The Gryphon Barony
The Last Torch on Discord, Roll20
About the adventure
There exists a boundless place, where the roads are traveled by people on horseback, where magic is real, and Dwarves and Elves abandon their secret homes to enter the cities of Man. A world where walls and palizades protect civilisation from the Darkness of night. A world, where Adventurers like you explore forgotten ruins and take dangerous quests in order to make a living. There's many Lands, but this one in particular is the Gryphon Barony. It's a small monarchy, with cities of stone and high walls. But outside of those cities, the Land is still untamed. The wildlands teem with monsters and all kinds of dangers, and as such travel is rarely safe. You are Adventurers. Your line of work takes you outside of these cities, straight into danger, and hopefully into treasure and glory. Death awaits behind every corner, the budget is tight and the enemies are many, but such is the Adventuring life. This campaign uses a system called The Last Torch, originally published in Italy, and translated in 2019. It's a very simple system, easy to learn and master, but also very lethal for the characters. It is ideal for people that have never played a Tabletop RPG before, and also for kids (a friend runs it for his sons). This is not your usual heroic high fantasy, this is a gritty story of a group of everyday people taking on the most dangerous job trying to make a living. Will you be able to succeed? Or will you just be another corpse left unburied in the wilderness? Remember to bring your torch. Only Evil can see in Darkness.
How to prepare
You need at the very least a Discord Account, as that is what we'll be using to talk. Also hardware that can let you talk to us, so a smartphone or a PC with a mic. I'd also strongly advise having Wi-Fi connection or an unlimited data plan, as these games can potentially consume quite the bandwith. With this, you're set to play, everything else helps but it's not strictly required Ideally you'd want: >A Discord Account >A Roll20 Account >A PC (or Mac, or Laptop) that can run both >Headphones >A Webcam (absolutely not required to use it if you don't feel like showing your face) >A Microphone (many headphones and webcams come with one) >Stable Internet Connection with unlimited data (WiFi or some nice mobile plan)
What I provide
I'll provide the battlemaps for roll20, as well as some art to get you more immersed in the setting. I also have a Roll20 Plus subscription, so we can have some fun with Dynamic Lighting (realistic shadows and blindspots).
This game is mostly about exploring dangerous places and surviving the horrors within. The campaign I intend to run will be a sandbox: after the first quest, you'll be free to explore the Barony and take on any jobs that look interesting.
Safety tools used
- Lines and Veils
- Session 0
- X, N, and O Cards
How will character creation work
We will have a session 0 where I explain the system in detail and then help you create your characters. It's rather quick and easy, so it shouldn't take long and we might even be able to begin roleplaying on that first session. If you're not interested in making a new character from scratch (because you want to get straight into the game or have never done it before), we can use one of the pre-generated Adventurers available in PDF. I'll send you the folder through my Discord.
Players can expect
- Combat/Tactics: High
- Roleplay: Medium
- Puzzles: Low
- Experience Level: None
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