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Assault on Origin

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Game Name
Assault on Origin
Game System
Pathfinder (With a splash of 3.5)
Theme
A Githyanki tale of vengeance and glory
Flavour
Exploration and infiltration with dungeon crawls and intrigue.
New Recruitment BlurbWe are recruiting!

We need 1 replacement for this game! We are not looking for any specific role to be filled, the PC's are part of a squad rounded off with a healthy contingent of NPC's who can shore up any missing role.

We have:
  • A Necromancer named Malifeek the Jackal (Soulweaver 10 // Wraith 10)
  • A Spheres of Might warrior named Mrtyu (Striker 10 // Conscript 10)
  • A stealthy Scout / Skill Monkey named Daikon (Scholar 1 / Symbiat (Hekatonkheires) 9 // Armorist (Martial) 10
  • A Warforged Tech Sphere specialist named Glitch (Armorist Inventioneer, mostly, with a plethora of multiclass)
  • A spiked chain wielding maelstrom of tripping, disarming and maiming, Fau Hyrack (build incomplete)


This game will start in medias res and we will shoe horn new PC's into the game as though they had been with the squad all along, in place of NPC's who had yet to lend voice to the tale.

Plot SummaryThe Githyanki have been plotting a direct assault on the land of Origin for decades. The Lich-Queen, Vlaakith CLVII, has uncovered a massive Illithid presence in the Underdark of this land and has decreed that it must be eradicated at all cost. Such a global assault is a massive undertaking, however, and cannot hope to be successful without first establishing a foothold on the surface. The Lich-Queen has therefore declared war on the surface Empire in order to establish supply lines and to acquire slaves to serve as shock troops against the mighty Illithid forces.

Many victories have already been won and the Gityanki on Origin are well on their way to securing their foothold on the surface. The Mighty city of Magra'Teah in the East has been claimed and its mighty forges now burn with Gityanki fires to make Githyaki weapons of war.

Valejo, the humans' northern-most outpost has been overtaken and its inhabitants slaughtered or routed. Many more minor outposts have been taken. The war efforts have reached a critical point and now face unprecedented opposition. The Human empire is now aware of its imminent fate and has rallied in an effort to thwart the Githyanki advancement. Efforts to take the mighty dwarven city-state of Dolthane have recently met with failure, owing to unexpected assistance from some rebel City-state to the north-west. Pressures are mounting as the Lich-Queen continues to send waves of her people to Magra'Teah and space and resources are becoming stretched thin.

The decision has been made to send a few elite squads of warriors known as Va'Dok'thra, to explore uninhabited areas of Origin. It has been discovered that many ancient ruins are scattered across the land, the last vestiges of cities destroyed many years ago in a great war. It is the hope of the War Council that these ruins will yield ancient secrets to aid in the Githyanki war effort, and perhaps serve as suitable sites for colonization. Assaulting human cities has proven more costly than expected on some fronts and new sources of precious resources are needed quickly to cement Githyanki victory.

The players will be members of one such Va'Dok'thra squad and will venture forth into the land in search of adventure and plunder for the cause.
Origin
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Origin is the largest of the Prime Worlds, and arguably, the most important. It is ruled by a powerful emperor known as Kaine, a figure as shrouded in mystery as he is respected and feared, even by his own people. He ascended to power 500 years ago, rescuing the empire from the brink of extermination.

The Great Millennial War ended 600 hundred years ago, leaving the land bruised and battered. It was the war of Giants and Goblin kin vs the Humans and their allies. The humans won the day in the end, but their victory was not without price. Their civilization lay in ruins, the bulk of their cities destroyed. The elves, blaming the humans, fled to their homelands to become more reclusive and xenophobic than ever. The wilds, though mostly absent now of Giants and the Goblin kin, were now teeming with other dangers who had been left to thrive in the wilds. Those cities and villages who still stood after the end of the war now saw bands of Gnolls, Lizardfolk, and all manner of beasts at their gate, scrambling for easy pickings across the countryside. The struggle lasted 100 years before Kaine, with his armies, came to save the day. He swept through the land and laid waste to the creatures which ransacked the empire and eventually established his capital in the once great city of Dusk. For 500 years he has ruled. How he has ruled so long is not known for none have ever directly laid eyes on him. Some say he is actually an elf, concealing his identity so as to escape the ire of the elf councils for his intervention in human affairs. Some say he is not one man but a figure head and that actual rulership is passed down from father to son, with Kaine's identity passed on with the crown. Others whisper of darker origins and even darker plots... But nothing is known for sure, only that he prevailed and created a peace which has lasted 500 years. He rules with an iron fist, his law upheld by the dreaded Overseers. The order of Overseers is nearly as laden with mystery as their ruler, serving as judge, jury and executioner for Kaine's law and are said to possess mysterious powers to always know truth. The emperor extended his protection to the other races, exacting from them mandatory tithes.

