''Twilit Overture'' is the name of a role-playing campaign run by one Andre Von Gentleman (a near professional NightmareFetishist), recorded in various places. The setting is that of a WorldHalfEmpty; there is BlackAndGrayMorality at best, and it generally appears to be a pretty dangerous world to live in.

''Twilit Overture'' takes place in an AlternateUniverse to our Earth, where AllMythsAreTrue and some of these myths have managed to overwhelm others. The two campaigns that have taken place so far have been set mostly in Europe and the Middle East, although the party in the first campaign took a brief trip to North America.

The canon of the campaign is divided into two sections: Twilit Overture 1.0 and Twilit Overture 2.0.

The [=PCs=] in the old campaign were as follows:

'''[[TheHero Zeike]] von [[TheBigGuy Seiren]]''', a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolf]] [[TheChosenOne Chosen One]] of [[KillItWithFire Fire]], has an [[TheAtoner atonement complex]], and takes second place for most [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism idealistic character]]. Played by [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Pronto]].

'''[[TheSmartGuy Xivlan]]''', a [[WingedHumanoid Malphus]] and [[DeadlyDoctor Mortician]] / [[CollectorOfTheStrange Gravedigger]], who provided equal amounts of "[[BlackComedy dark humor]]", party member deaths, and CharacterDerailment. Played by [[TheShortGuyWithGlasses [=XIVCaliber.=]]]

'''[[TheLancer Patch]] / [[SixthRanger Zekaiv]]''', a [[BurnTheWitch witch]] [[TheHunter hunter]] / [[ProfessionalKiller assassin]]... [[MindScrew Just don't ask]]. One of the main sources of party conflict within the campaign, betrayed the party in a big way and then got killed by Zeike. Played by [[SpecialSnowflakeSyndrome Spartan.]]

'''[[TheHeart Niccolo]]''', an [[TheGunslinger gunslinger]] / [[TheHunter undead hunter]] with [[{{Bishonen}} charming looks]]. [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism The most idealistic character by far in the campaign]]. Played by [[CloudCuckoolander Dreamaniac]].

The (current) [=PCs=] in the new campaign are as follows:

'''[[{{Determinator}} 7 E Amaglam]]''', a [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Ragamuffin]] and a [[BrownNote Nightsong]] with an [[{{Revenge}} obsessive desire for revenge.]] Played by [[DeadpanSnarker Pronto]].

'''[[BadassBookworm Avrick]]''', a [[OurHomunculiAreDifferent Homonoculous]] and [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Corpse Collector]] with a [[TheSnarkKnight distinctively sarcastic attitude]]. Played by [[OnlySaneMan [=XIVCaliber.=]]]

'''[[BloodKnight Laika]]''', a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Cursed Lycan]] [[WeaponOfChoice Myrmidon]] / [[MasterSwordsman Blade Master]] with a bit of a [[BloodKnight bloodthirsty streak]], tempered by his desire to follow his OldMaster's [[TheFettered combat philosophy]]. Played by [[NiceGuy Dreamaniac]].

'''[[TheMusketeer Ulrick]]''', a [[TheHunter Hunter (of undead)]] and [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Crosspyre]] [[HalfHumanHybrid Dhampyr]] who only recently decided to tag along with the party. Played by [[NewMeat Cathen.]]

'''[[NervesOfSteel Seor von Bismarck]]''', a [[MagicKnight Warmage]] that [[DefectorFromDecadence ran away]] from [[NebulousEvilOrganization The Masquerade]] during a battle. Joined recently. Played by [[PlayerX JohnVIBritania.]]

