Exploring the Halls of Arden Vul

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Recruitment | OOC | IC

Player Characters[edit]

  • Maiandros Kurkuas (Naburimannu) Archontean Fighter L3 | HP: 20/20, AC: 17, Init: +1, bowyer/fletcher
  • Talia (Falkus) Thorcin Cleric of Mitra L3 | HP: 11/11, AC: 16, Init: -2, bookbinder
  • Aelfric the Cheerful (thirdkingdom) Thorcin Bard L3 | HP: 13/13, AC: 14, Init: +0, shipwright
    • Eusebia Tagaris Half-Wiskin/Half-Archontean Magic-User L1 | HP: 6/6, AC: 8, Init: -2, vintner
  • Snagwarder (The Albigensian) Imperial Goblin/Illusionist/Thief L1/L1/L2 | HP: 8/8, AC: 13, Init: +1, miner
  • Celonar Kilvanir (Xhaosdaemon) Sylvari L2 | HP: 9/9, AC: 13, Init: +1, bowyer/fletcher
    • mountain lion | HP: 9/18 (HD 3d8+2), AC: 13, +3 to hit 2xclaw 1d3 bite 1d6, Move 150'(50'), Morale 9
  • Gaius (kenmtraveller) Archontean Magic-User L2 | HP: 5/5, AC: 9, Init: -1, mapmaker

Sample Character Sheet
Sample Sylvari character sheet

Character Generation Guidelines[edit]

Lost to the Falls[edit]

  • Tanrik (sirjolt) Archontean Thief L2 | HP: 9/9, AC: 14, Init: +2, roper
  • Aloc of Bilsham (Brittonica) Thorcin Warden L2 | HP: 10/10, AC: 14/15, Init: +0, woodcutter
  • Maeraphin Sifas (Aesthete) Sylvari/Acrobat L1/L1 | HP: 8/8, AC: 16, Init: +2, animal trainer

Encumbrance Ape[edit]

  • Maiandros Kurkuas
    • Gear: 784
    • Treasure:
    • Total Encumbrance: 784
    • Movement: 60'(20')
  • Talia
    • Gear: 717
    • Treasure: broken bone (20 cn)
    • Total Encumbrance: 733
    • Movement: 60'(20')
  • Aelfric
    • Gear: 630
    • Treasure: Stone vial (light blue powder) (10 cn), alligator teeth (10 cn), 10 gp, six gemstones (5 gp each)
    • Total Encumbrance: 590
    • Movement: 90'(30')
  • (Eusebia)
    • Gear: 135
    • Treasure:
    • Total Encumbrance: 135
    • Movement: 120' (40')
  • Snagwarder
    • Gear: 340
    • Treasure:
    • Total Encumbrance: 340
    • Movement: 120' (40')
  • Celonar Kilvanir
    • Gear: 426
    • Treasure: holy crocodile (10cn)
    • Total Encumbrance: 436
    • Movement: 90' (30')
  • Gaius
    • Gear: 110
    • Treasure: 6 platinum coins: 90 1 silver knot amulet: 10
    • Total Encumbrance: 210
    • Movement: 120'(40')
  • Basil
    • Gear: 20
    • Treasure: Stone vial (light blue powder) (10 cn), pouch of chalk + 3 slow candles (20 cn)
    • Total Encumbrance: 50
    • Movement: 120'(40')

Trait Dice[edit]

I'm adding a meta-currency to the game called Trait Dice. I'll award Trait Dice for roleplaying that puts a spotlight on the Character Traits that your rolled/selected at chargen, with bonus Trait Dice awarded if your character's trait expression puts them in a position that complicates play.

