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[D&D 4e] The End of the World is Nigh (and getting Nigher) (OOC)

Tiger BurningTiger Burning (poster is a bear)Registered User, SolidSaints Tube regular
edited July 2011 in Critical Failures
The End of the World - a D&D 4e Adventure

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Armageddon was coming. Everybody knew it. Every sign, every star portended it. Every psychic foresaw it. Every experiment verified it. The gods above and the spirits of the dead below confirmed it. It was coming, and soon. Within two years, some said. Some scoffed at that. “Maybe someday, but never so soon.”, they said. Others denied it entirely, denied it with a mad fervor born of desperation. Some accepted it as part of a great, natural cycle. Others accepted it as a righteous judgment on a fallen world. Madness was everywhere, and spreading. Most, though, just wanted to know how to survive it.

The dwarves began sealing themselves in their great underground fortresses, each warded by a million million interlocking runes. Proof against anything, they believed. The Grand Coven of Pel sacrificed a thousand children to conjure a great gleaming dome over their city. Rumors say the childrens’ parents offered them willingly. Ester, the fey city, tore itself from the ground and floated into the clouds, while the island of Gnosis, home of the Grand Temple of Ioun, sank beneath the waves. Bodies washed ashore on the nearby coast for days. Whether something went wrong, who can say?

Strange, terrible rumors are everywhere. A village disappeared, or just its inhabitants. A distant town is overrun by cannibals, or else turned cannibal itself. A vast herd of steppe elk invaded a city in the south, goring and trampling everyone in sight before stampeding en masse into the river to drown. A sudden peace developed between two Houses that had been feuding for generations, each suddenly concerned with other things. War broke out between ancient allies over a dusty, forgotten relic rumored to command protective powers.

The Circle Wood fossilized overnight, every branch, every leaf turned hard as stone. The Palace of the Bey of Niidur was engulfed in an opaque mist, with just the Bey, his viziers, and his thousand wives inside. Those brave few who venture into the mist invariably stumble out days later, having encountered nothing at all within the dense fog. The Council of Minds announced a grand stratagem for saving their city of Nouia, but what it was will remain a mystery. The Cult of Rebirth seized the council and burned them on a great pyre as enemies of the Holy Apocalypse.

Here, in the vast human city of Tobruk, skepticism reigns. The Congress of Merchants issues regular proclamations that even if some great “disturbance” is coming, it’s not imminent and there are plans in place to ensure that the city’s inhabitants are protected in any case. The dwarves to the north are paying for grain with nearly its weight in silver, and the Congress is thrilled to accommodate them. Ships heavy with wheat and oats set out nearly every hour. The Midsummer Festival is entering its sixth week now, the Congress having announced its continuation yet again. Food and drink are free and abundant, and games with prizes of gold and silver are held nearly every night. Even the Cult seems to join in, singing songs of jubilation around their bonfires each dusk. Every night the city is consumed in a desperate frenzy of feasting and music and debauchery.

Every day the End of Days draws nearer.


This is a 4e D&D adventure in a setting based loosely on a setting from another roleplaying system. You don’t need any knowledge of that setting to get along fine here, though, as it’s mostly going to be a Points of Light type setting in its particulars (deities, races, etc.).

I’m looking for a party of 4-6 players, as follows:

Level 3, standard point buy, standard level 3 equipment and gold. (I.e. – a level 2, 3, and 4 magic item, and 520 gp)

PHB 1-3 + Eberron classes and races only.

No essentials, no themes. Other non-setting specific supplements (the “Power” books, dragon magazine) should be fine as a source for supplementary material (powers, feats, etc.).

Everybody gets Versatile Expertise for free.

I'm not really concerned about alignment, and I'm not going to make it a requirement that you even list it. I think everybody can and should play their characters with more complexity than just "good" or "evil" (and that's usually what happens anyway, whatever people write on their sheets). So long as you can manufacture a reason for your character to work with the group and keep the adventure moving forward, his heart of hearts can be as dark and twisted as you like.

Post in this thread with: a link to your character on orokos or myth-weavers; a picture; and a paragraph about appearance/mannerisms. Background will be up to you to develop and reveal IC, as you learn more about the setting.

