Author Topic: [Recruiting/OOC 1] Shinobi  (Read 22576 times)

MikeS

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #75 on: January 29, 2011, 08:26:32 AM »
Edited Mizu to the final from I wanted. It is now an item that provides the Lesser Essences NPC Quality: cagey I (6) and Threat Range (melee attacks) (10), -5 for being 1-handed = 11 total.

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #76 on: September 16, 2012, 07:50:32 AM »
Hey guys, I'm reopening recruitment for this as I'm splitting the game into two separate storylines that I do not see as having much interaction; one half will be run here on the boards, and I'm looking for two or three players to join what is right now a solo mission. Please design your characters with the following things in mind:

- Current career level throughout the party is 7, but I plan to give out level 8 very soon, so build to level 8, please.
- Fast Feats is in effect.
- Furthermore, each character will get a signature item (we have mostly weaponry so far) that provides a benefit akin to a "Heritage" Species feat, and which can be further boosted by taking the relevant "Legacy" feat. Stats will be somewhat better than the base item, but I admit that this is very vague guidance. Run your ideas past me and we'll work it out together.
- Every FantasyCraft option is legal, but the flavor is that everyone is human and there's no overt magic. You can justify game mechanics as extreme physical prowess, nigh-mythical training or ninja tricks as required.
- I'm fairly loose with a lot of the fiddlier mechanics, so if you're thinking of utilizing a build with a high Wealth and Legend progression, please speak to me so I can be sure not to sweep your strengths under the carpet in the name of simplicity.
- I think a good character motivation profile for this game is "good-hearted, but morally flexible", aka your classic adventurer.

I'll be putting up an IC thread shortly and will start moving Anderson's character into the setting, so don't get irritated by that - any newcomers will be introduced into the story where it's sensible for them to meet his character and tag along.

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #77 on: September 16, 2012, 09:19:44 AM »
Were Fast Feats always in effect? I don't remember if I built to that or not.

Also, since you haven't been handing out reputation specifically, should we just assume it's 10 per level? Takao would like to continue building his rep (which, I guess, hasn't really seen much play effect).

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #78 on: September 16, 2012, 09:42:54 AM »
Not from the beginning, unfortunately, but I think I've got everyone on that page now.

And yes, standard Reputation changes according to your Legend. I tried to track it in the beginning, but it didn't seem like anybody cared or used it, so I've since let it slide.

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #79 on: September 16, 2012, 10:45:51 AM »
OK, I'll double-check if Takao has the right number of feats.

Standard reputation change is based on adventure menace + legend. How many adventures have we completed, and what was their menace? Or do you just want to do 10+legend or something?

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #80 on: September 16, 2012, 11:03:11 AM »
OK, here is the updated Takao.

Still have to add finishing touches, and I will add a more complete background here, but I thought I'd post the work in progress.


Takao (MikeS)

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XP 40,000
Gifted Fighter
Keeper 2/Soldier 6
Type: Medium biped folk, reach 1
Speed: 40 ft. (35 ft in armor)

STR:   16
DEX:  12
CON:  10
INT:    12
WIS:   20
CHA:  10

Vitality: 84
Wounds: 10

Melee Attack: +10= 7 + 3
superior katana +11 (1d10+5 (2-handed) lethal, keen 4, cavalry, threat 19-20)
"Mizu" +11 (1d10+5 lethal (2-handed) keen 4, cavalry, threat 18-20)

Unarmed Attack:  +10 = 7 + 3
Punch +10 (1d4+3 lethal, threat 20)

Ranged Attack:  +8 = 7 + 1


Fortitude save:   +3 = 3 + 0
Reflex save:        +6 = 2 + 1 + 3 (feat)
Will save:           +13 = 8 + 5

Defense: 18 = 10 + 7 (class) + 1 (dex) + 1 (armor use) 1 (DP)
DR: 5 (6) =  3 (scale mail) + 1 (light fittings) + 1(2) (Fortunes of War I)
Resists: edged 2

Initiative: +5 = 4 (class) + 1 (dex) (roll twice, keep higher)

Action dice: 4d6

Lifestyle: +5
Panache: 3 (+1 Appearance, 30s income)
Prudence: 2 (25% Money saved/earned)

Legend: +5
Reputation: 130 (10)
Renown:
Swordsman (Adventurer 4)

Origin Abilities:
Limited Proficiencies
Origin Skill
Sharp Mind
Extra Proficiencies
Melee Combat Expert


Class Abilities:
Teacher
Man of Reason
Trade Secrets (Sense Motive)
Armor Use I
Fight On x3
Fortunes of War I

Skills: Total = Ranks + Attribute Modifier + Misc
Athletics        +13 = 10 + 3
Bluff                +3 = 3 + 0
Crafting           +3 = 2 + 1
Impress            +4 = 4 + 0
Intimidate       +11 = 6 + 5
Investigate        +9 = 4 + 5
Medicine          +7 = 4 + 1 + 2 (19-20)
Notice             +15 = 10 + 5
Resolve             +12 = 12 + 0
Ride                  +3 = 2 + 1
Search               +3 = 2 + 1
Sense Motive  +23 = 16 + 5 + 2  (19-20)
Survival            +7 = 2 + 5
Tactics              +10 = 9 + 1
Total ranks: 74 = 11 (Int) + 10 (Origin) + 40 (Keeper) + 24 (Soldier)