This arrangement has been in place for 500 years. The empire has grown considerably in that time, rising from the ashes to become a powerful force once more. Commerce is thriving. A powerful Wizard's college has been founded by the High Order of the Arcane with the emperor's support and now boasts more applicants than ever. The people are more comfortable than they were even under the old empire. But in recent years, Kaine's rule has been challenged for the first time.

Five years ago, a cult surfaced in the empire, calling itself the "Cult of the Burning Fist". It called out the emperor as a Fiend and a profiteer of the people, claiming he grew fat and wealthy in his mighty citadel while offering little for his supposed "protection". "Protection from what?" they asked. These were peaceful times yet still this emperor demanded outlandish taxes and tithes, and continued to grow his army to unprecedented size. They claimed that Kaine was using this army to cement his hold over the people and needed to be exposed for the tyrant that he truly was. It was not long before this new cult was outlawed and its worship decreed punishable by death. It is around this time, a time of maximum strife in the empire with rebel factions establishing in the north, that the Githyanki chose to strike.
Va'Dok'thra
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The players are members of one of the Va'Dok'thra squads dispatched to explore some of the ruins left over from the Millennial war. One such site has been located by the Dragon Riders and the squad has been tasked with exploration, and if possible, plundering of the site. A report is also expected detailing any available resources that the area may have to offer as well as the site's potential for colonization. The squad will comprise 4-6 PC members.

Githyanki is the preferred race.

 

For information about the lore and history of the Githyanki, I would recommend this article.

Other races may be considered, but must have a very interesting backstory to convince me that they were accepted into such a squad. Githyanki slaves who earned their freedom may be a source of potential alternate races.
Accepted SourcesAll Paizo material is allowed. Spheres of Power is allowed. Occult Adventures are allowed. Pactmaker from Spheres of Power is allowed. Path of War is banned. Dreamscarred Press psionics are banned. Akashic Magic is banned. Firearms of any kind are banned.

Banned Classes: Gunslinger is banned unless you select an archetype that does not use firearms. Vigilante is banned. Summoner is banned (Unchained Summoner is ok.)

Banned Feats: Leadership Feat (Leadership Sphere is ok), All Shikigami Style Feats, Sacred Geometry.

Class caveats: Unchained versions of classes are ok but you can use basic versions as well (except for Summoner).

Gestalt: We will be using Gestalt rules from D&D 3.5 book Unearthed Arcana, with the following caveat: If you choose to level as a class that would fall under Tier 1 in the following Tier classifications, your character can never be Gestalt. Tier 2 classes can advance as Gestalt, but the other classes advanced must be Tier 3 or less, and cannot be High Casters if built with Spheres of Power. Characters whose entire class make up falls under Tier 3 or below can be Gestalt, even if both sides are High Casters using Spheres of Power.

 
ApplicationsApplications should follow a fairly standard format with, at minimum, the following info:

Name:
Race: (Githyanki? or other?)
Classes (Side 1):
Classes (Side 2): (If applicable)
Intended Role: (Damage dealer? Skill monkey? Tank? Crafter? Blaster? Summoner? Debuffer? Buffer? Battlefield Controller? etc...)
Alignment: (Usually evil? If not, provide explanation in your BG)
Traits:
Flaws:

 

 

 

 


The format need not follow the above example but should be easy to read and contain at least that much information. I would ask that spoiler tags be used for lengthy descriptions. I am looking for good role players with interesting stories to tell.

Please leave a post with a link to your application once you feel it is ready for review.
Character Creation- Characters will be built using 25 point buy.
- Maximum starting stat with point buy is 18, before racial and level adjustments.
- Characters will start with 71,000 XP, using Fast Advancement, so will be level 10.
- Players will have the option to create Gestalt characters, if they do not choose a class that would be considered Tier 1. Tier 2 Gestalt with Tier 3 or less. See above.
- Optimization level of the character can be high, but don't break the game. Use your judgement.
- No character may benefit from age bonuses for those greater than the Middle aged category regardless of chronological or biological age. If you wish to handicap yourself with venerable age for the purposes of story or character, feel free to do so, but mental benefits will accrue no further than Middle Age.
- As per Gestalt rules in Unearthed Arcana p. 72, only 1 side of the build can gain Prestige Class levels at a time. (if applicable)
- Characters can have 2 Character traits and 2 Flaws. Flaws from other sources may be approved on a case-by-case basis.
- Characters must select the Oath of Loyalty, selecting Gith. See below for restrictions on Oaths and Boons.
- Starting Gold will be standard WBL for 10th level characters (62,000 gp), plus an additional 35,000 gp for up to 2 items which are important to the character. There should be a story-based reason for these items, i.e. it was an heirloom, a gift from the lady in the lake, etc...
- Fractional BAB and Saves must apply (You don't have to bother if you are single classed)
- Max HP for every HD with best HD per Gestalt level used, if applicable.

