The Gala-Dor Expedition

The Gala-Dor Expedition

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"So, you walk into a tavern." [CURRENTLY ACCEPTING 2/4]

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ImageSeated in the evergreen heartlands of the Holy Zoltian Empire, Arc En Lume shines bright as a centre of commerce and culture. Its sleepless streets bustle with jovial bards, sly merchants, and the pitter-patter of wanderers; hailing from all over Zoltia for a chance at fortune and glory.

You are one such adventurer.

Having answered a dwarven lord’s plea, seeking brave, inquisitive, or crafty souls to aid him in an expedition to the far north, you and your fellow "heroes" prepare to delve into a subterranean citadel full of traps, monsters, and riches from a forgotten age: the lost dwarven capital of Gala-Dor.





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  • This is a literate RP, but don't stress if your spelling or grammar isn't the best. If you can read it, so can we. Just try your best :)
  • Don't feel pressured to write novels just because of our habits! Quality>quantity.
  • This RP is being co-GMed by CrossKnight35 and CabbageAngel. Cross is in charge of narrative, so questions/inquiries about plot go to him. If you have any questions about the world's lore and setting, give Cabbage a message. We'll probably end up working together to answer anyway but this just will make it easier regardless.
  • This isn't really a rule, but if you have anything in your backstory/character motivation like "help I'm being chased by assassins"/"I will avenge my father", shoot a message Cross's way and he'll see about working it into the story.
  • Don't be a dick, don't godmod, if you have a problem with a player, please don't let it fester in the IC. That being said, as a general rule, please don't take things that happen to your character personally. Let's try to separate our IC and OOC relationships.

Character creation specific rules:

  • One character per roleplayer until further notice.
  • Check the characters to make sure that the character archetype you're going for isn't already being fulfilled. As funny as an all Drow Assassin party could be.
  • To add to the above, we currently already have a Drow Assassin, Dwarf Noble and Elven Archer, as well as a possible Human Alchemist in the making.
  • VERY IMPORTANT! Put your character archetype/concept in the OOC for approval before sending it! Make sure to also include why your character wants in on this expedition. It's kind of the entire crux of the story, so you've got to want to be there. Also, tag on one piece of trivia from the lore of the setting you would have gained from reading the short race/magic docs. We won't be approving anyone unless we get all this!
  • Once your character has been accepted, you will receive a very special message from yours truly. Answer our question, and you will have passed initiation!
  • If you want your schtick to be "I'm possessed by a demon"... PM Cabbage. There are things to discuss.

And lastly, of course...

  • Don't make the Dragonborn. Or Doom Guy. Or Kratos. You know what I mean. If you're an elf, pick about 1-3 magical abilities from the different kinds they can have. This is about working together as a team to overcome obstacles, not clearing dungeons on your lonesome.

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Character Portrait: Ashera Vallenai Character Portrait: Esther Alfsson Character Portrait: Serena L'aporte

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While three women opted to take a sightseeing tour around the city via gondola, Wilthro had taken the opportunity to stretch his wings. For the future held lots of cramped corridors and bad odour, so better to get that flying in now where he had the space. Serena didn’t mind, her companion had earned some respite. Could use some time on his own.

“You call this a boat?”

Serena had eyed the gondolier with a healthy hint of skepticism and didn’t get very far without cracking at least a tiny smile. Yeah, this ride was a bit too fancy for her liking. The rigid, unsmiling face of the man (or lack thereof, given the porcelain mask) given a bemused grin in return.

“Don’t crack a smile now. It might just break your pretty little mask.”

Bunch of weirdos, she thought. She wanted to look, honestly. Peel away the strap and take a little peek behind the porcelain curtains. See if they weren’t some Phantom of the Opera-like monstrosity, scarred for life and forced to cover their once beautiful faces. “Pretty please? Just the once.”

