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Escape From the Underdark

Escape From the Underdark - Forum
Dungeons & Dragons 4e - Forgotten Realms 4e
Ad Closes: Oct 12 '12
Estimated Members Requested: 4

Players Wanted: 4 more (we already have one player confirmed)
Application Deadline: Friday, October 12, 2012
System: Dungeons & Dragons, 4th Edition
Setting: Forgotten Realms, 1370

Game DescriptionFlavor:
Tavern tales across Faerun's sunlit lands whisper of the Underdark, a lightless, subterranean realm that is home to fabled races and ancient, unspeakable evil. It is a domain of primeval mysteries and unending war, a hidden world of cruel masters and hopeless slaves, filled with monstrous races that were old before humans were born. It is a dank, dismal place of fungus, rot, and slime. It is a land where a few lucky merchants have found a lucrative trade, but where many more have been slain (or worse) for their effrontery. So dire is the reputation of the Underdark and its denizens that mothers caution their children to behave, lest the dark elves steal them away.

Slaves in the Underdark have little to live for, and most hope only for a quick death when their time has come. A few, however, long for freedom, and even fewer attain it. You are one of those few.

Game Premise:
Escape from the Underdark is a new 4e game run by myself and aquilifer09. I have run this campaign before on Myth-Weavers, and it lasted about 2.5 years. We already have one player locked in and are looking for 4 other players to round out the party.

Escape from the Underdark takes place in a non-canon section of the Underdark, approximately 7 miles beneath the surface in the year 1370 of the Forgotten Realms. The setting is expansive and well-fleshed out, with a custom history and many interesting npcs. PCs are free to explore the setting and pursue their own goals and interests. Much of the action will take place around a city of freed slaves called Sanctuary. Sanctuary is built on the abandoned ruins of an ancient Svirfneblin city, and is full of mysteries and dangers. Sanctuary itself is far from its namesake, full of corrupt politicians, self-serving public defenders, and mysterious cults.

This game is about surviving in a hostile world where your resources are slim, allies are rare, and your enemies are very powerful.
This game is about exploring the many mysteries that inhabit the setting.
This game is about characters that are forced to make difficult decisions to survive.
This game is about your characters pursuing their goals and being heroes!


ApplicationYour character will begin as a slave of the drow, traveling in a slave caravan to the large drow city of Traensyr. Your character may be a newly acquired slave, either captured or purchased from another slaving race, such as illithid, beholders or duergar. Your character also may have been born as a slave. Regardless, they are now the possession of the ruthless and evil drow.

A character sheet is not necessary for the application.

Post your application here, and please format your application like this:
Application Format
Name: Your character name.
Race: Character Race
Class: Character Class
Alignment: Good or neutral only, please










I personally prefer characters with well-developed motivations and goals that aren't reliant on quirks or gimmicks.


Character CreationCharacter Creation:
All characters will be created using the standard character creation rules presented on page 12 of the Player's Handbook, with the following exceptions:
  • Character Level: 3rd
  • Ability Scores: Method 2: Customizing Scores (22 points)
  • Alignment: Unaligned, Good, and Lawful Good only.
  • Races: No drow or warforged. Neither of us are big fans of monstrous races, so an application featuring a monstrous race needs to be exceptional to get in.
  • Background: You may choose one General or Forgotten Realms background benefit. No other background benefits may be used.
  • Themes: We will not be using themes for this game.
  • Equipment: One magic item of 4th, 3rd, and 2nd level, as well as 680 gp you can spend in any way you choose.
  • Allowed Sources: All official content and Dragon Magazine is allowed. I don't own all the material, so I may need to look certain things over.
  • Characters begin with one additional feat.




Last edited by fishingpenguin; Oct 4 '12 at 8:19pm..
With the topic of Sanctuary being brought up, I want to ask a few questions, if you wouldn't mind. Would Sanctuary typically act as the 'Quest hub' for the group? I'm guessing since the Underdark is a horrid, vile place, the group of five would have to spend some time going back to the town for provisions and all that, whilst picking up quests along the way? Or will Sanctuary be more of a one-time visit sort of area? Considering I'm still very greenhorn, I hope for an answer.

Name: Horus Kraele
Race: Tiefling
Class: Ideally hexblade warlock, though other warlock would be fine. I could also see him being a Psion, though it'd make the Pact element less crucial.
Alignment: Neutral











DMs, I'd love any feedback you have to offer. I tried to skirt the line around gimmicks by making his personality the sort to be receptive to a situation like this rather than having his whole life defined by the pact, but I'm happy to tweak. PMs or here is fine.

Gah, wow. I was thinking today, and these were what I came up with for builds in the order I wanted them...

Fighter
Rogue
Barbarian

And all of them were taken!!
Now I need to come up with something new...

*Edit* Screw it, I am going to go with a fighter anyway.

*COMPLETE*

Name: Francis "Fran" Mystral
Race: Human
Class: Cleric
Alignment: Good












Application is done outside of any comments from other PCs or DMs.

Application FormatName: Calderax Romazi, known to his current owners as Krin
Race: Tiefling
Class: Psion
Alignment: Neutral










Quote:
Originally Posted by Scoodles View Post
With the topic of Sanctuary being brought up, I want to ask a few questions, if you wouldn't mind. Would Sanctuary typically act as the 'Quest hub' for the group? I'm guessing since the Underdark is a horrid, vile place, the group of five would have to spend some time going back to the town for provisions and all that, whilst picking up quests along the way? Or will Sanctuary be more of a one-time visit sort of area? Considering I'm still very greenhorn, I hope for an answer.
Yes - Sanctuary, should the PCs manage to make it there, will serve as a central hub for much of the campaign's action, and a place of relative safety in comparison to the rest of the Underdark.

I'll be providing feedback and advice for each completed app in private text in this thread. I've really enjoyed the applications so far - many of them are quite good! Also, please continue to feel free to ask questions, either here or through pms.

I originally had a thri-kreen monk in mind, but I think I like the human version of the character better. I'll get a full application done after work tonight.

Looks like an intriguing game premise. I had an idea for a wizard, but I doubt I know enough about 4e to pull off a controller just yet, so I would like to be a reader instead.

A few people have brought this up, so let me just say that I have no problem with people new to 4e, and in fact we would be happy to help you learn the mechanics, and I'm certain the other players would help out as well. If you have a great concept, don't let unfamiliarity with the system get in the way.

Oh, do we start the game still in the slave position rather than in Sanctuary? I'm even happier if that's the case but I need to change my idealized backstory to fit accordingly if so.





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