Our new HotB game in Atlanta

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Our new HotB game in Atlanta

Postby Saint&Sinner » Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:11 am

So, I finally found a third player and we began playing two weeks ago. We have a Wolf, a Serpent, and a Spider pretending to be a Serpent. I allowed the Serpent by not giving the character the usual bonus dice for his house and giving him a House Aspect instead. The characters will be detailed in later posts.

I made a few alterations to the character creation and the rules. This is a friendly game and I wanted a more swashbuckling feel. I'll let you know if these don't work but the first three sessions have gone very well.
1. Additional wagers give you 1 Style each.
2. All maneuvers cost 1 wager except Dodge which costs 2 style.
3. Learning an advanced maneuver allows unlimited use in a Duel.
4. Basic Maneuvers still go up to level 3.
5. Adding a scene Aspect costs 1 Style with the first Tag Free to the creating player
6. Each character begins the game as a Master Vassal to a Count. They chose Master Swordswoman (Wolf), Master Spy (Serpent), and Master Scholar (Spider). The master scholar was created for the game but is basically the Count's main sorcerer/researcher.
7. Each character received a bonus aspect for their position (Master Spy, etc).
8. They had two contacts; one was one of the other characters and the other contact is open to be determined in play.
9. No character started with any lands although they could by them and advance them with their bonus points.
10. Each character started the game in a Oath with the other PCs.
11. The Secret Names signed for the Oath will only be known by the others if the oath is broken.
12. The players roll for aging after each session (1d6). Roll over to the next season is at 100.
13. Free Aspects include (if not in rules) Spider House Aspect, Oaths, Master Vassal Aspect, Scenes
14. Each character gets one free Season Action that must be used for their Count (or replaced by a story to replace the action)
15. Lastly, each character received 3 bonus points for advances that had to be used for things within their area of service to the Count (Dueling, Spying, Sorcery).
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Re: Our new HotB game in Atlanta (Bajinoth Mwrr)

Postby Saint&Sinner » Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:46 am

Bajinoth Mwrr

House: Serpent
Family Name: Mwrr (I know Wisdom's price)
Public Name: Bajinoth (It is whispered on the wind)
Secret Name: Sagay (Advisor to power)

Title: Baronnet of ???, Master of Gentle Dreams (Spy Master) for Count Valdarin

Family
Mother - Baroness ??? (Serpent) - living
Father - Baron ??? (Fox) - living
Bajinoth was third born
Older brother - Fox, living
Older sister - Fox, living

Age: Spring, Not married

Virtues
Strength: W Cunning: 4 Courage: 2 Beauty: 3 Wisdom: 4 Prowess: 2

Aspects
Treacherous (Out of the book)
Invoke: To lie, spy, or connive
Tag: When trying to be trustworthy
Compel: Suspicions abound, so do opportunities

Well Mannered (Out of the book)
Invoke: Knows court manners
Tag: Pauses in situations of rudeness
Compel: Will not break the rules of ettiquette

Spy Master (Bonus Aspect for Position)
Invoke: Espionage and assassination
Tag: My suspicions get the best of me
Compel: The Count assigns me work.

Contacts
1. Trixauna Tal
2. TBD

Devotions
Talteen Steele - Devotion (3) - The Coldest Heart, Even the Moon, Never Again

Artifact
Name ???: Turban Wrap (Vulgar - Ork Trait, Insubstantial)

Sorcery
The Rose
The Curse

Vassals
Spy Network (3)
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Re: Our new HotB game in Atlanta (Triauna Tal)

Postby Saint&Sinner » Sat Feb 07, 2009 12:06 pm

Trixauna Tal

House: Wolf
Family Name: Tal (They all lie dead around me)
Public Name: Trixauna (Daughter of the sword)
Secret Name: Vangalia (My deeds will inspire)

Title: Baronnetess of ???, Mistress of the Quiet Way (Sword Mistress) for Count Valdarin

Family
Mother - Baroness ??? (Falcon) - living
Father - Baron ??? (Wolf) - living
Bajinoth was Second born
Older brother - Falcon, dead
Younger brother - Wolf, living

Age: Spring, Married, One child (girl)

Virtues
Strength: 4 Cunning: 2 Courage: 3 Beauty: W Wisdom: 2 Prowess: 4

Aspects
Righteous Fury of Youth (Out of the book)
Invoke: For challenges to my honor
Tag: When driven to rage
Compel: To drive into a rage

Strange Intuition (Out of the book)
Invoke: Sense dangerous situations
Tag: Difficult to stay focused, jumpy
Compel: Always moving, trying to fix things

Sword Master (Bonus Aspect for Position)
Invoke: Fight with a Sword
Tag: Can be manipulated with slights to honor
Compel: The Count assigns me work.

