Fan Creation (5E) D&D/Moorcock Multiverse Inspiration PBP [CLOSED] - OOC discussion

JharyOConnah

Explorer
Hi all!

Been playing in a game my pop runs for a few months and now I'm itching to try my hand DMing a PBP game.

I'm a long time DM. I've even run a few email games in the past using various systems, but never here on enworld.

I'm already running a table game using 5e, so it shouldn't be hard to use it here. I know things take a bit longer here so l might be liberal with experience and keep things simple when it comes to combat.

Interested in roleplay, fun, character development, cool magic, awesome story.

I'm extremely inspired (just like papa gygax) by Michael Moorcock's fantasy multiverse. But also LOVE where D&D has gone over the years. I'd like this game to meet in the middle.

Looking for 3-7 players to start.

Happy to hear all character concepts. I will be bringing the group together through some cosmic means as the story goes, but keeping the specifics extremely broad.

Lemme know here if you'd like to play!

Cheers!

--DM Jhary
 

Steve Gorak

Explorer
Hey there!

I’d love to something weird, like a tiefling or eladrin magic user. Or even one of those underdark rangers. Could you give some guidelines regarding the starting level and source books that can be used?
Thanks and cheers,

sg
 

JharyOConnah

Explorer
Starting at level 1. But some cosmic movements will make the characters important/level more quickly.

Just keeping generation to core 5E. I'm open to weird concepts that fit in the Moorcock multiverse (with a generous helping of regular ole d&d). So...evil, ancient elves of different kinds, gods of law and chaos, a war in heaven, multi-verse concepts (I will be using the core d&d concepts of the planes with an inflated importance of law vs chaos).

Hope that helps!

Steve, all your character concepts would be perfect. 😁
 

Steve Gorak

Explorer
Starting at level 1. But some cosmic movements will make the characters important/level more quickly.

Just keeping generation to core 5E. I'm open to weird concepts that fit in the Moorcock multiverse (with a generous helping of regular ole d&d). So...evil, ancient elves of different kinds, gods of law and chaos, a war in heaven, multi-verse concepts (I will be using the core d&d concepts of the planes with an inflated importance of law vs chaos).

Hope that helps!

Steve, all your character concepts would be perfect. 😁
Very cool Jharry! ;-)

So here’s a first jab: [character name, let’s call him/her Selythin for the moment for simplicity] is part of the ancient and secretive [insert name, I will call them Thuyeres for the moment, bonus points if you get the reference, it’s rather obscure] elves. These have been shunned by other Surface elves because their association with darker magics.

So Selithin agreed/was somewhat coerced/ was forced (up to the DM, if it helps with story hooks) to participate in a dark ritual to fuse with a demon. The Ritual worked, but it had an unforeseen consequence of creating a new entity, with only vague memories of its original two selves [note that Selithin could have been anywhere from a powerful mage, a noble, a loyal warrior, to a slave forced to undergo the ritual).

Not being tied to it’s past, but influenced by his former selves’ personalities, s/he wants to discover him/herself, and sets out to the world.

this is pretty open ended but I feel it is suitable for a level 1 character. Race likely Tiefling, class TBD based on feedback, but a hellish warlock seems appropriate. I like hexblade

what do you think?

do you have any good moorcock references that I could take a look at to get better acquainted with the setting?

thanks and cheers,

SG

edit: actually, a paladin would also be cool for this ;-) I’ll wait to hear back from you before I go crazy with character concepts!
 

Mark Chance

Boingy! Boingy!
Ralph Crenshaw does not fit in. Not at home, where his older sister excels at everything she does and his younger brother is already taller and stronger and faster. Not at school, where letters don't always look like they should and words seem too big to say with confidence. Not even with his few friends, whom Ralph secretly fears put up with him more because of pity than affection.

But alone in his room with his sketchpad on his bed, a pencil in his hand, and music in his ears, Ralph draws his dreams. Thousands -- no! -- millions of universes, and in everyone but the real one, Ralph strides confident and capable, sword at his hip, cape billowing from his broad shoulders. Everywhere and everywhen but here and today, courage fills Ralph's heart and adventures fill his time.

If only just one of those millions of other universes were the least bit real....
 
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JharyOConnah

Explorer
Steve, love the character concepts. It's actually very Moorcock-ian what you've put together, although I'm sorry I didn't get your reference! 😢 Any of the backstory aspects you mentioned would be cool.

As for Moorcock references... Any Elric story. The Corum series (which was the inspiration for the hand and eye of vecna). But also his later works like Blood, or the War in Heaven.

Basically there's a huge web of universes with different aspects (extreme law or chaos or a balance between them) and these "gods" play a giant, multiverse-wide chess game trying to control the realms.

Players are pawns in this cosmic game. Just like d&d alignment, law can be good or bad. Likewise, so can chaos. Neutral characters believe in a cosmic balance within the great game of law v chaos.

Charlotte, if this sounds fun to you you're more than welcome. First level characters to start, but I'm assuming they will be inflated pretty fast (for a post game anyway). Lemme know what you'd like to play and I'll help you spin it into this stuff.

Mark, love the character! Fits right into Moorcock or maybe Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials (also a Moorcock inspiration). Perhaps Ralph has been having increasingly similar dreams of traveling in lands he's thought he'd drawn from his imagination but are becoming more and more real. Voices in the dark whisper his name in connection with a great coming war.

I think you're already there. Love it!

I'm happy to start with three characters, but I'll leave recruiting open for a week or so just to see if more are interested.

