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Temple of Elemental Evil - Delving the depths of the Abyss on Golarian.

Game Master Tirion Jörðhár

The classic AD&D Temple of Elemental Evil - with a Pathfinder and Golarian twist.

Village of Hommlet - with building numbers <-- Legend in Campaign Info


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I take it this Tavern everyone is in is full of people who are all here for the adventuring, apart from DM Azure's NPC's? Hmm, I wonder how things will go when only a handful of people are picked ... BAR BRAWL!


DM Chaos wrote:
Where is Belor from and how did you end up in the northern part of Taldor?

@DM Chaos: Belor is a Shoanti and was born on the Storval Plateau near the Kodar mountains in Varisia. He was cast out of his tribe for reasons he does not go into (and perhaps doesn't even remember). He lucked into meeting a Taldoran noblewoman who wanted to bring him to Oppara as a pet. Apparently, large muscled men were all the rage there. Of course trends change and he was soon tossed aside (not that he cared, he got what he needed from the woman and many of her friends). Belor then got a short term job as a caravan guard (his large presence was something of a deterrent to prospective bandits) and ended up in Yanmass.


Rona'Nathaniel Gassan wrote:
I take it this Tavern everyone is in is full of people who are all here for the adventuring, apart from DM Azure's NPC's? Hmm, I wonder how things will go when only a handful of people are picked ... BAR BRAWL!

Usually, the chosen leave the tavern and then a crazed child with uncanny arcane talent comes running through followed closely by a Sphere of Annhilation.


Barmaid:

Ynaeve Amryln wrote:
"Just some mead, and whatever the house has in the bowl. I think that watching the posturing of males will be more than enough entertainment for the evening."

"One elven mead, and one soup special, coming right up."


Evangline Venus Van Aurora:

Arindale wrote:
It's the rules lass...that there are no rules other than finishing your drink. If he wants he can pull out his Bastard Sword and have it help him with a drink? What....it doesn't drink..., he looks at the man across from him and chuckles...

"It's still a cheap move sir,

and I still find it amusing that you boasted about your fortitude and use a spell to give you a leg up,
I take it then that you have no self-confidence or have shallow pride."


So get picked or face a child who will annihilate us? *GULP* I hope I get picked ... I am scared of children :P


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DM Chaos wrote:
Rona'Nathaniel Gassan wrote:
I take it this Tavern everyone is in is full of people who are all here for the adventuring, apart from DM Azure's NPC's? Hmm, I wonder how things will go when only a handful of people are picked ... BAR BRAWL!
Usually, the chosen leave the tavern and then a crazed child with uncanny arcane talent comes running through followed closely by a Sphere of Annhilation.

LOL.


NPC_Female_Recruitable wrote:

Evangline Venus Van Aurora:

Arindale wrote:
It's the rules lass...that there are no rules other than finishing your drink. If he wants he can pull out his Bastard Sword and have it help him with a drink? What....it doesn't drink..., he looks at the man across from him and chuckles...

"It's still a cheap move sir,

and I still find it amusing that you boasted about your fortitude and use a spell to give you a leg up,
I take it then that you have no self-confidence or have shallow pride."

You never played "Taldan Standoff" before???

Lass...you learn quickly to use all of the tools at your disposal, trust me you don't want to end up losing your dinner and paying for the drinks.
That outweighs pride any tenday of the week!

Says another prayer to Cayden.
Drink #2 Fort Save vs. DC 6 1d20 + 4 + 1 ⇒ (16) + 4 + 1 = 21

That's two you owe me mutton chops! he says to the quiet man across from him.


Evangline Venus Van Aurora:

"I know a priestess who would drink you under the table with ease, and with no magical aid, and she holds the record for 24 bottles of Black Jack before passing out drunk.
I bet you'll get drunk or pass out with a bottle of Black Jack."

as per 3.5 drinking rules, you'll have a -1 on Fort save for this drink since you had 2 drinks already.


I was handling it by upping the DC by 1 each round...effectively the same thing which I think makes more sense. I can do 5 shots pretty easily...but when you start to get to 7-10 it get's ugly...lol


Orion Stormbringer wrote:
Uh oh - is not getting questions a bad thing? By the way, I am on vacation and am away from my pc almost all day but am checking in when I can, it's tough to write posts by blackberry, but note that I am very interested still.

I am working from top to bottom on my list. Right now I am still on Melee apps. Next will be Skill, then Divine and finally Arcane. Many of you will get some question - if you do not it simply means that I did not have any questions for you. At my current speed, since I have family obligations, I will probably not get through everything until later this weekend with decisions late Sunday or Monday - sorry for the delay, but there is a lot to read through and evaluate here.


