Good day Paizo online gamers! I’m opening recruitment for a campaign set in a small little village in the far north on a homebrew world. When I started writing, my design goal was ‘arctic survival horror’. It has since mutated from that into something else entirely, which I struggle to describe. This campaign will use Spheres of Power, but no experience with the system is required (I certainly don’t have any). I intend to go from level 3 to around 11, ending with a suitably climactic boss fight.
Welcome to Issen! A tiny little town in the far north, sitting on a major road between the cities of Besa and Ovaving. A town that only survives because it’s the perfect resting location for travelers on the most efficient winter road. A town, which has appeared perfectly normal, ever since that mysterious wizard Kagen disappeared 10 years ago, leaving only a locked and magically sealed mansion behind him. The entire campaign will be set in, or around Issen.
But times change. A strange monster prowls the tundra, looking for prey. The fey in the nearby woods are riled. The orcs are shifting. At night, people dream terrifying nightmares. Something is going on, and delving into the mysteries of one missing wizard is only the start.
Kagen is an old wizard who specializes in abjuration. He is particularly notable for inventing the first effective anti fey ward, as well as a number of others. Any writing on magic by him would be incredibly valuable. He disappeared from the public 20 years ago, claiming he was seeking Aza. He spent 5 of those years in Issen, living alone in a mansion outside of town, before suddenly disappearing. At the start of the campaign, he hasn’t been seen for a decade. The first major plot hook will be investigating his disappearance.
Character creation and houserules:
You do not need to include a stat block in your application. This is to keep the application open to people with no experience in Spheres of Power. Instead, I need a name, race, at least one sentence on some build ideas, an idea for your personal item, and some backstory including faction. The build ideas should be specific: ‘fire using attack mage’ instead of just ‘wizard’.
Each character’s backstory must include a reason they would be interested in finding Kagen. I’m giving you free reign here. You’re his long lost child, his old apprentice, an old rival, someone he tried to murder, someone he saved, a scholar, a treasure hunter, whatever. Be creative. You just need a reason to be invested in finding out what happened to him.
Sources include any Paizo and any Spheres of Power, with a couple caveats. All casting is based on Spheres. 9 level Paizo casters don’t exist. 4 and 6 level casters should use the appropriate Spheres archetype, if you cannot make your character out of existing Sphere classes. All sphere casters need a casting tradition. The most common source of power is following old rituals, or communing with extra planar beings, and whatever casting tradition you choose, it will have roleplaying consequences. Feat tax rules are in affect.
In order to keep up the intrigue aspects, the divination sphere does not exist. It may not be selected. There may be rituals allowing limited divination, however. Paladins lose the detect evil class feature, to be replaced with something that I haven’t quite decided on (I’m thinking an extra smite evil per day).
Additionally, each character gets a unique item of choice, which is not counted against your starting purchases. I’m open to suggestions for what it is, but there should be a reference to how you acquired it in your backstory, and why it’s special. This item should be more than a +1 sword, and can break normal rules such as being a magic item with bonus abilities and no enhancement bonus. We can negotiate this item growing in power with you as you level. Instead of a magic item, it can be a ritual allowing you access to powers beyond your spheres, or something else entirely. You don’t have to hammer it out exactly, but I need some thoughts about this in your application. This is to help your character stand out as unique.
Orc Tribe – A group of orcs who primarily use shapeshifting magic and other nature magic camp on the outskirts of town. They used to be strong, until a war with The Spirit Wolf, a mythical large wolf, tore them apart. The 20 or so that remain are still looking for a way to defeat the Wolf.
Townsfolk – You live in the town. The townsfolk tend to distrust strangers, but as one of their own you will have larger amounts of respect.
Messenger – A group of travellers escorting a messenger from one city to another.
Other – Suggest something to me.
A few words on GMing style:
I’m very lenient and tend towards rule of fun. If something seems like it’ll make for a better story, or it’ll be more satisfying for you guys, I’m happy to completely revise my notes. I’ve never GMed a play-by-post, so we’ll see how this goes. If you ever have any feedback on my style, whether positive or negative, you can mention it in discussion or PM me.
I’m going to aim to post daily, although this may not always happen. We’ll see if we can find a working rhythm. I’m also content to go once every other day or something. No rush. Life comes first.
