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1  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger: Last Days of an Empire - IC on: August 04, 2015, 05:50:35 PM
"Encode your message and head to the Tabularium. Ask to submit a record for Scribe Tertinius to work on, and it will get to me. If you are seeking further detailed instructions, I will set a spike calling you back to the records office, and ask if Tertinius has finished the work for you. Otherwise I will pass on what I can through the spikes themselves."

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2  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: August 04, 2015, 05:08:51 PM
@James: My understanding of the political situation from the AC was that Olegea had pulled a Palpantine and repeatedly found reason not to hand over the throne, and that at the moment it was rotating between them and Corlante because no-one else has the might to make them stop?

Perhaps I had interpreted it in a different way but my read on it was that Corlantae and Olegea had alternated holding the Throne for the last several decades (p.6 -  Houses Corlantae and Olegea have alternated periods of rulership for more than a century,) and there is only one period noted where Olegea holds the Throne for more that a decade (p.12 -  Olegea refused to abdicate the Golden Throne at the Collegium, citing the then-current Second Balataic War as a reason to retain the same leadership. Ten years later, House Olegea found another excuse with the Third Balataic War).
My take on it was that after Olegea's stranglehold on the Throne following the Balataic Wars, Corlantae was the put into power through the help of allied Houses (rather than the nominated rotatation), and thereafter each time the House on the Throne has changed, only Olegea and Corlantae have had the might and cunning (through bribes, martial force or information) to wrest control from each other. Corlantae maybe a "nicer" nation to deal with, however with the overall crumbling of morals, they are still acting despotically under the guise of democracy.
Despite that, the current sitting Emperor has died mid-term with several years to go until the Right of Procession; my reference in the post was that the other 6 Houses may force the issue and try to get another House onto the Throne now, rather than wait until the Olegean term of office is up.

That's my thoughts, but I'm quite an open GM and I like my players to be involved - so if you want to suggest another history, or way of looking at it to help world build I'm fine with that. Let me know what y'all think as at this point it doesn't really affect much.
3  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger: Last Days of an Empire - IC on: August 03, 2015, 06:17:18 PM
The beggar's mouth changed into a smirk. "At last, comprehension. Olegea lies leaderless, and with it the Empire. By the Right of Procession, it should be one of the other houses that is placed on the Throne next, but I'm sure Olegea will try to see they at least can claim the remaining years of the late Emperor's reign as their own."
He pauses and turns to Bannar. "Remember, you all are our eyes and ears; I will not always have the answers to the questions you ask." His expression turns steely for a moment, but he continues. "Doucas has a house in the central part of the city, which he maintains throughout the year and he has been known to conduct business from there at times. Due to him spending several weeks at home in Olegea, I would suspect he has brought some servants back with him on the trip. One thing my 'rats' on the docks saw was Doucas' ship was and still is heavily guarded."

He shuffles for a moment and leans out around the shadowy edge of the pillar. "Doucas is his own man, but his recent promotion has brought him some 'help' from his House." He nods towards the Patrician, as they finally approach the Senate House doors. "The older battle-worn man at his shoulder is Agrates Aesopos, former Praefectus Castrorum of Legion Olegea, and has been seen by his side in the weeks leading up to Doucas getting his new position, and has been even closer thereafter. His military record is solid, and he served his full 25 years. If anyone would to be consider Doucas' second, it would be him."

"Your task is information first, act second. And ensure that our enemies know nothing of you presence."
4  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: August 02, 2015, 03:25:15 AM
Soooo...

Fair call! I should have chipped in sooner...

Sorry about the slow start guys, hellish week at work and I just couldn't get the mojo to write. First post is now up, so we're off! I'll be adding more information (on Imperia itself, on known figures in the Empire/Imperia and anything else I can think of) soon. I will always add this info to the first post in the OOC thread to keep it centralised, but if it calls for it pop it in a reply and then update to the first post later. I'm here to ask questions of if you have them otherwise PM me if you want to keep things secret (hehe).

I will of course obey my 8th house orders, but we're allowed to have our own agendas, right?
You can do what you want, and I certainly don't mind personal agendas, just remember the Don't Be A Dick rule.

5  Community / Play-by-Post / Cloak and Dagger: Last Days of an Empire - IC on: July 28, 2015, 05:25:46 AM
And away we go!....

"Forum - Statue of Juris at noon tomorrow, wait for the old Lion." Such was the message de-coded from the Aesonian spike left for you.

The wide collonaded space  of the Forum bustles with people, from citizens waiting for their right to petion, to slaves moving quickly but quietly through the throngs, to the well clothed patricians deep in discussion casting furtive glances to those around them. The sun beats down into the courtyard, and a slight breeze blows in the faint salty tang of the sea that mixes with the already heady perfumes of the busy space. Conversation, loud debate, shouted declarations and heckling all mix within the walls, and the sounds intertwine and intermingle into a hubbub of fervent political noise.

