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Author Topic: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)  (Read 2021 times)

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Offline ShadowFox89Topic starter

 The Emerald Empire. It stretches from shore to shore across the land, reaching from the Dragonspire Mountains to the North to the Eternal Forests in the South. It has been called the land of a thousand cities, and a traveler can go a two days ride in either direction and find themselves in a bustling town. Thanks to it's position between several trade routes, ambassadors and merchants both come to beg favor with it's emperor. The halls of the Emerald City are most glorious, for as it's namesake suggests green gems adorn much of the noble buildings. Yes, the Emerald Empire is an expansive land, powerful and rich. But there is only one Emperor, and only one Empress. And they wear the Emerald Crowns.

 The question is, will you?


 This is a game of political intrigue, courtly desire, and in general less dungeon pillaging (that is an option, however) and more slice of life. Maintaining your estate from bandit raids, protecting the borders, and fending off those who want your title are all part of the game. I will be playing the royal family, or at least the core of it (king, queen, prince, princess), the rest of the positions are open to players. This is a bit of a rules lite game, the rules are there to settle things like dungeon delving or answering the challenge of a duel. Magic, while not rare, is still something few of the people have access to.

 Character creation:
 If you lack the player's handbook, worry not! The basic rules (which includes four races and four classes) are available here: http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/basicrules?x=dnd/basicrules
Races open: All. If you are playing a non-human, you can either be from another land with some title (ambassador, merchant-lord, mercenary captain, etc) or native born. The Emerald Empire is mainly human-centric, and non-human races have a slightly harder time (some parts of the Empire are racist towards non-humans, and while the Imperial Law is that all are to be treated fair and honorably, it is up to the individual baron or duke to enforce those rules).
Classes open: All classes are available. For clerics and paladins, I will post the pantheon below. For wizards and bards, the Emerald Empire has several bardic and magical academies at which prospective students attend.
Level: Starting level is 6. You are a mover and shaker in the empire, no matter if you are a visitor to the land or native born.
Equipment: You'll have access to virtually any piece of mundane gear you could wish for, and will have a large dwelling (or ship) of your own description. You will also have two pieces of uncommon gear and one common.
Ability Scores: Roll 5d6, take the best 3, reroll ones. We will be also using the Honor stat, which is a measure of how trustworthy you are as well as the strength of the tale of your deeds.

 If you have a question, please feel free to ask. I will be posting a character sheet skeleton up to use.

 For now, a skeleton to fill out for you character's fluff:
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[floatleft][img width=400]http://optional[/img][/floatleft][b]Name[/b]:
[b]Age[/b]:
[b]Race[/b]:
[b]Class[/b]:
[b]Political Position[/b]:
[b]Background[/b]:
[b]ons/offs[/b]: This is less about your character and more about yours, but you can put both.
« Last Edit: December 23, 2014, 07:52:45 PM by ShadowFox89 »

Offline AndyZ

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2014, 03:10:32 PM »
Interest stamp

Offline Corinthi

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2014, 04:30:22 PM »
Sounds fun. I'd be happy to roll up a character. Interested to see more about the setting and the expected play before nailing down what sort of character I'd like to be.

Offline ShadowFox89Topic starter

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2014, 04:57:33 PM »
 Well, to the south is the Eternal Forest. There lay the elven kingdoms, Yuan-Ti city-states, and all manner of ancient tribes. To the north is the dwarven clans, hobgoblin kingdom, and orc hordes. Orcs in this setting are more Mongol Empire, less Mordor.

 Gotta go prep dinner now, but I'll post more when I'm done.

Offline Foxy Oni

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2014, 10:29:26 AM »
I've been itching to give 5e a whirl (at least I hope that's where that itch came from  :o) and love more more intrigue based games so I'll definitely be keen for this.

Offline Corinthi

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2014, 11:17:08 AM »
I'm thinking a human, Loremaster Bard who's the Kingdom's Spymaster. Should fit in nicely with an intrigue theme.

