Session 0 Thread.   Posted by Sadert.Group: 0
Sadert
 GM, 4 posts
 The GM
Wed 3 May 2017
at 13:38
Session 0 Thread
Hello everybody. We currently have three four adventurers; a druid, a thief, a barbarian, and a cleric. Please introduce yourself and your character. Then respond to the questions, and choose bonds with the other characters.

This message was last edited by the GM at 01:03, Thu 04 May 2017.

Griffo Goodelock
 player, 1 post
Wed 3 May 2017
at 14:27
Session 0 Thread
Greetings everyone,
I have been playing RPGs since I was 12, starting in the mid '80's'.  Doing so off and on as college, jobs, marriages and kids has allowed.  I haven't played in a regular weekly game since 2011.  An now basically do all of my what use to be table top roleplaying, online.  Here and at a few other sites around the web.

As for my PC, here's he is.

Name: Griffo Goodelock
Age: 26
Gender: Male
Role/Class: Halfling Thief, take cares of opening locks, detecting traps. Mostly uses ranged weapons in combat.  But is not above doing some back stabbing if the opportunity presents itself.
Alignment: Neutral-Avoid detection or infiltrate a location.
BODY: Lithe,
EYES: Shifty,
HAIR: messy,
CLOTHES: Dark

An introduction:
You would have have most likely first crossed paths with the halfling, Griffo, while spending a evening at some decent Tavern, Inn or Coaching House. He'd be sitting at table with his back to the wall. Facing towards the main entrance to the establishment. Keeping his eyes open for any trouble. Traveling as he does, Griffo see's many injustices. When he can, the halfling has the bad habit of redistributing wealth from those who seem to have way to much of it. To those needy souls that could use a small pittance to make their lives a little more bearable and worth living.

As to not have the "Help" be blamed for his pilferage.  For when they go off duty and head to the local drinking establishment, that caters to those who make a living as cooks and such to the upper crust who can afford such things.  He is there to over hear conversations and ask seemingly harmless questions about their employers and their habits.  Gaining information to find his next target. When they might be out of there townhouses at night attending lavish balls and various other social functions. Thus allowing him to do his job without much of a chance of being discovered.  Thus, he always leaves a calling card the says. "The Black Cat was here!" A cheeky nickname he had given himself due to the dark attire he wears when performing such a job.



When the halfling stands and stretches, You can see he is three and a half feet in height and is slim for his kind. With dark brown curly hair and charismatic green eyes. You noticed as he raised a goblet of wine to his lips, that he is left handed.

His clothes are slightly travel worn, though clean. He would have on dark brown tooled leather jerkin over a long puffy sleeved off-white Poet Shirts. With matching dark brown breeches. At his waist is a belt. On which was a sheathed dagger, and several pouches of different sizes. All of dark brown leather.

With in easy reach would be a stack of his belongings. Which would include his backpack. With his double edged shortsword in it's scabbard attached, so that it is easily accessible to be quickly drawn. Along with his unstrung shotbow in the holder that was attached to his shoulder quiver of arrows.  On top would be a neatly folded reversible dark green/black weather-proof hooded cloak and a dark green beret with a large raven feather (hint) stuck in it's brow.

He has a cheerful, happy-go-lucky demeanor. But at moments, one might see a bit of melancholy come slipping through. Hinting, as with other things, at some sort of tragedy in his past. Then again, who among us hasn't been touched by some sort of tragedy or heartbreak? This is a grim and perilous World after all!!!
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Here are Griffo's Bonds.  One is already taken. Let me know if you would like to help me out by taking one of the others.  An I'll take one of your PC's bonds.

I stole something from _____________.
Gundahar has my back when things go wrong.
_____________ knows incriminating details about me.
_____________ and I have a con running.

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Gundahar's bond taken:
Griffo is puny and foolish, but amusing to me.

quote:
I took the liberty of slotting Griffo into the one that best fits :)  Griffo could have stolen something from Gundahar (at his peril if discovered!), but once they'd developed a camaraderie he has his allies' backs.  Gundahar shares the Robin Hood-esque desire to fight injustice, though he is far more blunt in his methods.

