Adventures in Middle-Earth

Game Master Wandering Wastrel

Being an account of certain deeds which took place in Middle-Earth towards the end of the Third Age, between the Battle of Five Armies and the downfall of the Lord of the Rings

REGION MAP I BATTLE MAP

Guide: Morwen (Survival)
Scout: Bergur (Stealth; Investigation)
Hunter: Illryia (Survival)
Look-Out: Harry (Perception)


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Scribe of Middle-Earth

Discuss ooc matters (and there will be a lot of them with this new game system) in this thread.


Scribe of Middle-Earth

Welcome to the game! Congratulations on being selected.

First things first: you need to make an alias and a character sheet. Please will you all use the same format for your character sheet to make it easier for me to review them.

Suggested format is DO's character from the other ME game (link)

Any rules queries, let me know.


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Male Bree Scholar 1 | HP 8/8 | AC 11 | HD 1/1 1d8+0 | Insp. 1/3 | Per +5 | Ins +5 | Init: +0 | Saves STR +0 DEX +0 CON +0 INT +5 WIS +5 CHA +1 | Spd 30 | Effects:

Cheers WW, and hello all!


Female Dúnedain Wanderer 1 | HP: 12/12 | AC 15 | Perception +3 | Initiative +3 | Insight +4 | Wis Save +2 | Con Save +4

Woohoo! This is going to be fun people!


Scribe of Middle-Earth

I'm liking the enthusiasm!

I have put the rules for Audiences and for Journeys into the campaign tab: please make sure you at least have a quick look so they don't come as a shock.

One of the first things that will happen once the game starts will be an Audience, so the better you know the rules the smoother it will go :-)

@Morwen: do you have any thoughts on what you want to take as your Known Lands? There's a map at the top of the screen, but you will probably need to view it at 200% zoom to make any sense of it.

@Everyone: I will be writing a Chronicle of events (a sort of campaign diary). Can you let me have the year and month of your character's birth? It will help me keep track and allow a proper sense of time passing.


Female Dúnedain Wanderer 1 | HP: 12/12 | AC 15 | Perception +3 | Initiative +3 | Insight +4 | Wis Save +2 | Con Save +4

From Mount Gram to Trollshaw would be her stomping grounds so to speak. As that is part of the area that was once Rhudaur.

Also we need to talk about what her heirloom is. Because that is kinda what gives her away.

As for her birthday and such... I'll get back to you on that!


Female Rohirrim Slayer 1 | 13 HP | AC 15 | Perception +4 | Initiative +2 | Insight +4 | Wis save +2 | Con save +3 | Portrait

Hello all! Glad to be here :)

Just FYI, I know our DM from F2F gaming although he assures me that I'm here on merit.

I honestly hadn't thought about an exact age for Illryia. The player guide says you start "adventuring" at 16 for the Rohirrim, so let's add a couple of years to that for her to get noticed enough to join the King's Guard, and then another couple to get promoted (even the idiot king isn't idiot enough to give command to a teenager, right?). Her first command ended badly fairly early on, so she's 21 now. Date of birth: March 2925.

@the DM. Can I change some gear around? Slayers start with a couple of hand-axes, but I think spears would make more sense for a Rider. Spears are a bit cheaper so I'm 'losing' money on the deal but I'm ok with that.

For character building I am assuming the usual 27-point buy that 5e uses? (15=9 pts, 14=7 pts, 13= 5 pts, 12=4 pts, 11=3 pts, 10=2 pts)


Female Dúnedain Wanderer 1 | HP: 12/12 | AC 15 | Perception +3 | Initiative +3 | Insight +4 | Wis Save +2 | Con Save +4

You are indeed here on Merit. We were asked which we would like as our 5th players and I for one said you or another. I have a soft spot for people from Rohan!


Female Rohirrim Slayer 1 | 13 HP | AC 15 | Perception +4 | Initiative +2 | Insight +4 | Wis save +2 | Con save +3 | Portrait

Aww, thanks! XD

I really like the constrast between our characters, btw: Morwen's not been given the respect she has rightfully earned while Illyria was given a position of command she didn't rightfully earn (and proceeded to royally screw it up).


Female Dúnedain Wanderer 1 | HP: 12/12 | AC 15 | Perception +3 | Initiative +3 | Insight +4 | Wis Save +2 | Con Save +4

Hehehehe, I won't lie that was another reason! I want Morwen to see the other side.