Offline Florence

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2014, 12:19:38 PM »
I could throw my hat in if you'd have me. I'm gonna be seeing the new Hobbit movie soon so I'm sure I'll be in a hell of a fantasy mood :P

Offline ShadowFox89Topic starter

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2014, 12:33:33 PM »
It sounds interesting, but sadly, I don't know a thing about D&D5th and have no intention of spending my very limited resources on a players handbook, much less a DMG to see what's available. I'll be lucky to pay my power bill next month. *sighs* Christmas is not my time of year. *chuckles*

If it were Pathfinder, I might be more interested.

 There's a link to the basic rules in the first post.

Offline Geradine

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2014, 01:32:06 PM »
You have another interest stamp. I'm currently running the Tiamat campaign, so something more RP centric would be cool. Do i  post the character here?

Offline AndyZ

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2014, 01:32:54 PM »
Can I call dibs on the Paladin btw?

Offline Florence

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2014, 02:04:12 PM »
I have a question :o

You mention that the empire is largely human centric, but that legally all races are officially protected, even if that doesn't pan out in all regions in practice.

So is it safe to assume a drow would probably have a hard time in this region?

Edit: Also... since drow are a subrace of elf, would a half-drow be playable using half-elf stats?
« Last Edit: December 22, 2014, 02:09:10 PM by Florence »

Offline Geradine

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2014, 02:19:54 PM »
I can't speak for the DM, but in theory, it should. Just add the disadvantages that come with your drow ancestry or some such. :/ However, it ultimately is up to the DM's discretion.

Offline ShadowFox89Topic starter

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2014, 02:44:08 PM »
 Post the character here, and you can play a paladin. I'm keeping the game open to new players as much as possible, and multiclassing, feats, etc is all allowed.


 And yes, Florence, a half-drow would be possible. You'd face some discrimination though.

Offline Marie Reynolds

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2014, 02:46:13 PM »
Hmm I am interested in this would be debating between a Half-orc and a Dragonborn. Also are there any alignment restrictions?

Offline rikka

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2014, 02:47:17 PM »
Would like to throw my interest in this.

Maybe play a wizard duchess of the northern frontier, and can act on an emissary capacity, on behalf of the empire,  for the northern kingdoms.

Offline ShadowFox89Topic starter

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2014, 02:50:53 PM »
 No alignment restrictions, but the Empire is predominantly good aligned.

 Emissary is fine Rikka, just note that the game is going to be taking place mostly in the Empire.

Offline Geradine

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2014, 02:57:58 PM »
What's the pantheon of the Emerald Empire?

Offline ShadowFox89Topic starter

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2014, 03:14:49 PM »
 I'm going to be lazy on the part of gods, and say that Humans have a greek pantheon, Elves Celtic, Dwarves Nordic, with orcs and goblins having a shamanistic religious outlook. However, there is also the Church of the One, which is a Christianity analogue.

Offline Geradine

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #18 on: December 22, 2014, 03:26:16 PM »
Danke schon.

Offline eternaldarkness

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #19 on: December 22, 2014, 03:44:07 PM »
Interested. And with rolls of 16, 15, 14 13, 13, 11, 10 I shall make a fine imperial officer!

Offline ShadowFox89Topic starter

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #20 on: December 22, 2014, 04:16:32 PM »
 If you have below 11 for any stat, you may reroll those if you wish until you get above a 12. You guys are the one in a million of the setting.

Offline AndyZ

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #21 on: December 22, 2014, 04:17:54 PM »
I think I'll withdraw from the paladin.  Can't think of a lot to do with some of the old school pantheons.  I'll post down if I come up with something good.

Offline Geradine

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #22 on: December 22, 2014, 04:18:47 PM »
I'll keep my low rolls. More interesting to role play that way. :P Besides, if you've made it to your current position even with some kind of impediment, that just makes you all the more special.

Offline Geradine

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #23 on: December 22, 2014, 04:27:08 PM »
So, after all modifiers, my human cleric of Hestia has 17, 16, 10, 18, 17, 12. o.O that 5d6 reroll ones does some steroid esque stuff to characters...

Offline Florence

Re: Interest Check: The Emerald Crown (5e, Political Intriguing, NC-Exotic)
« Reply #24 on: December 22, 2014, 05:13:03 PM »
Question: How present are deities in this world?

As in... are their existence obvious, or is worship more a matter of faith?