Questions for your Characters.   Posted by DM.Group: 0
DM
 GM, 63 posts
 The Oracle
 The Prophet
Sat 25 Jun 2016
at 00:22
Questions for your Characters
I've been having a lot of chats in private messages about people's characters. One of the things that I used to flesh out people's characters, particularly in this setting, is asking questions about how they got their items. And hopefully, from that springs forth an entire backstory that I can make use of during the game.

Questions about Basung Gold Fist

You bought 5 potions of light cure wounds and 5 alchemist's fire items. Ogres are not typically known to be great alchemists (though they do exist!). Did you receive these alchemical items from an ogre within the tribe? If not, who else could have given him the items? Was it a goblin? Or did you steal them? Loot them? If so, from whom?

You have done much to impress your kin? What's your most fabled kill? How is your clan coping with the Scourge invasion?

Questions about Vargh

Vargh. You have been stranded on the Shattered Islands for what feels like a lifetime, surrounded by demons, undead and creatures from the sea on all sounds. In fact, within that time, an orc could have grown up and become an adult by the standards of their race; 16 years old. You were born here.

It is not unheard of for a cruel warlock to artificially age young orc children to an adult age to serve his bidding, at least until the night elves arrived. When he was but an orcish whelp, would he have accepted the offer to be made an adult by a warlock?

What did your master, Bladefury, do with the demons...? Did he use the energies to attack anything besides demons? There are makrura, undead and other creatures flanking you from all sides. Did he take trophies? Do you have anything to remember him by?

What does your character think of leaving behind the use of fel energies, as Thrall's New Horde is advocating?

Questions for all (Former) High Elves

Lynette, Baehaen Nightreaver and Lorin Sunheart. You would have been alive during the Second War. How much of the Second War did you see yourself? Were you privileged with safety inside of Silvermoon City? Or were you in the forests as the orcs and pillaged them alongside forest trolls? Or maybe you were one of the high elves that assisted the Alliance of Lordaeron directly in the Hillsbrad Foothills? Were you always soldiers?

Who did you lose in the wars? Do you even know? Do you have family outside of Quel'thalas? Were you there when Jaina Proudmoore offered a new home in Kalimdor? Did you accept her invitation? If you did, did you make it in time? If you did make it in time, on what tide did you sail back home? Did you travel alongside the night elves? If you didn't accept her invitation, what do you think of the high elves who did? Are they traitors? Cowards? Or do you think them to be the wiser?

Questions about Lynette

Lynette, you're a former Paladin of the Silver Hand, an order which is still very much alive, active and successful against the Scourge, but despite winning many victories, seem to be losing a war of attrition against the Scourge over time. The order is, however, also relatively young.

Were you a priest of the Holy Light before this? A mage-priest even? Or were you a soldier, selected to become a paladin for her pious streak like Uther himself had been? Or were you something else entirely before this and have you sought to rise to something greater by offering herself as squire to the Order? Do you still have friends in the order?

When you turned your back on the order, did you have anyone who trained you in your new path? Was he human or elven? Maybe even dwarven or gnomish? Do you consider your magic arcane or divine? Methodical or cobbled together? What of the night elves that now share your company? Do the shadowy magics of the Watchers appeal to the feelings of Justice you once held dear as a paladin? Do you respect them?

Questions for Lorin Sunheart

You are currently in the possession of several implements with which you intend to create magic the world has never before seen, or so the elves will see you. Objects which are seemingly meaningless. Footnotes. Or even arbitrary. Which items have you chosen to be the channels of your magics?

You're at least somewhat of a historian and you have delved deep into the history of your people's ancient past. How do night elves receive your inquisitive nature in their camps? Are you obnoxious in your investigations or diplomatic? Did you steal any artifacts from them? Does their culture interest you or are you purely in it for a solution to the deep craving that fills your heart?

Baehaen Nightreaver, formerly Starreaver

You've been dead for a certain amount of time. When did you die and where? Did you die after Quel'thalas had already fallen? Or were you overconvident and part of the first wave? Do you even remember? Do you still have all your equipment on you or did you have to make do with what you have?

Who taught you how to shoot like that? Were you part of the rangers or were you something else altogether? Did your magical practices ever bring you into contact with the people of Dalaran? Friends and family? Or were you cloistered to the lands of Quel'thalas, happy to live out your days in paradise? Or were you a cosmopolitan, exploring the world along human, dwarf and gnome?

