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Way of the Wicked - A Campaign for Evil PCs [PFRPG] Discussion (FULL)


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Be the Bad Guy!

The Kingdom of Talingarde is the most noble, virtuous, peaceful nation in the known world. This is the story of how you burned this insipid paradise to the ground.

It’s only fair. They burned you first.

They condemned you for your wicked deeds. They branded you. They shipped you to the worst prison in the kingdom. In three days, you die. In three days, the do-gooders pray they’ll be rid of you.

They’ve given you three days. The fools, that’s more than you need to break out. And then, it will be their turn to face the fire.

Greetings one and all! I am recruiting for the Way of the Wicked Adventure Path, a campaign for evil-aligned characters. This is a very thoughtfully-designed adventure path from Fire Mountain Games, crafted with intelligence and attention to detail. Simply put, this is an evil campaign done right...and I want to run it here as a pbp. If that's got your interest piqued, read on...

Campaign Seeds

Guilty. You are a lawbreaker – the worst of the worst. Too dangerous to live amongst the good people of Talingarde, they dragged you in chains before a magistrate and condemned you. They sent you to the worst prison in the land and there they forever marked you. They held you down and branded you with a runic F. You are forsaken. You won’t be at Branderscar Prison for long. Branderscar is only a holding pen. In three days – justice comes. In three days – everything ends. What a pity. If only there was a way out of this stinking rat-hole. If only there was a way to escape. If only… No. No one has ever escaped from Branderscar Prison. This is where your story ends.

[sblock=What is Talingarde?]
Talingarde is the most virtuous, peaceful, noble nation in the world today. This land is ruled by King Markadian V called the Brave of House Darius. He has only one heir – the beautiful princess Bellinda. This benevolent monarchy is heavily intertwined with the Church of Mitra, the Shining Lord. You are from Talingarde. This is your home. You have lived here your entire life. And if they gave you half a chance, you would have your revenge on all of them.[/sblock]
[sblock=Who is Mitra?]
Mitra, the so-called Shining Lord, is the god of the sun, bravery, honor, justice, charity and other such pusillanimous rubbish. The Church of Mitra is the preeminent religion of Talingarde these days. The Knights of the Alerion, the elite warriors of Talingarde, are a Mitran order. The monks of St. Macarius, who travel the land healing the sick and the helping the needy, are also a Mitran order. The House of Darius, the royal family of Talingarde, are devout followers of Mitra. It wasn’t always this way. Before the Darians took over, Talingarde worshipped an entire pantheon of deities. Preeminent among those deities was Asmodeus, Prince of Hell, Lord of Ambition and Order. Now it is forbidden to worship Asmodeus. To do so is to be condemned. The Mitrans destroyed all the Asmodean temples and burned his books and priests. There are no followers of Asmodeus anymore in Talingarde – at least none who will admit so publicly. Devout Mitrans will not say the name Asmodeus. He is simply “The Fallen” or “The Enemy”.[/sblock]
Character Creation Notes
-1st Level PCs
-25 Point Buy
-Pathfinder Core Rulebook, Advanced Players Guide (note: I hate summoners!), Ultimate Combat, Ultimate Magic are allowed sources. Other sources possibly considered on a case by case basis. Just ask.
-No overtly monstrous races (there's infiltration and skullduggery aplenty to be done here).
-Alignments Allowed: LE (strongly encouraged), NE, or N/LN with evil tendencies. That's it.
-Characters will begin with no equipment. They are prisoners after all! Saves time on character sheets, too.
-No traits for this game. Instead, each PC will be allowed to take two extra skill points at each level.
-PCs begin as inmates at Branderscar Prison, and thus are guilty of having committed one of the following crimes...you may embellish your own details as far as what exactly you did, to whom, and how you got caught. Each option also conveys a small mechanical benefit, which I will reveal after your decision has been made.
[sblock=List of Possible Crimes]
Arson, Attempted Murder, Blasphemy, Consorting with Dark Powers, Desecration, Desertion, Dueling unto Death, Extortion, Forgery, Fraud, Grave Robbery, Heresy, High Theft, High Treason, Kidnapping, Murder, Piracy, Sedition, Slave-Taking, Slave Trading.[/sblock]
-Class notes: No paladins, gunslingers, ninja, samurai or summoners (I hate summoners!) are allowed. Clerics and Inquisitors would do really well to be worshipers of Asmodeus. The Anti-paladin from the APG is permitted (houseruled to allow any evil alignment instead of requiring Chaotic Evil). The Assassin PrC is allowed if you want to work towards that. Barbarians and Druids are not strictly prohibited, but may be problematic and thus are not really encouraged.

