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The Crestfall Campaign
The Seal of Viriden

So during the off season of school a few members of Elemental Doom and a few other guys play a game on the side over skype. The plot is fairly typical of an adventure game. The party is a group of gifted individuals who have been conscripted to recover a magical artifact before a crazed villain and his sinister force can. Of course the plot does thicken from there.

The players have also began to branch out to a game run by Johann's player called Dreadnaught Arcana, as well as Thanatos' player's psionic campaign, and Gunter's player's prequel campaign.


This game contains examples of:

  • The Artifact: Since the game was first designed as a Solo campaign starring Sora there are quite a few NPCs that could qualify for this. The most well known would probably be Latros or Bibidel.
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  • Artifact Collection Agency: The Purpose of the squad.
  • Author Appeal: There is a Sword Archon among the villains.
    • Spiders seem to recurring foe as well.
  • Back from the Dead: Bobbie's soul was able to claw her way back into her body
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Doffe and Raedarius during the fight against the Faex Fossa Cultists.
  • Badass Crew: The team itself. Johann, Sora, Bobbie, Doffe, Richardo, Wikstar, Charade, and Emmit have each proven to be quite badass in their own right.
  • Badass in Charge: Captian Raedarius
    • Johann too, if he's considered the leader of the party.
  • Barbarian Hero: Richardo
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Doffe, though his bare fists are pretty powerful.
    • As well as Debet Rakeem and most of the Monazon
  • The Baroness: shades of this can be seen in Queen Gertrude.
  • Battle Butler: Moniz acted like this towards Mezmer.
  • Beard of Evil: Bränd
  • Beneath the Earth: The Netted Archive and the Peregrine Chasm
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Richardo and Johann.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Sorta, it's not so much a single character and glasses, it's the entire party and Bobbie. The rest of the team really should put a few ranks in spot.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Not quite to the point of Gorn but the DM of Crestfall describes combat much more viscerally then the DM of Elemental Doom or Dreadnaught Arcana.
    • This isn't just for combat, the DM tends to verge into Scenery Porn as well.
  • Blue Blood: Lord Luridon
  • Body Horror: The You see this monsters bursting from Monazon corpses.
    • Whatever the hell Professor Mezmer was.
  • Brains and Brawn: Johann and Richardo
    • At their entry Gunter and Thanatos
    • A villainous example with Mezmer and Moniz
  • Buffy Speak: The DM can be pretty guilty of this when he doesn't have his flavor texts.
  • Cast From Hit Points: Divine Magic works like this. Casting a spell requires a will save, if the casters fails it, they take damage.
    • This is due to the imperfect nature of divine magic, using even the tiniest shred a god's power is very dangerous thing for a human to do.
    • Also the reason why we haven't met any other clerics besides Emmit.
  • Cave Mouth: There was one within the Peregrine Chasm It even breathed.
  • The Captain: Raedarius
  • Cherry Tapping: Johann shoots the dying Brand between the eyes.
  • Chest Burster: The You see this monsters.
  • Chunky Salsa Rule: The elephant sized spider in the Webbed Archives, due to a very timely crit.
  • Church Militant: The order of Argenti apply.
  • Cliffhanger: Unfortunately, this seems to be the DM's Modus Opperandi:
    • Taken literally with Johann
    • Charade as we know him is dead, when suddenly the ebony skeleton rises with an evil gleam in it's eyes.
    • Peter Hinderliter smacks Johann in the mouth, and Johann pulls a gun on him.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Richardo
  • Combat Medic: NPC Father Emmit despite being primarily a healer is pretty good with a greatsword.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Johann and Doffe in the flavor texts.
  • Covered with Scars: a few of the characters are becoming this.
    • Bobbie has a scar across her eye.
    • Johann has a few lost fingers, a cross bow bolt wound near his heart, and a giant hole where his kidney used to be.