This campaign now has a [[Characters/TwilitOverture Character Sheet]], a [[Quotes/TwilitOverture Quotes page]], and a [[WMG/TwilitOverture Wild Mass Guessing page.]]
!This [=RPG=] provides examples of:



* AnachronismStew : [[JustifiedTrope Justified.]] The existence of gods has scrambled technological and social development around the world.
* AppliedPhlebotinum : Almost everything strange or supernatural runs on Mana.
* BadVibrations : Andre is quite a fan of this and other subtle hints that something big is about to kill the party.
* BigCreepyCrawlies : The Antilon Queen in the desert surrounding Istanbul is huge. I mean '''HUGE.''' As in, after the party mistook its ''tongue'' for the actual Queen, which then reared up a good 50-60 feet into the air, Laika ''still'' couldn't see how large its body was under the sand despite having 60 ft. Blindsense.
* BlackAndGrayMorality : ''Hoo'' boy. Moral ambiguity is a major theme of the setting. In fact, the setting would probably be under GreyAndGrayMorality if it weren't for ObviouslyEvil organizations like [[KnightTemplar The Inquisition]] or [[NebulousEvilOrganisation The Masquerade.]]
* BreakTheBadass : Andre makes it a hobby to do this regularly. Often times it backfires.
** A precise example is when Zeike, TheHero and TheChosenOne of fire, nearly shit his pants when a vampire lord somehow got into the ship he was on. This lasted for about five seconds. Xivlan and Patch were scared, though. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Unfortunately for the vampire, it was a full moon.]]
* CharacterDevelopment : Oh, lots of it. There's more roleplaying moments in the campaign than there are combat moments.
* CityOfAdventure : Not actually that common; most cities have too many safety measures against the things outside the city to allow free reign inside.
* CrapsackWorld : If you don't have near-superhuman abilities, you're going to have a really rough time in this world.
* DeathIsCheap : Aside from spells such as Raise Dead (This is ''DungeonsAndDragons'', after all), any character has the opportunity to come back to life if they manage to pass a test. If the character succeeds, they somehow pick themselves up and gain a horror. If they fail, the player rolls a new character.
* HornyVikings : In northern Germany, and they worship the Moon. Quite likable, especially when they're [[BigDamnHeroes saving your life.]]
* KnightInShiningArmor : Relatively nonexistent. The people with big weapons saving you from being eaten alive tend to look rather [[ShiningGoodness shiny]] though.
** Shine that comes from fresh blood on metal doesn't count.
* KnightInSourArmor : Anyone actually trying to do good has either died or become this.
* MightMakesRight : The focus between the warring religions and organization.
* NothingCanSaveUsNow : Frequently, and almost always followed by a BigDamnHeroes DeusExMachina.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent : Andre takes pride in dishing up several new, horrific creatures which are only tangently based on some previous monster.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits : Both parties, with varying amounts of misfit and always large amounts of ragtag.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers! : A remarkably common justification.
* WorldOfBadass : Incredibly blatant. While it's fairly obvious that the majority of the world population is non-badass, it's not a very large majority.
* ZombieApocalypse : Happening in a few areas, although it is mostly kept in check by demons, supernatural beasts, religious extremists or people who are just really good at killing things.


* '''The Old Party'''
** FiveManBand : With a little modification, they fit into this trope.
*** TheHero / TheBigGuy : Zeike.
*** TheLancer : Patch/Zekaiv.
*** TheSmartGuy : Xivlan.
*** TheHeart : Niccolo.
*** SixthRanger : Zekaiv.
** PlayerParty : Well, yeah.
** TeethClenchedTeamwork : From several sides, frequently Patch and/or Xivlan. Eventually caused the end of Version 1.0.

* '''The New Party'''
** [[FemaleAngelMaleDemon Female Lehran Male Shishui]] : Although both of their races are [[OurAngelsAreDifferent technically]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent different]] from the norm, Solace and Kensei fit this trope.
** FiveManBand : Same as with the old party.
*** TheBigGuy : Laika, in the sense that he hits really hard.
*** TheSmartGuy : Avrick.
*** TheHeart : Solace. Who knows what will happen now that she's [[PutOnABusToHell gone...]]
*** TheHero : Seor.
*** TheLancer : Seven.
*** SixthRanger : Ulrick.
** HighTurnoverRate : [[strike:Variation : Currently, no one is playing the character they started the campaign with]] Moved past Variation into playing it completely straight. In order, members of the party been: Killed off by the player, PutOnABus, killed by LaserGuidedKarma, [[PutOnABus taken a new job offer,]] [[PutOnABus gone home,]] [[KilledOffForReal killed in a duel,]] and [[PutOnABusToHell vanished while following some obviously evil individuals.]]
** PlayerParty : [[CaptainObvious Duh.]]

