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Strixhaven: Academy for the Gifted

Strixhaven: Academy for the Gifted


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Game System: DnD 5e
Theme: Intrigue, exploration and conflict in college
Flavor: Strixhaven meets Patrick Rothfuss' "The Name of the Wind"
Positions: 5-6 Characters
Timeline: Applications will remain open until the party is full (6-8 members). First pick on or around 1/15/2022
Post Frequency: Moderately Paced - 1/3+ One or two posts a week

Access to Strixhaven University is by invitation only – student’s sponsor provides the Admission Token that triggers a portal to the plane of existence which is the Strixhaven Campus and surrounding lands. The path to the Admissions Exam in the Invigitorium is an adventure in and of itself – not all will make it. If selected and able to pay the fees for your next term, students vie for rank within their class to advance as students in hopes of being selected for one of the University’s Five Colleges and in turn, their private libraries of hidden knowledge and power.

Surviving classes and exams is not a metaphor at Strixhaven University – neither is Publish or perish. The faculty is watchful and evaluating every step of the way. Natural matriculation, students falling off the bottom of the ranking lists, and those that simply disappear, make advancement at Strixhaven a true accomplishment. There are no rewards for simply participating.

Great Powers in the form of the Founding Dragons watch from a distance from various planes of existence – rumors abound in their true goals for Strixhaven, their role with the University Administrator and Board of College Deans, and the many great mysteries which are forbade topics– The Oriq, Archaics, Star Arches and snarls.

Game Concept: Either by design of accident, you - the gifted - have been sponsored to apply for the next class of the University of Strixhaven. Now you just have to fight to get in and stay there while surviving the curriculum - literally.

Based on the maxim, "make the Strixhaven yours," students will work through admission, completing classes, College House Selection and hopefully, graduation. Along the way they will experience a life hidden from the eyes of most mortal beings and most other students.

If you need a theme, think about a grown-up "Wizarding World" meets "Sound of the Wind" with a dash of the Divergent Series.

This should be a fun mix of light University Antics mixed with the dark and serious side of a heroic life: ... and yes, there will be exams, parties and blood - sometimes all at the same time.


How to apply to Strixhaven University

What I'm hoping for in a player::

* 1st: Fellow storytellers that won't have to be lead around the University by the noses.

* 2nd: Synergizers that work their best with other storytellers that find and exploit the surprising and unanticipated.

* 3rd: Roleplayers that know or that are willing to dig into the cannon of the setting to find interesting leads, hooks, and direction rather than to be handed all the details by someone else or the DM.

Full Disclosure: I'd rather wait and play this game with a group that seems to fit these ideals than to push this through now. Great games, players, and exciting stories are worth the wait!

What I'm looking for in an application::

- 1st: There is a reason why you've been admitted!

-- Post Character flavor text (description) along with an example post.
Here are your prompts:

-- Tell us the story of how you became aware of, and arrived on the campus of Strixhaven University. (Strixhaven is on its own Not Arcaviousplane of existence for all intensive purposes so all students will originate from a generic High Fantasy Setting or some any official published setting of their own choosing).

-- You student may have a general understanding of the purposes of the University and its Colleges. Though First Years are not admitted to a College, they may declare for one of the Five Colleges and take classes that may help them for their College Admission Trials. Will they declare for a house and if so, which one and why?


* 2nd: Create and post (in this thread) a DnD 1st Level Character BUILD (see my example) using the 4d6 drop one methodDecide first BEFORE you roll. Meaning if you roll up a set of characteristics you don't get to throw them out and then take the standard array. Fortune rewards the brave people! or standard point buy. (Please do not roll in the recruitment thread rather, just include a link to your rolls in the appropriate thread). Use the student workshop and roller-room for this purpose.

Your "POTENTAL" student has not been admitted to the University yet, so do not take anything from the Strixhaven Source book that comes from admissions as a student. This will be awarded in-game when it applies. If you have questions about this, ask before you finalize your University Application.

Creating and posting a full character sheet is totally optional until after selection.

Considerations when building your character:

* Name & Race - Standard PHB races and all official releases (no UA).
* Class - Standard PHB and official releases (no UA).
* Alignment Any non-evil. Bottom line, you play for the 'good guys' even if your friends, family or College trends another way.
* Variants and Custom Heritage - not allowed.

Example Build::

Starting Stats: 15 12 13 8 17 16

LevelSourceFeature
1HumanAbility Scores each increase by +1
1HumanSpeed 30
1HumanLanguage +Human, +Elvish
1Cleric+10 HP (MAX)
1ClericArmor Pro: Light, medium, shields
1ClericWeapon Pro: Simple
1ClericSave: WIS CHA
1Cleric+Persuasion, +History
1Acolyte+ Insight, +Religion
1AcolyteLanguage +Dwarf, +Draconic
1War Domain+War Priest
1War Domain+Bonus Domain Spells (2)
1War Domain+Heavy Armor Prof., +Martial Weapon Prof.