Contacts
1. Isla Mwrr
2. TBD

Devotions
Talteen Steele - Devotion (3) - The Coldest Heart, Even the Moon, Never Again

Maneuvers
Injure (3)
Bash

Vassals
Husband, Baronet ??? (3)
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Re: Our new HotB game in Atlanta (Isla Mwrr)

Postby Saint&Sinner » Sat Feb 07, 2009 12:36 pm

Please make suggestions on this character. I did several new things some of which may be unbalancing. But on the other hand the guy knows he's a walking target with the artifact, sorcery, and veiled house so I won't feel bad when he gets hammered. I can't wait to see how the Spider thing plays out. I've a lot of ideas as to why the Spiders would pretend to be another house and why he has no living relatives and why the Spider Suaven is all about Sorcery...I also think the other players are starting to think about adding their own details.


Isla Mwrr

House: Spider (pretending to be a Serpent)
Family Name: Aeleda (Time to kill)
Public Name: Isla (Ever watchful)
Secret Name: Tzao (Born in shadows)

Title: Baronnet of ???, Master of Calligraphy (Master Scholar) for Count Valdarin

Family
Mother - Baroness ??? (Spider/Serpent) - living
Father - Baron ??? (Serpent) - dead
Isla was third born
Older brother - Serpent, dead
Older sister - Serpent, dead

Age: Spring, Not married

Virtues
Strength: W Cunning: 3 Courage: 3 Beauty: 2 Wisdom: 4 Prowess: 2

Aspects
House of the Spider (Bonus House Aspect)
Invoke: Long term careful action
Tag: Without planning at a disadvantage
Compel: Hide House status

"I know you"
Invoke: Courage if researched
Tag: Courage if not researched
Compel: Always looking up info on potential risks

Reluctant Swordsman (Uncle made him learn the sword)
Invoke: Fight in a duel
Tag: Openings in style
Compel: Avoid fights

Contacts
1. Bajinoth Mwrr
2. TBD

Devotions
Akena Taza (Spider) - Devotion (4) - I mixed new and other houses blessings as they seemed appropriate.
1. "Deeper than the well" - spend a style point to eliminate the need for herbs for a Ritual
2. "I know the cost" - spend a style point to eliminate the need for Injury for a Ritual (only a drop of blood is needed)
3. "Spider's lament" - spend a style to cancel the effects of one poison
4. "Shari is my own" - spend a style to learn a ritual without spending a season action

Artifact
Name ???: Cloak (Vulgar x3 - Ork Traits; Camouflage, Intuition, Burning)

Sorcery
The Eye
Orichalcum
Bloodsword
The Silence (Mimic - Face of Shadows)
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Re: Our new HotB game in Atlanta

Postby Saint&Sinner » Sat Feb 07, 2009 1:15 pm

The first nights game we got started late. We made the characters and since I wanted to leave them something to look forward to I read the introduction to the Roses and Thorns scenario and had them do their Wisdom risk to establish the situation.

They came up with the following:
- Our Count is an uncle of Shara
- We are bringing a scabbard as his gift
- I made the scabbard (by Isla's player)
- Shara has a jealous boyfriend
- The jealous boyfriend is the rival of Bajinoth (by Bajinoth's player - Style point)
- The scabbard magically protects the wearer
- Shara's sword was appropriated from someone else recently
- Shara adores our Count

Next time. A Game of Knives, the "Mother of a Thousand Ork", the "Forbidden Psalms" and more!
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Re: Our new HotB game in Atlanta

Postby Saint&Sinner » Sat Feb 07, 2009 1:21 pm

At the start of the next session each player was asked to detail three things they want to see in the game.

Isla's player:
1. The Suaven are moving things
2. The Aelva Danna coming back
3. Mad Sorcery

Bajinoth's player:
1. Sea Battles
2. Political Infighting
3. Sneaky Opportunities

Trixaunas player:
1. Lot's O' Fighting
2. Grand Complicated Opera
3. A Love Story

These are now my theme elements for moving the game. When characters don't make risks or there is a lull in the action this will be what I fall back on to get things developing again.
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Re: Our new HotB game in Atlanta

Postby Snag » Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:49 am

Neato. Looks like it's shaping up nicely.
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Re: Our new HotB game in Atlanta

Postby Saint&Sinner » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:39 pm

Well we lost the Serpent (to out of game issues). Still, we're enjoying the game enough to keep going with those remaining.
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Re: Our new HotB game in Atlanta (Isla Mwrr)

Postby Khuxan » Wed May 27, 2009 12:12 am

Saint&Sinner wrote:I've a lot of ideas as to why the Spiders would pretend to be another house and why he has no living relatives and why the Spider Suaven is all about Sorcery...I also think the other players are starting to think about adding their own details.


I imagined the Spiders as assassins rather than sorcerers, especially since the Serpents seem so sorcerous. Why did you go with Sorcery?
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Re: Our new HotB game in Atlanta

Postby Saint&Sinner » Wed May 27, 2009 4:57 am

That's what the guy was interested in playing. I made a big deal about how a lot of relatives died prematurely as he was growing up. His mom was a 'black widow' having developed her lands and titles from plowing through three different husbands.
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