* '''Anheim'''
** AdventureTowns : The Anheim City is where the Letters and other Anheim members hang out when they aren't kicking ass.
** AirborneAircraftCarrier : The Anheim City (which flies above the world) frequently deploys and docks flying ships.
** AsskickingEqualsAuthority : The more impossible things you've accomplished, the more you get tasked with.
** BadassArmy : They're either this or a...
** BadassCrew : There are [[strike:26]] 27 "Letters." And every single one is a total badass.
** CoolAirship : Several.
** DynamicEntry : Seems to be the favored method of entry by Anheim as a whole. In support of this theory, their air-to-ground transportation involves launching individual agents out of cannons from flying ships.
** FloatingContinent : The Anheim City (which goes by various names) floats high above the world, constantly in motion. Most members carry some sort of tracking device so they can stay aware of the city's location.
*** Artemis does this by flipping off the sky, a handy gesture he learned from his party members in his early stages.
** {{God}} : Or at least ''a'' god. Serves as the leader of Anheim, and unlike some versions of god, he cares more about getting the job done then the methods employed by his organization.
** HeroesRUs : Or at least the closest thing you'll get to it in this world.
** HolierThanThou : It's more of a passive elitism though. They don't need to tell you they're better; they simply demonstrate why.
** ImprobableWeaponUser : Most Anheim letters.
*** Such as an old man who has to be upwards of sixty using a sword so sharp it's invisible.
** KlingonPromotion : It is implied that it is possible to take a Letter's place by defeating him/her.
** LimitBreak : Anheim has developed "Ranked Abilities" which draw upon the soul of the user and take a form which mirrors the users soul. They go from Rank 1 (Weakest) to Rank 5 ([[FantasticNuke Nuke]]).
** RivalScienceTeams : With Faustus.
** {{Unobtainium}} : Anheim has several different kinds which it uses for its weapons.
** [[YouAreNumberSix You are Letter J]] : Anheim Letters are only known by their letter.

* '''The Inquisition'''
** ChurchMilitant : Which might be a bit of an understatement.
** HolierThanThou : Any they want to make sure your heretic ass knows it.
** KnightTemplar : Oh so much.
** LightIsNotGood : Light Is Pretty Much Evil in this case.
** RedemptionEqualsDeath : The Inquisition's take on just about every sin, including lack of respect.
** ScaryImpracticalArmor : The giant armor that the Patriarchs wear.
** SpikesOfVillainy : The more you have on your shoulder, the more heretic scum you've purged.
** TortureTechnician : Their ways of making heretics confess don't rank very high on the pleasant scale.

* '''Gios'''
** BadassBookworm : The higher level Librarian Knights. The standard foot soldiers, though...
** BlingOfWar : The standard uniform for a good amount of the foot soldiers.
** CoolAirship : It resembles a spanish galleon with golden wings.
** GreatBigBookOfEverything: They probably have it somewhere...
** {{Mook}} : The standard library guard.
** ScaryLibrarian : Considering the books they're charged to watch over, it's somewhat justified.
** TomeOfEldritchLore : Gios has several of these, and they serve as the organizations primary {{Fantastic Nuke}}s.

* '''Nightwatch'''
** DarkIsNotEvil : Nightwatch likes to stress this inbetween bouts of assassination and torture.
** WeHelpTheHelpless : For a sizeable fee, at least.

