On the road (D&d 5E interest)

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Re: On the road (D&d 5E interest)

Post by Doctor Malsyn » Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:06 pm

Hey, who's to say the Minotaur aren't civilized enough to have their own magic academies? :lol:

I think I've moved away from that idea by now however, and I'm start to narrow focus on a ranger of some nature. I'll be looking at them more later, but would you be allowing the Revised ranger and the Spell-less variant from Unearthed Arcana?
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Re: On the road (D&d 5E interest)

Post by EpicEclipse » Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:15 pm

Of course.

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Re: On the road (D&d 5E interest)

Post by Flynnarrel » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:50 pm

With level 1, do you have some event in mind to bring PCs together? Would we be starting in a city and leaving from there?
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Re: On the road (D&d 5E interest)

Post by Doctor Malsyn » Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:28 am

Here's my crunchless idea so far, though I have that in mind too;

The Yuyan Archers of the eleven nation Helivel are an orginisation just as infamous as is famed, recognized as being among the most skilled in their craft throughout the continent. They are patrolmen, forrest guardians, mercenaries, and assassins all in one whom protect their nation's territories with fever against outsiders. Trademark to their image is their practice of silence, never speaking any more then absolutely necessary for a given mission. When one goes against their code or betrays their bow-brothers, this comes into play with a ritual slice of the accused's throat to sever their vocal cords.

As an exile to his land for crimes he can not reveal, the wood elf known only as the Nameless Exile was stripped of both his name as well as his voice. He does not seek redemption for his actions, nor does he ever hope to again see his homeland. Instead he wanders the wilds out of desire to explore and expereince the world at large first-hand, tackling whatever danger or odd-job comes his way with only a single non-committal grunt.


Your typical strong, mysterious, and silent type, one whom... Didn't really care to brood or anything like that. He does what he does because he can or should. Class-wise, the revised ranger with a future in the Hunter archetype, though I can change them both if you decude you don't like it. Thinking either Humanoids or Monstrosities as a favored enemy.
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Re: On the road (D&d 5E interest)

Post by EpicEclipse » Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:46 am

Flynnarrel wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:50 pm
With level 1, do you have some event in mind to bring PCs together? Would we be starting in a city and leaving from there?
I want the party to have ties between each other at the onset, as mentioned in the interest post. Already traveling together, albeit perhaps not necessarily for a long time. Perhaps just beginning their journey as a group.

They don't necessarily have to have the same bond, one character might know one other who knows the other two for example, just as long as everyone is bound to at least one other character, be it a familial bond like siblings, or maybe honour-bound having been saved in the past, could be a lord and vassal type relationship, or whatever bonds you can think of.

You don't necessarily have to know everything about one another, but you should bare minimum have crossed paths and worked together at some point with enough impact to remember it.

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Re: On the road (D&d 5E interest)

Post by EpicEclipse » Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:48 am

Doctor Malsyn wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:28 am
As an exile to his land for crimes he can not reveal, the wood elf known only as the Nameless Exile was stripped of both his name as well as his voice.
Not a big fan of the mute angle. Completely removes a primary method of interaction. If it was at a table, I'd be down for it, but in a forum medium, it'd be too much of a hindrance.

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Re: On the road (D&d 5E interest)

Post by Doctor Malsyn » Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:12 am

EpicEclipse wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:48 am
Doctor Malsyn wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:28 am
As an exile to his land for crimes he can not reveal, the wood elf known only as the Nameless Exile was stripped of both his name as well as his voice.
Not a big fan of the mute angle. Completely removes a primary method of interaction. If it was at a table, I'd be down for it, but in a forum medium, it'd be too much of a hindrance.
Perhaps in that vein then, less 'completely mute" but more 'hurts to talk at length'? Nothing more then a few simple sentences at a time, and with a scratchy abd gravely voice.
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Re: On the road (D&d 5E interest)

Post by EpicEclipse » Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:11 am

Sure, that's a lot better. Or something like unable to speak above a whisper. Still makes it difficult to communicate in say, the middle of combat or where there is a lot of ambient noise (IE, market), but not impossible.

