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5E [5e] Witcher: Mother of Monsters

Quickleaf

Legend


Game status: Full!

The Witcher dark fantasy setting is the creation of Andrzej Sapkowsi and given further life in the Witcher video games by CD Projekt RED. Perhaps the most defining feature of the setting is how many of the stories subvert traditional fairy tales in darkly humorous ways. It is also a mature setting dealing with moral dilemmas, sex, drugs, violence, oppression, and other grey areas. In the continuity of the video games, this game will occur after the events of Witcher III: Wild Hunt.

Game Resources
Witcher setting document, GoogleDrive
Includes setting introduction, details on how races & classes fit into the setting, house rules & optional rules from DMG, faiths & factions, Lifepath tables, equipment, and 3 new classes: Witcher, Source (sorcerer variant), and Scout (spell-less ranger variant).

RP Thread
Rogue's Gallery

If you're looking for information on the various countries or other lore tidbits, check out the great Witcher wiki: http://witcher.wikia.com/wiki/Witcher_Wiki

Current Party
[MENTION=8058]Queenie[/MENTION] Elora Vasesso – half-elf (Cintra) / hermit / sorceress (wise lineage) 3 / CG
[MENTION=2820]Fenris[/MENTION] Fergus Llew Gawain – human (Skellige) / soldier / witcher (griffon) 3 / LG
[MENTION=4936]Shayuri[/MENTION] Talashia – human / sage / sorceress (storm) 3 / N
[MENTION=6672752]Aramalian[/MENTION] Barakor Bloodbarrow – mountain dwarf (Mahakam) / city guard / paladin (vengeance 3) / LN
[MENTION=6798581]Azurewraith[/MENTION] wood elf (Blue Mountains) / outlander / scout (beast covenant) 3 / N


(square = 100 miles)

The Story
The adventure begins with your characters escorting Odvara Kringen, a half-elven woman with an unpredictable magical ability, to the elven nation of Dol Blathanna. For some of you it may be a simple matter of coin to act as envoy and guard. For others it may be a matter of a duty to the elves or to Odvara's mother. For still others it may be to ensure that no magical catastrophe occurs due to the woman's gift. The hand-off of the young woman to the elves is to occur in the Posada region just within the borders of Dol Blathanna. Posada is a superstitious region inhabited by humans, dwarves, and halflings said to be watched over by an ancient entity known only as Nan the Hag. However, like the crooked Posada River, the course of events soon becomes more convoluted than hag's hair...

State of the World
A year has passed since the end of the Third Northern War. The overextended Nilfgaardian Empire found its northern advance halted at the Pontar River, and withdrew many of its forces to the minimum necessary to manage occupied kingdoms. Swords were reforged into ploughs, the dead turned into the soil, life went on; but peace does not mean life is peaceful. Death stalks a war-ravaged land: hungry necrophages lurk in fell mists, bands of deserters turned bandit scour the countryside, and plague stalks houses low and high-born alike. People turn to foul witchcraft to protect them and witch hunters lead a bloody pogrom in response. Peasants tell of a pale specter on a black warhorse watching in silent vigil over the land; they say it is Death himself.

A year has passed since what is now being called the Second Conjunction. For a brief moment, the spheres of many worlds drew close and magic was used to cross the boundary, allowing monsters and magic to enter the known world again. Lands once thought safe from monsters are no longer wholly secure, and the need for the nearly extinct witchers is on the rise as previously unknown monsters haunt mankind. Mages can feel a great stirring in The Power, suggesting a mighty magical force entered the world during the Second Conjunction.

A year has passed since the apocalyptic Cult of the Black Sun formed in the wake of these twin devastations. Heralds of the demoness Lilit, they espouse a nihilistic philosophy, claiming that the end times have come and all civilization - Northern Kingdoms and Nilfgaardian Empire alike - must be torn down for a rebirth to occur. Known as the Mother of Monsters, Lilit is said to have lorded over humanity as a false god in ages past before the Conjunction of the Sphere. According to the prophecy of the Black Sun, Lilit’s return would be heralded by “sixty women wearing gold crowns, who would fill the river valleys with blood.”