Cheers!

--DM Jhary
 

Steve Gorak

Explorer
Hi there,

Just to clarify, what do you mean by “core” 5e. Only the phb+dmg or are the other wizards’ published 5e books ok?
Thanks and cheers,

sg
 
So are we all folks from Earth who, in other realities, are D&D archetypes, or can we be from D&D "consensus fantasy universe" universes? Or a little of both?
 

JharyOConnah

Explorer
Steve, here's the deal. I only have a handful of 5e books but I'm extremely comfortable looking stuff up and understanding new material. I'm willing to go along with whatever, as long as you can point me to a reference with the rules. I trust you...so far. 😜

Jmuchellio, love what you're bringing in the other game. Love to have you along! Get weird! 👍

Charlotte, you're all from different universes, most are typical fantasy realms (I'll even include all the regular d&d prime materials, but wanna widen up the concept and use some moorcock concepts), some are alternate histories you might be familiar with or totally bizarre. Everything will lean fantasy, but I like all possibilities open. Hope that helps! Read just one of the Elric stories. It's very d&d-like fantasy. I read a lot of them on openlibrary for free. 😃

Just to make it a little more clear, I'm going to use the first part to bring you all together from disparate parts of the multiverse. You're all "chosen ones" for one reason or another. "Eternal Champions" (another moorcock fantasy read) drawn into a cosmic war of law versus chaos. Gods will be the active forces, manipulating you into their conflicts.

Obviously, how you decide to react is where the fun comes in! 😇😈
 

JustinCase

the magical equivalent to the number zero
Well, I am very interested, but I won't be online for the next 2-3 weeks... When do you plan on starting the in-character thread? Maybe I can drop in later?
 

tglassy

Adventurer
I am interested...but I'm not sure if I have time come January. Tax season starts then, and I'm a Tax Accountant. Which means I'll be busy busy busy. I'm not dropping the games I'm in yet, because I don't know which ones will survive the holidays (we always tend to lose a few), and I will probably have time to do a couple.

Maybe I can throw my hat in and see what happens? I'll try to let everyone know come mid January if I'm not going to have time to continue, but I can at least get going.

So, Lvl 1, keep the character simple, and they can be from any world I can imagine? That's...a lot of leeway. I'll think about it, and see what I can come up with.
 

JharyOConnah

Explorer
I have no problem with people jumping in later, but I do want to start as soon as we can. Everything already takes a long time on a PBP. 🤗

Looks like we have six players already. Since we have a few people on the fence or who are going to be less active, I think we have room for one more. Maybe.

As far as everyone already interested, just try and post those characters when you can. I understand such is the nature of the PBP.

I want to start everyone on their own individual story to begin and then bring you all together using some cosmic means. That way...it's fine. Everyone can go ahead and do everything at their own pace and start your own personal "chapter one" in the play thread when you can. I'll bring you into the story when you're ready. 👊

Anybody who'd like to proceed, go for it. I'm ready for ya. I'm constantly checking and wasting time on my phone anyway. This is part of that.📱👀

I'm happy to take one more player, especially if you'll be active!

--DM Jhary
 

Steve Gorak

Explorer
Character’s up! I decided, on a whim, to go with a fallen aasimar paladin (target is a couple of levels of hex blade, then conquest or vengeance paladin, tbd).
DM @JharyOConnah , if you allow me the tiefling variants (namely winged and levistus), I may be tempted to change the race. And go with medium armour for flight.
Please let me know what you think!
Cheers,

SG
 

Steve Gorak

Explorer
FYI, part of me is tempted to start as a sorcerer (divine or shadow) and ditch the paladin, still multiclassing in hexblade. The backstory lends itself to multiple possibilities, and with so many options, it so tough to make a final choice! I’m even tempted by bard...
One thing is for sure, I’m setting the character up to be a face.
Feedback is appreciated.
Cheers,

SG
 

jmucchiello

Adventurer
Curious about one thing. The Eternal Champions all had an overpowered shtick: Corum's hand. Elric's sword. Will this be coming into play in this game?
 

JustinCase

the magical equivalent to the number zero
As much as I would love to play, I’m going to wait at least until after my moving. Then I’ll see if there’s a chance of joining.

Have fun all!
 

tglassy

Adventurer
I'm waffling between two, with a third possibility inching forward.

The first two are actually my two main characters in IRL games I've played. My first long term character, Ryder, who was a Water Genasi Rogue Thief who eventually made so much money he built a castle and a town grew up around it, called Ryderton. I loved Ryder. He was amazing. But he started at lvl 6, so I have no idea what he was up to before that. The party met him in one of the nine hells, as he had been stranded there by his previous companions. I could make an alternate version of him, here, and explore who he was before. He's Chaotic Neutral/Good, and is very good at talking his way out of danger.

Second character is Josiah Jones, a Fire Genasi Fiend Pact Warlock, who made a pact with the God of Judgment, Infiri, becoming his Gatekeeper, an agent of the God of Judgement in the world, hunting down those who need judgement passed on them. Strictly Lawful Good, with the "Law" he follows being Infiri's law, not necessarily the law of the land. No killing innocents, but leaving no quarter for the guilty, that kind of thing.

Those two are already premade for me. I'd just have to transfer the stats over, though I'd reroll, because if I remember Ryder had godlike stats.

And lastly, I've never actually had the opportunity to play a Hexblade. I've played just about every other kind of Warlock, as they are my favorites, but I haven't had a chance to do a Hexblade right. I'll keep thinking about it.
 

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