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WotW: A Knot of Thorns The First Parchment (Inactive)

Game Master Xzaral

A group of villains escape Branderscar prison to take revenge upon Talingarde.

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Ka'sar thinks to himself
"Such braggerts. Deception is the first step toward putting a yolk around the enemy's neck. Then you show your power so that you may take the courage from their hearts, and keep them in their place. I fear that I may have to do quiet a good deal of teaching if I take any of these people with me. I may even well die of old age while trying to educate them. Of course I could also just use them to help me get out, and leave them to their own devices."


Tirion Jörðhár wrote:
King Markadian V wrote:

Because a couple people have asked (via PM), RP or not in the recruitment thread will not hurt or support your chances of getting in. It is fun to read them though. The plans for a reality show go through my head though...

"On today's episode of 'Escape from Branderscar', our villains must try to poison as many guards as they can, without being poisoned by their own potential allies. Three of our villains have formed the Asmodeus Alliance to combat the Enclave of Evil! Who will come out on top? Remember, 25 go in, only 5 come out alive to wreak havok on the citizens of Talingarde! Today on 'Escape from Branderscarrrrr'"

Oh no, it looks like the big Ulfen who was so adept at beheading competitors in yesterday's elimination bout is a little lacking in his poison use. The only question now is how much fun the other prisoners will have with him while the hemlock takes affect.

The big shock from last week's episode was that the little slip of a Varisian managed to wrangle his way to reaching the immunity idol, which meant that he 'earned' the right to innoculation against this week's poison! The real question is, however, will he manage to survive the blades of his 'allies' who were not so lucky...? Find out next, on 'Escape from Branderscar'!


Cain... wrote:
wakedown wrote:
Good luck everyone!

Agreed! Good luck.

: raises cookie in good-natured salute :

Vlad sneers slightly in contempt "Yet again, I must be honest and truthful to you lot....for you deserve at least that much."

"I do not wish any of you luck. I wish you all misfortune. For every head split from body and culled by the inevitable choices that must be made my likelihood of being cast off into unrelenting thrashing maw of the void once again weakens." Vlad mentions with a tone of lament wavering a brief when describing the void of non-existence.

Smiling Vlad heartily muses "Sing not tidings of well, friends. Instead wish ill. Smile in joy as those around you inevitably fall; for you are not one of them and the mound of the dead will make for excellent high ground and declare your triumph. Look to your comrades those stand upon the finale with respect and know that you belong at each others side and where chosen to scour Talingrad like a wicked tempest."

*In all seriousness good luck everybody. Cheers!


A smile creeps over Jethryk's features as he listens to blustering of his fellow inmates.

Well, well. It seems we have some rather voluble psychopaths in here. I think I could use that...


Xrezth briefly smirks: My name, wouldn't you like to have that. Those with no name leave no memory. The only memory I plan on leaving is a trail of pain and suffering. Slow painful death by slow painful death.

Sczarni

Um...such tasty darkness. I am wondering if there is a spot still open?

Sczarni

Never mind found the DMs post from monday saying selection was closed. Really wish I had found this recruitment before then, this sounds like a stupid amount of fun.


Posting this from work:

Just a heads up that I cannot access the Paizo website at home due to whatever problem is occurring at present with the website. As such I cannot review entries aside from the notes I've been taking. Hopefully the issue is resolved soon and I can get reviewing. Otherwise I may end up going past the deadline I set. I will keep everyone updated as able. I apologize for this inconvenience.


King Markadian V wrote:

Posting this from work:

Just a heads up that I cannot access the Paizo website at home due to whatever problem is occurring at present with the website. As such I cannot review entries aside from the notes I've been taking. Hopefully the issue is resolved soon and I can get reviewing. Otherwise I may end up going past the deadline I set. I will keep everyone updated as able. I apologize for this inconvenience.

No problem, lots of people are having problems. It is a really quiet day on the boards because of this issue.

Just so that you know. We have already killed off several applicants since they seemed weak. Not sure which ones they were as I did not pay attention to their pathetic cries for mercy as their throats were slit. One was blond, 2 male and 2 female. And one of the males was overweight. You will have to ask someone else who they knocked off if you want more info on who is left.


