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#14391739 Jul 18, 2020 at 02:50 PM
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#14391719 SmartAlec wrote:

A smithing hammer it can be, then. Maybe something that can be used as a weapon, too, even if that's not what it's usually good for.


I can do either a small hammer, or a big hammer (warhammer) that's also good for whooping on stuff. Note that both are martial weapons, so you'll have to burn a feat either way unless you want to take a level of fighter.
#14391758 Jul 18, 2020 at 03:20 PM
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#14391704 Lazybones wrote:

#14391687 Klasa wrote:

At the moment, my idea is to go with a Human Fighter. His heirloom item would be a, in his mind, cursed item (Probably a Weapon) that is trying to lead him towards some kind of goal. He's not sure if the item truly is sentient or if he's just going mad, but he converses with it from time to time and it tells him things. He is not entirely sure of what kind of endgame the item has in mind, but for the moment he's been going along with it as it's aid has been useful in the things it has observed and said to him.

If you can use that to benefit the plot / story / setting that would be great, even if it's just on a minor scale. Anywho, that's what I got so far and I'll think on it more.


This would actually have the potential to be incredibly pertinent to the story.


I'm going with it then! The Weapon itself will be a Greatsword.
#14391781 Jul 18, 2020 at 03:49 PM
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#14391739 Lazybones wrote:

#14391719 SmartAlec wrote:

A smithing hammer it can be, then. Maybe something that can be used as a weapon, too, even if that's not what it's usually good for.


I can do either a small hammer, or a big hammer (warhammer) that's also good for whooping on stuff. Note that both are martial weapons, so you'll have to burn a feat either way unless you want to take a level of fighter.


Can be a big hammer; can pick up a small hammer for detail work somewhere. As for a feat, yeah, that's fine. Not much going on for bards otherwise, buildwise.
#14391783 Jul 18, 2020 at 03:51 PM
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While brainstorming characters and their connections, a question occurred. If my half elf is to be a bastard of some noble, how would that noble feel about having a bastard who is ALSO half elven? Embarrassed? Duty bound to take care of the kid? Actually loving?

I guess what I'm looking for is how the average noble would feel about all that.

Sannindi and I were thinking of making our characters half siblings, so should we craft the family and their circumstances to our liking, or leave that up to you, LB?
#14391832 Jul 18, 2020 at 04:56 PM
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#14391783 Ayram wrote:

While brainstorming characters and their connections, a question occurred. If my half elf is to be a bastard of some noble, how would that noble feel about having a bastard who is ALSO half elven? Embarrassed? Duty bound to take care of the kid? Actually loving?

I guess what I'm looking for is how the average noble would feel about all that.

Sannindi and I were thinking of making our characters half siblings, so should we craft the family and their circumstances to our liking, or leave that up to you, LB?


Half-elves are mostly considered outcasts in high elvish society (definitely an embarrassment for the family), so most end up living in Arresh for that reason. It wouldn't be as bad if the noble side is the human side of the family, but that child would definitely have some difficulty fitting in. Human-elvish relationships are rare except in a few smaller communities along the borders of both kingdoms, but they do sometimes happen.

Craft away! I'll find a way to fit your families into the story.
#14391837 Jul 18, 2020 at 05:05 PM
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All right, I have two heirloom items finalized (on paper, I haven't started building them out yet) so far.

If you want your weapon/item to have a name, just let me know. Otherwise I'll just link it to your character.
#14392730 Jul 20, 2020 at 02:33 PM · Edited 4 months ago
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Quick nip in though connection opportunities are scarce. Seems there are a lot of heirloom weapons so while I had one in mind I will now buck the trend.

Is a ring out of the question? Old and unusual and perhaps resembling artefacts of the kind they will be looking for if that works. If necessary that could be the reason she was looking to be on the expedition though I would prefer her to be hired on as muscle.

