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Zeb's Crypt of the Everflame PbP

Game Master ZebulonXenos


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Male Human L3 College Student / L1 Novice DM

Welcome, folks. This is for OoC chatter big and small.

As I said in the other thread, the first order of business is finishing up charsheets. If anybody is still a work in progress, lemme know, but otherwise I'll go over 'em with a fine toothed comb.

I'll put up the IC thread later on. I'm considering starting with the morning of the ceremony in the interests of getting things off to a quick start. That should let everyone get in a few rounds of in-character reactions as they gather for their quest. My main reason for not going ahead and putting it up is so you guys can mingle here in the OoC and come up with any in-character connections you wished.


Male Half Orc Savage Skald Bard 1

Hi everyone! Glad to be playing with the rest of you. Ironically though tonight I'm heading out to my rl game to play my oread alchemist but I'm excited to play with you all when I get back. :)


Male Human Free Hand Fighter (3)

Hey yeah, it's good to be doing this with the rest of you. I'm interested in seeing how the party dynamics will play out, especially since our group seems to be largely Chaotic.

My charsheet is already more or less finished at this point, but if anyone wants to coordinate certain details (backstory, teamwork feats, etc.), then I'm all ears.

Grand Lodge

Male Elf Rogue 3

Hey everyone! Happy to be here!
I've got some equipment to stat out, and I'll update my profile to show more of the crunchy bits after my son's b-day tomorrow.

As for backstory and connections, I can certainly see Telperion being fascinated by Grukk and his stories. He might have been seen standing uncomfortably in the crowd, trying to memorize every word of the war chanters tales. He might even have stepped in to refute, with accurate references of course, any claim that the half-orc was telling of false deeds.
Raven and/or Bolkin could have taken his lunch money. :-)


Male Human Free Hand Fighter (3)
Telperion Anastra wrote:
Raven and/or Bolkin could have taken his lunch money. :-)

While this sounds interesting, I doubt it'd be a very Bolkin thing to do. He fights for the thrill of fighting, constantly seeking worthy foes to prove himself against. Unless there's a good reason for it, beating up and extorting what he believes to be the weak and defenseless isn't his style; he just doesn't see the fun or challenge in it.

Of course, if he acknowledged Telperion as a capable fighter, he may have smacked him about once or twice out of principle.

I'll probably update Bolkin's charsheet to go more in-depth with his personality when I get the time.


female Human Fey Sor2

Thanks for selecting Raven!

I kind of imagine the Vargidan family as the weird family in the community. Everyone is polite to them, but talk about them behind their backs because the father's so eccentric and none of the children have a mother around (and few of them are full siblings). Oh, and all the kids are natural spellcasters - that's kinda scary. The whole family is effectively outcast. Children were warned not to play with the Vargidan kids, so the Vargidan kids had a largely insular upbringing.

It sounds like a pretty small town (correct me if I'm wrong),though, so I imagine any characters who have lived there several years would know each other, at least by reputation. If any of them are within about 3 years of 16 (or similar maturity level, for non-humans), Raven may have had some more interaction with them.


Male Dwarf Barbarian / Level 1

Yey! Thanks for choosing Garik to be part of the team.This is gonna be my first PbP & am very glad to be with such interesting characters :)
This is just a short note as am just using my celfone(i just couldnt wait for monday & had to peek to see if Garik was in).I guess my background would have to change a bit as surely Drosk & Garik know each other. I would like to think that Drosk is a positive influence to Garik & is actually his only friend so far in kassen.I was thinking that Garik has only been living in kassen for a little more than a year.
Well drosk i'm open to other suggestions on our character's background since we are the ones that obviously know each other.Of course i'm also open to the rest of the group's suggestion.
My take on Garik is he is at a time when he could be influenced to be consumed by his revenge or be influenced positively by an adventurous group such as ours(but of course i'd like still very much that he finish his business wid kurmog eventually hehehe)
Well that wasnt a short note after all...i'll be back on monday. And zeb,thanks again for the opportunity. Looking forward to an enjoyable gaming with you all!


