Wulfgard - Errant
A Dying Breed
Your return to Castle Greywatch isn’t met with much fanfare. Not that it ever is, but this time, things seem exceptionally quiet. All the familiar dark, dusty corners of the musty castle – its nobility old and halfway slumbering but no less visible – harbor a silence uniquely grim, even for the Venatori… And many familiar faces are missing.
You were summoned here to answer to a very unusual call: Brennus, one of your own who seems to be almost a stand-in “leader” for the Venatori right now, has recalled all Venatori to Greywatch in order to address some concerns. He kept his messages vague, be they written – if you are literate – or unwritten. Why, you are not sure, but as you make your way through the lonely halls, you feel certain you’re about to find out.
On the way to the great hall, you see various other Venatori coming to join you. Some familiar, some unfamiliar – and some you may have met before, while others you know only by reputation.
Brennus, who has only recently returned to the order and made himself renowned among the newcomers, stands at the head of the group, on a small wooden stage recently and roughly erected for this sole purpose. The great hall of Castle Greywatch is now filled with many men and women wearing the long, blue cloaks of the Venatori. But, as you look around, you realize – their numbers used to be a bit… greater.
Nor did the Venatori ever used to feel the need to have a singular leader, a position Brennus now apparently takes with pride. His hawkish green eyes scan the room, and he briefly rubs his gloved fingers together as if in anticipation of something. In spite of this, however, it’s impossible not to notice the weight of worry creasing his brow.
“I see everyone received my messages,” Brennus says, his voice carrying a slight lilting accent. “Excellent. Your help will be appreciated – and needed – in the coming weeks. With the absences… and, in some cases, losses, of some of our best veterans, I’ve come forward to represent the Venatori as a whole. Both here, and in the Empire abroad, as I try to reach out for help. So far?”
He frowns again, looks over every one of you individually.
“We haven’t gotten any.”
He begins to pace then, though his steps make hardly a sound. He’s clearly very well practiced in the arts of stealth, and somewhere in the back of your mind, you recall hearing his name spoken or whispered now and then through the halls of Castle Greywatch.
“We’re losing hunters. Why? I don’t know. None of us do. They’re disappearing – without a trace. We’ve lost six now, completely unaccounted for, but their contracts were completed. In other words, the monsters were dealt with, and we got no more word from the hunters or the locals who came to us asking for help.
“How the contracts were fulfilled and where the hunters with is what we need to figure out. Because the more hunters we lose, the fewer new hunters we’ll get – and the less ground we can cover. There are already too few of us to cover this whole damn Empire.
“I tried to contact some local lords, even some kings and even the Emperor himself, about this. What messages have gotten through didn’t get any kind of nice answers. Most of the Empire feels we’re a useless order now, anyway. And these contracts being fulfilled makes it look like there’s no continued monster problem. But we still lose the hunters. If this keeps up, the Empire will sleep in ignorance thinking they’re safe, but there won’t actually be any Venatori left protecting them.”
Whispers spread across the table as the Venatori turn and speak to each other. Some of them, however, remain silent. Among those who keep their attention focused on Brennus are you and a Venator sitting not too far off – a tall, muscular man wearing a patch over his left eye. He looks strange familiar, but you have no time to dwell on that now.
“Some of us are starting to suspect each other. Maybe that’s right, maybe we have traitors sitting at this table,” Brennus says with a shrug – and you notice his eyes almost pointedly flick over to that one-eyed Venator you noticed before. They exchange half-second, hardened stares, their gazes locking. Silence falls. More glances are exchanged around the table. Whispers scrape not so quietly through the otherwise still air.
Then Brennus continues, “But I’d like to think it isn’t. Whatever the case, we need to get to the bottom of this. The Empire has not, and will not, send aid. They want us to take care of our own issues.”
He sighs, allowing a pause… probably for dramatic effect. It’s not necessary, but it certainly works.
“And if we can’t? Well… Then there may not be a Venator Order around for much longer. The Empire will fall prey to monsters and demons, to these threats they like to pretend aren’t real. The Venatori are the oldest and most sacred order in this land, charged with the most difficult and thankless job in the Imperium… And that’s precisely why we have to get to the bottom of this. It’s why we cannot let this order quietly get stabbed in the back and fall apart.”
He stands straighter now, his eyes once more scanning the room.
