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There are several mentions of the Priestess' guard being composed of men: 'men at arms', 'eleven other men', etc. Is that meant to be taken literally? Or can some (or all) of them be women?
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I am interested.

This looks like a well-thought out campaign.

I assume that the Knights of the Spear train in spears mainly. Do they also train in the use of a certain kind of armor or is it optional per the paladin starting gear? I would also like to know if some of the Knights might be female?
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Name: Kane Karlo
Chosen Plot Hook: Rogue
Background: Enforcer / Hired KillerCriminal
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I am always calm, No matter the situation, I almost never raise my voice or let my emotions control me.
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People: I’m loyal to my Daughter and what few friends I have, not to any ideals, and everyone else can take a trip down the Styx for all I care. (Neutral)
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My ill-gotten gains go to support my Daughter.
-Flaw:
If there’s a plan, I’ll forget it. If I don’t forget it, I’ll ignore it. I prefer to make things up as I go along.

Appearance: Kane is a big man, standing six foot six inches and weighing easily within the two hundred and fifty pound range. He has a muscular frame covered in scars from the trade. He wears a white beard and white hair. His age is pretty apparent. He favors light leather armor that fits under his clothes and leaves his arms open for the sake of easy movement and he always carries two shortswords that look more like daggers in his hands crossed on the back of his belt and at least two daggers elsewhere. He always wears a ragged black cloak with a hood.

Personality: Kane is stoic and calm, never letting his inner emotions get the better of him. He never kills in a rage, this made him a good agent in his younger years when he didn't have anything else against him. Despite his vocation, Kane is fiercely loyal to his daughter, Anya although he still holds loyalty to the Guild in second place. He wouldn't do anything to harm his daughter, physically or mentally and anyone who says he doesn't hold to the proper ideals can bite his blade. Deep down, kane gives his all to his daughter, all the money he makes goes to Anya, helping to support her in her quest to become an accomplished engineer. In his old age, Kane has given up making plans, he finds that if his memory was up to the task, he would still ignore it, he knows plans never last past the second it encounters the enemy. This theory has kept him alive this long, or so he thinks.

Backstory: Kane grew up in the city, His parents died when he was too young to remember them and he was adopted by the guild. Despite growing up in the guild and learning the trade from day-to-day, he never felt like he was going to amount to much. He took up extorting shops and specialized in general thuggery and muscle work, as well as wetwork for the guild. He wasn't like the others though, He might have been a bad man but he had a code, a skewed as it was, He didn't kill women or children. A rule he never would break. The rule was only enforced even more when Kane's daughter was brought into the world. Her mother might have only been a nameless prostitute but Kane was sad when she passed away in childbirth, leaving this little girl, Anya, in his care.

Despite his position in the Guild, Kane did his best to raise Anya and keep her out of the trouble that he had found himself in at a young age. When she showed interest in engineering He bought her into an apprenticeship with a dwarf who was a specialist in such things, creating new and revolutionary inventions. Kane was grateful that the apple had fallen far from the tree and when she reached the age of twenty, she was an accomplished engineer in her own right and her father was nearing sixty.

Then the fateful night that changed it all, Kane got payed to do a job, a risky job, considering he had to go in blind. He just had to kill one man but he made the mistake of walking into a room full of the target's personal bodyguards. Needless to say, Kane barely made it out of there alive and his target survived. He had seriously botched the job. If not for all the wonderful work he had done and if not for practically being raised by the guild, Kane might have been killed on the spot the moment the boss found out about his failure. After that, Kane wasn't looked upon a capable hand anymore, he was seen as a pity case.

After he had recovered from his botched job, Kane attempted to get back to work for the guild but they only had one job for him and it sounded like a pity job, Infiltrate a party of Spears and steal some holy artifact. He hated the idea but if he could accomplish this job, he would be back in good standing with the guild, he would get his life back. Anya tried to talk him into not taking the job, he had expected no less but he couldn't just walk away from the guild, that would have definitely signed his death warrant. He wasn't about to give up and admit that he was just a useless old man. 'A old tiger sensing it's end fights the fiercest.'


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"Why do you have to do the job, Dad?" She whispered finally, Luckily, the whisper was enough to be heard since they were the only ones in the room. She turned her gaze towards him to await his answer, she already knew what he was going to say.

