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Voyages of the Avanestra

Game Master Tyrn Jade

Explore the universe and discover the mysteries of life in a space-fantasy setting.


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Welcome aboard, star-seekers! You are not on board the ship yet, as we will be beginning pre-launch. Feel free to discuss among yourselves and get to know each other. My Eridani, we will need to keep your backstory a secret for now until your introduction. I will put most of your posts in spoilers or PM until... FIRST-CONTACT!!! Feel free to ask any questions or if you see any significant kinks that should be brought to attention before we boogey. I do not mind if you guys converge backstories (except you, nightflier. Quite a distance to cross!). I hope you guys enjoy this universe. It's homebrewed and free-form, like that perfect cup of coffee on the porch with the smell of Fall in the air. I like my games gory, flashy, creative, and suspenseful. You will find that you have a lot of resources at your disposal to do things (hence the feats, and other presents) so I can push you to near-death situations and still have there be a chance for you to survive. So enjoy max VP! You gonna' need it. I will be honest and say I picked you guys because you seemed more down-to-earth. Your builds were a close second. So I'm sure we'll all get along and have a good time with this. I will try to post as much as I can. I should be able to stay on top of it, but I am a student and I work so there may be times where RL calls and I must respond. I don't expect you guys to posts constantly. We all have busy lives, I'm sure. But efforts to be consistent would be good, because we have a big party and one person can hold the game back. Okay, I'm done "reading the syllabus"! Haha. Glad you guys are interested. To those that don't know, my name is Marc. Nice to meet you all!

p.s. - I also know John (Kieran) from RL (good friends) so I get to f~@@ with him unconditionally. It'd be really funny if I forgot to type "with".


Human Barbarian (Invulnerable Rager) 1 RAGING!!! HP 20/20; AC 16, touch 13, Flat Footed 15; CMD 20; Fort +9, Reflex +3, Will +6; Perception +7; Initiative +4; Rage [7/8]

GM Gorgeous? Conceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeded.


Excited to be on board :)


N/A Animi Hexcrafter Magus 2/Vivisectionist Beastmorph Alchemist 2, Perception +6, Initiative +2, AC16, FFAC 14, DR 5/Silver

Oh hey where was this post when I was looking for it earlier.


Male Rhaelian Alchemist (Internal Alchemist, Mindchemist, Psychonaut) 3 // Bard (Archivist) 3

See the galaxy. Meet interesting people. Kill/punch/seduce them.


To boldly go where no Kajiatan-slash-priest-slash-chosen one-slash-wizard-slash-psion with delusions of divine power has gone before.


Kieran Crane wrote:
GM Gorgeous? Conceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeded.

Don't make me roll initiative.


Male Human, Cygnian 2 Scroll Scoundrel (rogue) / 3 Archaeologist (bard) HP: 31 AC: 19 F: 2 R: 12 W: 6

nightflier is away on business, but we could always start without him. I will try to get solid intros drafted tonight but I may have a couchsurfer coming from Montreal so I may have to play host instead.


Male Human, Cygnian 2 Scroll Scoundrel (rogue) / 3 Archaeologist (bard) HP: 31 AC: 19 F: 2 R: 12 W: 6

meant to post as GM. I have to change my default (new to PbP! Please bear with me).


Coolio.

Anyone who would like me to prepare any wizard spells which are particularly good for them, let me know.


Male Rhaelian Alchemist (Internal Alchemist, Mindchemist, Psychonaut) 3 // Bard (Archivist) 3
Erast wrote:

Coolio.

Anyone who would like me to prepare any wizard spells which are particularly good for them, let me know.

Well, I sort of haven't meet you yet (or learned that my job description has expanded to include planet-side duty), but when we do meet, a scroll or two of Color Spray might be helpful (even if I have to UMD it), since I lack offensive spells. (Although I probably should just buy bard scrolls rather than risk failing a UMD check in combat just to save a few gp.)

In a similar vein, would anyone be interested in any of the following potions: Endure Elements, Touch of the Sea, Enlarge Person, Reduce Person? Or Massage Oil of Charm Person or Oils of Share Language and Message?)


Share Language and Message sound like a must have for planet side missions and a wand of air-bubble might see some use as well.


Human Barbarian (Invulnerable Rager) 1 RAGING!!! HP 20/20; AC 16, touch 13, Flat Footed 15; CMD 20; Fort +9, Reflex +3, Will +6; Perception +7; Initiative +4; Rage [7/8]

Cultural Adaptation seems like a useful spell for contact missions. Comprehend Languages also comes to mind.


N/A Animi Hexcrafter Magus 2/Vivisectionist Beastmorph Alchemist 2, Perception +6, Initiative +2, AC16, FFAC 14, DR 5/Silver

I take it Mathesar is doing the infusion thing?