* '''Faustus'''
** AncientTomb : Used for data storage. Along with various corpses as a user interface.
** AsskickingEqualsAuthority : See HoistByHisOwnPetard below.
** BeneathTheEarth : Where their primary HQ is situated.
** BiggerOnTheInside : Every Gravedigger's coffin contains an extradimensional space. And a link to every other coffin nearby.
** FridgeHorror : Most people who do freelance work for Faustus have a moment of this at some point in time. "Wait, did they just take all the scrap metal I've been gathering for them, melt it into a blade then melt it on the head of a horribly charred body?".
** ForScience : The entire reason Faustus does most of what they do.
** GoneHorriblyWrong : The results of most Faustus experiments. They consider this to be a good thing if the result is even more strange, disgusting or disfigured then they planned.
** HoistByHisOwnPetard : Faustus doctors have an unfortunate tendency of getting chopped up by their students.
*** Xivlan's initiation: Xivlan: "So, am I in for the meeting?" Fausteles: "Why, yes, just take a seat." Xivlan: "...There aren't any seats." Faustelese: "Then, take one, over there." *He points to a seat with a man in it* Xivlan: *Reads the plating on the chair* "Dr...Cesius?" Cesius: "Yes?" Xivlan: "I'll be taking your seat." Cesius: "Over my dead body!" Xivlan: "Gladly." *Player rolls a natural 20 on a decapitation check. Dr Cesius dies in one blow. The high doctors give him a round of applause as Xivlan sits in his chair, which raises about three feet off the ground because he's that awesome.*
** MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate : Any group that kills off entire populations, experiments on the bodies to make them effective reanimated killing machines then uses them to harvest bodies for the scientific creation of a god is morally ambiguous at minimum.
** RivalScienceTeams : With Anheim.
** ScaleOfScientificSins : Faustus has broken all of these at some point in time.
** TheyCalledMeMad : Just about everyone working for Faustus has said this at some point in time.
** TheyWouldCutYouUp : Rather goes without saying for a group that uses reanimated corpses with weapons attached as standard soldiers.

* '''Masquerade'''
** ErmineCapeEffect : Except they tend to wear these clothes for centuries.
** NebulousEvilOrganization : Pretty much.
** TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness : Just about any vampire in command.
** VillainByDefault : The scheming, dishonest and power hungry demigods ruin it for everyone else.

* '''Synthetic Angels'''
** DarkMessiah : Their leader, if Andre's hints are anything to go by, are one of these.
** OurAngelsAreDifferent : The organization is made up of individuals who believe themselves to be the descendants of angels and follow a [[DarkMessiah messianic figure]].
** SmugSnake : In comparison to the various other organizations out there, the smug defiance shown by some of its agents is... hilariously misguided.
** WitchHunt : The Synthetic Angels modus operandi is to infilterate a community and use magic to create "miracles," before revealing themselves and claiming that their Messiah was responsible. Once the entire community is in their thrall, they turn it militant and move on. One of the only ways to stop them before they get to the intentional reveal stage is to hunt them down.

* '''Vampire Hunter'''
** TheHunter : of Vampires.

* '''Witch Hunter'''
** BurnTheWitch : Or stab her. Or blow her up. Or slice her up. Or absorb her spells then use them against her. Or overclock her internal energy causing her to explode. Or fire ethereal blades at her. Alternatively, just shoot her.
** TheHunter : of Witches.

* '''Mortician'''
** MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate : Actually an extremely accurate description. They're capable of healing their allies by stitching them back together, applying anaesthetic, etc., but are also capable of using their knowledge of the body's weakpoints to kill enemies in one hit. And they can AnimateDead.

* '''Chosen One'''
** TheChosenOne : They're mass produced. As weapons. Which makes them...
** TheChosenMany : A large variety of organizations empower several Chosen Ones to serve their purposes.
** ElementalPunch : Standard ability for any Chosen One.
** EnergyBall : Another standard ability.

* '''Library Knight'''
** MagicKnight : In a nutshell.

* '''Servant of Dracula'''
** DarkIsEdgy : They use shadow magic. Oooooooo.

* '''Lunar Scythe'''
** SinisterScythe : Mostly averted, as the Lunar Scythes mostly use the scythe as a religious symbol, means of aerobic and exercise.
*** That doesn't reduce the remarkable amounts of carnage it can reap though.
** BadPowersGoodPeople : Just because they can cause massive lacerations, perform fatal curses and drive people insane with simple prayers doesn't mean they do.

* '''Assassin'''
** {{Backstab}} : It wouldn't be an assassin without it.
** CombatPragmatist : Assassins have no idea why everyone else doesn't end the fight in a single strike like they do.

* '''Bane Arrow'''
** PsychicPowers : Mainly used to power various {{Trick Arrow}}s.
** TrickArrow : A staple of the class.