"Because, Anya, I work for the Boss and this is the job he has for me." Kane let out a long sigh, he couldn't even count the number of times he had had this conversation with his daughter, it would take both his hands and maybe both her hands just to begin to count.

"I knew you were gonna say that." She said with a angry pout to her lips, "But you know this mark is going to get you killed, You're going to be working blind the whole time. Any number of things could go wrong." She started to feel tears well up in her eyes.
"I prefer to work blind, Anya, trying to stick to a plan has gotten a lot of good people killed in this line of work, You know that." He took another sip from the small cup, the bitter liquid burned down his throat, giving him focus.

Anya pounded on the bar with a hammer fist in anger, "There is only one good man in this line of work and that's you!" She snapped, her tears started flowing down her cheeks and she let her head fall against her father's firm shoulder, then mumbled, "And you're about to go out there and die."

Kane set down his cup and turned to face his daughter, bringing her head to rest on his muscular chest. He put his hands on either side of her temples and lifted her head to look him in the eyes. He let a sad smile grace his face as he wiped her tears away with his thumbs, "Hey now, Have a little faith in your old man and his skills." Anya's arms snaked around his midsection and he pulled her into a hug, he whispered to her as he stroked her hair, "It'll be all alright.."

Bonus RP: The night was cold and the Man-at-Arms uniform he had to wear was just a mite too tight on his muscular form. He walked up the hill to where he was to meet this goody-two-shoes Knight of the Spear. He nodded to the Knight, trying to act casual, in his line of work, his nerves had become like steel. The large man rounded the cart, alternating between looking off into the distance and looking into the cart to make sure of the goods, trying to make it look like he was just doing his guard duty. As he looked over the Priestess and the others, he felt his normal scowl deepen, 'This stinks, this Stinks.' he thought to himself. People were going to die, he knew it, and it wouldn't be over quick either.

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@Kaiya - They can absolutely be women. The only two plot hooks with a definite gender are priestess and the paladin.

Maybe I could rephrase it to persons-at-arms, lol.

@ Arthilian - The spear referenced in 'Knight of the Spear' is more for imagery. The martyr Evelyn was struck down by a spear and the knights are there to protect the priestesses from the metaphorical spears of their enemies.

I envisioned a female priestess and a male paladin to build a father-daughter or husband-wife dynamic between the two. Or Conan-Princess Jehnna if you like.

Its going to be starting gear for the classes. Beginning at level 1 (maybe I should have mentioned that...) but I don't plan on staying there too long.
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@Kaiya - They can absolutely be women. The only two plot hooks with a definite gender are priestess and the paladin.

I envisioned a female priestess and a male paladin to build a father-daughter or husband-wife dynamic between the two. Or Conan-Princess Jehnna if you like.
Wouldn’t a mother-daughter or wife-wife dynamic work just as well? Two women can also share that kind of parental/romantic bond.
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  • Chosen Plot Hook:Priestess
  • Background:Acolyte
  • Trait: I am a serious young woman. Not much into socializing or frivolous activities. I prefer to spend my time scribing Holy Text which is my assigned duty at the Temple. Otherwise I spend most of my time in the inner temple praying.
  • Bond: The temple that took me in when I was orphaned is the whole of my existence- I would do anything that the Faith would require of me. .
  • Ideal:I would lay down my life for my god, my temple and my fellow clergy.
  • Flaw: Having seen my family slaughtered as a child, I am slow to trust anyone not of the immediate clergy who surround me in the temple.
  • Appearance: I am the only one of my ethnicity in the Temple. I always wear a Shayla to cover my head and a button-less over-tunic over my clothes to maintain a connection to my past.
  • Personality: I am diligent about my duties and fanatical about my prayers. I treat the clergy of my temple as family as my birth-family was taken away from me and these good people took me in. However, I am mistrustful of everyone else. The world is a cold cruel place after all and who knows what evil lies in the heart f men.
  • Backstory: Tahira was born into a nomadic clan of sheep herders. When she was 12, desert raiders descended upon her clan and massacred everyone and stole whatever they could. She too would have perished had she not been playing in a ravine. While the raiders missed her she would have died had not a caravan come by the next day. She hid when they came but thirst finally drove Tahira to reveal herself. The caravan master wanted nothing to do with the girl-child, feeling that she was cursed. Luckily, a Knight of the Spear by the name of Bryan deBois-Guilbert was returning with the caravan from some clandestine mission. He took charge of Tahira and when the reached their destination presented her to the temple to be enrolled as an acolyte. Bryan is an old man now, with his adventuring days behind him but he and Tahira still keep in touch. To this day, Bryan has never uttered a word as to why he was in the desert.
  • RP Sample: Jestine II, Presbytera of Kersdinas could not sleep- her bones ached. Not an unusual occurrence for someone her age. So as she often did she wandered the halls of the temple. Jestine thought to herself, I understand a bit of suffering is good for the soul but a bit of sleep would be good too.