Male Human L3 College Student / L1 Novice DM

You're right on the money, Raven - that's pretty much how the town feels about the Vargidans. The town has a population of 750, so it's safe to assume most of you know at least of each other. Most of you have a fairly conspicuous reputation, too.

Glad you got a chance to check in instead of spending the weekend in anticipation, Garik. As soon as you posted I thought there'd be an interesting tie-in with Drosk and I think that's a great idea. Anyway, happy to have you.

Grand Lodge

Male Elf Rogue 3
Bolkin Reid wrote:

[Bolkin] fights for the thrill of fighting, constantly seeking worthy foes to prove himself against....

Of course, if he acknowledged Telperion as a capable fighter, he may have smacked him about once or twice out of principle.

Telperion is a capable fencer, and he might have been looking for a practice partner in this small town. Perhaps they've been training together for a while. Telperion would certainly have a strong intellectual interest in a less formal style of fighting. A typical early training session: "Is that even allowed?" the elf asked, genuinely curious, wiping sand from his blinking eyes with his sleeve. He took Bolkin's laughter as a "Yes".


Male Human Free Hand Fighter (3)
Telperion Anastra wrote:
Bolkin Reid wrote:

[Bolkin] fights for the thrill of fighting, constantly seeking worthy foes to prove himself against....

Of course, if he acknowledged Telperion as a capable fighter, he may have smacked him about once or twice out of principle.
Telperion is a capable fencer, and he might have been looking for a practice partner in this small town. Perhaps they've been training together for a while. Telperion would certainly have a strong intellectual interest in a less formal style of fighting. A typical early training session: "Is that even allowed?" the elf asked, genuinely curious, wiping sand from his blinking eyes with his sleeve. He took Bolkin's laughter as a "Yes".

That certainly seems pretty in-line with what Bolkin might do, yeah.

Also, I added a couple more details regarding his personality to his charsheet (and updated his inventory to reflect said details).


Male Half Orc Savage Skald Bard 1

I really hope that Drosk is still in with us. Haven't seen too many posts from him.

Telperion sounds like the type of person that would just get on Grukk's nerves from correcting him too many times and butting in. Also steal my lunch money, you get the lumps. *intimidate* In any case he would gladly try to show himself as a better combatant than the elf.

If Garik is the drunk kind of dwarf and not a sober wise one, we would get along great! Singing drinking songs and hitting on the ladies. Woohoo!


female Human Fey Sor2

How close to Kassen is the crypt? I'm wondering how much gear we'd need to plan on carrying, if applicable (camping, rations, etc).

Grand Lodge

Male Elf Rogue 3
Raven Vargidan wrote:
How close to Kassen is the crypt? I'm wondering how much gear we'd need to plan on carrying, if applicable (camping, rations, etc).

Good question.

@Zeb: I plan on having two equipment load-outs, one with backpack, one sans-backpack. I'll note loads, etc on my profile. Do you want inventories managed via the profile, or is the character sheet file OK?

Finally, can someone show me how to use the BBCode tags to label the spoiler buttons with something other than "Spoiler", please? Checked FAQ and didn't see it. Tried using "reply" to steal tags, but it seems to drop those in the quote script.


female Human Fey Sor2
Telperion Anastra wrote:
Finally, can someone show me how to use the BBCode tags to label the spoiler buttons with something other than "Spoiler", please?

In the opening brackets, do "spoiler=what you want spoiler to say".

Grand Lodge

Male Elf Rogue 3

For Raven:
Thanks! Misread the BBCode instructions.


Male Human L3 College Student / L1 Novice DM

The crypt is about 40 miles south (so if things go smoothly you should get there towards the end of Day 2 of travel.)

