OK, I'm on board if there's room. I'm thinking a super strait-laced paladin/sorcerer with a really wild magic feat or 2. The magic is a huge part of who he is, but the randomness of it drives him batty. Think Superman but his heat vision sometimes shoots out rainbows and butterflies. He probably won't be the sharpest tool in the shed either, but people like him and want to be around him. He always manages to get the job done, just sometimes things are a little more wacky than he'd like.
OK....starting to come together now. He's a tiefling that grew up on the docks of a large port town. He was press ganged into service aboard ship and learned some basic seamanship. While aboard ship he befriended one of the officers, who was a wizard. He learned a few basic spells before the captain found out. His mentor was keelhauled but he escaped at the next port and fled inland. His current adventures led him back to sea, but he's always wary of being found by his former captain.
Personality wise, he's cold and calculating, but willing to gamble if he believes the odds are in his favor. He's taken up divination to tilt the odds further in his favor, believing it best to see the opponent's hand. He can come off as aloof and a little spooky with how easily he reads people. Well, that and the tail, the tail always freaks people out.
I'll fill in more details and get the crunch together over the rest of this week. Do you want us to post characters here or at Roll20?
For caster level, you would be casting as either an arcane or divine caster, and would use the appropriate caster level for the spell. For example, a 4 sorc/3 cleric/10 MT would cast as a 14th level sorcerer and a 13th level cleric. If you cast create undead as a sorcerer it would be at caster level 14 and if you cast it as a cleric it would be at caster level 13.
There are clues within the dungeon to steer them in the right direction. It's not a linear dungeon, I don't recall the exact layout, but to get say level 7 you would have to enter through level 4 and take the tunnel out of the undead knight's tomb, things like that. What our GM did was when we were away from the dungeon he would ask us where we intended to go in the session and work from there. There are multiple possible starting points and the dungeon itself will help give them direction. Figuring out where to go or what to do next usually wasn't a concern for our group, though there were times we got chased off and had to go elsewhere for a level or 2 and try again.
One other suggestion, if you can get a copy of The Tomb of Abysthor do it. There are some related plots with Rappan Athuk and a portal between the 2 dungeons.
Rappan Athuk is really well written, so most of the normal pitfalls of running a megadungeon aren't an issue even if you just run it as written.
I was a player in a Rappan Athuk/Abyss Thor(sp?) game in 3.5 and it was one of the most entertaining games I've played in. The key thing for us was all the characters had interests outside of the dungeon. We had political/religious concerns in towns a few days ride/march from the dungeon. I played a paladin and the cleric and I were restoring the temples of Thyr and Muir for instance. Rappan Athuk can be a blast, just make sure to give the players chances to develop outside the dungeon and you should be fine.
One other thing, make sure your players make PC's that can hold their own in combat. If they don't they will be former PC's in short order.
We usually allow cantrips to work for fun stuff like that. General rule at our table is if you're not trying to twist it into some kind of mechanical advantage, it's fine. Take it too far and you can expect to be pelted with large books, so be careful:) As always, talk to your GM for his take on it.
Cult of Vorg wrote:
The rage rule doesn't matter because the sneak attack rule is very well defined. It works when the opponent is denied his dex or flanked. No conditions on it, no mention of it requiring anything more than being able to see and attack the target.
Teleport still requires a concentration roll while in a grapple. It just doesn't provoke AoO's. The teleportation subschool ability from the APG would work because it's a supernatural ability.
If a spell doesn’t have a somatic component, an arcane
Using a supernatural ability is usually a standard action
Might want to check out the 3.5 cloistered cleric from Unearthed Arcana. I thought as a full class it worked great, you get more skill points, knowledge domain, an ability similar to bardic lore and some divination spells added to your spell list and in exchange you can only wear light armor and have low BAB. It fit the concept much better than the Pathfinder version IMO and would be easy to update.
Divine or infernal intervention? Having an evil character being a jerk and a paladin is a recipe for disaster for party cohesion unless they have a common cause (and even then it's no guarantee). According to the paladin's code, it can't be a long term association and only to overcome what he believes is a greater evil. He must leave if he feels the evil character is causing more harm than good.
Generally as GM, I don't allow evil characters in a mostly good group unless there is a VERY good reason for them to be there. Same thing with good characters in a mostly evil group, there must be a good story related reason or I won't allow it.
I use a very generous rolling method for stats. My experience with high stat characters is that it matters for a level or two, and then it doesn't. Upping monster power is also a quick fix that doesn't take much time. Just bump the monster hp a bit, if you use enemy casters bump their casting stat, bump the str or BAB of a melee monster. These are quick fixes that can often be done in your head or with a quick note and puts things back in balance.
