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[4e DnD] (OOC) Temple of Elemental Evil

IlliantharIllianthar Registered User regular
edited June 2012 in Critical Failures
The Temple of Elemental Evil: A DnD 4th Edition Campaign

A sinister force, long thought destroyed, stirs from the black hole that spawned it. Like an ebony darkness it prowls the land and safety is but an illusion, for it watches from every shadow and ponders possibilities.

What began years ago with the introduction of hte players to the quiet village of Hommlet and the amazing lands of Greyhawk, at last is complete. Here is the long awaited campaign adventure featuring the ruins of the Temple of Elenetal Evil! Evil broods and grows beneath those blasted stones. This is your change sto drive it back and scatter its forces again.
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  • delrolanddelroland Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Flaeness is how it's spelled. :P

    Good luck with the game, though. :)

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  • IlliantharIllianthar Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    delroland wrote: »
    Flaeness is how it's spelled. :P

    Good luck with the game, though. :)

    Interesting. Every book and document that I have spells it Flanaess, as does Wizards of the Coast on their site.

    Thank you for the clarification, though. <img class=" title=":lol:" class="bbcode_smiley" />

    EDIT: Had a change of heart. Decided that if I was going to DM anything, it had to be ToEE. Hope everyone else is as excited as I am about that campaign!

  • TheBogTheBog Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Oooh.. I might be interested in this. But I haven't d&d'd in a year or two so I have to catch up on all the new supplements and rule changes.

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  • delrolanddelroland Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Illianthar wrote: »
    delroland wrote: »
    Flaeness is how it's spelled. :P

    Good luck with the game, though. :)

    Interesting. Every book and document that I have spells it Flanaess, as does Wizards of the Coast on their site.

    Bah, seems like you were right. :(

    Makes more sense anyways, having it be spelled the same way as the human subrace.

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  • TiamatZTiamatZ Freeze...and burn! Double TroubleRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Interested in this.

    Haven't played in a Greyhawk setting before. Or in any of the old DnD modules pre-3rd Ed.

    Just a few questions:

    - Are Essential classes allowed?
    - Is backstory regarding the Greyhawk setting required when creating our characters, or can they hail from pretty much anywhere, like say the PoL setting? (An example: How are tieflings treated in Greyhawk? Do shardminds exist? What about Psionic classes? etc.)
    - Are we allowed to choose an additional Feat (like Weapon expertise) or something like that, or will we gain any bonuses from the DM-based backgrounds?

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  • SpearchuckerJoeSpearchuckerJoe Registered User
    edited April 2011
    Posting interest. Will come up with character soon.

  • IlliantharIllianthar Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    TiamatZ wrote: »
    Interested in this.

    Haven't played in a Greyhawk setting before. Or in any of the old DnD modules pre-3rd Ed.

    Just a few questions:

    - Are Essential classes allowed?
    - Is backstory regarding the Greyhawk setting required when creating our characters, or can they hail from pretty much anywhere, like say the PoL setting? (An example: How are tieflings treated in Greyhawk? Do shardminds exist? What about Psionic classes? etc.)
    - Are we allowed to choose an additional Feat (like Weapon expertise) or something like that, or will we gain any bonuses from the DM-based backgrounds?

    1) Essential Classes: I don't have any of the info on the Essential Classes. If you can point me to the source material, then I have no problems with them being included.

    2) I would like if the backstories for characters used the geography of Greyhawk. That being said, a vast majority of the setting is only vaguely defined. I am more than open to you molding your backstory out of the setting itself, and defining things as you go. Then, if it conflicts with any established material, we can go through and adjust it as necessary.

    In general, you can expect that higher density population areas (Verbobonc, the City of Greyhawk) have alot of racial diversity and understanding, while the further away from those areas you get, the more human-centric the population becomes.

    I'll post some more specific racial information tonight, when I get some more time.

    3) No extra feats. The pre-generated backgrounds have some of that stuff built in, to help the PCs on the power scale.

  • 3seed3seed Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I'm also interested. I'd heard a lot about this module but never managed to play it when I was younger. This a great chance to rectify that.

  • LockeJawLockeJaw Registered User
    edited April 2011
    I'm interested.

    Introducing Relic: The Warforged RunePriest

    I've never played ToEE and only been in one (non-D&D) game here, but played 4e a number of times.

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  • IlliantharIllianthar Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    TiamatZ wrote: »
    - Are Essential classes allowed?
    - Is backstory regarding the Greyhawk setting required when creating our characters, or can they hail from pretty much anywhere, like say the PoL setting? (An example: How are tieflings treated in Greyhawk? Do shardminds exist? What about Psionic classes? etc.)


    1) Essential Classes: I read up on the Essential classes, and I definitely don't have a problem with using them.