Evangline Venus Van Aurora:

Each drink in 3.5 had it's own DC, hence why the -1 Fort save.


A short elf enters, leaning heavily on his staff and bowed with the burden of his pack. When he reaches the bar, he lets the pack slide from his shoulders and fall to the floor with a light thump.

With a light word and pass of his hand, arcane force wipes the bar top and stool before him clean. He hoists himself up to the seat and says "You look crowded tonight. Would you happen to have any available rooms remaining for use this evening?" After a quick scan of the room he adds "Preferably a private one? And food and drink. Whatever you think your brewers and your chefs do best."

He murmurs greetings to any neighbors who don't seem absorbed in their own conversations or meals and spends a great deal of time watching the boistrous crowd.

When the meal comes, he eats and drinks whatever is put before him with grace and interest.


Arindale wrote:
I was handling it by upping the DC by 1 each round...effectively the same thing which I think makes more sense. I can do 5 shots pretty easily...but when you start to get to 7-10 it get's ugly...lol

Evil cackle - Don't forget, 1 out of every 5 drinks here is laced with a poison which reduces your Wisdom by 1d6 (DC17 Fort save) - thus making you not pay attention to how much you are drinking and how much the barkeep keeps raising the prices.


Ynaeve pulls a deck of Harrow cards from her pocket and starts shuffling them. "Fortunes to be made, and lost. Dragon's to save, and princesses to slay. Summer's heat or winter's frost. What omen's bring this day?"

She starts laying the cards out before her, "hmm, ohh, tsk."


And - for the questions for the last of the Melee applications - Skill apps are up next.

Rona’Nathaniel Gassan/Faelar Braegen:

Where did you wander while you were in the wilderness for all those years? Did you make any companions or friends?

Before you left Kyonin, did you know anyone who had fought in the war against the elementals? What, if any, stories did they tell? (As an elf, you should have been alive when this occurred or born shortly thereafter.)

Why did you leave Kyonin and what did your family think of you leaving?

.Sunset./Sunset:

You responded to my previous post that you were an “arcane defender”. I am not sure what exact class this is. Earlier you had posted Barbarian(Titan Mauler)-->Monk-->Magus as you leveled. Sorry for the confusion, but I just want to know which class/archetype you are starting with and if you plan on multi-classing, which you are planning on switching to.

Regarding your background, where is .Sunset. from? Where did she grow up and where did she train? What caused you to travel to Yanmass? And how did you get there?

Jin Takashi/STR Ranger:

How do you explain murdering your master, but having a NG alignment?

Besides aimlessly wandering, how did you end up at the Inn of the Spider Queen?

Did your master have any other family or retainers who might seek to determine what happened to him?

Falco Montajay/David James Olson:

No questions at this time.

Hywel Mawr/Poor Wandering One:

What did your father and family think of you becoming a caravan guard and militia trainer rather than joining the military and working your way up?

What do your brothers do? Are they also in the military? Or working on the farm? Or something else?

Did your father ever relay any stories of the war against the elementals? He would likely be too young, but would have known senior officers in the army who had been mere rookies when the campaign took place.


Reply to DM Chaos:
You catch me at an inopportune time as I have but a few minutes at this time to reply so I shall quickly summarize things as best I can. *Bows*

You responded to my previous post that you were an “arcane defender”. I am not sure what exact class this is. Earlier you had posted Barbarian(Titan Mauler)-->Monk-->Magus as you leveled. Sorry for the confusion, but I just want to know which class/archetype you are starting with and if you plan on multi-classing, which you are planning on switching to.

There is no actual class of 'Arcane Defender'. I am hoping to create the feel of the tulwar wielding, turban wearing Saracen. So on the one hand you have Clerics and Whirling Dervishes of Sarenrae and here on the other you have the trained mage side of things.

Character class choices by level breakdown.

1stLvl Barbarian(Titan-mauler,1)
2ndlvl Barbadian(Titan-mauler,2)
3rdLvl Magus(Kensai,1)
4thLvl Magus(Kensai,2)
Leveling in Magus(Kensai) for every level there after.

I hope that clears some things up for you. *Bows*

Regarding your background, where is .Sunset. from? Where did she grow up and where did she train? What caused you to travel to Yanmass? And how did you get there?

Might I ask as question in return? Where is Yanmass? Is it upon Golarion and if so where so that i might peruse the Innersea World Guide that I poses.

*Bows*


DM Chaos wrote:
Orion Stormbringer wrote:
Uh oh - is not getting questions a bad thing? By the way, I am on vacation and am away from my pc almost all day but am checking in when I can, it's tough to write posts by blackberry, but note that I am very interested still.
I am working from top to bottom on my list. Right now I am still on Melee apps. Next will be Skill, then Divine and finally Arcane. Many of you will get some question - if you do not it simply means that I did not have any questions for you. At my current speed, since I have family obligations, I will probably not get through everything until later this weekend with decisions late Sunday or Monday - sorry for the delay, but there is a lot to read through and evaluate here.