They have gone back to the previous system so all should now be sorted.

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Avrandes killed the big guy in the corner. Everyone else is a copycat. : b

And he'd say if we kill all the weak candidates, there'll be no one else to feed to the guards.


"agreed there still needs to be some fodder so we can make our escape"


And the party is...:

NOT DECIDED YET :)

Just to give everyone a heads up on where I'm at in the selection process.

I've been narrowing the list down for the past 3 hours. I'm not currently set on the group as of yet but I have some strong ideas on it. I'm going to hit the sack and get some sleep, then give another look to see if I can't narrow it down further. It's quite possible I'll have the group together by sometime tomorrow.

To everyone who has applied, thank you for your submissions. It's been a joy to read them, and I would really like to just take everyone along. But the logistics of that and all, yea.


The king is more evil than all of us I see.


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Appreciate the update King Markadian... but don't envy the winnowing process ;)


Clearly, I failed my sense motive roll because I bought that hook, line, sinker, oar, oar-locks...

Sense Motive 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (6) + 10 = 16


That was far more evil than anything we can hope to do until we're around level 12. At least you didn't put an explosive runes in there- it would've been a TPK before the opening scene!


That was really good I needed that laugh thank you but I do have to agree with Mr. Swagger however that was still awesome non the less


Perhaps we should see whether the King is willing to come over to the 'official' Dark Side ;-)


Trying to corrupt the king instead of kill kill him in the game would be a great triumph. :)


...with the back-up option of magic-jarring his spirit into oblivion, and having 'him' rule that way, if the whole corruption-angle does not pan out ;-)


I was reading over your profile and I would like to inform you that Oracles do not need a holy symbol(divine focus).

Quote:
Oracles do not need to provide a divine focus to cast spells that list divine focus (DF) as part of the components.

It is a nice trait, but since I am also trying to play an oracle I wanted to point that out, since escaping will be easier if you know you can access your powers.


Thank-you, but I did know that; the trait was more simply built into the character concept as Jethryk having a permanent connection/reminder of the Pact he entered into... which has both benefits, and drawbacks.

I could have simply made it 'flavor', but I thought that it would be nice to attach some sort of 'mechanical' component to it (even if it is not especially optimal for an Oracle) :-)


HA! I even had a half-page of warnings to NOT fall for the spoiler, and I still did!

Okay, so maybe I saw all the responses and assumed the team had been posted... BUT STILL!


"Did I not say it would be a better revenge to corrupt the king into becoming a follower of Hell than to just kill him out right?"


Haruk wrote:
"Did I not say it would be a better revenge to corrupt the king into becoming a follower of Hell "

After that update I believe he may already be one!


Genisen Larkova wrote:
Haruk wrote:
"Did I not say it would be a better revenge to corrupt the king into becoming a follower of Hell "

After that update I believe he may already be one!

Eesh... +1 to that, man.

Hope to get to sink my teeth into that bastard!


I smell a spin-off AP:

Way of the Wicked II: The 'Mark' of Corruption


"All right, you villainous dogs. The king has sent a roster of who's going to be visiting our wonderful accomdations for the next 3 days. I hope to make it a 'pleasant' one. So let's see who's on our list?

"Well now, ain't this interesting. You see this here piece of parchment? Yea? Well guess what, that's TWO pieces of parchment. Now you all might be wondering why it's important that I've got two pieces of parchment here? Well I don't care what you be wanting. But either way, it's important to the prison.

"So let's get this over with. I'll go ahead and read the first parchment." Seargent Blackerly clears his throat before proceeding.

The First Parchment wrote:


Warden of Branderscar Prison,

In the next few days, a group of prisoners will be brought before you. These are the worst kind of criminals in the history of Talingarde. I am sure you will have already heard the details of their crimes by the time they reach you, but I now send you their names, as well as their punishments they are to receive for the crimes they have committed.

The first prisoner to make his way to you goes by the name of Morthos "The Malevolent", aka Javell DeLeon. He has been charged with High Treason against our nation of Talingarde. In three days from his arrival, he will be drawn and quartered for his actions.

The first to join him will be Haruk, aka Monkeygod. For his crime of Heresy against our beloved Iomedae, he shall be dealt his death in three days time by being burned alive as an example to all who would choose to speak against her.