One or two submissions per player.

This will be Play by Post, but if it’s feasible, I’d like to arrange periodic ‘game nights’ where we can knock out a bunch of material over a couple hours with everyone on-line (if it doesn’t work out like that, then it’ll just be standard PbP and I’ll expect roughly one post per day from each player).

I’m looking to start next week at the earliest, assuming sufficient interest. And assuming I can figure out Maptools before then.

Full disclosure: I’m a relatively inexperienced DM, and have never tried to run a game online. There is a better than even chance that the campaign will end in a hilarious TPK.


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“You could tell by the way he talked, though, that he had gone to school a long time. That was probably what was wrong with him.”
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  • HylianbunnyHylianbunny Registered User regular
    I sure wouldn't mind getting into this, buddy. :P

    Gonna throw together something now.

  • SkyCaptainSkyCaptain Registered User regular
    edited July 2011

    Character Summary
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    Appearance & Mannerisms
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    SkyCaptain on
    The RPG Bestiary - Dangerous foes and legendary monsters for D&D 4th Edition
  • Anon the FelonAnon the Felon In bat country.Registered User regular
    I've got an artificer build I'd like to try, so I'm posting for interest.

  • AnialosAnialos RPG MPD patient #1 Registered User regular
    I'll be making a character for this! Apocalyptic gloom and doom ahoy!

    Dichotomy wrote: »
    I play a lot of video games but I wouldn't call myself a "gamer" because "gamer" has become a pretty fucking disgusting label

    like "skinhead" or "republican"
  • AegisAegis Registered User regular
    Any setting specific backgrounds (you mention Eberron races so would Eberron backgrounds be selectable) or just stick to Generic?

  • Tiger BurningTiger Burning (poster is a bear)Registered User, SolidSaints Tube regular
    Just general, I think. I'll review them and might change my mind. But for now assume only general backgrounds.

    “You could tell by the way he talked, though, that he had gone to school a long time. That was probably what was wrong with him.”
  • AnialosAnialos RPG MPD patient #1 Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Dolo M. Gearmender, Warforged Artificer

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    Anialos on
    Dichotomy wrote: »
    I play a lot of video games but I wouldn't call myself a "gamer" because "gamer" has become a pretty fucking disgusting label

    like "skinhead" or "republican"
  • AegisAegis Registered User regular
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    Mazda, Forgotten Illusionist

    Old enough to at least be your grandfather, if not further up your geneology, Mazda appears as a doddering old man with darkened, olive skin and a healthy growth of thin white hair covering his head and concealing his chin and neck. Not an overly tall man, if a tad bit bulky, he normally is found wandering about staring at whatever oddity might catch his attention at any given moment though concealing a sharp, keen intellect always aware of his surroundings even if not displayed as such directly. This detached personality even seems to present itself when his or another's life is on the line, his actions seeming to 'coincidentally' assisting in hampering the efforts of foes and monsters, though almost never directly harming them. Congenial when corralled long enough to draw a conversation from him, Mazda also displays a gentle side to him around children and those in need, often spontaneously creating amusing figments and pyrotechnics to lighten the mood and cheer up those needing some laughter in their life.

  • interrobanginterrobang kawaii as  hellRegistered User regular
    i might have to dig my changeling rogue idea out of storage for this

    you had me at "apocalyptic" and i haven't played a 4e pbp in months!

  • Tiger BurningTiger Burning (poster is a bear)Registered User, SolidSaints Tube regular
    edited July 2011
    @Anialos
    Anialos wrote:

    Sorry, I should have been more explicit. PHB 1-3 + Eberron races and classes only. Other non-setting specific supplements are ok as a source for powers, feats, and items, but Race + Class needs to come from those 4 books. Thanks!

    Tiger Burning on
    “You could tell by the way he talked, though, that he had gone to school a long time. That was probably what was wrong with him.”
  • SkyCaptainSkyCaptain Registered User regular
    Updated my original post with my submission.

    The RPG Bestiary - Dangerous foes and legendary monsters for D&D 4th Edition
  • AnialosAnialos RPG MPD patient #1 Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Crap, forgot those are forgotten realms. So sorry.

