Duboris's "A Dirge For Everything"

Game Master Duboris

Chapter 1: Rebirth and a Song
- The players awake to a new way of life, and the comfort of... a Dirge. The Adventure Begins


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Regardless of who gets picked I would say - gogo Duboris!

I guess you've built up quite the expectation, and it has brought up quite a decent amount of very good applications tbh.

And with an overview, I would say most are about ready to go.


I actually had a question I couldn't find the answer to on here...

How long has the world been like this? Have we been trapped by the mist for a few months? A year? More? Depending on how long it's been, I might alter my background a bit or change my age around to match what I'm picturing.


Alright, dunebugg's Kitsune Paladin finally ready to go!

I stole a little bit of backstory from Hana, as it seemed to fit in nicely as a small tie in ;)

I know you recommended picking another area as there are lots from the Chilling Pass already, but I was far too excited about this character idea to change it up.

Picking traits from the APG only is a bit of a challenge, as there's really only a handful of useful ones there. I also think a BUNCH of people missed that restriction, as it was sort of hidden on the second page.


@Lamora Drach

Exactly 61 Days

Resurrection Date: The First of Neth

The mist arrived on the 8th of Rova, 54 days before the game's beginning.

@Yulai Kato

All the more reason to read all the juicy submissions prior to making a character.

I've seen 1 recruitment thread were there were literally 4 rogue knifemasters all specialized in stealth knives. None of the got picked XD but I'm not so cruel.

Sczarni

Yulai Kato wrote:
I stole a little bit of backstory from Hana, as it seemed to fit in nicely as a small tie in ;)

Gasp! Backstory stealer!

That's fine. We can chitter in sylvan at eachother.


Funny enough, I think my favorite part of this game involves the understanding of it's title, which is rather easy, as it's explained as soon as the game starts.

For those of you that enjoy it, I'm very wordy in my posts, and even if you don't make it in the future, I beseech you to read, at the least, the first post of the game that explains what everyone awakes to and what they see/hear.


Oh and just to clarify, Weight is negligible. Just don't carry a town on your shoulders, if you catch my drift. Carry what your character would consider comfortable. I try to keep my players out of needless paperwork, hence the reason of weightless currency.


Sorry I haven't posted or updated yet. Wound up taking all day today helping my mother move to her new place. Right now I'm beat like a drum.
Going to try really hard to have those things done tomorrow.


Hana Miyahara wrote:
Yulai Kato wrote:
I stole a little bit of backstory from Hana, as it seemed to fit in nicely as a small tie in ;)

Gasp! Backstory stealer!

That's fine. We can chitter in sylvan at eachother.

Haha, well I had planned to die from the dragon attack when I saw it talked about, and you wrote yours first so I felt obligated to include you in my story :P Persistent worlds and all that, right?

@Duboris: well good thing theres only two paladins... And I'm an archer, so fairly certain we're quite different!

Sczarni

I ended up with Common, Sylvan, Aklo, Abyssal and Giant as languages, to reflect the fact that those are most of the languages that oni and evil spirits speak.

I'm excited for this game mostly because Duboris is so excited. If you're not excited: How could you not be?!


Agreed, regardless of who gets in I think I'll still follow along and see what's what. It just sounds too hype not to.


Fratmancy here. Still wrapping a few things down. But wanted to show some face in lieu of the draft's advancing conclusion.

We've quite the motley crew about us. Either way, this is going to be an experience of a life time.


So I was strolling through the posts today and I found something that kiiiind of worried me. No skill monkey's, and more witches than the wizard of oz universe.

That's.... kind of? A problem? I mean I can only grab one witch for this, which you guys expect, I'm sure.

There's plenty of Arcane on the PC's side, that's for certain, but, no skill monkeys :U

Now I'm not going to accept anyone who blatantly makes a skill monkey on the last day because they know of this, but, you can expect this AP to get a bit bumpy. I'll be sure to tone down some of the trap-related bits (Oh did I mention that no one can sense traps, either? Cuz, that's a thing.)

This is gonna be rough. That being said, when this post reaches 12 hours of life, recruitment is over and I'll have made my choice. Any final touch-ups that anyone wants to do, dam well better be doing it now. I wish everyone luck on getting in, even if I am technically the house.

All I can say is that if you don't get in, there's a perfectly legitimate reason that you may or may not like, but I'll be damned before I toss myself to the hounds and explain it.

Bahaha!

Sczarni

Not sure how I'm not a "skill monkey" with 15 out of 31 skills at +6 or above. Considering an average human cleric has 3 out of 31 skills :P

Appraise, Climb, Craft, Disable Device, Escape Artist, Fly, Handle Animal, Heal, Intimidate, Profession, Ride, Sleight of Hand, Survival and Swim. Knowledge (history, geography, nobility, nature and engineering).

