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DM Alexander Kilcoyne's Sargavan Saga

Game Master Alexander Kilcoyne

"What is this place? Puzzles in Azlant, more magic than you see in a year in Absalom. Wheels literally within wheels. Bound demons and wax golems? The expense must have been enormous. But why? To what end?"

Jakob

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Some very nice character concepts across the board.

Good luck everybody, this looks like it should be an excellent campaign.


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Well, I went through several character ideas and ended up back with my initial concept.

Spoiler:
Tebati, Mwangi (Bonuwat) human cleric of Shimye-Magalla

Tebati was born in Nantambu in the Mwangi Expanse and grew up happily in that bastion of safety and civilization among a large extended family. Like most Bonuwat, she took to the water, fishing with her family in small boats in the Vanji river from her childhood, but she always seemed to have an instinctual bond to Shimye-Magalla and her family was unsurprised when she left the fishing life to apprentice to a local priestess of the goddess of water and freedom.

The shamaness taught Tebati all she could, but as her apprenticeship neared its end, she told the young woman that she would never understand the goddess's full nature without experiencing her most wild and unfettered form on the waves of the ocean. Tebati's love for her home was strong, but her desire to serve Shimye-Magalla was stronger. Tearfully, she bade goodbye to her parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins and began her journey down the Vanji to the coast, her neck draped with multiple colored glass charms as keepsakes of her home.

Her arrival in Bloodcove was Tebati's first real encounter with the foreigners from the north and their incursion into her homeland. Expecting the same sense of openness and peace that pervades Nantambu, she found that this city was based not on beauty and knowledge like her home, but on power and money. She was in Bloodcove only for a short time, as ocean-bound ships recognized the value of having not only a healer but a cleric of the local ocean-deity on board, to please the native sailors, if nothing else, but the experience left its mark on her in a bad impression of Avistani colonials, an impression her time on board the Aspis Consortium ship and the various ports of call it visited did little to erase.

She served out the term of her contract on the ship, enjoying at least her growing acquaintance with Shimye-Magalla's unbound side, but refused to sign on for another voyage, preferring to return to her home than to spend any more time with the profane and uncouth ship's officers. Angry at her refusal to continue to serve, the captain refused to let her stay on board until the ship returned to the mouth of the Vanji, insisting that no native whore would cadge free passage on his watch. Instead, she was let off at Eleder, her glass charms glistening around her neck, to find another ship or her own way back north to Nantambu. As she is more picky about what ships she will agree to serve on now, and as land caravans north are few and far between, she could well have been in and around the capital of Sargava for several seasons.

Tebati is a striking young woman, with a pretty face and an air of confidence. While neither an overt rebel nor a condoner of violence, she is a strong advocate of the Mwangi civilizations and way of life over and against that of the colonizers. She bears no particular ill will toward individual colonials, but they have their work cut out for them convincing her of their virtue and/or competence. While she is willing to share her continent with the foreigners, she firmly believes that they have more to learn from the natives than to teach them.

If any of the other party members were rescued from Smuggler's Shiv, her ship could have been the one to pick them up. Her motivation to enter the Baron's contest would be to demonstrate that a native Mwangi can achieve anything a colonial can try for. She hopes eventually to return to Nantambu, hopefully with any party members in tow, to show them how a real Mwangi city should look and behave. She would also be motivated to uncover relics or remains of any Mwangi civilization as proof that her continent has housed greatness at least as far back as Avistan can claim.

My time zone is GMT -6.

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Updated List: (again apologies if I have anything misrepresented)
DM Aron Marcyzlo - Cathrin / Balo - two options
Poor Wandering One - Jakob Mulle - Human Oracle (Nature) - Noble of Eleder
Deiros - Raegar Norfire - Half-Elf Fighter (Shield) - Military Tradition
Luke Parry - Uchendu Kybwa'ka - Mwangi Oracle (Ju-Ju) - Laughing Jungle Resident
organized - Erakai Abadenbu - Halfling Bard (Street Performer) - Native Sargavan
F Castor - Kieran Markavien - Half-Elf Rogue (Swashbuckler - eventually going Duelist) - Crown's End Smuggler
Mark Sweetman - Qhude - Mwangi Barbarian (Brutal Pugilist) - ?
Ansha - Ansha Saeralyan - Elf Wizard (Enchanter) - Crown's End Smuggler
Dukeruckley - Tarith Stonecrest - Dwarf Ranger (Guide / Skirmisher) - Fort Bandu Veteran
Meowzebub - N'bellocq - Mwangi Monk (Zen-Archer) - Laughing Jungle Hunter
Olondir - Picklebeard - Dwarf Witch - Crown's End Smuggler
Death-Lok - Jebediah Smith - Halfling Rogue - Crown's End Smuggler
Dreaming Warforged - Nikalia Caladan - Human Bard - Noble of Eleder
DM Barcas - Gaius Davian - Human Sorcerer (Arcane) - Noble of Eleder
Maressa the Black - Half-Elf Inquisitor - TBC
Wander Weir - Sarien Ruseff - Human Rogue (Sniper) - Laughing Jungle / Survivor of Smuggler's Shiv
Balodek - Hegar - Half-Orc Oracle (Life) - Survivor of Smuggler's Shiv
Joana - Tebati - Mwangi Cleric (Shimye Magalla) - ?