    Post above edited.

    Anialos on
    Dichotomy wrote: »
    I play a lot of video games but I wouldn't call myself a "gamer" because "gamer" has become a pretty fucking disgusting label

    like "skinhead" or "republican"
  • Tiger BurningTiger Burning (poster is a bear)Registered User, SolidSaints Tube regular
    No problem.

    Looks good!

    “You could tell by the way he talked, though, that he had gone to school a long time. That was probably what was wrong with him.”
  • Anon the FelonAnon the Felon In bat country.Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Are minotaurs ok?

    Or any monster races for that mater.

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  • deadonthestreetdeadonthestreet Registered User regular
    Can we use builds from other campaign settings like arena fighter or dark pact warlock?

  • Z0reZ0re Registered User regular
    Hmm, I have a Hobgoblin Bard that'd be fun here but it looks like you're a bit leader heavy already.

    I'll probably have up a Half-Orc Monk or a Changeling Barbarian later.

  • GrogGrog My sword is only steel in a useful shape.Registered User regular
    Are minotaurs ok?

    Or any monster races for that mater.

    IIRC Minotaurs are phb3, so probably yes?

    Might be interested, but if you want people to be online at the same time, I'm probably a no go.

    Will keep an eye on this though

  • Tiger BurningTiger Burning (poster is a bear)Registered User, SolidSaints Tube regular
    @Anon the Felon

    Minotaurs yep! (PHB 3)

    @Z0re

    Hobgoblins nope! (Horcs and changelings are fine though)

    @deadonthestreet
    Can we use builds from other campaign settings like arena fighter or dark pact warlock?

    geh.. nnnn.. yes? But you're pushing me out of my comfort zone. Consequences could be dire.

    @Grog
    Might be interested, but if you want people to be online at the same time, I'm probably a no go.

    Don't let that be the only thing that stops you. "game night" is aspirational, not any kind of requirement. You're "over there" then?

    “You could tell by the way he talked, though, that he had gone to school a long time. That was probably what was wrong with him.”
  • GrogGrog My sword is only steel in a useful shape.Registered User regular
    @Grog
    Might be interested, but if you want people to be online at the same time, I'm probably a no go.

    Don't let that be the only thing that stops you. "game night" is aspirational, not any kind of requirement. You're "over there" then?

    Or 'over here' as we like to call it.

    If it's not a requirement I may put something up. For now I think I'll lurk

  • Anon the FelonAnon the Felon In bat country.Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    You should play with me and Anialos Grog. I'll DM you all in one thread, and play with you all in another.

    Campaign question: I have a desire to play an evil character (think more like heartless, perhaps some kind of evil soul slaying paladin?), is that a good/bad idea?

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  • Tiger BurningTiger Burning (poster is a bear)Registered User, SolidSaints Tube regular
    edited July 2011
    I'm not really concerned about alignment, and I'm not even going to make it a requirement that you list it. I expect everybody to play their characters with more complexity than just "good" or "evil" (and that's usually what happens anyway, whatever people write on their sheets). So long as you can manufacture a reason for your character to work with the group and keep the adventure moving forward, his heart of hearts can be as dark and twisted as you like.

    edit: In fact, I'mma put that in the OP. Thanks!

    edit again: I'll add the stipulation that it's incumbent on the "evil" character to find a reason why he's working with a bunch of "goods" and maintain the peace, rather than the other way around. E.g. - don't create a situation where the other characters have to stand around watching you eat babies or something.

    Tiger Burning on
    “You could tell by the way he talked, though, that he had gone to school a long time. That was probably what was wrong with him.”
  • Z0reZ0re Registered User regular
    Saren, Half-Orc Monk

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  • Tiger BurningTiger Burning (poster is a bear)Registered User, SolidSaints Tube regular
    edited July 2011
    Submitted thus far:

    Leaders
    Korren - Warlord (SkyCaptain)
    Dolo - Artificer (Anialos)

    Defenders

    Controllers
    Mazda - Wizard (Aegis)

    Strikers
    Saren -Monk (Z0re)

    Tiger Burning on
    “You could tell by the way he talked, though, that he had gone to school a long time. That was probably what was wrong with him.”
  • Anon the FelonAnon the Felon In bat country.Registered User regular
    Damakos, Tiefling Avenger.
    Archon of the chained-one, keeper of the abyss.
    http://4e.orokos.com/sheets/3368
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    This character will be really fun. Five parts crazy, three parts rational, and 2 parts sociopath.

