The party before the attack on the Kalar fortress: Rowan, Trixie, Adellion, Meredith, Dog, Constantine, and Trent.
Arimnaes' Happy Fun Time Power Hour was an all-Tropers Dungeons & Dragons
game conducted over Ventrilo and OpenRPG from January 2010 to June of that same year. arimnaes
was the GM. The opening roster of players was as follows:
- Glenn Magus Harvey, playing Trenton Philips, a human rogue who is technically the employer of the other party members
- Karalora, playing Rowan, a half-elf druid
- Lanceleoghauni, playing Constantine Irongate, a human wizard/cleric
- Zudak, playing Meredith Pryce, a human fighter, as well as her faithful dog, Dog
- Thnikkafan, playing Eliza, a human monk
- Matrix, playing Trixie Devalle, a human bard
GMH eventually had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts and handed control of Trent off to Jinxed Blackcat
. Not long thereafter, Thnikkafan also quit the game. In this instance, the character was killed off
and the replacement player—Ironeye
—brought in his own PC, Adellion Nightbreeze
, an elf beguiler. This player roster remained in effect through the rest of the game's run.
The game takes place in Myamador, a setting of arim’s own devising, where elves (and half-elves) are grossly persecuted by the human majority
, with other races being better treated but still relegated to second-class citizen status. This feature did not come into play until the second Story Arc
The first arc began with the PCs attempting to explore (and loot) a ruined castle, but they almost immediately got sidetracked dealing with a cabal of criminal sorcerers called the Kalars. After a series of incidents that included a collapsing clock tower, a trip into Japan’s basement
, a solid gold pimp cane, and a Victorian street urchin selling encyclopedias, the party found the Kalar Doom Fortress
and infiltrated it…only to be flung onto the Plane of Shadow
by a magical gate at the heart of the fortress. After a number of eerie encounters with creatures twisted by the plane into horrific mockeries of themselves—including, tragically, Dog
—the party managed to reach the gate again, but instead of returning to their starting point, they wound up…
…in a subterranean lake on the other side of the continent. This began the second story arc. The PCs narrowly avoided the monster in the lake, made their way out of the cave system and to the nearby logging town, where they again became embroiled in local events. The town and adjacent logging operations had been subject to numerous attacks of arson in recent weeks, apparently caused by the summoning of magmins from the Elemental Plane of Fire. Complicating matters was another current event of interest concerning a businessman by the name of Mortimer Shale
and his impatience to reclaim an artifact which his consortium had discovered and which was being held by the local chapter of the Arcane Dominion. Then Shale’s partner turned up after having almost been eaten by the lake monster in the cavern…
At that point, the game went on summer hiatus. It was to resume in late August, but the demands of arim's new school year prevented it. It was eventually scrapped...but arim later made up his mind to DM for the gaming group again, this time collaborating with Ironeye
on an all-new Eberron
This RP has significant player crossover with The Shadow Of Greed
This work contains examples of the following tropes:
- Action Girl: Eliza and Meredith.
- Aerith and Bob: The PCs have mostly normal real-world names; the NPCs have mostly made-up fantasy names.
- Anti-Hero: All of the PCs (except perhaps Meredith), but especially Adellion.
- Audible Gleam: SCHWEEEEEEEEEEN! - The sound of healing. It sounds very glowy.
- Badass Bookworm: He may not hit hard, but fighting smart Constantine can stand toe to toe about as well as Rowan.
- Be All My Sins Remembered: Constantine warns the Arcane Dominion researcher against making the same mistakes he did.
- Bishōnen: Adellion!
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Adellion, in the Jerkass variation.
- Bond One-Liner: The entire party at some point or another. The villains usually try for Pre Mortem One Liners instead, but tend not to succeed at actually killing the party.
- Break the Haughty: It takes getting kicked out of the party and nearly getting killed by racist guards to get Adellion to treat the others in an at all decent fashion.
- Charm Person: Adellion's favorite enchantment spells.
- Chekhov's Gun: Adellion's ring. Has yet to "fire".
- Claustrophobia: Trent hates caves.
- Collapsing Lair: The Kalar Doom Fortress.
- Combat Medic: Though Rowan is the team's healer, she's also quite effective with her
sling and scimitar.
- Coup de Grâce: Most of the party at some point.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Constantine lives this.
- Deadpan Snarker: Almost all the PCs at one point or another, but especially Trent and Rowan.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Rowan, more or less
- Dual Wielding: Meredith’s specialty.
- Elaborate Underground Base: The below-ground parts of the Kalar Doom Fortress.
