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Old 04-28-2019, 09:47 PM
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@Numen Wraith Talash plans to hunt down the other children of Vari and attempt to blackmail them for payments or favors to help keep their identity secret.

@everyone else I will write up with specific interactions with characters that look complete using different a different alias for each. Let me know if you have any suggestions on how your character would react to a blackmail encounter.
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:14 PM
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@Gualdarrama: Sorry, no Mystic class, but you're free to refluff the flavour and use mechanics of any other arcane caster to fit the feel you want.

@RadarD/Everyone: Blackmail is okay, but it'll have to be played right. Remember that while there will definitely be tensions, this is primarily a co-op game.

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Old 04-28-2019, 10:45 PM
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@Numen Wraith Talash plans to hunt down the other children of Vari and attempt to blackmail them for payments or favors to help keep their identity secret.
Wash's identity is already very open. Lol
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Old 04-29-2019, 12:13 AM
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@Gualdarrama: Sorry, no Mystic class, but you're free to refluff the flavour and use mechanics of any other arcane caster to fit the feel you want.
I was thinking of the hermit background and that the mystic fit in.

I can as easily go the monk route with the hermit.
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Old 04-29-2019, 12:56 AM
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So I am posting this here instead of adding it to my character app post to prevent it from seeming like one giant long post. This is the background of my character’s mother including my proposal for the business that she runs in town and how she impacts the surrounding community. I understand that the DM may include some, all, or none of the following:

Silken Sheets (House of Ill Repute)
The Silken Sheets is the local house of ill repute. It does well to differentiate itself from the more common versions of it type by making it more high class when it comes to the ladies and the interior of the building. The inside of the building is lavished with comfortable leather couches and minor form of games for entertainment. A full bar sits to the left ran by some the ladies depending on whether it was their shift or not. Chandeliers hung from the ceiling and all the wooden stools were stained and polished a dark red. The business houses twelve employees including ten ladies of the night and two bouncers. The women range from dainty halflings to more robust half orc women for the men who like it rough. Every lady was dressed for fashion as if she were attending a ball later that night. They treated their clients with respect and treated them like nobility. The two bodyguards are Cathran, a human female, and a half orc female named Gruuth. They deal with unruly clients that try to start fights or endanger the other ladies. Those few clients unlucky enough to have severely injured one of the employees are dragged off to the Mistress’s office by the bodyguards. They simply toss them into the room and lock the heavy metal door from the outside and wait. Inside the office, the offender would turn to see the mistress and boss of the establishment, Elaine.

Elaine is a high elf business woman who started her career as a traveling prostitute and vocal performer. After years of working her way up the social ladder to become the personal consort of the ruler Vari, she eventually took her savings and started this house of ill repute for women who tried selling themselves to the seedier parts of the area without any protection or were taken advantage of. This way, they could earn an affluent wage while having the security of Elaine and her influence in the underworld.

Let’s get back to the poor hapless drunk who was sent to her office for striking one of her girls shall we? The man turns look at Elaine and his jaw drops. The elf wore a silken robe of dark purple that hung on (and off) of her in just the right spots and hugged her curves. She kept her decency, but it would not take much for the robe to fall down. She was middle aged but her features showed little sign of age. Her light brown hair flowed down her back midway. Her skin clear and smooth as porcelain. The hazel eyes though were cold and piercing. “So you decided that one of my girls would be your personal punching bag do you? Well that just simply won’t do now will it? I’ve had past lovers like you before. I will deal with you now in the same manner I dealt with them.” On her desk is a stiletto made of pure silver. She picks it up and flicks it with her fingernail. The blade vibrates with a low hum. The man stands up straight as board with his arms locked at his sides. He couldn’t move no matter how hard he tried.

