So this next post I wanted to introduce the characters. I’ve asked the players to write up a short description, but it’s another thing if it will actually be done hah! For now, I’ll write something up from my perspective, and they can change it further down the line.
Well, lets cover them: Calec, Kaden, and Solina.
Calec is a young human male commoner, who has spent his childhood in a borderland village. His father left early on, recruited into the Lord’s Army to invade the elvish lands of Idoti, leaving their family destitute and struggling. Calec roamed the forests, hunting for their food and collecting various herbs. That was until elves retaliated and attacked the village, killing many of the adults and abducting the children.
Calec returned from one of his trips to find his house in ruins, mother killed, and brother kidnapped. He left to follow the elves, but soon lost sign of their tracks and became lost himself. After succumbing to exhaustion, he awoke to find a vine burrowed into his skin, but when he tried to remove it a scream howled through his mind. Kalec stopped, and a sense of gratitude, relief, and hope filled him. A glow filled his vision and pointed him dawnwards, and away he went.
From a mechanics perspective, Calec has chosen to be the druid class, which we’ve customised (homebrewed) into a style that utilises the vine entity as his druidic focus, and instead of shapeshifting into an animal, he can shapeshift into a “tree” where the vine becomes armour (essentially the barkskin spell) and can be used as a weapon and shield.
Kaden… well, really all I need to say is he is Jack Sparrow reincarnate; he is a middle aged human male pirate. As a child he was sold into slavery on a pirate vessel, and as time passed by he learnt the skills needed to survive. After an encounter with his slave master, he made a deal with a black market lord for his freedom, and after accomplishing this task, he was given command of the ship and the crew. From there, he spent years plying his trade across the seas, but he refused to partake in slavery.
In recent times Kaden’s luck has run out, and he has found himself crewless and aboard a small skip, slowly sinking as it sailed into port. Yes, I really did mean Jack Sparrow. Imagine that opening scenes of Pirates of the Caribbean and you will know exactly how his story begins in this adventure. Good day port royal Mr Smith.
From a mechanics perspective, Kaden went with the swashbuckler rogue class, though he is still only level 2, so none of the rogue class abilities yet.
Solina is a young tiefling female sorcerer. She was a tough one to figure out how she fit in the world, as I had actually taken tieflings (and various other races) out of these regions, and tieflings in particular I hadn’t even accounted for in the universe. So, stealing a little inspiration from Matt Colville, I went a long the lines that tieflings were actually created beings, made by the Holy Order of Oorun, as “Relics” or conduits of his powers.
She is the eighth of nine Relics that have so far been created, and once reaching maturity, she was tasked with travelling to the continent of Yarrawong, and survey the political and military infrastructure, in preparation of a coming Purge. Accompanying her on this journey was three Scorched Knights, ordered to protect her and make sure she doesn’t stray from her path. Of course, she does… And this is where our Session Zero began for Solina.
From a mechanics perspective, Solina chose the UA sorcerer class; the phoenix (why is it not spelled pheonix!?! English!). But unhappy with the exact mechanics, we altered them a little to make it a little more flavourful and balanced (I hope – we are yet to fully see).
Next time I will do a recap of Session Zero, and perhaps Session One.