Deus Est Machina: Dragoncat's New Iron Gods

Game Master Dragoncat

Current Date: Fireday? 5th of Neth, 4717 AR

Current Chapter: Fires of Creation

Torch Town Map

Habitat Module Beta 19

Observational Wing

Science Deck

Silverdisk Hall

Engineering Deck

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Hello, players! This here's the discussion thread for what I hope will be a great Iron Gods PbP campaign here on the boards. :)

I've run the first adventure of this AP before, but alas, we made it about 2/3rds of the way through before real life decided to kidnap many of my players.

So, here's a rundown of what my CharGen rules are:

Races: Any Core & Featured, plus Androids and Flaming Crab Games' Trius Vrai, better known as 'Murder Bunnies'.

Classes: The following classes are disallowed: Antipaladin & Vigilante (mainly because I feel the Vigilante is ill-suited to this AP).

Alignment: Any, but Non-Evils preferred.

Starting Gold: Max for your class.

Stat Generation!: Finally, the meat of the process. I'll let you have two options: 4d6 with dropping the lowest, or 20-point buy. You may use 20-point buy if your roll results have less than a 20-point buy.

Traits!: One from the Iron Gods Player's Guide, one other Trait. You may take a 3rd trait in exchange for a Drawback.

XP Track?: None. You'll level up at appropriate points in the campaign's story.

HP on Level-Up?: You'll start with Max HP at 1st level, then take the best of 2 rolls on level-up.

Let's try to have a minimum of skill overlap. I'm looking for about 4 players to join.

Silver Crusade


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Looking at the Player's guide now.

Scarab Sages

The dot of dottyness

Scarab Sages

I am thinking of playing something Arcane. I dont play arcane very often and when i do something always comes up... youmentioned some kind of death barbarian bunny Rysky?

Silver Crusade

Yus. The Murder Bunny.

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For those of you who wish to play 'murder bunnies', I've written up an origin story for them. Here it be:

Spoilered for Length:
The Technic League is the governing body of Numeria. It is a cabal of mages, wizards and their henchmen who have a monopoly on the many technological wonders that can be found in the Numerian wastes. They are also a force of tyranny, responsible for countless crimes & atrocities committed in their endless pursuit of peace through power. Many aspirants attempt to join the League for various reasons--power, access to technology, a chance to live the high life away from those who are their lesser. They're subjected to a series of tests to determine their loyalty, their ambition, their ruthlessness, and most of all... their ingenuity.

One such aspirant, a sorcerer of no small power by the name of Tychus Stormheart, passed many of their trials, and was on the verge of being fully accepted into the League. His final trial was thus: create a new weapon that the Technic League can use against those who would seek to stop them.

Now, as powerful as he was, Tychus was a man who was a bit... touched... in the head. He was a mere agent of the League before he developed his sorcerous powers--exposure to a malfunctioning piece of timeworn alien technology at the behest of his Captain tampered with his mind and unlocked a wealth of magical potential in his blood. As such, his way of thinking could never be considered by his peers to be 'entirely rational'.

His choice of weapon was Numeria's rabbits.

After sending his henchmen to gather up enough rabbits for an experiment (much to their confusion and whispered mockery behind his back), he procured a strange device from deep within the Silver Mount that Numeria's capital of Starfall was built around. He then started sticking rabbits into it and seeing what happened to them.

To his surprise and joy, the device he found transformed the rabbits from docile, easily-frightened animals into murderous, bloodthirsty creatures.

Tychus' superiours thought that an army of rabbit soldiers was patently absurd, and laughed at him. To prove the worth of his creations, he demanded that they be allowed to fight against one of the League's gearsmen.

Now, gearsmen are mechanical beings, crafted by the Technic League to enforce their iron will upon the populace. Though they feel no pity, remorse, or fear, they are incapable of truly thinking for themselves or learning. A 'trius vrai', as Tychus called them, is more intelligent.

Their mocking laughter turned to stunned silence as Tychus' rabbit soldier and their gearsman clashed in battle. Though the gearsman was sturdy and well-versed in its use of its weapon, the trius vrai was vicious and cunning enough to use its own weight against it, toppling the great metal beast with a well-placed blow before tearing it apart. Tychus' experiment was a success, and the Council of Captains reluctantly allowed him to become a full-fledged member.

Unfortunately, Tychus' experiment was too successful. The trius vrai, or 'murder bunnies' as their detractors called them, were not only vicious and possessed of a low cunning, but they despised their creator and all those like him. One night, in an unguarded moment, they escaped their bonds and carved a path of blood and chaos out of the Technic League's headquarters and into the night. Tychus was left a humiliated, buffoonish wreck, and the League charged him with finding all of his 'precious creations' and exterminating them, down to the last kit.