This is something different, to be sure, but it promises to be a hell of a lot of fun (in more ways than one). We'll need four players to get the game off the ground, but I'd probably take as many as six if there is enough interest. If more than six should throw their hats in the ring, I'll have to think of some way to whittle things down. For now, please post if you're interested in playing, along with any other thoughts or questions you may have.
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Thy wounds are healed!
My interest is piqued as I took a look over at Fire Mountain Games and read a few reviews of the AP.

Also I have always wanted to play a firebug, but heroes don't go around burning everything and everyone.

So Arson would be his crime of choice and worshiping Asmodeus fits well.

Not sure what class I may play will just wait and see about filling out a party role - any class can like fire. :devil:



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I'm actually in a game for this AP but the GM is afk and it looks like it'll be declared dead very soon. The game never got past the prison escape. So I am interested in this game as well.

HM it sounds like your an alchemist my friend. As for what I would play I was thinking barbarian who is/was a slave taker/trader, a rogue that is on his way to being a hired killer, or a magus who just enjoys killing. For the magus I would like permission to use the Dervish Dance feat. If your not familiar with the feat it allows you to use your Dex mod instead of Str mod for damage with a scimitar.

Edit: Just noticed you didn't include Ultimate Magic in the books allowed. So is magus out?

Edit: Actually I think I'll wait and see what happens with the GM from the other game and go from there and let someone else have this spot.
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Disposable Hero

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My interest is piqued as well. As far as what class I would like to play...I'm not really sure but I'm sure I can come up with something very soon.


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That's interesting. I think I would like to play a Witch for that game. Probably accused of Consorting with Dark Powers, Extortion and/or High Theft


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Edit: Just noticed you didn't include Ultimate Magic in the books allowed. So is magus out?

Edit: Actually I think I'll wait and see what happens with the GM from the other game and go from there and let someone else have this spot.

I actually overlooked Ultimate Magic as an allowable source, but I have now updated my original post to include it. So, for the record, a magus would be allowed.

Fangor the Fierce

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I too am very piqued by this concept. I would probably go with the route of either a deserter or consorting with dark powers. Inquisitor more than likely. How many are you taking for this adventure?


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Couple of notes:

1. I have no problem with prospective PCs having committed more than one of the listed crimes. However, one should be designated as 'primary' for purposes of conveying the bonus.

2. I'll be looking to assemble a group of villains who have all committed different crimes, if at all possible. I like variety.

Disposable Hero

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Hmmm I was thinking dwarf inquisitor with the heresy inquisition but if Fangor would like inquisitor be my guest. Also why would barbarian be a poor choice?
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Hmmm I was thinking dwarf inquisitor with the heresy inquisition but if Fangor would like inquisitor be my guest. Also why would barbarian be a poor choice?
The chaotic tendencies of barbarians are likely to be at odds in a campaign which assumes the PCs are lawful evil, or at least have sympathies which lie in that direction.


I'm looking at this and thinking that I should give Pathfinder another chance . . . or that I can't pass up an opportunity to get into one of Mal's games.

Looking over the list of crimes, High Treason always sounds like fun. How long have the Darians been in power?

Fangor the Fierce

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I think my concept of the Inquisitor would be akin to a devote follower of Asmodeus, who deemed the current powers in standing were not enough. They were soft, unsure, weak. This was not his way, and he knew what was asked of him. Asmodeus yearned for ambitious followers. Those that would restore order. It was time to break off his ties to the current powers and work to bring about what he truly believes is what is right. By any means possible...

