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Forgotten Realms Campaign - The Shadow of Madness

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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.


Game Description:

The Forgotten Realms, a place of magic, monsters, and myths. Since the Second Sundering, the world of Toril had calmed and settled, falling into an uneasy peace. With the gods falling quiet, mortal-kind has been left to its own devices as the years have passed. Legends have faded into myths, and the heroes that gave them breath have all but been forgotten, their stories the subject of historians and scholars. For centuries, the world turned and time passed with little interference from the gods.

Our story begins in a world changed from the Era of Mortals, where war was waged not in the name of gods, but in the name of kings and emperors, warriors and wizards. The campaign will begin in the year 2046 DR, centuries after the Second Sundering, along the northern banks of the River Chionthar. The Dragonlands of Cormyr, Sembia, and the Dalelands have been attacked by the Merchant Domain of Amn, and displaced commoners, deserters, merchants, and nobles alike. A caravan of hundreds travel towards the City of Baldur's Gate, staying together to avoid danger, hoping either to escape from the war or grab for the power vacancy in the broken Kingdom of Swords.

Because of changes to the world in the centuries that have passed, (and because I prefer it,) Pathfinder will be used instead of D&D5e. I am hoping for this to be a long game, for your character to progress from the 1st to the 20th level, the inclusion of Kingdom Building rules if your characters make choices that lead to it, and a general freedom of your characters to interact with the overarching story in the way they deem fit. In short, I intend for this to be a Sandbox Game set in The Forgotten Realms, with a story along with it to tie everything together.

Being what it is, this game will also have a heavy focus on the passage of time. The choices the characters make, what they do and do not influence, and where their path leads them will have consequences - good or bad - on the world around them. Jobs they do not take or leads they do not pursue will expire, be completed by others, or be lost entirely, and these choices will effect encounters further on in the game. This is in an attempt to make the world feel as alive as possible, and often you will need to decide which problem or opportunity you want to pursue, if any at all.

There are several homebrew rules I'll be allowing you to make use of, and as such all classes and third party classes will be allowed if they make sense within the world. You are welcome to try and bring homebrew classes, feats, etc. if you so wish, though I reserve the right to deny them if I don't believe they fit or otherwise. The game will also feature the fullest extent of the pathfinder ruleset I can manage to use, so if you're unsure about something simply ask.

For this game, I would appreciate players to have discord. I would like for the posting to move at a fast pace, and the use of discord will allow players to notify each other when it is their turn to post, or message myself directly if they have a question. Most if not all of the gameplay and rolls will take place on Mythweavers, however some things like battle maps may be included on the discord for ease of access in certain situations.

Lastly, and most importantly, this will be a very roleplay heavy game. Players are expected to be decent writers and to describe all of their characters actions as though telling a story. Simple combats will be entirely text based, with players free to make use of the environment as they see fit, and bonuses may be awarded based on a players description of their actions. Complex combats will make use of a map, but players will still be encouraged to roleplay these scenes heavily. If a scene requires a lot of interaction between two characters, I would prefer that the players discuss whats happening out of character in the discord and write the scene cooperatively before posting, so as to keep things moving quickly.

Your legend begins here, the question is how you want it to unfold...


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If you'll note the 'character creation' portion of the ad, you'll want to review the full character creation rules first (the first underlined 'here'), then post the application following those rules as a new thread (the second underlined 'here'.) Typically, if the text is brown, bold, and underlined in my posts it's a link that will take you where you need to go!

Would you consider taking a player new to rpg's? And does active mean through out the day or more like getting on once a day?

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You have my attention.
Then I hope to be seeing an app from you soon!

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Would you consider taking a player new to rpg's? And does active mean through out the day or more like getting on once a day?
Truth be told, that's more about what you're comfortable with then about what I'm willing to take. As I said this is intended to be a very heavy roleplay oriented game. With that in mind there are some mechanics that can get pretty complex at time, and while part of my job as GM is to make the game as smooth and enjoyable for the players involved as possible, some things are just going to require you to get the knowledge you need. If you're willing to put in the time and work, I am, but I can only hold your hand, you've got to walk on your own two legs.

As far as 'active', in a perfect world I would love to see as many posts a day as possible. But that simply isn't realistic, so instead I would like for a reply to be up within twenty four hours of the last post.

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Would you consider taking a player new to rpg's? And does active mean through out the day or more like getting on once a day?
ditto

Same answer Zero, I'm willing to help if you'll put in the effort to learn. I'm more interested in a player's ability to RP then to make use of mechanics.

Well @Normanras, feel free to write up an app! Most of the resources you'll need I've outlined in the in the game forum, and I'm always happy to answer any questions you might have about the game or getting your character created!







 

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