Akecheta Runetotem

You have a chain shirt. It is unusual for a Tauren to have access to chainmail until recently. Did you buy it? Was it given to you? Was it originally made for you? If not, how come it fits you?
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As far as the chainmail goes, I bought it with starting gold, but I'm happy to come up with a better story than just buying it. Hmmm, maybe it could've been a gift from an Orc smith, who made the chainmail to fit Akecheta's size specifically. Maybe Akecheta saved the smith's child from a wild, rampaging beast, so to pay him back for his actions, the Orc custom-made this piece of armor for him.


You have chosen a lot of ioun stones as your items of choice. Why did the Runetotem give you these magic stones? On what occasion? Was it something to celebrate? Is there a religious significance?
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The magic stones should definitely have some sort of religious significance. I think that they represent a magical connection to nature, and they were given to Akecheta upon him making a pledge to become a guardian of the Cenarion Circle.


And how did you acquire a leopard? Did you capture it yourself? Was it bought? From whom?
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In that case, I think it would be cool if it was a gift from a Night Elf. Perhaps Akecheta helped some of the Sentinels fight off a group of Scourge minions, and as a show of gratitude, he was gifted a saber cat. He's been working on his relationship with it ever since, and training it so it can help him hunt down undead.


Do you have any night elf friends? Furbolg? Moonkin? Dryad?

This message was last edited by the GM at 00:23, Sat 25 June 2016.

Ieroklis Tsiranidis
 player, 18 posts
Sat 25 Jun 2016
at 08:29
Re: Questions for your Characters
DM:
Questions for all (Former) High Elves

Lynette, Baehaen Nightreaver and Lorin Sunheart. You would have been alive during the Second War. How much of the Second War did you see yourself? Were you privileged with safety inside of Silvermoon City? Or were you in the forests as the orcs and pillaged them alongside forest trolls? Or maybe you were one of the high elves that assisted the Alliance of Lordaeron directly in the Hillsbrad Foothills? Were you always soldiers?

Who did you lose in the wars? Do you even know? Do you have family outside of Quel'thalas? Were you there when Jaina Proudmoore offered a new home in Kalimdor? Did you accept her invitation? If you did, did you make it in time? If you did make it in time, on what tide did you sail back home? Did you travel alongside the night elves? If you didn't accept her invitation, what do you think of the high elves who did? Are they traitors? Cowards? Or do you think them to be the wiser?


Questions for Lorin Sunheart

You are currently in the possession of several implements with which you intend to create magic the world has never before seen, or so the elves will see you. Objects which are seemingly meaningless. Footnotes. Or even arbitrary. Which items have you chosen to be the channels of your magics?

You're at least somewhat of a historian and you have delved deep into the history of your people's ancient past. How do night elves receive your inquisitive nature in their camps? Are you obnoxious in your investigations or diplomatic? Did you steal any artifacts from them? Does their culture interest you or are you purely in it for a solution to the deep craving that fills your heart?


Lorin was a rather young elf during the Second War 20 years ago. He was just finishing his training, so for the most part he was safe inside the walls of Silvermoon, mostly with books to keep him company. With the toll the war took, Lorin was blessed that noone in his immediate family perished, even though they served in the military.

When Jaina Proudmore made her call to the High Elves, the rest of his family accepted it. But not Lorin, for he had yet things to do before he met the shores of the elder continent, hopefully leading the rest of his people towards a reunion that was overdue for over 7.000 years. At first he was bitter that his family left him, a decision perhaps made easier by his deviant behaviour. But, after the horrors of the invasion of Quel'Thalas, he was immensely grateful that they did not have to witness it. It seems to Lorin that those who followed Jaina made a very fortunate decision.

The chosen items (which are just his preference, Lorin has learned that he can use several other items as foci for his psychic powers) are:
  1. The tome that first ignited his spark (waiting for you to give it a precise name etc. before i add it to Lorin's inventory)
  2. A sunrod (he always finds it pretty fitting for each use, and his name)
  3. The vest that he wears over his armor, adorned with his family's crest.(three arrows streaking from a sunburst)
Lorin's inevitable forays into the Night Elf camp haven't ventured much success. Even though he tries to be as circumspect as possible, the reserved nature of his cousins does not allow for much headway. He has tried to strike up conversations regarding the recent events, learning about the battle of Mount Hyjal, and has even tried to use his book on the moonwells as a conversation starter with some elves that stroke him as scolarly types. (you can tell me how that went) If able to coverse on matters metaphysical, he will be inquisitive about how artifacts are treated by the night elves, even venturing to come into contact with one if it's possible, and not outside decorum.