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Re: On the road (D&d 5E interest)

Post by Flynnarrel » Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:53 am

Half-elves are regarded as those in-between two different worlds, but that isn't the half of it (no pun intended).

Deep in the Shadowfell where the not-quite-alive and not-quite-dead bemoan their half existence the Liminal King sits on his throne, half in shadow, half in light, surrounded by mirrored surfaces that let him peer all throughout His kingdom and even into the surface world. Through them, the shiny polished weapons He'd released, and a scant few operatives, the Lord of Reflections keeps his agency in the world just in case any of his 'subjects' slips his purview.

He chooses His operatives from those who are similarly 'in between', but Half-elves are not the only ones in such a position. The Yaun-ti are half snake, half man, part warm blooded, part reptile, they are even more creatures in between worlds. He Who Walks Between usually contacts His operatives via their reflections in water or in mirrors, usually at dawn or dusk.

Salazar Cyrux was stolen from the jungle temple of his home as a baby when adventurers, seeking to bring Good to a world that did not ask it of them raided the home of his tribe, killing any that Salazar would have called kin. The gold and riches they plundered probably served as much motivation as any benevolent intent. Still, the adventurers couldn't bring themselves to kill an infant so gave him over to a religious order that would place him with a suitable family. It so turned out that a teifling married to a half-drow were the perfect parents. They had done work with this order as they were accomplished smugglers that got non-humans through heavily contested areas like Hillsfar.

So, Salazar learned of the world's cruelty and distrust of the different while also knowing love and acceptance and family. His heart grew not as cold and bitter as it could have been otherwise. He was already used to a life of travel when he was contacted by the Liminal King and recruited to walk the world being another set of the MirrorMonarch's eyes via a mystic hand mirror he bears and uses to capture great vistas both gathering intelligence and looking for escaped undead or aberrations that the Limiinal King may claim belongs in His realm to either report their escape, expose them and foil their plans, or confront them in this world (often with violence), Salazar accepted.

The Liminal King, MirrorMonarch, Lord of Reflections, He Who Walks Between, seated on the Throne of Dusk and Dawn.

str 8
Dex 14
Con 14
Wis 13
int 9+1 = 10
cha 14+2 = 16

Skills: Deception*, Arcana*, Perception^, Stealth^
* from Warlock
^ From Hillsfar Smuggler

I can fill in the rest if there's interest in this character.

As for ties, Salazar readily looks for companions on the road or his family could have helped any non-humans among the PCs travel in human-centric lands (especially by forged papers), and while Yuan Ti are not exactly common, he can pass himself off as a half-dragonborn or teifling.

Depending on what 'role' is needed in final player line-up Salazar can be ranged DPS with Eldritch Blast, Melee DPS with Booming Blade and Pact blade stuff, or Support with Cantrips, Rituals (eventually) and even left it open to take a level or two of cleric for support spells.

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Re: On the road (D&d 5E interest)

Post by Doctor Malsyn » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:04 am

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"One must be quieter then a leaf drifting along the wind..."

Name: ?
Height: 6'4
Weight 190 lb.
Age: ?
Sex: Male
Hair: ?
Eyes: ?
Skintone: ?
Distinguishing Characteristics: Always masked and hooded.

The Yuyan Archers of the eleven nation Helivel are an organisation just as infamous as is famed, recognized as being among the most skilled in their craft throughout the continent. They are patrolmen, forest guardians, mercenaries, and assassins all in one whom protect their nation's territories with fever against outsiders. Trademark to their image is their practice of silence, never speaking any more then absolutely necessary for a given mission. When one goes against their code or betrays their bow-brothers, this comes into play with a ritual slice of the accused's throat to sever their vocal cords.