Regarding Clerics
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In Origin, Gith has ascended to Godhood and now permits Githyanki clerics to worship her. Keep in mind that she is a daunting taskmistress and does not tolerate clerics of any other faith within the ranks of her army. Should you choose to advance as a cleric, or any divine class that relies on the Divine for its powers, you must choose Gith as your Goddess. (Or you would not have been selected for this squad and would, in fact, be hunted as a heretic and a pariah.)

Domains: War, Travel, Time, Hatred, and Mind.

Favored Weapon: Greatsword
Homebrew
 

Please do not feel you have to create the character immediately.
The campaignThe campaign will be set in my homebrew world of Origin. I will be providing more details on the setting once the game gets going. The adventure will begin with the squad already underway, so make sure your characters are prepared for adventure at the start, with all necessary supplies already purchased. Please note that although the game will begin in mid action, so to speak, I do intend the campaign to broaden to other locales and adventures should player interest and choices dictate that this should happen.

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# Player Character Name Race Class (Side 1) Class (Side 2) Complete?
01 triedtherest Overseer Dirk t'Larien Githyanki Male Conscript 10 Incanter 10 Complete
02 AlphaZ Nish'ra, Queen of Shadows Tiefling Dual-Cursed (hunger, plagued), Oracle of ShadowOracle InsinuatorAntipaladin Complete
03 DebiRedHair Lar-El the Chosen Githyanki Female TyrantAntipaladin 10 Bard 10 Complete
04 CatCanCook Tymora Githyanki Female Inheritor; Ghoul BloodlineSorcerer 7 / AntiquarianArmorist 3 Conscript 6 / BeastsoulMonk 1 / Antipaladin 3 WIP
05 OneDarkness Zenera Githyanki Female EscapologistU Rogue 10 Wind MysteryOracle 10 WIP
06 Gath HeiSaraka Kasatha U Monk 10 Antipaladin 10 WIP
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So Leadership Sphere is allowed?

If so, jolly good, I have an idea or two for a character, a Conscript that invests heavily in the Leadership Sphere. He would have been working undercover in other Races territories, gathering resources and/or weapons for the Githyanki, while acting as a Merchant in those lands.

Not sure about the 2nd Class, maybe the Incanter Spherecaster Class, with emphasis on the Death (Reanimate) and Warp (Space) Sphere s.

What level adjustment would this be at (aren't Githyanki +2 LA?)

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There's no Level Adjustment for Githyanki for this game.
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I have slightly modified the banned talent list for Spheres of Power and Might. I have also added the following in reference to tech:

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tech Sphere
Tech Sphere

During their forages through ancient ruins on Origin, the Githyanki have discovered ancient technologies which have been lost to the peoples of this world. This technology is magical in nature, however, and very rare. Practitioners of the Tech Sphere must take the following drawbacks:
  • Expensive Gadgets
  • Incomplete Knowledge
  • Mana Engineering
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This sounds very familiar...
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Is other stuff from dreamscarred press available? Mixed Blood and Altered Life feats.

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Is other stuff from dreamscarred press available? Mixed Blood and Altered Life feats.
I would rather stay away from Dreamscarred Press and all Path of War material.
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For information about the lore and history of the Githyanki, I would recommend this article.
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what are the "Far Hand Talent spell-like ability, and the Wild Talent traits." Are they the Natural Psionic and Unrealized Telekinetic traits?
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what are the "Far Hand Talent spell-like ability, and the Wild Talent traits." Are they the Natural Psionic and Unrealized Telekinetic traits?
Ah yes. I forgot to edit the alternate traits when I made changes to the main abilities. I corrected the mistake now.
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Expressing interest but have never played PF and have none of the books. Would a Paladin of Tyranny/Bard be OK for Gestalt?
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Expressing interest but have never played PF and have none of the books. Would a Paladin of Tyranny/Bard be OK for Gestalt?
You don't need any of the books to play Pathfinder since you can access almost everything on the d20PFSRD or the Archives of Nethys. Spheres of Power has an excellent Wiki as well.

Antipaladin and Bard are fine for Gestalt.
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Overseer Dirk t'Larien
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Name: Overseer Dirk t'Larien
Race: Githyanki
Class(1): Conscript
Class(2): Incanter
Role: Alternate-summoner (Cohorts/Undead), Resources, Storage.
Alignment: Lawful Evil
Traits: +2 trait bonus on Diplomacy checks to influence hostile or unfriendly creatures, and if you fail at such an attempt, you may retry it once.Patient Optimist, Choose one Charisma-based skill (Diplomacy). You attempt checks with that skill using your Intelligence modifier instead of your Charisma modifier.Clever Wordplay
Flaws: -1 HP?LevelFrail, Reduce one of your Ability Stats (Strength) by 2Pathetic
 

 

 

 


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You don't need any of the books to play Pathfinder since you can access almost everything on the d20PFSRD or the Archives of Nethys. Spheres of Power has an excellent Wiki as well.

Antipaladin and Bard are fine for Gestalt.
Going to put together an application for a female Githyanki Paladin of Tyranny/ Barf gestalt character. Do you need the character sheet doing as part of the application? That will take me longer as I will need to read a lot first.
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