Lorin is very interested in the night elf culture, as he believes the two peoples should be reunited, especially after recent events have shown that they are much weaker each on his own. To that end he will try to be as conversational and assisting as possible.

This message was last edited by the GM at 18:50, Sat 25 June 2016.

Basung Gold Fist
 player character, 3 posts
Sat 25 Jun 2016
at 11:10
Re: Questions for your Characters
DM:
Questions about Basung Gold Fist

You bought 5 potions of light cure wounds and 5 alchemist's fire items. Ogres are not typically known to be great alchemists (though they do exist!). Did you receive these alchemical items from an ogre within the tribe? If not, who else could have given him the items? Was it a goblin? Or did you steal them? Loot them? If so, from whom?



It doesn't happen often, but sometimes as a mercenary band, you are hired by the losing side. And as such you have to deal with chaotic retreats. In a situation just like that, Basung lost half of his brothers in arm, many because they had no way to slow the enemy down. (Hence he now stock up on vicious caltrops and alchemy fire to create obstacles that slow down persuers.) But he also lost friends due to the lack of healing abilities in the frontline or rear guard. Being a beeing with protective disposition towards those he fight alongside off, he always make sure. That he has a good stock. Always purchased through the bands quatermaster.

DM:
You have done much to impress your kin? What's your most fabled kill? How is your clan coping with the Scourge invasion?

(Don't live in a clan, but in a merc band)

Basung was offered his freedome when he defeated 3 massive ogres by himself and so protected the flanks of the army, long enough for them to force the enemy to surrender, as they hand expected them to been thrashed by the ogresstrike. While it left him wounded, the clear display of courage and loyalty towards the band, earned him everyones respect.

Since the Scourge invasion started the have had a lot of business, somthey are expanding the ranks aggressivly

This message was last edited by the GM at 18:04, Sat 25 June 2016.

Akecheta Runetotem
 player character, 4 posts
 Tauren Guardian of
 The Cenarion Circle
Sat 25 Jun 2016
at 15:30
Re: Questions for your Characters
DM:
Akecheta Runetotem

Do you have any night elf friends? Furbolg? Moonkin? Dryad?


I don't see why not. As a member of the Cenarion Circle, Akacheta would've helped other nature-friendly races against the Scourge. Its entirely within the realm of possibility for him to have befriend some, and fought at their side.
DM
 GM, 65 posts
 The Oracle
 The Prophet
Sat 25 Jun 2016
at 18:35
Re: Questions for your Characters
Akecheta Runetotem:
DM:
Akecheta Runetotem

Do you have any night elf friends? Furbolg? Moonkin? Dryad?


I don't see why not. As a member of the Cenarion Circle, Akacheta would've helped other nature-friendly races against the Scourge. Its entirely within the realm of possibility for him to have befriend some, and fought at their side.

  1. Any memorable events? Did you fight alongside them in any other places that in the Battle of Mount Hyjal?
  2. What about your teacher? Druidism has been picked back up by the Runetotem only recently, but druidism is such a natural fit to tauren that they picked it up rather quickly. How did your master experience learning Druidism? Is he old or is he young? Is he a he or a she? Does your master see druidism as it's own thing or as an extension of shamanism and worship of the Earth Mother?
  3. Have you ever been on a vision quest? You're a ranger, so what was the kind of animal that you hunted most often? Kodo? Or did you leave that to the other braves while you sought for different prey?
  4. You were briefly on the Shattered Islands, accompanying Malfurion Stormrage. On the Shattered Isle, you have fought undead orcs, live orcs, demons, naga, makrura and other creatures. What did this trigger in you?
  5. One of the live orcs was Vargh, a demon slayer who joined the night elves' forces as a means to get away. He seems to be using the power of the demons against them. How do you feel about this?
  6. Vargh has received training since from a night elf demon hunter. How do you feel about the night elf demon hunters? The rest of the night elves seem uneasy around them, but respect them. Do you?
  7. The Tauren have recently survived a war with the centaur when the New Horde came to their aid. What are your feelings towards the centaur and the quillboar?
  8. What about the goblins that have created a harbor in the Barrens, with their strange contraptions? Do you enjoy their company?
  9. The tauren have recently resettled their ancient homeland; Mulgore. Though it is still a barren wasteland after centuries of quillboar and centaur occupation, stripped baren of most trees, how do you feel about giving up a nomadic lifestyle?
  10. What about your direct family? And does everyone in your family agree with the new direction that the Horde is taking the tauren into?
  11. Where did you aid the Cenarion Circle? How much of the night elven territories are you familiar with? Did you stay put or explore?
  12. How do you feel when you shapeshift? Does it give you euphoria? Or do these powers scare you? Maybe both? What does it mean to you as a hunter to gain animal-like attributes? Does it give you conflict or does it validate your relationship with nature?