    2) The established races of the Flanaess would be Humans, Elves, Half-Elves, Dwarves, Gnomes, and Halflings. Other races are far less common, and therefore might be looked at with some suspicion or fear in smaller communities. Let me know if there's a specific race that you're interested in, and I'll find the most appropriate places for that race to dwell. Speaking to the specific races that you mentioned:

    Tieflings: Tieflings are a newer race to Oerth, having only been present for the last 20-30 years. The first connections to the Abyss from Oerth occurred in the kingdom of Iuz, in the capital city of Dorakaa (G14). Priests of the Demigod of the same name were trying to advance their Lord's dominion by opening portals to the Abyss. These portals allowed the first Tieflings to pass through. Since then they have expanded out of Iuz. Some gravitated towards the human centers of the world, such as the cities of Greyhawk, Verbobonc and Veluna. Others chose to throw in their lot more with the humanoid tribes of the Horned Lands (H15), moving east even as Bone March (I25).

    Shardmind (and Psionics in General): The monks and sorcerers of the Scarlet Brotherhood have been dabbling in psionics for hundreds of years. Since the order is extremely secretive, the rest of the Flanaess has almost no exposure to the arts of the mind, except for those Suel (the subrace of humans that primarily make up the Brotherhood) and others that come out of Kro Kerlep (V22) and off the Tilvanot Peninsula.

    Note: Coordinates refer to the map of Greyhawk here.

  • IlliantharIllianthar Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    LockeJaw wrote: »
    I'm interested.

    Introducing Relic: The Warforged RunePriest

    I'll fill in the background once I have done some reading on Greyhawk.

    I've never played ToEE and only been in one (non-D&D) game here, but played 4e a number of times.

    Here's an idea of where the warforged would have come from in the world of greyhawk.

    Warforged: Much like in the world of Eberron, the first Warforged were created as servants. Deep in the bowels of Under-Oerth, the Svirfneblin engineered the Warforged to assist them in mining and other everyday chores. Over time they also became capable warriors that the Svirfneblin used to help them fend off the Drow, Duergar and Derro. Once the Svirfneblin realized that the Warforged had come to possess sentient qualities, they decided that they were no better than the evil races of Under-Oerth if they continued to keep the Warforged as servants. They released the Warforged from their servitutde, and allowed them to leave if they chose to. Some accepted their freedom, making their way to the surface through tunnels in the CrystalMist Mountains around the Province of Sterich (P6)

    Note: The coordinates refer to the map of Greyhawk here.

  • Bp1580Bp1580 Registered User
    edited April 2011
    The party getting their own fortress as a base of operations? Conspiracies spanning the planes themselves? The fourth highest ranking D&D adventure of all time?!? Count me in!

    I'll read up on the setting and get a character up by tomorrow. I've got a few ideas, but I have one very important question: which do you think would fit this setting best, a slightly tragic and reclusive character, or an upbeat and optimistic type? I like both ideas a lot, but I'd like my character to fit the setting and I thought I'd ask when I saw you'd been a DM for 10 years.

  • IlliantharIllianthar Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Bp1580 wrote: »
    The party getting their own fortress as a base of operations? Conspiracies spanning the planes themselves? The fourth highest ranking D&D adventure of all time?!? Count me in!

    I'll read up on the setting and get a character up by tomorrow. I've got a few ideas, but I have one very important question: which do you think would fit this setting best, a slightly tragic and reclusive character, or an upbeat and optimistic type? I like both ideas a lot, but I'd like my character to fit the setting and I thought I'd ask when I saw you'd been a DM for 10 years.

    I think there's room for either concept in the setting. There's alot of evil in the world, and people's spirits are beaten down by it. A character that is tragic and reclusive could be one of these sorts, but is trying to take that tragic energy and channel it into making a change. On the flip side, the world always needs someone that's looking at the silver lining. They might be met with cynicism at first, but results have a way of changing peoples' moods.

  • TiamatZTiamatZ Freeze...and burn! Double TroubleRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Presenting: Admus Demonbane, Halfling Pursuing Avenger

    "Judge me by my size do you? Do you think the enemy stands on their arms or something?"

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  • El SkidEl Skid The frozen white northRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I was thinking of submitting a wild magic halfling sorceress.
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    Will confirm in a bit, with a character sheet as applicable. Let me know if you want to see something more/different in a submission, Illianthar. Oh, and I'm currently playing in a 4e A Point of Light campaign on these boards, so you know I'll post consistently, and can see for yourself what kind of contribution I can make.

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  • HunteraHuntera Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Ok, first time making a Character for a campaign that doesn't play the rules fast and loose.