Basic equipment is handed out as part of the ceremony; since a lot of folks have already or are currently kitting themselves out, I'm just going to assume that everybody had a say as to what went into their packs. (So once the IC goes up - I'll do that tomorrow - you'll just have what you'd normally carry - armor, weapons, etc. - receiving adventuring gear is sort of ritualized.)

I wouldn't worry too much about Drosk, since it's still the weekend. If he doesn't show up in a couple of days I'll be concerned, though.

I'm fine with tracking your inventory either way, Tel. Whichever's more convenient for you.


Male Dwarf Cleric 5

Sorry for the lack of posting. Last week was holy hell at work, and yesterday the wife left for a four-day conference - leaving me home alone with the 3 kids (ages 2, 4, and 7). So this is the first chance I've had to get on the boards for a while (thank goodness they're finally asleep - at least for now)!

Thanks for selecting me to be part of the party - this looks like a great group of players and characters!

I'd say that Drosk and Garik definitely know each other since Garik's apprenticed to Drosk's uncle, Braggar. There may be a bit of good-natured competitiveness between the two, but Drosk realizes that Garik is the more skilled craftsman of the two (and the more worldly traveler), and hopes to learn a thing or two from the young barbarian. Drosk feels more comfortable about the Quest for the Everflame knowing that Garik will be along.

With respect to the other characters, I'd assume they would all at least know of Drosk since he splits his time between Braggar's smithy and Father Prasst's temple. He's also been known to frequent the Seven Silvers tavern - probably draggin Garik with him to help bring the newcomer out of his shell.


Male Human Free Hand Fighter (3)

In regards to inter-party interaction, it seems a good part of our group has frequented the local tavern, Bolkin included. I also imagine that Bolkin knows pretty much everyone in town, if not personally then through the collection of hastily-scribbled notes and rumors he keeps in his journal.


female Human Fey Sor2

I noticed Telperion's mentor is the wizard. Is Telperion going to continue as a rogue? Or is he going to go arcane trickster? If Raven embraces sorcery, I was going to try to write her into appreciating battlefield control spells, but if you were planning on Telperion covering that, I can make her a blaster.


Male Human L3 College Student / L1 Novice DM

If Telperion's not going arcane trickster I'll eat my hat. Magical Knack wouldn't be doing much good for the minor or major magic talents, that's for sure.

And sounds like a fun weekend, Drosk, heheh. Glad to have you here.

The game is up. If you guys want to write up interactions with whichever NPCs you wish as a preface to your arrival at the square, feel free. Apart from that this is a chance to meet and react to each other in-character. When you guys are ready I'll move on to the ceremony proper.

edit:

Here's a more obvious link in case anybody has to find it later:

DM Zeb's Crypt of the Everflame PbP

Grand Lodge

Male Elf Rogue 3

Telperion will be heading for arcane trickster. (Your hat is safe ZebulonXenos.)

@Raven: I'll be shooting for Rogue3/Diviner3. As a wizard, I'll have wider spell selection options than you, so I'll follow your lead. My opposition schools will be enchantment and necromancy. Outside of divination, I'll get some ray/touch stuff that will support my role as a flanking/sneak attack/finesse guy.

Of course, now that I've planned out several levels, he'll die in the first encounter. Ha! Heh. Eh.


Male Dwarf Barbarian / Level 1
Drosk Ironhame wrote:

Sorry for the lack of posting...I'd say that Drosk and Garik definitely know each other since Garik's apprenticed to Drosk's uncle, Braggar. There may be a bit of good-natured competitiveness between the two, but Drosk realizes that Garik is the more skilled craftsman of the two (and the more worldly traveler), and hopes to learn a thing or two from the young barbarian. Drosk feels more comfortable about the Quest for the Everflame knowing that Garik will be along....

He's also been known to frequent the Seven Silvers tavern - probably draggin Garik with him to help bring the newcomer out of his shell.

