The Hall of Justice rises above the populace and ancient buildings of Neverwinter amidst a hazy day. Off in the distance, the brooding and abandoned towers of Castle Never soar high into the sky, disappearing in the clouds. A broken metropolis, the City of Skilled Hands, nevertheless, offers many opportunities to help the needy and starving.
The Threnody of Neverwinter
Welcome to the Threnody of Neverwinter! Set in the Forgotten Realms, the Threnody of Neverwinter campaign starts in and around the city of Neverwinter as Lord Dagult Neverember struggles to rebuild it. Various factions and figures vie for power within the city, for altruism, greed, or any other number of motivating factors. As a character in this campaign, your choices and actions will determine the fate of Neverwinter and perhaps the entire Sword Coast! With an intriguing backdrop and setting in place, it will be up to you to interact with the environment at your own pace and fashion.
That link will have everything you need to know about designing a character to participate in this adventure! All characters will be starting at level two with either their starting class equipment or starting class gold. You may use whatever gold you have available to buy what you can afford. Point-buy is used for determining ability scores and you'll have 27 points to work with. I'm looking for six players to participate in the Harper installment of this campaign. I'll decide based on the applications I see what sort of party dynamic I want. Some other points to consider:
Activity. I want everyone to be on at least once a day. But, from experience, that doesn't happen, and I won't be super strict. I know that at times, schedules get busy, and real life can quickly take over. If that's the case, please PM me to let me know ahead of time. If you are consistently missing for extended periods of time without notice or warning, I will remove you from the campaign without notice or warning as well. It's not fair to the other players when we have to wait three days for an action from your character because you disappeared without any heads up.
Role-play and Knowledge. I'm looking for players who love to role-play and can type well. You can call me stingy, but I have a pet peeve with run-on sentences and when people do not capitalize their I's or the first letter of names or places. If you aren't good at doing this, consider this a great opportunity to improve your English grammar and proper punctuation! In regards to role-play, I want to see good conversations between your characters and them interacting with the environment. While I would love every response to be well thought-out, I know I can't ask for perfection, so I won't. Act how they would act; not how you would act. Sure, you might know the entire history of Neverwinter and have read the Neverwinter Saga by R.A. Salvatore, but your character certainly doesn't know all of that information from the beginning (though an elf having grown up in Neverwinter just might).
IC vs. OOC. Which leads me to my third point. Please keep IC and OOC separate. I'll explain what I mean. Let's say Dan loots a corpse and finds a ring. Dan doesn't tell the other characters about the ring. Suddenly, Phil is rolling Investigation, OOCly knowing that Dan has a ring, but no IC reason to suggest Phil would know (we'll say Dan rolled a natural 20 on his Sleight of Hand check to conceal it). Or one player's character's actions upset another player, who lets that upset fuel their character's IG response. Another pet peeve, if you will, but I fully believe in not letting your reactions to a situation IG impact you OOG.
Respect and Courtesy. As many of you know, any cohesive and enjoyable D&D group requires a healthy level of respect and courtesy towards each other. We've all heard the horror stories of players and DMs who lack these two traits. Many of us love sarcasm and love to joke around too. But sometimes our sarcasm/personality goes too far and we either don't realize we're even offending or we don't truly mean it and are being sarcastic, getting caught up in the moment, etc. The problem is that sarcasm doesn't come off well over text. So please be courteous to each other, since the only things we see are the icon and name and not the person on the other side of the screen.
Discord. We will be using Discord for many, many things! In all honesty, I'd keep it all to just Discord, but I like sharing the adventures that I guide or take part in for readers! The vast majority of role-playing will take place on Discord, and copies of what occurs there will be posted here, as shown on the Zhentarim installment and subsistcyber/firehawk2324's Whispers of Dissent. We've found that this significantly speeds up role-play, makes the flow of conversation more natural, and allows even those with constrained time to be able to participate. It's much easier to add a sentence or two to a conversation there than a long, flourishing post here (though I do love a good description and well-thought input!).
A Balance of Finesse, Cunning, and the Arcane:
Harpers are a semi-secretive organization that uses stealth, magic, and subterfuge to achieve its goals. They often work from the background, clinging to the shadows as to draw as little attention to themselves as possible. They are spies that infiltrate powerful governments and other organizations, acting as eyes and ears, acquiring information, and then coordinating events to bring an end to whatever evil and corruption they find. When designing your characters, I would like each of them to have some mix of finesse (Dexterity), cunning (Charisma), and the arcane (spellcasting). Harpers rely on these three skills extensively to do their work quietly and from afar.
Submitting a Character and Character Creation:
When submitting a character idea, I won't require something fully fleshed-out. What I am looking for is the race, class, alignment, background, personality traits, backstory, and goal when you submit. Your backstory and your post history in the forums will be major factors in picking players for this game. The more thought you put in your backstory, the better chance I’ll be seeing you in-game. I also want a goal/goals that your character works towards. What is your character’s ultimate goal in life? What do they aspire to become? Why?
I'll probably ask questions about your character. I might even try to expand your backstory with you and see how I can work it into the campaign. I love backstories and threading backstories into the main storyline! Please give me knives. I want knives.
And please look through the player's guide! Ideally completely, but if you're crunched on time, pages 2, 3, 17, and 18 will be just fine too for creating your character.
I ask that you submit your character ideas to me by PM. It might also be best to present two character ideas instead of one. Feel free to either PM me or post here if you have any questions! Once I've received enough character ideas that interest me, I'll close recruiting (this has never taken more than a few days).
Love to join you with a Bladesinger but my main concern is the Discord part of the plan. We are in a very afar timezones and that could pose a problem to join an active session regulary. The forum is another matter for I can check it several times each day and that's not a problem with moving forward the history.
So if you think we can make it work count me in by all means! :)
Wow. Well, that was overwhelming! Thank you so much for your applications and characters! I've made my selection, even going so far as to extend the number of players to eight due to how many applied. Recruiting is now closed and those who have been accepted have been notified.