Human Barbarian (Invulnerable Rager) 1 RAGING!!! HP 20/20; AC 16, touch 13, Flat Footed 15; CMD 20; Fort +9, Reflex +3, Will +6; Perception +7; Initiative +4; Rage [7/8]
Harbinger One wrote:
I take it Mathesar is doing the infusion thing?

I hope so. It's substantially more cost effective than Brew Potion.

I never realized how many different archetype combo's you can stack on alchemist until looking at the grey text beneath you names.


Hey guys. Feel free to spend your gold mostly on stuff you'll personally want or use. A lot of that utility stuff with be provided by the CSA. But hey, if you want extra of it, by all means, you can spend your gold on it.

Is there anything about your backstories that need clarification? I think I'll PM you guys tweaked ones just so it fits the universe but the ones I have are not out of this universe really (I really like them! Gives me good s*&+ to work with). I think everyone has one except Kieran, H1 (we kind of have a good idea about yours), and then nightflier, but again, his can be later. This week is going to be a bit busy but no worries. The more school work I do the better I'll be at GMing this game. Haha. I'm hoping tomorrow or Odin's day (Wednesday) we can begin with the prelude (pre-launch). Thursday at the latest. So if you guys want to merge backstories or something let me know! Theeeeeenks.


N/A Animi Hexcrafter Magus 2/Vivisectionist Beastmorph Alchemist 2, Perception +6, Initiative +2, AC16, FFAC 14, DR 5/Silver

Oh im just going to be abusing the heck out of Alcemical Allocation/Enhance Potion/Extend Potion. All day long heroism? Yes please!


Also! If you guys don't mind, just leave your alignment blank and just keep it in your head for when it comes to rules. Otherwise, I'd prefer if the players were unaware of each other's alignments. Hope I'm not micro-managing!


Human Barbarian (Invulnerable Rager) 1 RAGING!!! HP 20/20; AC 16, touch 13, Flat Footed 15; CMD 20; Fort +9, Reflex +3, Will +6; Perception +7; Initiative +4; Rage [7/8]
GM Gorgeous wrote:
Also! If you guys don't mind, just leave your alignment blank and just keep it in your head for when it comes to rules. Otherwise, I'd prefer if the players were unaware of each other's alignments.

Don't we have a Paladin in the group?

:-p

Initiative: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (2) + 8 = 10
Fort: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (6) + 5 = 11
Reflex: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (4) + 6 = 10
Will: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (14) + 8 = 22

F*%!...


Kieran Crane wrote:
GM Gorgeous wrote:
Also! If you guys don't mind, just leave your alignment blank and just keep it in your head for when it comes to rules. Otherwise, I'd prefer if the players were unaware of each other's alignments.

Don't we have a Paladin in the group?

:-p

[dice=Initiative]1d20+8
[dice=Fort]1d20+5
[dice=Reflex]1d20+6
[dice=Will]1d20+8

F*%!...

Why you little..... ::steam::

Not only do you develop an ulcer, you bump your head on a valence and then walk by a room where Fantasy by Mariah Carey is playing, but you pass your Will save and resist getting it stuck in your head for all of time.

SUSPEND DISBELIEF YOU ASS-CHERRY! ::throws shoe at face::


Also, Rhaelians take the half-elf life-span. Sorry, should have mentioned that earlier. I thought I did but I can't find it anywhere so I probably didn't. Drinking whiskey and PMing you guys about backstories! Yaaaay.


Male Rhaelian Alchemist (Internal Alchemist, Mindchemist, Psychonaut) 3 // Bard (Archivist) 3
Raal wrote:
Share Language and Message sound like a must have for planet side missions and a wand of air-bubble might see some use as well.

Not just Share Language, Reach Share Language. Cultural taboos regarding physical contact are not a problem for Ensign Mathesar Leesma, First Contact Specialist. (We will have to break out the oils once I've used all my bard spells, though.)

Kieran Crane wrote:
Cultural Adaptation seems like a useful spell for contact missions. Comprehend Languages also comes to mind.

Cultural Adaptation will have to wait until one of us speaks their language (or UMDs a scroll of Tongues), but it looks useful. Comprehend Languages is probably going to see enough use that we might want a wand of it (Raal is the only one of us who can't use it, and I can just pass him infusions).

Kieran Crane wrote:
Harbinger One wrote:
I take it Mathesar is doing the infusion thing?
I hope so. It's substantially more cost effective than Brew Potion.

Yes I am. Just realized it wasn't on my character sheet. Free "potions" of range:personal spells for everyone!

GM Gorgeous wrote:
Hey guys. Feel free to spend your gold mostly on stuff you'll personally want or use. A lot of that utility stuff with be provided by the CSA. But hey, if you want extra of it, by all means, you can spend your gold on it.

