Next Friday I will be starting Jade Regent for my RL group. Having read many threads here, I'm inclined to dump the caravan and relationship rules and just run those two aspects with just flavor, no crunch.
But there are a few additions I'm planning on that I would solicit opinions on.
* I want to include Amaya in the caravan in addition to Ameiko. Having the party travel all the way to Westcrown to go get her seems like a clumsy detour. On the other hand, just having her happen to be in Sandpoint seems awfully convenient. I'm thinking that after the group brings the letter to Ameiko from Brinestump, she then contacts Amaya and invites her over to discuss things. But I'm open to hearing better ideas for how to bring in Amaya.
* Ameiko and Sandru's personal tragedy with the cannibals was at the southern Fogscar mountains, and coincidentally, the caravan route goes *right* past that location, so it seems totally out of character to pass that region unnoted. What will I do with it? I guess the simplest is cannibals are still there, group goes wipe them out, catharsis and closure. But I'd like some additional depth to that. I was thinking maybe they find some old item of Alder's and bring it to Ameiko, and it starts haunting her, as the spirits think that Ameiko fled and left the rest of the group to die. To exorcise the haunting, Ameiko would need to perform x acts of bravery which would lay the spirits to rest. Con: this will push Ameiko to participate in combat encounters? That's an unwanted outcome for me. Ideas to solve?
The group consists of
All six are new to the system and thus characters are very unoptimized, so I will not be modifying encounters (at least upwards in difficulty) and may use the fast XP track.