Posts Tagged ‘Character’


Judge, one of the Empress’ Seven Stars (A to Z Challenge, J)

11 April, 2015

the Judge

Quote: Law serves Justice and Justice serves the Empire.
    A perfect legal code is impossible.

Sometimes like thisDescription: In his true, draconic form, the Judge is a large dragon with scales a dark, charcoal grey edged with a dark silver, his wings are darker than his body, nearly black.  The Judge’s eyes are a dark blue flecked with silver. His claws, a deep silver-grey.  His voice is dark and controlled.

The Judge’s usual human form is tall and well built with wide shoulders, dark grey skin and black hair with silver highlights.  His eyes remain the same.  He favors whatever is worn as judicial grab where he is, in the Capital, he favors dark robes with a silver chain of office.

Background: The Judge was one of the first dragons recruited into the Empress’ grant vision and one of the Seven of them who survived the War with the Gods.  He was instrumental in defining the doctrine of Dominae which underpins the Imperial philosophy.

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L5R – Children of Destiny – Our Cast

7 November, 2013

CastleFinally starting this, what with various scheduling problems, the Children of Destiny campaign starts tonight.

Our heroes, Episode One:

Doji Miwako, small but charming Crane and priestess.  Daughter (acknowledged as niece) of Doji Chikako.  (Asahina shugenja 1, played by L.)

Heichi Kuroda, adopted son of the Boar Clan, skilled hunter and expert with the spear.  Biological child of Moto Amon.  (Heichi bushi 1, played by C.)

Moshi Wo, katana-wielding, male Moshi shugenja out to prove himself.  (Moshi shugenja 1, played by J2.)

Soshi Zhaojie, iron-willed Scorpion magistrate in training.  Daughter of Soshi Utami.  (Soshi magistrate 1, played by T1.)

Toku Kumo, a Monkey’s monkey, dedicated to the clan and seeks to follow in his father’s footsteps.  Second son of Toku Kobo.  (Kuni Witch-Hunter 1 <originally Toku Bushi>, played by T2.)

Ujina Okakura, haunted and found of drink and pleasure, this Hare Clan samurai seems destined for a short life like his uncle.  Nephew of Ugasi Okakura. (Usagi bushi 2, played by Z.)

Joining Episode Two:

Seppun Kano, honorable Imperial samurai, trained among the Imperial guard and of whom, great things are expected.  Bitterly betrothed to Otomo Kodachi.  Son of Seppun (formerly Akodo) Katsu.  (Seppun Miharu 1, played by H.)

Joining Episode Three:

Otomo Shintaro, junior minister in the Imperial bureaucracy pressed into service by Doji Akira, a man devoted to the Empire if not his family (also brother of Otomo Kodachi).  Always accompanied by his yojimbo, Bayushi Tsuyoshi.  (Otomo courtier 1, playedby M.)

Yes, quite a large and varied group.  Should be an interesting campaign . . .


New Oracle Mystery – Angel of War

4 June, 2012

Like the fallen angels they style themselves after, the followers of the Angel of War find and guide warriors, hopefully into heroes, by choosing a single person (their ‘chosen bond’) to serve and direct.

Angel of War

The Angel of War marks her own

Mark of the Angel

Deities: As appropriate to the setting.

Class Skills: An oracle with the Angel of War mystery adds Perception, Ride, Stealth and Survival to her list of class skills.

Bonus Spells: shield of faith (2nd), shield other (4th), magic vestment (6th), air walk (8th), break enchantment (10th), heroes’ feast (12th), greater restoration (14th), divine vessel (16th), summon monster IX (18th).

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More Elves of the Sea of Stars

8 January, 2012

On Friday, I looked at the Elves of the Sea of Stars and their politics.  Today, we will look at them a bit more in Pathfinder mechanics.

In general, use the mechanics for the elves as as written for Pathfinder with the following changes:

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Game Theory – Moral Dilemmas: Arranged Marriages

26 December, 2011

I was watching the video of Emilie Autumn‘s Marry Me (mildly NSFW for language) and it brought this issue to mind as a possible source of conflict, challenge and adventure.

