The Outlands. Infinite, much as all the planes are infinite, in number and in scope. A great untamed scrubland stretches out to the yawning horizon. The baking yellow sun never seems to set in the same place twice. The only reliable landmark is the Spire, infinite in height, and yet crowned by the impossible ring-city of Sigil, the City of Doors, full of madmen whose hubris is so all-consuming that they really believe they know the secret of the various universes.
The Outlands are a crossroads, hub of the so-called Great Wheel, and of the Ringlands, a small but self-important collection of towns and quote-unquote cities, huddled around the Spire’s shadow, sixteen of them like the ticks and silent tocks of some unfathomable sundial. The Hinterlands lie beyond, a place where reality breaks down, where rational folk do not go, or at least they don’t come back.
The Outlands. Three days from anywhere and three days from everywhere else. A precipice, below which lies heaven and hell and high water, Limbo and Valhalla and Fairyland and all points between, all the myriad worlds.
One of those worlds is home, and it’s all you can do to wonder if you’ll ever see it again...
So, any takers?
My first game on ENworld, though not my first PbP game. I’ve been running and playing in forum games since before the dawn of the new millennium.
For those who are interested, here’s a few things I’d be interested in seeing:
At least one character from Earth. That is to say, our Earth, the real world, short of any intimate knowledge of D&D’s Outer Planes. A clueless prime, the classic fish out of water, a bumpkin from a low-magic wasteland hurled into a world of fantasy. The character could be from the present day, or else drawn from any point within the last, say, sixty years or so? If more than one player wants to play this role, the characters don’t have to be from the same time or place.
At least one savvy, cynical planar. Strong faction ties (or sect, religion, Blood War, Psychomachia, etc) are a plus. Someone to serve as a tout and poor man’s mimir to the rest of the party. This could be the worlds-weary veteran planewalker, or just the snarky, know-it-all man on the street that can be found throughout all of Sigil’s wards.
Characters from the Prime. i.e, the Prime Material Plane, where all the other campaign settings of D&D (bar Ravenloft) can be found. Come from Toril, Krynn, Athas, Oerth, etc, or make up one of your own.
Planetouched or monstrous humanoid characters. The weirder, the better. Defrocked angel fallen on hard times, just-hatched juvenile dragon, senile lich, humble workaday troll/beholderkin/android just trying to make ends meet, or something else entirely. Just so long as you can fit it into the mechanical guidelines set down below. Again, reskinning is your friend.
A master and apprentice pairing. The master can break the normal level cap of 5, and could go as high as level 8, if single-classed as a wizard, sorcerer, or warlock. The apprentice should be no higher than level 3, assuming their other two levels are in a multiclass of something other than what they’re apprenticing in.
Mix and match to your liking, or do something else entirely. Not edicts, just gentle suggestions.
All PHB and DMG races and classes are available. Homebrew options will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Reskinning and/or refluffing are thoroughly encouraged. You can select feats in place of Ability Score Increases, and the variant human is allowed.
You can roll for ability scores (4d6 drop one six times, arrange as you like) or use the following array: 15 14 13 12 10 8. Use a site like Invisible Castle for your rolls or just go by the honour system, because hey, I trust you.
Your characters can, and should, vary in level, between levels 1 and 5. Choose whatever fits your character concept best.
Your mundane equipment can be whatever you might justifiably carry, but the party is low on ready cash. Exact amounts will be decided as the party takes shape.
We’ll be using the variant rules for identifying a magic item. Experimentation and the identify spell are required to learn what magic items do. You can only identify a magic item during a short or long rest if it’s sufficiently similar to one you’ve already come across before.
[sblock=Magic items at character creation]If you’re not playing being of an overtly magical nature already (Picayune and Liliana, this means you, sorry), choose two of the following: 1d4 + 2 common or uncommon potions or spell scrolls of your choice, any one common or uncommon magic item (this includes +1 magic weapons), or a magic item from the following list (each item on the list can only be taken once).
- A single rare or very rare potion or spell scroll of your choice.
- Two sending stones, each half of a different pair. You know the person who has one of the corresponding stones (describe who it is-- it can be another member of the party if you want). You have no idea who has the other.