Witcher Setting Themes
The Old Ways (Druidism, witchcraft, pagan traditions) versus the Eternal Fire.
The ambiguity of whether religion is objectively true or merely spirits duping humanity.
The Northern Kingdoms versus the Nilfgaardian Empire.
The shifting of political boundaries and allegiances.
The ignorant masses of humanity versus the nonhumans and other “freaks.”
The thin line between men and monsters.

Elven Calendar (used throughout Posada & Dol Blathanna)


Starting Area: The Posada Region

(hexes = 1/2 mile)

Lower Posada (village)

(not to scale)

Character Creation
Create 3rd level characters (negotiable). See my home-brew document (link up top) for more details & new classes. It’s assumed your characters had some adventures, have crossed each others paths before, perhaps fought in the Third Northern War between the Northern Kingdoms and Nilfgaard, if you’re a witcher you’ve had a few monster contracts, if you’re a mage you may be a low-ranking member of the Conclave of Mages or the Lodge of Sorceresses.

Also, feel free to use the lifepath tables in the Witcher document, or the playbooks from the Beyond the Wall RPG (just let me know which one you're interested in, and I'll PM you a link).

[sblock=Playbooks]
Mage Types
Self-Taught Mage
Witch's Prentice

Rogue Types
Untested Thief
Young Woodsman

Warrior Types
Village Hero
Would-Be Knight

Elders
Dungeon Delver
Dwarven Mentor
Initiated Magician
Landless Noble
Learned Tutor
Recluse Wizard
Retired Veteran

Demihumans
Dwarven Adventurer
Dwarven Rune Caster
Elven Enchanter
Elven Highborn
Elven Ranger
Gnomish Godparent
Halfling Outrider

Nobility
Apprentice Court Sorcerer
Forgotten Child
Future Warlord
Gifted Dilettante
Knightless Squire
Nobleman's Wild Daughter
Novice Templar

Villagers
Assistant Beast Keeper
Devout Acolyte
Fae Foundling
Heir to a Legend
Last of a Fallen House
Local Performer
New Watchman
Reformed Bully

Others
Adventurous Trader
Goblins' Child
Student of the Dark Arts[/SBLOCK]

Bonds: Establish two bonds for your character, one binding them to at least one other player character and the other binding them to the setting. If you choose a Playbook from Beyond the Wall, these are probably covered by the Playbook's random tables.
Race: Choose from: human, dwarf, elf, gnome, half-elf, or halfling.
Class: Choose from: barbarian, bard, cleric, druid, fighter, paladin, ranger, rogue, scout (variant spell-less ranger), source (variant sorcerer), warlock, witcher (new class), or wizard. No monks unless you're re-skinning to fit the setting.
You can also use Matthew Mercer's Witch Hunter class from Critical Role and Brian's witch class, as well as other homebrews at the DM's discretion.
Multi-classing: Be aware that you probably cannot multi-class into certain classes once we begin play; these include cleric, druid, source, wizard, and witcher.
Background: Any, or you can use a Playbook from Beyond the Wall.
Alignment: No evil characters please.
Hit Points: Use use maximum Hit Dice values for your first three levels. Thereafter, use average HP values (rounded up); do not roll.
Feats: We will use feats, so the alternate human is legit.
Ability scores: Ability scores can be point buy, array, 4d6 drop the lowest six times, or using a Playbook from Beyond the Wall.
Equipment: You can either follow the equipment guidelines for class and background, or purchase equipment using the Starting Wealth by Class table.