The campaign world:
Welcome to the world of Arkera! This is a world plagued by treachery, old gods, and decaying magic. There is no obligation to read this.
When the pact went around, there was only one god who refused to sign. Aza the Planeswalker, the most powerful of the gods, simply left reality when the other gods tried to force her to sign. She returned a few centuries later, disappearing again whenever she drew the attention or the other gods. Eventually, they gave up trying to make her sign. She created a tower in the middle of Adina, a massive column of obsidian referred to as The Black Tower, and spent her days studying magic and exploring to unknown realms.
Many years passed, and Aza took on a series of apprentices. The 6 apprentices grew to be powerful mages under her teachings, and used their skill to aid the nations of Adina. Eventually for unknown reasons, the 6 betrayed Aza and tried to murder her. This brought on the Mage War, a horrific battle that ended with the 6 sealed away, Adina rendered inhospitable, and Aza having left the known multiverse, vowing never to return. Fast forward several centuries, and you find yourself in modern day.
A scattered few believe the Heretic Gods, or Aza’s six apprentices, are the only ones who can do the world right. They seek to free the Heretics, such that they may bring about a golden age. It is unclear whether or not the Heretics would, although many notable religious scholars feel that some of the Heretics are insane and would bring about an apocalypse for the hell of it.
The 6 Heretic gods are as follows:
Worshipping Aza is an act few perform. She is seen as a merciful figure, a guardian of neutrality who aided people when the gods wouldn’t or who shut down planar incursions by strange forces to save the world. However, Aza is also known for sometimes refusing to do simple things for obscure reasons. Since she disappeared, her cult has shrunk slowly, as more and more people believe she’s a myth. Now, her worship is restricted to a tiny organization, who are respected by society and generally left alone.
After the mage war, the fleeing ships met up with the few colonies on Lyi and set up shop there. This leads us to today, when two large nations rule Lyi. As they’re not that relevant to this campaign, I haven’t detailed them greatly. In fact, you players get a say in what they’re like, through your characters and backstories.
If that’s too much reading for you, I’m looking for 3 to 4 players ready for ancient magic, strange monsters, cold nights, terrifying murders, and other mysteries.
I think that covers everything. If there are any questions, I’m happy to answer.
So I was looking at sword canes recently, and a thought struck me. We have magic scabbards, such as the Scabbard of Vigor for example. Am I allowed to enchant the cane part of my sword cane with a scabbard enchantment?
So, lets have a rational discussion! Is this allowed? Should it be allowed? Did I miss an FAQ somewhere obvious? Does it actually help anything? Please leave any and all thoughts about the underpoweredness of sword canes out of this, I got enough of that debate while trying to google for an answer to this question.
There has previously been a discussion about whether or not you could use prestidigitation on a vampire to make it taste garlic. After an in game argument about whether or not we could hold a dancing lights in a guys face to blind him mid combat, it leads to a question.
What ridiculous rules legal abuses of 0th level spells can you come up with?
1. Prestidigitation as vampire repellent.
2. Dancing lights to blind your enemies.
3. Create water to flood a town after barricading yourselves in a room.
I am very curious to see what comes up to answer the following question:
If your entire PFS legal party had to pick one class and everyone only took that class with no dipping, but any archetype they like, what would it be? Or what would the most viable/effective/fun class be?
I would say alchemist.
Please show me if this has come up before because I cannot find it if it has. Please correct me if I have missed something because I hope I am wrong.
Wordcasting grants Create Undead as a 2nd level cleric spell without any listed material component. This means you could create it as a wand for 2x3x750 gp or 4500 gp. If I buy a 5 charge wand of this then it should cost 450 gp, right in the range of the Rich Parents trait. This leads to several questions like:
Is the spell still based off the wands caster level?
Basically please just tell if this works or why it doesn't, and how powerful it is.
So I was talking with some friends and the subject came up: Can you defeat 60 goblins (out of the bestiary 1) with a first level character solo?
So I'm gonna ask you guys what build would you use for 60 goblins? Using only core stuff please (CR, APG, UM, UE, UC, ARG).
I would try a cavalier with a bow and as many arrows as possible.