The Pandemic has been going on for seven months now and when it started our gaming group kinda knew we would be in for the long haul and started a Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Our first session featured our friend Adam dusting off his DM skills and he took us on a 17 session adventure on Roll20. The adventure was a classic race against time as Adam's wife was pregnant the entire time we were playing. The good news is that the baby was born happy and healthy and we wrapped up the adventure the week before. This post is all about our new adventure that we have not started yet. This time Chris is going to take the lead as Dungeon Master. Today I will cover the my character story and some fun I had during our setup session.
Chris laid out the rules for us we are allowed to use the Players Handbook and one other source book to create our characters. For my character I chose the Eberon book as my plus one. So I created C3-D2 the Warforged Artificer. The Warforged are Steel and wood constructs that are sentient creatures. Artificers are "Masters of unlocking magic in everyday objects, artificers are supreme inventors." Artificers are likely the people behind the Warforged. Chris's adventure has us in a new world after a war and cataclysmic event that sent our party to parts unknown and we have been there for over 1500 days.
We find C3-D2 kicking in the front door of a manor house he is surrounded by a small group of soldiers. There is a war on and C3-D2 is part of an elite squad and their target this evening is the lord of the manor. As he leads the team up the stairs to the bedroom he readies his musket. The team secures the building and C3-D2 opens the room to find the lord holding a sword in his night shirt. C3-D2 squeezes the trigger of his musket.
Its many years later now, the war was lost and we see what resembles C3-D2 at a blacksmiths shop. Standing motionless in front of the shop being used as a mannequin its not clear how long he has been here months, years, tens of years. There is no long a war raging on the village seems peaceful and well to do. C3-D2 is sporting a plate mail brestplate for Jousting in unapologetic superman pose.
A few years after the great war, the ruling console is in the midst of calling the vote on outlawing Artificers and the creation of Warforged. Anyone practicing this will be executed and all Warforged are to be petrified or executed themselves if caught. The console has come down hard as the artificers turned the tide of the war so much and were used mercilessly to execute high level targets. The gavel drops and the votes are tallied and C3-D2 is now illegal.
The ocean journey this long would be hard on many creatures. For the Warforged its only a matter of waiting and tending the ship. The reason a boat full of Warforged were sent this far was to slay a king that was in hiding, a last desperate attempt to end a war that seems to have lasted longer than a generation. The Warforged crew does not have need for food or drink or sleep so they are perfect for this long journey when resources are so scarce. The ship never made it to the island refuge of the target monarch. They were hunted by expert crews of 2 much faster sailing vessels and the Warforged's ship now lay silently at the bottom of the sea. C3-D2 was plucked from the wreckage and held as a prisoner until the end of the war.
Only a few feral animals pick the carcass of the village for scraps.
The Cataclysm has started. The once happy village that had C3-D2 displayed in from of the
blacksmiths show is now ash. C3-D2 is nowhere to be seen. Only a few feral animals pick the carcass of the village for scraps. In the bowels of the once proud castle that guarded the village we see a small workshop where a Gnome named Obie is working on what seems to be C3-D2. As he works through the night we see sings of life Obie has broken the curse on C3-D2 and he sparks awake and his start to glow again. Obie is an artificer that has been working hard at reviving the crafts of the artificers of old. Obie's hope is that he can pass on the trade to C3-D2 and create a force to battle the demons that have spawned in his world.
As the years went by and the demons slowly destroyed the world C3-D2 found himself helping usher civilians into a portal so they could leave this plane and get far from the demons. His last act on this plane was grab books on artificing. Now its been 1500 days since he entered that portal and ended up god knows where.
C3-D2 has been a generalist for the village that has been created. He has helped with healing and repairing tools. He has spent a lot of time keeping watch and exploring the immediate area. C3-D2 has done more than his fair share of farming also. In his spare time he tries to prefect his artificing craft.
During our setup session where we all discussed character creation I started playing with Hero Forge. Hero Forge is an awesome site where you can custom design your own 30mm miniatures.
There is so much that you can change on your mini. There is a setting for every piece of gear clothing armour or hat that you could possibly need.
They now feature painted minis, you can custom paint your figure (I used this in the pics of C3-D2 below). You can get a custom figure for as low as $19.99 usd or you get the file to 3D print a home for $7.99 usd. There is also an option to get your figure in bronze.
I think these would make great gifts for your gaming group or a way to memorialize your favorite role playing characters.