In addition to standard starting gear, begin with one of the following:
  1. Breastplate with helmet, gauntlets, a shield (if you desire), and an armoring kit (if you have the corresponding tool proficiency). Was this from prior military service to a lord?
  2. Warhorse with a military saddle, bit and bridle, and saddlebags. Typically warhorses are a sign of knighthood, so were you knighted and by whom?
  3. Riding horse with a riding saddle, bit and bridle, saddlebags, with free stabling and feed thanks to your connections. What is your horse's name?
  4. Modest river boat with oars and a small sail. Are you a fisherman, did you build the boat yourself, or win it in a bet?
  5. Masterwork weapon, which provides +1 attack and damage, and won't break on a critical miss, but does not count as magical. Is it a family heirloom, did you fashion it yourself, or did you unearth it while exploring? Which race crafted the weapon?
  6. Uncommon wondrous magic item. (This best suits spell casters, but is not exclusive to them. Also I'll need to approve the item to make sure it fits the setting, for example winged boots would be a no.) What is the pseudo-scientific name of this unusual item?
  7. Three spell scrolls with cantrips or level 1 spells. (Spellcasters only) What is the name of the body of writings these scrolls are derived from?
  8. Three level 1 Witcher potions, or any combination of blade oils, bombs, Witcher potions, or traps. (Witchers only, corresponding tool proficiency required) What did you have to kill to craft your desired potions?
  9. Three bombs, traps, or doses of poison. (corresponding tool proficiency required) How did you smuggle the necessary components past the authorities?
  10. A pouch of gemstones worth 300 gp from a recent job well done. What was the job and what is an extenuating complication that might arise from it?
  11. Favors from various folk across the land "worth" 400 gp of lifestyle expenses. Did you gain these favors honorably or dishonorably?
  12. A house somewhere, possibly with a small farm. Who is tending the house and land in your absence?

Campfire Tales
Whenever you have downtime spent together as a party, we can use that to develop the backstory of your characters or to illuminate details about the setting (your choice collectively). This is entirely optional to players who want to engage with developing their characters and the setting. There's no penalty for choosing not to participate.

Character Backstory. You either focus on one PC's tale or share tidbits from all PCs' tales.

If you focus on one PC, that player gets to pick a Playbook from Beyond the Wall and roll on all of its tables, gaining benefits as determined by consulting with the DM, and gathering all the rolls they decide to keep into a story they share in the IC thread.

If everyone shares bits of their backstory, each player can choose a Playbook and roll on one table from it, gaining benefits as determined by consulting with the DM. In this case, the stories are just part of campfire banter, and you don't need to play through any of them in-character unless you want to.

Sandbox Setting. You trade stories about the world as you know it, either one PC teaches the others about his/her homeland or several of the PCs trade scattered stories about the land they're currently in.

In the first case (one storyteller), the player chooses the topic of their tale, which direction and how far away it is (rolling or choosing), and makes a DC 10 ability check according to whether their knowledge is learned (Intelligence check), heard (Charisma check), or seen firsthand (Wisdom check). The degree of success/failure is interpreted by the DM to determine how accurate the PC's knowledge is. Alternately, you can have the DM roll in secret if you prefer not to know whether your PC's knowledge is accurate or not. Up to you.

In the second case (several PCs shares stories), each player involved in the story-telling rolls 1d8 to determine what the conversation guides their tale to be about, and decides which direction and how far away it is (rolling or choosing):

Topic of Story (d8)
  1. Major City (e.g. Aldersberg, Lyria, City of the Elf Queen)
  2. Ancient Ruins (e.g. barrow of olden kings, evil ruined temple, bombarded abandoned castle)
  3. Human Settlement (e.g. village, tribe, witch's cottage)
  4. Recent Ruins (e.g. battle site, burnt church, haunted house)
  5. Humanoid Settlement (e.g. elves, dwarves, goblins)
  6. Monsters' Lair (e.g. earthly home of minor goddess, cave system, troll's pass)
  7. Source of Power (e.g. druidic standing stones, Circle of Elements, mage's tower)
  8. Otherworld (e.g. portal to world of the Aen Elle, faerie mound, demonic/ghostly "hangman's tree")

Direction (d8)
  1. North
  2. Northeast
  3. East
  4. Southeast
  5. South
  6. Southwest
  7. West
  8. Northwest

Distance (d6)
  1. Very Near (1-10 miles)
  2. Near (10-30 miles)
  3. Moderate (30-50 miles)
  4. Far (50-100 miles)
  5. Very Far (over 100 miles)
  6. Mystical or enigmatic distance

Each player then tells their tale IC and makes a corresponding DC 10 ability check according to whether their knowledge is learned (Intelligence check), heard (Charisma check), or seen firsthand (Wisdom check). The degree of success/failure is interpreted by the DM to determine how accurate the PC's knowledge is. Alternately, you can have the DM roll in secret if you prefer not to know whether your PC's knowledge is accurate or not. Up to you.

