DM Brainiac's War for the Crown: Table 1

Game Master Brainiac

Current Date: 12 Kuthona, 4718 AR

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Alright, I was trying to wait for the Player's Guide to come out, but I'll go ahead and get the ball rolling now. With luck, it will be out soon. I'm looking for four eager players who want to play through the War for the Crown adventure path! Potential players should be able to post at least once a weekday (weekends optional).

  • Character should be built with the 20-point buy method.
  • All Paizo sources are welcome. No third-party books, please.
  • No evil characters, please.
  • Your character should have two total traits, or three with a drawback. One trait should be a campaign trait, which you can wait to select until the Player's Guide comes out.
  • We will be using background skills.
  • You can either take average starting gold or roll for it.

    Recruitment will be open through Sunday, March 11th at midnight. Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck!


  • I'm definitely interested! Hope the guide comes out soon, that's always a great way to narrow down all the ideas I have.


    Dotted for interest. I've been keeping an eye out for the player guide.


    Count me in! Obviously, if I get into this game or the other, I'll withdraw from the one I don't get in... assuming I get into either one, of course.


    DOTTING THE SNOT OUT OF THIS ONE.

    I like political intrigue stuff.


    Dotting for interest as well, got a couple of ideas but won’t know which one to go with until I’ve read the player’s guide and know how the story opens and what the campaign traits are.


    HOW THE CAMPAIGN BEGINS:

    Your PCs begin as undercover agents of the Lady Martella Lotheed, the illegitimate daughter of the prestigious Lotheed noble family and a burgeoning spymaster. She has hired you to perform various missions during a large ball to celebrate the Grand Day of Exaltation. On this prestigious day, the Grand Prince is empowered to elevate a commoner to the ranks of nobility. What makes the day truly special is that the preceding week is a holiday throughout the empire.

    This year's Grand Day of Exaltation is poised to mark a historic shift in the governance of the empire. Princess Eutropia has forged a powerful coalition of reformers and senators to vote down the ancient law of primogeniture. The law states that royal power can pass only to a male heir--a succession that cannot be enacted due to Eutropia's status as the Grand Prince's sole heir. Lotheed supports Eutropia, and needs your help to ensure the vote goes off without a hitch.

    The campaign traits will dictate why Lotheed hires you. I have the names of them but not details, but they might help start get the idea mill going:

  • Athletic Champion
  • Disgraced Noble
  • Rising Star
  • Senatorial Hopeful
  • Taldan Patriot
  • Young Reformer


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    DM Brainiac wrote:

    HOW THE CAMPAIGN BEGINS:

    Your PCs begin as undercover agents of the Lady Martella Lotheed, the illegitimate daughter of the prestigious Lotheed noble family and a burgeoning spymaster. She has hired you to perform various missions during a large ball to celebrate the Grand Day of Exaltation. On this prestigious day, the Grand Prince is empowered to elevate a commoner to the ranks of nobility. What makes the day truly special is that the preceding week is a holiday throughout the empire.

    This year's Grand Day of Exaltation is poised to mark a historic shift in the governance of the empire. Princess Eutropia has forged a powerful coalition of reformers and senators to vote down the ancient law of primogeniture. The law states that royal power can pass only to a male heir--a succession that cannot be enacted due to Eutropia's status as the Grand Prince's sole heir. Lotheed supports Eutropia, and needs your help to ensure the vote goes off without a hitch.

    The campaign traits will dictate why Lotheed hires you. I have the names of them but not details, but they might help start get the idea mill going:

  • Athletic Champion
  • Disgraced Noble
  • Rising Star
  • Senatorial Hopeful
  • Taldan Patriot
  • Young Reformer
  • MOST intriguing ...


    Most races will be allowed, given a good enough backstory. Those that make logical sense to be in Taldor will increase your chances of being chosen. (A strix or nagaji, for example, probably won't make the cut.)


    Brainiac! Yay! I was hoping you'd open a recruitment for this one. Absolutely dotting, with absolutely no clue as to what I'll make.

    EDIT: I get the feeling this would be a good campaign for a vigilante. Is it?


    Dotting for definite interest!

    Any idea when the players guide will be available?


    Very interested. I'm brainstorming a cleric of Shelyn who's been working as a courtier.


    Arknight wrote:

    Dotting for definite interest!

    Any idea when the players guide will be available?

    Soon? They've decided not to say exactly when so that nobody freaks if it doesn't show up immediately on that date.