The central statue of Juris casts his steely glance towards the Inner Forum and its debating floor, with the large pool of fresh flowing water at his feet giving several of those nearby respite from the day's rising temperatures and the frenetic activity around them. A shabbily dressed man, clutching onto a long staff of barely worked wood and wearing a hooded robe weaves his way through the crowd, his free hand scaberous and red held aloft in front of him in askance.  His path wends its way towards yours, and finally his voice can be heard above the noise of those present.

"Spare a coin for one not blessed by Adomius' fortune." His voice is hoarse and weak, but strengthens for a moment. "Any Lion would do, even an old one". The words have barely left his lips when a flash of golden light flicks across your vision, drawing your gaze to a lustrous coin that has sprung into the palm of his cupped hand. The symbol on it draws your eye more, seven stars surrounding an Aesonian lion - the first coins minted in the Golden Empire. The beggar's glance meets yours and his nods his head of to one side biding you to  follow. His shuffling gait moves through the crowd with practiced ease, and he draws you further towards the entrance to the Senate House casting the occasional look towards the Legio Imperia troops standing guard nearby. No second look from them is forthcoming.

He comes to a halt in the shade of one of the corner pillars resting against it with his back to you. Several minutes pass and he doesn't acknowledge you but is constantly ever watchful of the Forum itself. After a deep breath he says "So you have all helped us before, and proved that your loyalties lie in the same direction as ours. But to save an Empire we cannot work alone. Thus I have brought you..." He turns briefly towards and nods at you individually "...you a lawyer, a pit figther, a man of magic and a worldy footpad all here to work together. The opening moves in this game we play have started, and I fear we have little time to respond. The Emperor's death has left good men scrambling for scraps of power as you well know, and the Houses are mustering every resource they can to ensure they sit 'rightfully' on the Throne. " He pauses, and looks down at the ground lost into his own thoughts for but a moment, his next words are spoken in a hardened tone, filled with passion. "We must do what we can to restore our great Imperia, and carve the tumor of corruption out of these marbled places. This is why I have brought you here,  cast your eyes to the Forum entrance."

As you turn, a shout goes up from the other side of the plaza and the sea of lower classes at the periphery parts and a small group of men enter the plaza. At its head a well dressed man of middling years, hair close cut and greying at the temples, leads his party through the throngs with the help of his obvious burly escorts.
"Patrician Edesander Doucas," says your beggar-companion "of Olegea, a banker of noted wealth. Elected to the Council Regentum two weeks ago, and left for Imperia the next day. He docked late last night, but has already sent messengers to several figures among the city. It would seem obvious that Doucas is here to make a deal for Olegea, but to show such an move so clearly... " He stops mid-sentence and watches as the Patrician stops and greets various others present; a Revan trader garners a firm handshake, two or three Senators exchange brief but pleasant words with him and those in his group, and he aims a long respectul bow at the beautiful Atrodian Consul present. The older man at his shoulder leans forward and speaks into his ear, and then he and his party move onwards at a pace towards the Senate House.

The beggar turns to you all. "We need information on what he's planning, if he's trying to broker a deal, and if he is what he's using as leverage. Find out all you can and report back, though if you need to act in haste you can do so. Questions?"
6  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: July 28, 2015, 05:21:55 AM
Ok.. so things got away from me a bit, and I don't want to start this half-arsed... so please just bear with me for another 24-48 hours. Feel free to spit-ball any ideas in the meantime, or anything IC background you might want to post - There's an IC thread now available.
7  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: July 25, 2015, 07:28:57 AM
Okay. Sorry about the double post, but I wanted this one separate from my character sheet.


Okay, so my character sheet is above and it is almost complete. My spells took a while.

What is left?
40 Reputatation to spend, right? Done. I spend 30 reputation on 1 Noble Renown and left the 10 floating for when I need it.
And what about starting equipment? Done. I spent 300s of my starting stake, leaving 100s in there.

I'll have to do that tomorrow, I'm sorry.

I'll add descriptions of the items and spells when I have time, and put in a section on attacks. Let me know if I screwed any of this up, or if there are any details that are absolutely crucial before we begin.

EDIT: Oh, right. Is there a table for generating setting appropriate names? Thanks Bill!


Looks good, don't worry about spell descriptions too much - we've the book for that. And yes you have calculated your vitality right. The only thing I can see is pointing out which spells you want to use Arcane Might for.

To All: I'm going to give it another couple of days to let anyone do any final tweaks, or posted revised characters. I have a day off on Tuesday and I hope to get the opening post written then as well as maybe some little flavour pieces to set the tone!
8  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: July 23, 2015, 05:39:45 PM
But yea, crafters need downtime and downtime is mostly the GM's prerogative so it really depends on how james is going to run it.