* 3rd: Please read this before you apply. Its my gaming Foundational Principle and FAQ from one of my other games. If you have a problem with what you read there, please don't apply.

Successful University Applications will be matched with an Sponsor to receive their Stixhaven Admissions Token so they may begin their journey!
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"I'll ask you as many questions as I need to," the Invigilator replied. He was a tall male, heavy set compared to humans but actually normal for his species. The pupiless eyes could have been seen as heartless or cruel but there was no hint of that in his voice. If anything, his tone could be described as clerical.

The Invigilator looked down at the young man, what was left of him anyway. Much of his right shoulder and arm was bound up so tight to stop the flow of blood, that it would have to be cut away having necrotized. His legs had large open wounds but those might heal given enough time and magic. The burns, most likely from electrical discharges would most definitely scar. But it was his shaken, angry voice that betrayed his fear. "What kind of school ports its students in the middle of the.. whatever that was?"

One of the medics was pulling an arrow from the young man's back as the other was closing wounds with magical bonds." I mean, I just met those guys but none of them deserved to die just to get in... to, a school." He grunted in pain as another arrow was removed.

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The Invigilator looked down at a scroll as magical runes lifted off the page as they rearranged themselves then settling back down on the paper. "Cohort 1037192022... One Remi of the Grey Mountain, Danelle of Storywell, G'Or'Gek of Barron's Siege, Janel of Waterdeep, oh, there you are, Ferral of Belfast." He looked down this time with compassion at the young man. "I'm sorry for what happened to your Cohort on your Journey to Strixhaven but you misunderstood your Admissions Letter. "

The Invigilator continued, "That was an invitation to apply, not a promise of acceptance. Your first test was to work with your cohort to make it to the Hall of the Masters in the Bibloplex - no one makes it into, much less out of, Strixhaven without help - in this case, your Cohoart. No one. "

Something akin to horror combined with pain filled the young-man's eyes. "You mean... after all that... I'm not?" Ferral looked down the wooded area just beyond where the two were. There was a grand arch that led to a wide lane which served as a main thoroughfare down the middle of the University. It was as if the deep and harsh wood in which they now stood had just suddenly parted, opening into a shinning paradise.

Ferral was on the wrong side.

The Invigilator held out his hand, "Your Invitation Token, please. "

Ferral held out a large, metal coin. One side bore the image of a dragon with its body and tail wrapping around its circumference representing the Founding Dragons of the University. It was said that they used their magical connection with the multiverse to find and select potential students for the university - as well as their considerable social network.

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The other side of the coin bore the Strixhaven sigil. It was a hint of things to come.

Eventually, each student would bare their own university talisman - the symbol of their status. One side would show their personal sigil - earned, approved, and granted by their university as they became Forth Years. The other side would bear the University Sigil. Each "Fourth" would create their own masterwork as it would be their final exam before leaving this place.

That is if you could make it that far.

Ferral looked at the Strixhaven Gate - the Gate if the Initiate. Once he handed over this admissions token, passing through that gate would mean certain death due to the ancient wards protecting the University grounds. Looking down at his wounds and thinking back to his fallen cohort, perhaps that sigil always meant death.

The Invigilator seemed to sense his deeper pain or perhaps he had just seen that look so many times before that he knew what it meant. He placed a knowing and gentle hand on Ferral's head. As he did fractal swirls of multicolored energy formed in the space around the two even as Ferral's eyes filled with with ink-black energy until they were featureless. "You will not remember your journey here my young friend. You will find yourself at home, feeling safe, feeling rested. You remember a journey to the large trading town of your realm where you defended newly befriended travel companions who all survived due to your valiant efforts. You have feelings of confidence and pride of that day. You know that your future is bright and full."

As he removed his hand, the young-man fell over to the ground and closed his eyes, resting in a deep and magical sleep. The Invigilator dropped a heavy bag of coin next to the boy and spoke to the nearest attendant who returned to the administrations by removing the last arrow. "Be sure when we wakes up at home, that", pointing to the pouch," this is one of the first things he'll see."

The Invigilator placed the invitation token in his pocket and made a few marks on his scroll. He rolled it down to the next entry. Speaking to no-one other than himself, "Cohort 1037192023, lets hope you fair a bit better."