    But, here I gooooooooo

    Kigil Ortooz: Kenku Artificer


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    I'm going to be out of town for a few days, so I won't be able to reply to anything, probably, but I lurk around SE++ and here. Posting usually from 3:00 to 10:00 EST

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  • SpearchuckerJoeSpearchuckerJoe Registered User
    edited April 2011
    Saraph Amarantos: Tiefling Warlock


    "You don’t gamble to win. You gamble so you can gamble the next day."


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  • DaMoonRulzDaMoonRulz Mare ImbriumRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I've always been intimidated by D&D so I've only been playing since halfway through last season's Encounters game, and I haven't done a PBP game before, so I might not be the best choice.

    However, I'll offer up Dermond Fleischild Human Fighter to the grinder.

    I, too, need to read up on Greyhawk to get familiar with the atmosphere.

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  • delrolanddelroland Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Havrakhad the Mad, Kalashtar Cleric

    I posted this in the other ToEE campaign as a possible character; let me dig around for his description.

    Edit: here we go:
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  • IlliantharIllianthar Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Going to try and throw some information up each day to give people some background and flavor on the setting, the temple, and some of the interesting characters.

    For today, some background on the temple itself, and the events leading up to the module.

    History of the Temple
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    The Ballad of Emridy Meadows
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  • Bp1580Bp1580 Registered User
    edited April 2011
    Character is almost done, but I wanted to ask something first. Are Eladrin common in the world of Greyhawk, or are they as mysterious and strange as the PHB suggests?

  • IlliantharIllianthar Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Bp1580 wrote: »
    Character is almost done, but I wanted to ask something first. Are Eladrin common in the world of Greyhawk, or are they as mysterious and strange as the PHB suggests?

    Eladrin: The Eladrin are not that common on the Flanaess. Unlilke other settings, they are treated with suspicion by the elves for reasons that are not quite known to humans. Most other races look at them with the same combination of awe and uncertainty that the PHB references. The main area where Eladrin are found is the Valley of the Mage (M5), where the connection with the Feywild is strongest, and prying eyes are few.

    Note: The coordinates above reference the map of Greyhawk found here.

  • DrDinosaurDrDinosaur Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Never played in a PbP before, so forgive me if I do something wrong.
    That said...

    Tavaros Kahlir, Tiefling Psion

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  • ReynoldsReynolds Superwoman Punch! Wrestlemania LXIIIRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Valesti Hurlsbaatt, Dwarven Ranger

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    I apologize for the crappy shopping on that picture. It's very, very hard to find good pictures of female Dwarves. I know it said you were sticking to the Pantheon in the main book, but I stumbled across another really amusing Dwarven god. He's in the background info, but I just listed Moradin on her sheet. I figure she can just mention him as a supporter of Moradin. If you don't mind using him officially, though, he sounds pretty awesome. Not a Cleric, so no need to work up anything for it.

    Edit : Fixed a few mistakes. This also took forever to post and edit because of the busy server. Please let me know if I made any mistakes, only my second 4e character and first Greyhawk character since middle school.

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  • 3seed3seed Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Let me introduce...

    Faergus Winterkin, Dragonborn Paladin

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  • DaMoonRulzDaMoonRulz Mare ImbriumRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Joke in poor taste behind spoiler:
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  • Bp1580Bp1580 Registered User
    edited April 2011
    DaMoonRulz wrote: »
    Joke in poor taste behind spoiler:
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    Genuine fear behind spoiler:
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    On topic, I've almost finished my character. Backstory took ages to write, and I was gone most of today so blah blah blah excuses. I have the sheet finished on the character builder, but I have to go type it all in to Mythweavers before I can post it and it's 2:04 AM here :d

  • IlliantharIllianthar Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Reynolds wrote: »
    I apologize for the crappy shopping on that picture. It's very, very hard to find good pictures of female Dwarves. I know it said you were sticking to the Pantheon in the main book, but I stumbled across another really amusing Dwarven god. He's in the background info, but I just listed Moradin on her sheet. I figure she can just mention him as a supporter of Moradin. If you don't mind using him officially, though, he sounds pretty awesome. Not a Cleric, so no need to work up anything for it.
    school.

    Clangeddin Silverbeard is one of my favorite old-school dwarven gods :). There's definitely room in the cosmology for some of the lesser gods to be worshipped, although those coming from a divine power source would probably want to stick to the major dieties, since those are the ones detailed in the various source books.

  • IlliantharIllianthar Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    3seed wrote: »
    (I'm going to need your help here, Illianthar. Where do the Dragonborn come from in Greyhawk's world? I don't know enough to guess at how they're tied into Oerth's history.)

    Dragonborn: There have always been rumors surrounding the great dragons on Oerth. That they swoop in and devour small children in the night, or that they were reclusive, living on islands far to the north of the Icy Sea. Some of those rumors even supposed that the dragons could take human form, and were living amongst the "lesser" races, right under our very noses. The last of these rumors was always viewed as the most far-fetched, until the first of the Dragonborn appeared.

