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Living in the Lands of the Linnorm

Game Master Aiunder

Savol Kodiakborne is a living legend. Now he returns home to the North to claim his ancestral homelands and with your help he just might get that chance.


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Okay. Jediah Mountainstrong created in my profile


As followup, I present for your consideration,
Isham Tabouri
Male Human (Garundi) Ranger (Freebooter) 1
NG Medium Humanoid (Human)
Init +3; Senses Perception +5

BACKGROUND:

As a son of a Rahadoumi fisherman, Isham was very fortunate to have taken ship on one of the armed merchantmen of the Rahadoumi merchant marine fleet. He was more fortunate to be one of the Rahadoumi seconded to Savol Kodiakborne as he struggled with pirates from the Mediogalti to the Shackles.

In the two years after Kodiakborne moved on, Isham chased purpose and opportunity. Military service to Rahadoum was beset with incompetence, private interests, nepotism, and corruption. Isham continued to serve - working with a small group of marines, and acting as a boarding and landing party for various squadrons of Rahadoumi ships. But Isham had no respect for any of the leadership, and was discouraged as rewards and promotions were handed to his squad-mates based on bribery or family connections.

Isham knew he had earned leadership positions. He was well regarded in the squad. But he was denied the training, the advancement, and the recognition he was due - even to the point of denying him and his squad opportunities to pursue conquest and plunder.

When Isham heard that the Kodiakborn was marchng, he did not hesitate. Isham wrote a letter to his parents, explaining his intentions. He bought out his contract when his ship was as far north as he anticipated it getting. He bought a coat in town, and turned his feet north, to the Land of the Linnorm Kings.

Lantern Lodge

Here is Belka

In short:
Druid (Feral Child)
Neutral Human
Suspicious Wild Child (High Perception, Sense Motive, Survival)
Saved by Savol and allies in the past, coming to repay a debt
Megatherium companion
Might eventually go for Nature Warden or the new Mammoth Rider(From Paths of Prestige)

I expanded her beastly family to also include a Raven and a Bat, though both of those functions as sentinels rather than combatants.


For some reason I am unable to tap into anything for a good concept & background. I shall bow out. Good luck to those that make it.


Alright, new question: Will there be any way for me to obtain a reliquary weapon during the campaign? Shelyn's favored weapon is a glaive, making it difficult to fight while also attempting to wield a bonded holy symbol.


Mostly done with Dagmar's character sheet, need to expand on the fluff a bit and I'll add a campaign trait when you put them up.

I was wondering if you give regional languages for free or I need to spend a slot for skald?


Okay,

Cuan I gotta look at the wild child (its in arg right?) but one thing ravens are bad omens to Ulfen you may wanna change that to something like a hawk or other bird but I'm intrigued.

yes I give home regional language free.

I can probably find a way to include reliquary weapons or armour

With all these great ideas i'm gonna have trouble saying no to people.

Cheliax

I propose Beorn Haraldson, a young Ulfen barbarian, right off the farms and needing to prove himself. I think I would build him with the Superstitious Archetype, untrusting of arcane magics and sure there is a witch behind every sickness or death. Brave to the point of foolishness he would bring front line fighting and some good outdoor survival type skills to the group.

What else do you need for your consideration?

Lantern Lodge

Would you be ok with it if I replaced the Raven with a Rose-ringed Parakeet? It could come from one of the many (sub)tropical valleys that are supposed to exist in the Realm of the Mammoth Lords and they actually handle themselves quite well in colder climates (there is a small population in the area where I live and I don't live in a place even remotely tropical)

And yes it's from the ARG. With home free language Belka can also learn Skald, she could have learned the basics from Savol (She still can't write or read though).


I'm thinking of an Elf Magus (Staff Magus) with the Artic Elf Alternate racial traits from the ARG (dark vision and light sensitivity replacing low light vision, Desert runner replacing elven magic, And elemental resistance replacing elven immunities) with also adding the fleet footed ART replacing the Keen Senses and weapon familiarity traits.

His mother was a warrior, his father a wizard and he is just returning to his homelands after being away for training at a school for Magi.

Thoughts?


Do you want the character stats now or after choosing the group?


That'll be okay cuan.

Go ahead and stat out if you like. Campaign traits will be up by tonight.


Are alternate racial traits cool?