That's what I don't have. (But in the next few levels, I'll have a rank (or more!) in appraise, climb, escape artist, sleight of hand, and knowledge (nature), so, there!)


Not sure how I'm not a "skill monkey" with 15 out of 31 skills at +6 or above. Considering an average human cleric has 3 out of 31 skills :P

Appraise, Climb, Craft, Disable Device, Escape Artist, Fly, Handle Animal, Heal, Intimidate, Profession, Ride, Sleight of Hand, Survival and Swim. Knowledge (history, geography, nobility, nature and engineering).

That's what I don't have. (But in the next few levels, I'll have a rank (or more!) in appraise, climb, escape artist, sleight of hand, and knowledge (nature).


I had pondered exactly the skill monkey issue before building Raziriel... Any group without good stats at Disable Device is bound to get into trouble sooner or later.

Skill monkey is something I would love to play, and time permitting I would submit one, even without the guarantee to be selected.

Was thinking about the background as I am writing, not sure if it would be fully complete in 12 hours though :D


I just wouldn't worry about it, actually. There's plenty of options to choose from and, being this is a scratch ap, I won't be throwing a generous amount of traps at the party considering their obvious weakness to them.

Then again, if any big bad figures out they fall for trip-wire, he's bound to do some pretty awful things.

But then we might have adam, who's built like a brick house.

Sczarni

Duboris wrote:

Not sure how I'm not a "skill monkey" with 15 out of 31 skills at +6 or above. Considering an average human cleric has 3 out of 31 skills :P

Appraise, Climb, Craft, Disable Device, Escape Artist, Fly, Handle Animal, Heal, Intimidate, Profession, Ride, Sleight of Hand, Survival and Swim. Knowledge (history, geography, nobility, nature and engineering).

That's what I don't have. (But in the next few levels, I'll have a rank (or more!) in appraise, climb, escape artist, sleight of hand, and knowledge (nature).

I guess I'm not a skill monkey then. I can drop a rank in it instead of UMD and have +4 (+6 with equipment bonuses, re-arranging stats) if you guys think we need that instead.


I would.

And I'm actually pretty squishy.

Tera on the other hand is built like a brick house.

Edit: Barring getting a drawing done of her, Tera is done.

Tera Flinders


@AdamWarnock
The reccomended health for being a level 2 is 11, which takes into account a wizard's d6's.

Tera has 25 health, so...

@Hana Miyahara
While not specifically specialized in it given your class, you'd be the only one with it at this point, save for Marko's character, the chemist.

It'd certainly put the 2 of you at odds in character selection, but...


Duboris wrote:

@AdamWarnock

The reccomended health for being a level 2 is 11, which takes into account a wizard's d6's.

Tera has 25 health, so...

Oh I know, that was an attempt at humor, unfortunately it is nigh impossible to get the tone right with text only.

And I have a barbarian that has 28 health at level 2. She survived 2 crits and a hit or two, admittedly she's on the ground at -11 at the moment, but still, not bad for a level 2 character.


She could have diehard.


Psst, Hana... I think you should invest some ranks in Disable Device...

Actually, it would fit with your character theme too. I'm also surprised you don't have Escape Artist + Sleight of Hand, with at least one rank..

Also, Trap Sense isn't suuuper important... But Trapfinding to be able to disable Magical Traps is. Detective Bard archetype gets it, but that doesn't really fit your character.

Paladins totally get trapfinding, right? ;P I'd actually even trade Detect Evil for it, ha. Growing up where the only real evil she knew was the Undead, why would she have ever trained in something like that I guess.


Duboris wrote:
She could have diehard.

Unfortunately for that idea, extra rage and toughness were too good to pass up.


I'm going to do a quick once-over to collect everyone who's submitted their stuff, all the dots of interest, and see if anyone in particular is still making their characters. If no one's still working, then I'm most likely going to end this recruitment a little earlier than midnight in light of the fact, so, off I go.

