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Man, life is crappy. And not in the ordinary peasants digging through filth for turnips crappy, like a comet smashed the shit out of your homeland crappy.
Yeah. This big ass meteor ruined life for most people even as it passed overhead, THEN crashed into the earth and blew out everyone's eardrums... then lit up the sky with an ominous red glow. Then it vanished. Fucking meteors, they think they can do whatever they want.
Anyway, this nice little wild uncivilized circle-of-life-with-hugs-and-bunnies place (well probably not but people like to remember it that way) got a big massive valley carved in it. It is now known locally as The Chaos Scar. Nice ring to it, that. This wound in your once-verdant homeland is over a mile long and hundreds of feet deep. And we're not even to the best part: things got even worse after that. Bad shit started happening for no reason at all, people turned on each other, killed one another over slights, probably crapped themselves something fierce, and so in a short amount of time... the biggest assholes around became very powerful and influential.
Sure, some folks tried to make it better. A guy who called himself "king" for a while (we're not sure if he was really a king or he was an Emperor Norton kind of guy and people just figured it was worth a shot to go along with it) built a big wall thinking that this could prevent the tide of fiends that live in and around the Scar from coming into civilized territory. This was unfortunately and predictably ineffective. The wall didn't last long, and it has a lot of holes in it.
And sure, some brave souls said, "well fuck that noise, let's take the fight to them!" Sadly, people who go into the Scar tend not to come out... and there are no shortage of stories about its weirdness and the potential treasure that beckons adventurers. Which of course means people keep going in. It might just work and result in fantastic wealth and power... or at least less crappiness. It might even be you!
Welcome to your crappy world, adventurers. There's nowhere to go but up!
1st level adventurers.
Builds of said adventurers may feature content as it is now in the Character Builder. No monster races please. Goliaths are encouraged... for some reason. It's the very early morning right now so I just kinda said that without thinking much about it.
A bit about your character and how they might think of themselves in this wild wild west of deep forests, festering swamps, pastoral grasslands, aaand... a very scary foreboding place that looms on the horizon and purportedly contains horrors that will kill everyone ever forever (probably). Like... a background, I guess. Only limitation I would impose would be that you've haven't yet ventured past the "King's Wall" into the lands of the Scar, and its surrounding areas where bad things happen.
Just a suggestion, but maybe to be tending away from glitz and glamour on your characters. Even if they're dignified and austere, rub some dirt on 'em. Or you could surprise me by doing the opposite! There's really no telling with me sometimes.
How often you tend to post. Don't lie, I can look it up in your profile. Liars.
You could gimmie a quote. Like example dialogue. Like something your character would have said recently, regardless of content or context. What does your character sound like?
Please submit characters sheets via http://4e.orokos.com/sheets/ in case you have character builder. It's a very nice page that our own Infidel made and I'd say he did a damn good job. Failing that, a statblock or http://www.myth-weavers.com/ character sheet. Please don't just post the text output of character builder, it looks ugly to me.
Also, my favorite line from the author of this setting is: "One of the goals of this campaign is to reduce the workload of DMs running it." Well, hot damn. Get to work! Name some names, maybe some important NPCs around. Name some places, maybe your crappy mud village. Come up with a bit of history to which your character is attached, like maybe your grandfather was the first one to figure out not to drink downstream of where you wash the crappiness outta your clothes. Have fun with it. Allow me to be lazy.
So I'll take submissions and answer questions until... well until I don't feel like it I guess. I'll play it by ear.
Oh yeah this will be a play by post. I don't have the schedule nor inclination for IRC/Maptools at the moment.