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[FE] the lumberjack school of warfare

DaypigeonDaypigeon Registered User regular
edited November 2012 in Critical Failures
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Some countries are founded by explorers. Others, by rebels, visionaries, those who claim they have seen the face of God.

Caldea was founded out of desperation.

Thousands of men, women and children were exiled from the Atrean Empire with nothing but what they could carry, weapons aimed at their back. They were left to perish in the cold north, surrounded by freezing snowstorms, dead soil, and, worst of all, hostile natives- the wolf laguz, territorial shapeshifters who viewed the refugees as nothing more than another kind of prey. To say that matters were grim would be an understatement.

But in the harshest of climates, those who are truly strong come into their own.

The man who became the first King of Caldea was likely from humble origins- but although we know little about his history, it is clear that leading was his true calling. Within half a year of his first recorded appearance, he had united the different refugee groups, built a makeshift city and defenses, and somehow tamed a dragon. The wolves, finally realizing the intruders as a legitimate threat to their supremacy, launched a series of assaults on the exiles. But the First King’s work was done: the wolves were driven back to the southern forests, no longer masters of the land.

When the time came to choose a leader, the decision was unanimous. Caldea was born, and a royal line was established.

And yet, a strong ruler does not guarantee strong successors. The royal family tree has of late indulged in a serious amount of, well, self-pruning. The only members left as of a year ago were the young king, Samuel, and his sickly brother, Florian. That winter, though, the king and a retinue of his most trusted knights disappeared in a snowstorm. After a few months of frantic searching, the nobility decided to call off the hunt, and crown the ailing boy instead. He is now the last of the Caldean royal line- and a successor has not been named.

Across Caldea, those who lust for power prepare for a day where they might lay claim to the kingdom, and sharpen their blades.

A day that may come very, very soon.


What’s this?

Glad you asked! This is the IC/OOC thread for a Play-by-post rpg with a battle system based on Intelligent Systems’ Fire Emblem series, a small-unit strategy game. The mechanics have been cobbled together from both the efforts of the folks at http://fed20.wikidot.com/ and some work of my own. The general rules can be found here.


This sounds like some more typical fantasy bullcrap. Why don’t you use D&D or system ____ instead?

Because most rpg systems would make creating and running battles with dozens of unique participants about as quick and fun as being dragged cross-country while chained to the back of a moving segway. Also, the games have a pretty neat strategy/RPG battle system that’s even set up to give bonuses for good character interaction!

Okay, so how do I sign up for this?

Easy! Just follow the character creation guide located here and come up with a fancy statblock for a level one character. In addition, you should come up with a bit of character background- stuff like your character’s personality, what motivates them (adventurer’s spirit, money, crippling self-loathing, etc) and maybe some more interesting details, like how they picked up their weapons skill, their horse’s name, so on and so on. Then, put all that stuff in a post and post it! If you have questions about what I want or how anything works, post them in the thread or PM me. I’ll probably respond to the thread before PMs, though. Looking for three-four players to start, and to add more as I get the hang of things. Potential sign-ups should note that I want things to move fast, because I am incredibly impatient. So... you know, make sure you can write a couple sentences a week.

Other useful things I almost forgot:

Campaign Style/Rules: There’s going to be a fair amount of battles, but I do enjoy character interaction stuff. Essentially, I’m going to try and cater to the players on this one, whatever people enjoy most is going to the forefront. You’ve seen pretty much all the rules up above- it’s not an especially hard system, but I’m fine with dropping hints and explaining things as needed. Because I’m sure I’ve been really obtuse about something. This should be primarily PbP, but for long conversations or individual things IRC could come into use. Also, if I ever figure out what the hell I’m doing in maptools we could probably run stuff live, based on player interest.

So, yeah!

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  • DaypigeonDaypigeon Registered User regular
    edited September 2012
    Useful Information

    character creation guide

    general rules

    weapon stats

    world glossary

    The new story starts here!:

    (right here)

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  • Rawkking GoodguyRawkking Goodguy Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    Name: Orson
    Class: Cleric
    Level 3

    Build: 12
    Movement: 6
    Weapon Proficiency: Staff [C]

    HP 15
    EN 9
    SKL 4
    SPD 5
    DEF 8
    RES 4

    Capacity 10/10
    Density [Cost 5]: Build permanently increased by 6.
    Smite [Cost 5]: In addition to the normal [Shove] action, this unit may [Smite], moving an adjacent unit two spaces away.