DM Corvus: Dotted – Rolled Stats -
Deylinarr – Dotted – Rolled Stats – Bromen Spellbane – Dwarven Two-Handed Fighter 2
Algar Lysandris – Rolled Stats – No Name Samsaran Hedge Witch 2
Khelreddin – Rolled Stats –
Leiff Druidking – Dropped
Camris – Dotted -
Namtarou – Dotted – Rolled Stats – Sarit – Angel-Blooded Aasimar Sorcerer 2
Gilthanis – Dropped
Alex Mack – Dotted - Rolled Stats
Ptolmaeus – Dotted -
Speaker of the Dead - Dropped
Daynen – Dotted – Rolled Stats – Making Character
Viscount K – Dotted – Rolled Stats – No Character?
Airon87 – Dotted – Rolled Stats – Roman Tsarko – Cad 1 / Pistolero 1
Stratos – Dotted – Rolled Stats -
Tiriael – Dotted – Rolled Stats - Raziriel – Emberkin Aasimar – Hexcrafter 1 / White Haired Witch 1
Gryne Skystone – Dotted – Rolled Stats -
Ice Titan – Dotted – Rolled Stats – Hana Miyahara – Kitsune Bard 2
Irnk, Dead-Eye's Prodigal – Dotted – Restless Cherry Blossom – Elven White-Haired Witch 2
Dunebugg – Dotted – Rolled Stats – Yulai Kato – Kitsune Paladin 2
Marko – Dotted – Rolled Stats - Nicholas Greyson – Vivisectionist Chiurgeon 2
Shadoven – Doyed (His spelling, not mine)
Adam Warnock – Dotted – Rolled Stats -
FratManCy – Dotted – Rolled Stats -
EndofDivine – Dotted – Rolled Stats – Lamora Drach – Human Undead Lord 2
Shadoven – Dotted – Rolled Stats – Gabriel Steelsword – Aasimar Cleric 2
Helio – Dotted – Rolled Stats – Kolgar Ironblood – Dwarven Tower Shield Specialist 2

There is only 1 person still making a character, and I don't believe that that's going to go against my current decision of players so... I'll give him 3 more hours to meet a deadline.

With that being said, that also means everyone else has 3 hours to touch up anything they're particularly worried about. There will be 0 Switching of anything around during the game unless you die... multiple times (Foreshadowing~)

Creating new characters during the game is strictly prohibited, as if you feel the need to, you'll likely be replaced. (It's set up to where players can be easily and story-intrinsically switched out.)

That being said, this is the most people to have interest in an AP of mine ;_; and you're all magnificent bastards.


Oh and Adam, and Frat, you're both taken into consideration, I just kind of ran out of time, lol. I'm aware you're there, so no worries.

Sczarni

Yulai Kato wrote:

Psst, Hana... I think you should invest some ranks in Disable Device...

Actually, it would fit with your character theme too. I'm also surprised you don't have Escape Artist + Sleight of Hand, with at least one rank..

Not a pick-pocket, not used to being tied up. Will skill into them later, I think.

Honestly it'd be fine, but I'll be sad to see UMD go. I might as well since I can't change my character if I'm accepted? If I can, I'd rather wait to see if I need to take it or not. I do have 130gp tied up in nothing right now, which is more than enough for thieves' tools.

Also: magical traps are still noticed by everyone, just can't be disabled. Hana will pick up dispel magic eventually. Simple enough.


Exactly 1 hour left


Duboris wrote:
Oh and Adam, and Frat, you're both taken into consideration, I just kind of ran out of time, lol. I'm aware you're there, so no worries.

No problem. If I don't get in, I don't get in. Good luck picking the group.


Gah! The end of recruitment snuck up so fast!

I went ahead and expanded my background to include stuff before the mist came that explains a bit more about her and why she's evil (other than your setting being a terrible, terrible place). It did get a little...weird though and I probably rushed it a bit.

But anyway, even though my character is evil, I don't plan on wrecking the campaign or anything by being stupid evil. She's mostly interested in self-preservation and serving her deity. She's not going to have a problem with the others as long as they don't have a problem with her.

Kinda sucks we don't have a trapfinder, especially since I was leaning toward an archaeologist bard until I saw how many bards we had. It also didn't help that I saw your description of Agristrad as a challenge. You were all "It's a terrible place that no one would ever want to live in" and I went "Oh yeah?" =P


Throwing this one out there as a last minute ponder Duboris - Could Raziriel take the Vagabond Child Trait (in accordance with her background) and some skill points into Disable Device? :D


NUTS - thanks for reminder to run final checks, I just realized that the Glory of Old isn't from APG!

Is this a "no traits outside APG without permission?" or is this "no traits outside APG"? With moments to go Im going to assume the latter and replace Glory of Old with Birthmark. Might not get to the profile within the time limit so hopefully this post covers me (although Id love to negotiate for Glory of Old, shame on me for not noticing sooner).


Actually, I could make Raziriel human, and take Cosmopolitan with the extra feat - that might aid in terms of group skills.


There were... Whispers. Hushed tones, melodramatic voices. "I don't want to go!" some of them... some of them screamed. It was silent and loud, sometimes too loud. Confusion encircled pure consciousness.

The woman seized up, suddenly, vomiting an atrocity that made the onlookers wince, and some to look away in terror. It happened, and whatever it was, it was certainly part of her. It was a... remarkable thing. It was black, and putrid, to say the least. Writhing on the floor, connected by disproportional bits of black flesh, a dark hand with white finger nails.