No worries, just joking. It's a ton of work to GM and especially to convert such a work as TOEE, we all really appreciate your efforts. /kiss GM ass :)


.Sunset. wrote:
Where is Yanmass? Is it upon Golarion and if so where

Northern Taldor


*Bows* Thank you for your swift reply Maegge Weissam.

I shall look the place up and see where a nearby hold fast of Sarenrae might be found.

Much cheers to all.

.


Whoric Whyrwarf strides in to the strange tavern, his mouth hanging agape at the large misfit crowd. Going up to the bar, he sits down and orders himself an ale, asking how much. Then he watches the drinking contest with open-mouthed interest.


.Sunset. wrote:

*Bows* Thank you for your swift reply Maegge Weissam.

I shall look the place up and see where a nearby hold fast of Sarenrae might be found.

Much cheers to all.

.

Isn't worship of Saranrae outlawed in Taldor?


.Sunset. wrote:

*Bows* Thank you for your swift reply Maegge Weissam.

I shall look the place up and see where a nearby hold fast of Sarenrae might be found.

Much cheers to all.

.

Look to Qadira, I believe Sarenrae is popular there.


Nazard wrote:
.Sunset. wrote:

*Bows* Thank you for your swift reply Maegge Weissam.

I shall look the place up and see where a nearby hold fast of Sarenrae might be found.

Much cheers to all.

.

Isn't worship of Saranrae outlawed in Taldor?

And you think that creating an elemental army is legal? This is not the Taldor of 2000 years ago that ruled most of the Inner Sea and send great armies to civilize the world. Law only go as far as the closest petty lord and his fiefdom.

I can imagine that Sarenrae is rather frowned upon because of her ties to Qadira.


I just mean that there probably aren't too many readily visible temples of Saranrae standing by the roadside in Taldor. Off in the mountains, underneath butcher shops in the cities, sure.

But mostly I was just asking, as I tend to play in Varisia more than the "Mediterranean" countries.


Info for DM in spoiler.

Questions are a burden to others; answers are a prison for oneself.:

What did your father and family think of you becoming a caravan guard and militia trainer rather than joining the military and working your way up?

They approve. Think d'Artagnan at the beginning of the book. As I see his family they are ‘landed poor’, a strong history and a good name but little in the way of power or cash. So family honor precludes starting in the ranks but funds do not exist to buy a commission. Here I am assuming an old style military where purchasing ranks is normal and working up through the ranks into the officer class impossible. Hwyel taking his skills on the road as it were is not the best choice, and perhaps he will not be talked about too much around the family table. However if he marries well or gains military/noble rank he will be considered a success.
He has not been cast out but the family cannot fund a career so his choices were to either to be a simple farm worker or to strike out on his own.

What do your brothers do? Are they also in the military? Or working on the farm? Or something else?

A mix, the firstborn gets the land of course. Second born probably entered the clergy of the major faith in the area. Third and forth born are basically insurance in case one of the first two die or are marriage fodder to cement alliances. I have not made any decisions as to who or even what gender the siblings are as I wanted to leave them open to become subplot/plot hooks if you want them. Perhaps Hwyel has a black sheep for an older sibling? Or perhaps they see him in that role?

Did your father ever relay any stories of the war against the elementals? He would likely be too young, but would have known senior officers in the army who had been mere rookies when the campaign took place.

Most definitely, Hwyel was probably raised on them. His father’s exact career I am leaving vague in case you want to use it as a hook. Also I note that the family has a military history so Hwyel’s ancestors could have well played a part in the war.


DM Chaos queries answered:

Where did you wander while you were in the wilderness for all those years? Did you make any companions or friends?

Ronan would have traveled anywhere the road took him, but he had been to Ustalav briefly, as well as Qadira. It was in Qadira that he saw the precision that a curved blade could hold and since then he has been trying to master the technique. Other than those two main countries, he did not know where he was and he didn't care much. As long as he was alive and still practicing his sword play.

Unfortunately because of his constant travelling and bluntness, he was not able to make any friends or acquaintances during his journey. Which doesn't bother him that much as he has always found it hard to say the right thing, because of this he learnt how to fend for himself. But the idea of having someone to talk to who won't take offence at what he said is something he would very much like to come to pass ... Although the idea of placing his life in anothers hands is a very scary proposition.