I don't think Gundahar falls into Griffo's target demographic.  But I can see them striking up a 'Odd Couple' like friendship with them having each others backs.  Having a sort of Wulfgar and Regis thing going on.  The could call themselves the 'Double G's'! :)

This message was last edited by the player at 22:04, Thu 04 May 2017.

Sadert
 GM, 5 posts
 The GM
Wed 3 May 2017
at 18:42
Session 0 Thread
In reply to Griffo Goodelock (msg # 2):

Griffo, while travelling in this land, you've heard of a particularly valuable object within Skitheraxx's horde. What is it, and what is guarding it?
Gundahar Stoneface
 player, 1 post
Wed 3 May 2017
at 18:44
Session 0 Thread
Hello, fellow adventurers!  I've been into D&D and fantasy in some capacity since I was a kid perusing my dad's old AD&D books and reading Tolkien.  Nowadays I'm big into 5th edition, playing in a few games on RPOL as well as a weekly tabletop game.

My PC will be the classic barbarian, mighty and dumb with little respect for civilized ways but no tolerance for evil-doing:


Character Name:  Gundahar Stoneface
Character Age:  25
Character Gender:  Male
Role/Class:  Barbarian who is a mighty conqueror of every foe.  His Herculean Appetites would be Conquest and Fame and Glory.  Gundahar Stoneface is already King of All Worlds, and any foolish enough to deny it will learn through pain!
Alignment:  Chaotic - Eschew a convention of the civilized world.
Race:  Human
Look:  Wild eyes, Mighty thews, Unusual jewelry, Always shirtless

I'll add a character description later, but I'm basically imagining this guy from the movie Troy, except with a huge two-handed sword instead of a spear and shield:


Prose Section:  Gundahar rammed his mighty boot into the oaken door, crashing it inward in a shower of splinters.  The doorframe was too puny to accommodate his towering form, so he smashed his forehead through the lintel and strode into the dim and smoky interior.  "WHERE ARE THE ROBBER MEN?!" he bellowed across the shady tavern hall.  All eyes turned to behold the shirtless mountain of muscle and fuming indignation.  A terrified shriek came from somewhere in the back, and it was then that he saw them!  The wretched trio of highwaymen that had robbed Fisherwoman Helga's fish cart, cringing around a platter of pilfered cod!  "GUNDAHAR SEES YOU THERE!  IT IS TOO LATE NOW, SCUM!"  He tossed tables and bystanders alike to either side as he rampaged toward them.  He intercepted two of the cowards as they fled for the side exit and grabbed them up by their necks, one in each mighty fist.  He lifted both of the squirming rogues bodily off the floor, the tendons standing out in his thick neck as he glared at them with wild eyes.  As the other patrons fled he flung a bandit through a nearby window and into the outhouse, where he toppled limply into the privy pit.  He balled the newly-free hand into a meaty fist and buried it in his other captive's gut, sending the man rolling arse-over-teakettle and toppling a tablefull of dishes atop him.

Just as Gundahar turned to find the last of the trio he felt a sting and looked down to see that the scoundrel had buried a dagger in his side!  The barbarian glanced at the knife and then at the bandit's face, whose triumphant sneer was rapidly fading.  He growled with feral mirth, "What fool tries to kill bear with needle?  This makes Gundahar laugh!  HA HA HA, see?  Laughing at your needle!"  He flexed his rippling abs and pushed the blade out, sending it clattering bloody to the floorboards.  The puny man squealed as Gundahar stuffed him into a barrel, slammed the lid on and kicked it out the door.  As it rolled down the path out front, the fearsome warrior surveyed the wreckage of the now-empty tavern and nodded with satisfaction at his mighty deed.  Casually, he walked over to bandits' booth and grabbed up the hefty roasted codfish by its tail.  He then bit off the head and began to chew, crunching down the skull and all.  It was a feast fit for a hero.