    As she passed the inner sanctum she heard someone praying. Now who could be up at this hour besides the Knights assigned to the Watch and an old biddy like me? Intrigued she went in and saw Tahira debased on her knees with her forehead on floor praying fervently at the foot of the statue of the martyr Evelyn.

    Jestine waited for Tahira to come to the conclusion of the current prayer and said, "Daughter, is there some transgression that I should be made aware of?"

    Startled, Tahira jumped to her feet and upon realizing it was the Presbyter in front of her immediately went into a courtesy.

    "Never mind with the formalities- it's you and I and no spectators that need to be reminded of proper decorum." After a pause where Tahira did not respond Jestine continued, "You haven't answered my question daughter."

    "Sorry mother,", finally burst out of Tahira's mouth. "I was just taken by surprise is all. I have not transgressed or at least I don't believe so. I was just praying as is my habit."

    Staring at Tahira for a moment, Jestine decides to take her words at face value. "So you are saying you regularly get up 4 bells before dawn to say prayers?"

    "Yes mother."

    Jestine waited a few seconds as she gave Tahira her best stare. "When your as old as I am you'll have plenty of sleepless night where you can say additional prayers. But the body needs sleep. So off to bed with you."

    Jestine II, Presbytera of Evelyn of the city of Kersdinas waited long enough for Tahira to have gone, She then sank to her knees despite the protests of her aching bone, lowered her head to the floor, and began to say prayers of contrition for her own transgressions.

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I know my character is an old man even at level 1 but I am chalking it up to the fact he has only learned and relearned the basic skills up until now due to a lack of real challenges and experience.
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Are you excluding warlocks? I had a fey pact warlock from 4e that I would like to remake.
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It would seem everyone was reading my mind last night.

@ Kaiya - You are absolutely correct and I won't be as archaic as a medieval setting. The Knights of the Spear can be either gender.

@ Superstrength79 - I had designs on a warlock but wasn't certain if I was going to offer it to players or keep it as an NPC. If you'd like to make up a character, go ahead and we'll see if we can get it fit in with the story.

Thank you for the apps, table updated. I'm going to let apps file in for a couple weeks before giving out any feedback toward the end of January.
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Very interested, probably as paladin or fighter, maybe ranger or wizard. One question:

Do you have an expected posting rate? I'm good for 2-3 posts per week (more when I have extra free time) but can't commit to much more than that.
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@ Skylarious - In my experience, most games settle into a 2-3 post per week rhythm at best regardless of what anyone says or hopes for, so you should be good.
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  • Chosen Plot Hook: Paladin (Oath of the Crown)
  • Background: Knight of the Order
  • Trait: I won't allow my burdens to make me humourless. A true Paladin should be able to bring warmth to the coldest times.
  • Bond: I live to guard and serve the Priestesses of Evelyn.
  • Ideal: Should the darkness rise again, the Spears shall rise to meet it.
  • Flaw: My desire to be an inspiration sometimes verges on egotism. I have a tendency to show off more than I should.
  • Appearance: I wear an intricate silver earring, that once belonged to my mother. My weapons and armour are always finely polished.
  • Personality: Amelia is a true believer in the Church and its principles. Those under her protection will be assured of a loyal guardian. They might also make a new friend. Amelia is only formal around people who demand formality. She much prefers a looser approach. Paladins (in her opinion) can help their Priestesses much more by becoming true companions. She wants to inspire her charges to reach their full potential. Granted, some of this desire stems from ego. Amelia is a bit of a show off. But aside from that bit of self indulgence, she's fully dedicated to the service of others.
  • Backstory: Amelia's path has been fixed since birth. She comes from a long line of soldiers. Young Amelia's family made sure to imbue her with the same ideals that they possessed. Tales of the ancient Paladins were read to her as bedtime stories. This kind of guidance has the potential to go very wrong. Many a child has rebelled against its restrictions. Fortunately, becoming a Paladin really did become Amelia's dream. She spent her leisure time in battle with imaginary villains. The day of her ordainment was the proudest of her life.