  • Trait Dice can be spent to give you Advantage on any d20 or damage roll.
  • Aelfric - 1
  • Celonar - 1
  • Gaius -
  • Maiandros - 1
  • Snagwarder - 2
  • Talia - 1

Dungeoneering[edit]

Basil is stabled at the Sign of the Broken Head for a month, until the 5th day of 2ndmonth at Arden Vul

Light Sources[edit]

Carried[edit]

  • Aelfric - 1 oil flask, tinder box
  • Celonar - 11 torches, tinderbox
  • Eusebia - 11 torches, tinder box
  • Maiandros - 9 candles, tinder box
  • Talia - 3 torches, 1 lit
  • Gaius - 12 torches (1 lit when underground), 10 flasks of oil, 1 lantern, tinder box

Rations[edit]

  • Maiandros Kurkuas: Standard, 5 days
  • Talia: Standard, 5 days
  • Aelfric the Cheerful: Iron, 5 days
  • Eusebia Tagaris: Iron, 5 days
  • Snagwarder: Standard, 6 days
  • Celonar Kilvanir: Iron, 7 days
  • Gaius Valerius: Iron, 14 days

Marching Order[edit]

Double file[edit]

       (Snagwarder)
 
 
 
Maiandros   Celonar
   Talia      
   Gaius    (Snagwarder)
  Eusebia   Aelfric
   Basil

Snagwarder either ranges up ahead scouting or hangs out in the centre as the situation requires.

Maeraphin, Aloc, and Aelfric switch off as the HP situation requires, with the rearmost (Aelfric in this case, but it could be any of the three) making sure we don't get surprised from behind, and also acting as bodyguard for Eusebia.

Single file[edit]

 (Snagwarder)
 
 
 
Maiandros
 Celonar
 Talia
 Gaius
 Eusebia
  Basil
(Snagwarder)
 Aelfric

Same thing here with Snagwarder being up front or part of the rearguard depending on whether he's scouting, and Maeraphin and Aloc switching out as required (and stepping up if Maiandros is hurt). Aelfric takes the rear guard, but can swap out with Maeraphin and Aloc as well.

Open Order[edit]

         (Snagwarder)
 
 
 
         Maiandros
    Aelfric       
      Eusebia  Talia
       Basil  Gaius
(Snagwarder)        Celonar

Again, Snagwarder is either out front scouting or supporting with archery from the back. Maeraphin is also in the back, responsible for first response to flanking attacks on Eusebia or Talia, and also supporting with archery. Snagwarder and Maeraphin will move forward to join the main fight if leaving the rear/ sides seem safe (or the situation is super critical).

Aloc and and Aelfric move up to support Maiandros if that's where the fighting is.

If the main thrust of an attack comes from a side or the rear, Maiandros will move immediately, with either AC or AB remaining behind to make sure we're not outflanked (unless, of course, it's super clear we can leave our rear/ flank uncovered.

Watch Order[edit]

XP Awards[edit]

Maps[edit]

Playing in a game with roots in Colonialism[edit]

The valley in which play will be centered has seen over 3000 years of colonial history, which includes the domination of the region by a colonial empire. That empire collapsed and left the region for 820 years before returning nearly 350 years ago. Three cultural groups (two non-human and foreign to the region, one human and native to the region) have been assimilated into the dominant culture and possess citizenship, though are denied the highest echelons of political power. The human cultural group native to the region has a resistance movement.

The 'ruins' we will be exploring contain a number of factions and cultures of various descent. The majority of wealth extraction that occurs in the game will be directed at the ancient ancestors of the dominant colonial power, though some will be of other foreign, non-native cultures (though they now make this place their home). We will not be stealing cultural artifacts or wealth from the native population.

The history of this sort of game is rooted in unexamined privilege and the oppression of native peoples. We will make a conscious effort to conduct our play with intent to dismantle the worst of that. To that effect, I have made some alterations to the module, and am open to your ideas of other alterations that we should employ.

The Archontean Empire[edit]

The Archontean Empire was formed nearly 3000 years ago on the island of Mithruin with the Compact of Ennius (0 AEP), and colonized lands east to the Grain Islands, north to a foothold in the Borealios islands, and west to the continent of Irthuin.

Its first period of colonization was from 850 AEP to 1680 AEP, thirteen hundred years ago, before the Empire retracted into a dark age from 1900 AEP to 2400 AEP after a civil war. It shrunk its holdings back to Mithruin and the Grain Islands, losing much of its ancient knowledge in the process. A period of military expansion in 2450 AEP saw it re-enter a colonial period, returning to the Irthuin continent in 2639 AEP and re-establishing its dominance in Arcturos and Narsileon.

