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Sat 4 Sep 2021
at 20:41
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How about this for a prompt?

Located on a small island, nestled between the Empire of Krieghold and the lands of the Savannah Queens in the the middle of the sea, lies the former kingdom of Amur. A city-state that played neutral party between the traders of all kingdoms, it was the hub that would rival even Siraiís massive port. But like so many fallen kingdoms, it fell prey to the greed of a dragon.

Valketh the Stormbringer, an ancient black wyrm, used a mighty spell to batter Amur with wind and waves. Using the storm as cover, Valketh raided the main keep of the massive city and claimed it as his own. Now, centuries later, the ruins of Amur stand as testament to the power of an ancient dragon.

The city of Amur, the surrounding jungles and towns, plus a small port are still occupied. Gatorfolk, kobolds, and dragon cultists guard the ruins and pay homage to Valketh as he slumbers in the now sunken keep. Treasures abound in the ruins, waiting to be claimed, if you can get out alive.
Wrenn Muernig
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Sat 4 Sep 2021
at 21:39
Re: OOC: Redeux
I never turn down an opportunity to raid a dragon's hoard.
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Sun 5 Sep 2021
at 04:42
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I thought something a little old school might set us on the right path. Plus, you can be from anywhere in the world. Backstory, class, and race are all on the table. No restrictions as long as you can put a good story to it.
Wrenn Muernig
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Sun 5 Sep 2021
at 04:43
Re: OOC: Redeux
All published books available and level 1?
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Sun 5 Sep 2021
at 04:49
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Correct
Wrenn Muernig
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Sun 5 Sep 2021
at 04:54
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The only thing I'm not really playing right now is a wizard, so I might make another one. I'll give it some thought, though.

This message was last edited by the player at 14:27, Sun 05 Sept.

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Sun 5 Sep 2021
at 04:58
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Obviously it would help if the party has a shared backstory, but it is not required.
Griswold Ortmann
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Sun 5 Sep 2021
at 11:05
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I'm fine with you playing a wizard again, if you like, Wrenn.

I've come up with a concept for a somewhat unusual (and a little edgy) character.  More for story than min-maxing, the best fit for them would be:

Race:
Changeling/Kalashtar


They wouldn't actually be either of these, but the concept best fits with the themes presented by their racial rules.  At the moment I am leaning more towards Kalashtar.

Class:
Twilight Domain Cleric / Shadow Magic Sorcerer / Hex-Blade Warlock / The Undying Warlock


The Twilight Domain Cleric is the least appropriate, but I thought I'd offer it up in case we need a healer of some sort and I am interested in playing one.  I've played grave domain clerics before so I'd rather not do that and though death domain would also fit, it is considered a 'villainous' option and (imo at least) is a little overpowered.

Point is, with this character, I am happy to customise them to fit whatever we need.  Though they'd make for a weak 'tank'.

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Wrenn Muernig
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Sun 5 Sep 2021
at 14:27
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Undying Warlock is so incredibly bad, it's not even funny. Unless you're in an undead-heavy campaign, you might as well not have a subclass at all. I've been playing one now for 4 years in a PotA game, which is undead-lite, and I regret taking that subclass every time I think about it.
Wrenn Muernig
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Sun 5 Sep 2021
at 16:56
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Here are all of the things that I'm considering, all of which I've just not had a chance to play yet, in no order at all.

Echo Knight Fighter
Fathomless Warlock
Stars Druid
Shephard Druid
Bladesinger Wizard
Scribes Wizard
Swarmkeeper Ranger

This message was last edited by the player at 15:14, Mon 06 Sept.

Griswold Ortmann
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Sun 5 Sep 2021
at 17:51
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Alright then, that's a no to undying warlock.  Thanks :)
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Sun 5 Sep 2021
at 19:34
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Well, Iíll leave the final choices to yíall. Remember that the races donít have the same background as listed in the books, so you can come up with whatever. Kharash did it for dragonborn and made them a nomadic tribe people.
Wrenn Muernig
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Mon 6 Sep 2021
at 15:15
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What are you thinking about playing, Eri?
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Tue 7 Sep 2021
at 04:39
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While you mull on character stuff, discuss if you want to start knowing each other or not. Youíll be starting in Sirai no matter what. Itís the closest launch point to Amur.
Wrenn Muernig
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Tue 7 Sep 2021
at 05:45
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Having an established relationship certainly smooths out the introduction. Working an escort job for our starting gold can work for any race/class/backstory combination.

For a lot of other things, I'd need to nail down which character I'm going to play before I would know the best way to tie them to another.
Eri Sato
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Wed 8 Sep 2021
at 22:06
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I think I'm going to play a barbarian! I've never done it before so I'm quite excited. And I'm all for knowing each other if that makes it easier. Probably human. I'm thinking I'll make her a bodyguard for hire, on temporary terms. She moves from job to job, preferring the nomadic lifestyle.
Wrenn Muernig
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Wed 8 Sep 2021
at 23:07
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Gris, have you narrowed down your decision at all?
Griswold Ortmann
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Wed 8 Sep 2021
at 23:23
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Uh, kind of the opposite actually...as I'm reconsidering my original character concept now.

Sorry >.>

If you have a preference, feel free to pick whatever you like and I'll work around you. :)

Glad at least one of us is decisive, Eri!
Wrenn Muernig
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Thu 9 Sep 2021
at 05:43
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I'm currently leaning toward the Stars Druid. Twilight Cleric is amazing, so I considered doing that if you're going to remake Gris and Eri is going for a Barbarian (temp hp every round on a raging barbarian is insane), but I'm leaning more toward the druid at the moment.
Griswold Ortmann
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Thu 9 Sep 2021
at 10:17
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Tbh, stars druid looks really good.

I think I will try to dual class, if that's okay.  I'll divide levels between Shadow Sorcerer and Hexblade Warlock.
Griswold Ortmann
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Thu 9 Sep 2021
at 12:25
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GM, did Amur have its own language and, if so, would it be too meta to pick it as one of the languages our characters know?
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Thu 9 Sep 2021
at 14:00
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Quick rules point: Iím going to say no to multiclassing.

As for a language, it would depend on your background. An archeologist that is studying Amur would likely know the language but a regular sailor would not.
Griswold Ortmann
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Thu 9 Sep 2021
at 15:12
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Okay, thank you.

I was thinking about giving my character the cloistered scholar background from the sword coast adventurer's guide, but whether or not he specifically studied the Amur is debatable.  I wanted him to hail from the Dunnothi port city of Sirai, so Amur's fate could feasibly be of academic interest to him.  A cautionary tale maybe?

If there's no dual classing, I guess I'll go Shadow Sorcerer.  I've only played 1 Sorcerer before and that was a long time ago. :)

Edit - I'm also thinking variant human, if that's allowed.  Aiming to pick up the skilled feat, which would mean he starts with 4 languages (2 human, 2 cloistered scholar) and 8 skills/tools (2 sorcerer, 1 human, 2 background, 3 skilled)

This message was last edited by the player at 15:15, Thu 09 Sept.

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Thu 9 Sep 2021
at 15:27
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If you are going to be from one of the many libraries of Sirai, there should be no issue having a cursory knowledge of Amur. It would be similar to a layman's knowledge today of the Roman Empire. The main information is there but the details are fuzzy.

Amur spoke a dialect of Giant as their main language, though the melting pot effect means that multiple different languages were common in the city. Goblin might come in as a close second due the the prevalence of hobgoblin guards and watchmen.

No issue with variant human or the feat choice.
Wrenn Muernig
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Thu 9 Sep 2021
at 23:43
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Which languages would be associated with the study of astrology?