Ok. I still have some gear to buy (Though that armor weighs you down fast) but this is Rutilux Talonn, Cavalier of the Sword
(I went for Sword instead of Lion as they can still swear fealty to a lord and seemed more open ended)

Character sheet:

RUTILUX TALONN CR 1/2
Male Human (Chelaxian) Cavalier 1
NG Medium Humanoid (Human)
Init +1; Senses Perception +1
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DEFENSE
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AC 20, touch 11, flat-footed 19. . (+6 armor, +3 shield, +1 Dex)
hp 12 (1d10+2)
Fort +4, Ref +1, Will +1
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OFFENSE
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Spd 20 ft.
Melee Heavy Shield Bash +4 (1d4+3/20/x2) and
. . Flail +4 (1d8+3/20/x2) and
. . Gauntlet (from Armor) +4 (1d3+3/20/x2) and
. . Lance +4 (1d8+4/20/x3) and
. . Unarmed Strike +4 (1d3+3/20/x2)
Ranged Shortbow +2 (1d6/20/x3)
Special Attacks Sword's Challenge +1 (1/day)
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STATISTICS
--------------------
Str 17, Dex 13, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 13
Base Atk +1; CMB +4; CMD 15
Feats Mounted Combat, Shield Focus, Shield Wall
Traits Armor Expert, Charming
Skills Acrobatics -5, Climb -3, Diplomacy +5, Escape Artist -5, Fly -5, Handle Animal +5, Knowledge (Nobility) +4, Linguistics +1, Ride -1, Sense Motive +5, Stealth -5, Swim -3 Modifiers +6 Ride while riding your bonded mount., Sword's Skills
Languages Common, Skald
SQ Animal Companion Link (Ex), Tactician (Shield Wall) 3 rds (1/day) (Ex)
Combat Gear Arrows (20), Chainmail, Flail, Lance, Shield, Heavy Steel, Shortbow; Other Gear Backpack (1 @ 3 lbs), Blanket, winter
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SPECIAL ABILITIES
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+6 Ride while riding your bonded mount. (Ex) Cancel your armor check penalty of -6 while riding your mount.
Animal Companion Link (Ex) You have a link with your Animal Companion.
Armor Expert -1 Armor check penalty.
Charming +1 Bluff/Diplomacy/save DC for a language-dependent spell vs. targets who could be sexually attracted to you.
Mounted Combat Once per round you can attempt to negate a hit to your mount in combat.
Shield Focus +1 Shield AC
Shield Wall If you are wielding a shield and are adjacent to an ally with a shield and this feat, increase the bonus of your shield by +1, or +2 if the ally's shield is a large or tower shield.
Sword's Challenge +1 (1/day) (Ex) +1 to damage target, -2 AC vs. others when used, +1 to hit while riding your mount.
Sword's Skills +1 (Ex) +1 to Sense Motive opposing Bluff.
Tactician (Shield Wall) 3 rds (1/day) (Ex) Grant the use of your Tactical feats to your allies within 30'.
--------------------

Background/History:

If you search for the noble crest of House Talonn in Cheliax, you will not find it. According to official records, not only does it not exist, it never did.

Officially, that is.

The truth is it existed for many centuries and was a proud and honorable house. It invested gold and men to battle the worldwound, and that may have been its undoing. When the new order arose in Cheliax, House Talonn had few resources to resist House Thrune.

It tried anyway and failed. For its refusal to bend knee or convert to deviltry, the nobles of the house were hunted, killed when found, and made mockery of under pretense of the worst of lies.

The few of House Talonn who survived fled where they could, and of course, had children, born nobles in exile. Rutilux was one of these. Little evidence remained of his house ever having existed. Their very surname had been wiped from the ledgers.

That didn't mean they were safe though. The family was caught just past the border of the empire when they were besieged by the soldiers in service to the queen. Had it not been for Soval's timely intervention, the last of the Talonns might have finally passed.

The Ulfen was moved by the family's story and plight. He even helped them retrieve evidence of their heritage by traveling into a dangerous crypt. Rutilux realized that there was only one way for his family to begin to repay the great man. He gave his service to the Kodiakborne, and grew to become a promising young cavalier.

Now, it seems Kordiakborne has dreams of reclaiming his own birthright, and that means House Talonn has, for the first time since Cheliax was damned, found a new liege lord worthy of serving.