Deserter of the followers of Mitra, he strives for a new world.


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The drunk man seem pleased by her talent. Luckily, he was easily satisfied because her mind was elsewhere. She was listening for her target arrival. She heard the footstep in the hall, and a discreet double knock on the door. He was here! She waited another ten minutes, to give the chance for her target to get well distracted by Sadia. She was the best of the house.

Suddenly, the man she was playing with felt asleep. Good thing, he won't awake before the morning. He was smelling so much the alcohol that he won't even remember that she never finished her work. Anyway, it won't matter, tomorrow, she will be gone of the city. She won't be welcome anymore.

She quickly don a short skirt and a bra. She opens her door and look. No one in the hall. Perfect. It took her months to gain a job in this brothel. And it took her a few more month to understand the habit of the target. Sir Broderwick was the owner of the mine where was working her father. He died when she was only 4 years old. The security in the mine was lacking because the greedy owner didn't want to spend a copper for the safety of his worker.

She walked slowly in the hall. She climbed the stair that lead to the penthouse. Her viper slowly crawled away, scooting to see the two guard that generally guard the door when her target came here. Sir Broderwick didn't took care of the widow of the people working for him. He just let her mother to herself. She became a whore by necessity. It took only two years before she was found dead. She had been raped and her throat had been slit. She became an orphan and she was only 6 years old.

When she arrived in front of the penthouse door, the two guards was sleeping. They won't awake before she was long gone. Sir Broderwick was taking his pleasure behind that door. It will be the last time. She will kill him for the death of her parents. For her many years as a low born street rats, for her many years earning her due with her body. Tonight, she will get her revenge. She slowly opened the door. A few words whispered and the man felt asleep. Another few words and Sadia felt asleep.

She entered the room and draw her dagger. As she looked over the bed, she was already seeing Sir Broderwick with his male parts gone, his throat slit. He would have a fate similar as her mother. What she didn't saw, it was one of the guard, one who had faked his sleep, was walking silently behind her, his weapon drawn...


Female Human Witch accused of Attempted Murder and Consorting with Dark Powers. If someone else want one of these two accusations, I'll make the other my main. If neither would be taken, I think Attempted Murder would better fit as she wouldn't have displayed that much her supernatural abilities.


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I'm looking at this and thinking that I should give Pathfinder another chance . . . or that I can't pass up an opportunity to get into one of Mal's games.

Looking over the list of crimes, High Treason always sounds like fun. How long have the Darians been in power?
You're too kind, sir!

The Darians have ruled for a relatively short time, only 80 years or so.

The adventure book contains a pretty lengthy background writeup detailing the rise of the current monarchy. I want to read it thoroughly to make sure it won't spoil anything; if it does not, I'll post it for your perusal. There might be some historical tidbits of interest to a scholarly character.


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I'm looking cavalier over right now and may give one a shot. Fangor are you going for a tanky type of inquisitor?
I have no problem with a Cavalier, but obviously some Orders are more appropriate than others for this type of game. Which did you have in mind?

Disposable Hero

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I was looking at Order of the Dragon and Order of the Cockatrice. But I'm kickin a few ideas around with it. I was also thinking either an anti-paladin or a magus. I will figure it out in a little bit. Also I want to see what everyone else is going to do.


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As promised, a bit of history.