* '''Myrmidon'''
** AbsurdlySharpBlade : It's a class feature. By 20th level, a myrmidon's sword can cut through anything, including ''magic.''
** AncestralWeapon : Another class feature.
** CripplingOverspecialization : Myrmidons are so reliant on their Ancestral Weapon that being separated from it renders them next to useless.
** GlassCannon : A short-range version of this. They're ridiculously accurate and capable of annihilating entire hordes alone... [[OneHitPointWonder as long as they don't get hit.]]
** ImplausibleFencingPowers : Gets steadily more implausible with each new level. By 20th level, a myrmidon always hits his target, and there's a better than even chance that he'll kill that target in one hit. And if he doesn't, he can attack them several more times. Even, no, ''especially'' when it isn't his turn.

* '''Nightsong'''
** AnimateDead : Their music can do this.
** BrownNote : Music specifically designed to kill the listeners.
** [[DarkIsNotEvil Dark Counterpart]] : To the Daysong class.
** MusicalAssassin : In a nutshell.

* '''Bloodkain'''
** BloodMagic : Capable of, although they prefer using it directly.
** ThePowerOfBlood : The Bloodkain take this a step farther and even use it as a weapon.

* '''Brawler'''
** AxCrazy : Consuming large amounts of alcohol and charging into combat with no weapons tends to make people rather brutal and unstable.
** NoHoldsBarredBeatdown : The point of a Brawler's existance.

* '''Corpse Collector'''
** AxCrazy : Far more so then the Brawler, and that's without alcohol.
** CruelAndUnusualDeath : Generally inflicted upon their target. Urgh...
** ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice : If you're wondering how they hold onto all those corpses... yeah.

* '''Daysong'''
** [[LightIsNotGood Light Counterpart]] : To the Nightsong class.
** TurnUndead : One of their primary abilities.
** WhiteMagic : Well, divine magic. Similar enough, really.

* '''Warmage'''
** MagicKnight : They're fairly bulky, almost tank-ish spellcasters.


[[folder:Prestige Classes]]
* '''Missionary'''
** ImprobableWeaponUser : Missionaries use giant religious symbols equipped with various weapons (Such as a cross with attached flamethrower and chainsaws) as their primary equipment.

* '''Inquisitor'''
** ImprobableWeaponUser : What the heck is a pendulum anyway?

* '''Gunslinger'''
** BlastingItOutOfTheirHands : A class ability.
** TheGunslinger : Paging CaptainObvious.
** QuickDraw : One of their class abilities.

* '''Blademaster'''
** FlashStep : This is one of their class abilities.
** MasterSwordsman : To a certain degree; the class actually focuses more on maneuverability than using a sword itself, although maneuverability is arguably one of the most important parts of swordplay.

* '''Gravedigger'''

* '''Death Doctor'''
** GoodPowersBadPeople : You would figure the doctors would actually be healing people.

* '''Angel'''
** AngelicTropes : By 10th level, a character in this class fits most of these tropes.
** ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin : Essentially, a [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Lehran]] becomes a fully-fledged angel.
** OurAngelsAreDifferent : The abilities of the class are mostly based off the abilities of the Angels in the D&D 3.5 Monster Manual.

* '''Humans'''

* '''Orlock'''
** Immortality : Being alive for so long has made them rather unhappy.
** OurElvesAreBetter : The equivalent of elves in Twilit Overture. They share the same beautiful grace and inhuman elitism. Their traits overlap with vampires, though.
** WhoWantsToLiveForever : The Orlocks certainly don't.

* '''Elder Vampires'''
** AlwaysChaoticEvil : Assumed. Any Elder Vampires in the Masquerade certainly qualify.

* '''Cursed Lycans'''
** BlessedWithSuck : When you consider how dangerous and intimidating it makes you, the drawbacks tend to outweigh the benefits.
** OurWerewolvesAreDifferent : They're capable of turning into a hybrid form even when the moon isn't full, but their ability to do so is affected by the moon's phases.

** '''Alpha Lycans'''

* '''Wolfkin'''
** OurWerewolvesAreDifferent : Of the "More Wolf then Man" variety.