Traits are up.

Anything from ARG is on a case by case basis but most should be okay (haven't fully dissected my copy yet)


Added traits

Lantern Lodge

Hmm, no idea which of those traits actually works with Belka.


Here's Caunglad Naranas, Artic Elf Magus. I still have to get traits (probably take Familial Bond as campaign) and some gear, but he's mostly there...

Spoiler:
CAUNGLAD NARANAS CR 1/2
Male Elf Magus (Staff Magus) 1
NG Medium Humanoid (Elf)
Init +4; Senses Darkvision; Perception +2
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DEFENSE
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AC 16, touch 12, flat-footed 14. . (+4 armor, +2 Dex)
hp 8 (1d8)
Fort +2, Ref +2, Will +3
Resist cold 5
Weakness Light Sensitivity
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OFFENSE
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Spd 30 ft.
Melee Quarterstaff +1 (1d6+1/20/x2) and
. . Unarmed Strike +1 (1d3+1/20/x2)
Ranged Sling +2 (1d4+1/20/x2)
Magus (Staff Magus) Spells Prepared (CL 1, 1 melee touch, 2 ranged touch):
1 (2/day) Shocking Grasp, Shield (DC 15)
0 (at will) Daze (DC 14), Prestidigitation (DC 14), Spark (DC 14)
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STATISTICS
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Str 13, Dex 14, Con 11, Int 18, Wis 12, Cha 10
Base Atk +0; CMB +1; CMD 13
Feats Nimble Moves, Quarterstaff Master, Run (Fleet-Footed)
Skills Acrobatics +1, Climb +4, Escape Artist +1, Fly +1, Knowledge (Arcana) +8, Knowledge (Dungeoneering) +8, Perception +2, Ride +1, Spellcraft +8, Stealth +1, Swim +4, Use Magic Device +4
Languages Celestial, Common, Draconic, Elven, Goblin, Orc
SQ Arcane Pool (+1) (5/day) (Su), Desert Runner, Fleet-Footed, Spell Combat (Ex)
Combat Gear Bullets, Sling (20), Masterwork Lamellar, leather, Quarterstaff, Sling;
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TRACKED RESOURCES
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Arcane Pool (+1) (5/day) (Su) - 0/5
Bullets, Sling - 0/20
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SPECIAL ABILITIES
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Arcane Pool (+1) (5/day) (Su) Infuse own power into a held weapon, granting enhancement bonus or selected item powers.
Damage Resistance, Cold (5) You have the specified Damage Resistance against Cold attacks.
Darkvision (60 feet) You can see in the dark (black and white vision only).
Desert Runner +4 Con checks and Fort vs. fatigue, exhaustion, running, forced marches, hot or cold environments.
Fleet-Footed While all elves are naturally lithe and agile, some also are naturally speedy and have a strong desire to rush into situations rather than worrying about looking ahead. Elves with this racial trait receive Run as a bonus feat and a +2 racial bonus on Initiative.
Light Sensitivity (Ex) Dazzled as long as they remain in bright light.
Nimble Moves Move through 5' of difficult terrain/round as if it was normal terrain.
Quarterstaff Master Use a quarterstaff one-handed
Run (Fleet-Footed) You run faster than normal.
Spell Combat (Ex) Use a weapon with one hand at -2 and cast a spell with the other.

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Campaign trait added.


None of those traits works directly for Andreas, either. Would you object is I adapt the fluff to make one work with my concept? The basic theme of the trait would remain unchanged, but I'd modify the details to fit my character.


Trait added.


Background updated to include a couple npcs.


I think for that campaign trait I'll take "Man-at-Arms" for Rutilux. I haven't made a full alias all his own yet but certainly will if he is lucky enough to get selected (Lots of good competition though)


How do you feel about the Scarred Witch Doctor archetype out of the ARG? The character I have in mind is an orc that turned to whatever his patron turns out to be because it was a way to power for someone who was physically weak (for an orc, his strength will likely be 16). His campaign trait would definately be Inspired, as Savol killed his warchief, and that gave him a chance to get away and live on his own.


I am still accepting applications but I'm going to start with some questions to get a better feel for players/characters

Jediah:
trait bonuses don't stack so you'll have to change one. Where is your character from? How does he feel about traveling to the far north? What is his opinion of orcs as a whole?