Elaine looked at him with a look that could freeze water. She raised the tip of the blade to his left cheek and began a diagonal cut to his back left jaw. The physical damage was minor, but the man could feel his warm blood start to ooze out of his nose, ears, and eyes as it felt like his brain was being slowly squeezed by an unseen hand. She whispered something into his ear that caused all of the color in his face to disappear. He began to shake with fear and his eyes opened wide much like that of a fish staring into and open shark’s mouth. The next cut completed the X on his left cheek and again his brain felt like it was being crushed. She stepped back to observe her work and nodded in satisfaction. Next, she chanted some arcane words as she touched his bleeding cheek to stop the bleeding. When she pulled her hand away, only a fresh, prominent scar remained. The Mistress then tapped softly on the metal door for the two guards to escort the client out. They removed him from the office and tossed him into the street with all his belongings. He lay there in the fetal position rocking back and forth muttering complete nonsense.

The gang that had been standing nearby saw the man and started walking over to take his valuables. When they saw the scar in his cheek, the leader backed up a step and held his hands up. “Nope not going near one of Elaine’s Marked. I’d like to not have myself on Elaine’s bad side today.” The gang turned around and walked away. In fact, the next day anyone who looked at him and saw the mark immediately looked away and didn’t speak to him. When he returned to his captain’s ship, the captain told him he would have to stay in the brig until they left port. The captain had a deal with Elaine from years back and he wasn’t going to let that turn sour.

Elaine Synthiel: Mistress of Silken Sheets and mother of Brittney Synthiel
10th lvl High elf Bard (College of Whispers)
Background: Criminal
Skills: Deception, Stealth, Persuasion, Performance, Intimidation, Perception, Insight
Tool Proficiencies: Dice game set and Thieves Tools
Skill expertise: Persuasion, Performance, Deception, Intimidation
Spells of note: Raise Dead, Modify Memory, Geas, Hold person
Magical Secrets: Mordenkainen’s Private Sanctum & Revivify

Cathran: Human female Bodyguard
5th lvl Monk (Way of the Open Palm)

Gruuth: Half orc female Bodyguard
5th lvl Fighter (Battle Master)
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Old 04-29-2019, 01:24 AM
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@Numen Wraith Talash plans to hunt down the other children of Vari and attempt to blackmail them for payments or favors to help keep their identity secret.

@everyone else I will write up with specific interactions with characters that look complete using different a different alias for each. Let me know if you have any suggestions on how your character would react to a blackmail encounter.
So first road block: Talash would have to know my character’s real identity which would be as difficult as her learning Talash’s real identity (both of us have Charlatan background and Alternate Identity feature). So if it’s easy for him to know her secret then it is easy for her to find out his. Unless there is some double standard I don’t know about.

Second road block: Only one person besides my character knows her true identity and that person isn’t talking.

Third road block: Getting my character to reveal her true identity has absolutely no inherent benefit to her thus she would never reveal it until she became the Queen. She can just act as a supporter of whoever is making a play for the crown.

Possible alternative interaction if you feel it would be more appropriate: Taking Brittney as a partner in your plan or at least not get in your way (of course she will be expecting a double cross but who wouldn’t really). Two people might be more effective than one considering we have complementary skill sets: he is the firepower while she is the political manipulator. She is fine being an advisor for whoever wants to take over if it’s less of a headache for her.
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:48 AM
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I am picturing very casual blackmail, asking for small favors or some coin to get a heads up when assassins are closing in. As we will be level 3 I imagine Talash won't be very good at it and most likely his identity is not as secret as he thinks which could quickly turn the tables and find him reaching out to those he previously blackmailed for the common goal of survival.
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:59 AM
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@everyone else I will write up with specific interactions with characters that look complete using different a different alias for each. Let me know if you have any suggestions on how your character would react to a blackmail encounter.
haha...Kade would completely reject the attempt and probably just laugh at Talash. Kade wants them to know who he is. "Let them come, I have a surprise for them when the find me again. In fact...I'm counting on it." XD

Considering one of his motives is to draw fire away from his brother and the temple, he wouldn't necessarily want an alternative identity. I doubt Kade would hold a grudge toward Talash though because, in a lot of ways, Kade would get why Talash would blackmail him and others.
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Character Application: Solomon DoorsBackstory: Callistege Dabbaneesa was one of the few women Vari considered more than just another female conquest. Possibly as close to an equal as anyone could have gotten. In fact if it wasn't for the bloodbath of a battle that brought the majority of the orcish warbands under his control, rumors were abound among Vari's lieutenants that an engagement announcement was around the corner. Callistege was nearly as ruthless as the man himself, and just as feared. She died defending her elite squadron of war wizards and ultimately brought victory to the day, increasing Vari's already sizable holdings by half again. Afterwards, the newborn son who would have one day been crowned as heir to the Fenmire kingdom was instead left by the side of the road on the march back to Vari's stronghold.