I feel you Drosk...real life caught up with me as well and I was not online monday (that is here in HK time) and Zeb upped our PbP already and most of the team are there already. Ok before I post mine I totally agree with your assessment in the post.

To update Garik's background: His only friend right now is Drosk with whom he has a friendly competition in weaponsmithing and has a high respect for Drosk and his uncle. These two are the only one he trusts right now but is really open-minded to anyone as long as they get pass his looks (and of course, he gets passed as well his self-conscious manner). He had been in the tavern frequently due to Drosk's prodding and is well aware of the half-orc bard and finds the good natured bard very interesting and entertaining. Garik is only discovering his appetite for drinking and is finding it liberating as long as he is with companions he likes (so Grukk on that point Garik will get along with you for sure; i think you're actually the drinking mentor he doesn't just know yet hahaha!) Garik is also familiar with the rest of the team as he had seen them in the tavern occassionally except of course Raven whom he knows by her family's reputation. Garik actually relates to how the family is treated as he himself is also somewhat treated "strangely" by the townsfolk sometimes.

Drosk, for the first meet-up at the plaza i'll be assuming that Garik and Drosk will not be going to the plaza together. Garik feels the same way as Drosk for being chosen as well. He feels more comfortable to be with the group knowing he has Drosk with him.

will post later in the main site.


Male Human L3 College Student / L1 Novice DM

I'm sure that 11 CON seemed like a great idea at the time, Tel. :p

Great stuff so far everybody. Garik is probably still viewed as an outsider by most of the town, so I'm sure they'd treat him strange even if he was perfectly well adjusted, so that's right on the money.

Anyway I'll be reading but not posting. When you're ready to move on just give me a good nudge.


Male Human Free Hand Fighter (3)

I just wanted to point out that with 8 HP, Telperion is pretty much the most fragile member of our group, and if he does live long enough to taking levels in Wizard/Arcane Trickster, his situation won't exactly be getting better.

I imagine he's going to be getting a good deal of mileage out of that shortbow of his for a while.


Male Dwarf Barbarian / Level 1

Hi guys! Just checking in for the day. I'll be back on monday in case Garik's quiet for the next days. It's friday night here by the way and have to go offline already.

ZebulonXenos wrote:
Great stuff so far everybody

Agreed here. I'm liking the diversity of the group. This'll be fun!

Grand Lodge

Male Elf Rogue 3

Just checking in as well. Have a good Friday everyone.


Male Human L3 College Student / L1 Novice DM

Yeah, have a nice weekend folks. Those of you who still have the access and the time can certainly keep on (and I'll be here in case someone thinks of a knowledge check they haven't made yet, heh) but it looks to me like things are slowing down and we're ready to move on to the adventure proper. I'll probably wait 'til Monday to do that for Garik's benefit, though.


female Human Fey Sor2

I'm ready to progress, but I rarely have time to post on weekends, as well.


Male Human Free Hand Fighter (3)

I'm also ready to progress when everyone else is.

As a side note, I should still be able to post on weekends if I'm needed for anything.


Male Half Orc Savage Skald Bard 1

I'm ready to progress as well, I give out my info for my knowledge check when it is relevant, meaning that when we actually head out of town.

Ill be able to post in the morning and late late at night over the weekend.


Male Dwarf Barbarian / Level 1

Checking in; it's monday morning here already :) I'm ok to progress as well if evryone's ok. "Let's hunt some orc." or "kobolds,goblins...whatever the crypt will bring...hmmm...crypt? skeletons,zombies then..." :)


Male Dwarf Cleric 5

Yeah, let's go see what we can "dig up..." :)


Male Dwarf Barbarian / Level 1
Drosk Ironhame wrote:
Yeah, let's go see what we can "dig up..." :)

"....and pound to thin sheets in our forge...hahaha :D "


Male Human L3 College Student / L1 Novice DM

Hah. Well we're certainly ready to roll. Or ready to get ready to roll, anyway.