What sort of "utility stuff" will be provided? Mundane gear? Wands/potions/scrolls?


I don't want to disclose too much. Must maintain the veil! But stuff certainly similar. The CSA will give you guys stuff like rope, and items similar to wands (they function the exact same way though). But again, you can spend your money on whatever you'd like.


Healing kits are another example of something I'd give you. Thieve's tools as well. Masterwork of course, this is the friggin' CSA!


GM Gorgeous wrote:
Thieve's tools as well. Masterwork of course, this is the friggin' CSA!

Sir! Yes Sir! ::Scrambles to purchase a masterwork sword::


Oh, hey. How did we end up with the discussion about ammo for guns? A clip was mentioned but how much capacity does a clip offer and how much gold does the craftsman want for one?


How much gold do we get again?


We have 1000G, which I believe that is the starting gold for 2nd lvl. Also, all firearms are at 10% OF the cost listed. So just move the decimal place to the left and drop the tenths place. Hurray! See, the CSA takes care of its own people.


10% of cost for Firearms AND ammo. Also, to answer your question Raal, it depends on the gun itself. I'll break the ammo down into 4 categories:

Reeds Reeds, a.k.a. straws, tubes, and smalls, are used for small ammunition, such as pistols. Reeds hold typically 8 shots and cost 20g (modified price).

Slates Slates, a.k.a. longs or darts, are larger ammunition clips that are used typically in rifles. The bullets are longer too. Common slates hold 6 shots and cost 20g.

Spread (Contra style ;)) Spread ammo, a.k.a. urns and shells, are used for firearms that spread ammo, such as a shotgun of some sort. Capacity depends on the gun but one Urn cost 10g.

Special Special ammunition is variable and is most likely unique to a particular firearm.

Hope this helps! I found a cool picture of what I kind of am imagining what the firearms look like. If you just google images "fantasy hand cannon" there are three pistols right in the beginning that I'm kind of digging. Just a reference for you guys!

Actually, I found this just now. This has a pretty accurate indication of what I'm imagining. Definitely not EXACTLY but pretty damn close.

Adelene Firearms

And here's a link to the Firearms webpage. All the prices, just move over a decimal place to the left.

Furrerms


Male Rhaelian Alchemist (Internal Alchemist, Mindchemist, Psychonaut) 3 // Bard (Archivist) 3

Just to keep things tidy, here's everybody

Harbinger One, Commander and the captain's number-one.
Female? Animi Hexcrafter Magus 2/Vivisectionist Beastmorph Alchemist 2

Kieran Crane, Counselor, theologian, and xenobiologist. Advisor of the captain. Also is considered a cultural representative of Rhaelians.
Male Rhaelian Inquisitor//Monk (Ki Mystic) 2

Mathesar Leesma, First-Contact specialist and master linguist. Has an ingenious interpretation of communication.
Male Rhaelian Alchemist (Internal Alchemist, Mindchemist, Psychonaut) 2 // Bard (Archivist) 2

Erest, cultural representative of the Kajiiatans and a capable protector. He's an esteemed figure in Kajiiatan society.
(aka Erast of the Void) Male Kajiiatan Psion (Shaper)//Wizard(Teleportation) 2

nightflier (not game name)
Eridani

Raal, a war hero of the Kajiiatans and protector of the expedition team. A true "against all odds" kind of solider.
(aka Thrak'el Raal'orn) Male Kajiiatan Ninja/Magus (myrmidarch) 2

For a total of:
2 Rhaelians, 2 Kajiiatan, 1 Animi, 1 Eridani
4 Males, 1 "Female", 1 unknown
2 Alchemists, 2 Magi, 1 each of Inquisitor, Monk, Bard, Psion, Wizard, Ninja, 2 unknown classes


Erast* and I'm also one of the ship's chaplains.

By the way, DM- any objection to how I've described religion in my backstory? Basic idea is that you must travel the Path(obey the tenets of the faith) towards perfection (God) and Erast is one of the ship's Guides (chaplains) helping souls along the Path.


Ah, yes. I think Mathesar copied and pasted what I wrote, so I spelled your name wrong. :-s

That would certainly be fine, but the CSA specifically has you on as a representative and adviser, not to mention you're a powerful atmatic "artist". They would not have you on the ship to necessarily convert anyone, but you certainly are capable of providing counsel to those that would need it and you're also one of the captain's advisers. I guess what I'm saying is, the CSA does not use you as a strong-arm of any particular religion, but they have you on board because of what you represent. By your organization specifically, you are charged with the protection of this realm (the Void) and guidance of the souls within it. :) Does this religion have anything to do with Xenogenesism? Or is it a culturally preserved older religion?


I just received a PM from nightflier and he has to unfortunately bow out. I do have another potential Eradani which I think I'll throw on, but he has another character written up that is a tech-junkie. He seems like a nice guy as well. Any opinions?


