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The Last King of Ireland

Game Master Amergin the Wise


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Note to all: please have your backgrounds and characters done by the end of the week?

I'll be offline likely until Monday, at which point I will post Chapter 1: Belcoo. In the meantime, have a look at the campaign info!


Male Irish Barbarian (Mounted Fury) 1 / Fighter (Dragoon) 1
Defenses/Stats/Resources:
HP 14/26 | AC 16 T 12 FF 14 (-2 AC raging) | Fort +6 Ref +2 Will +1 | Initiative +2 | Perception +5 | Sense Motive +1 | Rage Rounds 4/6

I think everything's done for Fintan, background and crunch. I made the background short and concise this time, but could make a longer version if you'd like.

As a note to everyone: I'll be taking two levels of Fighter (Dragoon archetype) at levels 2 and 3, and then I'll continue going pure Barbarian (Mounted Fury) after that. I also went ahead and dropped a rank into Knowledge (Nobility) because it was fitting and because I figure that might be nice to have in this setting.


Male HP 22 (16) / AC 17(19) Touch 14 Flat-Footed 13(15) / Fort +3 Ref +6 Will +0 / Senses Perception +6 / Eagle +12, Survival +4 / Eagle +6 Human Falconer/Trapper Ranger Level 1

Cheers for the chance Amergin. Editing Padraic now.


M Cleric (Ecclesitheurge) 2 | HP 12/12 | AC12 T12 F10 | CMB +1 CMD 13 | F3 R2 W7 | Init +8 | Perc +10
X/Day:
Spells | Bless x2 – Sanctuary DC15 | Channel 5/5 DC13 | Inspiring Word 7/7 | Touch of Law 7/7

Is there anything you'd like to see fleshed out more for Ó Máille? Given the discussions we had via pm I decided to choose a different (younger) avatar.


Male Irish Barbarian (Mounted Fury) 1 / Fighter (Dragoon) 1
Defenses/Stats/Resources:
HP 14/26 | AC 16 T 12 FF 14 (-2 AC raging) | Fort +6 Ref +2 Will +1 | Initiative +2 | Perception +5 | Sense Motive +1 | Rage Rounds 4/6

I have one last question too: what color is the flag of Largay (if there is one)? I'm tempted to have a thin stream of colored cloth dangling from Fintan's spear. Y'know, because it's cool.


Male Irish Bard/2

I'm here, I think I'm ready to go. Just a few touches on my background.


Fintan of Largay wrote:
I have one last question too: what color is the flag of Largay (if there is one)? I'm tempted to have a thin stream of colored cloth dangling from Fintan's spear. Y'know, because it's cool.

Flags did not exist as we know them now. But the Irish did have battle standards to identity troops on the battle field. I would suggest blue for the McGovern, as well as the symbol of summer, which is the green man.


Aoife's backstory is complete!


Taking the ooc discussion out of the gameplay thread...

There seems to be some confusion about the politics surrounding Belcoo and Larguay. Basically, Largay is a petty kingdom in the Kingdom of Breifne. And Belcoo is a small village in the petty Kingdom of the Tuath Ratha, which is a part of the Kingdom of Airghialla. Along with the Kingdom of Connaught, Breifne and Arghialla fought side by side against the High King.

I know. That's a lot of kings! Have a look at the campaign page, for a few more clarifications on titles and kingdoms. Irish politics were complicated to say the least! They were all kings, and they were always fighting!

Now, the High King is dead, which means that the alliance between Airghialla and Breifne is no longer valid. This does not mean that Airghialla and Breifne will go to war. But it does mean that Largay raiding Belcoo is not a clear violation of an existing alliance.

Bear in mind that Brehon law was highly contractual, with bards often acting as modern day lawyers.

You also have to imagine that there has been a blood feud between Largay and the Tuath Ratha for many generations. The recent alliance between Breifne and Airghialla does not forgive years of bloodshed.

Hope this helps. Don't hesitate to ask questions in the discussion thread.


In other words we get to go take their stuff and no one can say we broke the laws.

