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Old Apr 15th, 2020, 04:28 PM
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This looks rad. I’ll get my post up today!
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Old Apr 15th, 2020, 04:42 PM
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Posting for interest, may fill in a character later. I skimmed the UVG quickstart ages ago but never thought I'd actually get a chance to play it - I'm hungry for non-conventional settings lately.
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Old Apr 15th, 2020, 04:47 PM
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And here it is: My quickly "re-written" application... draft Edit: And now even finished

Character Application for UltraViolet Grasslands
Name: Must have got lost in purple haze I'll quickly invent a new one... Edit: Or just finally remember: Yavraya Hazelblunt

Concept: Soulknife Rogue in her early twenties. Having had a protected childhood in Violet City, she grew up with bedtime stories about the Long and Long Long Ago, the True Mother, the Ancestors, and the Rainbowland. Those stories determined her inner world throughout her life, and as she grew into her teens, fantasies began to turn into visions, dreams of the nights followed her through the days and began to augment her surroundings. When she asked her parents why the columns of the Citadel are staring at and stretching out to her, they became afraid about a growing madness inside of their daughter, but did not dare to talk with her about those concerns. Instead they made up stories about Violet City being a living organism, and tried to convince themselves that their daughter is also just making up her observations, that she just has a very lively imagination. Then one day she merged with a wall at home, and her parents were not able to see here anymore... Or did she just influence her parents' vision? On her next walk through her neighborhood, the streets started talking to her, telling her secrets about others who walked along them... Or was she just able to read those people's minds? Whatever the real mechanics of this steadily enhancing reality around her were, she learned to control her way of interacting with it, using it to her advantage, which finally became her only chance of survival after her parents suddenly passed away from a strange disease. She started to use her abilities to take what she needed, to find shelter and pleasure in a city to which she felt like a ghost sneaking through unseen by anyone... Except the cats! They were the only beings she could not fool. She started to avoid them, to even hate them, because they endangered her survival, her freedom... This tricky kind of freedom, that she loved as much as she hated it! Because it was accompanied by loneliness and boredom! She stole increasingly more than she needed, and she discovered drugs that made her feel connected to the people she psionically fooled as if they were friends who voluntarily share their most secret thoughts with her. But the drugs also made her vulnerable. She started accidentally exposing herself and her powers. She is not safe anymore in Violet City. It is time for her to leave...

Want: Get out of the haze! Both inside and around her. Get out of the boredom of her life in Violet City. Get away from the criminal life she stumbled into. Explore the origins and real backgrounds of all those childhood stories, that first turned into her strange day dreams, and finally turned into her psionic powers.

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Old Apr 15th, 2020, 04:50 PM
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@Widowbolte: I appreciate the enthusiasm!

So when it comes to the want and need, I'm looking for the character's motivation - and maybe if everything pans out right, we might end up with some neat, fulfilling character arcs.

The want is an external thing, and the need is internal.

You can put it in secret tags, if you like, but it doesn't need to be. It could be a secret they keep from others, and don't talk about. The character might not even be aware of it - it could be secret even to themselves.

It could answer "Why?" they want something, or it could answer "How?" they may need to change to get it.
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Old Apr 15th, 2020, 04:56 PM
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@DialP and HotsuSama: I can't wait to see what you come up with!

@WidowBolte: Awesome, thanks for the app!
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So this looks like it'll be an amazing game with a fantastic setting. I'd love to throw my hat into the ring with the rest of the applicants!

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Name: Wohn Jayne
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Concept: Trouble hang's roun' me like the sinsemilla smoke from my cigar. Wanderin' through the world, stoppin' jes long 'nough to wet mah whistle, turn a bounty 'n ride out. I don't truck with no fancy moral code, jes can't seem to tolerate when the strong sees fit to abuse the weak.

Want: Ain't the firs' time I got in trouble on account of a lady of the night, prolly won't be the las'. But that pimp, got what was comin' to him, jes didn' know he'd got some brother's meaner 'n a junk yard dog.

Need: Somethin' more 'n this tumblin' life. Gets lonely ridin' these wastes with nothin' but Glorph n' a bottle of spirits fer company.