    Erick Bonestihl character sheet

    Erick is a Tome of Knowledge Cavalier (Emissary Honor Guard Musketeer). He's traveled most of his life, but rather than being a mounted combatant, he's done diplomatic work, usually paid for by a noble of one stripe or another. Most of his experience was as a squire to another Cavalier, he's only recently been granted his own spurs and is now off on his own assignments.

    His travels have aged his face, and he seems a good 5 or so years older than he is at 21. He doesn't help with his constantly calling anyone his age or younger 'kid'. He's gruff but honorable.

    More background will be filled in once the player's guide is available, I left a trait open


    Dotting. Will begin determining what kind of character to make. Definitely one with some social skills - I suspect those may be necessary for this campaign.


    I'm trying to figure out what kind of Rogue I'll roll up ...or bard, actually. Been a long time since I've played one.


    Dot

    Grand Lodge

    Dot I have an idea for a patriot

    RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16

    Dαedαlus wrote:
    EDIT: I get the feeling this would be a good campaign for a vigilante. Is it?

    I think it's tailor-made for vigilantes, at least based on what we know so far.

    ETA: Very intrigued. I have a few character ideas, though I'd really like to get the Player's Guide before fully developing them.


    Hard Dot. Considering a Mesmerist of some kind, but nothing final.


    Dot dot dot.


    Okay.... I'm thinking a stealth-based vigilante with a likely investment in some Intimidation tactics. I have several possible backgrounds in mind, all of which would result in roughly the same build, so I'll start on that, with the background coming with the player's guide.

    Question: does the campaign use the Verbal Duels rules provided in UI?


    I’ve been wanting to try out a Warlock Vigilante for a while, and this looks like a great AP for it. I hate that the guide’s not out yet. That will complicate things, but I’ll give it a shot.


    I went from "rogue" to "maybe bard" and now a couple other things look good ...when the guide comes out I'll use that to decide which one I'm going with.

    Sczarni

    Dotting. I’d love to play the archer/ranged charmer.


    Hmmmm, very interesting... Disgraced Noble and Rising Star both seem likely to appeal. It has been a food while since I played a bard, so that would likely be my choice.


    CaptainFord here, throwing my hat in the ring with this prospective alt! Probably gonna go with either the Disgraced Noble or Young Reformer traits, but beyond that trait choice, the personality blurb, and some choices in equipment, should be mostly ready to play ball!


    @Daedalus, the verbal duel rules aren't used in the first book. Not sure if they will appear in later books. But yes, vigilante would be a good choice for this campaign.


    Hmm, leaning towards an investigator, but the details are gonna have to wait until I see the fluff for those campaign traits - I’ve an investigator more-or-less ready to go, I’ll just have to rewrite some bits of her background and whichever trait I use might involve more substantial alterations.


    DM Brainiac wrote:
    @Daedalus, the verbal duel rules aren't used in the first book. Not sure if they will appear in later books. But yes, vigilante would be a good choice for this campaign.

    Okay, cool. If they do show up, are you planning on using them? I doubt it would affect much, but it would influence a bit of my stat distribution a bit if that is a possibility.

    EDIT: Also, are you okay with cosmetic changes to armor/gear if the stats stay the same? Namely, I'm thinking using Studded Leather Armor and a buckler, but reflavoring them to be the vigilante outfit and a reinforced bracer. Basically, I'm imagining this as my vigilante appearance, but would also like to have a buckler instead of just an empty hand.

    Also, does the Armor Expert trait also function with shields? It seems to suggest that it does, but it depends on whether you consider shields to be 'armor' or not.


    I will be making an Avenger Vigilante with the Disgraced Noble trait.

    Wealth: 5d6 ⇒ (6, 4, 3, 6, 4) = 23 x 10 gp = 230 gp to start.


    Erick has equipment from all over the world on him, his background was he traveled quite heavily as a child (from about 12 to 22) as a Squire. Is that ok? Also, he's a musketeer so he has a pistol, so is that ok as well?


    I am a bad person, would a Vigilante who goes by the title 'Magical Chainsaw Princess Elizabeth' be out of line?

    Either that or a runaway daughter of the Ardoc family who wants a new life(Wizard)


    @Daedalus, I will use the rules if they support them. Cosmetic changes are fine. Armor Expert only applies to armor, not shields.

    @Erick, yes to both questions.