Before you left Kyonin, did you know anyone who had fought in the war against the elementals? What, if any, stories did they tell? (As an elf, you should have been alive when this occurred or born shortly thereafter.)

Most of the Elders in Kyonin were in the war, but the only ones who really spoke about it to him were his father, mother and sword master. Unfortunately his uncle (on his mother's side) had died in the war he had been his fathers sparring partner and a renowned warrior.

His sword master would always tell Ronan how he would not have survived the war had he been old enough. Yes he had started training with a blade by the time of the war, but he was only a boy. Whenever the sword master seemed to get annoyed with Ronan's progress he would start fighting like a savage, showing Ronan just what it took to survive the war.

The stories he was told were mainly about a great evil that spread through the land and corrupted much by its mere touch, an Evil that commanded the elements to its bidding. It took armies from all the known races to defeat the evil and many souls were killed during the blood soaked war, turning the surrounding area's red. Which in Kyonin were known as the Crimson Fields. The stories always explained how just one race could not defeat the Evil as it took all talents and ways of thinking to stem its growth. The stories of the Crimson Fields are used by parents to scare their children, saying they will send them to the fields should they not behave and that the Evil may still be alive waiting to devour them.

Ronan knows that the Evil was defeated though, the peace that is throughout the land is proof of that.

Why did you leave Kyonin and what did your family think of you leaving?

Ronans family were starting to get a bit embarrassed about the poor fighting skills their only son had shown so far and the savage weapon that he chose to use. So when he left the note stating he was leaving to train and make them proud as a warrior, like his Uncle he hoped they would be proud and would forgive him.

During his years away he most missed his baby sister who had been born only a few weeks before he left. He decided that they should focus all of their attention on bringing her up into the beautiful woman she will grow to be.

One day he will return to Kyonin, hopefully alive and beg his parents forgiveness for disgracing them, if they held it against him ... he hoped that didn't.


Ok - probably the last set for today as I have to get some RL work done. Here are the skill apps. I will start on the Divine and Arcane either late tonight or over the weekend.

Ranim Nejem/Xzaral:

Why was your step-father, a Varisian, in Taldor? Where in Taldor did you grow up exactly - city, country, traveling, seaport, etc?

Is your adopted father still alive? If so, what is he doing? Retired? Still performing? Does he live in one place, or move around the nation?

What deity/deities were you raised to revere? Do you still follow them?

How has your low wisdom affected your decision making throughout your life?

Aldrick Stormfury/hgsolo:

How did your father end up in Oppara?

Were your parents married? How did your father meet a Jann? Why did she leave? Where was she from/where did she go to?

Dolum Breaker/ZetaGilgamesh:

How did you hear about the adventure in northern Taldor and how did you get here?

Did you have any relatives or mentors who fought in the war against the temple?


Jin Takashi wrote:


The elf is a little surprised at the Dwarf joining him, Is he an assassin? No, House Thrune arrogant enough to have me dragged out of here openly, proclaiming thier power..

He replies in a quiet voice, not shy, but one who is used to having to mind his tongue, The promise of a fresh start, good Sir. Here is a place far removed from a century I'd rather forget and not speak of. Though I am happy to talk, and yes, the vast overconfidence and exhuberance of humans is always troubling. I find lack of experience and loss to be the cause.

The dwarf nods in assent, still surveying the area for any newcomers as he speaks with Jin.

Aye, humans experience loss, but don't we all? In fact, you and I have much more time to remember the tragedies in our lives than the humans, but we don't scream and shake a fist at the world, trying to get it to care about us. Still, he continues, drifting off as he watches the merriment:

You do have to admire their passion, don't you? However misguided it may be...


Passion, yes, often coupled with lack of reatraint. You truly see the beast and worst among them....and woe to those subject to thier whims.

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The Response Spoiler:

Why was your step-father, a Varisian, in Taldor? Where in Taldor did you grow up exactly - city, country, traveling, seaport, etc?

Ranim's step-father was the leader of a semi-famous entertainment troupe, specializing in plays but branching out in a variety of mediums. Taldor was just one of many places he traveled to. They rarely stopped in any one community for more than a week, so Ranim never experienced a permanent home before.

Is your adopted father still alive? If so, what is he doing? Retired? Still performing? Does he live in one place, or move around the nation?

He is still alive and performing, though at this point it's mostly managing the troupe. He continues to travel throughout the lands with the troupe.

What deity/deities were you raised to revere? Do you still follow them?

The primary deities she revered were Desna and Shelyn, which she feels a slightly stronger connection to Shelyn. She does indeed still practice.

How has your low wisdom affected your decision making throughout your life?

