I had prepared this some time ago. I think now is the time to launch... Don't know if people will be interested, but let's give it a try...
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Tales of the DrowNote:
While this is a game set in the Underdark, Forgotten Realms, it does not require heavy knowledge of the setting. Familiarity with just some concepts, which will be described here, is enough. The game will not take place in a cannon location.During 8th century DR, long before Drizzt Do’Urden was alive, scouts from the dark elf city of Menzoberranzan have discovered a new tunnel route that led to the surface. This tunnel was also used by Duergars, the dark dwarves and a few other races of Underdark. A small trade post named Querthin was established here, run together in a fragile peace between the Drow, Duergar, and some traders from the surface realms. Neither party had the strength to break the peace or control the situation after an armed conflict.
This is the tale of the drow elves, their slaves and allies who try to run the Drow Lounge and survive in Querthin.
In this game, you’ll be playing drow members of House Baenre, some of their slaves and a few mercenaries who help them establish a proper drow lounge in Querthin, a fictional small trade port tunnel in Underdark, Forgotten Realms.
Drow have a highly hierachic, mathernal regime. Drow females are always more important than drow males. A male master sorceror needs to show respect even to a low-level drow priestess. But when adressing a male from a higher rank, female drows also need to consider twice before making enemies with him. Females insulting males of any rank are a common thing though.
While these rules are much more strict in drow cities like Menzoberranzan, here in Querthin things run at a more “flexible” mood. Remember this is a very far and small trade post. Each and every member of the lounge, be it drow or slave is important and useful for the survival. Members of Querthin drow lounge know this and act accordingly. While an open insult to a female or master would still be punished by death, there is also no iron grasp on both males and slaves. One point; slave females have no importance, a drow male can treat her how he sees fit.
The drow worship a spider-goddess named Lloth. She is pure evil and loves conspiracy and chaos, but never openly. She wants respect to females and to high ranked people among her children but she loves it if you scheme a plot, take the place of your superior and leave no trace behind. If your scheme is discovered too early though, prepare for a bitter judgement.
The Game Concept
The game will be mostly sandbox and players will have complete freedom over the matters. No dice rolling required, no sysyem. Talk about them and get the game going as you wish. As the GM, I will only interfere to establish consequences for your big scale actions, if a huge event occurs or if two rival characters really need my judgement to solve matters between them. For example, after some negotiations the lounge makes an alliance with Duergars. Good, do that. Duergars will be allied. Then you push the limits by putting a spy in dark dwarves. Fine, the spy is all working. These are all ok if there is a good story behind. And at last, you want to crush Duergars from within and out. Set up for attack and start it. This is where GM will come into play and declare some consequences.
As for sexual stuff, drow are generally sadistic and their tastes cover a wide range. Torture, rough, bondage, concentual, all are here. Just tell your Ons and Offs in your char sheet and your partner can treat you accordingly. I really don’t know, this game can either be a fight for survival or some crazy sex story. A mix of both is what I prefer, but as players, you will decide it in the end.
Me? Well, I’ll just play some character. My guy won’t be someone very important. Maybe a trader or scout, maybe drow maybe not. He will not be one of the leading characters, just for my part of fun. I’ll design him just before we start, depending on needs of game.Posting Frequency:
At least once per week. If you run silent for a month, you’ll be checked and if you’re not able to continue, your character will be put to rest.
Drow Lounge Composition
The drow in lounge are all members of House Baenre, the ruling house of the drow city, Menzoberranzan. They are specifically selected for this quest and sent here and their true ranks among the members of the city is not so much important. What matters is the hierarchy here in Querthin. High priestess is maybe the lowest level priestess in entire house. No matter, she is the queen of the lounge and this game.
There are also slaves of House Baenre, hand picked to serve at the lounge. A few mercenaries, both drow and non-drow also serve the lounge. There are the drow guards of the lounge, not many, just to ensure the lounge is guarded well. And lastly, there are a good number of goblin slaves, both workers and soldiers of the drow. Guards and goblin slaves are not needed to be played, but if you insist, sure, go ahead and play them. All other groups, I will need players to run them.
The house members are obviously all drows. Slaves and mercenaries can cover a wide range of races, be it drow, duergar, human, elf, dwarf, minotaur etc. As for exotic races like Ilithids, I ask players to avoid them for now, for the sake of simplicity.Playable Characters
(Note that these are just vague ideas, all can change according to player’s wish. So just tell that if you like to play a different character and change things.)Drow Members of House Baenre
High Priestess (lounge leader, female, and for the spirit of the game, this is the only character that I ask be run by a player of same gender)
Master Sorceror (any gender, most powerful sorceror of lounge)
Weaponsmaster (any gender, best warrior of lounge, head of armed forces)
House Member I (any class and gender, priestess maybe?)
House Member II (any class and gender, scout maybe?)
House Member III (any class and gender, trader maybe?)Slaves of Drow Lounge
Slave I (any class, race and gender, slave chief maybe?)
Slave II (any class, race and gender, scout maybe?)
Slave III (any class, race and gender, bodyguard maybe?)Mercenaries that work for the Drow
Mercenary I (any class, race and gender, trader maybe?)
Mercenary II (any class, race and gender, sorceror maybe?)
More players are always welcome, but let’s try to fill in the blank spots in drows, slaves and mercenaries first ok? When they’re mostly filled we can open more slots for the groups. Still, for characters like members of Duergar Lounge, other trader parties and members of other Drow houses; these options are not available. (For the sake of good development and control over the game) But who knows what future will bring?
We can start this when we have like 3 house members, 2 slaves and 1 mercenary.
Here’s a little character sheet;Name:
Give me something, he’s at the top, mid or low level, after we start I’ll do a hierarchy ranking.Appereance:
A couple of sentences are fine.History:
At least one good paragraph.Ons:
Few words or a list, your choice.Offs:
Few words or a list, your choice.Foreseen Frequency:
How long should we wait for a post from you? This is important for players that will interact. Once a week? Twice? Everyday?Image or Images:
Post your char here or PM me, whatever you wish.
That’s all for now. Let's see if we can get this rolling...