Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Introducing new companion Lyndsay and Journal changes

(Extended version of two posts on Facebook group page)

Introducing Lyndsay, one of the new possible companions in addition to the companions from IP; Crispin, Ivan Balros and Jamot who all make a return. Lyndsay is a Bard who can prove extremely helpful in and out of combat. When out of the party, he can often be found in the company of many a young lady. He possesses a cheery attitude, often ready to gloss over a bad situation with something he hopes may get a smile or a chuckle; but make no mistake, Lyndsay is a realist. He takes an interest in the plight of the Lakelander, becoming a keen companion, eager to share the same experiences. Being a Bard, the adventures of the Lakelander are of great interest, so he takes it upon himself to start filling in the party journal. More on that in a moment...

Lyndsay announces his plans.
After meeting Lyndsay in Chapter 1 of the Umbral Abyss, he borrows your journal! From that point onwards, all entries are authored by him. We will be providing snippets of his work as we work towards getting this campaign out by (fingers crossed) August or later. Thought this would be a welcome change from the usual style of Journal entries. It also provides a nice narrative of your adventures from a different point of view whilst still able to point the player in the right direction. 

To help with this narrative effort, all entries will stack up together as they are added. So by the time you complete a quest, every single entry you received in the quest will be readable. Obviously this can stand to be a lot of words, so each entry is formatted as so:

The current entry is shown in standard type like this.
The previous entry is shown in italics.
For those wanting a quick brief of what to do, the current entry has this in bold at the bottom.

Obviously, FirstName will be your characters name, He/She... you get the idea...

So, here is a sample entry from Chapter 2 of the campaign.
"It was during our slow but steady voyage upriver away from Yahmul Balotz that I got hold of <FirstName>'s journal whilst <he/she> was getting some well earned rest. I couldn't believe my eyes at the madness <he/she> had been through. <His/Her> home destroyed, loved ones murdered or taken. Easterling, lots of them. Bandits, Orcs, Walking Dead. Dragons! And that creepy Indanthrine Prince fellow who is supposedly still alive. I was sure that staying close to <FirstName> would prove to be an experience like no other - and how right I was to be, even if it all came at a few costs along the way. Worry not, dear readers, for my rambling has come to an end for now. Needless to say, I decided to keep hold of this journal. Lyndsay is just the man to tell everyone about the adventures of <FirstName> and <his/her> companions.

Our journey upriver came to an abrupt halt when we came across a blockade. Thankfully we were outside of Easterling territory and had disembarked somewhere in the south east of Rhovanion - a small farming community called Talath Harroch. The land was being held by Gondor after some agreement reached with Dale. One of the soldiers of Gondor greeted us as we got off the boat. He was rather ill mannered to begin with, but he soon perked up and proved to be quite helpful; that trip on the boat put my head in quite a spin.

Having spoken to the soldier, we learned that we could get some rest in the settlement farther along the roadway. There we could also trade with the merchants, which was much welcomed, as our hands were growing rather full with the spoils of our adventures. The road north of the settlement would take us towards Esgaroth, and beyond that, Dale, where pressing matters would eventually take us.
It seemed that all was not well in the land of Talath Harroch, as we would soon learn. The soldier suggested that we didn't disturb the garrison's Lord Commander Vagaig, but I had a pretty good understanding of <FirstName> by now. It was more than likely <he/she> would seek out this Lord Commander and attempt to intervene."

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