The year is now 2993 AEP (AEP = 'from the pact of Ennius'), 350 years after the Archontean return to the continent.

Greater Detail[edit]

People and Cultures[edit]

Institutions and Organizations[edit]

Exarchates of the Empire[edit]

Hierarchies & Titles[edit]

Deities[edit]

Languages & Writing systems[edit]

Burdock's Valley[edit]

the Geography of Burdock's Valley

Gosterwick (Vetucaster)[edit]

The tiny Thorcin community of Gosterwick located at the base of the cliff and falls of Arden Vul was claimed by Lady Alexia Basileon and a sept of the Knights of the Azure Shield in 2968 AEP (25 years ago). The knights restored an ancient fortress, naming it the Azure Keep. Lady Alexia renamed the community Vetucaster and expanded it rapidly, offering residence, citizenship, and services to merchants, craftsmen, and adventurers. The current population bears a high proportion of adventurer-oriented businesses: sellers and buyers of curios, general sutlers, trainers, etc.

Population: 2,211 (40% Archontean, 40% Thorcin, 15% Wiskin, and 5% demi-human [primarily halflings and imperial goblins]).

Gosterwick map and key

Important NPCs[edit]

The Sign of the Broken Head[edit]

  • Proprietors
    • Kronos Kettle-Belly, Thorcin
    • Estelle, Archontean priestess of Tychias (goddess of luck, faith, and wealth)
  • Factors
    • Archontean Wisdom factor
    • Archontean Prosperity factor, former mercenary from Archontos, studied art history in Narsileon after tiring of that life
    • Thorcin Golden Band factor
  • Merchants
    • Archontean merchant with precise, angular mustache and beard and a metal forearm
      • Wiskin woman with eyepatch
      • Archontean man with a milky eye
    • Gratian Zonaras, green-cloaked merchant
      • Archontean priest of Deballaton
      • Pock-marked, insouciant Archontean
      • Thorcin with an unnaturally large right arm and headgear covering his eyes
Items[edit]
  • Food
    • Breakfast features the evening's soup with freshly baked bread, goat cheese, and honey (2 silver). Eggs come with the merchant's meal (5 silver). The rich meal includes eggs and salted fish and bacon (2 gold).
    • Supper is basic fare of soup and bread (2 silver), merchant's meal of soup, bread, and some meat (5 silver), rich meal that is mostly meat and vegetables, with soup and bread (2 gold).
    • Drinks are 2 silver
    • (By comparison, the Yellow Cloak Inn in Gosterwick charges 1-2 silver per meal, 1 silver for a bunk in the dormitories, and 1 gold/head for a private room. Stables for 5 silver/night.)
  • Lodging
    • Common room beds are ten silver a night or five gold for the week
    • Private room three gold a night or twenty for the week
  • Supplies
    • Iron rations are available for sale at 3x the standard price, or 45 gold.
    • Slab of raw meat: 2 gold
    • Purchased from Gratian Zonaras: 6 gp per 50' length of rope, 6 gp for a spade, 15 gp for a sledgehammer; 5 gp each for a pick, saw, and 12 iron spikes.
    • Prices in Gosterwick: 1 gp per 50' length rope, 2 gp spade, 5 gp sledgehammer; 1 gp each for a saw and 12 iron spikes; 2 gp for a pick.

Neutral[edit]

Allies[edit]

Enemies[edit]

Rumors and Leads[edit]

Lore[edit]

Lore of the valley and Arden Vul

Protocol[edit]

  • 'Checking out a tower' requires an hour of concerted effort. After the party spends an hour at a location they'll either find something at the location, discover that the location is empty of treasure or information, or find evidence that more time spent searching/investigating will turn something of interest up. The same general principle applies to searching neighborhood ruins. Generally, if you travel for an hour through a ruined neighborhood, I've been giving you an opportunity to find stuff as you go.

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