Character Ties.   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
Grogg Noggin
 player, 2 posts
Mon 9 May 2011
at 16:27
Re: Character Ties
Wow! You guys are making this tough!

Grogg has spent years in the army, so anybody with a background in the military or who lives or lived in a city anywhere near where the army fought or was stationed, could have met him.
Buliwyf Ar Grainne Falconhold
 player, 4 posts
Mon 9 May 2011
at 16:45
Re: Character Ties
I can definately see some potential for good ties with Valten.

Buliwyf could have introduced Valten to his tribe for the welcome anonymity that his tribe would be provided.

The Falconhold clan traded with the Dwarves of Orzammar.  Perhaps they even knew each other before Valten was forced out.

One other thing - with Valten lacking subelty and tact, I can see Buliwyf appreciating that.  Not being familiar with society's rules, Buliwyf would welcome direct speech as that is all he knows how to speak.

I can see some good stories with Alain. 'Why have you simply not killed the person who wronged you?  It makes no sense.  Prove it in court?  To what end, you know the truth, who cares what others think. Find justice at the end of the sword.'  :)

As far as Buliwyf's history, he'd have gone with the trading parties to Orzammar.  So he at least has an inkling of how a city operates.  Though the caste system of the dwarves, in addition to how highly they regard their familial names and honor, would have minor similarities to the tribes in which he grew up.

I haven't fleshed out exactly why he left the clans yet.  Perhaps something a simple as a personal calling to see more of the world before he settles down and kidnaps his own wife.  Or maybe the clans needed him to deliver something to a town - like Lothering or Redcliffe.

In town he could earn money as a caravan guard, hunter, or trail guide until he fell in with the mercenaries.

Personality wise, Buliwyf is young and confident.  He is a barbarian, but he has his own code of honor.
Gaultier DeLauncet
 player, 4 posts
 Orlesian Exile
Mon 9 May 2011
at 16:48
Re: Character Ties
Gaultier is also from Orlais.  He left in haste as well (hmmm, a common theme?)

A squire in training with a Chevalier attached to a small unit.  They fell from favor after several questionable moral incidents arose that made the nobility look bad and started to stir up the commoners.  Public examples were to be made of them that would turn into political gain.

The unit fled towards the border fighting the entire way.  Gaultier himself ended the life of one of his fellow countrymen that came for him.  Those in judgement wouldn't care if it was self defense.  They eventually split up and Gaultier does not know the fate of the others in the unit.  His commander's horse fell and in a moment that would haunt him for the rest of his days, he pushed his injured horse hard until he made Fereldan.

Gaultier has plenty of motivation to build a strong group to help fight back against Orlais.
Alain
 player, 5 posts
Mon 9 May 2011
at 16:59
Re: Character Ties
In reply to Gaultier DeLauncet (msg #7):

We really do have a HUGE common theme! Fleeing Orlais and now seeking a way to get back there! and for a crime we did not commit.

Maybe we met near the border of Orlais and Ferelden, Alain's escape wasn't nearly as dramatic, just fled in the quiet of the night before anyone could catch him.
Grogg Noggin
 player, 7 posts
Mon 9 May 2011
at 17:08
Re: Character Ties
Well, Grogg is a criminal too, though he may corrupt you saintly fellows, as he was guilty as sin...
Valten Durgrim
 player, 6 posts
Mon 9 May 2011
at 18:28
Re: Character Ties
Buliwyf: I highly doubt you'd actually have known Valten before he left Orzammar but it is possible you might have seen him once or twice in your visits there. Perhaps once he was fortunate enough to see an encounter between Valten and a couple of Carta thugs who were trying to extort a Duster merchant with a shop counter in the city near the Dust Town entrance. Seeing him bring his axe to bear to run off a couple of thugs might've left enough of an impression. So when Buliwyf spots Valten on the surface he might introduce himself. Perhaps, showing Vlaten your tribe and then learning he meant to travel deep into Ferelden might serve as the inspiration for Buliwyf's decision to leave the clan for a while to see the world before 'settling down'?

Alain & Gaultier: Perhaps the pair of you meet on the road from Orlais. Perhaps Alain recognizes Gaultier from before their respective inflicted disgraces or vice versa. Perhaps, while traveling together for safety purposes you happen upon a dwarf and a barbarian headed the same way and after spotting a sizable bandit group not far off suggest it better to travel together for a ways. Just a thought.