  • interrobanginterrobang kawaii as  hellRegistered User regular
    oh i guess my old offline character builder is hella outdated at this point... and i dont have the $10 right now to sub for a month :(

    if i send someone the details of my character will they be a pal and make the sheet for me?

  • Tiger BurningTiger Burning (poster is a bear)Registered User, SolidSaints Tube regular
    @interrobang
    oh i guess my old offline character builder is hella outdated at this point... and i dont have the $10 right now to sub for a month :(

    if i send someone the details of my character will they be a pal and make the sheet for me?

    If you just need a sheet online, you can use myth-weavers to make one. I've used it before and it's pretty handy. Or you can PM me the stuff and I can run it through the character builder (I just have a not quite up to date version of the offline builder). Either way.

    “You could tell by the way he talked, though, that he had gone to school a long time. That was probably what was wrong with him.”
  • interrobanginterrobang kawaii as  hellRegistered User regular
    @interrobang
    oh i guess my old offline character builder is hella outdated at this point... and i dont have the $10 right now to sub for a month :(

    if i send someone the details of my character will they be a pal and make the sheet for me?

    If you just need a sheet online, you can use myth-weavers to make one. I've used it before and it's pretty handy. Or you can PM me the stuff and I can run it through the character builder (I just have a not quite up to date version of the offline builder). Either way.

    i got it figured out now, i sadly just can't delete that post (hurray new forum system)

    thanks though!

  • The Muffin ManThe Muffin Man Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    You little ladies look like you could use a strapping young Paladin!

    But just to clarify, Versatile Expertise is +1 to a weapon and implement of my choice? (My version of CB doesn't have it, so I had to houserule it in, so it's kind of sloppy).

    Also in a hilarious twist of fate, the only good picture I could find that wasn't WoW-related and wasn't BLONDE for my damned dude was...from the PA forums!

    Great.
    Fantastic. The forum chokes on its' own cock (surprise!), eats my post, and then spits out 3 posts with 3 separate reply buttons, and I can't even get it to post the right one.
    Fuck this new forum so hard right now.
    So basically I lost my big-ass background/mannerisms. So if anyone cares that much, I'll edit them in later.

    http://4e.orokos.com/sheets/3371

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    The Muffin Man on
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  • RazorwiredRazorwired Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Rogues, never leave home without 'em.

    My CB is acting up too, and I figured implements weren't really all that important for me.

    http://4e.orokos.com/sheets/3372

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  • Tiger BurningTiger Burning (poster is a bear)Registered User, SolidSaints Tube regular
    edited July 2011
    @interrobang

    No problem!

    @The Muffin Man @Razorwired

    Awesome, thanks!

    @Anon the Felon

    Frowning so hard at your character right now.

    But who am I to judge? This is where I nod sagely and say in a neutral tone, "Well, you've certainly chosen an interesting role-playing challenge for yourself." I'm willing to indulge you, but remember it'll be incumbent on you to convince the rest of the party to accept you. I.e. - to accept the extra-planar psychopath that wears human flesh and is permanently soaked in blood. If there is a problem, it'll be you that gets written out of the story, not them, and faster than you can say deus ex machina.

    Also the extra-planar origin would need to go. Tieflings are born blood-drenched and screaming, but only in the same sense that the rest of us are. (well except for the warforged, I suppose) Planar shenanigans are sort of implied in the armageddon thing, and I don't need anyone piping up with, "Well, back when I lived in the Abyss, blah blah blah.." You can be special, but not that special.

    Tiger Burning on
    “You could tell by the way he talked, though, that he had gone to school a long time. That was probably what was wrong with him.”
  • RazorwiredRazorwired Registered User regular
    Just a minor correction. Misread the Cannith Goggles, didn't know they operated on Arcane powers. Swapped them out for some Burglar's Gloves. Sheet's updated in my last post.