Here are Gundahar's bonds:
Griffo is puny and foolish, but amusing to me.
___________’s ways are strange and confusing.
___________ is always getting into trouble—I must protect them from themselves.
___________ shares my hunger for glory; the earth will tremble at our passing!

I took the liberty of slotting Griffo into the one that best fits :)  Griffo could have stolen something from Gundahar (at his peril if discovered!), but once they'd developed a camaraderie he has his allies' backs.  Gundahar shares the Robin Hood-esque desire to fight injustice, though he is far more blunt in his methods.

I can see a druid fitting into Gundahar's second bond, but then again he also might identify with him/her, being a fellow uncivilized sort?
Sadert
 GM, 6 posts
 The GM
Wed 3 May 2017
at 18:54
Session 0 Thread
In reply to Gundahar Stoneface (msg # 4):

Gundahar! The mighty wyrm Skitheraxx is certainly a foe worthy of yourself! What is it that makes Skitheraxx a particularly deadly opponent?
Gundahar Stoneface
 player, 2 posts
Wed 3 May 2017
at 21:42
Session 0 Thread
In reply to Sadert (msg # 5):

There are many fearsome tales of Skitheraxx, the Winged Devourer!  Some say that its great wings are lined with jagged spikes as sharp as any sword!  Some say that the rumble of its roar is so loud as to shatter both stone and bone!  Some say that the dragon lairs somewhere within a forbidding maze of craggy canyons where its shadowy servants lurk in the mists!

Skitheraxx slew my grandfather, Roghar Stonebelly, the mightiest warrior to ever live!  The great monster still bears the scar from the wound he gave it, but now Gundahar will have his vengeance!
Cal'mara Ethal
 player, 1 post
Thu 4 May 2017
at 04:29
Session 0 Thread
Ello!

Names, Derek, I've been RPing since the late 80's started out with a set of D&D 1st edition books my moms friend gave me, and a crap load of Ral Partha Lead Miniatures. Oh the good ol' days!. Graduated from D&D and started playing other genres and systems. Came back around to Pathfinder, but now I like finding Storytelling systems, less crunch more roleplay! Dungeon World is awesome for that. I'm married with two kids. I was born in Texas, but right now I'm taking a long vacation in Ohio with my wifes side of the family. I've also been on RPOL for over 10 years and counting. I love this place. I have run several games, nothing long term, and have played in many, and look forward to this one taking off!

Character Name: Cal'mara Ethal
Character Age:  115
Character Gender:  Male
Class: Druid
Alignment:  Neutral - Eliminate an unnatural menace.
Race:  Elven
Look:  Haunting eyes, Messy Hair, Practical Leathers,
Armor: Buckskin of a great Stag (Hide armor (1 armor, 1 weight)
Weapon: Antler Carved Spear (Spear (close, thrown, near, 1 weight)
Gear: Poultices and herbs (2 uses, 1 weight)
Gear: Wooden Pendent Necklace. (Wood From the Great Tree!)
Tell: Golden Reptile Eyes.

The Stinking Mire & The Great Forests.


Bonds

1. Griffo Goodelock smells more like prey than a hunter.
2. The spirits spoke to me of a great danger that follows __________.
3. I have showed __________ a secret rite of the Land.
4. Gundahar Stoneface has tasted my blood and I theirs. We are bound by it.

For Griffo, Halflings are small strange beings to the Elf. Small things tend to die quickly by larger Hunters. So for now Griffo fits this bond.

For Gundahar, Maybe he ran across Cal'mara when he was shapeshifted as a Crocodile, resting in the shallows. Surprised by the Barbarians attempt to wrestle him. They both ended up bringing blood to another, before Cal'mara shifted back, and relented from the attack.


This message was last edited by the player at 02:54, Fri 05 May 2017.

