Escape From the Underdark

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Escape From the Underdark

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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..
Hi all. I'm the co-GM, as well as a former player from fighing's first run of this game.

Just want to reiterate a couple of things about the game:
1. character selection: we are both much more inclined to accept solid archetypal characters concepts over "new" overly-complicated ones. I know that it can be fun to play a dumb, half-orc barbarian that thinks he's a wizard with dyslexia...but the truth is that the more streamlined the concept the easier it will be for you to write and rp them. That doesn't mean we don't like interesting character "hooks," (and we're not looking for boring characters) just don't try and rewrite the book here. We would rather have a well-written, well-played elf ranger or dwarf cleric than a poorly-written, poorly-played, shardmind hybrid monk/wizard. Also, no Drow...period. They're the bad guys, they're super evil, and you will be killing them. 'Nuff said.

2. setting: We want players to have an emotional reaction to this setting. The Underdark is where dogma fades, dreams die, and the "right" choice disappears. We want players with the writing ability, or desire, to make their characters truly be affected by the hopelessness of the Underdark. As such, if you're looking for a pbp version of a hack-n-slash game then this might not be the right place for you. We use a lot of combat, but we want the characters to be dynamic; to reflect on the decisions they make and react accordingly.

Good luck and we look forward to reading your applications!

The concept is interesting, but I don't have the proper books for it. If I can get a hold of them I'll join you. If not, I'll poke my head in from time to time and check it out!

Never played in an ex-slave colony before, might be fun. Expect my application.

Should we post our apps here in a specific forum? Please forgive me if you posted it in the above, but I didn't see it if you did.

You said that we are slaves in the beginning, than you said that we are each allowed a Lv 4, Lv 3, Lv 2 items. Did we have these when we are slaves?

Yes, please post your apps here. I'll add that to the ad, thanks for the reminder.

Regarding your equipment - you will start as a slave and not have your items at the outset, but you'll quickly gain access to all of your selected gear.

I am quite intrigued by the premise of the game. I hope that you will carefully consider my application, as I am very anxious to play. Note that I have never done a Play-by-Post game before, but I will learn quickly. Here is my application:

Character name: Delnor
Race: Halfling
Class: Rogue
Alignment: Unaligned


Name: Shaw (his 'professional' name)
Race: Human
Class: Assassin (the original kind, not from the Essentials book)
Alignment: unaligned


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