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Shayuri

First Post
Ooof...I've been thinking this setting is ripe for a good RPG (non-CRPG that is)...and I've been itching to try the rules for the storm sorcerors that WotC released in that Waterborne unearthed arcana... And of course, it'd be pretty cool to play a professional monster hunter too!

Let me percolate a little, and assess my gaming schedule.
 

Quickleaf

Legend
Ooof...I've been thinking this setting is ripe for a good RPG (non-CRPG that is)...and I've been itching to try the rules for the storm sorcerors that WotC released in that Waterborne unearthed arcana... And of course, it'd be pretty cool to play a professional monster hunter too!

Let me percolate a little, and assess my gaming schedule.
I have no idea what interest would be for this, but I agree the setting would be a fascinating one to explore! I'm thinking my DMing approach will be like vignette storytelling, focusing on small adventures that can be resolved in a month or two of real world time.

I'd be willing to run for as little as 3 and as many as 6 players.
 

Steve Gorak

Explorer
This looks very interesting! I'm tempted to play a human druid, practitioner of the old ways, whose grove was desecrated and Tree of Life killed by [insert appropriate monster/plot hook here]. He swore an oath to hunt down the [same as above] and avenge the sacrilege, and has been adventuring since.
I really like the MAGIC WITHOUT BORDERS feat! does it also apply to cantrips? My character could have spent some time with a mentor part of the conclave of mages in the north...
Regarding character level, since you want the party to have been adventuring a while, can we be a bit higher up level? With 5e's fast advancement, level 3 represents only a very short time (days or perhaps a few weeks) in an adventurer's life...
I hope the game lifts off!
Cheers,

SG
 

Shayuri

First Post
I'm interested in the Source variant, but I'm a little concerned by some of those Wild Surge entries. Several are potential campaign enders, especially given that wild surges look fairly frequent.

But...LIFE PATH!

Muahahaha. I must roll, like a troll. Because random is hilarious.

Homeland: [roll0] Kovier and Poviss
Birth: [roll1] Uneventful
Childhood: [roll2] Sold!
Defining Event: [roll3] Betrayal
How I Met Someone: [roll4] Undetermined? Sibling?
3rd War: [roll5] ?
Why Adventure?: [roll6] ?

The last two are WIPs, but I'll roll anyway because why not? :)
 
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Axel

First Post
Looks solid! I'll bite, although the setting is unfamiliar. Let me have a read of your document and get back to you in a day.

Though, the lure of a professional monster hunter looks like it might be too awesome to ignore - even if the class is crap.

Been thinking in general about a hill dwarf oath of vengeance paladin too. Hmm...
 

Fenris

Adventurer
Ok, you hooked me. I read the background stuff and it looks great. Count Queenie and I as interested. I got the Witcher novels to read for more information.

I am considering a Witcher. I need to re-read the class more as it is somewhat complex.

Not sure about a class for Queenie yet. But we are out of town until Sunday so we can get more done next week.
 


Skarsgard

Explorer
I am looking at the Scout. Here is the array *fingers crossed*
[roll0]
[roll1]
[roll2]
[roll3]
[roll4]
[roll5]

edit: well that didn't show the individual rolls. Does anyone know how to do it without having to roll each dice seperately?
 


Axel

First Post
How can I say no to a witcher? Far too cool! :)

School of the cat, probably, with a heliotrope sign to start. Suits the first adventure on appearance.

Gonna do some crunching later today and tomorrow. Have it finished by end of the weekend I reckon.
 

Axel

First Post
Glad I rolled! :)

Stats: 15, 13, 13, 16, 16, 13 (not in order yet)

Ouch for the monsters! Lots of odd numbers too, might pickup a conventional human, just to give optimisers the finger.

Probably go Dex based, with a shield since Witchers don't get dual wielding fighting style.

A quadroon, from the fertile river valleys of Northern Redania. More to come...
 

Quickleaf

Legend
Holy crap! I look away for a couple days and now there's 6 players! :uhoh::D

I'll respond to each of you individually below, but I wanted to field a question to everyone put forward by [MENTION=15132]Steve Gorak[/MENTION] - what level would you all like to begin at? I originally suggested 3rd level, but I'm flexible. I'm fine also if you decide to have varying levels in your party.