Our third criminal in this little gathering will be a former soldier named Beatrix, aka Count Buggula. She has been charged with desertion amongst other crimes. In three days she will hang for the lives of the soldiers lost due to her actions.

The fourth guest you should expect is an interesting character, gnome that goes by the name of Bostarg Halvardonwine, aka Mark Sweetman. This little wretch has been convicted of Fraud resulting in the deaths of several innocents. A fortunate case, for when his three days are up, he will get to make amends with a life of servitude in the Salt Mines.

Our fifth visitor is a former pirate going by the name of Arvandes Ghael, aka Steven T. Helt. He has been convicted of, as you can guess, Piracy. As befitting the crime, he shall face the hangman's noose as well in three days time.

And the final member of this little group fills mes with sadness. His name is Alazandaru Viorec, aka Alexander Kilcoyne, and is my former apprentice. For the charge of murder, he shall himself face the executioner's axe in three days time and be punished by beheading.

Remember to take caution with these six criminals. Stay strong against the darkness in their hearts and take the greatest of precautions. Given the chance, they could threaten Talingarde itself.

Sir Balin of Karfield

"Well then, it looks like we have our guests for the next few days. I dont' really see what Sir Balin is worried about with your lot, just a bunch of scum waiting for the end. But there you have it, and now I've got business to attend to.

"What's that you noisy curs? You want me to read the other parchment as well? I should burn it just to spite you all. But this is good news. Very good news. News to shake you all to the very wretched and blackened core.

"You see, Branderscar isn't going to have just the six of you, oh no. It seems there's another group of you that's going to be visiting. Something about 'paralinoleum worlds' or somesuch nonsense those magic types go on about. So not only do I get to punish and push around you lot for 3 days, oh no. But my apparent twin gets to push around a few more of ya. Let's see who those victims get to be, shall we?" With a grin, Seargent Blackerly reads the second parchment.

The Second Parchment wrote:


Warden of Branderscar Prison,

In the next few days, a group of prisoners will be brought before you. These are the worst kind of criminals in the history of Talingarde. I am sure you will have already heard the details of their crimes by the time they reach you, but I now send you their names, as well as their punishments they are to receive for the crimes they have committed.

The first to join you in Branderscar is named Price, aka stormraven. Be careful with this one, she has numerous crimes to her name. Of these, the one she has been sentenced to you for is Blasphemy. She will face death by burning in three days.

Her accomplice in these crimes is the next to join her. He goes by the name of Cain, aka Eben TheQuiet. Careful with this one, he is more than he seems. The crime that he'll be spending time with you for is Murder. For this, the Headsmans axe is his fate.

The third member of this little group goes by the name Xanos, aka Doomed Hero. Of the ones being sent to you, be the most cautious of this one. His crimes are too foul to pen in this letter, but be warned he will be dealth a death unlikes the which Branderscar has seen in many years.

The fourth is a former soldier called Kalina Jakes, aka the_infidel. This one is a piece of work, the sole survivor of her unit. The crime she has been charged with is Desertion, only because the others proved more difficult to pursue. She shall be executed by the Noose in three days time.

And finally we have a thief named Gwyndolin Maulsen, aka AdamWarnock. This one was found guilty of High Theft, in Princess Bellinda's chambers no less. In three days she gets to learn what real work is in the Salt Mines.

Remember to take caution with these five criminals. Stay strong against the darkness in their hearts and take the greatest of precautions. Given the chance, they could threaten Talingarde itself.

Sir Balin of Karfield

"I must say, interesting developments. Two groups of criminals brought to the greatest prison in all Talingarde to face their deaths. Their's a poem there, but it don't matter because you all are gonna end up dead it looks like in three days from your arrival. And there's nothing any of you can do about it!" Blackerly turns and walks away, laughing the entire way.