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Player Character Class College Declaration Status
Cheshire Zatt Sorcerer Complete
Fatgunn Throom Shadetusk Druid - WIP
DebiRedHair Valeria d'Athos Warlock SELECTED
Silent Rain Rathe Collin Bard Lorehold Complete
penbeast0 Dreyer Fighter Quantrix Complete
Onward Sarah Rogue Complete
Hal Hammerhand Alaric Brighteyes Druid - Withdrawn
Yoshimi KiM FortiTude Barbarian Witherbloom SELECTED
Treble83 Paige Sletten Monk - Complete
Mrjoegangles Thron Wizard - SELECTED
plantgirl Elladora Warlock Silverquill Complete
Jrod Auberon Druid Witherbloom Complete
Majika - - - Interest
Hiruma Kohaku - - - - Withdrawn
FCastor - - - Interest
Dyerdon Ebenezer Wizard - Complete
Mindsiege Rhondrarondura Druid - SELECTED
Eyepatch Pippin Fighter - Complete
delpinator Paladin - WIP
MontageManiac Malleus Wizard (bladesinger goal) Prismari SELECTED
Aotyr - - - Interest
Humble Hero Fenmaer Thandreve Rogue - SELECTED
PalladiaMors Astra Sorcerer Prismari SELECTED
PapaHuck Myelin Ranger Silverquill SELECTED
The Dark Star Okrem Cleric - SELECTED
APPLICATIONS CLOSED - - - -
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I am interested in this game, I will read up on the different houses before fully creating a character, but I have a few ideas. WIP
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I am interested in this game, I will read up on the different houses before fully creating a character, but I have a few ideas. WIP
Sounds great - looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
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How would you feel about a wild mage Sorcerer with the expanded table and each time When I doing roll a 1 or a 20 it adds a number so it become 2 and 19 and so forth? Making it not if but when?

Or would you prefer a wizard class?
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How would you feel about a wild mage Sorcerer with the expanded table and each time When I doing roll a 1 or a 20 it adds a number so it become 2 and 19 and so forth? Making it not if but when?

Or would you prefer a wizard class?
I'm fine with anything that you'd find fun playing - just do your application/build from any cannon source. After we start play, we can talk about expanding the wild magic table. I have a few of these handy already
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I've been wanting to do something in Strixhaven since the set came out! Will get a character worked up!
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I've been wanting to do something in Strixhaven since the set came out! Will get a character worked up!
Nice to meet you Fatgunn... let me know if you have any questions!

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Interested but wondering what classes are possible? Does it have to be a spell casting class and if so are there any limitations?

Would a half-elf Warlock (Dao Genie) be acceptable?
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Name: Rathe Collin
Race: Human
Background: Urchin
Class: Bard
Alignment: Neutral Good

Description: Rathe is of moderate build and stands just under six feet tall. His brown hair is usually unkempt and often long enough to get into his eyes. Even if given the opportunity, wearing finer clothes makes him uneasy, and he would rather wear something simple, but well-made. Rathe learned early in life that it was foolish to not carry a weapon. This lesson has remained with him even to this day, despite the magical training he has had, and will often wear a sword at his hip, if he is able.

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Character Build [Rolls] Starting Stats: STR 13(+1) | DEX 14(+2) | CON 13(+1) | INT 14(+2) | WIS 12(+1) | CHA 17(+3)

Level Source Feature
1 Human Ability Scores each increase by +1
1 Human Speed: 30
1 Human Language: +Human, +Draconic
1 Urchin Skill Proficiencies: +Sleight of Hand, +Stealth
1 Urchin Tool Proficiencies: +Disguise kit, +thieves’ tools
1 Urchin Equipment: A small knife, a map of the city you grew up in, a pet mouse, a token to remember your parents by, a set of common clothes, and a pouch containing 10 gp
1 Urchin Feature: City Secrets
1 Bard Spellcasting
1 Bard Bardic Inspiration (d6)
1 Bard Cantrips Known: 2 (Minor Illusion, Vicious Mockery)
1 Bard Spells Known: 4 (Healing Word, Speak with Animals, Color Spray, Disguise Self)
1 Bard Spell Slots: 1st - 2
1 Bard Hit Points: +8 HP (MAX) + Con Modifier
1 Bard Armor Pro: +Light
1 Bard Weapon Pro: Simple weapons, hand crossbows, longswords, rapiers, shortswords
1 Bard Instrument Pro: +Lute, +Pan Flute, +Drum
1 Bard Save: DEX CHA
1 Bard Skills: +Arcana, +Persuasion, +Perception
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Interested but wondering what classes are possible? Does it have to be a spell casting class and if so are there any limitations?

Would a half-elf Warlock (Dao Genie) be acceptable?
I believe that is out of Tasha's (sorry, away from my books right now).... so sure, go for it! Any published non-UA cannon is OK for this game.

Any class is open, including non-spell casters... though they will learn a lot about magic and eventually incorporate some arcane FX to their class due to the curriculum.

Looking forward to see it!

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@Begon Ugo - Players in my other games are always welcome!
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I am DMing a Session of Strixhaven but i have not played as a player...ok if I submit an app?
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I am DMing a Session of Strixhaven but i have not played as a player...ok if I submit an app?
Absolutely.. just remember thought, this version of Strixhaven may be very different at times (may be even most times) that what you are running, esp. the key parts of Lore. I'm GREAT with that, as long as you are!

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Expressing interest. Looks like fun!


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