Here's a quick summary of characters you all are considering:

[MENTION=15132]Steve Gorak[/MENTION] Human Druid - swore an oath to hunt [monster/plot hook] that desecrated sacred grove
[MENTION=4936]Shayuri[/MENTION] Source/Sorcerer (storm?)
[MENTION=2820]Fenris[/MENTION] Witcher
[MENTION=8058]Queenie[/MENTION] ?
[MENTION=93196]Axel[/MENTION] Human (quadroon) Witcher (cat school)
[MENTION=6787159]Skarsgard[/MENTION] Scout

This looks very interesting! I'm tempted to play a human druid, practitioner of the old ways, whose grove was desecrated and Tree of Life killed by [insert appropriate monster/plot hook here]. He swore an oath to hunt down the [same as above] and avenge the sacrilege, and has been adventuring since.
I really like the MAGIC WITHOUT BORDERS feat! does it also apply to cantrips? My character could have spent some time with a mentor part of the conclave of mages in the north...
Regarding character level, since you want the party to have been adventuring a while, can we be a bit higher up level? With 5e's fast advancement, level 3 represents only a very short time (days or perhaps a few weeks) in an adventurer's life...
I hope the game lifts off!
Solid character background! Thanks for your interest :) We'll have to keep an eye out for a way to tie your character's background - with the [monster/plot hook] - to another PC or PCs. What region are you thinking of hailing from?

Yes, the "Magic Without Borders" feat applies to cantrips as well.

As for your level question, I am flexible so I posed it to the group. But as a matter of combat pacing and experience, I should let you know that "D&D dungeon crawl" style pacing will be fairly uncommon. Additionally, I will be using quest/goal related level advancement instead of XP rewards for monsters. This will not be a game of "19 year-old pig farmers who become 18th level warriors in a matter of weeks or months." 18th-level characters would be old, middle-aged at least and most likely much older. I am expecting the pacing to include seasons of downtime without level gain, so a more "literary epic" feel if that makes sense.

I'm interested in the Source variant, but I'm a little concerned by some of those Wild Surge entries. Several are potential campaign enders, especially given that wild surges look fairly frequent.

But...LIFE PATH!

Muahahaha. I must roll, like a troll. Because random is hilarious.

Homeland: [roll0] Kovier and Poviss
Birth: [roll1] Uneventful
Childhood: [roll2] Sold!
Defining Event: [roll3] Betrayal
How I Met Someone: [roll4] Undetermined? Sibling?
3rd War: [roll5] ?
Why Adventure?: [roll6] ?

The last two are WIPs, but I'll roll anyway because why not? :)

Glad you're interested and you've got room in your gaming schedule for this! Love that you rolled on the random lifepath tables; yes, they're still a work-in-progress.

As for the Source wild surge issue, yeah they are pretty intense. But I assure you the campaign skeleton I have in mind (obviously to be fleshed out with your characters and ideas) is robust enough to handle gates being torn to other worlds, madness, etc. If you want to propose a toned down version, however, I am totally open to the idea, just let me know what you're thinking. The most important things about the source's wild surges are:
  • They are triggered based on a stressful / negative emotion.
  • They should be thematically related to your sub-class.
  • They should be intense scary events and not the cutesy-type entries in the PHB wild surge table.

Ok, you hooked me. I read the background stuff and it looks great. Count Queenie and I as interested. I got the Witcher novels to read for more information.

I am considering a Witcher. I need to re-read the class more as it is somewhat complex.

Not sure about a class for Queenie yet. But we are out of town until Sunday so we can get more done next week.

Awesome, look forward to seeing what kind of characters you come up with :) Enjoy your travels!

I am looking at the Scout. Here is the array *fingers crossed*
[roll0]
[roll1]
[roll2]
[roll3]
[roll4]
[roll5]

edit: well that didn't show the individual rolls. Does anyone know how to do it without having to roll each dice seperately?

Thanks for your interest!

You should know I am an (arguably) laid back DM as far as stat rolls and homebrew stuff goes. I go on the honor system with rolls, so if you want to roll with real dice that's cool. While I will want to review each of your characters when you finish, you don't need my approval for stat rolls or anything like that. I'm perfectly content letting you pick your stats too, if you prefer. I trust you guys not to abuse my DM beneficence ;)

How can I say no to a witcher? Far too cool! :)

School of the cat, probably, with a heliotrope sign to start. Suits the first adventure on appearance.