Rutilux:
What would he be willing to do for Savol? Is there anything that he won't do? What does he think about uprooting everything and traveling to the far north?"

Dagmar:
How does the rest of her family feel about Savol returning without your brother? What do you do in camp?

Itto:
Does he have a code of honour that he inherited from his father's side? What does he hope to accomplish in the far north?

I'll have more tonight.

What did you have in mind as far as reskinning traits Heaven?

Witch doctor works.


Frida was raised as an avid follower of Torag in a small village in Varisia. She found that unlike many of the other clerics and priest her interest wasn't in reading and prayer. She found the connection to Torag deepest when working with her forge. She spent years perfecting her work, and eventually began travelling seeking a way to share the blessing Torag had given her through beautifully crafted steel.

She had made a temporary stop in Korvosa to look at a shipment of ingots, when she ran into Savol and his party. While sitting in a tavern she listened to the stories he told and was enthralled with his exploits. She joined up with him first thing, and has been following him ever since. She offers her aid as a runeforger and assistant to the various warriors in his company.

Frida is usually more at home with metal and stone than with people. This comes through in her somewhat lacking social skills. However despite her lack of social tact, she is deeply loyal. And if you show her kindness she will return it tenfold.

Updated her stats/sheet, let me know if you need anything more.


Stats:
Anastasiya, Human (Kellid) Sorcerer (Arcane bloodline) 1

Str 7 (-2)
Dex 12 (+1)
Con 13 (+1)
Int 12 (+1)
Wis 10 (+0)
Cha 20 (+5)

HP 11
Speed 30 ft.
Initiative 5 = 1(Dex)+4(Feat)
AC 11 = 10+1(Dex)

Fortitude 3 = 0(class)+1(Con)+2(Familiar)
Reflex 1 = 0(class)+1(Dex)
Will 2 = 2(class)+0(Wis)

BAB +0
CMB -2 = 0(BAB)-2(Str)
CMD 16 = 0(BAB)-2(Str)+1(Dex)+10

Skills
Bluff 9 = 5(Cha)+1(ranks)+3(class)
Diplomacy 6 = 5(Cha)+1(trait)
Intimidate 10 = 5(Cha)+1(ranks)+3(class)+1(trait)
Knowledge (Arcana) 4 = 1(Int)+1(ranks)+3(class)
Use Magic Device 9 = 5(Cha)+1(ranks)+3(class)

Feats
Eschew Materials
Toughness
Improved Initiative

Traits
Old Friends (+1 Diplomacy & Intimidate)
Ice Walker (+1 against cold attacks; no penalties on ice)
Focused Mind (+2 on concentration)

Arcane Bond: Familiar (Rat)

Spells:
0-level (4 known):
Light
Acid Splash
Detect Magic
Read Magic

1st level (2 known, 5 per day):
Magic Missile
Ray of Enfeeblement

Equipment:
Dagger
Sling
Bullets (10)
Backpack
Bedroll
Blanket, winter
Chalk
Rations, trail (x4)
Waterskin

112 gp, 2 sp, 9 cp

I hope the Ice Walker trait is okay (not sure if Jadwiga really count as Kellid)


Answer for DM-ARC:
DM-ARC wrote:
How does the rest of her family feel about Savol returning without your brother? What do you do in camp?

Dagmar's father died a couple years prior to Savol's return. He had gone out on an extended hunting trip that had wandered too near an Orc tribes territory and was killed in a fight with them.

Dagmar's mother (an herbalist and midwife for their village) was heart-broken over the death of her first-born son and is resentful that Savol returned as a hero and is near-worshipped by his people while her son is on the bottom of a foreign ocean. She is also against Dagmar going, but realizes her daughter is hard-headed enough to sneak off after them even if she tells her not to go. Also, Dagmar isn't a child anymore and is able to make her own decisions.

Dagmar's sister (and oldest child in the family) was also very upset at the loss of her brother. Her main thoughts right now are about the future of her two young sons (ages 4 and 2 years) as she wonders if they too will have their lives cut short in battle. She hopes that Savol is successful in founding a new kingdom and hopes that it will be a safer place to raise her children.

I took the professions Herbalist and Cook to reflect Dagmar's current duties about camp. She has long assisted her mother in collecting herbs for both healing and seasoning their food. She's also assisted is a few births and helps tend to those that have been injured during hunting accidents. She also helps out with cooking duties when the regular cooks are shorthanded or when there is a feast planned.