    Items:
    Mend (Might 1 / Hit 90% / Effect: (2 x Energy) heal
    Restore (Might 1 / Hit 90% / Effect: Cures Status Effects)

    Vulnerary [3] / Effect: Restore 10 HP
    Antitoxin [1] / Effect: Recover from Poison Status

    Biography:

    Orson is, or was, a Caldean laborer and self-proclaimed "mountain man", who enjoyed an industrious life procuring resources for whatever businesses in the empire hired him for. His presence at surveying operations outside of the seal and increased unrest inside Caldea proper led him to hone his skills with an axe for more than lumberjacking. The number of combats Orson found himself in increased over time, the man eventually finding himself not a laborer but an armed escort, and later a mercenary.

    This all ended when he suffered a grievous wound dealt by a thin, gray-haired swordsman, unusually out of place in the group of bandits Orson was facing. Though his allies drove away the swordsman and bandits, the wound would not heal fully no matter what measures Orson and his friends tried to take. His right arm could no longer attempt heavy lifting or wield an axe without intense pain shooting up Orson's body. Not even yet middle aged, Orson was at a loss of how he was to support himself anymore.

    He eventually found himself in an out of the ways chapel, helping out with chores with his good arm and substantial bulk. Taking an interest in the faith, he found himself setting out on a holy pilgrimage four years later: his last trial to become a fully ordained priest. Wandering the wilds once more, offering aid to those in need and catching up with long lost friends as his journey takes him closer to the border, he finds himself approaching the village of Valetia once more...

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  • Shock GShock G Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    Macia, Wyvern Rider. Gyorsul, Wyvern.
    Level 1
    EN:6 (60%)
    SKL:6 (60%)
    SPD:7 (70%)
    DEF:2 (20%)
    RES:3 (40%)
    HP: 18+1 (20%)
    Build: 8
    Movement: 7 (Flying)
    Weapon Proficiancy: Lance [E], Bow [E]
    Capacity: 10/10
    Additional Weapon Proficiancy [Cost 10]: The unit gains another Weapon Proficiency of their choice, starting at Grade [E] Only Magic using classes can pick Magic weapon types, and only Physical classes may pick physical weapon types.
    Spoiler:

    Macia was a soldier. Still would be, had that bad bit of business not gone down, but the past is dead. She's a mercenary now, trading her spear and wyvestrian skill to keep her and Gyor in food. They've set upon a new job, now. Should be pretty easy work, but Mac's got a bad feeling.

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  • DaypigeonDaypigeon Registered User regular
    sheesh shock way to squander all that goodwill you've been building

  • SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    What is this...goodwill?

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  • MarshmallowMarshmallow Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    I, personally, have the capacity for gratitude of a mosquito.

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  • CapfalconCapfalcon Well, NOW it's beachfront property Weyland Consortium HQRegistered User regular
    edited September 2012
    Name: Sardo
    Class: Mage
    Level: 6
    EXP: 0

    HP 19
    EN 11
    SKL 8
    SPD 10
    DEF 2
    RES 8

    Build: 8
    Movement: 5 (foot)
    Weapon Proficiency: Dark [D]
    Capacity: 10/10
    Adept [Cost 10] : Allows a unit to add another strike to the end of its strike on an attack roll lower than its Speed.
    Shade [Cost FREE)]: Other units are targeted by enemies over this unit.
    600 gold

    Inventory:
    Flux
    Spoiler:

    Worm
    Spoiler:

    Vulnerary
    Spoiler:


    Sardo is a man who appreciates the finer things in life. However, he couldn't pay for them since his research into magical flight for the everyman wasn't panning out. He's sure he's on the verge of a breakthrough, though. To make ends meet in the meantime, however, he needed a job that would pay his growing pile of bills. Since it appeared that violence was a rapidly growing career path, Sardo dusted off his old Flux spellbook and went looking for someone who was willing to pay to see their enemies' internal organs crushed from across a battlefield.

    Not surprisingly, he ended up with this bunch of... colorful characters. But, better that he have some big lunkhead to stand in front of him while he's reading and chanting, right?

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  • TerrendosTerrendos Decorative Monocle Registered User regular
    <Insert my Knight character here>

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  • DaypigeonDaypigeon Registered User regular
    Terrendos wrote:
    <Insert my Knight character here>

    b-but that's your job!