Based on first level taken:
Full BAB Types: Fighter, Barbarian, Ranger
3/4 BAB Types: 2 x Bards, 3 x Rogues, 3 x Oracle, Cleric, Monk, Inquisitor
1/2 BAB Types: Wizard, Witch, Sorcerer


Wow a campaign the in the jungle and no druids?


Poor Wandering One wrote:


Wow a campaign the in the jungle and no druids?

Ha! Good point. If I'd been paying attention while I was working on my submission, I might have thought of doing that instead. I was sure there'd be more druids than rogues.

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I worked up a dwarf druid but just didn't like the back story I was coming up with.


Wander Weir wrote:
Poor Wandering One wrote:


Wow a campaign the in the jungle and no druids?
Ha! Good point. If I'd been paying attention while I was working on my submission, I might have thought of doing that instead. I was sure there'd be more druids than rogues.

I very nearly went druid but I have never played an oracle and new usually wins with me. Odd mix of classes though.


Haha, Ak's threads are more popular than an Ice cream seller in in the Sahara.


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I considered Jungle Druid, but I really don't care for Wild Shape. If Tebati is chosen, she might take a few levels, though.


Joana wrote:
I considered Jungle Druid, but I really don't care for Wild Shape. If Tebati is chosen, she might take a few levels, though.

Same. I am none too fond of animial companions either. Other folks can run them well. I always seem to run into problems.

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Also kind of amusing how we started out with I think four fighters and have ended up with only one left in the running.

Not long now before we get the word.


Mark S. needs a spot to apply his dedication to the class list to the future party's loot list!


T'was the day before choosing:


T'was the day before choosing and all through the thread
the deadline was filling the potential players with dread
Each one hoping to make a last minute fix
So AK will let them be one of the six
Three paragraph description and backstory is a must
For when it comes to this campaign-its Sargava or bust!
We all had fun making characters not lame
Good luck to all and to all a good game!

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Maressa the Black wrote:


Mark S. needs a spot to apply his dedication to the class list to the future party's loot list!

Heh - if I get in on merit then you can jot me down for that duty :)

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I'm fairly swamped today so choosing will likely occur later than planned (no more than one day)- submissions posted later than 7PM GMT today will not be considered.

I've purposefully not looked at all the concepts in full detail but the quality of what I have seen is very high!

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Not a problem Alexander, we'll all keep performing our impressions of coiled springs of anticipation :)


The suspense is killing me. :-)

Well, good luck to all of us mates! Far as I can tell from the applications, whatever the final party ends up being, it should make for some interesting interactions and a fun game.

Keeping my fingers crossed I am among the lucky few (as I am sure all of you are doing as well)! ;-)

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Picklebeard wrote:

** spoiler omitted **

Awesome poem is awesome.

I'm actually contemplating taking two groups of six.

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I doubt that you will hear any complaints if you do :-)

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Just weighing up whether i'll have the time to run for both groups. I'll be working from home for 9 months when I move to Ukraine in a couple of months so that should be easier and any maps I make will serve double duty, but I have to work 9-5 weekdays for the next couple of months.


If I may, the requirements hinge also on the type of campaign. A sandbox will mean groups might face very different situations, hence no real duplication...

It allows to join the groups should participation dwindle down, but last time I experienced such a merger, the two groups never really fused. I came out of the experience thinking it was better to just add players through recruitment.

And, of course, it reduces the 'feel bad' factor related to refusing applications when in fact you're selecting applications.

From a player's viewpoint, it increases the likelihood of making the cut, though it makes it less of a 'special' thing.

Not a simple decision...