    • Richardo has a scar on his back from the Diablo del Acero and a slice running up his neck from Falcifer's Strike
    • Thanatos walks with a limp after getting his leg broken during a battle on the Highwind
  • Crapsack World: Tyrol. And loving every bit of it.
    • Praechello, Tyrol, and Rimosus, each place has been worse than the last.
  • Crazy Homeless People: Richardo and Doffe could be confused for this.
  • Critical Failure: "The Dice Roller Victim of the Week"
  • Critical Hit: Happens every so often, but when Ricardo crits, the players take a turn to applaud.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Mezmer's first battle with the party went dramatically in their favor.
  • Cursed With Awesome: Doffe's special power causes icy almonds to burst from his enemies bare skin.
  • Dark Action Girl: Khalen.
  • Dead Pan Snarker: The DM...though this could be because of his limited sleeping schedule, and day job as a camp counselor.
    • Bobbie's player has the same problem.
  • Death of the Old Gods: via Viriden.
  • Delayed Reaction: Happens every so often.
    DM "The guard smiles as he peels off what appeared to be his face to reveal a mask"
    Bobbie's Player "Wait he removes his face to reveal his mask? Don't you mean the other way around?"
    DM "Nope"
    Bobbie's Player "Oh...Gross!"
  • Didn't See That Coming: The DM when Bobbie through the Ring of Maiming into a Gelatinous Cube.
  • Dumb Muscle: Richardo
    • Averted with Thanatos who seems to be quite thoughtful.
  • Dungeon Masters Girlfriend: Absolutely refuses to play.
    • Give her time...
  • Dwindling Party: No one has died in game except Bobbie. But it has been an issue gathering people to play every Monday night.
    • Starting regularly two hours behind schedule doesn't help.
  • Early-Bird Boss: Pavor
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Leon Levique
  • Eldritch Location: The Faex Fossa, The Netted Archive and the Peregrine Chasm
    • The Malleus Malificarum
  • The Emperor: Doge Seminex
  • The Engineer: Johann
  • Establishing Character Moment: Attempted off-screen with Latros
    Sora "Where's my brother"
    Fr. Emmit "He was moved to a higher security cell after we found him in a stolen guard's uniform attempting to leave the palace. He would have succeeded had he not been carrying your still unconscious body as he did so"
    Sora "Oh...nice"
  • Evil Counterpart: Brand to Doffe
  • Expy: Charade IS Kefka Palazzo
    • Johann is a mix of Cave Johnson and Clint Eastwood
  • Facepalm: A few times.
    DM "You see a large iron cage, opened, in the middle of the courtyard. The scene is eerily quite and ou cant shake the feeling of being watched."
    Johann's Player "I run in and make a grappling hook from the bars on the cage!"
    Bobbie's Character "Really?"
  • Failed a Spot Check: Johann, in spades.
    Johann's Character "And with my -5 modifier, that makes a -2. *beat* Fuck."
    • No one but Sora seems to notice the ten bodies hanging from the rafters of the Throne Room.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Most of the villains, encased in golden crystals then drowned is up there though.
    • The melting of Debet Rakeeb's head. Granted, he was already dead at that point.
  • Fan Nickname: "Mr Stiff Upper Lip Priest Guy" and "Band-Aid Man"for Fr. Emmit.
  • Fantasy Pantheon:
    • Bellos god of War, Valor, and Strength
    • Metzinger god of the Forge, Mountains, and Gems
    • Nāmakarán goddess of the Seas, Fertility and capturer of lost sailors.
    • Agrippina goddess of the Sun, Love, and Agriculture.
    • Triel god of Healing, Medicine, and Disease
    • Jacobi god of Chance and Thieves
    • Lady Atiere goddess of the Skies, Storms, and Lightning
    • Dios god of Fate, the Stars, and Wisdom. King of the Old Gods.
  • Fat Bastard: Pavor
  • Father to His Men: Raedarius favors decapitation to those who threaten members of his crew.
  • Feather Motif: Much of the Netted Archive
    • Richardo's Breastplate
  • Fingore: Johann has lost a finger via grenade and a trapped ring.
  • Fireballs: Professor Mezmer throws one at a conveniently placed party.
  • Five-Man Band:
    • Heroes:
    The Hero: Sora
    The Lancer: Bobbie
    The Big Guy: Richardo/Doffe
    The Smart Guy: Johann
    The Chick: Wikstar
    Sixth Ranger: Charade
    • Villains:
    The Big Bad: Alhazred, supposedly.
    The Dragon: Falcifer
    The Brute: Debet Rakeeb