    Shock, Capfalcon, stuff looks good! I didn't actually put together any starter item guidelines yet but it's good to see some initiative- I'm definitely leaning towards everybody getting one of each of their weapon types and a vulnerary, but I'm still deciding which weapon stats to use for some types. One thing I forgot to mention that may seem a little weird to FE veterans: so far I don't have any plans to pay attention to weapon durability, at least for the common and weaker weapon types. So, don't worry about weapon usage...yet.

  • DaypigeonDaypigeon Registered User regular
    whoops, I lied

    starter weapons are here

    Pick two. Preferably two that you can use, but hey, knock yourselves out. Everyone also gets 3 uses of a Vulnerary, an item that restores 10 HP in battle.

  • TerrendosTerrendos Decorative Monocle Registered User regular
    edited September 2012
    Name: Allan
    Class: Soldier
    Level: 6
    HP- 22 (60%)
    EN- 8 (60%)
    SKL- 5 (30%)
    SPD- 9 (20%)
    DEF- 10 (70%)
    RES- 6 (30%)
    Build: 12
    Movement: 5 (foot)
    Weapon Proficiency: Lance [C]

    Capacity: 10/15
    Imbibe [Cost 0]: Doubles the effect of Vulneraries.
    Miracle [Cost 5]: Halves damage sustained from potentially fatal blows.
    Provoke [Cost 5]: Enemies will target this unit first under most circumstances.

    Inventory:
    Spoiler:

    In a former life, Allan was a knight of House Vallis, a first cousin of the heir apparent to the Vallis throne. He spent years perfecting his skill in weaponry to serve his House with honor and dignity, and was prepared to give his life defending it. Although he didn't especially like his cousin Phineas, who coveted power, he very much loved his family, and as Allan's strength and skill grew, he participated in several tournaments and won the favor of the people.

    That all changed with the passing of Frederick and the ascension of Phineas to the throne. Allan was popular with the citizenry and the nobles alike, while Phineas was not. Phineas grew afraid that Allan was plotting with the nobles to overthrow him, or have him assassinated, for Allan was now the successor. To protect himself, he trumped up a false claim suggesting that Allan cheated at one of his tournaments, and banished the young knight from the palace.

    That was several years ago. Since then, Allan has been working as a rather successful mercenary, and although the experience has left him somewhat bitter, he remains a good person. He holds a great deal of respect for those who study magic, being somewhat afraid of the stuff himself.

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  • texasheattexasheat Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    Ok, i decided to put a mage up as i didn't see one on the board. Sorry if someone else claimed it, but it looks like not everyone is getting in anyway. So, here is Feesa

    Name: Feesa
    Class: Mage
    HP: 17 (30%)
    EN: 7 (70%)
    SKL: 8 (90%)
    SPD: 3 (30%)
    DEF: 3 (20%)
    RES: 4 (30%)
    Build: 6
    Movement: 6 (foot)
    Weapon Proficiency: Anima

    Capacity: 0/10
    Shade [Cost 5]: Enemies will target this unit only when no other viable targets are in range.
    Duelist [Cost 5] (Free for Myrmidons): this unit’s Skill rises by 5 points when in combat with higher-level units

    Inventory:
    Spoiler:

    Background:
    Spoiler:

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  • DaypigeonDaypigeon Registered User regular
    whoa, somebody I haven't run into before! Welcome, it's good to know these aren't all pity signups.

    You might want to note that Rawkking appears to be working on a healer too- not sure if you guys want to double up on that?

  • texasheattexasheat Registered User regular
    Ahh, well, i guess i'll have to look at options then when i get home.

  • TerrendosTerrendos Decorative Monocle Registered User regular
    You could always take another magic class and add staff proficiency to it. Having a Mercenary or whatever pigeon's equivalent is would be handy too.

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  • DaypigeonDaypigeon Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    I can't remember if this in the rules explicitly or not, but healers can attack with staves, they're just not particularly effective. Two wouldn't be absurd, especially considering the balance may be...off for the first battle or two while i try to figure out how powerful your enemies should be. A staff-wielding cavalier is allowed and might be fun. (the equivalent of the troubadour/valkyrie line from the games)

    A myrmidon, sword cavalier or thief would be good too. Right now, it'd be so easy for me to make every major boss an axefighter.

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  • CapfalconCapfalcon Well, NOW it's beachfront property Weyland Consortium HQRegistered User regular
    I'm pretty sure staves can attack, they just don't have any might. So good luck actually hurting people who are hitting you in melee.