If you'd need a description then perhaps in the shape of a sea-serpent wound round with it's tail in its mouth but I am okay for anything that fits with the theme of the campaign. Her father was from Laesil and she would have had it from him.
Old enough to know better, too old to care.
#14392737 Jul 20, 2020 at 03:17 PM
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Right, heirloom item. I believe I will make mine a cloak tied to the character's mother (the elven parent), who used it to protect/hide him as a child.
#14392772 Jul 20, 2020 at 04:17 PM
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For my heirloom, I was thinking an old tome rescued from the family library. Written in some ancient dialect and only partially deciphered, possibly with properties that could lend itself to doubling as a spellbook? Clues from said tome could be a motivating factor for my character's current research projects.
#14392833 Jul 20, 2020 at 10:52 PM
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So can we get a listing of who's playing what posted so I can figure out what I'll play?
#14392841 Jul 20, 2020 at 11:19 PM
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Looks like VM and Klasa are human Fighters, Ayram’s a half-Elf Rogue, Shad’s a human Wizard, Mirg’s a human Monk, and... I was thinking dwarf Bard, or possibly Cleric, if there’s no cleric.
#14393044 Jul 21, 2020 at 07:43 AM
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OK, I'll play a hobbit Cleric/Thief, heavy on the cleric.

My heirloom item is of course a ring. Nothing particularly striking, a plain simple gold band with some archaic runes inscribed on them which he can't read. Said to have been come into the family from a great grandfather who was a bit of a cad and a rogue.
#14393128 Jul 21, 2020 at 12:26 PM · Edited 4 months ago
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#14392730 Vanya Mia wrote:

Is a ring out of the question? Old and unusual and perhaps resembling artefacts of the kind they will be looking for if that works. If necessary that could be the reason she was looking to be on the expedition though I would prefer her to be hired on as muscle.

If you'd need a description then perhaps in the shape of a sea-serpent wound round with it's tail in its mouth but I am okay for anything that fits with the theme of the campaign. Her father was from Laesil and she would have had it from him.


As long as it isn't the One Ring! That'll work fine. I think you meant Li Syval for the origin; Laesil is the goddess (now that I think about it, that could be confusing...). We may make a visit there as well at some point...
#14393129 Jul 21, 2020 at 12:27 PM
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All of the other heirloom ideas will work fine; I'll get to work on building them.
#14393151 Jul 21, 2020 at 01:31 PM
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I will circulate the IP/PW for my server before the game on Saturday. Please post here if you are unable to connect; if that happens I'll turn the reins back over to Vanya Mia. Unfortunately that means you might have to build your character twice; I apologize in advance if that is the case, but it will be much easier overall if I can host. I have upgraded my Internet service to fiber and have a new router, so I am optimistic. I only forwarded the server port (5121) so I don't know if the game will show up in the game browser, but you should still be able to access it via a direct connection to my IP address.

I'll post the latest version of the mod to VM's Box.net account on Friday, just in case.
#14393257 Jul 21, 2020 at 08:19 PM
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Name: Brother Xylo

Story:

Assumed to be a farmer who dreamed to join the army or the rangers or the border patrol but never got the opportunity.
After losing his sight he was taken to the monastery. He has been there from some time now and his called Brother Xylo.
He is spending most of his time in the garden where despite his poor or lack of sight he is often seen taking care of the plants.
He also like to listen to the scholars and thanks to his good memory knows a few legends of the old days.
Some says he knows the location of hidden treasures. He also secretly want to search for a cure for his blindness.
A cure that may or may not exist. He has been know to practice fasting as well as remaining silent for extended time. He also took a vow of poverty.
His only possession being an iron ring (possibly a family heirloom) his clothes and a pair of kamas he uses in the garden.
Some says he may still have family but he never spoke about that…

//

Heirloom: Most likely the iron ring.

He may be the elder brother of one of the human PC.
He may have critical knowledge of something related to a quest. ("Brother Xylo is a well of knowledge").