Sounds fine.


It's fine by me :)


Human Barbarian (Invulnerable Rager) 1 RAGING!!! HP 20/20; AC 16, touch 13, Flat Footed 15; CMD 20; Fort +9, Reflex +3, Will +6; Perception +7; Initiative +4; Rage [7/8]

I made a list of equipment I had planned to buy so if you wouldn't mind just going through and saying what I don't have to pay for I'd be super appreciative.

Shopping List:

Chakram (1 gp, 1 lb)
Mwk Repeating Heavy Crossbow (700 gp, 12 lbs) It's NOT a bowcaster! *adjusts glasses, breaths inhaler*
Temple Sword (30 gp, 3 lbs)
Repeating Crossbow Clip (x5) (5 gp, 5 lb)
Cold Iron Repeating Crossbow Clip (x2) (4 gp, 2 lb)

Writing Supplies

Ink (8 gp, -)
Inkpen (0.1 gp, 1 lb)
Journal (10 gp, 1 lb)
Scroll Case (1 gp, 0.5 lbs)
Sealing Wax (1 gp, 1 lb)

Hunting/Survival

Heatstone (20 gp, 1 lb)
Small Steel Mirror (10 gp, 0.5 lbs)
Silk Rope (50ft) (10 gp, 5 lbs)
String (50ft) (0.01 gp, 0.5 lbs)

Kits

Healer's Kit (50 gp, 1 lb)

Alchemical stuffs

Tinderwig (x10) (10 gp, -)
Weapon Blanch (Silver) (5 gp, 1 lb)

Clothing

Adventurer's Sash (20 gp, 3 lbs)
Doctor's Mask (50 gp, -)
Eyeglasses (5 gp, -)
Explorer's Outfit (free, 8 lbs)

Working on getting the basics of Kieran's background together (specifics are better fleshed out through gameplay, IMO). Work has been kicking my ass this week; that paired with a ~3 year old boy physically kicking my ass when I get home has left me unsuitable for creative thought. I'll mix something up soon.

That or Marc (I'm NOT calling you gorgeous) can give you a run down if you're teeming with anticipation.

Tech-junkie, per our conversation.


Hahaha. My plan has been foiled.

Kieran, everything but the rope (unless you want one for yourself) and the Healer's Kit you have to buy. But if you want an extra, go ahead and buy it. And don't bother with clothing. Just take that stuff for frizzle. Spend the gold on something better, like a prostitute.


Unless of course, the clothing provides some sort of advantage, then you have to purchase. But if you're just buying clothes in order to not be naked, then just assume cosmetics.


You forgot to put tampons +2 on your shopping list.


Male Orc Expert 5

I too refuse to call you gorgeous without proof that you are at least not a dude. Given the language used I highly doubt that.


Haha. Whateveeeeeer. It's my stage-name. Besides, I'm not a man either. This is merely a digital and textual interpretation of my will. ::dissipates into cyberspace::


I also don't mind Marc. :)


Male Rhaelian Alchemist (Internal Alchemist, Mindchemist, Psychonaut) 3 // Bard (Archivist) 3
GM Gorgeous wrote:
I just received a PM from nightflier and he has to unfortunately bow out. I do have another potential Eradani which I think I'll throw on, but he has another character written up that is a tech-junkie. He seems like a nice guy as well. Any opinions?

Has a decision been reached on which character he will be playing?


Yes, I just received his PM. He has decided to go with the Eridani :)


Human Barbarian (Invulnerable Rager) 1 RAGING!!! HP 20/20; AC 16, touch 13, Flat Footed 15; CMD 20; Fort +9, Reflex +3, Will +6; Perception +7; Initiative +4; Rage [7/8]
GM Gorgeous wrote:
You forgot to put tampons +2 on your shopping list.

Yeah, every witty remark I came up with seemed too risque for me to post here.

Immature Eyes Only:
My favorite had to do with the bane (ooze) enchantment...

Male Eridani Soulknife/Ranger(wild stalker) 2

Xan is excited to get off his planet and see the stars...what little he knows of them at least. This is the barebones of the profile as I need to get more info on the Eridani to finish up the crunch. This is going to be a blast


Absolutely! And Xan, for now, we should keep your backstory private from the rest of the party. I have a half-finished PM for you but I'm cranking out some stats homework because I have an exam tomorrow :-\ Sorry, I wish I could get it to you sooner. Welcome aboard, sir.


I PMed you Xan. I rechecked your backstory and it's good! See what you can apply with the information I gave you. I feel like I left out some information.


Hahahahaha! Kieran, totally just got that 3 hours and 48 minutes later. That's hilarious.


Hemlock? You want us to call you Hemlock now? Or DM Canada?

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