  • RhapsodyRhapsody Registered User regular
    edited September 2012
    Changes and shit, activate!
    Name: Razia
    Class: Cavalier
    Level: 6
    Exp: 0
    HP: 21
    EN: 6
    SKL: 12
    SPD : 14
    DEF: 3
    RES: 6
    Build: 7
    Movement: 8 (mounted, +1 from Fleet)
    Weapon Proficiency: Bow [D]
    Affinity: Wind

    Capacity: 15/15
    Medic [Cost 5]: This unit can use Vulneraries, Antitoxin, and Elixirs on adjacent units as an action.
    Fleet [Cost 5]: Movement is permanently increased by 1.
    Aquatic [Cost 5]: Allows this unit to traverse river and ocean terrain like normal spaces.

    Recruitment Points: 1

    Inventory:
    Spoiler:

    Bio:
    Spoiler:

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  • DaypigeonDaypigeon Registered User regular
    Rhapsody wrote:
    This would be my first submission for a PbP ever on Penny Arcade, so go easy on me :D

    Hey, no worries. (First-time PbP GM here.) Your stuff looks pretty excellent, I love me some long, thought-out backstories.

  • MithMith Registered User regular
    Have room for a mage? Looks like you've already hit your starting 3-4 target plus a couple.

  • DaypigeonDaypigeon Registered User regular
    I'm prrrrrobably going to just start with 3-4 people, since again, this is my first time GMing online, or honestly GMing for more than some short standalone stuff, and I don't trust myself to be able to handle a large group without a little more practical experience. If things don't implode, I'd like to add more people as I go- but for round one, I think I'm going to just pick a few characters that I think would mesh well.

    So, feel free to put up a character for consideration! Just be forewarned that you might be in the first group. Once the people who've expressed interest get their characters in, I'll close submissions and figure out who to start with.

  • PinfeldorfPinfeldorf Registered User regular
    Marking interest in this. Of the three FE console games I've played, getting involved in an RPG-style thing like this sounds pretty slick. Probably gonna run up a Pegasus Knight or a Myrmidon.

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  • Sir FabulousSir Fabulous Malevolent Squid God Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    I've always loved the Fire Emblem games, so I thought I might try this out. Seems like you already have quite a few submissions!



    Name: Samish
    Class: Archer
    Level: 1
    HP: 17 (40%)
    END: 5 (40%)
    SKL: 7 (70%)
    SPD: 7 (70%)
    DEF: 2 (30%)
    RES: 4 (20%)
    Build: 6
    Movement: 5 (foot)
    Weapon Proficiency: Bow [D]

    Capacity: 0/10
    Ballista (Free): Allows this unit to operate Ballistae and other siege weapons

    Inventory:
    Spoiler:

    Bio
    Spoiler:

    I know it's long. I just sort of started writing and didn't stop for about an hour.

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  • Void SlayerVoid Slayer Very Suspicious Registered User regular
    Name: Jordan
    Class: Myrmidon

    HP: 16+1d6 (50%)
    STR: 5 (30%)
    SKL: 3 (40%)
    SPD: 5 (40%)
    DEF: 6 (60%)
    RES: 6 (50%)
    Build:10
    Movement: 5 [foot]
    Weapon Proficiency: Sword [D]

    Capacity: 10/10
    Smite [Cost 5]: In addition to the normal [Shove] action, this unit may [Smite], moving an adjacent unit two spaces away.
    Duelist [free]: this unit’s Skill rises by 5 points when in combat with higher-level units.
    Provoke [Cost 5]: Enemies will target this unit first under most circumstances.

    Steel Sword(speed 5): might:8 hit:75 critical:0 wieght:10
    Long Sword(speed 4): might:6 hit:80 critical:0 wieght:11 Effective against cavalry
    Vulnerary(3): restored 10 HPs in battle.

    Jordan is boastful and aggressive, constantly seeking challenges which are probably too much for him. He follows orders well but often rubs people the wrong way by acting superior to everyone as well as loudly proclaiming his goals of seeking money, power and fame. His general line of thinking is that working as a mercenary is a smart choice for people with his obvious skill.

    Originally training with his local village militia and his adopted father, a retired soldier of the queen, Jordan joined the mercenary group only recently. He was found at a young age in the wilderness, with no memory of how he got there or even his name. As a child he was often bullied due to his strange orange color and being an outsider to the village.

    Hope that is an okay Myrmidon, I built him more as a front line guard.