But this also means that if they wish, or if we insult them, they could kill us all without a second though. Well most of you would be killed, most likely back to slavery for Aoife and the church for the Brother. After all most people don't like killing "holy men" of their own religion. Though that isn't really true. They could just kill us all of enslave us all.

This is going to be fun kids! XD


Male Irish Bard/2

Looks like I totally read things incorrectly. For some reason, I was under the impression that the previous High King was a hero of the Quinn's in Belcoo.Not sure where I got that idea.


Male Irish Barbarian (Mounted Fury) 1 / Fighter (Dragoon) 1
Defenses/Stats/Resources:
HP 14/26 | AC 16 T 12 FF 14 (-2 AC raging) | Fort +6 Ref +2 Will +1 | Initiative +2 | Perception +5 | Sense Motive +1 | Rage Rounds 4/6

Sorry about not posting earlier today. Today was my real-time tabletop day. Gonna start preparing a post.


Fintan of Largay wrote:
Sorry about not posting earlier today. Today was my real-time tabletop day. Gonna start preparing a post.

No problem! Take your time...


Male Irish Bard/2

Should have kept 'Sense motive'. Too many things to learn and so little time. :)


Braedan wrote:
Should have kept 'Sense motive'. Too many things to learn and so little time. :)

lol. I agree!


Well I had notice Aoife was missing a skill point, so I have her profession cook because it just kinda made sense plus she actually enjoys cooking!


Male Irish Barbarian (Mounted Fury) 1 / Fighter (Dragoon) 1
Defenses/Stats/Resources:
HP 14/26 | AC 16 T 12 FF 14 (-2 AC raging) | Fort +6 Ref +2 Will +1 | Initiative +2 | Perception +5 | Sense Motive +1 | Rage Rounds 4/6

Welp, just got back from work about an hour ago. Gonna read these posts and try to make Fintan's intentions clear in as few spoken words as possible.


Also I would like to point out the reason I said that is because we are so story driven. We are a Role playing game, not a roll playing game. So a story heavy game is going to have character heavy moments.


Aoife FitzStephen wrote:
Also I would like to point out the reason I said that is because we are so story driven. We are a Role playing game, not a roll playing game. So a story heavy game is going to have character heavy moments.

Entirely agree. In fact, curious to hear everyone's opinion about combat in general. I am new to pbp, but it seems to me that complex fights that last more than a few rounds could easily drag on forever! Is this simply something that is part of the game, or are there clever ways to avoid this problem?


Male HP 22 (16) / AC 17(19) Touch 14 Flat-Footed 13(15) / Fort +3 Ref +6 Will +0 / Senses Perception +6 / Eagle +12, Survival +4 / Eagle +6 Human Falconer/Trapper Ranger Level 1

Sadly i have never met a smart way to handle long term combat. Combat is just long and that is it. Though you can stipulate that PCs get automated if they dont post in x amount of time.


Male Irish Barbarian (Mounted Fury) 1 / Fighter (Dragoon) 1
Defenses/Stats/Resources:
HP 14/26 | AC 16 T 12 FF 14 (-2 AC raging) | Fort +6 Ref +2 Will +1 | Initiative +2 | Perception +5 | Sense Motive +1 | Rage Rounds 4/6
Quote:
Is this simply something that is part of the game, or are there clever ways to avoid this problem?

A few ideas:

1. Average out PC Initiatives and enemy Initiatives (or potentially use the highest roll for each group). One side acts, then the other side acts, in no particular order. This lets the players more quickly (less likely to have to wait on the other players) and means you can have all the enemies act in a single post.

2. Automation when things get slow helps.

3. What you did - having the enemies run away - works for a lot of fights. If they start dragging and the party is clearly winning, having the enemy turn tail and run makes sense and closes combat. In this case I'm not sure if this IS the end of combat so Fintan is pursuing (also because Fintan mad).

Also, as far as fights in general go... I'm cool with a variety of PbP playstyles, including both the "FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT" and the "Actually let's avoid fights because it slows things down" mentalities. I'll roll with whatever the group wants.


Having played "old school" for over twenty years (!), I can't imagine a game without a few good fights... That being said, I was never a fan of tediously long battles.