Take 3, maybe the board just doesn't like my character:)
Dannic is a sorcerer of humble origin. His father was captured by slavers when he was 8 years old and he has always felt guilty for being able to escape. He and his mother got by doing odd jobs around town until at the age of 15 Dannic began to display some magical ability. It was minor, for instance, when he wished out loud one day that a particularly frustrating knot would come out of a rope, it did completely on its own.
As his power started to grow he realized he had a knack for compulsion spells (fey bloodline). He decided there was no better way to get back at at slavers than to control their minds just as they tried to control another's body. He realized the slippery slope he was walking and vowed to never use his mind effecting magic except against slavers and other oppressors or unless he was in mortal danger. He views his use of enchantments as fighting fire with fire. He has drawn the ire of a local thug, Bildon Greenwold, by dazing him and letting his latest victim get away.
He has a rather dim view of Cheliax, they worship beings that not only encourage slavery but openly barter with souls. He feels badly for the people of Cheliax who live under such an oppressive regime.
Dannic is very affable, a bit of a prankster and will do virtually anything to help those in need. He can be a bit impulsive and his anger can cloud his judgment particularly when dealing with bullies or slavers. Balancing his belief in personal freedom and his talent for mind controlling magic is a contant balancing act for him.
Friends: Mother Helena, potentially Tiberius as they share a similar outlook
Short term goal: Free the slaves in this shipment, cause a dent in local slave operations, embarrass and potentially get Bildon arrested.
Medium term goals: Eliminate slave trading in the immediate area, establish some sort of charity for victims of the slave trade
Long term goals: Help undermine the Chelaxian government and abolish their slave trade.
I still need to work out the #'s on him but this is the basic idea. I've been toying with the idea of a freedom loving mind controller for a bit and am interested to see how it works out. I'll have a character sheet ready by tomorrow.
Last session, after defeating the BBEG and rounding up his minions, my sorcerer noticed one of the lieutenants reaching for a hidden weapon to attack with and I immediately charmed him and asked him to put the weapon down. I thought better to charm him to avoid the fight instead of killing a dozen people.
More than any other adventure type, I think the mega dungeon is more reliant on the GM to get the players invested in the game. If you just run it as a big killing spree, of course it'll be boring. The players need a connection to the outside world and they need a really good reason to go to the dungeon. Sometimes it can come down to the GM saying it would be really great if someone played a paladin or a cleric of the god of magic or a conjurer wizard or a whatever will give the players a real investment in the dungeon.
Hi, my name is Torchbearer and I'm...oh wait, wrong thread...
(Seriously, I'm about to run the campaign from the Necromancer City of Brass boxed set. They did something similar and I like having things like that available in the game rules. We have role played things like that in our group, but it's hard to determine off the cuff in combat and such.)
James Jacobs wrote:
I understand preferring to start at 1st level, that's typically my preference too. Making characters that will work for the campaign isn't any harder than at 1st level though. You would make basically the same character themes, just at 3rd level or 5th level or whatever level you decided to start. Generally the players guides have enough information to workout a couple levels worth of a background story. You have to work with the GM to make those kinds of characters work anyway. When I run a game I always tell my players about the setting and if they have any character ideas that just won't work in that setting, I discuss it with them and we figure out something that will. That's true at 1st level or 20th. The other GMs in my group do the same thing and we almost never have an issue of a character just not working thematically.
Guys, I apologize for the last few days. The weather's been really bad here and I've been w/o power since Tuesday. I have no idea when I'll get it back. A huge oak tree missed my house by about 8 inches, but it took out several power and cable lines. I'm ok, the house is ok, but as far as power I have no idea when I'll get it back and you can either replace me or I can come back in when we get power back. It may be next week before that happens though.
OK, I figure I'll just drop a little bit of gold when I'm in town for mundane components. Expensive stuff I'll keep detailed records on, but that shouldn't be an issue until much later.
Drillboss D wrote:
OK, I'll go more party buffs and control in that case. Still looking through UM stuff for wizards too.
Basic idea for the character is the village mage was captured by a tribe of orcs and I'm the result. Because of my mother's status in the village I accepted as a full member of the community. I have always thought of myself as human and because of the villagers very rarely consider my mixed heritage. My mother began teaching me magic at a young age, and I was a quick study.
Looking at the map, the forest just north of Falcon's Hollow seems to be the best place to put my home. I'm having name block at the moment, but I'll have one soon.
Just letting everyone know I'm still here. Was late last night when I found the thread so just now getting to work on the character.
Here's stats (I hope):
2d6 + 6 ⇒ (4, 2) + 6 = 12
I'll get to work on the character and try to have it up this evening.