Sadert
 GM, 7 posts
 The GM
Thu 4 May 2017
at 20:22
Session 0 Thread
In reply to Thruxus' Character (msg # 7):

Cal'mara! What is the name of your homeland, and what do those beyond your elvish tribes know about this place? Besides the crocodile, are there any animals which the region is well known for? And are these animals found here, in the region surrounding Skitheraxx's lair?

Gundahar, what is the name of your homeland, and what about it has made it so that everybody knows that you are from that place?
[OOC] I'm giving Gundahar here a chance to earn XP by shedding some light on his homeland. If he feels that it makes since for everybody to know where he is from, and for that to be a characteristic of the place, then he earns an XP. If he doesn't like that idea, he can choose to not answer the question.

Cal'mara, Skitheraxx's lair is located in a region which has piqued your interest. What do you hope to find within Skitheraxx's lair, and how does it relate to the region as a whole?
Cal'mara Ethal
 player, 2 posts
Fri 5 May 2017
at 02:46
Session 0 Thread
Q: Cal'mara! What is the name of your homeland, and what do those beyond your elvish tribes know about this place? Besides the crocodile, are there any animals which the region is well known for? And are these animals found here, in the region surrounding Skitheraxx's lair?

A: The Distant Marsh, Humans avoid the area by all means. The Elven Tribe has been known to protect its borders with a great Ferocity and intolerance of others. The Tribe prefers to be left alone. Outside trade is restricted. If a member of the tribe is caught trading resources outside of the Marsh. Justice is swift. The Distant Marsh is filled with giant sized reptiles. Snakes, Lizards, anything with scales. Its also rumored that a humanoid race of frogmen dwell deep in the depths of the Marsh. Skitheraxx has been known to use these frog creatures as labors in the past.



Q: Cal'mara, Skitheraxx's lair is located in a region which has piqued your interest. What do you hope to find within Skitheraxx's lair, and how does it relate to the region as a whole?

A: The tale of Skitheraxx is an old bedtime story to Elven children. Almost like a boogieman of sorts. Elven parents tell their children to behave or Skitheraxx will come and snatch you from the Marsh. Of course the stories are not without grandiose claims to a massive orchard that grows underneath where Skitheraxx' lays to rest. The orchard is rumored to bare fruits which can make even the most sickly person, well again.

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Gundahar Stoneface
 player, 3 posts
Fri 5 May 2017
at 03:30
Session 0 Thread
Sadert:
Gundahar, what is the name of your homeland, and what about it has made it so that everybody knows that you are from that place?

Gundahar hails from the Savage Hinterlands, an uncharted frontier of vast, sun-beaten scrublands broken up by clusters of rugged hills and populated with vicious beasts and nomadic barbarian tribes.  His loincloth and boots are cut from the hide of a sand tiger, a fearsome predator native to the Hinterlands.  Legends tell that a young warrior must go out alone to hunt and kill a sand tiger and wear its skins in order to earn a place in a Hinterland tribe.  If that weren't enough, Gundahar's unusual accent and excessively loud speech leave no doubt in anyone's mind where he comes from.
Mardrag Flintbeard
 player, 1 post
 Priest of the Dark
 HP:21/21 Armor:1 XP:0
Fri 5 May 2017
at 19:58
Session 0 Thread
Hi, I'm Pat. I'm 48, and have been gaming since I was 10, cutting my teeth on AD&D 1E. My current favorite systems are 13th Age, GURPS, Fate, and some flavors of PbtA (yeah, a bit of odd mix). I was a psychology professor until I developed a chronic illness a few years ago. Now I do part-time research support and consulting to pay the bills. Some days are better than others. But one consequence is my gaming is exclusively PBP. I can't plan on being functional in a given block of time in the future.

I'm married with two sons, one 22 years old and the other 3 months. Yeah, I know. But I adore them both.

Mardrag Flintbeard is a priest of Qubtia, Goddess of the Dark. He says more about Her domain, What Lies Beneath, then he does of the practice of Her faith. He is intelligent and versed in arcane lore. Mardrag doesn't say why he seeks the lair of Skitheraxx, but it might be that he has questions for the dragon. If you've ever met another priest of Qubtia, you probably didn't realize it. (An old goddess, you've probably never heard of her).