Also, she spends some time doing regular "girl" things, such as talking to her friends and daydreaming about a future husband and family.


Answer for DM-ARC:
He inherited his father's innate sense of duty to do What Is Right. However, he's just a boy and not quite sure what that Right is. He knows for certain his father admired Kodiakborne, so his cause MUST be just. His goal is to win the respect of his father's fabled companion, and, thus, his father's respect as well.


Sheet is here

The background is the same apart from few changes in layout. Will probably add personality later today but got to go at the moment.


Answer to DM:
In the lands surrounding The Hold of Belkzen. He traveled with a tribe of raiders in his youth before they ran afoul of Savol and were mostly wiped out. Jediah fled with his mother when the attack came and they managed to make contact with Soval who welcomed them in(Changed to Familial Bond to show that their family has joined Savol's)

Jediah looks forwards to traveling to the North. His old lands have nothing for him and he sees the journey as a chance for a fresh start.

As for orcs, Jediah sees them as obstacles in the way of Savol, himself and his quest. He won't go hunting them down out of revenge but considers them little more than bestial raiders.


Ok, I've updated Krallek. Please let me know if you want anything changed. I will need to tweak the traits as one of them is from Carrion Crown.


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Would you be willing to consider the Inspiring Commander archetype for a cavalier? Trades the mount (and other offensive punch) and heavy armor for bardic performance and improved tactician stuff. Combie with Order of the Dragon for a very fun "master strategist" concept.


For the idea that would go with my question - I'm thinking of a grizzled veteran full of nationalistic pride hungry to conquer for the glory of his people. If you'll allow the archetype I'll flesh him out further.


Answer to DM Arc:
Quote:
What would he be willing to do for Savol? Is there anything that he won't do? What does he think about uprooting everything and traveling to the far north?"

There are no doubt certain evil acts (torture, for example) that he would balk at. He is neutral good after all. However, he would certainly put his own life on the line at Savol's wish. He sees things in a chivalric fashion but part of the fun might be seeing if he can grow to appreciate the Ulfen way things are done.

Uprooting itself is no problem for him. Savol wishes to reclaim his lands and that's something Rutilux can relate to. His own family lands will never be reclaimed, but perhaps he can set up a new home of his own after he's helped Savol and bring his family's name honor in doing so even as he serves his new sovereign.


Zethyris is updated. I had finished the crunch a few days ago, but delayed posting until I had filled out the fluff. Unfortunately, it took a little longer than expected (work issues). I will probably be playing with skills a bit, but this is the general plan. Ask if you have any questions.


Lich - Ice walker is fine considering your origins

Razorstorm - what is the inspiring commander from?


Apparently it's by Rite Publishing. Here's the link to it in the
d20pfsrd


Some individual thoughts on each applicant so far, sorry if I missed one.

Joy - Dagmar Ragsnisdottir - ulfen hedge witch :
Name three things you'd like to do with this character

Ridge - Rutilux Talonn - cheliax cavalier of the sword:
is anyone else left of your family? If so what are they doing?

The friendly Lich - Anastasiya - kellid sorceress:
how do you view the ulfen people as a whole? What would your character do if confront by someone from her past?

Heaven's Agent - Andreas Vaughn- taldoran paladin of Shaelyn:
What drives your character to be a paragon of virtue?if you make a statue of Jild was it nude? If so do you have an exit strategy for when Savol or her mother find out? How would your character view raiding other kingdoms/villages?

Joerice/Digger- Julien Itto -tien/cheliax ninja:
Which side dominates Cheliax or Tien? Or does it fluctuate? How would your character view raiding villages?

Utopia27 - Isham Tambourri - garundi ranger(freebooter):
What motivates this character? What does he want in life and what is he willing to do to get it?

Cuan - Belka - human druid (wild child):
does anything other than a debt draw you north with Savol? How comfortable is she with cities and towns?

Andrea1 - Jediah Mountainstrong - half orc fighter(unbreakable):
is there anything aside from Savol's agreement to help your mother keeping you here? How do you see your character develop?

Braingamer - Zethyris -half elf rogue:
where did he learn his skills? What made him offer up his treasured drink to strangers?