Alexander Kilcoyne wrote:
Just weighing up whether i'll have the time to run for both groups. I'll be working from home for 9 months when I move to Ukraine in a couple of months so that should be easier and any maps I make will serve double duty, but I have to work 9-5 weekdays for the next couple of months.

We gould deal with things slowing down/ stopping for a month or two if needed. We know you return.


Hi all. It was a pleasure to read all of your submissions; I cannot stress enough the quality- theres not a single bad one in the bunch and I highly encourage you to re-post them for a Serpents Skull AP on the forums if your so inclined. Egen though some concepts not picked were strong, I also considered posting style/habits/frequency as well as group makeup. In the end I had to simply go with gut feeling ln a few picks and it took me several hours to finalise the group. I would love nothing more than to run another game in the form of a second group but alas I am constrained by time. With that said, those that applied and didn't get in will have a big edge in the next recruitment thread I post up; hopefully in a few months. Thanks for all your time and excellent submissions. Without further ado-

The Seven-

The seven players or characters I have chosen for the game are-

Olondir - Picklebeard - Dwarf Witch - Crown's End Smuggler

Mark Sweetman - Qhude - Mwangi Barbarian (Brutal Pugilist) - ?

Poor Wandering One - Jakob Mulle - Human Oracle (Nature) - Noble of Eleder

Ansha - Ansha Saeralyan - Elf Wizard (Enchanter) - Crown's End Smuggler

F Castor - Kieran Markavien - Half-Elf Rogue (Swashbuckler - eventually going Duelist) - Crown's End Smuggler

Meowzebub - N'bellocq - Mwangi Monk (Zen-Archer) - Laughing Jungle Hunter

Joana - Tebati - Mwangi Cleric (Shimye Magalla) - ?

This is more casters than I was expecting to pick but they all really impressed me. DM Barcas i'd love to have included you as well but I was set on Picklebeard and Ansha- three arcane casters in the group was too much I felt. You have first alternate slot if a player drops out (and i've yet to run a game where someone doesn't disappear from the forums no matter how awesome their concept; such is the way of PbP) if you are up for that.

Alternates-

1. DM Barcas

2. DM Aron Marcyzlo

3. Wander Weir

What now for the seven?

Please head over to our shiny new, lurker friendly OOC thread. Over the
rest of this week (from now until Sunday evening) i'd like mechanics finalised, as well as a story on how the group was formed, and a full Paizo profile available for play on the game thread on Monday. Please also include all relevant fluff from this application thread and put it into a spoiler for me on your profile as I will be drawing from it later on in the game.

Heres the link-

Link


Congratulations to all who were selected! Thanks for considering my application, AK, and for putting me on the alternate list. I'll look forward to lurking along with the campaign.

Have a great game!


Feel free to bump me if you need my nobleman. There will always be a future opportunity to use him.

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Well shoot, congratulations to all of the picks and alternates. Solid group and looks like it'll be fun, I'll follow the campaign and keep my eyes open for another recruitment thread.


Oh the agony of defeat. I was really hoping to get in this one.

Congrats to those selected. I hope it's an excellent campaign for all those involved.

On AKs note of re-posting to other SS campaigns: The game I am currently running is going to end soon. Since I won't be playing here and going on to chapter 2 doesn't seem to be in the cards for my group, I'll either be restarting the campaign or possibly doing my own Mwangi/Sargava home brew. Look out for that in three weeks or so.

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organized wrote:

Oh the agony of defeat. I was really hoping to get in this one.

I really enjoyed your Bard but I wasn't sure how well he'd fit in with the other PC's selected. It was still a very good submission.

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@Alex Any tips or advice for my character? As a GM/player I'm always looking to improve my story telling ability

@Organized I'd be interested in that, either restarting the campaign or homebrew.


Thanks for the selection, Alex. I really tried with Picklebeard. I am currently in a Serpent's Skull campaign and I just want to make sure there won't be any overlap/spoilers before we begin.


I had great fun building the character. Thanks for the opportunity and good luck to the chosen.

Dark Archive

Good luck to all chosen ones!


Alexander Kilcoyne wrote:


I really enjoyed your Bard but I wasn't sure how well he'd fit in with the other PC's selected. It was still a very good submission.

No need to explain. I understand the competition was thick.

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Balodek- What I read felt like a good background or story but the character didn't seem as fleshed out as it could have been- some more details about his character in particular would have helped.

Olondir- there shouldn't be much if any overlap.

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Alexander Kilcoyne wrote:

Balodek- What I read felt like a good background or story but the character didn't seem as fleshed out as it could have been- some more details about his character in particular would have helped.