    Being a Paladin proved less exciting than expected. The Order of the Spear doesn't actually need to fight much these days. At first, Amelia wished that she lived in more heroic times. Her comrades soon showed her the error of her ways. A Paladin (they said) should hope for their weapons to remain sheathed. As Amelia learnt more about the dark side of history, she came to agree. She now wishes to help preserve the peace for which her ancestors fought. The Priestesses need more than just a halberd at their side. Amelia will support their bodies and souls in whatever way she can.
  • RP Sample: The clash of weapons sliced through the morning air. In a cold training field, two rivals were engaged in their usual routine. Amelia Verrick's halberd swung in a wide arc: Which was abruptly stopped by her opponent's shield. Cassia Palari's other arm answered with a thrust sword.

    "Too obvious!"

    Amy smoothly dodged the incoming blow. In doing so, she positioned herself to make another strike.

    "Too timid!"

    Both women were smiling. This sparring match had no hostility behind it. Their words were more advice than taunt. The dance of attack, defence, and counterattack continued for quite some time. Finally, Amy saw an opening. With a low horizontal swipe, she swept her opponent off her feet. Cassia was wide open. Victory! Amy allowed herself a stylish flourish of her weapon...

    ...Which gave Cassia just enough time to recover. She twisted around the finishing blow; Surged forward; And wrestled the edge of her (blunt practice) sword onto Amy's throat. Amy hastily raised her arms in surrender.

    "All right, all right! You win! Ugh, I really thought I had you this time."

    Cassia withdrew the blade, and clambered to her feet. She offered her friend a helping hand to do the same.

    "You did have me. And then you threw away that victory by showing off."

    Amy sighed. Mistakes like that were a big reason for these practice sessions. She and Cassia worked to strengthen one another.

    "I know. That last attack of yours was impressive. The old, timid Cassia would never have managed that."

    Cassia perked up at the compliment. This was how a rivalry should be: Pure and constructive. Just two devout paladins, equal in the eyes of their Goddess. Amy was so grateful for her sisters and brothers of the Order. Once she was back on her feet, she shared a grin with her dear friend.

    "Now, I believe I smell breakfast cooking. Shall we partake?"

    "You read my mind."

    The practice field was soon empty; And the bellies of two paladins were soon full.

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  • Chosen Plot Hook: Druid (Warlock of Fey Pact)
  • Background: Noble
  • Trait: If you do me an injury, I will crush you, ruin your name, and salt your fields
  • Bond: It is my duty to protect and care for the people beneath me
  • Ideal: My loyalty to my sovereign is unwavering (Fey Pact)
  • Flaw: In fact, the world does revolve around me
  • Appearance: Alaura'lyn carries a wooden carving as a memento of her slain children, tethered to her weapon as a charm. She also has a signet ring made of a red bone-like material; The crest is not commonly known, but indicates her noble heritage.
  • Personality: Split between two selves, Alaura'lyn comes across as a matronly caregiver when around young people, but can turn into a dominating and angry soul at the drop of a hat. She intimidates people who delay her goals and hasn't been known to forgive anyone since losing her children.
  • Backstory: Alaura'lyn lived in the Feywild with her people for hundreds of years. She was from a lower-ranking noble family, and had the role of teacher and caregiver to the children of her social circle. That all changed when raiders from another world attacked her city and destroyed everything she held dear. Her son and daughter were slain in the attack and the rest of her family later died from their wounds. The city was barely able to repel the invaders, but it didn't matter since her family was gone. Lost and broken, Alaura'lyn's thoughts turned only to vengeance and power. She was able to protect a few children during the invasion, but she admitted that she needed more power and skills in order to never lose to anyone who meant her harm ever again. Heading away from the city, Alaura'lyn sought to make a pact with an ancient power; She was never seen by her people again.
  • RP Sample: Alaura'lyn glared at the human guard. He challenged her. He actually challenged her! This man had likely only been alive for twenty years at most, hardly a moment compared to her impressive lifespan. She breathed deeply, trying to dissuade the anger, and responded to him, "I am here to attend to matter at the church." Seeing that the guard was about to continue this tiring dialogue she has been victim to time and again, she didn't hesitate to call upon the Feywild to make the men cower before her "Enough though! You WILL let me pass. I mean your city no harm, and as an ally I will not be bothered by your formalities." Walking past the men, Alaura'lyn calmed down ever so slightly, and nodded to herself in congratulations - nobody died that time.
  • Bonus RP: Alaura'lyn emerged from a murky pool of water and lay drenched in what appeared to be a cavern deep inside a mountain. She looked around and her eyes fixated on a mithral cage that was suspended above the water. A voice caused her alarm as she tried to focus and see in the near-darkness, it said "Let us hope this gambit chanced by the gods plays out as they hope." The eladrin looked toward the voice and could make out an elven shape. It was a much younger elf, and appeared only half of an elf at that. Not knowing where she was, and seeing as this person was not immediate threat, all Alaura'lyn could do was glare at the man.