Male Barding Treasure Hunter 1 | HP: 9/9 | AC 14 | Perception +4 | Initiative +3 | Insight +6 | Wis Save +2 | Con Save +1

Dotting in! Profile should be complete, although I do need to roll for starting silver.

Silver Pieces: 7d6 ⇒ (2, 3, 4, 6, 6, 5, 4) = 30

Amusingly the disguise kit isn't listed anywhere in the equipment section, despite agents gaining proficiency. In the regular 5e handbook the disguise kit is the same price as thieves tools, so GM permitting I'll buy one for 25s.


Female Barding Treasure Hunter 1 | HP: 9/9 | AC 14 | Perception +4 | Initiative +3 | Insight +6 | Wis Save +2 | Con Save +1

Regarding birthdays, Brigg has no idea when hers is. She believes she was around 8 years old when Ragni took her in. If asked, (and feeling any pressure to answer), she'll give Ragni's birthday (August 5th) as her own.


Scribe of Middle-Earth
Morwen of House Isildur wrote:
From Mount Gram to Trollshaw would be her stomping grounds so to speak. As that is part of the area that was once Rhudaur.

OK, but I have to tell you that this campaign won't be going there any time soon, if at all. I want to strike a balance between selecting lands that are "in-character" and actually giving you a chance to use that ability from time to time.

Morwen of House Isildur wrote:
Also we need to talk about what her heirloom is. Because that is kinda what gives her away.

Sure thing. Send some ideas my way and we'll get the ball rolling :)

Illyria of Rohan wrote:
@the DM. Can I change some gear around? Slayers start with a couple of hand-axes, but I think spears would make more sense for a Rider. Spears are a bit cheaper so I'm 'losing' money on the deal but I'm ok with that.

No problem! I agree the Rohirrim would be far more likely to use spears than axes.

Illyria of Rohan wrote:
For character building I am assuming the usual 27-point buy that 5e uses? (15=9 pts, 14=7 pts, 13= 5 pts, 12=4 pts, 11=3 pts, 10=2 pts)

Yup, spot on.

Bergur, Son of Ragni wrote:
Amusingly the disguise kit isn't listed anywhere in the equipment section, despite agents gaining proficiency. In the regular 5e handbook the disguise kit is the same price as thieves tools, so GM permitting I'll buy one for 25s.

Works for me.

Brigg, Daughter of Ragni wrote:
Regarding birthdays, Brigg has no idea when hers is. She believes she was around 8 years old when Ragni took her in. If asked, (and feeling any pressure to answer), she'll give Ragni's birthday (August 5th) as her own.

Wow, 2 different aliases, you're taking this seriously :D

No need to provide a precise birth date, a rough idea of how hold s/he is will do fine.


Scribe of Middle-Earth

Also, let's have a consistent stat-line for ease of reference. I'm thinking something like:

[Gender-Culture-Class] 1 | HP | AC | Perception + | Initiative + | Insight + | Wis save + | Con save + | [Link to Portrait (optional)]

I see Illyria and Morwen have gone with a character portrait/image, but it's not obligatory by any means.


Male Dwarf of Erebor Warrior 1 | HP: 14/14 | AC: 17 | Perception +1 | Initiative +1 | Insight +3 | Wis save +1 | Con save +5 | Portrait

Hi All - apologies am a tad late to the party. Very honoured to be selected, looks a great group :)

In the interests of avoiding duplicate classes I'm going to make Ónar, Son of Óin a Warrior rather than than another Wanderer. DM WL has giving me the okay to make the change, just need to do some rejigging of his backstory and get Ónar's crunch done.

Full disclosure before we start traveling the roads of Middle Earth: On Saturday my 9 year old rescue Staffy passed away. Darby was diagnosed in early Dec with an inoperable brain tumour and we've been caring for, and managing his condition since then. It's been a rough road and I know he's now at peace, but our boy was the epicentre of our lives and we're heartbroken and lost without him.

WW was gracious enough to select me knowing my RL situation, and that my posting may be hit or miss for a wee while. However I'm a long time player and GM on these boards and pride myself on being in games for the long-haul. Please bear with and I'll try to keep up best I can.

Meantime I'll get this placeholder profile up and get to working on his build.