Ranim is a creature prone to acting without thought of consequences. In fact leaving the troupe itself was little more than a whim, feeling it was time to spread her own wings, and for some unknown calling to this area (real or imagined). It has lead her to be more trusting than she probably should be at times. Her father has ground lessons into her, though how much that will hold true remains to be seen.


Chaos's questions answered:
Certainly. Isiron Truelock, Dolum's Master, adventured in the north. He was very secretive, as only a dwarf can be, about what he did in the north, beyond mentioning that he had embarked on a great adventure with fools, and he was lucky to come back. However, one night when he fell asleep in the workshop, Dolum heard him muttering in his sleep about the "great lock" and "locked away". Dolum thinks that if Isiron believed that something was a great lock, then Dolum needs to see it...and open it. So he has come north, searching.


Answers to round 2 questions:

How did your father end up in Oppara?

Were your parents married? How did your father meet a Jann? Why did she leave? Where was she from/where did she go to?

The answers to those questions are actually related. Aldrick’s father, a man by the name of Rierdan, was actually a native Taldan, but he was not from Oppara. Rierdan was from a fairly small town and though I say he wasn’t extremely talented, he was talented enough to travel in his youth. He went to Qadira, Osirion (where he learned of Nethys, whom Aldrick still worships to some extent), and Katapesh, where he met Aldrick’s mother, Saleh. When they first met, Aldrick’s father had no idea that the beautiful woman he was infatuated with was not human, and they traveled together for a time. When Aldrick was about a year old, just barely old enough to wean, Saleh revealed her true nature, and told Rierdan to take their son to be raised amongst other humans. He wanted her to go with him, but she insisted that she could not and she disappeared into the night. After a futile search, Rierdan decided to head back to his native Taldor, and head for a large city in hopes of making enough money to raise his son in relative safety.

Aldrick has no idea where his mother went though his father assumed that she headed back to Katapesh. Aldrick has toyed with the notion that genies may somehow be involved with the ailing elements up north. He doesn’t really know the difference between a janni or a shaitan or an efreeti, and all he knows is that his mother was a genie. Ultimately, he thinks that he might learn something useful there, but it is not his primary concern. The most important thing to Aldrick right now is writing the beginnings of his tale.


Only one person tonight, Too tired to read any more:

Maegge Weissam/Macharius:

Your stat creation stats and you character sheet stats don’t match. Also, in your background, you say +2 Int, I think you mean +2 Wis.

How do you plan on working with an elk companion in a dungeon campaign?

Where is the consortium based out of? Taldor or Andoran? Have they continued to track you?


The beginning...is a very delicate time:
In the far past as Humans recon it there was a great cataclysm. By the memories of other races such an event is not so distant a memory.

Before the event known now as 'Earth fall' there were groups and races who were, if not ready, at least partially prepared. The Rune Lords of Thassilon vanished, possibly destroyed but more likely in hiding. The Elves stepped away, into another realm, to await the passing troubles.

However not all of the fair folk fled. Some remained, whether steadfast and true or perhaps trapped and unable to join the exodus. One such small band found shelter amongst the dark and troubled forests and hills in a place that is in today's language known as Taldor. Hidden away where the Verduran forest meets the Fog peaks did the group settle. There did they stay and survive and pray fro the cumming of the new dawn.

Today the Elves who live in their secluded settlement continue to worship the Dawnflower. Giving thanks to said Goddess for their safety and survival those few generations ago. However, with the cumming of the Human's of the nation of Taldor and their 'Great crusades' the Elves realized that just Clerics devoted to Sarenrae would not necessarily be enough to protect their enclave.

So, with the studying of the arcane arts and blending said styles with that of sword play they sought to create an arcane defender of the faith to fight along side the holy orders. To whit 'Saracens of Sarenrae'.

Sunset (The name she has taken until such a time as she fells/demonstrates being worthy of her given/proper names) is one such neophyte Saracens. Recently given into the service of a caravan sent to trade goods and such, she has continued East, following the new dawns.

Why she does not yet know, but she feels the pull perhaps of the Goddess. Maybe this is the test she seeks to show and prove her worth. Or perhaps it is just wander lust and she (Not very wisely) has given into such feelings thinking it is the will of her Goddess...

A post to give a beginning to the reasons for the character to be. *Bows*


DM Chaos:

DM Chaos wrote:

Your stat creation stats and you character sheet stats don’t match. Also, in your background, you say +2 Int, I think you mean +2 Wis.

How do you plan on working with an elk companion in a dungeon campaign?

Where is the consortium based out of? Taldor or Andoran? Have they continued to track you?

Stats have been fixed. Finally. If there's still a problem, I'll bloody well eat my hat.

