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Old Jul 7th, 2015, 09:59 PM
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Jarl, your game app was epic looking, and that music to go with it top notch! So amped for this game Im using the EVE online browser to keep tabs while mining in highsec lol even if i odnt get in on this, i think im gonna want to read the story thats crafted here
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Old Jul 7th, 2015, 11:05 PM
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Jarl,

Feel free to mark my app as ready for review. The WIP for the background stuff is mostly happy to glad and will get on a sample post as soon as I get a scene right in my head!

And to jump on the bandwagon based on the caliber here this will indeed be epic...!

Onward!

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Old Jul 7th, 2015, 11:40 PM
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Arran is ready for review. Aside from names for Arran's family, I need specific questions from anyone willing to read it over and point out the potential holes.
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Old Jul 8th, 2015, 08:20 AM
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Did anyone else ever notice that the concept art for the Storm Giant looks an awful lot like Ganondorf?

 
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Old Jul 8th, 2015, 08:55 AM
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Frankly, I thought that should be the fire giant. I remember in past editions that the storm giant had either blue skin and blonde hair or green skin and greener hair.

Also, that looks exactly like Ganondorf, now that you point it out. I haven't played Ocarina of Time in so long...That guy also looks a bit top heavy. Long arms, barrel chest, comparatively small legs. Good for knocking over.

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Old Jul 8th, 2015, 09:31 AM
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Anders the Hopebringer
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Theme song: Hope - Apocalyptica


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Class: Warpriest of Iomedae (Glory, Good)
Alignment: Neutral Good - I care for others deeply and wish to protect them, whatever the cost
Traits: Trunau Native. There is a fire in your heart that can't be quenched. You gain a +1 trait bonus on damage against foes who are threatened by only you.Axe To Grind. You are a virtuoso musician, actor, or storyteller. You gain a +1 trait bonus on checks with a single Perform skill (your choice), and all Perform skills are always class skills for you.Talented. Drawback: You lack confidence in your abilities or confidence in the universe at large. Whenever you fail a skill or ability check, you take a —4 penalty on that type of skill or ability check for the next hour.Doubt.

Anders is a young Halfling in good physical shape. Unruly dark hair, a good singing voice and distinct warm, brown eyes make the shy but charming Anders most pleasant company. He's a bit taller than the average Halfling, and a bit more muscular. The latter comes from the rigorous training he subjects himself to with the paladins of Iomedae.

He favours simple, practical clothes with little fancy embellishments and ornamentation, usually in earthen colours. A small-sized longsword is always slung across his back. Around his neck is a tough leather string where his hopeknife is nestled against his skin at all times. The hopeknife is the only piece of jewelry he wears - a finely ornamented short dagger featuring a small ruby in its hilt.

Anders is a dreamer who is occasionally wrecked by self-doubt. He wants to learn to protect others from the harm that befell his family when he was but a toddler, the merchant caravan destined for Trunau annihilated by a rampaging orc tribe. Anders worries he is too small, too weak or simply not steadfast enough to stand against evil, even though Iomedae has favoured him with her blessing. This causes the small warpriest to be rather shy, although there is a growing strength of will in his spirit he has not yet realized.

The unlikely young warrior is more suited to the ways of a bard, with an excellent singing voice and the ability to appreciate joy and beauty in his heart, though he is dedicated to learn all he can so he will one day be picked by Jagrin Grath to join the patrols and raids against the orcs.



Iomedae's Chosen

"Who wants to listen to the North Wind calling?
Snow is falling,
Roads are sprawling.
Who wants to listen to the North Wind calling?
I hear it calls for me.

Who wants to listen to the West Wind blowing?
Stars are glowing,
Horizons knowing.
Who wants to listen to the West Wind blowing?
I feel it blows for me.
"


"Now that's a nice song, little one", a female voice called out from behind Anders. The young Halfling jumped as if been caught. He expected to be alone today. Even in Trunau, Sundays are days freed of all but the most crucial work. Even the orc hordes seem to enjoy the day off, and he could see no sign of anything while staring at the horizon from the village's high plateau.

"Hi Zeena", Anders replied, uncertainty swinging in his voice. What could the Iomedaen Paladin possibly want from him? Zeena was pretty in the way some of the tall folk were pretty, but she was several years his senior. Anders fiddled nervously with the adorned hopeknife hanging from a simple leather string worn as a necklace.

Apparently, what she wanted was conversation. "What tongue did you sing in?", the tall, blonde woman asked him.

Shuffling his feet but forcing himself to meet the pretty woman's blue eyes, Anders replied in a small voice: "That... that was my mother's language. She... used to sing something like this to me, when I was small. Smaller." He smiled weakly at the joke about his own size.

Compassion spread over the Paladin's heart-shaped face. "I am so sorry. I understand she died when you were very young, yes?", Zeena asked gently.

Anders nodded. They had arrived here 19 winters ago, the last trading caravan from Lastwall for the year. Ambushed by orcs while in sight of Trunau, only a few survivors made it into the village to safety, while everyone else was slain and looted. A few years later, Anders' mother also passed away, and he had been living with the innkeeper of the Ramblehouse ever since, helping out where possible and making himself useful. Anders was too young to remember what it was to have a family, but he knew he missed them greatly.