For years one elf trained and fought alongside his bow-brothers, yet there was a certain streak in him that bucked against the command structure at every turn. Normally one would've been kicked from the core for such an insubordinate trend, yet his natural talents were something they didn't want to just throw away. Instead they pressed him harder, beating a respect for authority into him through their intensive training methods. He would go on to become a fine member of their number for several decades, until one event changed everything and brought back every clam he should've been cut off when they had the chance.

Due to crimes against them too great for them to ignore, he was both decreed to be striped of his right to speak and of his very name, banished from ever returning to his homeland again.

This did not hinder the Nameless Exile for long, as the freedom from the rigged chains of authority made every scar they inflicted worth it all. So now he travels, adhering to his own moral compass rather then the one pressed upon him, tackling any challenge that comes his way with as much grace and guile as a trained Yuyan should. There is no greater purpose in his mind now then helping those who can not help themselves, no promise of an eventual return to the lands he once knew, nor a dream of some quaint homestead to spend the rest of his years. Only the dream of adventure and justice wrought.


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Personality
My years as a Yuyan Archer have left me quiet and reserved, even before it became painful to speak. With the training I undertook I now watch the world with a gaze of caution for every potential threat.

Ideals
Never shall I stand idly by as injustice and senseless violence take place, so long as I have the chance to act. Not even the orders of a king would stop me from doing what is right.

Bonds
Of the people I now travel beside, there is someone whom I have known for far longer.

Flaws
The last people I trusted slit my throat and left me to die in exile, I am afraid of what will happen the next time I give someone my trust. The injury inflicted upon me may have had time to heal, but it healed wrong. I can never talk at length or much more above a whisper, and my gravely voice and appearance make me seem villainous.
Nameless Exile
Male CG Wood Elf Revised Ranger 1
Exp: 0
Inspiration: No
HP: 11/11 (1d10+1)
AC: 14 (1 Armor + 3 Dex)
Initiative: +5 (Advantage)
Passive Perception: 15
Speed: 35 ft.

Proficiency Bonus: +2
Herbalism Kit (Background Customization)
Longsword/Shortsword (Racial)
Lonbow/Shortbow (Racial)
Simple/Martial (Class)
Light/Medium/Shield (Class)
  • Strength: 12 | +3* (12)
    Athletics +3*
  • Dexterity: 16 | +5* (14+2 Racial)
    Acrobatics +3
    Stealth +5*
    Slight of hand +3
  • Constitution: 13 | +1 (13)
  • Intelligence: 10 | +0 (10)
    Arcana +0
    Nature +2*
    History +0
    Religion +0
    Investigation +0
  • Wisdom: 16 | +3 (15+1 Racial)
    Animal Handling +3
    Medicine +3
    Insight +5*
    Perception +5*
    Survival +5*
  • Charisma: 8 | -1 (8)
    Deception -1
    Performance -1
    Intimidation -1
    Persuasion -1
Attacks:
  • Longbow (Piercing | Ranged 160/600) +5 1d8+3
  • Shortsword (Piercing | Close)+5 1d6+3
  • Quarterstaff (Bludgeoning | Close) +3 1d6+1, Versatile (1d8+1)
Spells:
  • N/A
Features & traits:
  • Darkvision: 60ft.
  • Keen Senses: Proficient in Perception
  • Fey ancestry: You have advantage on saving throws against being charm ed, and magic can’t put you to sleep.
  • Tance: 4 hours of mediation as opposed to sleep.
  • Elf Weapon Training: Proficient with the longsword, shortsword, longbow, and shortbow.
  • Fleet of Foot: 35 base speed.
  • Mark of the Wild: You can attempt to hide even when you are only lightly obscured by foliage, heavy rain, falling snow, mist, and other natural phenomena.
  • Feature : Wanderer
    You have an excellent memory for maps and geography, and you can always recall the general layout of terrain, settlements, and other features around you. In addition, you can find food and fresh water for yourself and up to five other people each day, provided that the land offers berries, small game, water, and so forth.
  • Favored Enemy: Monstrosities
    You gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls with weapon attacks against creatures of the chosen type. Additionally, you have advantage on Wisdom (Survival) checks to track your favored enemies, as well as on Intelligence checks to recall information about them.
  • Natural Explorer
    You are a master of navigating the natural world, and you react with swift and decisive action when attacked. This grants you the following benefits:
    You ignore difficult terrain.
    You have advantage on initiative rolls.
    On your first turn during combat, you have advantage on attack rolls against creatures that have not yet acted.
    In addition, you are skilled at navigating the wilderness.

