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Topic: What Evil Hides in the Hearts of Men - Q&A
Subject: okay


I have gone ahead and made a post to the game thread. At this point, consider yourselves officially introduced.

Yeah, we have some rules technicalities to work out and I have to get the official character sheets done (two down), but I see no reason that we can't start posting.

So, have at it!

Posted on 2013-11-06 at 05:53:12.

Topic: What Evil Hides in the Hearts of Men...
Subject: on the road again...


11th Sempore (Thirkday), 453 E.R.
Woods near the village of Crandel (west of the Indigo river, near the Sendrian border)



Summer was in full swing, with the countryside a recent recipient of a major heat wave that had held strong now for two full weeks. This afternoon had finally seen the accumulation of clouds, and while the farmers blessed them, the group of travelers trudging down the dirt road did not necessarily share that viewpoint. As evening fell, it had begun to drizzle. Rather than alleviate the heat, the precipitation had simply driven the humidity through the roof, causing clothing to become damp, sticky, and altogether uncomfortable. Slowly, a mist rose in response to the drizzle, which further choked away the visibility offered by the dying light of the day.

The companions expected to make Crandel by nightfall, and most - if not all - of them were looking forward to the chance to get in out of the weather for a bit. Indeed, the prospect of a dry bed and a hot meal was enough to quicken their pace.

As they walked along, the mist seemed to grow almost oppressively thick. Talcanaiion Aldavathar, sylvari pathfinder, began to feel uneasy. He had spent years out of doors, had experienced many types of weather, had witnessed the fury of nature firsthand... but this, this simply felt unnatural. Wrong.

Soon, every member of the party could feel the same things - the stifling atmosphere seemed to carry strange sounds, as well as cast strange shadows. More than once, one or more of the travelers were certain that they saw something in the mists, but the shapes always faded away, and never quite seemed to become fully visible.

The road (if one cared to use such a generous term for a dirt track in the middle of nowhere) took a sharp bend, and once the group reached the other side, they lay eyes on another group of travelers ahead. This new group - comprised of six or eight individuals on foot - was headed in the opposite direction, and though they were surely close enough to see the companions, they made no sign of recognizing this fact. Instead, they slowly shuffled along, heads down, seemingly oblivious to their surroundings, and continued to head directly for the party. If one had to wager a guess, one might speculate that these pilgrims were quite old, wounded, or ill - they were quite slow, indeed.


Posted on 2013-11-06 at 05:51:28.
Edited on 2016-03-18 at 16:22:42 by t_catt11

Topic: What Evil Hides in the Hearts of Men - Q&A
Subject: psh


Half syl, I forgot. My bad!

He's a man grown.

Posted on 2013-11-06 at 05:42:30.

Topic: What Evil Hides in the Hearts of Men - Q&A
Subject: hmmm


Just a note for you, Hammer. Sylvari adulthood is generally recognized once the hundredth birthday is reached. 75 would make you the equivalent of a teenager.

Not a big deal, I know but probably one you should be aware of.

Posted on 2013-11-06 at 05:18:35.

Topic: What Evil Hides in the Hearts of Men - Q&A
Subject: leadership


I will leave this question entirely up to the players, but if I had to guess, I would guess that En'Aranthea would be the best fit for the leader role of the party. She has the skillset and has served in a similar role before. Bladesingers, by the nature of their training, tend to make excellent leaders.

That being said, I recall her personality being a little more reserved, so she may not wish that mantle.

Likewise, Rae would be an excellent fit; paladins - by nature of their own skills, their forceful personalities, and their calling - are natural leaders. Rae is a humble person, however, and might be reluctant for such a role, regardless of how good she might be at it. That being said, the reluctant leader certainly makes for an interesting read.

Finally, I could see Jarenion making the argument that, as the most intelligent (and eventually, the most powerful) member of the party - combined with his natural arrogance and high opinion of himself - he should lead the group. For some reason, D&D groups tend to be lead by warriors or priests, but there is no reason that a mage could not be an effective leader (save perhaps the fact that it would be foolish for him to actually lead the way... more of a "command from the rear" situation).