While marriage does not usually figure as one of the major themes of roleplaying games, it is an important facet of human life and culture and often a major component to the actions of people in a world.  As such, it deserves to be looked at as a source of both character development and adventure ideas.  First, we will look at arranged marriages.

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Review – Artists, Artisans and Workers: Bold Background Series I

5 November, 2011

While I deeply appreciate the design goals and ideas in Artists, Artisans and Workers, it could have been better edited both as far as format and, more important, in mechanics.  However, if you want to highlight character backgrounds and draw more upon medieval European history for your campaign setting, there is good food for thought here.

Artists, Artisans and Workers: Bold Background Series I is a 49-page PDF (45-pages if you remove the covers and OGL page) for the Pathfinder RPG written by Jarrod Camiré and published by Taurus Twelve.  This product is the first of Taurus Twelve’s Bold Background series.

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New Pathfinder Campaign – Pattern Seekers – The Characters

4 November, 2011

Since most of my Thursday night group are very into Pathfinder at the moment, I decided to run a short campaign for them in the Sea of Stars.  Placing no restrictions on them, as is my want, these are the characters they came up with:

Defender,  a relic of an earlier age in more ways than one.  A living construct holy warrior (modeled on the Ironborn) who was trapped from before the Sundering and only recently freed.  A worshiper of a dead god and follower of a lost way.  Forged himself into a sword in Episode 10.  (Ironborn Paladin 4, played by J.)

(Doctor) DeLorean Martin, master of alchemical evolution, trying to recreate the ‘perfect evolutionary state’ he achieved by accident, also  invented the panacea pancake before his decent into obsession.  Able to change into a massively strong bestial form.  Mysterious vanished between Episodes 9 and 10.  (Human Alchemist 4, played by T2.)

Morgrymson of the House of Grym, merchant-venturer of a dwarven trading house, a recent but zealous convert to the proscribed Moon Sect.  (Emerald Dwarf Cleric 3/ dragon bloodline sorcerer 1, played by C.)Pho the Lioness

Thea (and Pho), a small but adventurous Visse, abandoned as a child and raised by a strange sect of druids.   She is accompanied by her loyal lioness, Pho.  (Visse Druid 4, played by T1.)

Bradley (Xanthoceras-Gregoria), royal bastard, exile and last surviving heir to the throne of Gregoria.  A master of talking but of more limited use in other situations.  Now seeking to reclaim his father’s kingdom.  (Half-Elven Rogue 4, played by Z.)

See what happens to them in Episode One.

Joining in Episode 3 were:

Nikko (Nicodemus Marcellus Arturo Jediah Francisco Banks Talleymoney II), Visse clerk gone bad, thrill seeking and sticky fingers led to expulsion from his family and he has be dropping lower and becoming more desperate ever since.  (Visse Rogue 4, played by H.)

Zandrick Thunder Bird, former mercenary warrior from the desert who spontaneously developed sorcerous powers.  He uses tattoos to control his powers and keep them in check and is accompanied by his familiar, a yellow-headed black bird, and faithful war horse.  (Human Jinn-blooded Tattooed Sorcerer 4, Played by M.)

Appearing Episode 4:

Malik, a seeker of physical perfection and expert in unarmed combat.  (Human Monk 4, Played by B3.)

Appearing Episode 10:

Mirror, oft-kilter but perceptive wizard in touch with a fabric of the universe.  (Human Void Wizard 4, played by L.)

Rollin, elfin archer who does not speak.  (Elf Fighter 4, played by T2.)

Serrin, judgmental elfin warrior-wizard, uses an elven curve blade empowered by his own magics.  (Elf Magus 4, played by M.)

Appearing Episode 11:

Tack Marion, swashbuckling pirate in search of a ship, well, specifically, his ship.  (Human Pirate [rouge variant] 4, played by J2.)

Appearing Episode 17:

Kurtz Dreiman, priest of the Redemption, trying to prove to the gods that it is time for them to return by striking against the dragons.  (Human, Cleric 4, played by A)

Notes: Photo by Sander van der Wel and used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.

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