“Who will stand with me?”
Welcome to A Dying Breed. In this campaign, you will take the role of a Venator during these troubled times. Well, more troubled than usual for your Order. This will primarily be a campaign based around mystery and intrigue, with investigation and interaction taking priority. There will, of course, be some action segments, but ultimately, you’re trying to solve a puzzle.
To sign-up for this campaign, head on over to the help topic for signing up for Errant using the new system, and then make yourself a filled-out character sheet, post your character as a new topic in the Character Creation board (as detailed in the help topic), and reply to this thread simply saying what character you want to play as and linking to their thread. DO NOT RE-POST YOUR ENTIRE CHARACTER SHEET AS A REPLY HERE. All you have to do is reply with your character name and a link to their thread!
Character Creation Criteria
Generally speaking, all players will be Venatori. If you want to be something other than a Venator, please contact me in PMs for us to work out an exception (with, of course, good reason for your character to be participating in these events). However, I would much prefer if all, or nearly all, players are Venatori.
Races that are allowed must be acceptable to the Venatori, the Imperial order of monster hunters. This means you may be anything off the following list:
Human (all subraces)
Elf (all subraces except Dark Elf)
Dwarf (all subraces)
Half-Blood (all subraces, except anything involving Dark Elf)
Arguably, you could also play as anything that could disguise itself as a human, elf, or dwarf. HOWEVER, as this is a campaign in which you will be both playing as and interacting with almost exclusively an order of elite monster hunters, you will probably be caught and killed if you do this. Please keep this in mind if you sign up as any of the following, and do not blame me for your character’s very likely death.
Mages/magi (individuals with the Gift)
Anyone with any other socially unacceptable forms of magic
If anyone has any monsters-hiding-among-men or half-bloods that I've left out and you want to sign up as that, just let me know and we can try to work something out. However, I will not accept any beastfolk trying to hide among human society, or any Chaos races. Those have no place directly in the Venatori.
Some General Rules/Guidelines:
Keep this fun. Post only as often as you want to and as your schedule comfortably allows. Do not turn this into some kind of job; this is meant to be fun and relaxing. We’ve had issues with this before. Don’t feel pressured to post if you don’t have the time, opportunity, or motivation, but do let us know in the OOC thread that you haven’t silently dropped out and still plan to post when you find the time and inspiration. Again, this is for fun, not work.
In congruence with the first note, this is a judgment-free zone. No one is judging you based on your writing ability or post length. Do not be intimidated by those who make longer posts that are heavily proofread. This is, again, something we are doing for fun, not to compete or to judge. If this is your first time in Errant, we especially want to make you feel welcome. Please feel free to ask the DM or your fellow players for help or feedback, so that you can have as much fun as we do!
Never feel like you are spamming here. As long as you are posting multiple times in order to respond to someone else, you are not spamming (obviously do not chain tons of posts without waiting for anyone else to respond). Character interactions in a forum-based system may feel like spam, but they are not. And I want to heavily encourage interactions among all players and NPCs, especially NPC companions. Dialogue and interactions are the backbone of any good RP.
Do not cast blame and hold grudges. If something bad happens to one of your characters, or another player/NPC argues with one of your characters, it is no fault of the DM or the player. This is a different world. What happens IC stays IC.
All this being said, try to hold a consistent writing style throughout. Standard, for forum RPs around here, is to write your posts in third-person (tense is up to you, but I personally write past tense, simply because I am used to writing this way). My introductory post was written in second person to switch things up, as I often do in sign-up threads. But it’s much easier when everyone consistently writes in third person (as I will do in DM posts from now on, like I always have).
At the moment, I cannot comfortably announce a particular DM update schedule, but I’m ballparking for 1-2 weeks between major DM posts (those posts are likely to be kept relatively simple in terms of prose, so that I do not get too hung up writing one and take far too long, as I have done before). Lord_Capulet will be at long last rejoining Errant as my sounding board and personal assistant for this campaign (I'm not calling you my squire, Cappy, so stop asking), and will do his best to fill in for me if needed.
However, I'll be posting smaller posts much more frequently as necessary for character/NPC interactions.
That said, I hope you consider joining the campaign! I’d love to have you.
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Edited by Lord_Capulet, 15 April 2018 - 09:17 PM.