This message was last edited by the GM at 18:42, Sat 25 June 2016.

DM
 GM, 66 posts
 The Prophet
Sun 26 Jun 2016
at 22:49
Re: Questions for your Characters
Basung Gold Fist:
DM:
<quote DM>You have done much to impress your kin? What's your most fabled kill? How is your clan coping with the Scourge invasion?

(Don't live in a clan, but in a merc band)

Basung was offered his freedome when he defeated 3 massive ogres by himself and so protected the flanks of the army, long enough for them to force the enemy to surrender, as they hand expected them to been thrashed by the ogresstrike. While it left him wounded, the clear display of courage and loyalty towards the band, earned him everyones respect.
Descendent from Furies of the Earth, the Gronn were the first race of flesh on Draenor and at the height of their power, their magics were more brutal, more destructive than even the Burning Legions'. Though the power they wielded was unimaginable and legendary, said to be able to level the face of the continents, the age of the Gronn is so far in the past that none of Draenor's inhabitants know whether it's landmarks have always been there or were created by the tantrum of one of these demigods.

Though the ogres haven't kept track of their lineage for two generations, almost all ogres know which gronn is their forefather and boast conflicting legends of one one's ancestor destroyed another. And when an ogre forgets his ancestor, they are swift to pick another one.

What are the legends of your ancestral Gronn? What was it's name? Does he still live or do his bones form Draenor's mountains today?

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Akecheta Runetotem
 player character, 5 posts
 Tauren Guardian of
 The Cenarion Circle
Mon 27 Jun 2016
at 15:12
Re: Questions for your Characters
DM:
Akecheta Runetotem:
DM:
Akecheta Runetotem

Do you have any night elf friends? Furbolg? Moonkin? Dryad?


I don't see why not. As a member of the Cenarion Circle, Akacheta would've helped other nature-friendly races against the Scourge. Its entirely within the realm of possibility for him to have befriend some, and fought at their side.

  1. Any memorable events? Did you fight alongside them in any other places that in the Battle of Mount Hyjal?
  2. What about your teacher? Druidism has been picked back up by the Runetotem only recently, but druidism is such a natural fit to tauren that they picked it up rather quickly. How did your master experience learning Druidism? Is he old or is he young? Is he a he or a she? Does your master see druidism as it's own thing or as an extension of shamanism and worship of the Earth Mother?
  3. Have you ever been on a vision quest? You're a ranger, so what was the kind of animal that you hunted most often? Kodo? Or did you leave that to the other braves while you sought for different prey?
  4. You were briefly on the Shattered Islands, accompanying Malfurion Stormrage. On the Shattered Isle, you have fought undead orcs, live orcs, demons, naga, makrura and other creatures. What did this trigger in you?
  5. One of the live orcs was Vargh, a demon slayer who joined the night elves' forces as a means to get away. He seems to be using the power of the demons against them. How do you feel about this?
  6. Vargh has received training since from a night elf demon hunter. How do you feel about the night elf demon hunters? The rest of the night elves seem uneasy around them, but respect them. Do you?
  7. The Tauren have recently survived a war with the centaur when the New Horde came to their aid. What are your feelings towards the centaur and the quillboar?
  8. What about the goblins that have created a harbor in the Barrens, with their strange contraptions? Do you enjoy their company?
  9. The tauren have recently resettled their ancient homeland; Mulgore. Though it is still a barren wasteland after centuries of quillboar and centaur occupation, stripped baren of most trees, how do you feel about giving up a nomadic lifestyle?
  10. What about your direct family? And does everyone in your family agree with the new direction that the Horde is taking the tauren into?
  11. Where did you aid the Cenarion Circle? How much of the night elven territories are you familiar with? Did you stay put or explore?
  12. How do you feel when you shapeshift? Does it give you euphoria? Or do these powers scare you? Maybe both? What does it mean to you as a hunter to gain animal-like attributes? Does it give you conflict or does it validate your relationship with nature?


1. I think Akecheta would've done what he could to contribute to the efforts during the Battle of Mount Hyjal, but being level 3, I doubt he had any meaningful role in the battle as a whole. Likely, he was more of a "shock troop" of sorts, but lucky for him, he managed to survive the event. Other than that, I think he would've spent considerable time fighting off demonic influence in places like Felwood, where he would've befriended Furlbog of the Timbermaw Hold.