"I am sorry, little one. I did not mean to open wounds", Zeena apologized herself. "I sought you out for a purpose, actually. I know you want to join the patrols."

Anders perked up on that. It was true that he did. It is also true that Jagrin Grath had refused him for being too inexperienced. The few times he joined the military training to prove his mettle, the oversized training weapons made him more of a laughing stock than anything else. He might have proved something, but certainly not his mettle. Perhaps he should take up Master Larringfass on his offer to employ Anders as the Ramblehouse's local bard.

"Yes, that is true", he replied cautiously. "Master Grath's words were 'If you can't hold a sword, a dagger won't do you much good when an orc grabs you', I recall." Anders sighed at the memory. It is not a bitter one, because in his heart he felt the old warrior was right. He was too small, too weak, only a burden to the more experienced warriors.

Zeena smiled though. "I have a gift for you", she said conspiratorially and winked. Anders had never before seen a Paladin wink, and was taken aback when she produced a longsword from behind her back. A normal blade, on the first look, but the Halfling quickly realized the sword was smaller than the one the Paladin herself bore. "I spoke with Councilor Morninghawk and had this crafted for you. Iomedae does not judge folk by the size of their bodies", Zeena spoke solemnly and handed the blade to Anders, who took a couple of experimental swings. "Iomedae judges folk by the size of their hearts. Come with me, we will show you how to use it."

The Halfling's eyes were brimming with tears of joy. He would learn how to fight. He would be able to take revenge for his slain family one day. But even more importantly, he would learn how to protect others from the same fate.




Beliefs
Anders believes with all his heart that joy is one of the greatest goods of the mortal races, and deserves to be celebrated and protected at all costs. Anders loves the games at Holdfast, and has won the singing contest several years in a row before earning his hopeknife and taking the Vow.

Anders has taken Trunau's Vow to heart - to protect the freedom and the blood of his people. He abhors the thought of the evil and savagery of the orc tribes, and will do anything to stop his allies, companions and the townsfolk from getting hurt. He has not yet been in a situation of having to use his hopeknife for its intended purpose - taking the live of a friend or his own before it falls to orc savagery -, and while he believes himself willing to sacrifice his own life, Anders doesn't know if he is strong enough to sacrifice a friend's to spare him from suffering.




Goals
Anders wants to find a way to prove to himself that he is worth something. The self-doubt sits deep, the trauma half experienced as a baby still stirring in most inopportune moments. He seeks to overcome the feeling of being too weak and too small, but does not know yet how to do so.

As a player, I would like to see Anders grow a tight kinship with one or two of the other characters, becoming a trusted, established team. Maybe even romance! Most games I am participating in have amazing personal growth arcs, and arcs that grow the team as such, but I am missing this friendship-building between characters.


Fears
Anders is afraid of failing. Not necessarily of failing on his own, but of failing others. What if he really isn't good enough? What if someone else relies on him? What if his failure could get someone else hurt? Was Jagrin right? Isn't he good enough for anything? Have the Paladins of Iomedae only taken him in out of pity?

The feeling of inadequacy runs deep within Anders. He has not had a chance to prove himself, even though he makes good progress in his weapon- and armor-training at Iomedae's church. And yet there is a growing strength of spirit within the young Halfling - he simply hasn't realized it's there, yet.


Anders in Trunau
Anders is spending the day of training with the paladins and clergy of Iomedae. He has been with them for a year now, and has shown tenacity and some skill in divine magic and swordplay, much to the Matron's delight.

In the evening, he helps out at the Ramblehouse for free lodging, occasionally singing to songs in the Common tongue to visiting guests, or in his mother's native Halfling tongue when among Cham Larringfass' clan. He still stays at the Ramblehouse, though the paladins have offered him a place in the church. While he enjoys the company of the Iomedaen clergy and considers them good people, he would miss the singing and the feeling of family.

While he has been called to defend the village at a few points in his life, he has not yet been requested to join in on a counter-raid, and has not approached Jagrin Grath since then.



 


Phase 2
 

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Old Jul 8th, 2015, 11:00 AM
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Holy smokes!

Jarl, I'd say your ad is a smashing success. Nice job!!
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Hey Vex, if I read the book right, there's a bunch of halflings in the halfling-owned Rumblehouse.
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Hey Vex, if I read the book right, there's a bunch of halflings in the halfling-owned Rumblehouse.
Bleh, you're right, I only skimmed that pdf. Thanks for pointing it out!


Guess Anders will become a Gnome then. Behold and beware!
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Old Jul 8th, 2015, 12:02 PM
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Why change? Halflings could have encouraged him to pursue his paladin dreams...? Everything else in your application can apply for any race, so why not stay halfling? There's only two others in the applications.

If it wasn't for the fact that I couldn't picture halflings doing what Arran's family did to him, he'd be one too.
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updated my Aplication, mostly secret stuff
Will propably add a little more yet.
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Name: Indranna Flamekissed
Race: Peri-Blooded Aasimar
Region: Mindspin Mountains
Alignment: Neutral Good
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Holy smokes!

Jarl, I'd say your ad is a smashing success. Nice job!!
Indeed. A Giant Success.

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Indeed. A Giant Success.

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