    The story goes that many years ago a merchant was walking through the streets of the City of Greyhawk when he found a small bundle in an alleyway. He opened the bundle and found what looked to be a human child, except that the child's skin seemed to be rough, with a golden hue. As the child grew, his draconian features became more prominent, and the first of the Dragonborn grew into adulthood. Over time, more and more "orphans" were discovered, both in the City and across the Flanaess. The populace started to believe that the children were a boon from Bahamut, and finding a Dragonborn became a blessing from the gods. However, there are those that remembered the old fairy tales from long ago, and wondered if perhaps there were dragons living amongst us that were mating with humans, and then giving up their offspring to avoid being discovered.

    As the years went by, the Dragonborn population increased, and soon they became as numerous as the other demihuman races. To this day there are still those that look on Dragonborn with awe, though the number of these people has diminished as time has gone on.

  • TiamatZTiamatZ Freeze...and burn! Double TroubleRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Bp1580 wrote: »
    Genuine fear behind spoiler:
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  • DaMoonRulzDaMoonRulz Mare ImbriumRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Character background and such added. Trying to keep it non-specific since I'm not sure of all the details of the world.

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  • MatevMatev Hugs? Hugs are for nerdsRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Ohmygodohmygodohmygod

    I'm such a sucker for old school modules. Placeholder for my interest. I'll build a character when I get access to my builder tonight...

    "Go down, kick ass, and set yourselves up as gods, that's our Prime Directive!"
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  • IlliantharIllianthar Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Some background information on a few figures important to the current state of the Flanaess:

    Prince Thrommel - Grand Marshall of Furyondy and Provost of Veluna
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    Jolene – Daughter of Archcleric Hazen of Veluna
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    Countess Tillahi – Ambassador from Celene
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    Bannor Verith – Viscount of Verbobonc
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    Zuggtmoy - Demon Queen of Fungus
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  • 3seed3seed Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I just wanted to say thank you for the background information posts. They're a great help and are seriously whetting my appetite.
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  • TheBogTheBog Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    How would you feel about a kobold character, by the way? I was thinking of writing up/drawing (love designing characters) a nifty kobold druid. Perhaps in towns where cutlery would be thrown at him on sight, he could go in beast form as the party's pet/companion. Assuming kobolds are even seen in the area.

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  • ReynoldsReynolds Superwoman Punch! Wrestlemania LXIIIRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Illianthar wrote: »
    Reynolds wrote: »
    I apologize for the crappy shopping on that picture. It's very, very hard to find good pictures of female Dwarves. I know it said you were sticking to the Pantheon in the main book, but I stumbled across another really amusing Dwarven god. He's in the background info, but I just listed Moradin on her sheet. I figure she can just mention him as a supporter of Moradin. If you don't mind using him officially, though, he sounds pretty awesome. Not a Cleric, so no need to work up anything for it.
    school.

    Clangeddin Silverbeard is one of my favorite old-school dwarven gods :). There's definitely room in the cosmology for some of the lesser gods to be worshipped, although those coming from a divine power source would probably want to stick to the major dieties, since those are the ones detailed in the various source books.

    Thanks, it's good to know I didn't go too far. It just seemed like a nice find while I was doing research. I wouldn't have brought it up for a cleric or anything. Although, if you'd allow that, I still have this Priest of Knu'kle-ra, Gawd of the Wall-Climbers all rolled up...

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  • Bp1580Bp1580 Registered User
    edited April 2011
    After much debate over which character to go with, I went with the "tragic" one (although he ended up as something much more complex). I've never played a Greyhawk module, and I'm one other PbP Adventure (where I play a cowardly leader with a court jester's hat). Without further adieu, I give you;

    Otinan Arborshade, Eladrin Wizard


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  • IlliantharIllianthar Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    TheBog wrote: »
    How would you feel about a kobold character, by the way? I was thinking of writing up/drawing (love designing characters) a nifty kobold druid. Perhaps in towns where cutlery would be thrown at him on sight, he could go in beast form as the party's pet/companion. Assuming kobolds are even seen in the area.

    Unfortunately I don't think a kobold PC would work. I like the idea, and it presents a bunch of interesting opportunities, especially within the context of this adventure. However, you'd be automatically kill on sight (or at least capture on sight and imprison without listening to your pleas of being a good guy) in Verbobonc, where the adventure is going to start. Being able to change into a beast works to some degree, but pretty much puts you out of commission for all interactions in towns. In a play-by-post setting, that might mean that you're not able to really contribute for days. Sorry for the buzzkill :(

  • Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    As somone running Tomb of Horrors on the boards, getting into a game of ToEE (which I have never played or read before) seems too perfect to pass up.

    Submission will be forthcoming.

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