The Deadliest Game: an urban adventure of deadly intrigue

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The Deadliest Game: an urban adventure of deadly intrigue

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So I decided to start up an urban campaign in a capital city of 200,000 ish souls in my homebrew world of Akuroth. Read up on the setting info here. The threads are listed in order of importance (top down) but for the richest understanding of the world and how you can make a character that feels organic to that world necessitate at least skimming all of it.

Character apps go here, please. Character creation instructions can also be found there, but here's the short of it:

Level 6, any 3.0/3.5 sources *except* ToB, ToM, Incarnum, Psionics, or Eberron (even if it was included in a core book later). No exceptions. If you want campaign-specific stuff from other settings, run it by me and I'll see if it works. Also, no BoVD for PCs. Pretty much anything/everything else is on the table. Level includes any racial HD.

Races: I'd rather not have anything more than +2 LA. Also it has to be a race that wouldn't be completely out of place in the city of Ninuroth as described in the setting information. So probably no outsiders or funky monsters or animals.

I'd like to have a balanced party but in the end it will come down to who has the best writing and backstories. Also just because this is an urban campaign doesn't mean I need or want only sneaky/guileful characters. Yes, rogues, bards, beguilers etc. fit well but I'd rather not have every application be for one of those types. I draw HEAVILY from Cityscape (obviously) so anything in there is fine/encouraged.

In your backgrounds at the end make sure you specify how and/or why you are in the city now (if you haven't been in the city forever anyway). Also if you end up having any strange/powerful/out-there magical items it'd be nice but not necessarily required to know how you acquired them, as regular people in Ninuroth can't just go out and throw down a pile of gold to buy a +2 vampiric greatsword of smiting, or whatever.

Game Description:

Soaring towers, gleaming palaces, grand banquets, shining armor, gold flowing like water; dirty shacks, grimy canals, moldy bread, cold nights in dirty rags. Only in Ninuroth, capital city of the nation of Halvar in the world of Akuroth, can such things coexist normally. A city of both luxurious excess and crippling poverty, of haves and have-nots, Ninuroth is the oldest and largest continually inhabited city in the world -- it's also one of the most quietly conflicted.

Perched at the seaside mouth of the great river Ninur, the city is home to an aging and decrepit king and his young trophy wife, who become less concerned with the fate of the people day by day -- and who have no heir. The distant and exotic land of Teth has its own problems, and is trying to weasel its way into Halvar's good graces to share in its wealth. The Great Houses squabble and scheme amongst themselves for power in the shadow of the king's impending death. Rumors of rebellion are stirring from a loosely-governed barony in the North. Accusations of corruption and treason are shot between many. The neglected and downtrodden struggle to make their voices heard. The city's various factions jostle and deal with each other and outside powers to solidify their footing among the people, the poor of whom continue to starve and despair, forgotten and unmourned by their supposedly benevolent rulers.

It's all business as usual in the First City of Man. That is, until someone comes along to change it. Could it be you?

Never really played in an urban campaign, this sounds very fun!

Question, though. Are class variants from Dragon Magazine allowed?

WildWalker PRC from Faiths and Patheons (FRCS)

A cleric/Ranger PRC that deals with a god focused on wind/portals/and generally being a nice guy to travelers. Would fit nicely along the port section of your city I think, and a sort of outside traveler between the city walls and whatever maybe e around it.

That would be fine, silverwolfer, just refluffed to serve some non-Faerun-specific god. Fharlanghn or Celestian or somesuch.

Kuyote, urban campaigns can be very, very different from traditional campaigns. But that's what makes them fun! Seriously though having access to Cityscape is pretty important so if anyone doesn't have it I suggest taking a look for it.

Would a Half-Elven
Using the Racial Substituion Levels from Races of Destiny
Ranger be out of place? Also given the slightly elevated racial tension - you note, for example, half breeds are accepted but not as favored as full blooded humans - is the Scar Enforcer PrC from RoD could be
It might not translate directly over - there seems to be no "Half Breeds for Half Breeds!" sentiment in the city but at the same time I could see the Mind Web or The Shadow Snakes using something similar to a Scar Enforcer, a gang or group of low level operatives capable of moving between the two dominant city populations, be it as thieves, information brokers, smugglers or even assassins . . .
viable in setting?

EDIT: . . . or, if there are already rangers brewing about in the offing, would a spellthief from Complete Adventurer work?

I have an idea to run by you. With this setting how about a drunken monk/swashbuckler who takes, almost involuntary, a vow of poverty. He's drunk almost all the time and just gives his money out to anyone thinking they're needy. He would take the sleeping tiger variant then go into drunken master PrC. Thoughts?

A half-elf ranger would be very appropriate for this setting, actually. A normal ranger would not find much to do in this urban setting, honestly. Scar Enforcer is fine. The lists of tensions and such that I wrote are by no means exhaustive of all possibilities. There could be a group of disenfranchised half-breeds who are pissed off about the humans' racial bias and the elves' seeming apathy and withdrawnness toward the whole thing.

tbonejc, that sounds interesting but I don't personally think the words "drunken" and monk belong together...they are so lawful and disciplined to make their bodies perfect, I can't see a monk being a drunkard and still being a monk. Interesting idea though.

Silverwolfer, Phaulkon would be fine.


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