Male Half Orc Savage Skald Bard 1

I totally thought up an awesome speech the other night and then I forgot it when I went to type it in. ARRGH

Grand Lodge

Male Elf Rogue 3
Grukk Tornlock wrote:
I totally thought up an awesome speech the other night and then I forgot it when I went to type it in. ARRGH

I hate it when that happens. But I enjoyed the one you did remember, too. I'm looking forward to seeing Grukk in a combat situation. He's an intriguing character.


Male Human L3 College Student / L1 Novice DM

Really liking what you guys've got so far. I've waited on Drosk a day already, but if he doesn't post relatively soon I think I'll NPC him a bit and move on with the ceremony.


Male Human Free Hand Fighter (3)

I have to agree. While it would be nice to see Drosk post, it's probably for the better that we keep things rolling before people start to lose interest. Plus it's not like our current bout of silliness (perhaps not COMPLETE silliness but I wouldn't call it a super-serious affair either) is something major that demands everyone's input.


Male Dwarf Barbarian / Level 1
Telperion Anastra wrote:
I hate it when that happens. But I enjoyed the one you did remember, too. I'm looking forward to seeing Grukk in a combat situation. He's an intriguing character.

I was actually laughing at Tel's salute & short quip at the end. You really have a fully realized character there! :D


Male Dwarf Barbarian / Level 1

Hi Zeb, I updated Garik's profile to reflect the items he got from the ceremony. It's just actually his starting items less his weaponsmith's tools. I'll be signing off for the day shortly.

Grand Lodge

Male Elf Rogue 3

I'm in a bit of a rush this morning, so I just gave a short post to make sure no one was waiting on me. Any marching order is fine.
Woo hoo! Heading out of town!


Male Human L3 College Student / L1 Novice DM

I didn't say it, but Telperion's flashy physical display mixed with incredibly awkward dialogue at the end did actually cause me to laugh out loud. It's fun to have socially awkward characters in a more 'realistic', self-conscious vein rather than the gruff loner type. And we've got two!


Male Human L3 College Student / L1 Novice DM

I'm gonna wait 'til tomorrow to post up the next bit just so everybody's on roughly the same footing. Plus I've got a relatively packed weekend myself.

Grand Lodge

Male Elf Rogue 3

@Garik:
I see your "2" for Initiative and raise you a "1". Beat that!
:-)
Distracted by dead leaves. So sad.


Male Dwarf Barbarian / Level 1
Telperion Anastra wrote:

@Garik:

I see your "2" for Initiative and raise you a "1". Beat that!
:-)
Distracted by dead leaves. So sad.

Yeah! Garik rests his tedious self-conscious manner to that roll :D That was actually the second time Telp gave me a laugh and the dead leaves monologue was so apt to that "1" roll LOL


Male Human L3 College Student / L1 Novice DM

Well we hit our 50th post Sunday and we're keeping momentum thus far. I mainly bring it up because this game was originally spawned from the games tanking in 35 posts thread. Here's hoping for many more pages to come!


Male Dwarf Barbarian / Level 1

Hi guys, I might be late in posting for Garik as I've to take care of some RL things. Expect to hear from Garik late wednesday night of your time zone. thanks!

ZebulonXenos wrote:
Here's hoping for many more pages to come!

Same here, Zeb :) This group's such a bunch of fun and interesting characters, hope they "grow up together", indeed!

Grand Lodge

Male Elf Rogue 3
Zeb wrote:
Here's hoping for many more pages to come!

I second that emotion! Good work everyone, I'm looking forward to more!


Male Human Free Hand Fighter (3)

Yeah, I agree. We've got a pretty neat group, and I'd like to see how long we can keep this going.


Male Half Orc Savage Skald Bard 1

Hope we can take this much much further. Though if Zeb makes another roll like he just did the party will be out some moral support. Had fun roleplaying that reaction though, its the same that I have had when waking up from the occasional death nightmares.

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