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Old Jan 10th, 2023, 01:36 PM
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Thanks for the app, @Grouchy. Percy reminds me a bit of Al Swearengen in the Deadwood series. A cutthroat killer with self-discipline, courtesy, and restraint would be an asset in Ebonclad. A "thorn" who can't control their temper isn't good for business.

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Character name: Tallion 'Guard Dog' Raths
Race: Half-Orc
Class: Paladin (Eventual Oath of the Crown, with the crown in this instance being Ebonclad)
Background: Soldier
Personality traits (2): I can stare down a hell hound without flinching.
I have a crude sense of humor.
Ideal: Independence. When people follow orders blindly, they embrace a kind of tyranny.
Bond: Those who fight beside me are those worth dying for.
Flaw: Iíd rather eat my armor than admit when Iím wrong.

Backstory: For generations, the Raths family have been loyal servants of the nobility. Guards and soldiers of the finest order, though having never been gifted the status of knighthood. They live modest lives and are told from a young age that the greatest honor in life is dying to protect others. Tallion has always been a bit of skeptic, questioning dying for the cause when he thought it would be much better to live for it. To actually survive the battles and hopefully die peacefully, knowing you had done everything you could to protect others. After all, didn't dying in battle mean you failed?

From a young age, Tallion had been trained in the art of weaponry, though his family for the most part favored swords, he was quite fond of the glaive. It seemed at every step, he was just a little different than most of the rest of his family. Questioning their blind loyalty and their ideals while forming his own. At just fifteen, Tallion was given his assignment. He would be traveling to the city of Kintilla and becoming a guard there. Tallion sometimes wondered if they gave him that post specifically to get rid of him. They did. Despite the difference in ideals, Tallion did enjoy his work as a soldier. He liked the people he worked with. When fighting was required, he fought not to die for the cause, but to live. While he was an excellent soldier, he was often passed up for promotions, as was the curse of the Raths family. Every loyal, never respected.

Tallion had always questioned authority, but it was when plague broke out that he really began to understand just how awful the people he worked for were. Their job was not to help the people, but to keep the sick away from the noble's district. To harm instead of help. To keep the filthy separate from the clean. Tallion was furious. While he stood around, people were dying. That's when they caught the smuggler. Tallion managed to convince his superiors to be the one to do the questioning. He managed to convince the man to give him the location the medicine was going, and delivered it himself. He gave the smugglers his patrol route, and assured them that he would turn a blind eye. Unbeknownst to him, that was his first introduction to the Ebonclad.

When much of the plague had been wiped out, Tallion was approached by members of the Ebonclad, offering him a spot among their numbers. With his growing hatred of the nobility that had treated his family so poorly for so long, and that let people die, the choice was easy. Tallion believed he could help more people by becoming a criminal, than as a guard. But it was agreed that using his name would not be wise, as his family's reputation might make things difficult. As it turned out, those who smuggled through his patrols already had a nickname for him. One that they decided to keep. Thus Guard Dog, or just Dog, was born.

Goal: Tallion's goal has always been to protect the town he loves. As a soldier, Tallion learned quickly that in true times of need, it was not those who worked aboveground who did the most good. They were stuck awaiting orders and being only allowed to act when it benefited the wealthy. Those underground on the other hand could smuggle medicine and make sure that anybody who needed it got access. Ironically, Tallion found that being a criminal was where he could do the most good. Screw the nobility that treated him like an actual dog, he was far better off with the criminals who had given him the nickname Guard Dog.

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Character name: Harkon Demur
Race: Human
Class: Fighter (Archetype: Eldritch Knight)
Background: Slum Dweller
Personality traits: (1) I’m not afraid to hurt someone to protect something that belongs to me, or should belong to me, or will soon belong to me. (2) I know where I come from, I know what my station in life is and always has been. Your attempt to treat me as a lesser being doesn’t rile me up.
Ideal: I’m loyal to my friends. Within the guild and without.
Bond: I grew up in a rough neighborhood. As bad as it was, I will always take pride in where I came from. I love the bad and the good of it.
Flaw: It’s not really a crime if it doesn’t hurt anyone. I’ll take what I need and what I want with no remorse, as long as it’s from the well off. I don’t steal from my own.

Backstory: Out in the slummier areas of Kintilla, you learn quickly that you’re going to get your ass beat down no matter what. So, you can choose to fight back and make the people pay, make them learn that you are not an easy target, or if you don’t, they’ll just keep coming back for you.

Harkon took it a few times before setting his mind towards never allowing people to walk all over him again. He was never the biggest or the strongest. But damn, was he a scrapper.

This naturally paved the way towards anything military focused; army, guard, or mercenary. Harkons’ mind was always on Kintilla, it was his home and he never saw reason to leave. So leaving to invade other lands or guiding some caravan across the wastes was never something he truly considered. That left becoming a city guard.

Turns out, that jobs boring as hell. And you’ve invariably got some stick-up-his-rear sergeant always over your shoulder telling you you’re doing your job wrong, even when the job entails standing at a door nobody’s bloody using. And the pay, while it’s honest and regular, it’s complete trash.