The Less RP Version:
I have decided to run two separate group through this AP. The first group will consist of:

Morthos "The Malevolent" - Javell DeLeon
Haruk - Monkeygod
Beatrix - Count Buggula
Alazandru Viorec - Alexander Kilcoyne
Bostarg Halvardonwine - Mark Sweetman
Arvandes Ghael - Steven T. Helt

The second group will be:

Price - stormraven
Cain... - Ebel TheQuiet
Xanos - Doomed Hero
Kalina Jakes - the_infidel
Gwyndolin Maulsen - AdamWarnock

I will establish the OOC threads in a few minutes from this post and provide links to them in aother post further on so everyone can dot them.

To those who didn't make it, I can only say better luck next time. The characters were all great and it was a joy to read them. If I thought I could handle five groups I would, but I don't think I could provide the level of quality your characters would deserve with that many groups. I only hope another recruitment opens up.


Good luck everyone!


This link will be used for the OOC discussion for The First Parchment members, which include:

Morthos "The Malevolent" - Javell DeLeon
Haruk - Monkeygod
Beatrix - Count Buggula
Alazandru Viorec - Alexander Kilcoyne
Bostarg Halvardonwine - Mark Sweetman
Arvandes Ghael - Steven T. Helt

This link will be used for the OOC discussion for The Second Parchment members, which include:

Price - stormraven
Cain... - Ebel TheQuiet
Xanos - Doomed Hero
Kalina Jakes - the_infidel
Gwyndolin Maulsen - AdamWarnock


Moving to discussion. Good luck, team 1!


Someday I'll get picked for this AP...


DreamAtelier wrote:
Someday I'll get picked for this AP...

I feel you. Maybe 5th time around will be my lucky number. :(

Hope everyone has fun!

[shameless]<_< Looking over the list it seems team 1 has an extra player. You wouldn't need a 6th for team 2 would you? A Charisma based class might round things out; perhaps an arrogant Teifling Sorcerer? ;)[/shameless]


To the king I wish to ask a question of interest seing as I am new to the PbP world can you give me feedback to what I should work on so I will have a better chance next time.


Revised Links

First Parchment

Second Parchment


Thanks for the opportunity, and congrats to those who will be causing mayhem throughout the land.


Good luck to you lot on team 1.

[shameless] If you're looking for a pbp to join, I'm running a homebrew campaign. Go here if you're interested.[/shameless]


Congratulation on all that made the cut. Remember, I shall be waiting for you to falter, and then will relieve you of the need for several of your eccentricities, such as breathing.


Cool, two WotW games to lurk in :)

@KMV: I'm curious, did my high attribute rolls hurt my chances of being selected?


loimprevisto- Alazandaru comes out to a 51 point buy so I doubt it. I confess I worried I might get missed for the same reason.


A FIFTY-DAMN-ONE-POINT BUY!

In the words of my people...

DAAAAAAYYYYUUUUMMMM!!


Its ok, hes a Rogue. According to the general opinion of the forums that its a weak class, that'll balance me out :P.


Yeh - wondering whether there was anything that I missed which resulted in not getting selected. Probably just too many arcanists.


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Alazandaru Viorec wrote:
Its ok, hes a Rogue. According to the general opinion of the forums that its a weak class, that'll balance me out :P.

Yeah, 51 pt buy doing 1d8 extra damage on sneak attack...very weak...:)

Cheliax

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I to would also be interested in feedback on why my character was not chosen. (Taking a wild guess I would say it was the race choice that did me in.)


I tend to operate on the assumption that it's not so much that there was something inherently flawed about your character that resulted in it not being chosen, and more a factor of someone else having produced something that the DM thought would work better for the game and group that he assembled.


"I need no petty justification for failure to recognize exquisite talent"

"I'll see the rest of you amongst the cold character purgatory that is the void, our lamentable nonexistence. Inevitably a fool hardy conjurer will summon us before him again and we shall given the opportunity to bask in the radiant glow of reality and then promptly tear it asunder melding and maiming it to fit our own desires."

"Till that day comes, I bid you all well. May your nonexistence be a pleasant brief one."


Laughing at the letters:

Such a sad group - you are going to be beholden to Asmodeus. Doloras has other plans for me.

You then hear several words in an arcane tongue. The next thing you see is the jailer walking back to Xrezth's cell and opening the door.

Thank you m'love.

With that, the charmed guard casually leads her out of the prison. In the morning his body is found about a mile from the prison in a ditch with his throat slit.

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