Ok will work on that for next time. Thank you.

Dark Archive

I would like some feedback also so I can improve my background making please Alexander


Dangit! I just got internet access (after my move), several days after I expected to. Oh well, I have a tendency to get overwhelmed by groups anyway. So. Good luck, all!

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Yea!

And, Sigh!

Yea, for I have, after over a month of almost constant reading, finished one of the very finest PbP threads, or any fantasy story period for that matter, that I have ever had the privilege to read. And that is saying something! As I have read a LOT of them, both.

Sigh, for exactly the same reason. For while the story will continue, I'll no longer be able to sit for hours at a time reading, following, and getting to know and love (and sometimes really dislike) the spectacularly played characters in this impressive and addictive collective story-telling effort. Of all the many things I like about these vivid PC's, I think the aspect I enjoy the most is how consistent they have all been. Regardless if it was convenient for the story, or the other players, or what have you, each and every character (and thus the Players playing them) has remained consistent and true to their nature and essence, always. Can't even tell you how many times I wanted to push Qhude or smack Jakob upside the head for being themselves, only to cheer them a few posts down the road for working things out while still always remaining true to character.

All of the characters are so unique and interesting and, like the best kinds of onions or personalities, they keep revealing more and tastier levels to themselves the deeper you peel. Bravo you all. Bra-vo.

And of course let's not forget the gentleman who's made it all possible! DM AK, you are a First Class Games Master and Story Teller, no ifs, ands or buts about it. Thank you for creating such a wonderful sandbox for all these big kids to play in.

So, mostly, that's it, I wanted to gush about my enjoyment of this game and thank you all sincerely for all the avidly entertaining story-telling you've given me (and I'm sure many others as well)

Of course, that's not quite all of it. There is, obviously, an ulterior motive as to why I'm posting here in the Recruitment thread after all. I suppose it goes without saying by now that I would Love to join this game and be a part of this fine tale of adventure and intrigue. And it seemed to me that while you're all loitering about in town, this might be the perfect time to do so. So, I'm here to throw myself at your tender mercies and beg admission. Ok, well, perhaps not beg, as such, but perhaps bribe? a little?

I have been accused of spinning a fair tale or too myself in my time, I must say. I'm sure there's several examples of such lying around here somewhere. Oh, yes, well there's Ali, the Wild Druid (a homebrew Alternate class of mine). She's probably both the youngest and the oldest PC of mine around here. She's only 16 (we think) but she's been on Paizo for close to four years now I believe and is still going strong. Jorzan's fairly close to her in age, although he's only been slipping through the shadows here for only a year or so. Aylaeth, who's actually playing in a connected game (This DM is truly a mad genius by the way. Currently running three, yes THREE, count 'em PbP's and one of more IRL game all connected to the Same Massive World and Story!) is not too far behind Jorzan (although please don't ever phrase it that way to her). Akiros is fairly new, but he's certainly had a lot to say for a Ronin in the time he's been here. Haunted past and all that, although he seems to be doing better lately, now that he SEES things more clearly.

There's a few other notables about, but, anyway, you get my drift. I've been here for a while and have been around the block a time or two. Some may call me greedy for wanting more PbP, but I much prefer the term 'Blissfully Addicted'.

I was thinking that perhaps your great group of adventurers could use a little more lady on your team, and, no pun intended, there's this Dwarven maiden who's been knocking at the door of my mind lately. I'm not quite sure what she does yet, as she's been keeping her cards close to the vest thus far. But if I was to hazard a guess, I might say she's something along the lines of a 'Summoner'? I could be way off though.

Bottom line is, if you think either of us might be an interesting addition to your team, I'm sure I could coax her to come on out and play with you all. I seem to be noticing a twinkle of eagerness in her eye so it shouldn't be too difficult I'm thinking.

If not, we'll neither of us have any hard feelings, I assure you. And while she may move on to greener pastures, I, for one, shall be lurking around these parts indefinitely. You have been forewarned.

And with that, I bid you all a fond adieu (for now??) and On With The Show and all that, as they say (somewhere, I'm sure).

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Wow, Khaladon. Thank you kindly for the praise; posts like that are what truly motivate me, in all honesty- i'm sure my players would like to hear it too though. Could you perhaps re-post this in the lurker-friendly discussion thread? I'll be out of touch mostly until early August but the others can chew it over until then :)

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Gladly! : D


I totally agree with Khaladon, I've had to stop reading Alex's threads because I'd get so involved in reading them I'd totally forget my own games :p

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