The hand seemed to fade in and out of existence, defying common sense. It flicked a finger, suddenly, raising up from the collapsed body of the woman who'd sought it out. She drooled, flat on the floor, her lower face being the only visible portion of her head through the bandages.

The hand flexed and everyone knew that it was close. Everyone knew that this was the moment where newcomers would arrive to be useful or useless. Heroes or casual conversation. Loved, or shunned. Whichever it is, they would simply "be".

The hand lurched, breaking through the recently made runes like some kind of fish tank. The souls fled, unconscious, but aware. This was unnatural! A physical and metaphysical being. Something that existed as incorporeal and corporeal, something... Wrong... yet necessary.

5 were picked this time, a... healthy amount, to say the least. Usually it was merely one, or two, but... never five. The hand lurched! A great grasp, plucking them from the sphere. The soul's tails hanged from the hands, attempting to flee feverishly. They hadn't been separated long enough to gain understanding of their surroundings, merely reduced to wandering ethereal instinct.

Capable of doing nothing, the hand pulsed, pulling the souls into it's clutch, taking the nights and then- snuffing them out. In it's grasp, it squeezed with all of it's might.

The arm began to fade, but it's job had been done. The souls had been pulverized, simply a strange white levitating dust in it's palm. As it ceased to exist, it flailed towards the rune-covered floor, throwing the remains.

No sound was heard as the matter hit the wall of force en-laden into the opening. The arm writhed one final time, inaudibly, as it winked out of reality, gone once more. The remaining souls fled as the runes collapsed, to head to Pharasma's boneyard and their respective afterlives, free at last.

On the floor laid 5 separated pinnacles of existence, 5 lights. The remains of a broken soul, surrounded in it's own essence and incapable of flight.

From the upper part of the room, a cold and dark, hollow cylinder with masterfully carved stone walls, came... something...

... and then it started. The music, a piano. Sad, though... hopeful. Miserable, really, it started and came from the upper regions of the tall, tall tower.

Small white "essence", the only word anyone could really find to explain it physically, trickled from the roof. Marginally white, it fell slowly, sprinkling the remains where they lay. It danced whimsically around the onlookers, whom now were getting up and walking away to their respective areas. A man sat on the stairs, watching particularly close, still interested.

"Who is it this time... by the graces, don't be anyone I know." His voice rusty, and a bit melancholy.

Slowly but surely, the features became clearer and less transparent. He heaved a sigh of relief, not recognizing anyone, but still didn't envy them. How could he? He was already here...

... ...Here in the Nexus.

With that, ladies and gentleman, it's time to announce the people who got in. I apologize if you didn't, but, one of the main reasons a lot of you didn't make it was because there was just so much arcane to consider.

With that, allow me to congratulate the following on their unfortunate lives.

Deylinarr – Bromen Spellbane – Dwarven Two-Handed Fighter 2 - Hazrit

Airon87 – Roman Tsarko – Cad 1 / Pistolero 1 - Zeltos

Ice Titan – Hana Miyahara – Kitsune Bard 2 - Argosal

Adam Warnock – Tera Flinders – Paladin 2 - Nibreltar

FratManCy – Bannon – Abjurer Wizard 2 - Nibreltar

Head on in to Discussion and check in ladies and gents (Mostly gents)

For those that didn't get in, I'm truly sorry and I wish you the best of luck in the future. For those that did, click this.:
http://paizo.com/campaigns/DuborissADirgeForEverything/discussion#1


I'd like to recommend that everyone keep an eye on this, by the way, as if someone ever goes 7 days without posting without warning, one of you is getting picked to fill the gap.

Have a great time :D


Well, good luck to those that made it. Try not to die again. And I'd like to thank Duboris for putting up with my questions and getting back to me as quickly as you did every time. It was much appreciated.


More than welcome.


I know I'm super late to this party, Duboris, but if you'll pardon me I'll just show you my Tengu rogue real quickly. He's only level 1 at the moment and his backstory is barely even begun, it's just sort of to give you the idea of who I will be submitting. I'm going for a city-running, parkour-with-wings rooftop runner who loves picking locks and stealing the shinies from people who don't appreciate them properly. (He's a hoarder).

Cheers. (this is Dalton the Thirsty btw.)


Just a smidge late, man. Sorry. On the other hand, good news. The other campaign revived all of a sudden. Probably had something to do with the tornadoes. Regardless, this recruitment thread is over and the campaigns already begun.


Alright, thanks for letting me know about it anyway. I'll keep the tengu for later.


I know this is far too late, but sorry I missed out. Real life kind of hit me like a Mack truck there for a week & a half.

Good luck to every one who made it!

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