- A bag of holding. Owned by Graydon(?). This dusty leather satchel is stuffed near-to-capacity with fine gray silt, rocks, tiny bones, bits of rusty metal, scraps of cloth and fine chain mesh, and a metallic skull about the size of your closed fist, heavily smudged with dirt and oddly misshapen fingerprints.
- A cracked lens of identification with an unknown number of charges. This monocle has a chain of finely worked gold, and must be worth something to somebody. When you hold it to your eye, you can expend 1 charge as an action to cast identify or detect magic. The lens regains 1d6 - 3 charges daily at dawn.
- A sword which you know full well to be cursed, although you’re not sure exactly how. The sword is (or was) a longsword. The blade has been snapped in two, about two-thirds of the way up. Though it doesn’t look it, the blade retains a remarkable edge. When you attack with this sword, you deal maximized damage on a hit. (Unidentified)
- A simple circlet of beaten bronze that expands and contracts to fit any wearer. (Unidentified)
- A burnished gold signet ring with a coat-of-arms so worn as to be illegible, with two unidentifiable heraldric beasts flanking the central chevron. Owned by Eurid, found among the possessions of his mentor. (Unidentified)
- A seemingly-empty brown beer bottle with a faded, once-colourful label printed in Elvish, depicting what appears to be a cartoon drawing of a smiling griffin. The griffin is making a thumbs-up gesture with one of its front talons. The bottle is sealed shut, using what appears to be copious amounts of scotch tape. (Unidentified)
- A wobbly ioun stone with an erratic orbit and a tendency to wander between members of the same party during long rests. (Unidentified)
- A sealed glass jar containing a waxy, pinkish paste. A shiny green fly is trapped inside, buzzing occasionally just beneath the lid. The insect has remained there, alive and apparently well, for all of the several weeks you’ve had the jar. (Unidentified)
- A stoppered flask full of tiny wrinkled brains submersed in a slowly bubbling greenish fluid. When you place your bare hand on the bottom of the flask, you hear low, unpleasant voices in the back of your head. (Unidentified)
- A matte-black 9mm handgun with a full clip of 11 rounds and a small metal tin containing 1d10+3 bullets and an old cassette tape ("THE DOORS GREATEST HITS"). If you have proficiency with hand crossbows (or if you’re from Earth, or another world that happens to have invented firearms), you’re automatically proficient with this strange weapon. However, if you’ve never fired a gun before, you have disadvantage with all attack rolls using this weapon until you have rolled a natural 16 or higher. Each shot fired deals 3d6 piercing damage, and the weapon can fire up to 11 rounds before reloading. The gun is accurate up to 100 feet, but falls off rapidly after that.
(More to follow as rulings come up in play.)
The Wizard of Oz
Alice In Wonderland
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Dark Tower
Land of the Lost
real world mythology
road movies in general
@goatunit - Eurid Turnstone, lawful neutral tiefling paladin 3 (oath of vengeance), devotee of Kelemvor, Dustman factotum
@Kiraya_TiDrekan - "Drone", neutral rogue modron druid 1, subject of extensive experiments
@CanadienneBacon - Picayune Leveaux, chaotic neutral effigy bard 3 (college of jazz), New Orleans musician, dead
@Shayuri - Shard, The Lion Who Roars At Noon, neutral good human cleric 5 (Light domain)
@Queenie - Liliana, neutral good pixie warlock 5 (Archfey pact), daughter of the queen
@Fenris- Ozymandias, chaotic neutral satyr bard 3 (college of lore), Liliana's protector and guide
@Pembinasa- Graydon Tharnvar, chaotic good human wizard 3 (school of illusion), clueless prime, student at the Great School of Magic in Glantri currently hitchhiking across the Outer Planes
@Quickleaf- Shandrizar the All-Seeing, lawful good familiar (animated spellbook) fighter 1/monk 2, previously a human archmage specializing in divination, otherwise known as Scryer Supreme of the Plane of Concordant Opposition, Master Augur of the Fraternity of Order, Diviner Preeminent in the Lady's Cage
IC Thread: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?424198-D-amp-D-5e-Planescape-In-Through-the-Out-Door
Rogues Gallery: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showth...Out-Door-Rogues-Gallery&p=6538903#post6538903