An old dwarf, Mardrag has sharp eyes and wears (rather conspicuous) flowing black and gray robes, concealing a somewhat knobby body. The robes cover a suit of chainmail, though his only apparent weapon is a stout, rune-carved stick. Around his neck on a silver chain he wears a pendant: A starburst of silver, with a large black onyx in its center.

Outgoing Bonds:
                       has insulted my deity; I do not trust them. Griffo?
                       is a good and faithful person; I trust them implicitly. Cal'Mara?
                       is in constant danger, I will keep them safe. Or Griffo?
I am working on converting                        to my faith. Gundahar?

For others' bonds:

Cal'Mara, can I have your #2?
Gundahar, my ways are probably strange and confusing.
Griffo, I may well know incriminating details. Secrets and all.
Gundahar Stoneface
 player, 4 posts
Fri 5 May 2017
at 22:16
Session 0 Thread
Mardrag's ways are most definitely strange and confusing to Gundahar!  I'll slot that one in.  Gundahar is suspicious of magic and gods, so converting him to your faith would be a tough sell.  I reckon that the "insulted my deity" bond might be a better fit, because Crom laughs your Qubtia from his mountain :P

Cal'mara: Sure, that backstory where Gundahar wrestled you as a crocodile is perfect.  Gundahar seeks out beasts to fight for fun and dominance.  That blood bond sounds like an intentional oath or something though, so I'm not sure how it might come up in play if it were an accidental exchange during a fight?

Sadert, can I do a custom bond?  Being able to transform into an animal is super impressive to Gundahar, so here's what I'm thinking:  "I will convince Cal'mara to teach me the secret of transforming into a mighty beast."

Are we expecting any more players, or will these be our four adventurers?
Griffo Goodelock
 player, 2 posts
 Halfling Thief
Fri 5 May 2017
at 23:58
Session 0 Thread
Good, finely, I've been waiting for Mardrag Flintbeard to finally post.

So Griffo bonds so far will be:
I stole something from Cal'mara. Perhaps his Wooden Pendent Necklace, just to annoy him, after he called me 'prey'.  Leaving it later to be easily found by it's owner.
Gundahar has my back when things go wrong.
Mardrag knows incriminating details about me.
_____________ and I have a con running.

Gundahar's bond taken:
Griffo is puny and foolish, but amusing to me.
Cal'mara's bond taken:
Griffo smells more like prey than a hunter.
Mardrag's bond taken:
Griffo is in constant danger, I will keep them safe.

This message was last edited by the player at 00:43, Sat 06 May 2017.

Cal'mara Ethal
 player, 4 posts
Sat 6 May 2017
at 00:12
Session 0 Thread
Bonds

1. Griffo Goodelock smells more like prey than a hunter.
2. The spirits spoke to me of a great danger that follows Mardrag Flintbeard.
3. Gundahar Stoneface has tasted my blood and I theirs. We are bound by it.
Sadert
 GM, 8 posts
 The GM
Sat 6 May 2017
at 15:29
Session 0 Thread
In reply to Gundahar Stoneface (msg # 12):

Of course you can make your own custom bonds.
Also Mark XP for answering my question.

This message was last edited by the GM at 15:41, Sat 06 May 2017.

Sadert
 GM, 9 posts
 The GM
Sat 6 May 2017
at 15:35
Session 0 Thread
In reply to Griffo Goodelock (msg # 13):

And Griffo, you need to respond to my question above. What is a treasure or valuable that attracts you to Skitheraxx's lair? And what traps have your local sources mentioned might have been rigged by Skitheraxx's minions, frogmen who patrol the ancient ruins in which the wyrm slumbers?
Sadert
 GM, 10 posts
 The GM
Sat 6 May 2017
at 15:40
Session 0 Thread
In reply to Mardrag Flintbeard (msg # 11):

