Maiden Voyage: The Blessing of Umberlee
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City of Baldur's Gate - Harbor
Early spring, morning
A crowd gathers in the city harbor, coats still buttoned over their clothes though it is the earliest days of spring. The chill of night has left frosted puddles in the streets and makes clouds of their breath. Today the Blessed Trident
sets sail on her maiden voyage, chosen by Umberlee's
faithful for a voyage across the Trackless Sea - for reasons left unstated. Few in the crowd openly adore the Bitch Queen, but nearly all have come to praise Her as the ship sails, in the hopes of appeasing Her wrath and keeping their lives and those of their loved ones from the sea's cold grasp.
Although Umberlant clerics are often known to accompany ships to offer their protection (after the church is given a hefty donation, of course), that the Water Queen's House would sponsor a voyage of its own seems unusual. The High Priestess atop the platform offers the crowd a frightening sermon and urges them to be faithful to keep Umberlee's wrath at bay. She does not say why the Blessed Trident
sails this day, only that it goes forth in the name of Lady of the Depths.
In addition to the crew of the ship itself, a small party of mercenaries and other assorted ilk has been summoned to sail aboard the Trident
(rumor has it the church is richly compensating them for their services), all accompanied by a junior cleric of Umberlee.
So, with the flavor-text introduction out of the way, let me get down to business. I've been replaying the old Baldur's Gate
video game series as of late, and it's spawned a game idea I can't quiet. I aim to GM this game (disclaimer: mostly novice GM here!), hopefully with a Co-GM to help me out. I will be taking the role of the priestess of Umberlee aboard the ship, since this character will serve as the source of most exposition/plot reveals. I'd like a crew of 3-4 other players (the Co-GM can certainly be one of the player roles!) to keep things on the small, manageable side, and I'd like each player to have some familiarity with the Forgotten Realms setting that will be our backdrop and be able to post once a week to keep the story flowing.
sleepingferrt has expressed interest in Co-GM'ing this game, and with his DM expertise, it is likely that this will be a system game. Details for how scores, rolls, etc will be handled will be discussed once we've gotten player interest.
Our characters will sail around on their (un)holy mission, running into trouble with pirates, storms, sirens - all the fun sailing adventure stuff. And over time, it will become clear that their mission is more complex than any of them - even the cleric of Umberlee - had imagined. There can be tension between characters but no PvP that results in death because that's just not fun for anyone - unless you want
your character dramatically killed off.So expect healthy doses of adventure, action, and intrigue!
As for characters themselves, I have a level range of about 8-10 in mind and welcome any traditional classes and races - except Drow and other Underdark or monster races, unless you can give an intriguing/believable backstory for how your exotic character has come to be among the party.
To apply, please PM me a character sheet (see format below) and a brief writing sample (one paragraph) from your character's point of view. You can be of any alignment and have any motivation you like for being aboard the Trident
: faithful of Umberlee (or not), sailor/mercenary out for the reward money, traveling merchant, spy from another church - anything you can come up with. Stats and ability scores and all that can come later; this character sheet is just to gauge interest and the overall feel of the character.
[u]Character Sheet:[/u]The Short:What:
Seas-based adventure/intrigue gameWho:
Set in the Forgotten Realms (3.5 ed.), starting in the city of Baldur's Gate, then heading across the Trackless SeaHow:
Simply PM a character sheet to me (Ambrosial) and sleepingferret or post your interest/questions hereWhy:
Because it'll be fun! :)Characters So Far:
1. Human cleric of Umberlee (Ambrosial)
2. Half-ogre ranger (BenedictWolfe)
3. Human fighter/rogue (OldSchoolGamer)
4. Tiefling wizard (Silverfyre)
5. Human beguiler/swiftblade (Enshin)
6. Human monk (Countdown0)Other Game Threads:OOCRules