I don't see Danon as the leader; he is humble, and more of a healer/helper than a commander.

Galardil, to me, seems completely uninterested in that sort of responsibility, preferring more to commune with nature than to lead adventurers.

Finally, I don't see Blair in that kind of role, either. Too much personal baggage, more interest in other pursuits. Just not the best fit.


Decide among yourselves, of course. I don't care who leads, or if you decide to go by committee forever. Up to you, just figured I'd weigh in on the subject.



Posted on 2013-11-06 at 04:25:27.
Edited on 2013-11-06 at 04:28:41 by t_catt11

Topic: What Evil Hides in the Hearts of Men - Q&A
Subject: backgrounds...


So, just tossing out some stuff here. Feel free to take it, leave it, whatever.

As mentioned, I see a connection between Jarenion (Eol's mage) and En'Aranthea (Vanadia's bladesinger). Eol and Hammer are working on a connection that ties in Galardil (Hammer's cleric of Kith-jora)... which to me, suggests that the three of them probably knew one another in the sylvari lands.

As an aside: Vanadia, I would assume that En'Aranthea returned to her homelands via ship following the events of The Guiding Light... if nothing else, to bring news of Tal'Anor's death.

Danon (Tuned_Out's cleric of Merca) would have most likely been tending the helpless and downtrodden among Ertain's cities, which is most likely how he would have met Rae (full name Miraenya, Reralae's paladin of Falloes), who has a similar mission in life. In fact, I could see the two of them getting along very well due to the religious similarities.

Blair (Brundel's thief) would have been easy to come cross in Ertain. In fact, due to his run of bad luck, it's very possible that Danon and/or Rae may have ministered to him. Not sure if he's the kind to accept charity, but I get the feeling that he's needed it more than once in the past.

The question, then, is how did the two groups merge, and what led the sylvari into Ertain?

The easiest answer for me would be an edict from Megilindar Nost that sent En'Aranthea into human lands, as it is quite common for them to be sent as agents of the sylvari throne on various missions. If the three were traveling companions at this point, had shared an adventure or two, it would make sense for them to accompany her.

Mission in human lands accomplished, and Bob's your uncle. Yes?

My impression is that the group has been together for at least six months.

Again, I am open to input/change suggestions.

Posted on 2013-11-06 at 04:14:49.

Topic: What Evil Hides in the Hearts of Men - Q&A
Subject: backstory


Just to get us thinking on this a bit...

We have three sylvari in the party. Two of them have a natural connection - Jarenion (Eol's mage) has a younger sister at Megilindar Nost, where she is training to be a bladesinger.

Vanadia's character, En'Aranthea, is a bladesinger.

Now, the training process is very long, but it's quite possible that En'Aranthea may have known this sibling, or have at least heard the name. Of course, Vanadia's character has been adventuring for at least a year or so, so depending on the timeframe, this may not be the case.

This is the kind of detail that brings life to a game... and is the kind of detail that you guys need to decide.



Posted on 2013-11-05 at 21:48:41.

Topic: Are you Ready for some Football 2013
Subject: blerg


I thin you are right, 7-5. Still a sucky weekend... and I gotta tell you, this week scares me. I could go ten wins, I could go four.

Posted on 2013-11-05 at 21:34:34.

Topic: What Evil Hides in the Hearts of Men - Q&A
Subject: gee, thanks



Why am I such a misfit?
I am not just a nitwit.
You can't fire me, I quit!
Something about fitting in...


Posted on 2013-11-05 at 04:08:18.

Topic: What Evil Hides in the Hearts of Men - Q&A
Subject: hrm


Are we talking about the one from the claymation Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer?

If not, it's in my head now, anyway.



Posted on 2013-11-05 at 03:59:33.

Topic: What Evil Hides in the Hearts of Men - Q&A
Subject: also...


I am SUCH a nerd. When I see three or four of my players logged in at a given time, I get a little thrill.

Posted on 2013-11-05 at 03:44:00.