Mardrag, you say you may have come to discover answers from Skitheraxx. You know, as a Priest of Qubtia, that the dragon's roost was in fact at one point an ancient Dwarven tomb, in which your ancestors were buried in the dark with their hoard heaped around them. Whose tomb was this, and were they a follower of Qubtia? Is she associated with Dwarves, or all underworld dwellers. And are you at all related to these ancient dwarves, who carved out the ruins which now harbor Skitheraxx and have slowly been reclaimed over the past centuries?
Mardrag Flintbeard
 player, 2 posts
 Priest of the Dark
 HP:21/21 Armor:1 XP:0
Sat 6 May 2017
at 18:24
Re: Session 0 Thread
Griffo Goodelock:
Good, finely, I've been waiting for Mardrag Flintbeard to finally post.


Yeah, I've been doing both moving stuff and court stuff this week.
Griffo Goodelock
 player, 3 posts
 Halfling Thief
Sat 6 May 2017
at 20:30
Re: Session 0 Thread
Sadert:
In reply to Griffo Goodelock (msg # 2):

Griffo, while travelling in this land, you've heard of a particularly valuable object within Skitheraxx's horde. What is it, and what is guarding it?

I'm sorry, I totally spaced that.  The item that Griffo seeks is one that was once own by the most famous thief of all the legendary epics, sagas and tales.  Who of course was, Maruvigor the Magnificent.  Who's most precious possession was the marvelous mystical magical Master Key of Opening.  It was said that no lock, no matter how cleverly made.  Would not be opened by it.  Sadly, countless centuries ago, Maruvigor the Magnificent and those with him were burnt to a crisp by the now ancient Wyrm, Skitheraxx, as they were trying to make off with some of the most prized pieces of the horde.  Thus the marvelous mystical magical Master Key of Opening must be somewhere amongst the jealously guarded hoard.

This message was last edited by the player at 16:55, Sun 07 May 2017.

Sadert
 GM, 11 posts
 The GM
Sun 7 May 2017
at 12:36
Re: Session 0 Thread
Alright then! I think that's everything. I will post the Session 1 thread hopefully tomorrow, as I have to go tape for a quiz show today, and then have a doctor's appointment tomorrow. At the latest, play will start on Tuesday. I'm really looking forward to it.
Mardrag Flintbeard
 player, 3 posts
 Priest of the Dark
 HP:21/21 Armor:1 XP:0
Sun 7 May 2017
at 13:17
Re: Session 0 Thread
Sadert:
In reply to Mardrag Flintbeard (msg # 11):

Mardrag, you say you may have come to discover answers from Skitheraxx. You know, as a Priest of Qubtia, that the dragon's roost was in fact at one point an ancient Dwarven tomb, in which your ancestors were buried in the dark with their hoard heaped around them. Whose tomb was this, and were they a follower of Qubtia? Is she associated with Dwarves, or all underworld dwellers. And are you at all related to these ancient dwarves, who carved out the ruins which now harbor Skitheraxx and have slowly been reclaimed over the past centuries?


This is the tomb of the Battledigger clan, chief among them the great heroine Bamneaginn. The entire clan followed Qubtia, though this is not widely known, even among dwarves. Bamneaginn was Her high priestess. The Battledigger clan themselves have all died off generations ago, taking any secrets with them. It is those secrets Mardrag seeks.

Qubtia claims all dark-dwellers in Her demesne. The priesthood of Qubtia know this, even if the vast majority of Her host do not.

Mardrag himself is not of the Battlediggers, but he is of unbroken line of specially trained priests traceable to Bamneaginn's chief acolyte, the venerated Kaddaeg Mudaxe.
Cal'mara Ethal
 player, 5 posts
Mon 8 May 2017
at 01:26
Re: Session 0 Thread

Cal'mara Ethal


Cal'mara Ethal's House


Gra'ta Ethal (Cal'mara's Father)


Kay'al Ethal (Cal'mara's Grandfather)


See'reen Ethal (Cal'mara Ethal's Sister)


The Distant Marsh


The Distant Marsh