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roadtoad

aka skotothalamos
Who is the artist? That is miles better than anything I could whip up.
It was drawn by Elly Beck (who played Summer/Kasvarina in our game and whose art can be found here and is featured on the final page of the third compilation) and colored by our IronPeak player, who is not a professional artist and shall remain anonymous.
 
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roadtoad

aka skotothalamos
We have officially finished after only 4.5 years (including a 10-month sojourn into Ravenloft)!

Alienor Contessa Soliogn-Stark struck the final blow, destroying Nicodemus with some very accurate shooting (Sneak Attack Crit!) two turns before the spirit of William Miller was to return from the Gyre. Her shot killed ten million, but some judicious use of Wishes brought back some of those who were lost.

Taking a cue from the Ob, the Duchesses crammed in as many planes as they could, leading to this solar system:

Fire: Jiese
Life: Av & Ascetia
Air: Caeloon
Water: Mavisha (with some hitchhikers from Shabboath! oops!)
Earth: Urim & Teykfa
Space: Apet
Time: Reida & Bhoior (a ringed turtle? we're not sure on that yet)
Death: Nem & Amrou

They never landed on Iratha Ket, so it never became an option. One of the better scenes of our Gyre crawl was when they went to Nem and found an ash reproduction of the original RHC Headquarters, which had been vaporized during "The Incident." (When IronPeak threw a train into Sijhen's Gidim portal, causing a backlash of planar energy which killed thousands, including Alienor's son Mort, the player's original PC.) Alienor found the scorched shadow on the road where Mort had died, finally mourned him, and received his pocket watch as the icon of Nem (he was an Eschatologist). They bonded with Amrou by bringing along Sargon of Uggat, whose father was cup-bearer to Ur-Zababa, and helping him raid the Golden Legion treasury.

Amazing game. Thanks to Ryan Nock and EN World for making it all possible. I hope to fill in the massive gaps in the storytelling some day, but today is not that day.
 

Man, I have so many questions, but I don't want to nag. Mostly I want to know how the PCs all ended up. And, from a game designer's perspective, how well did the final encounter work out? How do you feel your conversion to 5e went? And did you enjoy saying Sargon of Uggat, whose father was the cup-bearer of Ur-Zubaba as much as I enjoyed typing it?

Honestly, if it wouldn't be too much, could you ask your players if they'd be willing to write up, as brief as they'd like, their thoughts on the adventures? I'm sure a lot of their favorite moments will be personal things you added, that I had basically nothing to do with, but I'm desperately curious what sort impression it made on them. I remember the last time, one of the players wrote this - http://yoccu.tumblr.com/post/104973117249/i-wish-i-could-share-all-of-our-weird-dd-stories

Also, swear to God, if this ever gets novelized or turned into a TV series or something, your idea of having Summer be Kasvarina was a masterstroke.
 

Holy crap, I'm just now finding the BSM tumblr. Man, I shouldn't be allowed to mainline all these gamer jokes at once. Dicks out for Illuminati is my favorite so far.
 

roadtoad

aka skotothalamos
I can now link them all to this thread and I will ask them if they'd like to write up their thoughts.

Heading to bed now, but I will be back to give you all of my feedback in the next couple of days.

and feel free to "nag." The more you ask, the more I'll remember and want to write. :)
 

roadtoad

aka skotothalamos
Holy crap, I'm just now finding the BSM tumblr. Man, I shouldn't be allowed to mainline all these gamer jokes at once. Dicks out for Illuminati is my favorite so far.
I was planning on using that for an alternate re-telling of the tale, but it got ignored for a long time and then just became a pile o memes. :)
 

Your group is just the best. Give them my thanks.

Man, I've just spent an hour gushing to my local gaming group and showing off Elly's art. I'm pretty sure they think I like your group more than them now.
 
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gideonpepys

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
Also, swear to God, if this ever gets novelized or turned into a TV series or something, your idea of having Summer be Kasvarina was a masterstroke.
I wish either or both of those things would happen. The story is long, detailed and rich enough to be worked into an ongoing TV series. Maybe a bit demanding VFX-wise, though, huh? And complicated by rights issues, too, I'm guessing, if the link to D&D was maintained. Oh well. We can dream.

Oh, and yeah: masterstroke!
 

Well, removing references to D&D-isms is a lot easier than convincing a TV exec to plunk down a few million dollars for a pilot. But I may as well dream big, hm?
 

roadtoad

aka skotothalamos
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roadtoad

aka skotothalamos
I can't believe it's been two-and-a-half years since I was last here.

To answer a question from 2.5 years ago:

Sargon of Uggat, whose father was the cup-bearer of Ur-Zababa was my absolute favorite NPC name. Once I got his name memorized, I was just rolling that out every chance I got. I even typed it now without checking.

It's tough to even think about going back to type up what happened so long ago, but it was an amazing finish, and now I have a new D&D game with the same group, which we have set 100 years into the future of Lanjyr.

Crisillyir has collapsed. Elfaivar is resurgent. All of the characters are monsters from Ber. I'm jamming together the Saltmarsh and Ptolus settings to give them places to go and things to do. Now I need to go through all those planes that they shoved into place on Axis Island and figure out what weird world rules are happening.
 

roadtoad

aka skotothalamos
here's what I have so far:

Fire: Jiese
- Precision technology functions
I'm going to rule that this icon has been degraded in some way, to explain why we're back to a pre-Zeitgeist campaign tech level.

Life: Av & Ascetia
  • Conjures physical reflection of whatever it orbits.
  • People are more aware of history.
I'll have Av orbit Ascetia, both in orbit around the world. Maybe historical reflections are available. Could be fun memory magic to let their characters see old events.

Air: Caeloon
- People are resilient in the face of tragedy
Not sure what to do with this yet. Could be faster hit die recovery. More Death Saves to die?

Water: Mavisha (with some hitchhikers from Shabboath! oops!)
  • Islands conceal secrets. Excellent. We are doing Saltmarsh!
  • Some Shabboath influence to make an underdark. New dungeons have opened up under Alais Primos (replacing it with Ptolus in the new game). Some Eladrin came back "wrong" and are Drow now?

Earth: Urim & Teykfa
  • Gold still blocks teleportation.
  • People are more aware of the scale of time and can better weigh long-term consequences. Time can be manipulated. Oh, Together with Ascetia (and Av orbiting it), this opens up some exciting time travel stuff! But it's tied to earth.. so some metal allows time shenanigans. silver? glass? not metal, but still made of earth. hurm. it's a clock, so.. brass?

Space: Apet
- planar travel limited to local system. Links up nicely with some Ptolus stories.

Time: Reida & Bhoior (a ringed turtle? we're not sure on that yet)
  • Strong prophecy.
  • Sounds echo, sometimes years later. Well.

Death: Nem & Amrou
  • Lingering souls are stronger than corporeal undead
  • Mundane counters against supernatural threats are stronger. I have to get a mummy in this game!
 




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