This is actually a story I have worked a lot on and I'm hoping to get enough people to run it stably. I'm looking for five players. I don't care about the genders as long as we are fairly well balanced. I do care about classes as I want a solid party. That means everyone has a role in the party and for the most part no two people have the same role. If two people do have similar roles then you might have to change your character a bit to be different from theirs. We can't have a party of all healers. This will start at level 5 and you pick skills through a 32 point buy. Your starting gold is simply what you roll for starting gold. Also some personal rules of mine as a DM are no gnomes. I just don't like them or how they are usually played by players. Also the addition of a belt fed repeating crossbow. This basically allows you to rapid fire it like a machine gun if you have rapid reload and many shot. You will however take the chance to hit minus same as any other weapon you many shot with. you can only shoot up to 10 individual shots per round and after that is simply a cone of 4 times your usual crossbow damage. The crossbow must be masterwork to be belt fed and you can not shoot more than one shot while moving. Another note is that no race in this campaign is inherently evil unless they were created for evil. So Orcs, goblins, Lizardfolk, ect. Are all just as good as humans. Now for story stuff.
The world was at peace. The two largest countries Brem, run by an alliance of elves dwarves and humans, and Yung, run by an alliance of orcs, goblins, and lizardfolk, Have been at peace for hundreds of years and would trade regularly with one another. That is until something strange happened. One day without reason both countries declared war on each other. it is rumored that it was even on the same day but no one who can confirm that will say. Now the citizens didn't want to fight as many on either side had friends in both countries. However they were quickly shown they had little choice. Both sides started to draft anyone able to fight by force. They fought each other each side committing terrible atrocities. Stories of young men who helped the needy before the war become monsters who rape families were not uncommon. It seemed anyone who donned the military armor of either side wasn't themselves anymore. Civilians notice but say nothing as everyone starts to be drafted even those to weak to fight well. Both countries seem in a frenzy as they spiral into madness. Your characters are mercenaries. the one group not drafted as many are not citizens of any nation. You will be hired though and all of you can only hope you can avoid wearing the armor and maybe figure out what is going on.
Hope people join. Hope you stay to the end. If you have any questions just ask me. :)