* '''Malphus'''
* WingedHumanoid : All varieties of Malphai have wings and resemble birds to various degrees.
** '''Tengu Malphus'''
** '''Crow Malphus'''
** '''Eagle Malphus'''

* '''Dhampyr'''
** '''Hellspawn Dhampyr'''
*** HalfHumanHybrid : The child of a vampire and a human. It generally isn't a happy life.

* '''Golems'''
** '''Fleshpound Golems'''
** '''Clockwork Dolls'''
** '''Homonculus Golems'''

* '''Phenomena'''
** '''Shisui'''
*** OurDemonsAreDifferent : They have jet black hair, develop black flame-pattern marks all over their bodies, and have eyes that can rival most {{Fantastic Nuke}}s. And they're not really demons, they're just an extremely rare genetic offshoot of humans.
** '''Lehran'''
*** OurAngelsAreDifferent : Their hair turns pure white around age five, their kiss acts as a CharmPerson, they can sing songs with magical effects, and only a few of them gain wings. And they're not really angels, they're just an extremely rare genetic offshoot of humans- wait.
** '''Ragamuffin'''
*** OurGhostsAreDifferent : Although there is a bit of a confusion over what the heck Ragamuffins are even supposed to be, so they might not even BE ghosts.
* '''Andre'''
** AGodAmI : And reminds the party of it a lot.
** BiTheWay : Played straight. Or whatever.
*** Nobody is actually sure though.
** GameMaster : A fair and just one, if secretive and occasionally sadistic.
** TheGMIsACheatingBastard : Fortunately of the type who cheats to maintain the RuleOfFun and RuleOfCool.
** NightmareFetishist : As mentioned above, Andre has a disturbing attraction towards... the disturbing.
** ShoutOut : All the time. He most frequently references Creator/QuentinTarantino and TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}.
** ShrugOfGod : His default response to any questions the players ask about their old characters.
** TeasingCreator : Dear. Freaking. ''God.'' He makes an art out of teasing his players.
!!The Players

* '''Dreamaniac'''
** CrossPlayer : He believes female characters are more interesting to play.
** {{Keet}} : He seems to be physically incapable of sitting still, much to everyone else's annoyance.
** LoveFreak : Absolutely.
** TheRoleplayer : His primary motivation for playing the game is, well, roleplaying.
*** To even the extent that he often forgoes sitting down or acting calm because he's so "fired up".
** SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids : Something Pronto and Andre have played to a lot. Andre's introduction of Niccolo in the 2.0 campaign was one of the most obvious instances of this.
** [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned Jerkass]] : He doesn't ''intentionally'' act like a jerk, but his attempts to admonish others, his sensitivity towards certain subjects, and his [[{{Keet}} hyperactive behavior]] certainly make him seem like it.
** [[WhatHaveIBecome What Has My Character Become]] : Upon hearing the description for 2.0 Niccolo, this was one of his reactions, along with a JawDrop, HeroicBSOD, and twitching.

* '''Pronto'''
** BiTheWay : Averted... Barely.
** DeadPanSnarker : In a BIG way. Many of his comments are cynical and caustic in tone, but he seriously means well.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold : Is an asshole to everyone that deserves it. But is nice to the people that need someone to be nice to them.
** KarmaHoudini : Has never ever ever suffered any consequences for any of his antics in the campaign.
** ShoutOut : His name is a reference to the archer(ist) from 12OzMouse.
** TakeThatMe : Pronto is the only person to use the TV tropes wiki that ever makes jabs at his own expense.
*** Good thing he's [[JerkAss generous enough with his vitriol]] to cover everyone else, and even he admits it.

* '''[=XIVcaliber=]'''
** OnlySaneMan : Out of all the players, he's the only one who isn't 1.) A naive idealist 2.) a critic or 3.) hopeless.
*** Which is why there is immense irony in the fact that he played Xivlan.
** TheShortGuyWithGlasses : This is oddly true. Not only is he the shortest and youngest of the group, he does indeed wear glasses. He also is one of the main strategists, alongside Pronto.

* '''Cathen'''
** NewMeat : He's only participated for one session. Luckily, he's fairly good.

* '''John VI Britania'''
** PlayerX : He managed to astound the rest of the party with his playing skill, during his first session. He swears he had no exposure to the game beforehand.