It did have a perk or two. You got to know where valuable gear was stored that was easily accessible. You learned which guards could be bought, which could not. He tapped a few of his old friends to pull off some minor jobs for a bit of extra scratch. Nothing too big, nothing that could be traced back to him. It wasn’t long before his role as a guard became second to pulling jobs with guys he knew from the streets.

Goal: Harkon still does not see himself as a criminal. He coordinates with some of the locals to relieve the city of some unused gear, that’s hardly anything dangerous. But when offered the chance to be part of something bigger, he was intrigued.

It was a chance to actually do something other than guard doors nobody cared about. A chance to make more than a few silver on a job. He’d just sort of blundering about his whole life. Falling into the job as a city guard, falling into criminality, now falling into organized crime. Who’s to say this isn’t where he’s supposed to be after all.

RP Sample: The steady rain outside had driven people indoors and the tavern was awash with the gentle murmurs of conversation from dozens of filled tables. Harkon wore an off-white shirt and brown pants, a distinct departure from his guard outfit. Even though his business relied heavily on information he gathered while doing his job, he made every effort to keep the two lines of work as separate as possible.

Finally, the barmaid returned with his order. A warm dark beer and a shallow bowl of stew. He ate slowly and savored the beer more than the stew.

A woman squeezed by Harkon’s shoulder on her way to the seat across from him. She reached over and carefully set a small bag of coins down in front of him as she sat. He looked at it critically before setting down his spoon and picking up the coin pouch, it was light and small. He opened it and fingered around inside.

Harkon had a very annoyed look on his face as he spoke. “What is this Tila? That should have gotten at least 200 gold pieces.”

Tila gave an equally annoyed look. “Apparently your boy Rodician got a little loose with his tongue, not in the way a girl hopes for, and we had to send some extra bribes up to some additional bodies in your ranks. You might want to have a little chat with him about that. Cost us most of what I managed to unload.” She turned her attention to the bowl of stew. “How can you eat that crap? You have the money to be living a good life, yet you keep coming back here and eating this swill and slumming with the likes of me. Not even the cooks know what’s in that thing after all these years.”

He tightened the string on the pouch and slipped it into the waistband of his pants, then took a long slow inhale and equally slow exhale, cleared his throat and moved on like nothing had been amiss. “We’re going to steer clear of this district for a bit anyways. If words floating about without our control that jobs are going down before they actually go down, we’ve got too much heat on us. Plus, I have another job lined up. It’s different then our normal stuff but I’ve done some digging and it should be an easy score.”

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Character name: Adron Ozor(Marcus)

Race: Variant Human

Class: Wizard

Background: Charlatan

Personality traits: I lie about almost everything, even when thereís no
good reason to. Flattery is my preferred trick for getting what I want.

Ideal: Power. Knowledge is best used as leverage to gain further knowledge.

Bond: I fleeced the wrong person and must work to ensure that this individual never crosses paths with me or those I care about.

Flaw: Iím convinced that no one could ever fool me the way I fool others.

Backstory: Marcus is a con artist with aspirations as big as his lies. Since he was a child on the streets of Kintilla, Marcus has been fascinated by the power of magic. As an imitator and pretender one of his most utilized personas was that of a wizard, Adron Ozor. As he learned more of the role he was impersonating. He gradually became convinced that the intricacies of arcane magic werenít beyond his comprehension. The purpose of the wizard Adron Ozor shifted from conning the gullible out of gold to furthering his arcane knowledge. From selling faux potions on the street to bluffing his way into libraries to read tomes for hours on end.

His breakthrough that turned his lie of spellcasting into a truth didnít come from the yellowed pages of a dusty book, but at the expense of another. Prominent local wizard Cecilia Rersk. Convincingly posing as a fellow colleague in the role of Adron, Marcus gained the confidence of Cecilia, and stole from her a spare spellbook. It was from that spellbook that Marcus learned his first spells, created a spellbook of his own, and made the mask of Adron Ozor into a new reality.

Goal: Why is your character into crime? What do they want from life? Why did they accept the offer to join Ebonclad? Adron/Marcus has had a taste of the power of magic and his appetite hasnít waned. For more power, he will play whatever role or wear any mask he has to.

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Great new apps! Ya'll are making my job to select a team hard! LOL

@DiceGoblin: Love the idea of a paladin "thorn" (as the Ebonclad call their muscle), like a mafioso who really, really believes in their codes.

@Curzod: Tough boy from the slums is a definite fit.