Thanks

Black Dow/Gary


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Healing Dice (d8): 1/1 | | | |
Male Bree Scholar 1 | HP 8/8 | AC 11 | HD 1/1 1d8+0 | Insp. 1/3 | Per +5 | Ins +5 | Init: +0 | Saves STR +0 DEX +0 CON +0 INT +5 WIS +5 CHA +1 | Spd 30 | Effects:

@Black Dow/Gary: I'm sorry for your loss.

@Morwen: Perhaps Morwen visited some local lands on an excursion with other rangers? It would be a reason to have that balance of Known Lands that WW referred to.

@WW: 12th Frery 2929.

@All: I'm looking forward to this tale. :)


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Healing Dice (d8): 1/1 | | | |
Male Bree Scholar 1 | HP 8/8 | AC 11 | HD 1/1 1d8+0 | Insp. 1/3 | Per +5 | Ins +5 | Init: +0 | Saves STR +0 DEX +0 CON +0 INT +5 WIS +5 CHA +1 | Spd 30 | Effects:

I'll tweak Harry's tagline and sheet again. I've yet to find the portrait that I'd be 100% happy with.


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Scribe of Middle-Earth

@Ónar - glad to have you with us! Take the time you need, I can always bring you in to the game at a slightly later point.

@Illyria - character sheet looks good.

@Bregur/Brigg - character sheet looks good, although Brigg's description/personality spoilers are the same as Bregur's. Not a problem for now of course since Brigg won't be needed right away :)

@Morwen - Let me know when your character sheet is done

@Harry - character sheet looks good. I had overlooked the particular Cultural Virtue you picked (lots of moving parts to keep track of). Am I right in reading it as basically replacing every entry in the cultural familiarity chart with "Friendly"? Be aware that in some Audiences, there may still be a penalty if the speaker expects one of their own to do the talking (e.g. at King Dain's court). That said, even a minor penalty to the "Friendly" DC is likely to be better than the "Unknown" or "Hostile" DC so it will ultimately be up to you guys if you decide it's worth the risk ;)

Also, we will be using Earth months. Even learning the Golarion ones took me years and I still get them muddled.


Female Dúnedain Wanderer 1 | HP: 12/12 | AC 15 | Perception +3 | Initiative +3 | Insight +4 | Wis Save +2 | Con Save +4

It might be a bit, I'm down with what I believe to be strep, and my doctor's appointment is in a couple of hours.


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Healing Dice (d8): 1/1 | | | |
Male Bree Scholar 1 | HP 8/8 | AC 11 | HD 1/1 1d8+0 | Insp. 1/3 | Per +5 | Ins +5 | Init: +0 | Saves STR +0 DEX +0 CON +0 INT +5 WIS +5 CHA +1 | Spd 30 | Effects:

It looks like it's friendly relations by default for Harry. He's a good-natured guy even if he doesn't have high social skills. It could work out if someone helps him with advantage on persuasion etc. He does also have "Tongues of Many Peoples" so he can speak a little elvish or dwarfish to be understood.

Ah fair enough! 12th February 2929 then. :)


Female Rohirrim Slayer 1 | 13 HP | AC 15 | Perception +4 | Initiative +2 | Insight +4 | Wis save +2 | Con save +3 | Portrait
Morwen of House Isildur wrote:
Hehehehe, I won't lie that was another reason! I want Morwen to see the other side.

Devious! I like XD Hope you get well soon.

Sorry to hear of your loss, Onar.

@DM: NO! Bad person, trying to take our scholar's virtue! Resist, Harry! Don't let him sweet-talk you.


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Healing Dice (d8): 1/1 | | | |
Male Bree Scholar 1 | HP 8/8 | AC 11 | HD 1/1 1d8+0 | Insp. 1/3 | Per +5 | Ins +5 | Init: +0 | Saves STR +0 DEX +0 CON +0 INT +5 WIS +5 CHA +1 | Spd 30 | Effects:

Ah the wiles of the tricksy DM. ;)


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Healing Dice (d8): 1/1 | | | |
Male Bree Scholar 1 | HP 8/8 | AC 11 | HD 1/1 1d8+0 | Insp. 1/3 | Per +5 | Ins +5 | Init: +0 | Saves STR +0 DEX +0 CON +0 INT +5 WIS +5 CHA +1 | Spd 30 | Effects:

Is it too early to think about journey roles?