We'll see how the game evolves, but don't hesitate to say if you find the campaign unbalanced, or if the battles are too short or too long.


Male Irish Barbarian (Mounted Fury) 1 / Fighter (Dragoon) 1
Defenses/Stats/Resources:
HP 14/26 | AC 16 T 12 FF 14 (-2 AC raging) | Fort +6 Ref +2 Will +1 | Initiative +2 | Perception +5 | Sense Motive +1 | Rage Rounds 4/6

Going to post after work. Will be back in... 11 hours-ish.


Ah! I took too long to type! XD


Male Irish Barbarian (Mounted Fury) 1 / Fighter (Dragoon) 1
Defenses/Stats/Resources:
HP 14/26 | AC 16 T 12 FF 14 (-2 AC raging) | Fort +6 Ref +2 Will +1 | Initiative +2 | Perception +5 | Sense Motive +1 | Rage Rounds 4/6

As an aside, if y'all ever want to make sure Fintan does something, just tell him to do it IC. (Example: he'd happily attempt Intimidate on Quinn (or assist the primary intimidater), but he's not going to come up with that idea on his own.)


M Cleric (Ecclesitheurge) 2 | HP 12/12 | AC12 T12 F10 | CMB +1 CMD 13 | F3 R2 W7 | Init +8 | Perc +10
X/Day:
Spells | Bless x2 – Sanctuary DC15 | Channel 5/5 DC13 | Inspiring Word 7/7 | Touch of Law 7/7

Just double checking, we have two prisoners, for lack of a better term. Sean Quinn and a younger boy, correct? (And the the dead body of the Lord of Belcoo)


Indeed, to be clear (because I fear that I wasn't), you have two prisoners: one boy, and the wounded Sean Quinn, who is a proven warrior, and now Lord of Belcoo.


Male HP 22 (16) / AC 17(19) Touch 14 Flat-Footed 13(15) / Fort +3 Ref +6 Will +0 / Senses Perception +6 / Eagle +12, Survival +4 / Eagle +6 Human Falconer/Trapper Ranger Level 1

Oh I know Sean is a man and not a boy, but he killed his own father and was taken with one shot. Padraic is totally just belittling him.


Male Irish Bard/2

Ill be on vacation for the next week. Should be able to post now and then. If I don't feel free to rp me along. Cheers.


Will do. Have a nice vacation!


M Cleric (Ecclesitheurge) 2 | HP 12/12 | AC12 T12 F10 | CMB +1 CMD 13 | F3 R2 W7 | Init +8 | Perc +10
X/Day:
Spells | Bless x2 – Sanctuary DC15 | Channel 5/5 DC13 | Inspiring Word 7/7 | Touch of Law 7/7

Whoaaaaaaaaa..... Things just got interesting.


Male Irish Bard/2

More interesting for sure. Where have you been? lol


FYI: I will be writing a post to follow up the last one on the Gameplay thread only tonight, at some point!


There is the hatred! I also gasped when she jumped to Aoife's defense... But it was a lie! XD


Gm, Question: How much is Aoife worth? Using the pathfinder listing for slaves I'd put her at a household slave but the ranges are

Household slave: 50 gold
Common slave: 75 gold
Hard-labor slave: 100 gold
Specialized slave: 500 gold

I thought she might be a common slave, but with this little bit here it seems like the King never wanted her to leave the household at all. Since she was born there she never learned some things that a common slave would already know by going from a free-man to a slave, and I doubt that Aoife knows how to read or write. Though she is good with numbers if you just give her the number.
(Which is where the above average Int comes from.)


I wrote to you directly, to discuss the topic of slavery.

A note to all, however: to be clear, cattle (and not gold) is the common currency in Ireland, at the time. And slaves, also. Gold coins exists, but are rare. Of course, there is jewelry, and family heirlooms, and artefacts...