- Empathy Pet: Dartanian, Constantine's weasel.
- Mr. Fanservice: Constantine.
- Evil Tower of Ominousness: Above ground, the Kalar Doom Fortress was described as a ziggurat.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: Adellion pulls one when he's about to be Curb Stomped by a captain of the Imperial Guard.
- Familiar: Both Constantine and Rowan have one.
- Fantastic Racism: Aside from humans treating other species as second-class citizens, and elves/half-elves getting especially bad treatment, there's also Adellion's backlash against humans and absolute hatred for half-elves because of their origins in a human/elf relationship.
- Fantastic Slurs: "Half-blood" for half-elves.
- Also "pointy-eared bastards" for both elves and half-elves...use of which on Rowan is unlikely to have much effect because she does have pointed ears and was born out of wedlock and doesn't see the big deal.
- The Federation: The Empire falls somewhere between this trope and, well, The Empire.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Cool it, Pointy!
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Constantine has some. Which kind? He hasn’t said yet.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Rowan is half elf, half human.
- Heroic BSOD: The planar travel sent Constantine into one because he thought that the party had ended up in a far worse place then the Plane of Shadow.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: Jaireven.
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Trixie (Matrix got bonus XP for the performance.)
- I Need No Ladders: Busting through the wooden wall of a building to escape the approaching guards? Yup.
- I Owe You My Life: Adellion to Trent after the former runs afoul of some racist guards.
- I'm Having Soul Pains: Adellion's only direct magical attacks cause pain without physical damage.
- Incendiary Exponent: Eliza’s claim to fame.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Adellion, after some Character Development.
- Jerkass: Adellion, as well as quite a few NPCs.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Some of Adellion's enchantments erase the target's memory of being enspelled... though not what happens afterward.
- Loners Are Freaks: Constantine used to be this, but he's getting better.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Adellion, of course.
- Love Dodecahedron: The potential is certainly there given the gender makeup of the party, and we’re starting to see a few inter-PC crushes…
- Magic Knight: Adellion makes up for his physical weakness by wearing mithril armor and wielding a rapier while still assaulting the minds of his enemies.
- Magic Music: Trixie’s usual contribution to combat.
- Master of Illusion: Adellion's on his way there, though he's not a true master yet.
- Meaningful Name: Rowan was named after the kind of tree she was found under.
- The Medic: Rowan.
- Mind Over Manners: Subverted by Adellion—while he initially only uses his enchantments on the villains, it's not long before he turns them against his own party in order to extract information.
- Near Death Experience: The players know Constantine had one, but not the circumstances surrounding it or it's aftermath.
- No Plans No Prototype No Back Up: Galvest's reality overlay lantern had plenty of plans, all of which were destroyed by Constantine other than the copy he carries along with the broken prototype.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: When Trixie is is in the middle of casting Identify.
- Only One Name: Rowan
- Only Sane Man: Constantine and Rowan.
- Our Elves Are Better: In half-elf, high elf, and extra-high elf flavors.
- Parental Abandonment: A quite literal case in Rowan's backstory
- Prophet Eyes: When Trixie successfully casts Identify.
- Pointy Ears: Adellion, Rowan, and all of the other elves and half-elves.
- Pun: Frequently, by all persons involved. Occasionally verges on Hurricane of Puns.
- Power Glows: Charged zephite.
- Raised by Wolves: Rowan claims she was. Actually, she was Raised By Druids, but it amounts to pretty much the same thing. Especially since so many of them not only keep wolves, but can turn into wolves.
- Reverse Mole: Jarik Skeln.
- Robe and Wizard Hat: Constantine wears this, with a trenchcoat instead of robes.
- Royal Blood: As a Grey Elf, Adellion is at least of noble blood, though the extent of his family's power is unknown, since his great-grandparents secreted his father away from the family before Adellion was born.
- Screw You, Elves!: The party's opinion of Adellion for some time after he joined, as well as humanity's reaction to elves in general.
- Smug Snake: Strickner Bradley. So much. Also Adellion, at least at first.
- Sneering Contemptuously Is A Free Action
- Squishy Wizard: Adellion is weaker than everyone else and can take less punishment before falling unconscious—fortunately, he can afford to wear mithril armor. Constantine, on the other hand, uses magic to pull himself out of "squishy" territory.
- Touch of Death: Constantine has one, but has never used it.
- True Companions: The party is easing towards this. They've been through a hell of a lot together by this point.
- Whip It Good: Trixie's trademark weapon. She likes to grab swords with it.
- Wizarding School: Part of the Mandate of the Arcane Dominion.