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DM Jelani's Carrion Crown

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Tales are told throughout Golarion of shadowy figures that lurk in dark corners—stories recounted at children’s bedsides feature bestial creatures that come out only when the moon is right, and fireside legends speak of otherworldly beings beyond reckoning, whose very existence is more than the human mind can bear to know. These are the legends that explain where the blood of the family cow went, and why clerics spend so much time ensuring the proper Pharasmin rites are observed at gravesites throughout the Inner Sea. One can write them off as simple, scary stories in Absalom or Westcrown, but in Ustalav, everyone knows the truth of the things that go bump in the night.
In the Carrion Crown Adventure Path, the horrors of the night become undeniably real as the PCs undertake a journey that will decide the future of a nation.

-Carrion Crown Player's Guide

It's autumn (just missed Halloween) and time for me to run my first AP.

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Expectations
-Committed players who can post once a day.
-Adults who aren't squeamish about mature content (foul language, gore, sexual themes etc). Nothing that will get the thread locked, but I like it gritty.
-If you don't post for a week without an explanation first, I reserve the right to remove you from the game. If you don't post for an extended period (48+ hours) in combat, expect to be warned then quickly DMPCed.
-No PVP or antagonizing other players. If your character has a problem with another character you are expected to resolve it peacefully in-character. Even if that means agreeing to disagree and allowing the other party members to make a decision.
-I try to run all rules as written, unless otherwise stated before hand. If I mess up, tell me and I'll fix it. If you mess up, be willing to accept correction.
-Optimized, or at least streamlined, characters. If you hate "roll playing" and think having a strong character is stupid then this is not the game for you. That being said, I also expect role-players.
-You have read the Carrion Crown Player's Guide and are at least somewhat knowledgeable about Golarion.

Game Style
-Maps for combat
-I roll initiative for everyone, enemies of the same type all act together. Combat is run in chunks. Ie all players before monster A and monster A (update), then all players after A but before B and B (update), then any left over players (update).
-I will try to remember to prompt you for knowledge rolls, and may sometimes roll skills for you when it would benefit you.

House Rules
Commonplace Guns: While still expensive and tricky to wield, early firearms are readily available. Instead of requiring the Exotic Weapon Proficiency feat, all firearms are martial weapons. Early firearms and their ammunition cost 25% of the amounts listed in this book, but advanced firearms and their ammunition are still rare and cost the full price to purchase or craft.

Hero Points

Character Creation
Level: 1

Ability Scores: 20 point buy

Alignment:Non-evil

Races: Anything listed here. The weirder it is, the better your story should be. I hate Tengu, and think a couple of the other ones are cheesy. (Just fair warning) Alternate racial traits and heritages are fine. No Fiendish Heritage, you can be a Demon-Spawn or Asura-Spawn or whatever without the feat, no abilities of the d100 table.

Classes: Anything Paizo, all archetypes available

HP:Max at first, then 1/2+1

Traits: 2 traits, one must be a campaign trait.

Starting Gold:300

No third party anything!
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To apply you need a completed alias, including complete statistical crunch, a 3-5 paragraph backstory (the more linked in with the campaign the better), one paragraph of appearance description and one paragraph about their personality. I am recruiting four players, plus one that I already have (playing a male human Witch of undetermined archetype). So the total party will be five. I'm looking for good writing and characters that will mesh well together. Numerous grammar and spelling mistakes will disqualify you. People who have a 500+ post count on the boards will receive first consideration. Recruitment will be open for three days (until Sunday morning November 4 EST) or until there are 15 complete applicants.

Lets get our horror on!


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Oh you tease.

Expect to see a Shelynite Changeling Paladin later today.


I am definitely interested. Now to come up with an idea.


Zoöi and Tad are the same person!? -mindf*ck-


I'm interested in this. When is the prospective start date. I will have a character concept ready tonight, should it be posted here publicly or PMed to you?


I'm in for this one. I have two characters is you allow multiple submissions. Janos is my primary and from previous failed PbP. He's a Ranger of the swamps with a sad past and a Witch mentor.

The second is Malek Widmara, who has a slightly different (read: antagonistic) view on the Professor. He needs his campaign trait updated to either Chance Savior or Subject of Study.


Very interested! I'll try and get a character together later today.


Lucent - Make your alias as described and then post here saying you're ready with it. Prospective start date is unknown probably a couple/few days after I select characters.

Janos - Pick whichever one you'd rather play.

One submission per person please.


