Feedback Wanted for Campaign.
First i was planning to give some background on myself and the groupe, an outline what i got planned, for feedback and tips. Also, English is not my first language + i'm dyslexic, so keep that in mind!
I played swedish RPG called Mutant some decade ago with some friends, one of them was serious about it rest just gun go run in die kind of ppl that lost intrest fast, and never got around to play much games since. recently a friend that know i got interested in these things came to me after watching DH being played on stream, wanting to play. So, after much work i got a groupe over skype going, 3 swedish, one rumanian and an englishman from our local EvE corp to play using Roll20.
All of them have made background histories outlining their relationship to my inquisitor Nathanial, of the Ordo Xenos, some of them joining willingly when asked, two under threat. they are well rounded for social interaction and different “combat roles” as they call it. so overall a well coordinated and planned out 5 man unit. so far we have done all 3 parts of Purge the Unclean, and take a month break for Uni exams, thus me coming here to ask for input on my first campaign in a decade.
Was thinking something like this as “Background” for Nathaniel, and sorry, its a lot but i try to make it proper for a long long time onwards:
He grew up on a backwards almost pre medieval world, that was sacked by chaos followers following a champion of Tzeentch from the Thousand sons legion. Having survived, and having strong psychic potential, he was taken in by the Ordo Malleus as an acolyte for a radical Inq. after decades of battles and tracking, study and learning, he helped his master challenge the chaos champion again much later, but what he did not know was that his master had planned.
on a world, much like his own, sacked as a sacrifice to his dark patron for ascension, as he took the step towards deamonhood the master struck, dissipating the energies of the champion to destroy it as he is created, but it did not work as planned and most of the planet, as well as surrounding worlds of the fringe system was sacrificed to stop the daemon from being born. being the only surviving human on the planet, he was charged but cleared of the charges of heresy under one condition, he was forbidden from continuing his masters research, as well as from confronting the demonic, or utter to anyone what transpired that day, thus taken in as an apprentice of a Ordo Xenos inq where he eventually became a full fledged inq of his own.
I think of three “seasons” atm, that is long term goals of mine to work towards:
First would be signs that something is not right, that the chaos lord thought destroyed was not, actually, dead, but thinned out so much over calix that he just got a weak presence in the warp again, seeking for a host to use and collect himself to complete his ascension. i want to drop hints about Nathaniels obsession of the demonic, as well as his flat refusal, if found out, that anyone gets to know about it. with the conclusion that the acolytes, by mistake (most of their chars are somewhat naive and trusting) provide the lord with a host and confronts nathaniel and the acolytes b4 they have to flee the world and plan how to counter the threat as the planet burns under them.
second “season” i was thinking of introducing “remote hosts”, the lord spreading influence make more parts of the whole sentient, and they infest ppl making them inhumanly strong, fast and gain strainght for their “network” by consuming humans, making it so that they see the price of failing in season 1. culminating with the second try at ascension of the lord at the seasons end and nathaniel, having worked for a lifetime and a half on his masters theories, sacrifice his own soul and a world without sentient life purge the lords essence forever as they acolytes (if survived) get out.
at this point, i have planed to have molded them for the ascension book (some what ironic) and let them take their place where Nathaniel once stood, in control of their own destiny.
Season 3, i was toying with the idea that part of the network survived Nathaniels ultimate revenge on the lord that burned his world, the essence of the lords and Nathaniels curiosity scraping together forming a shadowy daemon that thirst for knowledge, consuming it of books and humans turning them to dust as he do so, taking on the form of those it consumes, introducing itself to the acolytes in the guise of Nathaniel, having “similar” but more disturbed parodies of the other twos powers, putting the players in Nathaniels choose from season 1-2 on how to tackle this and what can be sacrificed for the greater good of mankind.
As for my first few adventures, i was thinking about having a Orc invasion be the main reason a big problem arise in the fringe systems close to where the lord died, the forces of chaos created a warp rift sucking a colony effort with small fleet support of Tau out from their own space delivering them to Calix fringe, the inq, after learning this have a big problem.
The support fleet for the now established colony is small, but with Fleet assets deployed vs the bigger orc threat, having a second front open up as the tau take contact with systems close to their new home can not be permitted, thus the acolytes are sent there to make sure no sutch front opens up, while Nathaniel work out a way to take out, or reallocate, the Tau.
The Tau was moved there by supporters of the lost lord, wanting to spark a three way war of empire, Tau and Orcs to fuel the blood needed to amass enough of his essence to awaken the lord, thus a Infiltrating Chaos Marine and his groupe of chaos cultists and tech-priests have spread around the few worlds the Tau share with humans, or border the system, to sow discord, something the players need to find out and stop over a series of 3-4 missions.
was also thinking of concluding with a crash landing on a eldar maiden world as Eldar and Orc make battle for the planet in space, and exodites fight them on the ground, having it be a sneaking survival mission till they link up with Nathaniel, brokering a deal with the craftworld eldar to take the Tau back to their space through the Webway in exchange for a eldar autarch soulstone, gotten SOMEWHERE i haven't figured out yet. and as they leave, they get cryptic prophecy of all that is about to happen long term from the farseer as Nathaniel have left. (Nathaniel also got info he wanted, that they don’t know).
As for the players themselves, i plan to form missions and scenarios around them, tailoring antagonists and happenings so it impacts the character themselves, for Role Play opportunities. examples:
One joined to protect her community in the underhive, plan to let her go there and interact now and again, but in season two kill them all with a lord puppet, mirroring Nathaniels backstory into hers.
Tech Priest is interested in all knowledge and tech, even stuff he should not be, why he joined inq to be able to see and learn new things. was planing to have chaos TPs show him the glory of knowledge and tech unbound, seeing the price of what he wants, as well as confronting xeno tech users and how that can **** ppl up hard, so he can start question what he really wants.
A Noble Sniper assassin is out for blood sport, was condemned for hunting humans and now do the same thing for Nathaniel instead, he is only player who did the scenario in the core rule book when we tested rules with another group a few years back, so plan to have him have visions as well as engaging the dancer beyond the threshold in some way or another, survival guilt etc as rest of his groupe are dead or die to the dancer as game goes on.
Also got a questions for those who actually read this far lol.
For a noble, anyone have had issues playing with this in terms of income? i feel kind of bad saying several months have passed, as he becomes more rich from that, and unsure how to handle that. overall it probably won't be a big problem, as the character is mostly looking out for himself, or making sure maximum carnage is wrought for his own amusement. so far he have done nothing big with the cash he got other than get night vision as well as decking out a sniper rifle, and help the tech priest get a grenade launcher, for the joy of exploding gore.
will Nobles income be an issue, or am i just overthinking this?
Edited by Venachar, 28 February 2014 - 12:35 PM.