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[D&D 4E] The Haunting of Kincep Mansion - What Dwells in Yonder Stable?
Welcome gentlemen, to the Haunting of Kincep Mansion. This will be a one shot short adventure for Paragon(!) level characters. Since most PbP games start off at level one this ought to be a bit different and should finish up before Dark Sun hits.
Being that we’re talking about a haunted mansion, campiness is both encouraged and will be a big factor in which characters I pick. You can go hog wild with your race/class selection provided you can explain it away. (Been saving that bard called Ted Theodore Logan who uses an invisible electric guitar for an implement? Boom!) Cliché racial/class stereotypes are absolutely encouraged, as are off the wall ones. If you want to come up with a character who ties in with someone else’s and come as a pair go for it, though I reserve the right to pick and choose.
The group will be a party of five. Entries will be open till Sunday night.
Guidelines for character submissions:
Characters will begin at level twelve.
You begin the adventure with magical items of the 11th, 12th and 13th level. You may trade these down so that you have an extra level 11 or 12 item instead of the level 13 one and so on.
Level 12 characters begin with 9000 gold to spend as you wish.
Characters may be of any race. That’s right; you can finally play the Bullywug Fighter or Hobgoblin Battlemind you’ve always dreamed of.
Now that you’ve gone “Hell yeah Bugbear Ranger!” I’m going to tell you that you don’t get oversize weapons.
All classes are allowed.
While you’re free to make what you want, I’d appreciate it if you don’t make any crazily over optimised builds. This is all about the crazy camp fun.
Two characters per person, which must each be different roles (Striker/Leader/Controller/Defender)
One post per day is requested, but not on weekends.
Characters get their choice of Versatile Expertise, Weapon Expertise or Implement Expertise for free.
Scales of War and General backgrounds can be used.
Kincep Mansion is set on the hereditary grounds of the Kinceps family, an old and once respected noble family. The family was wealthy, but with a few exceptions disdain overt shows of wealth and luxurious objects that have caused the disappearance of many other a family fortune. Upon reaching adulthood, family members received a small inheritance and made their own way through life, be it through business, public service or adventuring and the family took great pride in it's continued success. In recent years several misfortunes and disasters have wiped out most of the outlying branches of the family, most folk believe that they fell into poverty and died out.
The sole remaining heir, Jaccobux Kincep has not been seen for nearly four decades after retiring from a career as a adventurer and mercenary in foreign lands with what was rumoured to have restored the family fortunes. Visitors and supplies were delivered to the mansion for almost a decade after that and then even they ceased to visit. The mansion and surrounding grounds had fallen into disrepair with lack of maintenance before he even returned and the house appears to be on the verge of collapsing, creaking boards and gnarled trees now dominate. Daring fellow children to enter the grounds and knock on the door is a common challenge for the youth of Jastonbury, especially on nights where the moon is darkest and clouds scud across the sky.
As the grounds, which sits on a hill on the outskirts of Jastonbury have fallen into disrepair it has become an eyesore and Lord William had attempted to reclaim it after Jaccobux vanished from the public eye. The magistrate, captain and half a dozen guards whom entered the premises were never seen from again. Further attempts to investigate their disappearance have lead to minor and severe injuries of those who entered the grounds, as if the spirits of the family took physical form and attacked them. Shortly after travellers, merchant caravans and patrols of soldiers guarding the town have begun to disappear. Sometimes their corpses are found lying twisted, savaged and broken upon the ground but most often they are not found at all. Lord William and his council have let it be known that wolves are responsible for these attacks but the citizenry of Jastonbury none the less cast a fearful eye on the sprawling mansion atop the hill and make sure to be indoors before the sun falls at night.....