  • For Science!: Johann has a hatred for Wizardry due to their lack of it. Sorcery is okay due to philosophy.
  • Friendly Enemy: With the exception of Charade, Ensenial seems to be on pretty good terms with the party.
  • Game Master: That guy who played Connery
  • Giant Spider: Many in the Netted Archive and another in the Peregrine Chasm.
  • Good Cop-Bad Cop-Bad Cop-Bad Cop: After taking a hostage, the party attempts to interrogate her. Johann pulls a gun on her, Charade eats her dead comrade's face, Richardo *tries* to intimidate her, meanwhile Gunter actually talks to her.
    • Sora and Bobbie actually succeeded
  • Götterdämmerung: Happened 1250 years ago.
  • GMPC: Technically Fr. Emmit, though he typically sticks to the back and heals.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Bibidel (NPC)
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Ira in the Peregrine Chasm
    • Captain Raedarius for the Faex Fossa Cultist battle and fight against the Harpies.
    • Bibidel against the water elemental and Harpy battle.
  • Halloween Special: The Malleus Malificarum
  • Healing Spring: There was one in Libelle
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Johann thought he was still capable of reforming and mending his sanity after his fall into evil. Sora did not. neither did the rest of the party.
  • Heroic Team Revolt: The rest of the team turned on Johann after he shot Peter.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The original East Wind did this against Aterrato.
  • Herr Doktor: Professor Mesmer
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Both Mesmer and Moniz.
  • Human Popsicle: There's a few in the cast. Charade, Wikstar, and Peter Hinderliter.
  • I Call It "Vera" : Richardo's cold iron scythe, Diablo del Acero.
  • Jerkass: The Diceroller
  • Jerkass Gods: The Old Pantheon
    • Viriden too really
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Possibly Johann. He seems to generally care about the well being of the rescued miners and the people of Tyrol in general.
  • Kill Steal: Johann did this to Doffe with Brand. Granted, that son of a bitch is dead now.
  • Land, Sea, Sky: Essentially Richardo, Alphonse, and Bobbie
  • Laser Blade: Though it was missed by most of the PCs James Manymoore, his hand turned into a beam sword which dealt fire damage.
  • Laughing Mad: Charade
  • Likable Villain: Ensenial, more so than Charade anyway.
  • Losing Your Head: Debet, via Diablo del Acero, and the representative of the Faux Fosse Cultists, via Raedarius.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: Not entirely but during the season two finale the NPC crew of the Highwind got some screentime. Among them were Raedarius, Cle, Adric, Ramalia, Fulman, Peter, Sal Caepes, Jimmy Fontaine and Onero.
  • Mad Scientist: Johann is leaning in this direction.
  • Mauve Shirt: Jimmy Fontaine, a sailor who Johann has a grudge against.
    • Jerry the Monazon. Only distinguishable from the rest because he had a name. It didn't save him
  • The Medic: NPC Father Emmet, or anyone who holds the Staff of Healing
  • Monkey Morality Pose: Three statues took this pose in a room of the Devil's Depth Dungeon.
  • Morality Pet: Helena to most of the team.
  • Never Sleep Again: The first sign of Pavor's madness
  • No Name Given: Doffe for the entirety of the Webbed Archive
  • Noodle Incident: Somehow, despite being landlocked, the Polish-equivalent country sank.
  • Odd Friendship: How did Johann and Richardo meet up anyway?
  • Offing the Offspring: According to the South Wind, Shah Abdul Alhazred isn't above this.
  • One-Gender School: The DM, Sora's player, Johann's player, Richardo's player, Gunter's player, Thanatos's player, and Charades's player all graduated from them. This could explain their sense of humor.
    • In game, Elisa, the daughter of Queen Gertrude attends one.
  • Only One Name: Sora, Doffe, and Thanatos
  • Only Sane Man: Depends in your perspective.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: The DM is guilty of this.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Brand and Charade qualify.
    • Ensenial looks like the modern concept though.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: The Argenti's plan to turn Charade to their side.
  • Pink Mist: Done by Johann to Jerry the Monazon.
  • Pirates: The Blackreef Privateers are recurring villains. Named members include Anton Wretch and James Manymoore.