Male Irish Barbarian (Mounted Fury) 1 / Fighter (Dragoon) 1
Defenses/Stats/Resources:
HP 14/26 | AC 16 T 12 FF 14 (-2 AC raging) | Fort +6 Ref +2 Will +1 | Initiative +2 | Perception +5 | Sense Motive +1 | Rage Rounds 4/6

Assuming the post I just made can come before yours in the timeline, GM: may I make a second post where Fintan tries to appeal to his mother as the whipping is going on? It'll probably fail, but hey, Diplomacy +1. Maybe with some good RP and some luck he can reduce the number of lashes Aoife takes?


Also Braeden is away is he not? On vacation?
But if someone would nicely mentioned that Aoife was told to go by Braeden, then this might be avoided. As Aoife cannot say no to anyone of the King's household.

Edit: Also ganna wait to see if Fintan does anything to alter it before I post.


Male Irish Barbarian (Mounted Fury) 1 / Fighter (Dragoon) 1
Defenses/Stats/Resources:
HP 14/26 | AC 16 T 12 FF 14 (-2 AC raging) | Fort +6 Ref +2 Will +1 | Initiative +2 | Perception +5 | Sense Motive +1 | Rage Rounds 4/6

Yeah, I think I'm going to take the risk. What's the worst that can happen? Besides Aoife's punishment being made worse or Fintan getting some sort of nasty backlash for this.

So, a lot.


Oh Aoife may get even worse.... Because to her, she's done nothing wrong. Maybe she left the house without the King's permission but she also could not say no to Braeden. She can't say no to either Fintan or Braeden. So... yeah.


Male HP 22 (16) / AC 17(19) Touch 14 Flat-Footed 13(15) / Fort +3 Ref +6 Will +0 / Senses Perception +6 / Eagle +12, Survival +4 / Eagle +6 Human Falconer/Trapper Ranger Level 1

Man, having Cattle rocks. I'm like a legit person now. And I can increase my herd. I can become more wealthy and all I gotta do is keep Cows? Fudge yeah! What about sheep? Pigs? Can I have Chickens?


You get cattle and I get lashing. Man you're such an ass! XD


Male HP 22 (16) / AC 17(19) Touch 14 Flat-Footed 13(15) / Fort +3 Ref +6 Will +0 / Senses Perception +6 / Eagle +12, Survival +4 / Eagle +6 Human Falconer/Trapper Ranger Level 1

What can I say...? Kings love me! I cripple the children of their enemies.


Male Irish Barbarian (Mounted Fury) 1 / Fighter (Dragoon) 1
Defenses/Stats/Resources:
HP 14/26 | AC 16 T 12 FF 14 (-2 AC raging) | Fort +6 Ref +2 Will +1 | Initiative +2 | Perception +5 | Sense Motive +1 | Rage Rounds 4/6
Padraic Ó Cinnéide wrote:
What can I say...? Kings love me! I cripple the children of their enemies.

Everyone loves people who do that.

Also, let's start a cow-raising club, Padraic. Only cool kids are invited.


Yeah, and his whore hates me! So I'm eternally screwed! XD


Fintan won't have had the chance to intercede before, but he can try now...

Braedan is on vacation. And perhaps he wouldn't have interceded? After all, there's a reason why Fintan is the one everyone likes!?


Male HP 22 (16) / AC 17(19) Touch 14 Flat-Footed 13(15) / Fort +3 Ref +6 Will +0 / Senses Perception +6 / Eagle +12, Survival +4 / Eagle +6 Human Falconer/Trapper Ranger Level 1

Hell yeah! We can start a monopoly on Cows. We can open a huge dairy farm. We can make Cheese!!


I hate you all! XD

Edit: Ganna wait to see if Fintan gets her less or not. Then I'll post.


Male Irish Barbarian (Mounted Fury) 1 / Fighter (Dragoon) 1
Defenses/Stats/Resources:
HP 14/26 | AC 16 T 12 FF 14 (-2 AC raging) | Fort +6 Ref +2 Will +1 | Initiative +2 | Perception +5 | Sense Motive +1 | Rage Rounds 4/6

Yeah, we'll raise cows, and call b~$%#!~! on anyone that tries to raise more cows than us! We're gonna take life by the horns, and anyone that tries to get our hard-earned cheese for free will just be a moooOOOOOOch.

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