[sblock=The Rise of House Darius]
Talingarde may be a peaceful and prosperous kingdom
at the start of the campaign, but the nation has certainly
had a troubled past. Only eighty years ago, the
kingdom weathered a bitter war of succession fought
between the largely half-elven nobility of House Barca
and the human dynasty of House Darius. Both had claim
to the throne and their supporters amongst the fractured
nobility of the isle.
On the Plains of Tamberlyn just north of the capital
city, two great armies met and decided the future of this
dominion. One army was commanded by King Jaraad
of House Barca, a great half-elven hero mounted on a
griffon, the symbol of his house. The other was led by
Markadian of House Darius, a young upstart paladin
who would not bow before all the gods of the Talirean
pantheon (in particular Asmodeus).
The Battle of Tamberlyn remains the most famous
conflict in all of Talingarde’s history. House Darius was
gravely outnumbered but far more fiercely committed to
their holy cause. Much of House Barca’s army was paid
mercenaries fighting for nothing more than gold.
The Battle was fought between two large stone spires
(the so-called Lords of Tamberlyn) that rise from otherwise
level ground. A small brook splits the spires
crossed only in one place by an ancient stone bridge.
The brook is not deep but still would be difficult for men
in armor to cross.
Markadian took to the field first, seizing the bridge
with his knights and positioning infantry on both his
right and left flank. The famed archers of Barrington
and Embryl, with their mighty
longbows of yew, were positioned
behind the infantry.
Outnumbering his foe many
times, King Jaraad hoped for a
quick victory and sent his mercenary
crossbowmen forward
to bombard the knights on the
bridge. The hope was that a few
volleys of crossbow shot would
kill many of the knights and paladins
of House Darius. Deprived
of their leadership, the rest of the
soldiery would likely flee from the
battlefield when the king moved the
bulk of Barca’s army forward.
However, the crossbowmen advanced too
close and the infantry on Darius’ right flank performed
a surprise charge. The charge caught the mercenaries
off guard and they fled with hardly a shot fired.
So disgusted was the knight commander of Barca
behind the mercenaries that he ordered his knights to
charge forward through the “cowardly retreating rabble”
to attack the relatively exposed Darian infantry. The result
was a chaotic muddle of panicked mercenary and
tangled knights. It was then that the Darian archers begin
to fire their volleys. The arrows rained down on the
knights and took a princely toll on the Barcan force.
King Jaraad saw the muddle that his left had become
and ordered the other pincer of his army forward. They
moved swiftly at first along the banks of the brook but
soon found themselves equally bogged down in mud.
They too began to receive a hail of arrows.
Finally the Barcan left pushed through the mercenaries
and charged the bridge. It was here that the heaviest
fighting of the battle took place. On the bridge of Tamberlyn
the knights of Darius met the full might of the
Barcan army and held the line. The Barcan army was
packed in so tight trying to cross the bridge that there
rear ranks were at the mercy of the Embryllian archers.
King Jaraad could watch the slaughter no longer. He
flew his elite personal command – a dozen knights on
griffons to the other side of the bridge hoping to flank
the defenders and break their line. What he encountered
instead was the young Lord Markadian and his personal
The battle between Markadian’s knights and the griffon
riders has been immortalized in several songs and
plays. Suffice to say that after a great battle, a dozen
dead griffons littered the field and only Markadian of
Darius and King Jaraad of Barca remained combatant.
They fought fiercely and in the end, Markadian slew Jaraad
upon the banks of the Tamberlyn brook and claimed
the throne of Talingarde.
At the end of the day, the battle had proved to be a
slaughter. The military might of House Barca was broken
and House Darius came to power. It would have
been easy then for House Darius to seek revenge against
their former enemies but instead King Markadian I called
the Victorious showed mercy.
He allowed the nobles of House Barca to keep their
lands if they would only swear loyalty to the new king
and bow before the great god Mitra. The offer was accepted
and peace once more came to Talingarde. The
crisis of succession was over and the religion of the isle
was decided. Mitra the Shining Lord became head of
the Talirean pantheon.[/sblock]


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Interested so far...

HolyMan - Undecided, guilty of Arson
Worg - Undecided (perhaps Cavalier, Antipaladin, or Magus)
Velmont - Witch, guilty of Consorting with Dark Powers or Attempted Murder (nice backstory, by the way!)
Fangor the Fierce - Inquisitor of Asmodeus, guilty of Desertion (?) *see comment below*
hafrogman - Undecided, guilty of High Treason

Fangor, I wonder if Heresy or Blasphemy might actually be a more fitting crime for your concept. I think desertion refers more to a military deserter.

Still room for one more!