's alright, it was fun to game with you, just please let us know so we can move on and decide whether to bring someone else in. I'm also going to be trying something potentially new and different and exciting with the map in an attempt to keep combats flowing more quickly (more on that below).
Submission Cutoff and Game Starting Date: I won't close before Monday the 17th and will try to keep it open until the absolute cutoff of Wednesday the 19th 10pm Pacific Standard Time unless the submissions just get out of hand. The game will start within a week after that; I'd try to give the party some time to post how they know eachother and take care of that type interaction before I throw you into a meat grinder.

EXPERIMENTAL MAP DISCUSSION: I'm going to be trying to have a shared map for this campaign, so players can move their characters if they so choose and so that if I get busy or held up a kindly player can go in and remove dead bad guys and knock them around as they so choose. I've found with past DMing experience that the Map is often the biggest headache as far as fights go (this has probably killed a couple games I've tried to run); my hope with this is that through group effort and willingness to cooperate the combats will proceed at a steady fast pace and won't get bogged down by players waiting for an update. My current thought is to use a shared Google Drawing Document. Any player with a Google account could easily log in and adjust the map on the fly, and the image that's on the site would automatically and instantly update. Theoretically, anyway. There are several downsides to this, of course. The map is ugly as sin (see below). And as the map image will constantly be refreshed here, there will be no old maps to reference if things go askew somewhere in combat (I'm REALLY hoping this won't become a problem). But all in all I am of the opinion that this test is worth the attempt and will proceed with it. Anyway, here's a copy of the map template I worked up:
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As I said, pretty ugly, but hopefully utilitarian. And if anyone here (in the campaign or otherwise) wants a copy of this or to get it shared to their account so they can make it prettier, PM me and I'll let you have at it.

Well now, it's 2am and I'm sure I've forgotten things and haven't been as coherent as one would hope, but perhaps I've sparked your interest. C'mon, let's get our game on.


And the brave adventuring party is:

Aurora, the Longtooth Shifter Warden - El Skid
Unammora, Deva Invoker of Pelor - daniant
Kardak, Kobold Avenger of Ioun - dresdenphile
Sarak, Half Orc Stone Fist Monk - Kelor
Messat Falstoy, Human Warlord - Farangu
Asteron, Minotaur Cleric - Joeslop

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  • PepiPopaPepiPopa Registered User
    edited May 2010
    Grammar.. my only weakness. I will think something up though I'm really interested.

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  • TiamatZTiamatZ Freeze...and burn! Double TroubleRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Interested.

    Going to try and submit my Drow Star Pact Warlock from a previous Recruitment for this. Need to rework his background though...

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  • KayKay What we need... Is a little bit of PANIC.Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Very interested! I'm assuming a standard PbP setup, with no Ventrillo/IRC requirements?

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  • ronrabronrab Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Expression of Interest!

  • PhyphorPhyphor Building Planet Busters Tasting FruitRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Very interesting, how long are you keeping submissions open?

  • MundaneSoulMundaneSoul Registered User
    edited May 2010
    Will be submitting on this for certain. Probably try to work something up tonight when I get home.

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  • licwidcakelicwidcake Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    This sounds awesome! I will be sure to make a character this evening.

  • susansusan Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Kay wrote: »
    Very interested! I'm assuming a standard PbP setup, with no Ventrillo/IRC requirements?

    Yep, the only funky thing I'm trying to do is the Map thing, and that's just for players who want to do it (it is by no means mandatory, I just thought some people would want to).
    Phyphor wrote: »
    Very interesting, how long are you keeping submissions open?

    Next Monday to Wednesday; the exact cutoff depends on how many submissions I get (if you see a hundred submissions by Sunday... it's probably not staying open until Wednesday).

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  • FiarynFiaryn Omnicidal Madman Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I'm taken with the idea of some kind of Goliath Runepriest. I will definitely be making a submission for this.

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  • PhyphorPhyphor Building Planet Busters Tasting FruitRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Ah, good, I should have some time this weekend to do one.

