First of all, a check-in. I’m excited about the campaign…I’ve been working on it all month and I look forward to finding out where we take each other. That said, I’m also nervous because I have only heard from one of you regarding the character background questions, and none of your character sheets on Obsidian Portal is quite done, although some are close. I hope everyone will have time to get characters ready and game on Sunday. Let me know as soon as feasible if not.
Here are the background questions again:
· Completed stats and character sheet (i.e., including background with feature, bond, and flaw, unless you want these to be secret, in which case please note that) for your character.
· Some distinctive aspect of their physical appearance.
· Details on your family: names for your parents and siblings and any extended family you care to describe, and a sentence about each of them.
· Similar details if your character has any important friends.
· Similar details about your character’s teacher(s) or mentor(s) in their background and class.
· Anything you want to specify about how your character knows and is affiliated with the other members of the party. The dwarven district, the city’s many and powerful trading and artisan guilds, the church of Sammas, and the dwarven library are all possible elements.
Second, so that I can put the actual adventure together, I have to have a starting state for the characters. This means I am going to have to horn in and partly answer some of these questions for you. Based on what I have from each of you already, this is what I’m going with:
Ted and Manny (Immanuel) are acquainted with each other because they are both regularly in the Library of Frerin. Ted conducts research in the scriptorium, where he sits with the Librarian’s apprentices with a book or two from upstairs and writes notes as he searches for answers to…something. Manny regularly has meetings with his tutor Cornelius in the Sun Room of the library, and the Librarian has held dinners where Manny and Ted have been introduced. I assume each of you has found something intriguing about the other.
Cornelius is both a scholarly and a rather pious bard. He is also frequently to be found in the small study in the back of the Temple of Sammas either reading old dwarven religious sagas or tutoring the young clerics, including Elspeth. When Arblaith was brought in, displaying solid bardic potential, Cornelius got him into a good bard camp and has taken him on as his own apprentice / gofer.
Admittedly, Arblaith is not the most bookish fellow, and Cornelius decided that he should also get fencing lessons. Coincidentally, both Cornelius and Manny’s family think a lot of a retired soldier named Athos, who lives not too far into the Smith’s District.
At the opening of the adventure, it is the 70th day of winter. (Years in Tepillien are only 305 days long and seasons are therefore 76 1/4 days long. In practice, summer gets to be a day longer than the other seasons on the calendar.) It is an unusually warm day, sunny and a bit above freezing. Athos has had his many pupils conduct a tournament in the large green space below the Guilds’ Tower on the city wall, and invited the clergy of Sammas and friends such as Ted to attend (the clerics not least because their help might be needed). Knowing Elspeth’s background as a soldier, he asked if she would be willing to participate. The tournament has been a round-robin and there will be no single defined winner. Both Manny and Arblaith have been about fifty-fifty in their duels on the day. Everyone is in armor, but using practice swords or axes with weighted wooden heads that are a good approximation of normal balance. Their regular weapons are racked up at the side of the green; Athos had them bring them to the opening ceremony. It’s now just before sundown, and Manny faces Arblaith in their last duel of the day.
Remember, I’m going to try to use Roll20.net for the gameboard and see how that goes for us. I sent you all invites; here’s the direct link for good measure:
You can select the pink down arrow and launch Google+ with the campaign’s current map (set by me) as the video feed directly from the campaign’s Roll20 homepage.
Third, I have put up background material on the wiki section of Obsidian Portal. Please read what you can of the Thornlin material before the game so you get more of a sense of the city and politics. There are maps of the duchy, city, dwarven quarter, and even the Library itself.
See you Sunday! Please let me know if you’re willing to get on and test Roll20 with me Thursday night around 9 pm or Sunday around 5 pm Eastern.