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Couldn't stop thinking about this through a long day of engineering, glad to finally get some ideas down. I'm not 100% married to all of this, let me know if you have any notes, Inuvash!

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Name: Urch

Concept: Tiefling(-ish) Warlock, Archfey patron. ((I like Archfey as a patron for this due to whimsical vibe that isn't necessarily "I am straight up using you for my gain" like I infer for Fiend and Great Old One, though that is certainly an aspect to it))

I've adapted best I can to the Violet City. All I know for sure is I'm not from 'round here. Woke up one morning on the street with no prior knowledge of, well, anything. Folk called me Urch. Was meant as a slur to someone livin' in the street, but I didn't know no better, and thought that musta been my name.

Things was dark until my cat found me. I can hear her speaking clear as day, but nobody else can. They just figure I'm another crazy urch when I ask if they can hear her. She says her name is Artemis, and we're inseparable.


Want: Artemis is all I have, and I feel guilty I can't do much else for her than to sleep in some rags on the street. Can't seem to hold down a job with the meritocrats more than a few weeks. Maybe this caravan job'll set us up for a good long while.

Need: The closer my bond to Arty, the more I dream of...somewhere else. Is it where I'm from? Before I found myself here? Maybe this journey will lead to some answers, because there ain't any in the City, I knows that fer sure.

But unknown to Urch, Artemis is actually a ward of Vile, and Urch is actually being led to a relic from the Long Long Ago
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Name: Berkeley

Concept: Skeletal psionic soul sorcerer

One day, Berkeley forgot he was dead. It's been a nasty habit he can't shake since then. Some things he doesn't forget, like hunger, although no one's sure if he actually digests what he's eaten. And he still talks despite lacking a tongue. Oh, by the Sacred Cats, can he talk.

He won't talk about who or what he was when he wore skin and muscle. As far as he's concerned, moving around with less weight and being a little less susceptible to burns is a plus. He claims to come from a lost city beyond the Dark Hills, a moving metropolis always in darkness, lit by phosphorescent light and always blistering with music that trembles the cracked pavement. It is a place of constant stimulation, and he craves supplements in this blasted landscape, although he never elaborates on why he would want to leave this vaunted city in the first place.

Want: Some would consider Berkeley mad. His wants change fluidly, often directed by whim, and fancy for the new and exotic. Consistently, he's impatient and easily bored, so the prospect of venturing out into the wilds suits him fine.

Need: Berkeley is a solipsist. He feels The Black Sea calls to him as a void beyond all voids, a place untamed by the illusory rules of conventional reality - a place that may finally allow him to fully realise his own self-enclosed reality. Maybe Berkeley can find there what he seeks out of life, death and being. Maybe he can use his revelations to shine a light on the rest of so-called 'reality' to show it for the bundle of falsehoods and illusions it truly is. Either way, he seeks to prove a point to himself and to everyone else.
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Very much interest! Holding place for App too! )


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"The Goddess Descends!"
Shouts the high priestess at the commencement of the amalgamation ceremony. The writhing bodies of the chosen host proclaim the rebirth of their deity with their exotic dance while the newly crowned host of the Gloaming Goddess glides down the steep stairs from her lush purple dais. "She is renewed!" they exclaim in chorus as they adorn her shimmering body with the crown of stars and place in her hand the sidereal sword that grants her authority over her clandestine sisterhood. When the dancing stops, she is ushered into a side room, and while the sisterhood continues to shout, her attendees strip off her golden crown and reveal to her the terrible secret of the ritual she has completed.

Name: Éclate

Concept: Priestess of the Gloaming Goddess-a merged soul who hosts her deity within. Warrior cleric of the Twilight Domain on the run from her mystery cult sisterhood.

Want: Merging your soul with a deity weighs heavily on your mortal body. Those who merge with the goddess are not long for this world, and even the strongest among her priestly caste die after a few years. After years of preparation, Éclate finally learns this secret of her cult. When she learns of this she secrets herself away , and her goal is to visit where her goddess sleeps so she can return the goddess' soul and save her own life. This is considered heresy among her sisterhood and they are likely hunting her.