Actually, that's a really good question: I hadn't fully thought that through. I think a Badger/Wolverine (depending on what part of the country you live in!) would make a lot more sense. They're more aggressive in eliminating threats, and are natural burrowers so wouldn't have a problem with being underground. They're also smaller; so wouldn't pose as much of a problem in cramped tunnels, etc.

An badger companion is at first Small size, and becomes Medium at level 4. Gimpy is/will be Maegge's body guard: his tricks focus on guarding and fighting. Due to Gimpy's bond with Maegge, Gimpy also feels the "wrongness" coming from northern Taldor, and with Gimpy as his pack-mate they will challenge the thread to their herd.

The Lumber Consortium is based out of eastern Andoran. Since fleeing Wispil, Maegge has not come across any more agents of the Consortium - though they may be out there waiting for a "golden opportunity" to capture him. My preference would be for them to be waiting and watching; he is technically guilty of the crimes they're charging him with, after all!


Thanks for the responses, I am trying to get through these as fast as I can. Here are two more from the Divine group.

Whoric Whywarf/Nazard:

How did you get to Northern Taldor? Did anything interesting happen while crossing Galt and Andoran?

What did your parents think of you leaving the Dwarven lands?

How much experience has Whoric had interacting with other races? Especially elves and other uncommon races (genie blooded, etc.)?

Ramos the Herald/Celeador:

What did the scroll say that sent Ramos north?

Is Ramos originally from Katapesh? Or was he just there for work?

How did Ramos get to northern Taldor?

Since he lost faith in Sarenrae, what is his opinion of those who worship other deities? Does he still believe in the Dawnflower and other deities? Or just Groetus?

EDIT - Added another:

Orion Stormbringer/BudFox:

Where all have you wandered seeking knowledge since leaving Absalon? Have you had any interesting encounters?

If you are so keen on gaining knowledge, why follow Iomedae? Why not Irori or Nethys or one of the other more knowledge focused deities?

What was your father’s opinion of you following such a martial focused deity instead of following in his footsteps and following a knowledge deity or going into a sage or arcane type profession?

As a note to everyone, if you feel the need to tweak your characters, you are welcome to do so. If I have already posted questions to you, please PM me with any changes. If I have not posted questions, I will consider the changes when reviewing. Now, back to my RL - will get some more up tonight.


Whoric's Answers:

Whoric probably just crossed Andoran and back up through Tsldor, wanting to avoid the drama of Galt. He had an uneventful journey, staying in inns and taverns, sometimes traveling with merchant caravans as a guard.

His parents had no issue with him leaving the dwarven lands. They were concerned that he make it into the clergy, and we're happy when he did. They recognize that their son isn't the brightest diamond in the mine, and could see that he wasn't getting the opportunities at home. While moms will always worry, an adventure for legendary treasures is something any dwarven parents can appreciate.

Before leaving, the only real contact Whoric had with elves or humans was through descriptions and first-hand accounts of other dwarves, most of which he coukdn't really remember. As such, he went for quite awhile without speaking, and since gruff, silent dwarves are not uncommon, he got mostly left alone. He's heard stories of the duplicitousness of elves from the conservative elders at home, and the general untrustworthy flightiness of humans, but he knows enough to know that not everything the elders say can be trusted. After all, they didn't think he could make it as a priest of Angradd!


Updated my profile to include all of the required information to make it easier for review and made some changes to my submission since I have more time today than I have had the past few weeks.

Lantern Lodge

DM Aron Marczylo wrote:
Good luck and if the person who posted a Aasimar Paladin gets in, that'll be two games you're in with Aasimar Paladins, though will Rhodes be chasing that one as Edan is chasing Godelina?

*thoughtfully amused* Nah, Rao is more of the "charmer" types, with a silver tongue and quick wit. I'm going more with the idea of (Absolute Moth to Absolute Flame) idea, rather than Edan who (likely thanked Iomedae effusively the next morning) got paired up with an Aasimar Paladin as his first real task and has to balance being human with his chosen duty. Fire warms, but fire burns, and Rao's inherited the first fire in his blood.

It'll be a good chance to play an "intense" character if I can get in and the writing allows.

DM Chaos wrote:

A few notes as I was reading through.

@Rhodes/Me’mori --> missing second feat

I'm still debating on that one.. It might just be skill focus (gambling) since they're starting at level one and I've always thought of L1 as "you just left home" Might be spell focus, but I'm still figuring some of his character quirks out.


Oleg Torgun wrote:

DM Chaos, how do you feel about crafting?

It takes a long time to craft mundane weapons and armor, so I assume that will be hard for me to do (and therefore makes my crafting skills more of just a flavorful choice than a practical choice). Flavor-wise I wanted my starting weapons and armor to be crafted by me, but I paid full price for them anyway because I assumed it would be cheesy if I got my starting weapons and armor at 33.3% market price.