Guide: (Survival)
Scout: (Stealth; Investigation)
Hunter: (Survival)
Look-Out: (Perception)

Harry would probably best work as a Look-Out if anything. :)


Female Rohirrim Slayer 1 | 13 HP | AC 15 | Perception +4 | Initiative +2 | Insight +4 | Wis save +2 | Con save +3 | Portrait
Harry Kettlegrass wrote:
Ah the wiles of the tricksy DM. ;)

Sure, he's saying all those nice things now, but we both know that when you wake up in the morning your virtue will be gone - and so will he :P

From the player guide, I think the Wanderer class is best suited for the Guide role. I've got decent Wisdom but nothing in the way of stealth so the Hunter role is probably the best one for me.


Scribe of Middle-Earth
Illyria of Rohan wrote:
Harry Kettlegrass wrote:
Ah the wiles of the tricksy DM. ;)
Sure, he's saying all those nice things now, but we both know that when you wake up in the morning your virtue will be gone - and so will he :P

*raises eyebrow*

...are you done?


Female Rohirrim Slayer 1 | 13 HP | AC 15 | Perception +4 | Initiative +2 | Insight +4 | Wis save +2 | Con save +3 | Portrait
DM Wandering Loremaster wrote:
Illyria of Rohan wrote:
Harry Kettlegrass wrote:
Ah the wiles of the tricksy DM. ;)
Sure, he's saying all those nice things now, but we both know that when you wake up in the morning your virtue will be gone - and so will he :P

*raises eyebrow*

...are you done?

virtue-aly XD


Male Barding Treasure Hunter 1 | HP: 9/9 | AC 14 | Perception +4 | Initiative +3 | Insight +6 | Wis Save +2 | Con Save +1

Bergur is well-suited to being a Scout, both in terms of skills and IC background. Stealth is actually not his best skill, but +5 at first level is fairly decent.


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Scribe of Middle-Earth

Alright. Assuming that the strep hasn't carried Morwen away, we will be starting this game tomorrow - I have re-jigged the beginning slightly to allow Onar to come in a bit later if needed.

For now, I have some games of my own that I have been neglecting and need to get back to!


Female Dúnedain Wanderer 1 | HP: 12/12 | AC 15 | Perception +3 | Initiative +3 | Insight +4 | Wis Save +2 | Con Save +4

It hasn't carried me away, I'm just down and posting during times of consciousness....


Scribe of Middle-Earth

Glad to hear it! Take care of yourself, this game can wait.


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Healing Dice (d8): 1/1 | | | |
Male Bree Scholar 1 | HP 8/8 | AC 11 | HD 1/1 1d8+0 | Insp. 1/3 | Per +5 | Ins +5 | Init: +0 | Saves STR +0 DEX +0 CON +0 INT +5 WIS +5 CHA +1 | Spd 30 | Effects:

On workdays, I'll generally post in the evenings but maybe earlier.


Scribe of Middle-Earth

Sorry for the delay, life intervened. Posting in the gameplay thread now!

@Morwen - I hope you're feeling better. Feel free to post and RP as you like, but I will need a character sheet reasonably soon.

@Onar - let me know once you are up to posting and I will bring you in to the game.

@Everyone - feel free to peek under all the spoilers, but remember that player knowledge and character knowledge should not be mixed.


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Scribe of Middle-Earth

Goid to see there's at least one player who survived the introductory wall-of-text (it's a Tolkien game, I may have gotten a little carried away). Any others?

Also, RIP Christopher Tolkien. May the Valar escort you to the Undying Lands.


Female Dúnedain Wanderer 1 | HP: 12/12 | AC 15 | Perception +3 | Initiative +3 | Insight +4 | Wis Save +2 | Con Save +4

Just to warn you all, I've had a bad reaction to my antibiotics. They forgot to put the 'take with food' sticker on the bottle. So I've been taking them without food... Causing my gut bacteria to freak out, which caused nausea, vomiting, and dizziness from low blood sugar. So my reply may look... Weird. You have been warned.


Male Dwarf of Erebor Warrior 1 | HP: 14/14 | AC: 17 | Perception +1 | Initiative +1 | Insight +3 | Wis save +1 | Con save +5 | Portrait

@DM WL: Appreciate the patience, almost done - will let you know when I'm primed and ready.


Scribe of Middle-Earth

@Morwen - how awful. I hope your doctor has been able to prescribe you a probiotic.

