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[Throne of Stars]Request for crunch/fluff

Post by RobJN » Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:55 pm

Hey, all.

I've put up a call for requests of fluff and crunch material the players of my Throne of Stars campaign over at the Comeback Inn would be interested to see fleshed out. I know the game is a bit long on narrative and short on exposition. :roll: Not sure if that hurts things or not, but it can't hurt to put more thought behind the ideas and mechanics. The entire framework is an experiment in melding future-tech and high magic....

I'd like to extend that invitation to my fellow Piazzans. Who knows, I might get a few more players out of it ;)
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Re: [Throne of Stars]Request for crunch/fluff

Post by Chimpman » Mon Dec 09, 2013 4:21 pm

I thought I'd reply here rather than on the OOC thread - I figure we may get a broader discussion this way ;).

Some information that I would like to know (for both in-game knowledge and just general all around curiosity) are:

1) What does the political structure of Blackmoorian society look like? Who are the movers and shakers in the land, and what are the major organizations that control the government and society? How do they interact with one another? For example, how much power doe the Emperor really have, verses others like the noble houses or elected officials (if there are any of those)?

2) From a player's perspective, what are the major occupations in Blackmoor of this time? That would translate into the most common "class levels" that you would see PCs and NPCs take up, but it would also help to explain how the society is stratified a bit. I know we are playing with Alternity rules, so this might not have a direct translation into normal D&D classes (but that's ok too ;) ).

3) What are the specific elements that separate Thorn's Blackmoor form the typical Blackmoor. One specific example I can think of is the Progeny. I'm still a little unclear on how widespread the knowledge of these creatures is. Does the general populace know about them?

4) What are the major conflicts going on in the world? The Beastman Crusades continued right up until the end of Blackmoor (I presume), but what other conflicts are going on? Azcan/Oltec? Others?
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Post by RobJN » Mon Dec 09, 2013 4:38 pm

Got 'em in my notes. I'll chew on these for a few days and see what pops up. Thanks, Chimpman!
Chimpman wrote:3) What are the specific elements that separate Thorn's Blackmoor form the typical Blackmoor. One specific example I can think of is the Progeny. I'm still a little unclear on how widespread the knowledge of these creatures is. Does the general populace know about them?
Creatures?? :o :shock:

Best not let Leansethar hear you call them that...... :twisted:
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Post by Chimpman » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:07 pm

Loras would never use that word! :lol:
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Post by Havard » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:35 pm

That's a great offer!

I like how many setting books have the first couple of chapters detailing races and classes and how they fit into the setting. So a section like that would be cool. You would not have to write huge sections on each race (unless you want to), but perhaps note what is different with them for the Throne of Stars Era as compared to the classic era.

I am also still not quite clear on the political situation. Are the Duchy of the Peaks and the Duchy of Ten still around?

Sorry, if you have already mentioned this... :oops:

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Post by RobJN » Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:31 am

Races and classes. Political rundown of the Kingdom, Empire, and her protectorates. A political who's-who.

Gathering the notes....

Much thanks for the feedback! keep it coming!
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Post by Yaztromo » Tue Dec 10, 2013 6:41 am

It's not really relevant for this adventure, but it's not clear to me what happens in the rest of he world.
Are there other states with a similar technological level? Have all Mystara nations been conquered (directly or indirectly) by Blackmoor?
The presence of such a high-tech society can't go unnoticed...
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Post by RobJN » Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:51 pm

Just posted the first of several planned blog posts discussing some historical, cultural, and societal questions y'all have brought up. Thanks for the feedback, and for providing some direction for my thoughts on this.
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Post by RobJN » Sun Dec 22, 2013 6:17 pm

Thumbnail overview of the Regency Council and the Ministries of the Empire in its Last Days....
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RobJN wrote:Thumbnail overview of the Regency Council and the Ministries of the Empire in its Last Days....
Interesting. You have more detailed ideas of the political workings of late era Blackmoor than I had thought.
No names for ministers etc?

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Post by RobJN » Sun Dec 22, 2013 9:19 pm

Havard wrote:
RobJN wrote:Thumbnail overview of the Regency Council and the Ministries of the Empire in its Last Days....
Interesting. You have more detailed ideas of the political workings of late era Blackmoor than I had thought.
No names for ministers etc?

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Heh. This is just the briefest of ideas, a skeleton really.

Names? I'm terrible at names. It hasn't come up, so I haven't plugged any in yet. I'll have to scour the PbP and see if i dropped any names in there or not... :oops:
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Post by Angel Tarragon » Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:29 am

RobJN wrote:
Havard wrote:
RobJN wrote:Thumbnail overview of the Regency Council and the Ministries of the Empire in its Last Days....
Interesting. You have more detailed ideas of the political workings of late era Blackmoor than I had thought.
No names for ministers etc?

-Havard
Heh. This is just the briefest of ideas, a skeleton really.

Names? I'm terrible at names. It hasn't come up, so I haven't plugged any in yet. I'll have to scour the PbP and see if i dropped any names in there or not... :oops:
If you need any help on that front let me know. I'm very good at creating names.
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Post by RobJN » Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:49 pm

The DA series of modules and the canonical history of Mystara left a few gaps in the historical records of Blackmoor... which I have taken advantage of in the crafting of Thorn's Chronicle and the Throne of Stars campaign it has spawned... So what separates Thorn's World That Was from the baseline Blackmoor setting?

That's the subject of this week's bloggage....
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Post by Angel Tarragon » Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:23 am

RobJN wrote:That's the subject of this week's bloggage....
Ugh...your blog is impossible to scroll through on a 3GB RAM machine. So sluggish.

Can't wait to get my PC repaired.
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Post by RobJN » Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:18 am

The Angelic Dragon wrote:
RobJN wrote:That's the subject of this week's bloggage....
Ugh...your blog is impossible to scroll through on a 3GB RAM machine. So sluggish.

Can't wait to get my PC repaired.
Sorry :oops: :(
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Post by RobJN » Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:35 pm

Chimpman wrote:2) From a player's perspective, what are the major occupations in Blackmoor of this time? That would translate into the most common "class levels" that you would see PCs and NPCs take up, but it would also help to explain how the society is stratified a bit. I know we are playing with Alternity rules, so this might not have a direct translation into normal D&D classes (but that's ok too ;) ).
Chipping away at this one. Took a look at some sample Combat Specialist careers. What can I say? Alternity has no class ;)
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Post by RobJN » Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:00 pm

What do Mogren Balfor, Seneschal Akumba, and Aimeel all have in common?

You'd be right if you guessed that they've all taken the Diplomat profession.
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Post by Chimpman » Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:14 am

:o
I'm loving this series Rob! This is just the kind of information I was looking for!
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Post by RobJN » Sun Jan 19, 2014 7:51 am

Glad to be of service. Tune in next week for Free Agents and TechOps...
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Post by RobJN » Fri Mar 21, 2014 3:00 pm

Adepts, Believers, and FX talents, oh my!

Some sample careers for the Adept profession, from Beyond Science: A Guide to FX, have gone up on the blog.
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Post by RobJN » Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:44 pm

What is this? Pre-history of Thorn's Blackmoor?

Why yes. Yes it is....
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Post by RobJN » Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:27 pm

Act 2 of the Play by Post is drawing ever closer to its close...

There is some bloggage, which gives a (very)brief glimpse of some of the political and social goings-on in the Late imperium.

Also: A call for moar players :D
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