2. Akecheta's mentor and teacher is a female Tauren Druid by the name of Soyala. She definitely sees druidism and shamanism as being connected, and in no way finds the teachings of druidism to be in conflict with the worship of the Earth Mother. Much to the contrary, she has always taught Akecheta that the two traditions are essentially the same, but just slightly different in focus.

3. Akecheta did go on a vision quest, which is what landed him in the role he is in today. Soyala sent him on this quest, which was meant to make clear to him what path he should follow. As a hunter, he has slain many beasts, but always does so in a manner that is respectful to the Earth Mother. Akecheta only hunts out of necessity, in order to feed himself an others. He has hunted Kodo in the past, as well as wolves, bears and many other wild beasts.

4. As usual, Akecheta doesn't really rejoice in taking the lives of others. That being said, he will uphold his duties no matter what. Fighting undead and demons would've come as second nature to him, since he has no doubts that these beings are unnatural and a threat to Azeroth as a whole. Having to fight against others, such as the Naga, who were corrupted by evil forces, rather than being inherently evil themselves, would've had a greater effect on him. Taking the lives of those that were corrupted through no faults of their own would've been a slightly more difficult task for him, but one that he carried out nonetheless, for the greater good.

5. The idea of using demonic powers, even if to combat the Legion itself, simply doesn't sit right with Akecheta. You do not put a fire out by adding more fuel to the flames, and he finds this practice to be an unnecessary risk. He may not speak openly about it, but he believes that those who pursue such paths will eventually become that which they seek to destroy.

6. As mentioned in my answer above, Akecheta is apprehensive around Demon Hunters in general. It is not that he takes issue with their mission, since he supports the fight against the Legion whole-heartedly. However, he takes issue with their approach, and because of that, he prefers to keep a healthy distance from them.

7. The Centaurs and Quillboars are old enemies of the Tauren, and Akecheta is not fond of them. He believes that both are hugely misguided, and blames them for the current state of Mulgore.

8. Akecheta is fairly indifferent towards Goblins in general. For the most part, he isn't bothered by them. Unless of course, they start using their mechanical contraptions to cut down entire forests and pollute the environment.

9. Giving up the nomadic lifestyle is somewhat bittersweet. Akecheta did enjoy traveling and being constantly on the move, because it allowed him to see much of the world. In the other hand, being able to reclaim their ancestral homeland is a worthy achievement. He also wants to do his part in restoring Mulgore to what it once was.

10. Many in Akecheta's family are divided on the issue of the Horde. Most hold a great deal of respect for the Horde's leader, and the part that the Horde played in the reclaiming of Mulgore. However, some are concerned about the bloodthirsty nature displayed by many of the Orcs, and are reluctant to follow them blindly.

11. Akecheta has become familiarized with many of the Night Elven lands due to his close ties to the Cenarion Circle. He has actually befriended his fair share of Night Elves, which is how he got the saber cat that accompanies him. He spent a good amount of time aiding the Cenarion Circle in Ashenvale and Felwood, fighting off the taint and corruption that plagues those lands.

12. The shapeshifting abilities he has mastered so far definitely help in validating Akecheta's connection to nature and the Earth Mother. He believes that even though he was not meant to follow the path of druidism, his path is not much different from theirs. Taking on the aspects of wild beasts is definitely an invigorating experience for him, and one that he cherishes, for it makes him feel closer to that which he is sworn to protect.
Lynette
 player character, 22 posts
Tue 28 Jun 2016
at 00:50
Re: Questions for your Characters
How much of the Second War did you see yourself? - Quite a bit (she is 152 years old after all).

Many non-elves don't seem to realize that not every elf is a rich noble warrior-sage-poet with moderate~high proficiency in magic. They have casts. They have their own hierarchy. They have the elven equivalent to commoners. And for all it's differences, moving up the ladder can be as difficult as in any other society. So yeah, Lynette was a nobody destined for an ignominious life. When the call to arms came, when the military was suddenly recruiting, when an escape to a new land (Kalimdoor) was on the horizon, when opportunity came knocking on Lynette's door...she severed ties with Quel'thalas and opened it.

As a frontline footsoldier Lynette saw battle. A lot of it. She'd like to say it was because her skills were superior, that she was cut above the rest, but the simple truth of the mater is that she wasn't. It was just luck.