@Bloodshadow: A fake wizard who conned himself into being a real boy! Hilarious!
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Well this looks interesting. I started a game of Blades in the Dark several years ago, but it fell through. I get the same vibes from this. I think I will put together an application for sort of spellcaster.
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Should have the full app up by this weekend. Was gonna go for an illusion-spec wizard.
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Character name: Loquacious (Morthos)
Race: Tiefling
Class: Bard (going for College of Eloquence)
Background: Charlatan
Personality traits (2): Flattery is my preferred trick for getting what I want. Sarcasm and insults are my weapons of choice.
Ideal: Creativity. I never run the same con twice.
Bond: I will do everything I can to strike out at and destroy those who ruined both my mother's and my life.
Flaw: I'm convinced that no one could ever fool me the way I fool others.
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Goal: He got into crime to survive, but joined the guild to excel...and to better strike out at the rich and powerful.
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Character name: Nelson (Orod 'Nelson' Kalokoku but only his mother calls him by his birthname)
Race: Goliath (Custom Lineage)
Class: Barbarian (eventually Path of the Streets)
Background: Slum-Dweller
Personality traits (2): I keep a worthless trinket of the slums to remind me where I’ve come from. Also I eat like a pig and have bad manners.
Ideal: Brotherhood. Nothing is more important than respecting the honor among thieves. (Lawful)
Bond: The guild rescued me and my mum from a life of want. I owe everything to Ebonclad.
Flaw: I depend on others to give me orders, otherwise I’m reckless and attract unwanted attention.

Backstory: As nomads, the Kalokoku clan got to Kintilla in a winter, but due to their naivety, they found out they could never leave as they got scammed left and right. Valla found herself almost completely alone when she gave birth to the healthy baby boy. She scrapped for every coin to keep food on a table, but a growing Goliath consumes a lot of food. By the time Nelson was a teenager she started to be more and more sick due to the burnout, and it arrived the time for the kid to sustain what little remained of the clan. His large frame provided for him pretty quickly. A loanshark needed to get the message across and hired Nelson for his intimidating presence. Little did the boy knew, that sparked the interest of an Ebonclad recruiter and a couple of jobs later, Nelson had a formal invitation. The little payment he received so far was already a fortune in his eyes, so accepting wasn't even an option, but a certainty, as the recruiter well knew.

Goal: On a superficial level, money. Valla is week and not-so-young (Nelson would get bonked on the head if he said 'old') and can't provide for herself anymore. Nelson wants to provide for her a luxurious life (which is mostly just being food-secure). But on a more deep level, the big boy had always been relegated on the margins of society, never accepted due to his obvious diversity. But now a group of rich and powerful want him, for what he his, for what he can bring to the table. That's powerful stuff, even if it comes at the price of few broken bones.

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I think this is the first barbarian I ever saw (in my limited experience) without a two handed weapon (I mean, it would probably get too much attention..).

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Thank you, @Andor and @Remorazz for your apps. Less common races add spice.

@Andor, the Player's Reference (linked in my first post in this thread) has some spells Loquacious might like. The Voices spell in particular seems up his alley.

@Remorazz, the Path of the Streets could fit Nelson at 3rd Level and beyond. FYI: The Goliath race isn't in one of the allowed sourcebooks I specified. It comes from the "Elemental Evil Player's Compendium." Don't sweat it for now, though. I won't hold it against your app. If I choose Nelson for the team, we can discuss then whether to change his race or make an exception for a Goliath.
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Ach!

My bad! I assumed Goliaths got reprinted in one of those.. could go firbolg or orc, I'm still going with custom lineage anyways as he was born and brought up in Kintilla.

In my head he was going to be an ogre or half-ogre, but since they are not a playable race, I'll adapt. Really I was just thinking of a burly dumb guy with a touch of exotic, so I'm open to discuss it later (if chosen).

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I figure I'll give character suggestions -- and we can all give each other suggestions -- after I choose the team and as the players are finalizing their characters. If nothing else, I'll be giving setting information that might inspire changes.

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  • Character name: Maekrix Iothweyog; Krix, The Holy Poison
  • Race: Green Dragonborn
  • Class: Paladin, taking the Oath of Secrets at Lvl 3
  • Background: Bureaucrat
  • Personality traits (2): Politics is a game that must be played with patience, and I have the patience of a dragon.
    I'm utterly bored by people who don't think the way I do.
  • Ideal: Disorder: The Laws of this city are threads in a blanket of order. Let's see what happens when we pull one.
  • Bond: My guild mates are my backbone. I'll do anything to keep Ebonclad's secrets hidden.
  • Flaw: I secretly believe that everyone is beneath me.
  • Appearance: Maekrix is tall and lean, when he's wearing his noble attire his physique is unassuming. His clothes sporting a deep purple hue, with gold trim to highlight his royal status. Maekrix likes to flaunt his power, but don't mistake that for being loose with his secrets. When wearing his armour, the extra bulk combined with a change in posture causes him to appear larger and more imposing. His scales are an almost shimmering green reminiscent of lively grass. The ridges in his skull and the small horn like spikes growing out of it were almost reminiscent of a crown, giving him a regal appearance Without being too overstated. The expression he carries on his face at most times is one of a smug, sardonic calm.
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    Maekrix simply sees the benefit of underhanded dealings in the political world. No one makes it to the top on their own without tearing down someone else, and that's something he enjoys doing. He sees the Ebonclad as a safety network, a good foundation to build his legacy and power from. If he can operate with people he trusts on his side then he knows he can succeed.
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@Andor, the Player's Reference (linked in my first post in this thread) has some spells Loquacious might like. The Voices spell in particular seems up his alley.
That does seem like the perfect spell for him, since I was already gearing toward Disguise Self. They'd complement each other nicely!
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