Gonna do some crunching later today and tomorrow. Have it finished by end of the weekend I reckon.

Glad I rolled! :)

Stats: 15, 13, 13, 16, 16, 13 (not in order yet)

Ouch for the monsters! Lots of odd numbers too, might pickup a conventional human, just to give optimisers the finger.

Probably go Dex based, with a shield since Witchers don't get dual wielding fighting style.

A quadroon, from the fertile river valleys of Northern Redania. More to come...

Awesome :) Sounds like you've got a good grasp of the character you want to play already.

Nice rolls!

A few thoughts...

Cat School has a bad reputation they struggle to overcome for aligning with an evil sorcerer and betraying the School of the Wolf. Something to be aware of it you aren't familiar with that piece of lore.

I revised the Witcher class so you begin knowing 2 Signs @ 2nd level.

We're talking about allowing folks to start a little higher than 3rd, so if we go that way you could always take a level in Fighter for the fighting style. Or if you want to propose substituting certain Witcher class feature(s) with Fighting Style, I'd be willing to consider that too. A shield-wielding Cat Witcher would be unusual since they normally are dual-weapon or light weapon wielders, so I'd prefer that be a decision based on story/style as opposed to some sense of the "class rules requiring it to be effective in combat."

Lastly, your character has an interesting geographic paradox: Northern Redania (your homeland) and Stygga Citadel (home of the Cat school in the Ebbing region of Nilfgaard) are on opposite ends of the map! Might make for an interesting story!
 
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Skarsgard

Explorer
You should know I am an (arguably) laid back DM as far as stat rolls and homebrew stuff goes. I go on the honor system with rolls, so if you want to roll with real dice that's cool. While I will want to review each of your characters when you finish, you don't need my approval for stat rolls or anything like that. I'm perfectly content letting you pick your stats too, if you prefer. I trust you guys not to abuse my DM beneficence ;)

Thanks for the vote of confidence it is appreciated. That being said, I am a big fan of transparency: here are my rolls on Orokos:

http://orokos.com/roll/302363

9 [[3, 3, 3], 2]
12 [[5, 5, 2], 1]
14 [[6, 5, 3], 1]
17 [[6, 6, 5], 4]
14 [[5, 5, 4], 3]
16 [[6, 6, 4], 1]

Now these are fantastic, happy for you to vetto any numbers there. :)

Still on track for a Scout, probably human maybe wood elf, but I need to read the material a bit more.
 

Quickleaf

Legend
By the way, if you're looking for information on the various countries or other lore tidbits, check out the great Witcher wiki: http://witcher.wikia.com/wiki/Witcher_Wiki

Also something I forgot to mention: Resurrection spells (raise dead, resurrection, true resurrection, reincarnation) don't exist in this setting. Which is one of the reasons I want you to maximize your HP for your first three levels.
 
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Axel

First Post
Holy crap! I look away for a couple days and now there's 6 players! :uhoh::D

I'll respond to each of you individually below, but I wanted to field a question to everyone put forward - what level would you all like to begin at? I originally suggested 3rd level, but I'm flexible. I'm fine also if you decide to have varying levels in your party.

Awesome :) Sounds like you've got a good grasp of the character you want to play already.

Nice rolls!

A few thoughts...

Cat School has a bad reputation they struggle to overcome for aligning with an evil sorcerer and betraying the School of the Wolf. Something to be aware of it you aren't familiar with that piece of lore.

I revised the Witcher class so you begin knowing 2 Signs @ 2nd level.

We're talking about allowing folks to start a little higher than 3rd, so if we go that way you could always take a level in Fighter for the fighting style. Or if you want to propose substituting certain Witcher class feature(s) with Fighting Style, I'd be willing to consider that too. A shield-wielding Cat Witcher would be unusual since they normally are dual-weapon fighters, so I'd prefer that be a decision based on story/style as opposed to some sense of the "class rules requiring it to be effective in combat."