Fully unaware of his bloodline, or even that there is a power struggle between his half-siblings, Solomon Doors is fairly content with his current lifestyle, if only because he has no idea what else is out there. Found and raised by the enigmatic witch known as Redloch Doors by the locals, Solomon enjoys a solitary life consisting of living off the land and training in Redloch's unique style of druidic magics. The witch's hut sits near the very edge of Vari's border beyond even the small village of Sinkhole Cove, last stop before entering the hinterlands. The locals try not to interact with Redloch unless they have to, venturing out to her property only when an incurable ailment strikes on of their loved ones. For her part, Redloch lets the rumors of dark magic and blood sacrifices play out since it discourages pesky house calls, but in truth her practices are far from evil.

When the death squads came through Sinkhole Cove and heard rumors that the witch's charge was an orphan found near the same time as Callistege's sacrifice, the doubt was too small to ignore. Raiding the small overgrown estate, the assassins were many in number and well-trained but Redloch had over a century of experience and the home-field advantage. During the ensuing chaos, Solomon was bade to escape by his mentor and although he fought by her side, when Redloch fell his flight instinct kicked in. Solomon dove into the river that lead to the cove, shape-changed into a fish and fled. Now he survives on his own with little social skills, but plenty of talent for surviving in the wild. Solomon's odd ticks and dialogues with himself can definitely seem a bit off-putting, even downright crazy by those raised under more "normal" circumstances.

He has no idea what awaits him in the Fenmire kingdom proper...

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@Numen Wraith Talash plans to hunt down the other children of Vari and attempt to blackmail them for payments or favors to help keep their identity secret.

@everyone else I will write up with specific interactions with characters that look complete using different a different alias for each. Let me know if you have any suggestions on how your character would react to a blackmail encounter.
Not sure how that would be possible. There's only one person who definitely knows his identity and that's Cyrus. He would never say anything. He loves Kyris like his own son and would die before revealing his true identity.

There's another person who might know and that's Astrid. Problem is no one knows where she is at. Only the DM would know if she knows or not. Kyris certainly doesn't know who she is. As far as he is concerned his only living "family" is the church of Bane.

If Talash were to somehow find out Kyris would go along with it at first but would eventually find a way to turn the tables and blackmail Talash in return. Or, he would find a way to make someone that Talash cares about suffers. Who that is and the extent of that suffering would depend on the extent of the blackmail
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:27 PM
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It seems like Kade would be the only one who would react with positive-- or more like neutral terms to a any attempt at blackmail XD If you want to write that @RadarD, be my guest. Kade would certainly think Talash has guts for trying it out.
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:22 PM
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Honestly Wash is open to working with anyone he deems reasonable. As far as past dealings, his travels inland were rare.
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Just so everyone knows, I've glanced very briefly over the thread. I didn't see any immediate questions (LET ME KNOW IF I'M WRONG. THERE'S A LOT TO READ. I'LL STOP YELLING NOW!), so I'm going over the thread again and reading the updates/responses to notes. Expect another update tomorrow or Wednesday.
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@RadarD Saraseen would likely laugh off the extortion attempt, but quickly decide it would be worth it to keep Eztli close and under pay in order to find the remaining siblings, which he is planning to ally with anyway. I'd imagine that when people start coming together, eventually we'd realize he looks a lot like most of us though, so it wouldn't be long till we realize he is also a heir to Vari.

As for general backstabbings, power-plays and struggles for the throne, his desire for conquest doesn't really involve him being crowned in the end, he just wishes to make those who wronged him submit, and then gain control of the swamps and coasts that connect the land to the sea, that's the only part he is really interested in. So if anyone wishes to side with him for muscle at first, or to have as a master of navy later, that'd be a-ok!

I'll be updating my app tonight Numen, btw.
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