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DM Jelani wrote:
Zoöi and Tad are the same person!? -mindf*ck-

Oh it's worse than that, but yes.

Considering my original pre-BW concept for Zöoi is the character I will be submitting...

More humility, slightly less bawdy, not nearly as much of a glory-hound, more overt in her faith, the obvious difficulties of growing up Changeling, those are the major differences.


Janos will be my submission then. Spirit Ranger just seems to be fun for this AP.


Im in Old chap


Hello gentle folks !

I'm mightily interested.

I will post something in a few hours - I'm thinking cleric or fighter of Celestial origin.


Kitsune please as race GM thinking CN Bard


Heres the Alt, still working on it GM,
Hes a Bard

Gm Spuglyfuglet


This is the Alias I will be using. LG Human Ranger (Infiltrator, Skirmisher, Yokai Hunter) with multiclassing in Gunslinger (Musket Master) along the way. Full bio/build to come later today.


A Dhampir Cleric of Sarenrae ... or possibly Inquisitor ... or dual class those, depending upon the backstory.

Vengeance against those who pander to the charms of the unliving.

Will add details, background story etc.


I'm dotting for interest. I'll refresh myself on the player's guide and get back here with a candidate.

Edit: I'm working on an aasimar monk for this.


I would love to submit Dantrian here. Twice now his CC campaigns have fizzled. The first got to

Spoiler:
the mob and the funeral
and the second didn't make it past acquiring
Spoiler:
the hidden cache in the Restlands.

So, neither got very far at all. =(

This is, by far, the AP I've always been most interested in.

I'm on the East Coast (survived Sandy, yay!) (GMT-5) and can post regularly throughout the day most days from the office. Same is true of my evenings at home.

If picked up, I'll happily adjust Dantrian's stats and gear to meet the guidelines above.

Thanks for the consderation!


Forget dots, here's a character ready to go.


Bronislav Filipovic at your service! (still working on equipment and skills but the fluff is done.)


Something came up, and I've decided not to participate in this adventure after all.

Have a good time, all of you. See you in another thread, DM Jelani, and say hello to Jevon Ryker for me ;-) !


Awww man.

And I said no more than 2 PBP's.


STR Ranger wrote:

Awww man.

And I said no more than 2 PBP's.

+1


Okay, character bio is all done and character sheet is linked to a snappy google doc in the profile. Let me know if there's anything you have questions on or otherwise!


Okay I would like to put forth Nalita Bakji, Cleric of Pharasma. I need to update her to your specified build but I think most(if not all) of her background is correct.


I have to apologize.
I went a bit overboard on her background, but as I got started, I just couldn't stop.


I'd love to join if you'd have me.

I'm not terribly experienced, but there's no experience requirement that I saw there.

Might need some help with tweaking the character sheet though.


I've been hoping for a CC game to open. May I introduce Issan, a Pharasmin priest and traveler from distant Osirion, come to pay his respects to the late professor.

will 6000+ posts work? ;)


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Well my fancy is tickled now that voodoo has made an appearance ;)

Current applicants (apologies if I've got anything wrong)

  • Irnk / Ysmerelda, Dawn's Rose - Shelynite Changeling Paladin
  • rpgsavant / Bronislav Filipovic - Human Fighter (Polearm Master)
  • Lucent / Liette d'Argent - Human Ranger
  • Janos Ardeal - Half-Elf Spirit Ranger
  • Loup Blanc - ?
  • Hiroka Kindo Okina - Kitsune Bard
  • Julietta the Found - Dhampir Cleric / Inquisitor of Sarenrae
  • markofbane - Aasimar Monk ?
  • Dantrian Almaeus - Human Alchemist (Beastmorph)
  • Vysin Blynde - Aasimar Wizard (Conjuration / Teleportation)
  • Nalita Bakji - Samsaran Cleric (Cloistered) of Pharasma
  • Sanin Falgrim - Human Gunslinger
  • Issan Masud - Cleric of Pharasma

What I'm thinking at present is a Half-Orc Alchemist (Vivisectionist) that will multi-class into Barbarian. Reasonably bestial in appearance, but when he takes his mutagen and/or rages his human traits become dominant... sort of a Dr Hyde and Mr Jekyll situation.

Shall let it percolate before committing.


you show up in the darnedest places Mr. Sweetman... and make me look like a noob with merely 6K posts.


Thanks for the list Mark. You saved me some work :) I'm going to categorize it and reduce it to people who have actually completed the application requirements over the course of the morning.