Ash: If all of the above pans out, perhaps Ash spots the group on the road a week out from Witenas and thinks it might be much safer to travel with four burly looking warriors than alone and ask if you could join us for a ways.

Grogg, Ash, & Shrike: Perhaps Grogg met Ash & Shrike respecitvely in their different alienages during his early days in the army. Maybe he was part of a group sent in to dispel a brewing riot before it started in one or both alienages over time and came back later because the alienages seemed like a good place to get into trouble without getting caught. He could have met them both respectively that way, while he was there to spend his coin.
Buliwyf Ar Grainne Falconhold
 player, 8 posts
Mon 9 May 2011
at 21:45
Re: Character Ties
Valten - good ideas.  Reading it gave me an idea to round out my history.  I'm thinking young Buliwyf went to kidnap a bride (a tradition welcomed by the various tribes to prevent inbreeding) but was unsucessful and caught.  The penalty for failing is a good solid beating.  Failing a second time means death.

So Buliwyf takes his beating and makes his way back to his tribe.  In youthful arrogance, he believes that there's nothing more he can learn from the elders of his tribe in regard to fighting, sneaking, and strategy.

Having steered Valten towards his tribe and hearing of Valten's plans to head into Ferelden, Buliwyf decides to accompany the Dwarf and learn some new tricks.
Grogg Noggin
 player, 10 posts
Tue 10 May 2011
at 13:43
Re: Character Ties
Well, Grogg was a convicted criminal who served in the army as an alternative to the gallows. He might well have met some of you other crooks of one stripe or another. He's also a hunter (poacher, actually), so that may allow for an encounter with the Bubba...

Otherwise, he can be found in Witenas.
Alain
 player, 7 posts
Tue 10 May 2011
at 15:34
Re: Character Ties
Alain and Gaultier now have a history of being childhood friends and they kinda fled Orlais together under grave conditions.

And it sounds good that they met Valten and Buliwyf on the road towards Witenas (if they even knew they were headed there, or if it just came by)
Ash
 player, 4 posts
 Lost elf
 Apostate by trade
Tue 10 May 2011
at 20:16
Re: Character Ties
I guess Ash could have met with either Valten or Buliwyf if any of them traded with the Dalish.

Ash was the keeper apprentice so he would have been introduce to the trading with other people.
Narrator
 GM, 34 posts
Tue 10 May 2011
at 20:30
Re: Character Ties
Remember, you do not have to know everyone, and you should have some kind of established tie to Witenas. No one is so fresh and new to the area that they couldn't get around. No one is so isolated that they don't know someone in the town either.

Also, reminding you that Ferelden does not have laws of property like medieval Europe - in fact, it is a lawless, backwater country in the estimation of the other nations.

Thedas can be compared to Europe, yes. And many of the countries have corollaries in the real world, but Ferelden's history is more like dark age England or Scotland and Ireland or the stereotyped Wild West. Nothing is considered the king's property except his real property - so wildlife is free to be captured and eaten. The Orlesians, on the other hand, do have laws that would get a man killed for killing the "king's deer" or stealing crop and wild animals from "nobles." Fereldan is still an infant country - the tribes of the Alamarri having united just 200 years ago.
Narrator
 GM, 35 posts
Wed 11 May 2011
at 13:16
Re: Character Ties
Ties as I see them:

Alain: Gaultier, Valten, Buliwyf
Ash: Shrike and probably Valten and Buliwyf
Buliwyf: Ash?, Valten, Gaultier, Alain
Darrahn: None
Gaultier: Alain, Buliwyf, Valten
Grogg: Shrike
Shrike: Ash and Grogg
Valten: Buliwyf, Gaultier, Alain, and Ash


Good work, continue to add details as you see fit and opportunity. Now we will start the actual game and see if we can cement those ties and form a merc company.
Darrahn
 player, 2 posts
Fri 13 May 2011
at 23:42
Re: Character Ties
One of Darrahn's objectives is to learn about magic and the wide world outside his former tutor biased perspective. So Ash would be a great teacher and companion, as long as their mutual distrust don't poison the relationship.