Despite the agony from not having a ready access to magic (like the high cast elves) she stayed. The man reason for this is because while under the tutelage of Sir Uther Lightbringer (she was a soldier, selected to become a paladin for her pious streak) she fell in love. With prince Arthas Menethil. But the love was one-sided because he was not nobility but royalty! While she was a nobody. Nothing to pin upon her name save her deeds while in the army. And a footsoldier rarely gets as much recognition as the leaders.

Even so, this did not stop her from from wanting to be by his side whenever possible, a secret guardian angel *cough*stalker*cough*. So she volunteered to be assigned to his squad whenever possible. Go with him on missions and tasks whenever he'd have her. She had comrades, yes, but she had only eyes for her prince. The others may have thought of her as a blind religious zealot, not knowing the true reason for her fanaticism, so it's hard to say whether she had friends among the order. Or if they still consider her a friend to this day.

When the prince ultimately fell from grace, she blamed herself. She blamed her weakness, her inability to do anything, she blamed herself for not rising above what was, fight for what she wanted.

But after awhile, when the shock had settled in she had a moment of clarity. Classical convention was the problem. "Magic can only be fought with Magic". It was common knowledge, it was the first thing they taught you...anywhere. It's how it's always been. But...isn't that contradictory to the 4 laws of magic? Am I the only one who's seeing this? How is it possible no one in the history of the world has noticed this before?
The 4 laws of magic are::
  • Magic is powerful
  • Magic is corrupting
  • Magic is addictive
  • Magic attracts the Twisting Nether like a fly to honey
http://wowwiki.wikia.com/wiki/Arcane

Suddenly her view of the 4 laws of magic became very, very different. They weren't so much as cautionary to those who wanted to practice it, but a call to arms to those who didn't. She realized that whatever the order was teaching her was wrong. They were losing. The undead were winning through sheer attrition. They needed a breakthrough. Sometimes that meant raising your voice. Sometimes it's making some noise.

And sometimes it's proving to the world it was wrong!

Her selfblaming suddenly took a turn towards the demons for corrupting her lord and love. She blamed the warlocks, the mortal minions of the demons, the fools who willingly allowed themselves to be corrupt, to use the power of darkness for their own selfish and nefarious goals, and the idiots who thought that "Fighting fire with fire" is the ONLY way to fight fire. The idiots who kept keeping the circle going round in round, like her beloved who had sought power to defeat evil only to become a worse evil himself afterwards. History was littered with such tales. If only a different way had existed back then then this wouldn't have happened to him.

So, Lynette set out to create a new path, breaking new ground with the zeal and ambition (some would say obsession) unlike any she had shown before.

Do you consider your magic arcane or divine? - If it must be classified then arcane.
Methodical or cobbled together? - Methodical, using the Watcher's strides as a bases (you gatta start somewhere).
What of the night elves that now share your company? - What about them? Politics, blood feuds and wounded honor are luxuriates common elves can't afford. Leave that to the "nobles" elves I say.
Do the shadowy magics of the Watchers appeal to the feelings of Justice you once held dear as a paladin? - Indeed it does. Doing the exact same thing over and over and expecting different results is the very definition of madness. At least the watchers were trying something new.
Do you respect them? - Yes.
DM
 GM, 68 posts
 The Prophet
Tue 28 Jun 2016
at 19:50
Re: Questions for your Characters
Lynette: Would you go out of your way to learn more about the Watcher's shadowy magic?
Lynette
 player character, 23 posts
Tue 28 Jun 2016
at 21:27
Re: Questions for your Characters
Yes.
Basung Gold Fist
 player character, 4 posts
Wed 29 Jun 2016
at 14:56
Re: Questions for your Characters
Basung was told by his leader that he was a descendent from Gruul the Dragonkiller himself, This was told at the eve of a battle against a merc band called the black dragons. While this confused young Basung, as before that the leader had told him he was a descendent of Skulloc Soulgrinder, he quickly got over it and embraced his prestigious heritage. And while obviously everyone talk about how Grull took on Deathwing with the Bladespire clan, Basung was also encouraged to follow into his anscestors footsteps when it comes to progeny. Being a competitive Ogre he has vowed to out do Gruul not only in combat but also in making suns to bolster the ranks of his merc band.
DM
 GM, 74 posts
 The Prophet
Fri 1 Jul 2016
at 12:55
Re: Questions for your Characters
Questions for Ylandria
Starsigns
Dryads can be very old, but they don't have to be. Though the elves keep track of the paths of the moon somewhere somehow, both night elves and dryads will lose count of how old they exactly are.

If age is relevant, they'll ask a priestess to help them correspond the alignment with the date of birth.