DM Jelani wrote:
Thanks for the list Mark. You saved me some work :)

'Twas nothing. He apparently has ALOT of free time... ; )


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Just remember Mr Voodoo... it's not the size of your post count, it's what you do with it :P

No problems DM Jelani - I actually like drawing a list together before I put in my own two cents... and I've got a bit of free time.


Hm... Optimized characters, you say? Challenge Accepted! I submit a dwarf monk, Korinil Ironfist! This is the Pathfinder re-creation of one of my most successful characters of all time, believe it or not.

A couple notes on this guy: firstly, I took the Vow of Truth. Seems interesting RP-wise, not a hefty price, and makes sense for him.

Secondly, I ended up with 450 gp to spend, due to the baseline gp of 300 and the +150 from the campaign trait that best worked for me. Oi... Spent most of it on a masterwork weapon. If you'd rather I not have that, I can remove it. Also got tattoos, since I didn't know what else to buy, and I thought it'd be weird to have a monk walking around with a ton of cash.

Thirdly, he has the Hungry Ghost Monk and Qinggong Monk archetypes right now, and I'm not TOTALLY certain they go together. I picked up Hungry Ghost because I wanted him to be very combat-oriented, but Qinggong seemed very interesting as well--I've looked at it before, and I like the idea of running a more mystical monk. It's my understanding that you can pick and choose which of the optional monk abilities to give up with to gain the Qinggong's ki powers, so I think they could go together if the abilities the monk loses for the Hungry Ghost just do that, and I can only pick from the others. Do you understand what I'm saying? If you don't like it, don't know what I mean, or anything else, I'm fine to drop one or the other--just let me know.

Anyway, this guy's mainly a frontline/mobile combatant who can also do some scouting. If/once he picks up ki powers, he'll be even more versatile in combat. Right now, if he has a real weakness, it's probably the fact that I didn't grab him a ranged weapon. I can do that, if you like.

Think that's it! Sorry to talk your ear off!... er, you know what I mean.


Oh! A quick note about Dantrian's campaign trait. The trait specifically calls out a "non-humanoid creature type" to be selected. Shapechanger really fits his backstory though. In the previous campaign, it was house-ruled as allowed, but if you want to stick strictly with the Rules As Written in this regard (as you mentioned in your first post), I'll happily switch it over to aberration.
(shapechanger really is an excellent fit though) =)


A letter in reply, written hastily...

My dear sir,
Please know that it is with great urgency that I make my way to the funeral of my friend, Prof Lorrimor. Make it so I am not late.
With wings, B'yelka Morfaine

Spoiler:
(Here is my submission: Chelish Diva that is not a warrior, yet a worthy addition to any adventuring party. The plan is to have her be able to fulfill most of the social skills portion, some crowd control, buffing and some healing.)


500+ Posters
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Martial:

Arcane:
Vysin Blynde - Fnord72 (F Aasimar Wizard 1 (Conj; Teleportation)

Divine:
Issan Masud - Voodoo Chili (M Human Cleric (Pharasma))

Gish:

Skills Focused:
Ysmerelda Dawn's Rose - Irnk (F Changeling Paladin)
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Board Newbs

Martial:
Janos Ardeal - Enchanter Tim (M Half-Elf Ranger (Spirit Ranger)
Bronislav Filipovic - Rpgsavant (M Human Fighter (Polearm Master)

Arcane:

Divine:

Gish:
B'yelka Morfaine - FireberdGNOME (F Human Bard (Chelish Diva))

Skills Based:
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Total Characters:6

If your character hasn't met my expectations and requirements in the original post, it was left off the list on purpose. Judgement will be 1/3 crunch, 1/3 story and 1/3 my gut reaction to your character. I saw several characters who looked promising but didn't follow instructions, or who aren't yet complete. Submitting an incomplete or non-compliant character is a waste of your time, as they won't be considered until they are finished.


FireberdGNOME's submission, B'yelka Morfaine is excellent! If you want an example of what I'm looking for, check it out.


Um, wouldn't a Paladin be more in the Martial category than Skills? Particularly as I only have three skill points per level.
I'm much better at thumping things than finagling my way out of them...


all done but treats.

How many Hero points do we start with GM


Ysmerelda - I went back and forth, but since your highest stat is Charisma and your build is definitely not optimized for combat as much as other martial builds I went with Skills Based. (Low Con, low Str, only one feat and it's EWP) Note that being considered "skills-based" is not a bad thing. That's just how I see the character. Putting the majority of your resources into Cha means she's an good diplomat and will be a decent off-healer, but will be no where near as tough or damaging as a Fighter/Ranger/Barbarian or Str based Paladin.