  • The Plague: The Pox. An important factor in the world. In a world of assured reincarnation it's the only thing that ends the reincarnation cycle.
    • Stage One: Tainted Veins on portions of the body.
    • Stage Two: As the tainted veins spread to cover the body completely the body starts to lose feeling,
    • Stage Three: Dementia and Death
  • Player Versus Player: It's in the background. Bobbie was paid off to kill Johann if she had to but was beat to the punch by Sora.
    • Johann and Doffe have almost killed Charade now like three times.
  • Precursor Heroes: Viriden had a party himself back in the day, the party is learning about them slowly.
    • Weatherwax: Praechellian Wizard, survived the war to start his own school.
    • Jacobi: Died in the final battle fighting Dios.
    • The East Wind: Adkhalan monk, died fighting Aterrato.
    • John Vantresca: A Praechellian Paladin. Wrote a journal of events.
    • Etienne Levique: A Rimoshan soldier. Killed Agrippina, went on to become a King. King Anton is his descendant .
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
    Johann "Oh, so you vant to play guns?"
  • Projectile Spell: Sora and Bibidil are fans of this.
  • The Psycho Rangers: The Squad of Monazon in Ruchgrat linked up pretty well to the party at the time.
    • Bränd to Doffe
    • Kalen to Johann
    • Falcifer to Richardo
    • The Hellhound to Charade
    • Jerry the Monazon to Father Emmit.
  • Pungeon Master: Bobbie's player and Charade's player
    • Doffe's player also gets a mention for "Rogue of Scintillating Colors"
  • The Quiet One: Doffe and Sora
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
  • Redshirt: The unnamed sailors on the Highwind
  • Renaissance Man: Johann is a master of quite a few sciences as well as metallurgy.
  • Royal Blood: Is is said that only those of noble blood can safely handle the Golden Vesture of Agrippina
  • Sanity Ball: Tends to leap around a lot. Sora, Bobbie, Thanatos, and Gunter are typically pretty good bets.
  • Shmuck Bait:
    DM "So you just leave the golden armor lying there?"
  • Spiteful Spit: Bobbie to Manymoore, flavor one.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: Doffe. He may not carry the accent, but he took being covered in black crystals like a champ.
  • The Stoic: Doffe
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Half of the plans the party comes up with tends to involve this.
  • Tag Along Kid: Helena
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Bobbie and Johann didn't used to get along. Now everyone has trouble working with Charade
  • Trigger Happy: Johann and Gertrude
    • It might be a Tyrolian thing.
  • True Companions: Averted, none of the protagonists seem to get along or really trust each other.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: Johann in the group, Metzinger according to mythology.
  • Was Once a Man: Pavor
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • Sora uses his staff and magic
    • Bobbie uses a crossbow and a shortsword
    • Johann uses a revolver
    • Doffe uses his fists and nothing else. EVER.
    • Richardo uses a scythe
    • Wikstar uses a ukulele
    • Charade favors an eldritch spear or his shadow
    • Thanatos uses a big ass axe
    • Gunter uses a light repeating crossbow
    • Fr. Emmit fancies a greatsword.
    • Moreau uses a halberd
  • Weirdness Magnet: Peter Hinderliter in a very very tragic way.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Fr Emmit is an NPC that mostly keeps to the back, however he's been through just as much and more as the rest of the party. He at the moment seems to be going through a crisis of faith, after contracting the plague and finding his younger brother Miles dead.
  • Whispering Ghosts: The lost miners of the Peregrine Chasm tend to whisper "You will join us" and "You're next" to anything living walking there halls.
  • Wolf Man: Howl
  • Word of God: There will be no Timeskip
  • Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him??: Averted. Johann's policy is to shoot early and shoot often.
  • You All Meet in an Inn: Averted. The story starts off with a prologue centered around Sora. The other Player Characters had already been formed into a team by the Praechellian Government.
    • I'd like to find out how they were gathered originally though.