There are many constellations, each having their own meanings; the Kraken, representing a relation towards large, complex problems not tackled with simple solutions. The Serpent, representing a life of blind adventure. The Warrior, whose shield protects the innocent or whose blade can fell them. The Siblings, representing a theme of familial trust or betrayal. The Seer, whom seeks answers or power. And the Archer, whose glory is the hunt of the Serpent. And numerous others, each representing a theme of trials and celebrations. What constellations were you born under?

Darnassian legends say that once, all the stars in the sky were once pearls in a pool that existed before time, before Elune made them people and eventually rewarded them for their virtues with a place in the nightsky. Each star has a story associated with it of some deed of self-sacrifice.

Under what star were you born?

Two moons and one sun hang in the sky of Azeroth; the White Lady, the Blue Child and the Bright Lord. The Blue Child is curious, carefree and magical. The White Lady is caring and wise. The Bright Lord is life-giving and glorious. And the Dark Beyond is inviting and warm.

Which celestial bodies were in the sky when you were born? Were they divided or united? Or were you born under the Dark Beyond, when the stars shine brightest?

The Many Elven Wars
What wars have you seen? The most recent conflict was the Third War, which you have undoubtedly been a part of. What role did you play in that? You were attacked by a demon or a cultist. What kind of demon or cultist? Did it still live? Did it have a master?

Before that was the War of the Shifting Sands, a war fought with the Qiraj, distant relatives of the Nerubians. The people of Kalimdor were alone in this fight, until the dragons came at the tail end of the war. Some are grateful, some view the dragons with disdain for how long they took to muster. This conflict was a 1000 years ago, you are told. Were you alive during this conflict?

More to come after these questions have been answered.

This message was last edited by the GM at 14:14, Fri 01 July 2016.

Ylandria
 player character, 1 post
Sat 2 Jul 2016
at 20:04
Re: Questions for your Characters
At the time of my birth, the Seer and the Siblings were highest in the sky, across a vast sky of stars. Below them, the warrior, kraken and serpent were almost equal in the sky, and last the archer.

I remember, once I sat under the stars, and saw all the points of light, and I did not want to go back under the trees. My mother told me then, on such a night, thecsky full of wonder, was I born. I was born under the Dark Beyond.

As close as I can recall, I was not part of the war of sands, having been born shortly after. While we do not forget our duty, it is true that endless years of peace left us unprepared and this Third war, as others call it, was my first true test.

I simply do not know if the demon who scarred me was worshipped by a cult or not. I did not think to ask before I intercepted it's attack and I was in no condition afterwards to enquire if it had been destroyed, or who it's supporters might have been.
DM
 GM, 76 posts
 The Prophet
Sun 3 Jul 2016
at 15:50
Re: Questions for your Characters
Questions for Ylandria

Being out of the forest under the Dark Beyond, must have put you in contact with a considerable amount of mortal races, be they native to Ashenvale or not. Whom did you see in the clearings? Did you stay to talk? Did you flee into the forests?

Where in Kalimdor did you grow up? In the wintery-landscape of Winterspring? In the winding mountainscape of Mount Hyjal? The perpetual autumn of Azshara? Moonglade? Southern Ashenvale? Or present-day Felwood?



Did you have any friends? Do you still have them today with your mark? What things about life that you never thought about changing, changed?

What kind of demon branded you?

This message was last edited by the GM at 15:51, Mon 04 July 2016.

DM
 GM, 78 posts
 The Prophet
Tue 5 Jul 2016
at 21:13
Re: Questions for your Characters
Ylandria, Baehean, I have said that this campaign tries to discourage haste and most deadline can be pushed back once or twice. But I hope you can respond before the 7th, since we're starting the 9th, because I want account for your backstories while designing encounters.
Ylandria
 player character, 2 posts
Tue 5 Jul 2016
at 22:08
Re: Questions for your Characters
I was always curious about others. I had to flee trolls, and satyrs were trouble enough. But many others, I was content to watch. Some Tauren, some quillboar some firbolg. Many of the cultures have risen in strength, and in the last war Tauren have proven honourable. It seems war creates friends and enemies in equal measure, many furbolg have been marked by the pain of their homes.

Old Grey eyes is a good friend. When he was younger, and I had overcome my caution, he used to pull my hair and fall asleep on my back. The cubs used to listen wide eyed when I told that tale, and tried to guess who had become lost, that the strange visitor would help them. Only some would guess it was their revered chieftain.