Also, he's the only player character raised in Witenas, so he may be a source of local information for the rest. He knows many of the orphans from his time at the orphanage, and is probably acquainted with Mother Reverend Doris, though she may harbor some suspicions about Darrahn's recent past.

That's all I can think right now, but I'm open to suggestions and new potential ties.
Narrator
 GM, 54 posts
Sun 15 May 2011
at 13:55
Re: Character Ties
Depending on the amount of time, Darrahn spends at the Chantry, he might have an acquaintance with Alain. And there may be another player that is joining that will have a tie to Witenas. Consider too, the types of work that Darrahn may have engaged in to feed himself. And also Grogg who has lived in the area for some time.
Temp
 player, 1 post
 Member of the Chantry
 Strong-willed Anderfel
Mon 16 May 2011
at 00:15
Re: Character Ties
I can see myself having ties with Valten (defend the downtrodden, also personal conviction), Grogg (respect for his example under fire, and keeping the peace), Darrahn (several reasons, but don't worry, none involve maiming you), Ash (see Valtan) and Alain (fellow Chantry follower)

I know too little about Alix and Buliwyf to form an opinion about them, and Gaultier seems a little too... anti-authoritarian. I'm sure he has some redeeming qualities hidden under that gruff exterior though :P
Gaultier DeLauncet
 player, 13 posts
 Squire Chevalier
 Orlesian Exile
Mon 16 May 2011
at 02:52
Re: Character Ties
Depends on the authority ;)
Valten Durgrim
 player, 11 posts
Mon 16 May 2011
at 04:33
Re: Character Ties
Member of the Chantry, huh? I can picture the friendly religious debates already Temp. Valten is an avid believer in the Stone and the Paragons.
Alain
 player, 10 posts
 Orlesian Exile
 Warrior
Mon 16 May 2011
at 05:49
Re: Character Ties
Yes, a believer is always a friend and a brother, no matter their race or background.
Temp
 player, 2 posts
 Member of the Chantry
 Strong-willed Anderfel
Mon 16 May 2011
at 12:20
Re: Character Ties
Ah yes, nothing beats friendly theological debates while crushing the skulls of enemies. Multi-tasking FTW!

Anyway, abilities, foci, talents, goals and a name and appearance are in the hands of the GM, so after that's checked for any glaring errors i can move on to equipment and rearrange the infodump into something resembling a character sheet.

Wish me luck :D
Darrahn
 player, 4 posts
Tue 17 May 2011
at 02:23
Re: Character Ties
Perfect then! It is reasonable for Darrahn to be acquainted with both Alain and Grogg (maybe even drinking buddies), since he's been in Witenas for at least two months now (he's been out for three years). Also, this gal Katerina/Temp, if it has ties with the Chantry (especially anything related to the orphanage) can be acquainted with Darrahn.

With your permissions, I'll update my character sheet accordingly.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:26, Tue 17 May 2011.

Narrator
 GM, 59 posts
Tue 17 May 2011
at 02:26
Re: Character Ties
You don't need permission to update character ties. :)

And if I didn't make your character sheet user editable, let me know -- all of them should be.

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:26, Tue 17 May 2011.

Narrator
 GM, 222 posts
Tue 18 Oct 2011
at 23:53
Re: Character Ties
Gentle nudge to remind you guys that I added two players, and they need some ties. :) Help them out. Both of them have crafting backgrounds. You might have had them fix a thing or two.
Brennha
 player, 1 post
Wed 19 Oct 2011
at 03:02
Re: Character Ties
  If it's of any assistance, Brennha's from Denerim originally, and has spent a bit of time on the road between here and there, working to find the best niche for her trade. She's pretty personable, so most anybody would find her easy to like.
Katerina von Anselm
 player, 56 posts
 Member of the Chantry
 Strong-willed Anderfel
Fri 21 Oct 2011
at 13:32
Re: Character Ties
Well, i'm pretty easygoing when it comes to ties (Chantry/Witenas specifically) so she might have been sent on an errand or two carrying gear to repair for the Chantry.

Anything more specific, toss me a PM and we'll discuss the details :)
Buliwyf Ar Grainne Falconhold
 player, 68 posts
Fri 21 Oct 2011
at 14:37
Re: Character Ties
Buliwyf is a barbarian.  So he could have encounted our two newcomers between cities if they had travelled anywhere, or he may have stopped into the trading district of a city like Denerim.