Kralek - Kralek meatshield -half orc fighter:
can you expand your background/fluff a bit

Drawesome1111 - Frida Kilsen - dwarf cleric (forgemaster) of Torag:
if frida could make one item that showed who she was what would it be?

Bigger club - Kragdash - orc barbarian:
What made him decide to stay on when Savol left orc territory?

Zefig - Andro Allizario - human druid (storm):
For someone so drawn to the sea what made him leave it to follow Savol to the frozen tundra? What would he want to remembered for?

Skorne - Beorn Haraldson - ulfen barbarian (superstitious):
sounds like an interesting character,I'd like a bit more fluff and flavour

Arknight - Caunglad Naranis - elf magus (staff):
can you elaborate on flavour/fluff

Wolfman1911 - ? - orc witch (scarred witch doctor):
can you elaborate on your idea

Razorstorm - master strategist:
sorry but no third party stuff although I am intrigued by the concept if you can expand on it and find a way to keep it paizo


DM Arc:
Quote:
is anyone else left of your family? If so what are they doing?

I left that open ended. I imagine his parents are still alive, and hoping that their son can establish a safe home for them. I can easily see a sister or cousin around as well (Any cousin would have lost her own parents and now be relying on her aunt/uncle (Rutilux's folks) now). Perhaps one of those two might insist on heading north in more of a support role. There maybe other cousins alive out there that he doesn't know about.


DM Arc:
Raiding villages is, at best, insult work meant for morons with axes. Surely glory in battle involves actions of a man, whether it be a stronger slice or a stab from less-seen vantages.


DM:
Jediah feels strongly about helping Savol due to the aid given in securing his mother a safe place. Jediah also travels because he feels rootless and wants to hopefully find a place of rest in the North. Not 'Rest of the grave' but a real home. Savol's quest to establish his own land in the North resonates with Jediah's quest as well.

Jediah will continue as a fighter for the momment, I don't see him going as a barbarian since he isn't a raging type. I see him and focusing on being a seond ranker who strikes with pinpoint blows with his glaive as someone else takes front line. He is more than capable of stepping up though.

As for character development, if he manages to find a place to call hoome, I see him becoming much happier and being a defender. He will be more than willing to set out confrontign threats though. If any orcs are met he will need a lot of convincing that they won't try turning on him in order to stay his hand.


Reply to DM ARC:

Some skills were from activities from early childhood to late adolescence, such as swim, climb, acrobatics from playing around the docks. Stealth and perception from growing up on the street. Diplomacy/bluff, sense motive, mostly from Eron's tutoring. Sleight of hand and perform from entertaining the kids at the orphanage. Other skills would have been picked up from adventuring with Savol (such as disable device).
A few things factored into his decision. He had heard of Savol Kodiakborne from people in the inn, Eron, people by the docks. The shock of actually seeing him in person factored into it. Sort of a hero-worship thing. Then, Savol asked for what he was drinking. The bartender didn't have it, obviously, but Zethyris did. For him - a half-breed teenager who just had his world crash down on him - to be able to fulfill a desire of the great Savol Kodiakborne was something that had much value in his mind. Add the fact that Zethyris was looking for adventure as a way to escape what just happened, and here is a great adventurer in front of him. Finally, Zethryis felt it was better to share a good drink together than hoard it for himself. Possibly a touch of the Lucky Drunk, certainly stemming from Zethyris's beliefs. He felt it would be more fitting to celebrate the late Eron's gifts with others than it would be to slowly drink it away himself.


@DM:

Isham is motivated by ambition. He wouldn't put it that way, and it might not have burned so bright if Rahadoum weren't such a mess. Isham, in a more equitable society, would have risen to a platoon lead position. But he has seen too many rise so far with no talent and less success, but all of the rewards and perquisites. Isham's native ambition has been compounded by a sense of injustice.

Isham has a well developed sense of equity and fairness. Although he's got a basic respect for the supernatural and divine, his basic upbringing in Rahadoum was humanistic, and based on respect and dignity for all people. His time in the Fleet has greatly expanded and extended his idea of 'people' to include sentients. As a squad commander, Isham also developed significant 'parenting' skills - loyalty, mutual respect, tough love, empathy, and leadership. Isham's intrinsic decency is also moderated by the harshness of shipboard and military life.