    You gain the following benefits when traveling for an hour or more:
    Difficult terrain doesn’t slow your group’s travel.
    Your group can’t become lost except by magical means.
    Even when you are engaged in another activity while traveling (such as foraging, navigating, or tracking), you remain alert to danger.
    If you are traveling alone, you can move stealthily at a normal pace.
    When you forage, you find twice as much food as you normally would.
    While tracking other creatures, you also learn their exact number, their sizes, and how long ago they passed through
    the area.
Equipment: 0 | 0 | 0 | 3 | 0
Combat: Leather Armor (10lb.), Staff (4lb.), (2) Shortsword (2lb./2lb.), Longbow (2lb.), (60 Arrows) Quiver (1lb./3lb/)
Hunting Trap (25lb.), Roc's talon necklace, Traveler's Clothes (4lb.), Belt Pouch (1lb.), Backpack (5lb.), Bedroll (7lb.), Mess Kit (1lb.), Tinderbox (1lb.), (10) Torches (10lb.), (10d) Rations (20lb.), (Full) Waterskin (5lb.), (50ft.) Hemp rope (10lb.), Herbalism Kit (3lb.), An empty silver snuffbox bearing an inscription on the surface that says “dreams’’
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Alright, there we go. Hope it'll be up to snuff. Regarding bonds, Exile is an elf who seeks to do right where there has been wrong, so anyone who holds similar ideals would be those he holds the most respect, if not his full trust.
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Re: On the road (D&d 5E interest)

Post by ZenGypsy » Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:50 pm

While I'm disappointed that Balor didn't fit, I can appreciate your concerns. I'm curious though, would you allow the Variant options from the Sword Coast Adventurer's guide? Specifically the Feral Tiefling option which allows them to swap the standard +2 Charisma, for +2 Dexterity. As Balor was really a melee DPS, I'm thinking I'd take the same role by going Rogue.

Currently thinking that Tieflibg blood is something like a recessive gene, so when he was born to a minor noble household, his mother fled with her son to protect him from his grandmother's desire to have the child killed.

He grew up in a gypsy caravan, learning the art of the con from the family elders. When a local knight learned of the caravan traveling on his lands he roused his bannerman to chase them off. The Tiefling discovered they were on the way and led them on a wild chase through the woods, buying time for the caravan to leave. Having earned the respect of his elders, they taught the young man the secret of the blade dance.

When he came of age, afflicted by wanderlust, he travelled to see more of the world.

Mechanically, I'd be playing a Charlatan Rogue, and eventually earn my way into the Assassin subclass.

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Re: On the road (D&d 5E interest)

Post by EpicEclipse » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:08 pm

Sounds better, but keep in mind what feral means. Feral tie flings aren't the "pretty" ones. More savage looking and acting.

Feral tieflings are one of those races that kind of need to be played as the name suggests. A civilized feral tiefling isn't really feral, is it?

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Re: On the road (D&d 5E interest)

Post by EpicEclipse » Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:07 am

Only 3 actual hats in the ring for interest.. JM posted, but only commenting on standard array, not stating interest, so I am thinking this doesn't have much ground to work from at this time.

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Re: On the road (D&d 5E interest)

Post by Flynnarrel » Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:41 pm

You could try starting at a higher level. That might draw more interest. And a more concrete premise might help.
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Re: On the road (D&d 5E interest)

Post by EpicEclipse » Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:54 pm

More concrete how exactly? I thought I was pretty clear on what my intentions were.

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