  • licwidcakelicwidcake Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Hey cool do I get extra consideration for being the first character?

    Introducing:

    Michael Karlson, self trained human monk
    http://4e.orokos.com/sheets/1899
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    Mannerism and Appearance:
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    For the image I would just like to use the monk himself not the card of course.

    I can change/add anything you would like. I've just started a PbP but I have a sneaking suspicion I will not last very long in it. I am pretty familiar with DnD rules.

    edited for more information

  • SuperRuperSuperRuper Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Oh yes. I'm rolling a character for this...tonight

  • FaranguFarangu I am a beardy man With a beardy planRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Interested.

    Still desperately waiting for the chance to actually play in a game instead of running one. :D

    Will roll up a character sometime soon.

    Of course, this is the time my PC with the Character Builder decides to die on me. Looks like I'm rolling it old school, unless they come out with a mac release in the next few days.

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  • PepiPopaPepiPopa Registered User
    edited May 2010
    Presenting * drum roll *

    Luca the half-elf Ardent

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    Picture
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    The closest thing to what i was imagining picture wise. Newish to PbP but eager to learn.

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  • El SkidEl Skid The frozen white northRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Submitting a Defender: Aurora, the Longtooth Shifter Warden.

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    my name is precisionk and i'm ten tanks

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  • FaranguFarangu I am a beardy man With a beardy planRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Submitting a leader: Messat Falstoy, Human Warlord

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    Also Susan will it help my chances if I told you that you are a radiant being from a dimension of pure light and that having to cut Vista from The Fantastical Contraption was the hardest decision I've had to make in a while?

    Because that is all truth.

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  • LockeJawLockeJaw Registered User
    edited May 2010
    A frail young woman walks across the stage and squints through the flood lights and out into the audience. "Ummm, hi. For my audition, I'm going to read from Kiana Veroth, Human Wizard."

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  • susansusan Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Might as well start this now:

    Michael Karlson, self trained human monk - licwidcake
    Luca the half-elf Ardent - PepiPopa
    Aurora, the Longtooth Shifter Warden - El Skid
    Messat Falstoy, Human Warlord - Farangu
    Kiana Veroth, Human Wizard - LockeJaw

    Good submissions so far, keep 'em coming 8-) .

    By the way: I should mention that I'm technologically challenged (I can literally break any piece of tech just by being within 5 feet of it), and don't know the best way to make those Character Tokens that look so official. If y'all could point me in the right direction it'd be much appreciated <img class=" title=":mrgreen:" class="bbcode_smiley" /> .

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  • KinahtoKinahto Registered User
    edited May 2010
    Well, this is such an awesome concept I had to throw together a character. Hope you like it!

    Legault, Human Rogue (with Vampiric Heritage feats)

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  • susansusan Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    ...Huh. Of the 6 characters submitted so far, 4 are Human. I ain't complainin', but you never see that. Perhaps there's something about an Undead world that just screams 'Human Survivors'. *shrug* Just kinda interesting.

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  • KinahtoKinahto Registered User
    edited May 2010
    Well, I don't usually pick human, but I think just about every other race is... kinda silly as a vampire.

    Seriously, try to imagine a Dwarf vampire without giggling a bit.

  • susansusan Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Warforged Vampire...

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  • TiamatZTiamatZ Freeze...and burn! Double TroubleRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    A Shardbrain Fightbrain vampire...

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  • squishy-blobsquishy-blob Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Interesting, I'll submit a character later.

    First i'd like to know how much civilisation is left in the world. You make it clear the normal surface world is in chaos but what about the feywild and the underdark? Has Ladroc crushed the civilisations of the eladrin and the drow?

  • susansusan Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    The Material World is his plaything; there are likely still a couple decent Drow kingdoms in the Underdark (and some kingdoms in the oceans, in the extreme mountains, etc) that aren't under direct control of him (and more than a few that are), but if he knows about them, they exist because he doesn't feel threatened by them and his Vampire Generals haven't found the time to crack them open yet. They know if they attempt to posture at all, Ladroc can crush them even though they offer no strategic value whatsoever and would be a drain on his resources. I would also say he has some footholds in the Feywild, but only to act as scouting bases; his focus is the Material World. Most other planes he'll just ignore.