Hiroka - One per level, maximum of three. As per the rules. So you start with one.


Hi

Id like to submit Anton for this AP, my wandering Inquisitor of Desna.

I use Herolab to create my PCs so his crunch is fully made up and his background, personality and physical appearance will be completed today. I wanted to submit him as soon as possible to ensure I didn't miss the deadline.

As for myself, I am a very experienced tabletop player and DM and although I only have a couple if hundred posts here they have all been in the last two months or so, I am at worst a regular poster and at best prolific (depending on perspective!)

If you have any questions please just let me know.

-JamZilla


DM Jelani wrote:
Ysmerelda - I went back and forth, but since your highest stat is Charisma and your build is definitely not optimized for combat as much as other martial builds I went with Skills Based. (Low Con, low Str, only one feat and it's EWP) Note that being considered "skills-based" is not a bad thing. That's just how I see the character. Putting the majority of your resources into Cha means she's an good diplomat and will be a decent off-healer, but will be no where near as tough or damaging as a Fighter/Ranger/Barbarian or Str based Paladin.

Ah!

That makes sense, gotcha.


Had a think and I am going to drop out, I know DM Jelani of old and im all ready playing in one of his games, have fun guys but best some others get a play at his GM gold.


Hiroka Kindo Okina wrote:
Had a think and I am going to drop out, I know DM Jelani of old and im all ready playing in one of his games, have fun guys but best some others get a play at his GM gold.

I'd love to take a shot at a play by post, but seeing as I am horribly newb to this whole interface, I may just lurk. I don't even know where to begin to submit a character.


Posting for consideration.

I am a PbP noob, but, I will say I've sat through and read several (mostly kingmaker campaigns as I am DMing it myself) games of others. I will be quite active as I keep my phone and computer with me 24/7. I do work second shift so afternoon evening will be limited but I will post multiple times per day.


Anton's backstory is now fully complete and he is ready to go.

-JamZilla


Dot for interest.


Not to be confused, but it looks like I was left off of the list because I did not fulfill some of the criteria?

What exactly did I miss? If it appeared to be crunch, there is a link directly at the top of Liette's profile with a fully statted out character sheet with everything down to item weight/encumbrance.


500+ Posters

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Martial:

Arcane: 

Vysin Blynde - Fnord72 (F Aasimar Wizard 1 (Conj; Teleportation)

Divine: 

Issan Masud - Voodoo Chili (M Human Cleric (Pharasma))

Gish:
Skills Focused: 
Ysmerelda Dawn's Rose - Irnk (F Changeling Paladin)

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Board Newbs

Martial: 

Janos Ardeal - Enchanter Tim (M Half-Elf Ranger (Spirit Ranger) 
Bronislav Filipovic - Rpgsavant (M Human Fighter (Polearm Master)

Arcane:

Divine:

Gish: 

B'yelka Morfaine - FireberdGNOME (F Human Bard (Chelish Diva))
Anton Klasnic - JamZilla (M Human Inqusitor (Desna))

Skills Based:

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Total Characters:7

Rance!:
You preface your character with a warning that "it's for comic relief only" and then go on to describe a completely evil a$shole. I don't find rape (or treating women like objects) funny in any way, and since your character is basically a serial rapist d*ckhead he will not be considered.

Lucent:
You don't have your stats in your alias, just a link to a Google doc. You were one of the ones who looked promising, so I hope you will take the time to copy/paste the numbers into your alias. You can use the following to expedite things. I don't mind if you use a google doc for your own reference, but I need to have your stats easily available in one click.

1st: ;

Name

Sex Race Class 1 Age

LE Medium Type (Subtype) 

Init +; Senses Darkvision; Perception +

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DEFENSE

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AC , touch , flat-footed (+ Dex, + Wis, + Dodge) 

HP (1d)

Fort +, Ref +, Will +


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OFFENSE 

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Speed ft. 

Melee

Ranged


Space 5 ft., Reach 5 ft.
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SPECIAL ABILITIES
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STATISTICS

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Str , Dex , Con , Int , Wis , Cha 

Base Atk +; CMB +; CMD 
 


Feats: 



Skills:

Racial Modifiers: 

Languages:


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GEAR/POSSESSIONS

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Location: On Persons

Carrying Capacity Light: lbs. Medium: lbs. Heavy: lbs.

GP:

Total Weight: lbs.

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