    He's a superhumanly strong soccer-playing romance novelist possessed of the uncanny powers of an insect. She's a beautiful African-American doctor with her own daytime radio talk show. They fight crime!
  • texasheattexasheat Registered User regular
    Ok GM, you look like your getting enough people. Are you going to just take the first 4 submissions? Or are you going to pick the best 4? Or what? I guess my question is, if your going to pick and choose, i might still submit a healer in hopes that you pick mine over the other options. But if your going first 4, then i won't bother.

  • DaypigeonDaypigeon Registered User regular
    I'm taking four that I like and think would work well as a group. So if you submit you can still get in (I'm not gonna say best because that implies I have good taste :P ) I'd like to add more people later if things go well, but I think now the chances of me getting everybody in eventually are...pretty low. One of the fun things about Fire Emblem is ordering a bunch of people around, and if there's enough players to fill an army by themselves then they wouldn't get much of that.

    So I'm kinda hoping someone else starts a game at this point because whoa I was not expecting this many submissions! Also I'd sort of like to see the system from an outside perspective or as a player. Might help the balance not suck so much.

  • MarshmallowMarshmallow Registered User regular
    pigeonking wrote: »
    So I'm kinda hoping someone else starts a game at this point because whoa

    I hear that.

  • DaypigeonDaypigeon Registered User regular
    Ideally I'd like to close recruitment after the people who've expressed interest but not posted characters get their stuff up. Hopefully that won't take more than a day or so?

    I'm also amazed (but happy) that everyone has done the math correctly so far. I thought it was a little obtuse.

  • texasheattexasheat Registered User regular
    I'm gonna try to post tonight...but i have a bowling league so it'll be alittle difficult. If i don't get it tonight, i'll be sure to have something first thing tomorrow evening after work.

  • TerrendosTerrendos Decorative Monocle Registered User regular
    There is a nonzero chance that I will be posting this every time a new PC is added. And by "nonzero" I mean "practically guaranteed."

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  • RhapsodyRhapsody Registered User regular
    Terrendos wrote:
    There is a nonzero chance that I will be posting this every time a new PC is added. And by "nonzero" I mean "practically guaranteed."

    You are the best!

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  • Rawkking GoodguyRawkking Goodguy Registered User regular
    A post may have changed.
    Terrendos wrote:
    There is a nonzero chance that I will be posting this every time a new PC is added. And by "nonzero" I mean "practically guaranteed."

    There is something to be said for the classics, but I've found myself preferring this one.

  • TerrendosTerrendos Decorative Monocle Registered User regular
    Isn't there already a guy named Orson in one of the FE games?

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  • Sir FabulousSir Fabulous Malevolent Squid God Registered User regular
    Yeah he's a character in Sacred Stones. A Paladin boss character.

  • Rawkking GoodguyRawkking Goodguy Registered User regular
    I am aware vOv

  • Sir FabulousSir Fabulous Malevolent Squid God Registered User regular
    Wasn't Orson a traitor? What exactly are you trying to pull here Rawkking?

  • Rawkking GoodguyRawkking Goodguy Registered User regular
    You can't prove anything.

  • texasheattexasheat Registered User regular
    repost incase you don't see my edit

    More to come, just late and need to get to bed for work tomorrow. Let me know if something needs to be changed. Question though can i even use a D rank anima? Also, are the stats hidden for a reason? Like luck, and weapon hit rate? Or am i just not seeing it?

  • MithMith Registered User regular
    Name: Roan
    Class: Mage
    HP: 20 (40%)
    EN: 7 (50%)
    SKL: 4 (70%)
    SPD: 6 (50%)
    DEF: 3 (30%)
    RES: 5 (30%)
    Build: 7
    Movement: 5 [foot]
    Weapon Proficiency: Anima [D]
    Capacity: 10/10
    * Vantage [Cost 10]: Allows this unit to attack first, even when an enemy initiates combat. Does not activate if this unit is incapable of counter-attacking with its currently equipped weapon.

    Inventory:
    Spoiler:

    Bio:
    Spoiler:

  • Sir FabulousSir Fabulous Malevolent Squid God Registered User regular
    A question about the skill Blossom.
    Blossom give you +50% of your current stat growths in exchange for reduced experience.
    In the character creation guide, it states that units can only have growth percentages in increments of 10. Does Blossom overrule that?
    (i.e. I have a defense growth rate of 30%. If I take Blossom, is it 45% or does it get rounded)
    It also states that you cannot have a growth rate of 100%. Does Blossom overrule that?
    (i.e. I have an HP growth of 80%. I should get an extra 40% due to Blossom. This would take me up to 100%.)

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