  • Anon the FelonAnon the Felon In bat country.Registered User regular
    I understand if you don't like my character, I like him in concept but if you don't want to deal with a sociopathic murader of a silent God...as a fellow DM I get it.

  • Tiger BurningTiger Burning (poster is a bear)Registered User, SolidSaints Tube regular
    I understand if you don't like my character, I like him in concept but if you don't want to deal with a sociopathic murader of a silent God...as a fellow DM I get it.

    :) It's not that I don't like him. He's interesting. If he had a TV show I would watch it. Or a game show. And like I said, I'm willing to give it a try with that one stipulation. It's just tricky to play a character like that without derailing the group. Doesn't mean it can't be done, though.

    “You could tell by the way he talked, though, that he had gone to school a long time. That was probably what was wrong with him.”
  • Anon the FelonAnon the Felon In bat country.Registered User regular
    I don't mind adjustments to any background stuff, I mostly just posed that as the general idea I had behind the character beyond appearance. As you said in your OP, the background will reveal itself for each character as we learn about the story. I just wanted to give you a feel for the characters drive and cause, regardless of it fitting in super well (because background can easily be changed). I wanted you to be informed that if you picked Damakos, I'd be playing him as a sociopath soul collector for his god. He'd of course work with the group, but would be more more open to: "What you're not answering right away? Hmm, let me see if this little tool I have will help you...no? Ok, how about I start flaying the flesh from your skull? Got an answer now?"

    Granted, it might get adjusted once the group is revealed and everything starts getting organized. But the general feel of "soul collector" will always remain. Think classic Chaotic Neutral, he's along for the ride, but is a deviant, and will just as quickly kill a man as talk to him.

  • RazorwiredRazorwired Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    As a potential player in your campaign I think that Anon's character could be fun to play with. There's a distinct line between bad guy that joins the party for selfish reasons and moron that won't knock off the demon speak when we're in a temple of Bahamut. Just like there are players that can handle the Chaotic Neutral alignment and there are guys that think it means riding rocket skates through the dungeon and calling your spells "Candy volcano eruption boom!"

    Razorwired on
  • Anon the FelonAnon the Felon In bat country.Registered User regular
    Exactly, I think I am up the challenge of playing Chaotic Neutral honestly. It can bring some spicy stuff to any group, and create a fun dynamic. But, I'm not about to convince a DM to run with a player he's uncomfortable with. I just developed this guy and am now all a twitter about him, a guy who eats the hearts of those weaker then him and sends their spirits to the nine-hells to be devoured by his silent lord just screams "Oh god, so much fun."

  • AnialosAnialos RPG MPD patient #1 Registered User regular
    Dolo has no soul to reap! He'd have no problems with the character.

    Dichotomy wrote: »
    I play a lot of video games but I wouldn't call myself a "gamer" because "gamer" has become a pretty fucking disgusting label

    like "skinhead" or "republican"
  • The Muffin ManThe Muffin Man Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Plus reaping a lawful good Paladin of Bahamuts soul...probably won't end well for you!

    That might come up, by the way ;-)

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  • GrogGrog My sword is only steel in a useful shape.Registered User regular
    @Anon I'm thinking of making a tiefling, so rather than your character having a vessel 'created', he could have possessed a tiefling body. Make that body my character's brother or tribesmen or some shit and we've got a reason to be hanging out. Could even come from a tribe that believes that the state of the body affects the soul/afterlife, or some kind of belief in rising again after the apocalypse. Would mean my character is keeping an eye on his tribesmen's body for him.

    Or whatever.

  • Tiger BurningTiger Burning (poster is a bear)Registered User, SolidSaints Tube regular
    Well, I do hate fun, but the people have spoken, and they are pro-psychopath. I'll take submissions for a couple more days, pick out a team friday or saturday (through a combination of random number generation and rank prejudice), and will try to kick things off Sunday.

    “You could tell by the way he talked, though, that he had gone to school a long time. That was probably what was wrong with him.”
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