Do look after yourself. This game will wait (it is, after all, only a game)


Abilities:
Healing Dice (d8): 1/1 | | | |
Male Bree Scholar 1 | HP 8/8 | AC 11 | HD 1/1 1d8+0 | Insp. 1/3 | Per +5 | Ins +5 | Init: +0 | Saves STR +0 DEX +0 CON +0 INT +5 WIS +5 CHA +1 | Spd 30 | Effects:

I was unfortunately short on time yesterday. I shall post soon.


Scribe of Middle-Earth

I will post something tomorrow, to keep some momentum.


Abilities:
Healing Dice (d8): 1/1 | | | |
Male Bree Scholar 1 | HP 8/8 | AC 11 | HD 1/1 1d8+0 | Insp. 1/3 | Per +5 | Ins +5 | Init: +0 | Saves STR +0 DEX +0 CON +0 INT +5 WIS +5 CHA +1 | Spd 30 | Effects:

Duly noted!


Female Rohirrim Slayer 1 | 13 HP | AC 15 | Perception +4 | Initiative +2 | Insight +4 | Wis save +2 | Con save +3 | Portrait

@Morwen, that sounds nasty and I hope you are doing better. I have put a question to you in gameplay but if you aren't up to posting yet feel free to ignore it.


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Healing Dice (d8): 1/1 | | | |
Male Bree Scholar 1 | HP 8/8 | AC 11 | HD 1/1 1d8+0 | Insp. 1/3 | Per +5 | Ins +5 | Init: +0 | Saves STR +0 DEX +0 CON +0 INT +5 WIS +5 CHA +1 | Spd 30 | Effects:

An interactive map of Middle-Earth.


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Female Dúnedain Wanderer 1 | HP: 12/12 | AC 15 | Perception +3 | Initiative +3 | Insight +4 | Wis Save +2 | Con Save +4

I no longer feel like I'm dying! ^_^


Scribe of Middle-Earth

Morwen - glad to have you back with us! :D

The rules for Audiences are in the Campaign tab. If any of you have questions, or want to talk things over out-of-character first, then post here. I'm hoping it's reasonably intuitive but let's see.


Scribe of Middle-Earth

Whoops, forgot to add: anyone can - and should - feel free to roleplay a reply, and I'll take it into account as needed. It's just that only one person gets to make the Traditions roll.


Male Barding Treasure Hunter 1 | HP: 9/9 | AC 14 | Perception +4 | Initiative +3 | Insight +6 | Wis Save +2 | Con Save +1

Posted! I did not make the Traditions roll, (it's not Bergur's best skill), but I did make the Insight roll and do some RP.


Abilities:
Healing Dice (d8): 1/1 | | | |
Male Bree Scholar 1 | HP 8/8 | AC 11 | HD 1/1 1d8+0 | Insp. 1/3 | Per +5 | Ins +5 | Init: +0 | Saves STR +0 DEX +0 CON +0 INT +5 WIS +5 CHA +1 | Spd 30 | Effects:

If the rest of the party is happy to let me, I can roll Traditions for Harry. He does know rather a lot about other peoples. :)


Female Dúnedain Wanderer 1 | HP: 12/12 | AC 15 | Perception +3 | Initiative +3 | Insight +4 | Wis Save +2 | Con Save +4

So! I finally got over half of Morwen's crunch done. I'm going to finish the rest when I get up tomorrow so that I can roll and post!


Scribe of Middle-Earth

@Harry - I don't see many other volunteers to make the Traditions roll, so go for it

@Morwen - good stuff. Let me know once you're done and I'll take a look through.


Female Dúnedain Wanderer 1 | HP: 12/12 | AC 15 | Perception +3 | Initiative +3 | Insight +4 | Wis Save +2 | Con Save +4

I posted! And finished her sheet!

Man Morwen is going to be a much more foreword and in your face character than I expected... I hope that isn't going to be a problem...


Scribe of Middle-Earth

Heh. I always find it intriguing when my character starts to go in a direction I wasn't expecting!

Character sheet looks good, although I'm pretty sure you get to add your Dex to damage with a bow (happy to be corrected).

Also, we need to sort your Known Lands. I would suggest picking one (two at most) from your home region and pick the rest from this side of the Misty Mountains. Maybe you took your time getting to Dale and had time to explore?

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