Origin Skills: Sense Motive, Ride, Athletics

Feats: (2 Origin, 5 others)
Armor Basics
Basic Skill Mastery (Healer)
Sword Basics
Sword Mastery
Sword Supremacy
Cleave Basics
Cleave Mastery
All-out Attack
Lightning Reflexes
Charging Basics
Elf Blood

Stances:
Martial Spirit (Sword Basics)

Interests: 4
Language: Japanese
Alignment: Bushido
Study: home province
Study: Sword-fighting styles
Study: Black Powder Weapons
Study: Gaijin

Proficiencies: 7
Edged (forte)
Unarmed
Black Powder Weapons

Advanced tricks:
Bury the Blade (Sword Mastery)
Think Ahead (Sword Supremacy)
Called Shot
Shove
Warding Strike

Gear:
Fitted light fittings
Fitted scale mail
superior katana
Mizu
travel cloak

Money in hand: 45s
Stake: 0s

Prizes


Legendary item: Mizu

Mizu is a katana, forged by the legendary swordsmith Tsusume ro-shi more than 100 years ago as part of a set of the four lesser elemental blades. Mizu's steel has a strong blue hue, and its temper line is white, like crashing waves. Observers who examine at the blade long enough would swear that the temper line changes ever so subtly as they look at it. Wielded, fighting against Mizu is like fighting against water: it can slip attacks through the tightest defense, yet doesn't present good opportunity for counterattack.

Mizu came into possession of Takao's master as a gift from the emperor. Mizu used to be wielded by Takao's sensei, and was bestowed upon Takao when he embarked on his musha shugyo. Takao finds the honor of wielding Mizu still difficult to bear, and thus also carries the blade of his father, to use against lesser opponents which would only sully the honorable blade. Takao thus represents a fairly unusual sight, for he bears two katanas instead of the traditional daisho.

Mizu provides Lesser Essences NPC Quality: Cagey I and Threat Range (Melee attacks) when wielded.
« Last Edit: November 09, 2012, 08:27:51 PM by MikeS »

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #81 on: September 16, 2012, 11:07:47 AM »
For Takao, I'm gonna say he's done four adventures, two with a menace of 4 and two with a menace of 3. So a total of 50 + 4 x your Legend. It's admittedly a little rough, but should get you a basic stock to spend on stuff if you wish.

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #82 on: September 16, 2012, 12:13:37 PM »
Sounds good. I upped Takao's renown to 4. Maybe someone will recognize him now...

How do you feel about players playing characters in multiple threads?

I was thinking about a Hanse swashbuckler. I also initially considered an alchemist build, either as ninja mystic or herbalist wise man, but then Glim took the concept (though he never played it in the end).

I'm also tempted by the Courtier class, but I don't have a concept yet.

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #83 on: September 16, 2012, 01:23:19 PM »
I'm cool with that. Just pick a concept and we'll take it from there.

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #84 on: September 16, 2012, 09:46:22 PM »
OK, here are two concepts. I'm fine with either one of them, and leave up to you and Mr. A what you want to put up with.

Hans Stoertebeker (Hanse Swashbuckler)

A brash, flamboyant fop with a taste for danger and adventure. Sent to Nippon by his noble parents who thought it'd be good for him to cool his heels in foreign parts, and potentially do something useful on the way. Sent to San'in to figure out if and how the local Hanse traders are involved in courtly intrigues in the country, or if the Hanse are set up as tools, and then minimize potential damage to the trade revenues.

Kemuri (Ninja Mystic (Mage))
In the children's tales of ninja, there are men who can shift the shape of their faces, walk across water, and dissolve into smoke. Like all tales, there is a kernel of truth, but the ancient arts of the ninja are dying, being replaced by technology and parlor tricks. Kemuri is one of the last practitioners of the ancient arts, and his abilities border on the supernatural. His mission is (determined by the GM). His hearts desire, however, is to stop the progress of technological advance and return Nippon to its spiritual roots.

(Kemuri would be a mage (maybe toss in a few levels of burglar), but limit his spell selection to the Trickster school and other non-flashy magics. The Alchemist class ironically uses way too obvious magic effects, but I might take an Alchemy feat or two.)

Note that I'll happily make way for any new players, if you can find enough. I'm part of the campaign already anyway.

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #85 on: September 20, 2012, 05:37:54 AM »
Kemuri sounds cool. Approved.

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #86 on: September 22, 2012, 05:18:32 PM »
How do you feel about Species feats?

I'm thinking about taking the Sorcerer Origin to simulate the dark pacts and somewhat supernatural character of the true shinobi, and was either thinking Elemental Heritage (Darkness) or Saurian Blood with Jungle Clutch.

I also want to re-flavor some spells:

Magic Missile -> hail of shuriken
Cause Wounds X -> Atemi strike

I would choose those two to simulate ninja martial prowess. They would look like regular attacks, but the mechanism is a spell.

The rest of the spells are mostly straight-up kuji-kiri (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninja).

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #87 on: September 22, 2012, 05:35:00 PM »
Aiko is Sky-Crest Saurian-blooded as it happens; I use it to reflect her jaw-droppingly proficient wuxia/parkour skills in the pursuit of her suspects.

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #88 on: September 23, 2012, 10:47:28 AM »
Out of curiosity, are you still recruiting?
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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #89 on: September 23, 2012, 11:11:06 AM »
Yes; Gatac was sayig he wants a party of at least 3