Need: Éclate was raised from a young age to become the eventual host to the goddess, and hence, only knows the ways of her coven. Though she was well-educated in preparation for her eventual duties, she has never had the clarity of mind to think about her own desires or to act on them. For the first time, she's felt the thrill of operating under her own volition and now needs to experience everything that she's missed. No longer merely a vessel, she must learn what it is to be.

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Very interesting! I don't know whether to be enthralled or threatened by this concept.
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Name: Luca Draszko

Concept: A young man who grew up under various boot-heels in Violet City, who saw the absolute worst that people have to offer and learned to survive in spite having nothing and no one to rely on, who by any reliable predictive metric of human behavior, should have grown up to lie, cheat, steal, and murder like everyone around him.

And yet.

In a land where mysteries abound and miracles are commodities, something truly wondrous happened—the boy grew up with a soft heart and a desire to care for others. There is something in him that longs to show the world something better. Something that sets him apart. Something he would give anything to understand.

Want: As a child, Luca began manifesting strange powers. His skin was tougher than most folk, his eyes took on a funny shape, he sometimes spoke in strange tongues that he only understood in the way we understand our dreams when we dream them. When he got angry, gold-colored claws would sprout from his fingertips. Over time, he found he could even do a bit of magic.

He doesn’t know why these things are happening to him, but he wants to. Desperately. He believes he was given these powers for A Reason. And the only place he can think of to find out is in the Grasslands.



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Super interested in this concept. Just checking I got it right- 5e mechanics applied to the concept world? Just unsure vis a vis the ultraviolet pdf has lots of specific rules about encumbrance movement etc that would be mechanically different.
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Old Apr 16th, 2020, 09:57 AM
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You've got it right. 5th edition D&D mechanics applied to the world presented in that UVG pdf. It's going to take some refluffing, handwaving, and a bit of homebrew - but that's all doable.

As for the mechanics in that book - they're interesting to read, but ignore them from a mechanical standpoint For example, I do want to give those encumbrance rules a deeper look - and might lift them. I rather do like the idea of a limited encumbrance "space" rather than keeping a huge inventory of weights.unless otherwise stated. While they're technically compatible "with any d20 system", the rules you see in the book are really tailored for the author's own RPG system.
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'Welcome to our caravan, wanderer. We are happy to meet you - as are the others.'' - Enoki, welcoming a new addition to the caravan.

Name: Enoki the Rothead

Concept: A Circle of Spores Druid that is so one with the mushroom zen around them that it's hard to tell if they're a person covered in mushrooms, or if we could go that route, that's definitely what I lean more towards one big walking mushroom. Friendly with a sorta detached personality - kinda like the Hanar from Mass Effect.

Want: Enoki loves their mushroom friends that share a pseudo-hivemind with them. Enoki also knows that they won't be around forever, and it would be irresponsible to leave their friends with no new host. Like any regular ol' person, Enoki wants to find someone that loves them for who they are, would want to settle down with them, and doesn't mind dating a single parent with... well, Enoki has lost track of how many mushrooms are on them for a couple years now... but at least two kids.

Need: Much like how spores are carried by the wind to settle elsewhere, Enoki's curious mind is at the mercy of every fascinating rumor they hear of the great beyond. As a mushroom feeds on the dead, Enoki hungers for more, well, everything. Sights, sounds, people, places, they literally cannot get enough of discovering something new. This gripping need is what leads them to a life like this. They're setting out on this great trip in part to confirm whether there's really a Great Big Mushroom somewhere far from the rest of the world. If there is - it's a beauty that must be seen by them. If not, at least the company along the way was as pleasant as the scenery.
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Name: Ell

Concept: A fugitive on the run. A former host of a porcelain prince that went rogue. Having broken free she finds herself with strange psionic powers. However her mind is confused muddled, she cant tell where her personality begins and her former prince's begins.

Want: Ell wants to be free, to rediscover herself.

Need: Ell needs to be as far away from her prince as possible. Still his connection looms and she must fight it constantly.




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