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  • FaranguFarangu I am a beardy man With a beardy planRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Susan -

    I just use the TokenTool from RPTools. Pretty easy to use, you can either drag an image onto it or there's a screen capture function.

    Just click TokenTool.

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  • El SkidEl Skid The frozen white northRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I like this idea that the Lich has conquered as much of the lands as he wants, but that there could still be the possibility of getting aid from nations that have managed to remain autonomous later on, assuming we manage to get far enough along in the campaign.

    mrpaku wrote: »
    my name is precisionk and i'm ten tanks

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  • BhowBhow Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Roebin deConklin

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    Fluff:
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    CB stats for the dwarf melee ranger who's ready to mess up some undead
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    This is the first character I've created in CB, so don't hesitate to let me know of errors and oversights.

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  • licwidcakelicwidcake Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I think the concept is cool because in most D&D campaigns you're trying to prevent this kind of stuff from happening and you manage to save the day at the last minute. The idea that you're the one that is fighting against the odds and trying to get things back to normal is very refreshing.

  • PepiPopaPepiPopa Registered User
    edited May 2010
    Yeah the last stand thing is hot.

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  • CalousCalous Registered User
    edited May 2010
    1 free Expertise feat (Weapon, Implement, Versatile, etc)

    Is there a way to add this with the DDI character creator? I am a little lost with how to add this.

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  • PepiPopaPepiPopa Registered User
    edited May 2010
    Calous wrote: »
    1 free Expertise feat (Weapon, Implement, Versatile, etc)

    Is there a way to add this with the DDI character creator? I am a little lost with how to add this.

    There is a little yellow white triangle down where it says All choices made in the feat tab. You can add it from there.

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  • El SkidEl Skid The frozen white northRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Calous wrote: »
    1 free Expertise feat (Weapon, Implement, Versatile, etc)

    Is there a way to add this with the DDI character creator? I am a little lost with how to add this.

    Yes. There's a little icon on the top right of the list of feats you've selected- click it and it adds a houseruled feat.

    I missed this too for the first little bit...it's not really all that obvious.

    edit: Beat'd.

    mrpaku wrote: »
    my name is precisionk and i'm ten tanks

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  • CalousCalous Registered User
    edited May 2010
    Thank you both!

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  • susansusan Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Michael Karlson, self trained human monk - licwidcake
    Luca the half-elf Ardent - PepiPopa
    Aurora, the Longtooth Shifter Warden - El Skid
    Messat Falstoy, Human Warlord - Farangu
    Kiana Veroth, Human Wizard - LockeJaw
    Legault, Human Rogue (with Vampiric Heritage feats) - Kinahto
    Roebin deConklin, Dwarf melee ranger - Bhow

    Thanks for the TokenTool link, I shall play around with it and add tokens to the map shortly.

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  • BrodyBrody SeattleRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    How do you feel about dragonmarks?

  • susansusan Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Brody wrote: »
    How do you feel about dragonmarks?

    You'd need to come up with new fluff and an explanation, but otherwise they're fine.

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  • TiamatZTiamatZ Freeze...and burn! Double TroubleRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Presenting... A'kasj, the Dragonborn Star Pact Warlock of Ulban

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  • LockeJawLockeJaw Registered User
    edited May 2010
    Susan, if I were an evil Lich with designs on world domination, one of the things I'd do would be to stamp out any shred of Divine teaching. Those pesky gods give their followers abilities like Abjure Undead...

    Nobody's yet tried to create a character with a Divine power source. What is the status of religion in the world?

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  • KayKay What we need... Is a little bit of PANIC.Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Another question!

    Instead of a level 1, 2 and 3 magic item, could I instead take three level 2 items? Same cost, but I can't find any level 3 magical items that really work for the character.

    Also, the concept I'm working on is for a Divine origin guy!

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