Topic: What Evil Hides in the Hearts of Men - Q&A
Subject: heh


+3 internets to you for a Han Solo quote being the first thing in your head.

Also, all of those thoughts are why we love you, no?

And yeah, with so many sylvari (to say nothing of team estrogen playing the tank roles), I'm thinking that the backstory of this group must be pretty interesting.

Posted on 2013-11-05 at 03:42:20.

Topic: What Evil Hides in the Hearts of Men - Q&A
Subject: roster change


Well, a piece of bad news. Duncan just contacted me to say that his workload is just too silly, and he's not going to be able to play with us in Hidden Evil. Too bad, I was looking forward to a Vidirak fighter.

That puts us back down to six. Considering that the extra pickup is a warrior, I think that I'm just going to stand pat with my original plan of a six member party.

It definitely does put a different flavor on this, though; the majority of the party will now have sylvari blood (three full blooded, one half blood). Also, both of the warriors are female.

Yay statistics!

Posted on 2013-11-05 at 03:16:55.

Topic: Zombies in Chicago: Chapter 2 Recruitment
Subject: wow


Thanks for the laugh, Roger. Family is looking at me like I'm a moron.

Posted on 2013-11-05 at 02:57:56.

Topic: Are you Ready for some Football 2013
Subject: shaddap, Grugg


Rogers out with a shoulder injury. I can't see the Pcckers winning this one behind Seneca Wallace... which means I'll finish 6-6 for the week.

Posted on 2013-11-05 at 02:36:27.

Topic: Zombies in Chicago: Chapter 2 Recruitment
Subject: heh


You should totally do that, Roger.

Posted on 2013-11-04 at 22:09:40.

Topic: What Evil Hides in the Hearts of Men - Q&A
Subject: yep


I have what I need from you, Hammer.

Also, an official welcome to Brundel, who will now be playing the role of rogue.

Posted on 2013-11-04 at 22:05:04.

Topic: What Evil Hides in the Hearts of Men - Q&A
Subject: heh


Thanks, Tann. I do already have a couple of alternates lined up, but I appreciate the interest.

Posted on 2013-11-04 at 21:18:30.

Topic: Zombies in Chicago: Chapter 2 Recruitment
Subject: squee


You are so sweet.

Posted on 2013-11-04 at 20:00:47.

Topic: What Evil Hides in the Hearts of Men - Q&A
Subject: well


This goes for anybody.

What I need right now are name, a brief physical description, a brief description of personality, basic gear (i.e. sword and board warrior with heavy armor, staff carrying mage that wears blue robes, archer in leather that carries a longbow and wears a knife).

After that, a little background would be nice - why are you adventuring? Where did you come from? Do you have any particular goals?

All the stat stuff can wait a little longer.





Posted on 2013-11-04 at 17:46:26.

Topic: What Evil Hides in the Hearts of Men - Q&A
Subject: no worries


Folks, I want to get posting on the game itself. If we can get fully finalized concepts to me, I can always help flesh out the character sheets.

Posted on 2013-11-04 at 17:26:19.

Topic: Are you Ready for some Football 2013
Subject: egad


That may be the stupidest weekend of NFL football I have seen in some time.

Darn it, Jets... who are you? Good, bad, mediocre... I can live with any of the above. Looking like you can't beat an arena team one week, then like nobody can beat you the next, is MADDENING.



Posted on 2013-11-04 at 15:15:53.

Topic: What Evil Hides in the Hearts of Men - Q&A
Subject: whelp


It's official, Salvator Navaar is going to sit this one out due to access issues. I'll be bringing in a standby player to play our rogue.



Posted on 2013-11-04 at 14:57:58.

Topic: What Evil Hides in the Hearts of Men - Q&A
Subject: hrm


That stinks, Salvator.

Posted on 2013-11-03 at 17:13:34.

Topic: What Evil Hides in the Hearts of Men - Q&A
Subject: sure thing


I figured that I would be helping a lot of people with these. No problem.

Posted on 2013-11-03 at 01:39:53.

 
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