Isham's actions are limited and circumscribed by his sense of right and wrong, his basic human decency. This core of decency has been tested in his military service - and Isham has been subject to discipline more than once for implementing his ideas of respect and loyalty - most recently going under the lash to spare one of his squad an unjust punishment from a stuffed shirt visiting officer. Isham has refrained from slaughter and rapine - and disciplined his squad against such actions. On the other hand, Isham has not barred others from these actions - he understands the definition of 'futility', and that the definition of 'martyr' includes 'dead'.

The gaps between the values he learned and the institutions and leaders of his home country, Isham knows he can do better. He may have to go half way around the world, carve a kingdom from blood and ice, but he will make a place with greater equity and righteousness.

In Kodiakborn, Isham saw a primal force. The generals and ministers of Rahadoum lacked the purity of purpose, the elemental vitality and surety of a natural leader. Isham also saw Soval Kodiakborn reward loyalty, service, and merit. Soval hunted pirates - an obvious plague on civilized society. Kodiakborn's call to arms, and the opportunity it represents compelled Isham to abandon his sinecure and pursue his ambition.

@Zefig - Andro Allizario, @DM:

I'm sensing converging story arcs. Two veterans of Kodiakborn's anti-pirate campaign, each heeding the call to glory from the northlands. The former pirate and the former pirate-hunting marine arriving from the deep south can stand as a symbol of the diverse unity of Soval's forces.


DM:
Quote:
how do you view the ulfen people as a whole?

Do you mean me as a player? Or my character?

Anastasiya likes the ulfen people. She feels the ulfen hate of Irrisen is justified - and in a somewhat masochistic way she feels attracted to it.

Beyond their hatred of her people, she admires their strength and courage. But she also finds them somewhat savage. Some part of her misses urban Absalom already.

Me, I think they are vikings.

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What would your character do if confront by someone from her past?

She would try to avoid it, if possible. She has nothing to say to her family.

If her people captured her, they'd get nothing out of her, except for magic missiles aimed at them. She'd also try to escape again at any cost.

She has no qualms having her family members killed either: if Savol told her he had captured one of them (or if he announced they were in his camp for secret negotiations, or for a family-reunion), she'd suggest he execute them immediately. (She might try to do it herself, if Savol isn't willing to do it. But otherwise she prefers not having to meet them, even for their execution)

If she were to go on an undercover mission to Irrisen: she would pretend to be a legitimate Jadwiga, to trick locals into following her orders (human peasants and monsters alike). She'd try to stay as far as possible from people who might recognize her, both because she doesn't want her cover blown and because she has nothing to say to people from her past.


Here is the backstory I have so far, I'm happier with it than I thought I'd be. He will be a Scarred Witch Doctor, with a patron of Deception, which could be cause for all sorts of reinterpretation of his story.

Garulk:

Garulk is an orc from one of the tribes living in the Land of Linnorm Kings. His upbringing was fairly stndard, for an orc, he was beaten and bullied in hopes that he would one day become strong enough to do the bullying himself. He was regarded as a failure because he never did.

One day, Garulk managed to get far enough away from his tribe to have a moment to himself, among the trees He heard a voice speaking to him, it told him to make a mask, and that it would offer him guidance. With little else to do, he grabbed the axe he'd brought with him, cut down a nearby tree, and set to work carving a mask out of it. As he worked, his own mind seemed to receed, being subsumed by the voice that spoke to him as he worked. Eventually it seemed as though the voice had taken over, and was carving the mask itself, leaving him free to watch and listen.

The voice told him that it knew how he'd suffered, the pain he'd endured, but that it was for a purpose. The pain made him stronger. It told him that there was magical power in inflicting pain on himself and others, and with that power, he would do great things. Finally, the voice told him to seek out the human named Savol, the Ulfen king would make Garulk a hero and king to orcs, humans and Fey.

Garulk awoke to find a finished mask in his hands, it was grotesque, but in its own way, Garulk found it beautiful. It was almost the size of a shield, but it fit his face perfectly. It looked angry, with narrowed eyes and a screaming maw. Feeling that there was something missing with it, he cut himself across the arm, and sprinkled his blood upon the mask. Satisfied, Garulk put the mask on and then set out to find this Savol. He never returned to his tribe.

Lantern Lodge

DM:

She is a a northerner herself, but the debt indeed is the reason she moves over to the Land of the Linnorm Kings. That and curiosity.

