Forgotten Realms Campaign - The Shadow of Madness



The Path to Safety

The month of Merpenoth, or Leaffall, 2046 DR. You find yourself camped out on the northern banks of the River Chionthar, in a large caravan heading west. Nearly a hundred wagons are scattered throughout the makeshift camp, and for every one there are five more people traveling by foot or horseback. Many of them journey laden with packs, clothes disheveled, while others wear rags and beg for a share of the more fortunate's meals. Some are clearly deserters, who stick close to one another, wearing poor and broken armor, sigils ripped from their equipment. A few are merchants, guards protecting their wagons while they barter with the refugees, all but robbing them of coin. One or two with knights and servants even bear noble insignia on their clothing, although their houses have clearly seen better days.

Most seek to escape the war to the east, as the merchant domain of Amn lays siege to the Dragonlands, their mercenaries burning fields, ships, and homes alike. Little better then bandits, the sellsword armies spare no one and nothing. The Kingdom of Swords and Baldur's Gate don't seem much safer these days, but what could be worse then the battlefield? The caravan moves slowly, yet there is safety in numbers. Cutthroats and outlaws don't dare attack such a large group, instead quietly joining them before robbing who they can while families sleep. The pitiful prayers of clerics, begging the silent gods for their protection go unanswered, and rumor has sprouted in the camp that a disease has begun to spread. But Baldur's Gate grows closer by the day, and the warm, welcoming safety of its walls may yet keep hope alive. . . .


The City of Baldur's Gate


Character Creation

Characters will begin the game at level 1 with 30 point buy or the 5d6 method. An ability score cannot exceed 18 at character creation, even with racial bonuses. The house rules will make this a high power campaign, somewhere between regular progression and gestalt style with potential to become far stronger than either.

For more details on how to create a character, please read the d20pfsrd character creation outline.

For specific details on character creation for this game and the rules to use for this, see the Character Creation rules here.

If you would like to apply, please post your character application here.

If you have any questions, feel free to message me or to make a post with your question in the Rules and Questions section of the game forum here.



Important Info

There will be a few resources that will help you along the way, and give you a better understanding of the setting.
  • Any of the stickied threads in the Rules and Questions forum - A basic understanding the homebrew additions and the pathfinder rulesets will be essential in gameplay and your character's progression.
  • Recent History - It's important to understand the recent history of the area when creating your character, and how things have changed in the years since the Second Sundering.
  • D20pfsrd - Most of the rules we'll be using and any information on the pathfinder system you need can be found here.
  • The Forgotten Realms Wiki - While some of it will be 'outdated' for the game, a lot of information about the general aspects of the setting can be found here.



Update
I'll be closing this ad to prospective players within a week.

Anyone who has not expressed interest in the game (either by messaging me or posting anything on the game forum,) will unfortunately no longer be eligible for consideration. The deadline for showing some sort of interest will be December 16th, 2018.

Players that have already shown they're interested through public or private character creation, making rolls, messaging, or any other forms of communication about the game don't have to worry as they will still be eligible to be selected even if the character hasn't been completed by that point. The remaining time before the game starts will be to allow the players that have already started the application process time to complete it.


Update 2

The deadline for the interest check is approaching soon. This deadline will be at 11:59 PM UTC on December 16th, 2018. Any prospective players that have not shown interest by this time (either through posting on the forum or contacting me via other method) will be ineligible in my selection of players.

If you don't have anything figured out yet and you're interested, don't worry, this cutoff is not for character creation. Simply message me here, on the forum, PM me, or contact me on my discord, and that will be sufficient for the required interest check.