    @MannyGoblin, the second choice would probably be better. ;)


    Should be an interesting campaign, with all the intrigue, it's going to be a game where almost everyone should have bluff or diplomacy or both, even the front line fighters.

    Grand Lodge

    https://www.d20pfsrd.com/classes/prestige-classes/other-paizo/i-m/lion-blad e/ is what I am to make for this


    Erick Bonestihl wrote:
    Should be an interesting campaign, with all the intrigue, it's going to be a game where almost everyone should have bluff or diplomacy or both, even the front line fighters.

    Thank god those are on the Investigator class skill list. Although now I'm worried that the character's going to end up as some sort of hybrid of Michael Westen and Elementary's version of Sherlock Holmes. Moreso the latter unless we start importing remote-detonating explosives from Numeria. :P


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    Raltus wrote:
    https://www.d20pfsrd.com/classes/prestige-classes/other-paizo/i-m/lion-blad e/ is what I am to make for this

    I had considered that. I was also thinking of a pacifist barbarian who acts as a noble bodyguard. But it sounded like a lot of folk were planning both charismatic and front line characters. I thought it might be better to hedge my bets and aim for the dueling doctor.

    ...that actually sounds like a kickass title. The Dueling Doctor.

    The symptoms: lacerations, internal and external bleeding, and excessive perspiration.

    The diagnosis: an utterly humiliating defeat at the hands of a brilliant swordsman.

    The only cure: a complete and utter surrender at the hands of... The Duelin' Doctor!

    ...sorry, got carried away. I'll go sit in the corner now.


    Dotting! Very interested in creating a character for this.

    Silver Crusade

    dotting!

    Scarab Sages

    Hm, I have an Oracle with the Intrigue Mystery almost complete. I think I'm going to have to polish her up and submit her!


    5d6 ⇒ (4, 5, 3, 1, 6) = 19x10=190 GP.


    Working on finishing this character but may I present Lady Pontia of Iomedae. Former Grey Maiden.

    (Vindictive bastard/Tempered Champion) Paladin


    At the moment, I'm leaning toward an Oracle with the Streets Mystery and the Powerless Prophecy Curse.


    Starting Gold: 5d6 ⇒ (2, 6, 1, 5, 2) = 16 *10 = 160


    dotting


    Here she is, Elizabeth Ardoc, aspiring golem crafter


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    Starting Gold: 5d6 ⇒ (3, 2, 2, 6, 2) = 15 x 10= 150

    Damn. robbed myself of 25g :P


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    Antonio DeLeon is an ambitious young man from a moderately successful family. He is determined to lift himself, and his family, as high up the social ladder as he can.

    Background:

    Antonio DeLeon is proud to be a Taldan, but not so proud that he cannot see the many problems troubling the empire. His family have been merchants for generations, but as the youngest of five sons Antonio holds no hopes of inheriting his father's business. Instead, he spent his younger years developing a side-business loaning money to people in the neighborhood at what Antonio would describe as very reasonable rates. Naturally this kind of business put him in conflict with local thugs looking to move into the same market; Antonio still bears the scars of those early conflicts, but credits them with forging the will and strength that he relies on today. He even made enough of a profit to send himself to a modern fencing school, and began hiring himself out as a bodyguard and dueling champion on the side. Now, with the prospect of working for Lady Lotheed, he hopes to build a large enough base of capital to establish his own bank and prove to his father and brothers that finance, not commodities, is the future of the DeLeon family.

    Crunch:
    Antonio DeLeon
    Lawful Neutral Cavalier (Daring Champion) 1
    Order of the Cockatrice
    Religion: Abadar
    Favored Class: Cavalier (Skill)
    AC: 19 Flat: 15 Touch: 14
    HP: 11
    Fort: +3 Ref: +4 Will: +1
    Attacks: Longsword +6 (1d8+4 Slashing, 19-20)

    STR 10
    DEX 18
    CON 13
    INT 10
    WIS 12
    CHA 14

    Feats: Weapon Focus (Longsword), Slashing Grace (Longsword), Shake It Off [Teamwork]

    Appraise +4, Bluff +6, Diplomacy +6, Intimidate +6, Profession (Financier) +5, Sense Motive +5

    Total spent: 150gp
    Longsword - 15gp
    Chain Shirt 100gp
    Buckler 5gp
    Courtier’s Outfit 30gp
    Explorer’s Outfit Free

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