Playing a blind character in a dungeon is one thing (Eye of the Beholder) but in outdoor settings is going to be a lot harder if not impossible. I want to let LB handle that. If it is something like cataract perhaps at some point a cure disease or remove curse could help or some special herbs or whatever...
#14393293 Jul 21, 2020 at 11:22 PM · Edited 4 months ago
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Mirgalen:

I have implemented a ring that can make your character blind, whether you want to use it is your decision. Think about what impact it could have upon the entire group. If you just want to have him be near-sighted or something that can be done through roleplaying.
#14393676 Jul 22, 2020 at 06:05 PM · Edited 4 months ago
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Thinking on dwarf ideas.

Bard Smith is likely not going to be very useful, I admit, as far as party weight goes, but I've got a strong image in mind - it's coming from Norse dwarves and Tolkien dwarves from the Hobbit, a culture with a lot of music in their lives. Flutes and pipes in the town above, drums and percussion in the city below... Solemn chants, rowdy drinking songs, brisk marching songs, and in particular, songs sung or chanted while forging metal.

Perhaps spoken of as a ritual to imbue the metal with the essence of craft... but likely as a way to pace the hammer strikes. That sort of thing.

Can see this character as one of several who make a living as itinerant smiths, while looking for secrets of smith-lore that they dutifully bring back to the forge-guild masters at Ironcrest. Are there ways this could fit with your image of Ironcrest, LB?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PSFN2r6bXY

Oh yeah. This is what it's all about.

((I originally sent this as a PM, but I'm not 100% sure how the messaging system on this site works, or if it works.))
#14394121 Jul 23, 2020 at 06:35 PM
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Rather than start a new thread, why don't we just keep this one going for in-character posts and the like. Posting bonus resets at 10% of a level (100xp), or 15% if everyone posts in a given week.
#14394186 Jul 24, 2020 at 12:04 AM · Edited 4 months ago
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K'LAYN LEAF

Klayn had just enough room to see over the stack of books he was carrying outside to pack onto the horses for Fiona, his... master. Some might say "sister" instead of "master," but any of those people would be flogged and kicked out onto the street for it.

So, master. Lady. At least in public.

The open secret in their Lord's house was that the two were half siblings. They had an older brother, the heir apparent, but Klayn rarely saw him or even spoken to him for any length of time. Always somewhere else, fulfilling his duties as heir.

Klayn and Fiona were close enough though. He'd been her personal servant since either of them could walk, really. Thus, packing her books.

This trip was her idea, but Klayn was looking forward to it as much as she was. Getting out of the manor was rare. They'd taken trips before of course, but this was about as unsupervised as it had ever been, and further away. Fiona was an adult now, and was permitted to pursue her own interests.

This particular interest was taking them to someplace called Crosspath. Klayn had never heard of it, but it was on the northern edge of the kingdom. Pretty backwater as far as Klayn had gleaned after the news. And dangerous even. Fiona still hadn't told him how she managed to convince their- ...her father to let her go. But Klayn was betting the guard he hired for them had something to do with it.

They were all supposed to meet in front of the manor, where their horses were waiting for them. Before grabbing Fiona's books, Klayn had stopped to grab something of his own - the only thing of value he owned in point of fact, really- a somewhat plain looking green cloak.

Plain, but special all the same. This cloak was elven make, and it was the only thing he had of his mother. He wasn't really supposed to talk about that either. Again, no one was. The cloak, and the name she had given him, were all that he knew of his mother. Not her name, and not what ever became of her.

The Lord Kaldwen was a taciturn, secretive man that would in no way ever brook the subject. Excepting once. When Klayn was younger, Lord Kaldwen had matter of factly told Klayn he was in fact his blood -once and only once- and that there would be no further discussion of it.

Klayn, for his part, counted himself luckier than most. He was a pragmatic sort that way. That was why he carried with him an 8 pointed star symbol, for Laesil the Goddess of Luck. Fatespinner to Klayn. That was the elvish name for her, which he knew because he often took lessons right beside Fiona. Fiona was the more avid learner, and the actual student, but Klayn absorbed what was interesting to him. A lot of the time, that was when the subject turned to anything elven.

Well. So it was that he arrived outside, attempting to see over the stack of books he was carrying, bedecked in his green cloak, long grown hair in his eyes (to hide the ears), and the sun in hiseyes leading him to almost trip over someone he didn't spot...