Lastly, your character has an interesting geographic paradox: Northern Redania (your homeland) and Stygga Citadel (home of the Cat school in the Ebbing region of Nilfgaard) are on opposite ends of the map! Might make for an interesting story!

I admit to being unfamiliar with the setting. Reading up a little now... But yes, I'm three quarters of the way to imagining what I want my character to be and look like.

I'm fine with the bad reputation and in game effects - was tossing up the criminal background as a way to skin the Witcher effects. Now I don't feel guilty about throwing a curveball into the mix. It does seem to go too perfectly with the nastiest of the schools. :)

My character will be a female, alabaster skin and platinum blonde hair. Lithesome, whip fast and surprisingly (for appearances) tough. Her mutation has enhanced the residual elfin traits of her eyes and forehead, giving them a feline and predatory appearance (going for the oh shi... a jaguar effect not awww, cute widdle kitty).

I am still working on how and why she fits into the storyline. And how she became a Whitcher.

Dual wielding will be fine if that is the norm. I don't normally play dual wielding PCs, so instinctively steered away. Two short swords it is! "One for the living, one for the unnatural others." :)

I am open entirely to starting level. Whatever other people want or can work into their story. I'm going to play straight Witcher though. I can't reconcile time spent simply "fighting" with the metabolic, physical and psychological side of Witcher "training".
 

Quickleaf

Legend
Listening to the soundtrack to Witcher 3. Man, it is good!

Thanks for the vote of confidence it is appreciated. That being said, I am a big fan of transparency: here are my rolls on Orokos:

http://orokos.com/roll/302363

9 [[3, 3, 3], 2]
12 [[5, 5, 2], 1]
14 [[6, 5, 3], 1]
17 [[6, 6, 5], 4]
14 [[5, 5, 4], 3]
16 [[6, 6, 4], 1]

Now these are fantastic, happy for you to vetto any numbers there. :)

Still on track for a Scout, probably human maybe wood elf, but I need to read the material a bit more.
Nice rolls! I appreciate the transparency. FYI, as a DM I am very much a "play it where the dice fall" type, so I will always practice transparency with my rolls.

Btw, what level do you prefer starting at (if you have a preference)?

I admit to being unfamiliar with the setting. Reading up a little now... But yes, I'm three quarters of the way to imagining what I want my character to be and look like.

I'm fine with the bad reputation and in game effects - was tossing up the criminal background as a way to skin the Witcher effects. Now I don't feel guilty about throwing a curveball into the mix. It does seem to go too perfectly with the nastiest of the schools. :)

My character will be a female, alabaster skin and platinum blonde hair. Lithesome, whip fast and surprisingly (for appearances) tough. Her mutation has enhanced the residual elfin traits of her eyes and forehead, giving them a feline and predatory appearance (going for the oh shi... a jaguar effect not awww, cute widdle kitty).

I am still working on how and why she fits into the storyline. And how she became a Whitcher.

Dual wielding will be fine if that is the norm. I don't normally play dual wielding PCs, so instinctively steered away. Two short swords it is! "One for the living, one for the unnatural others." :)

I am open entirely to starting level. Whatever other people want or can work into their story. I'm going to play straight Witcher though. I can't reconcile time spent simply "fighting" with the metabolic, physical and psychological side of Witcher "training".
Sounds wicked!

I actually was mistaken about the dual-wielding for Cat school witchers. I was confusing them with Viper school. While it makes sense for Cat school witchers to dual-wield (since they tend to be Dexterity-based), the main points of their fighting style are trickery and deceit. So go with what you like!
 

Axel

First Post
If I have to choose, 3rd works for me. Every class gets a sub-class. Nobody gets a feat (except trolling alternate humans). You have the HP to survive a bit of bad luck in a combat (I have lost count how many 1st level PCs I ran who died to a critical hit in their first combat...).

Magic isn't batshit crazy powerful yet, and your attack bonuses haven't negated the value of AC yet.
 

Axel

First Post
I'll have more of a think on fighting style... I was all for a steel rapier (with shield) and a silver longsword (used two handed). Now I'm not so sure. :-/
 

Skarsgard

Explorer
Third is fine by me, actually it is a treat as most PBP games start at 1.

One day I hope to be involved in a higher level game but 3 is a great start and I have no story-driven reason to be higher. :)
 

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