The League has taken pains to erase this event from their history, and silences those who claim otherwise with extreme prejudice. As such, very few outside the League are aware of the trius vrai's existence. Those few who make their way into common society are regarded as curiosities, and are frequently mistaken for being as docile and harmless as their mundane counterparts.

Very few who meddle in their affairs live to make the same mistake twice.

Scarab Sages

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you know in an old 3rd ed game centers around sigil i made the mistake of letting my girlfriend at the time play a viera fighter. She was a murder bunny too *nods* less anthro more death though i think.

Scarab Sages

stat STR: 4d6 ⇒ (3, 4, 3, 3) = 13 10
stat DEX: 4d6 ⇒ (5, 5, 5, 4) = 19 15
stat CON: 4d6 ⇒ (5, 2, 4, 5) = 16 14
stat INT: 4d6 ⇒ (6, 2, 2, 3) = 13 11
stat WIS: 4d6 ⇒ (6, 6, 6, 6) = 24 18
stat CHR: 4d6 ⇒ (1, 4, 5, 5) = 15 14

Undine Monk? Maybe Monk Sorc?

Aasimar Cleric/Sorc

Or i could you know not take them in order but i dont know its fun to work that way sometimes. ideas?

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Considering giving an android a shot.

Scarab Sages

Mark Thomas 66 wrote:
Considering giving an android a shot.

Android Gunslinger? most meta of choices for this ap? :)

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Silver Crusade

I always wanted to play an Android Barbarian, but that Empathy feat costs too much :(

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PM'ed Drogeney, and they've expressed interest. :)

Scarab Sages



I take it Lashunta are unavailable then? A same, always wanted to play one. I'll work on something then next few days.

stats: 4d6 ⇒ (4, 5, 5, 6) = 20 =>16
stats: 4d6 ⇒ (2, 4, 1, 3) = 10 =>9
stats: 4d6 ⇒ (4, 6, 5, 1) = 16 =>15
stats: 4d6 ⇒ (5, 4, 6, 2) = 17 =>15
stats: 4d6 ⇒ (2, 6, 6, 5) = 19 =>17
stats: 4d6 ⇒ (5, 4, 4, 1) = 14 =>13

Think I'm taking the roll thanks.


Alrighty then--now that the gang's all here, what sort of character concepts are you guys thinking of? Here's what I've noticed so far:

Mark Thomas 66: Considering an Android of some description?
Rysky: Murder Bunny
Drogeney: Currently Unknown
TheNine: Lots of options

Probably a spell caster of some form or another, what kind is up in the air just now. Keep thinking I'd seen something tech related that had caught my eye once with a kineticist so I might look at that if I can find it. Race wise I'm not sure yet. Just to check since you didn't say anything but the Lashunta are not available correct? Assuming not since they weren't mentioned in the initial post.

Silver Crusade

*waves at Droge*

I was thinking Barbarian (or Warder from path of War if it's allowed).

The thing though, I'm worried if melee will remain viable in the latter half when we start getting tech guns and stuff?



...sure. I'll allow it. :)

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Yay! Not sure if I'll use the race or not, but their different and quite interesting.

*waves at Rysky

Pretty sure it will as the etch guns are easy to deal with if you know what's coming, simply cast protection from appropriate energy and the weapon's effects are heavily reduced.


Barbarian will be fine.

And I'll do my best to make sure melee will remain a viable option in later levels.

Silver Crusade


Scarab Sages

Guns are great... until you get that raging barbarian standing right beside you

Silver Crusade

Hmm, thinking Galvanic Sabotuer Ranger or a Numerian Liberator Barbarian.

Both of which would be quite thematically appropriate for this campaign. :)

Silver Crusade


Silver Crusade

Possibly more accurate look :3

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That's why you run and gun.

Silver Crusade

Yes, run from the bun-bun.

HP: 30/30 | AC: 19/16/14 CMD: 20 | F: +6 R: +7 W: +2 | Initiative: +3
Disable Device +9, Perception +7, Stealth +13, Engineering +6
Darkvision 60ft | Construct +2

They really need more Bunny avatars...

HP: 30/30 | AC: 19/16/14 CMD: 20 | F: +6 R: +7 W: +2 | Initiative: +3
Disable Device +9, Perception +7, Stealth +13, Engineering +6
Darkvision 60ft | Construct +2

Will probably pick Against the Technic League, Robot Slayer, or Skymetal Smith as the campaign trait.