As for settlements, she doesn't mind town and actually already frequents them to trade. Cities are a new thing to her though and she's never been in one. She'll be hesitant at first and how that'll change depends on her experience there.


@DM-ARC:

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What made him decide to stay on when Savol left orc territory?

"Kragdash not sure why pinkskin ask for obvious answers, but Kragdash is in good mood so he will explain. Kragdash felt like it."

Now jokes aside, well there are basically two answers what kept him initially and what kept him in the long run.

First it was simple practicality, these people had food and hunting gets boring after a while and he was willing to fight for his keep, since he likes fighting. He also wanted distance between him and his former tribe. He also believes strongly that only true way of worshiping Gorum is by battle and there seemed to be promise of that.

As time went on he started to respect some people there. Kragdash still thinks groups social structures in the same way it worked in his tribe. This tribe is strong, Savol is a good chief and a strong one. These people were also were much more tolerant of orcs or at least of him. He has most likely made few friends and some comradery with those he has fought with.

So I guess the short answers is he likes it, especially when compared to the alternative of wandering between towns where he isn't welcome.

Starting with the personality and other stuff on the sheet after posting this, so should be up pretty soon.


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Name three things you'd like to do with this character

Eventually I want Dagmar to realize how much she wants to go on this quest for her own sake and not just using her brother's memory as an excuse. When a young girl she would sit alongside Jild as her mother would tell fantastic stories of past Ulfen heroes and their adventures. She was both proud and jealous when her brother left with Savol, sometimes she'd regret what talents she did have, wishing instead to be a brave warrior like him.

I want Dagmar to go along so that she can learn just how important her skills are and that she is needed just as much as any warrior and to be proud of what she can do. I want to see her develop more confidence in herself and to be her own person, worthy of her own stories. I'd also like her to outgrow her girlish crush and develop her own love interest.

Also, consider the relatively recent death of her father, Dagmar will have to deal with and overcome her dislike of orcs(half-orcs) if there are any in the party.


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What did you have in mind as far as reskinning traits Heaven?

I was going to re-fluff Inspired, to reflect an inspiration caused by the Lands of the Linnorm Kings, rather than Savol Kodiakborne. Same benefit, different focus, but still a reason for Andreas to find himself in the region and joining up with Kodiakborne.

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What drives your character to be a paragon of virtue?

Shelyn is a goddess of beauty, and her paladins are called to preserve and elevate beauty in all its forms. Evil is dark; it hides beauty, corrupts it like a cancer. In some cases that cancer can be excised, and the ugliness it caused returned to a virtuous state. Those that can be redeemed must be saved. Those who cannot, either by choice or nature, must be cut down to prevent the cancer's spread.

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if you make a statue of Jild was it nude? If so do you have an exit strategy for when Savol or her mother find out?

Andreas would carve a nude statue of Jild if that were her wish, but doing so would would fail to capture the true beauty of Ulfen women. They are strong, the product of a harsh environment where marauders from the east, Linnorms and lesser monsters native to their homeland, and even the weather itself seeks to destroy them. They are true warriors, and raise their sons to be champions and heroes of their people. The true beauty of an Ulfen woman is not her flesh, it is her ability to withstand all threats and dangers that threaten her, her family, and her homeland.

White Estrid would be a paragon of this beauty: She not only tamed the land, she tamed the Linnorm that made her King. She is a true matron of her people, powerful, strong, and capable in the face of danger. Andreas would delight in the opportunity to carve her likeness, in full battle regalia, seated on her throne with her Linnorm servant at her side.

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How would your character view raiding other kingdoms/villages?

The Lands of the Linnorm Kings are a harsh land, with raiding and conquest being an important part of the people's culture and way of life. Andreas would be accepting of these traditions, provided the reasons and methods were honorable. He would have issue with truly evil acts, such as the slaughter on noncombatants or the execution of repentant prisoners. He would act to preserve the cultural identity of those communities that were sacked, to safeguard their arts and help the survivors to incorporate themselves among their conquerors.

Warfare and conquest are harsh truths in the Lands of the Linnorm Kings, but these concepts can be beautiful as well. Provided an honorable King leads his men by example. If Savol Kodiakborne is not this type of leader let me know, and I will see if I can come up with a different character concept before the deadline.

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