At level 3, though, I get the craft magic arms and armor feat. If I'm selected, I'd eventually like to get to the point that I can enchant everyone's armor and weapons. At level 5 I get a class feature that halves the time, so it's not that bad, but do you see me getting the opportunity to make magic weapons and armor? If that's not something you want, I'm probably not the best fit for the campaign. If you have no problem with magic item creation, it's all good.

Thanks again.

Hey DM Chaos, just quoting this because I don't believe you saw it earlier in the thread.

Is crafting ok in this campaign?


Orion's Response:
Why Iomedae? A good question, Orion is a lover of adventurous tales and quests. He has lived through the lives of his heroes played out on the pages of parchment. Her mission to uphold valor and root out evil has fueled his escapist cravings for a life more exciting than the one he has known. He loves her ideal and wishes he was as capable and as worldly. He could easily have stayed as a bookseller, settled for a life as a scribe, or as a librarian still some library. But none of that would have satisfied him. Orion's love is of literature, not so much about self-improvement or reaching enlightenment. Irori's tenets are admirable but not his true calling, not is fascination. Similarly, Nethys' focus on a mastery of the arcane is more about amassing a command of the magical arts than about a mission to use those capabilities in the aim of some higher mission.

His father always saw the fanciful in him, while he never had to push him to learn to read or to develop an interest in books, the same can't be said for his studies or his chores. Many, many times he found his son lost in some tale rather than completing his studies, finishing inventory or sweeping up shop. Orion's decision was not a surprise, but it was only with heavy resignation that his father accepted his decision to choose a different path than the one that he had so carefully laid out for him. They are still very close, his father still man's the quaint, though worn shoppe. He would always welcome his son back if he ever came.

The funny thing about Orion's quest for adventure is the seeming lack of it. His romance with the adventures of the road have thus far been unrequited. There was the one time in Oppara, one of his first pursuits, he was stopped in a dark lane by a band of thugs. They seemed menacing and all, they asked him what he was up to and where he was going, then all he remembers is having fallen into a brief but deep sleep. But when he woke up he found ... everything, they hadn't taken a thing. He wasn't even roughed up, nothing to show for it. Obviously they weren't interested in his collection of books nor his clothes. Another quest, a reputed den of a hermit sorcerer north of Karakuru, turned out to be equally a benign fate. He finally found his 'hidden' lair only to discover that he was a day too late. It was empty, his scrolls and manuscripts gone. Apparently a group of adventurers raided his location just days before. So now he has continued heading north,word is there is a keep where some unsightly activities have taken place ... next stop Yanmass, surely he will be the first to set upon that quest.


Divine Apps - part 2:

Oleg Torgun/mbauers:

You were toiling at the forge at the time of the former war against the Temple. Did you participate at all? Were your weapons an armor used? What stories did those who went bring back with them?

Do you have any family? If so, are they still in Highhelm? Or did some of them also leave the mountains?

What path did you follow to get to Yanmass? Straight across Galt? Or some other way?

Malaswyn Tyddewi/GeraintElberion:

You left Kyonin before the war against the Temple. Have you been back at all in the past 100 years? If so, did you hear any stories of the war?

Are you planning on focusing on archery? What other roles do you expect to play in the party?

What interest does Desna, a deity with her principle focus and worship in Varisia, have in the Temple far to the south and east in Taldor?

Zariah/Mark Thomas 66:

Is anyone from your old gang still alive? If so, where are they? What was the brother doing during the five years he was gone and where did they go?

Did your father ever tell you anything about your mother?

Why did Asasha have to leave after her mother was killed? Why was her mother killed?

Arindale/terok:

What did your sister end up doing? Take over the family inn?

Did you see your companions fall to the goblins? Or did you flee?

Allysen/AdamWarnock:

Shouldn’t your hp be -2/level from your 7 Con?

Where was the temple where you grew up? What nation and/or city?

Why have you not sought out a larger temple which could help determine what afflicts you?

If the voice calling you north is not the hag, what is it?

Next up - Arcane Apps - hopefully will get them done tomorrow.

Shadow Lodge

Argh, the suspense is killing me.


Yeah this is an intense recruitment thread. I can't wait to see who gets in.


First set of Arcane questions:

Fosco Weatherbee/Oterisk:

Where were you a slave? Qadira? Cheliax? Somewhere else?

How did you get to Taldor? Why did you go there?

Rhodes “Rao” Redflame/Me’mori:

Where are you from originally? How did you hear about the problems in northern Taldor and how did you get there?

Where did your sorcerer powers arise from?

Pasara Foucault/Big OM:

Did you grow up in Absalom?