Alrighty then.

I don't believe you've rolled your stats yet...

Silver Crusade

Ah, Okies.

4d6 ⇒ (3, 5, 6, 6) = 20 17
4d6 ⇒ (1, 3, 6, 4) = 14 13
4d6 ⇒ (4, 5, 4, 1) = 14 13
4d6 ⇒ (5, 5, 5, 4) = 19 15
4d6 ⇒ (5, 1, 4, 4) = 14 13
4d6 ⇒ (3, 5, 4, 5) = 17 14


Edit: oh, wait... drop the lowest...

Silver Crusade

Well that comes out to a 34 point buy so can't use the 20...

That looks like a stat spread that you can make something out of. :)

Silver Crusade


female lashunta psychic (amnesiac) 3 | HP 16/16; THP 0; NL 0 | AC 12, T 12, FF 10 | F +3, R+4, W +3 | CMB +2; CMD 14 | Per +5 | Phrenic Pool 5/5 | (Sp) 1/1 detect thoughts (dc 17), At Will daze, mage hand | *SP from Class* detect thoughts (dc 17)1/1 | Spells: 1st 6/6

So, here is my Droge's for submission, I think I got everything. Currently I have her with the technologist feat and ranks in engineering, arcana, and spellcraft, and disable device. She can't handle traps, but she can deal with technology fairly well. Her roll in combat is mainly going to be as a buffer as things proceed but for now her casting can vary a great deal day to day due to her being an amnesiac psychic.

If there is another who wants to deal with technology then I will alter some of her build/background to not deal with tech as much/any.

Also, I didn't add the particular backstory info that we discussed Ironcat since she won't ever know any of it herself.

Alrighty then. :)

Looks good so far, but I think you forgot to add your +2 bonus to CHA, unless there's something I missed.

female Lashunta Psychic 2 | HP 12/12 | AC 11 (15 with Mage Armor), TAC 11, FF 10 (14 with mage armor) | F +2, R +2, W +3 | Init +2 | Per +0 | Phrenic Pool 2/4 | Detect Thoughts (Sp) 2/2 | Spells: 1-4/5

You're right, swapped a couple of scores at one point and forgot to add the charisma bump.

Everything looks sorted out now. :)

Scarab Sages

Would having a married charector and a child be too offputting?

and just in case we can use alternate Aasimar stuff im rolling them. if not no worries :)

kind: 1d6 ⇒ 2

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4d6 ⇒ (5, 5, 2, 5) = 17 15
4d6 ⇒ (4, 5, 2, 1) = 12 11
4d6 ⇒ (1, 6, 2, 5) = 14 13
4d6 ⇒ (2, 2, 4, 6) = 14 12
4d6 ⇒ (2, 5, 6, 3) = 16 14
4d6 ⇒ (4, 4, 1, 1) = 10 9

Hmmm.... that's less than 20 pt buy

HP: 30/30 | AC: 19/16/14 CMD: 20 | F: +6 R: +7 W: +2 | Initiative: +3
Disable Device +9, Perception +7, Stealth +13, Engineering +6
Darkvision 60ft | Construct +2

Probably gonna go with Saboteur.

Scarab Sages

Mark were you going to go something healy or something attacky?

I have two basic concepts im wrangling, and would be perfectly content to do either.

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I was thinking attacky. Gunslinger might be too cheesy if I go android, but Brawler might work, even playing the ability to swap out feats on a whim as some sort of adaptive combat programming.

Also considering the RP challenge of playing an android.

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Hmm... Gunslinger or Brawler.....any opinions?

Silver Crusade

Investigator? There's a gun using archetype.

The adaptive programming Brawler sounds cool.

TheNine wrote:
Would having a married character and a child be too off-putting?

Certainly not. If you want your character to be married and have a family, go right ahead. :)

TheNine wrote:
and just in case we can use alternate Aasimar stuff im rolling them. if not no worries :)

Alternate Heritages are allowed.

Mark Thomas 66 wrote:
Hmmm.... that's less than 20 pt buy

In this case, considering how well the others rolled, I think I'm going to let you roll those stats again.

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4d6 ⇒ (3, 2, 4, 4) = 13 11
4d6 ⇒ (5, 3, 3, 3) = 14 11
4d6 ⇒ (1, 6, 2, 4) = 13 12
4d6 ⇒ (6, 5, 6, 6) = 23 18
4d6 ⇒ (3, 2, 2, 2) = 9 7
4d6 ⇒ (6, 6, 1, 6) = 19 18


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