     Defy The Winds 
It's the year 900 ce, a young Professor by the name of Frans Mezmer is leading an expedition to discover more about the Divine Winds. He believes that mankind to rise to the heights of Viriden, if only we can solve the mysteries of the winds. He has gathered a party to help him seek out the truth.

     Season 3: The Prequel 
Gunter's player has entered the world of Crestfallen with his own campaign set a century before the main game.

     Slender Game 
A quick two shot game set 50 years before the start of Crestfallen Campaign. Same DM as the Crestfallen Campaign, it's supposed to more of a horror feel than the other campaign.Vino (Charade), Indigo (Gunter), Gillean (Johann & Alphonse), and Simon (Sora) are our protagonists.
  • Big Bad: Slenderman, of the first session anyway.
  • The Blank: Slendy
  • Blood Knight: Vino and Gillean
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Vino fails a save against Dominate Person.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: Vino, which led him to charging Slenderman. Twice.
  • Fiery Redhead: Gillean
  • Halloween Special: The second annual, after last years romp with Mezmer and Moniz.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Simon lit a tree on fire to distract from his escape, but he ended up unable to move to beneath it.
    • Vino and his entangle spell.
  • Modern Major General: Fr Indigo might be being played as this. A long time teacher, but rusty in the field.
  • Mundane Utility: Simon can start fires with his mind, he uses this to heat his glass-blowing forge.
  • The Need for Mead
  • Legacy Character: Gillean reincarnates into Alphonse from the Crestfallen Campaign, technically making Alphonse, Gillean's legacy character.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Gillean and Vino.
  • Only Sane Man: Simon is the only character to up and run at the sight of Slenderman.
  • The Team Normal: Simon only has levels in expert.
  • Total Party Kill: The first session ended in this.
    • Simon: stabilized at negative seven, but beneath a burning tree and unable to move.
    • Vino: still up but a slave to Slenderman.
    • Indigo: Dead, but his soul is still hiding in his corpse.
    • Gillean: At negative nine and falling as the curtains closed.
  • Unlucky Everydude: Simon. The first roll of the game caused him to wake up without his pack and covered in blood. That was the high point of his day. He would later be mistakenly stabbed by Gallean, grappled (and stabbed) by Vino, and then woke up with a run etched into his arm, apparently self-inflicted.
  • Variable-Length Chain: The Masked Man used these.
  • Violent Glaswegian: Gillean, he's from the Highlands.
  • You All Meet in an Inn: Averted, it takes the two sessions to get to the inn.

     Crimson Expansion 
The DM wanted to test run the first session of new game called Court of the Crimson King, so rigged up the usual suspects to test it out. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Ballroom Blitz
  • Bar Brawl: The point of the first session. Heavily subverted.
  • Berserk Button: Taking Johanns money.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Strange given that game was supposedly an innocent bar rumble where no one got hurt.
    • The final count of random body organs found on the floor after the brawl: Two hands, a tongue, Johann's two front teeth, Johann's finger, and some poor man's balls.
  • Bottomless Pit: The Airy Reach had one. Several skeletons got thrown into it.
  • Butt-Monkey: Johann's player describes Johann as essentially a karma bitch for all his other characters.
  • Corrupt Cop: Wanderwald is half this and half Cowboy Cop
  • Creepy Glasses: Doctor Umbra
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: A few. The Doctor smashing a table over a mans head, putting him to zero, and then knocking him into the heath, where he slowly burned to death.
    • Getting Kicked into a bottomless pit should count too.
    • How about getting your balls cut off and dying off blood loss?
  • Cute Bruiser: The redheaded waitress had a level in barbarian.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Everything in the first session
  • Evil Laugh: Seen a lot. Umbra, Johann, and Wanderwald
  • Fast Ball Special: Thanatos threw Umbra like this at a Beholder.
  • Fearless Undead: The Skeletons in the Airy Reach just kept marching.
  • Fingore: Johann really shouldn't have flipped that guy off
  • Heroes Want Redheads: The Player Characters all seemed pretty attracted to the Redheaded Waitress
  • How Many Fingers?: Johann has seven.
  • Jawbreaker: Umbra did this to a Merchant bodyguard
  • Leap of Faith: The Airy Reach had one.
  • Made of Plasticine: Everyone
  • Rainbow Motif: the sword grid trap had this.
  • Slashed Throat: The biggest guy in the bar gets this via Johann. Johann himself gets slashed in the throat later on in the same battle. Both survive.
    • Johann gets hit again in the throat by a crossbow bolt in the Airy Reach.
  • Squishy: Everyone except maybe Thanatos.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Johann and Dr Umbra seemed pretty evil.
  • Token Good Teammate: Possibly Thanatos.
  • Tongue Trauma: Umbra did this to some poor merchant.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Compared to his Crestfallen counterpart this Johann has a much raspier voice, a side effect of having his throat slashed a couple of times

     All Psionics Campaign 
Ellamin Fletcher decided to step into the world of D Ming. Shenanigans Ensues.

No Seriously, fuck Sword Archons.

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