Greyeyes is wary of me. I can feel his caution, but there is also acceptance. His people have been marked by the war with the destruction of their homes, in a way they are closer to the land than we are, and they keenly feel it's pain. He feels that I have been affected similarly, an he has been a great comfort. I hope he does not suffer further for his kindness.

Maylindra was very close to me about a century younger I guess she was a bit smaller than the others and shy, but she liked walking among the trees, and delighted in simple things. She was wary of me afterwards and Vaselra made it quite clear I was no longer welcome in their grove.

I grew up among the ruin of Azshara, among the reds, oranges, yellows and golds the greens and blues of ashenvale are wondrous. But I miss, the colours.

I have not been able to go home, walk among the autumn colours since the war. The road is too dangerous.

The magic that caused my brand had been cast by a strange creature I had not seen before. I mistook it for a simple satyr at first, and paid the price for my foolishness. It was horned, hooves but had smooth skin, with no fur.
Baehean Nightreaver
 player character, 8 posts
Thu 7 Jul 2016
at 20:04
Questions for your Characters
In reply to DM (msg # 1):

quote:
You've been dead for a certain amount of time. When did you die and where? Did you die after Quel'thalas had already fallen? Or were you overconvident and part of the first wave? Do you even remember? Do you still have all your equipment on you or did you have to make do with what you have?


I do not truly know when I died, though I have been told it was in defense of Quel'thalas. My unit was overran when the Scourge somehow was able to get a large number of Ymirjar flanked his squad and destroyed them to the man. I somehow retained my equipment and abilities when I was 'reborn', though not as well as I had before I fell.


quote:
Who taught you how to shoot like that? Were you part of the rangers or were you something else altogether? Did your magical practices ever bring you into contact with the people of Dalaran? Friends and family? Or were you cloistered to the lands of Quel'thalas, happy to live out your days in paradise? Or were you a cosmopolitan, exploring the world along human, dwarf and gnome?



I had an innate knack with magic, similar to many other arcane casters, though I was able to harness the energies in different ways. I was not a member of the Rangers, as I was not nearly as stealthy or useful as they would be, but my abilities instead put me into a more specialized unit until they could figure out how to harness my abilities. I stayed in Quel'thalas, as I was considered 'gifted' and I was to be trained to harness as much of my abilities as I could and impart my knowledge upopn others so they too may find a way to deliver spells via arrows like I do.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:34, Thu 07 July 2016.

Baehean Nightreaver
 player character, 10 posts
Thu 7 Jul 2016
at 22:23
Questions for your Characters
quote:
Lynette, Baehaen Nightreaver and Lorin Sunheart. You would have been alive during the Second War. How much of the Second War did you see yourself? Were you privileged with safety inside of Silvermoon City? Or were you in the forests as the orcs and pillaged them alongside forest trolls? Or maybe you were one of the high elves that assisted the Alliance of Lordaeron directly in the Hillsbrad Foothills? Were you always soldiers?


I was part of a special unit that helped defend the Hillsbrad Foothills, one of a select few that had abilities like mine, though they were still fledgling. That was when it was decided to make other units like the one I was in, though I was one of a few that could launch spells through my arrows.



quote:
Who did you lose in the wars? Do you even know? Do you have family outside of Quel'thalas? Were you there when Jaina Proudmoore offered a new home in Kalimdor? Did you accept her invitation? If you did, did you make it in time? If you did make it in time, on what tide did you sail back home? Did you travel alongside the night elves? If you didn't accept her invitation, what do you think of the high elves who did? Are they traitors? Cowards? Or do you think them to be the wiser?


I was part of a regular Scourge archer unit. I performed my duties admirably, though in no way stood out from any of the other undead. I did get captured back by alliance forces and somehow ended up back in the hands of my people, as I did not show the same signs of 'evil' as other Scourge did. If anything I showed remorse at what I was forced to do and fight my own people.

My mother, Lilliana was a Magister in the service of the Royal family, albeit a moderate powered one. She fought in the Second War and was horrified to learn her son had died and his body was taken by the Scourge. During the Third War she fought against the Scourge with little to no holding back, eventually being overwhelmed and no trace of her was found. It is surmised she was taken and being turned into a pawn of the Scourge, albeit a powerful one.

My father, Astrosius was a Ranger that also fought in the Third War and was in command of a sizable amount of rangers. They harassed the Scourge supply lines, as even undead need supplies, albeit less than most. He was last seen leading a small specialized unit against one of the command units of the Scourge and is presumed dead.

He had no brothers or sisters that he knew of.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:55, Thu 07 July 2016.