How have you made your way to the desolate north of Taldor?

What was the source of your destined eldrich heritage?

Saeldur Vehiron/wakedown:

How has the manor in Galt survived in a land that has been in almost constant civil war for years? Has the manor ever been attacked? If yes, by whom?

Why has he decided to leave the comfort of his dusty books for a life of an adventurer?

How did he hear about the resurgence of troubles in northern Taldor? How did he travel to Yanmass?

Intense for you guys? You don't have to read through 40 backgrounds and the answers to 280 questions. Might change my methods if I decide to DM another campaign sometime.

For those wondering, I am down to 8 arcane apps left. Hopefully will be done tomorrow. I will then give people 24 hours to answer my questions and probably have decisions Monday evening. Thanks for your patience.


answers for GM Chaos:
Shouldn’t your hp be -2/level from your 7 Con?
Inquisitors have d8 hit die, 8 hp at first if you use max. I also took toughness as her first level feat. So 8-2+3=9. I never really gave a reason for taking it, backstory or otherwise. I took it to improve survivability, because a potential front liner with 6 hp is just asking to have to have a reroll. As far as weaving into her background, it wouldn't be too far fetched to have had her spar with her mentor, and the bumps and bruises from that helped toughen her up.

Where was the temple where you grew up? What nation and/or city?
Some village in Ustalav (sorry I don't have anything that could really let me give you a more specific answer). It was a small one that had only three or four resident clergy, including her.

Why have you not sought out a larger temple which could help determine what afflicts you?
Fear, denial, and shame. She's heard stories of hags bearing children, and has heard half-remembered, superstitious wives' tales about how to spot one, but she believes herself to be a half-elf. She refuses to accept that she could possibly be the daughter of any hag, much less the one that attacked the church. Beyond that, there's the fear of finding out that she is the child of a monster, or that she'd been cursed, or that she's turning into a hag. I know it sounds contrived, and it kinda is, but I had an aunt that didn't go the doctor because she was afraid of what she'd find out and almost died because of it, but that only covers the first two fears. The third is one I've struggled with. I'm not going to go into details, it's something you don't want to hear, er, read, and it's not something that I want to share here. When you experience something horrible done by someone, and you have either a conscious or sub-conscious knowledge that you share some of your traits with that person, there is a very real fear that you will turn out like them. It's something that can cause people to some self-destructive things. For me it was, and still is, keeping my anger bottled to keep from blowing up. For Allysen, it's staying away from people that can counsel her and help her work through this because she's afraid she'll repeat what the hag did to the temple she was serving at. Lastly, there's the shame. She's worked through most of it, but enough remains that she won't seek out help from the larger temples.

If the voice calling you north is not the hag, what is it?
Pharasma, at least that's what I was trying to imply. Often times when a magic is causing things to go screwy, there's a necromancer that's taking advantage of the chaos. Besides that, if these are the same wizards who originally caused the mess, they're probably undead, and Pharasma hates the undead.

"*zzzzzzzSnrk* Huh? Why's everyone passed out drunk on the floor."

Allysen's hood slips off the top of her head revealing a mess of blue-black hair and her mismatched eyes. She's still half-asleep as she stands and looks around the crowed floor of the common room.


GM Answers:

You were toiling at the forge at the time of the former war against the Temple. Did you participate at all? Were your weapons an armor used? What stories did those who went bring back with them?

Oleg definitely did not participate in the battle, but there's a good chance that his weapons and armor were used by those who did. Stories of heroism, sacrifice, adventure, glory, gold, death, skill. Stories that, at the time, held little sway with Oleg. It's not that he didn't appreciate those who fought to keep others safe, it's just that, until recently, he felt content to be a smith, viewing that as his best way to contribute, as well as to praise Torag.

Do you have any family? If so, are they still in Highhelm? Or did some of them also leave the mountains?

I'm sure Oleg has distant relatives left in the vicinity, but his parents are dead and he had no siblings to speak of. The fellow priests and devout worshippers of Torag are the only family he's had for a long time.

What path did you follow to get to Yanmass? Straight across Galt? Or some other way?

Straight shot east to Yanmass. I imagine he'd probably travel with a caravan as he's a bit rusty with any combat experience and would want safety in numbers.


DM Chaos wrote:

Intense for you guys? You don't have to read through 40 backgrounds and the answers to 280 questions. Might change my methods if I decide to DM another campaign sometime.

For those wondering, I am down to 8 arcane apps left. Hopefully will be done tomorrow. I will then give people 24 hours to answer my questions and probably have decisions Monday evening. Thanks for your patience.

I didn't say intense for us, I said intense. Considering how much vetting you're doing I figure whoever gets in really deserves it.

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