I am wanting to use the Eladrin sub-race from the DMG for an elf. Warlock of Fey Pact would be the class. This is a conversion of a character that I played in 4e (on these very forums actually). Since the attributes don't transfer well to the new edition, I did the point-buy as close as possible. I would be leaning more to the RP side of things for sure

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Wow, super impressed with the amount of work and worldbuilding you've obviously put in. I sincerely hope I can join your game. I'm brand new to the site but I hope you won't hold that against me! New to PbP but not to writing or to roleplaying.

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  • Chosen Plot Hook: The Fighter
  • Background: Soldier
  • Trait: I am polite, respectful, and always mindful of my place in the ranks.
  • Bond: I am deeply driven by the need to get home safe to my spouse and unborn child when the work is done.
  • Ideal: I do my duty to serve my city, protecting our way of life for all its citizens.
  • Flaw: I have always felt inferior because I was not called to the service of the goddess, and secretly resent those who do serve her.
  • Appearance: While on duty, Ari wears the uniform of the city guard: a worn but serviceable chain shirt under a sergeant's jerkin in the city colors, leather breeches, and sturdy boots. Her bronze insignia of rank shines proudly at her collar. It is rare that Ari - or any member of the city guard in this peacetime city - is called on to raise a weapon in the line of duty, but only a fool would think that her longsword and shield are worn just for show. Ari does not neglect her skills or rest on past accomplishments. Her lifetime of daily calisthenics and weapons practice shows in her gait, her stance, and her demeanor.
  • Personality: Ari is a dedicated guardswoman who values stability, duty, and family above all else.
  • Backstory: Ari is the first woman in three generations of her family line who did not become either a priestess of Evelyn or a paladin Knight of the Spear dedicated to the protection of the priestesses and their temples. Never much interested in religion, Ari never felt the spiritual calling to the service of Evelyn that her mother, grandmother, sister, aunts, and great-aunts speak of so passionately. Ari has found purpose in service to the city guard, and lives a simple, good life. Not for her the saving of kingdoms or meddling with gods. It is enough to do her duty, serve her city and its people, and know that at the end of her week's guard shift she returns to her spouse, Leana, and their cozy hearth and home. Ari and Leana are expecting their first child, and while Ari looks forward to the happy event, she cannot help but be haunted by thoughts of whether it will be a daughter, and if so, whether the child will hear the call to the service of the goddess that all in their family, save Ari, have heard and followed.
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A couple of notes:
  • I am writing this from the perspective of the beginning of the adventure. Ari has never thought of herself as an adventurer or a 'save the world' type. I anticipate her world opening up hugely as the adventure progresses, and she finds strength and drive in herself that she never knew she possessed. So please don't think that because her background is not adventurous, that she would not fit into this adventure. This is the "before" picture, on the cusp of her being launched into a whole new phase of her life.
  • I usually work best when I kick ideas around with other people. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss and refine this character concept with the DM and/or other players.

Last edited by mandaanne; 01-19-2018 at 02:01 AM. Reason: completing app
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