As the story sees fit! The world of political machinations runs at erratic pace, sometimes taking weeks to lay a trap, only for the final stroke to be finshed in one visceral night! There will be downtime, and some will certinly fit for what you want.
9  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: July 23, 2015, 08:34:41 AM
Consider however that Alchemy requires healthy amounts of downtime in order to generate anything.
Sad face. I suppose all the ways I can increase my output cost Feats? Sad

To be at the top of the game you'll want Crafting B/M/S to maximise your silver output and B/E/L Skill Mastery (Trader) to enhance your bonus and threat range, and at least 2 levels in Keeper (taking 4 levels before branching into Alchemist is optimal).

But even with all that, an equal amount of raw materials, and taking 20 on the check (which removes the possibility of critting and doubling your output), the tiny amount of silver you can generate over 24 hrs of downtime means you'll produce precious little; a week is generally the minimum effective amount of time.

If you're lucky and have a kind GM, and are operating out of a HQ that you can regularly return to, they may let you cheat what's considered 'downtime', but otherwise PC crafting in Fantasy Craft is badly borked

If this puts you off Kadrok, and you want to change your concept - I don't mind, but it'll need to be quick. I'd like to start moving on this soon!

Mister Andersen - any chance you've updated Killishandra to level 4 yet?
10  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: July 23, 2015, 01:08:23 AM
Two days! It's not that long! Wink .....

Seriously though, I'm on here often but RL will occasionally slow me down Tongue

As to your spells - yes I'll allow CtA stuff no problem. As to picking all your spells, well that's down to you. You could pick by theme, or school, or what just looks cool! I tend to use my initial spells (20 for you) to populate the lower Circles, with the knowledge that I'll pick up the rest using the extra slots along the way. In your case, I certainly would look to getting what you want that you can use with the Alchemist class, as well as how you want to compliment your character's abilities with regards to the setting...

EDIT: Hmm having re-read the Alchemy chain, it doesn't actually state you have to know the corresponding spell when you make an elixir, you just learn 10 new elixir recipes when gain the next Alchemy chain feat.

.. and then perhaps look at the rest of the group and see if you can help out in a certain area you are lacking! No spell is wasted I find, you'll always have use for a seemingly obscure spell at times.
11  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: July 20, 2015, 06:43:09 PM
James, I was thinking my guy has been working with the 8th house for a while, is that okay?
All the characters will be relatively new to the Eighth House, but I would say that none are total rookies. You'll have all done a task/assignment for them under another guise to see if you are competent and trust-worthy, and a one or two of you may have completed further solo assignments. This will be however the first time you've been brought together as a cell/team, but that doesn't preclude you having worked together before... just not for the Eighth House.

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Also, I need to look up how starting prizes work again... I have some cool ideas...
I look forward to seeing them -  just remember, no magic items!
12  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: July 20, 2015, 06:28:07 PM
Updated the sheet to include the personal lieutenant.
He's a retired skirmisher captain. As such, he is very mobile on the battlefield while boosting his allies. He typically has Guard Yourselves! active which gives him and his allies +3 Defense, but can switch over to bonus speed, vitality or saves when required. He also gains Defense from moving, so his usual tactic is to move and harass with opponents with javelins until they are depleted. After that, he'll alternately move in to attack one round then attack and move out the next to maintain his Defense.

This guy is basically my contribution to any fights we may get into. As Ares pointed out, Mathias has 6 Con which means he has 8 vitality and 6 wounds at level 4. If a fight does break out, Mathias will be looking to vacate the premises at the first available opportunity.

So long as jameswllorimer approves of all the prizes and personal lieutenant, I am pretty much good to go.
The prizes and PL all look good to me. Mathias truly is a paper thin talkie-master!
13  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: July 19, 2015, 05:48:20 AM
Hrm, all things considered it doesn't look like I'm going to have time for this game. I'll have to pull out. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Drig - real life's a bugger and gets in the way of all the true work we want to do. No worries though I totally understand, and you're more than welcome back if you have time in the future.

My character is pretty much done, I just need to stat out the personal lieutenant and convert the character sheet to the forum sometime when it isn't 2:30 AM.
Awesome - I look forward to it.
14  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: July 17, 2015, 05:55:45 PM
What defines a magic item?

A magic item for the purposes of character creation is something bought with reputation that has a charm and/or essence. I'm not considering your PL a magic item, as it's bought through a feat and is I think more intrinsically part of your character. In character however, I guess it would be viewed as a magical weapon, either created by forgotten magical crafting or passed down from the gods.
15  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: July 17, 2015, 06:41:34 AM
Ok, but to finalize them, I'd need a ruling:
magic items yes/no?
Holdings yes/no?

Where do we start from? The capital?
Do we need wilderness equipment for our ventures, or are we primarily focused on the city?

Though I did update my inital post regarding magic items it was only a small change so fair point.
No to magic items, they are rare in the world, hence the campaign quality. All other prizes are fine however.

As to the starting point, it will be Imperia itself, and the focus will be urban at least for the first couple of adventures.

Hope that helps!
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