The man didn’t even deign to look at Serena’s way when she tried to grab the oar in an rebellious attempt to row someplace else, just stepped back and kept on rowing his merry way. This was his role in life, and by the Gods was he taking it seriously!

The little pirate let out a sigh, a grump on her face as she locked eyes with her companions. “Could’ve walked instead, y’know. Maybe tumble with some rats, steal some pretty gal’s necklace.” She jutted a thumb at the gondolier. “This one doesn’t even talk.”

Thankfully, the Merchants’ District offered a less solitary environment with its bustling streets and shouting matches of salesmen beckoning every poor sod and their last pennies to check out their stalls. And their stalls alone, it seemed. “Bunch of greedy bastards,” Serena commented with a grin, waving off such a salesman offering to measure her size for a dress. “Think we could snag some of them fruity perfumes on the way?” Brown eyes beamed at the alchemist.

Seemed even a city as prim and proper as this one had its fair share of downtrodden back alley filth, and Serena was quick to follow closely behind the two taller women when they reached their destination. Wilthro back at her side with a graceful swoop. “Always in the last place you’d want to look.” Dead end, too. Double fun.

The pirate was keen to get this mess over with as quickly as they could and was about to take dibs on being the first to dive in when a series of clangs and shuffles made way for a sewer-rat to crawl out of the cover and give the trio a civil greeting. She flashed the stranger a grin. “So I guess it doesn’t smell like roses down there, huh?”

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Thankfully leaving the relatively clustered Jackalope, Esther gave a sigh of relief upon taking the fresh Beaucourt air. The warm air of Arc en Lume, while still cobbled together by a rowdy populace upon every street and alleyway, was nonetheless full of fresh air and open.space. She'd savor every last breath, given where they're going.

Up on the gondola, Esther leaned gently on the right side of the boat, hands out on the boat's edge and looking ever outward at the Merchants' District. The water's calm, still motion was almost surreal to the alchemist, who often listened to the rushing waves of Stormhold's ponds and lakes amidst a never-ending flurry of winds. She even dipped her finger down, feeling and hearing almost nothing as her soft flesh moved in silence through the clear waters. She didn't even mind the gondoleer. Perhaps it's odd to anyone else, but the Winged Ones, themselves, were quite used to being masked and/or disguised people.

The Merchants' District, as Esther expected, was an actively chaotic scene of customers and sellers. With her helmet off, Esther's head darted left and right, finding one of the Sacred Flame Clerics practically at every stall and corner. Several looked back at her, some glares, some curious looks, all of which Esther reacted by turning the other way. She got it: streets and cities needed the protection; but she couldn't help but feel someone was watching her. It detracted from the wonderfully colorful banners, the distant music of flutes and bagpipes, the statue of purest silver marble regaling the First Emperor. It was a lively scene, but the alchemist in a cloak wanted nothing more than to be out of sight.

Or had a reason to distract herself.

"Hold on," she told Serena, walking away from her group and visited the stalls by the statue. It took her a moment, listening in on the many, many, many yelling merchants before she heard one to her left. "Did you say, 'Tulip Heaven'?" She pointed at the small bottle filled with a light pink liquid; her savvy voice hid the temptation to laugh at the fragrance's silly name. "I'll take one!"

A minute later, she found herself exhausted with the perfume in her hand. My, how she hated bargaining for a good price.

She was almost relieved to move into the alley with the other two. Sure, the detritus was quite horrid but at least there was no one looking at her every few moments. She kept her right hand close to her dagger as the presumed-bard emerged. The mysterious person first witnessed a tense look from the alchemist before her expression softened. "Well contrary to Beaucourt rumors, you can't sing away grime and shite," she said to Serena with a snarky chuckle before answering the man's question. "We're doing our own thing. But we might say more if we knew what you were doing down there." Her right eye winked, throwing a little charm while hoping to squeeze out some information.

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The gondola’s gentle passage down the canals of Beaucourt might have almost been a pleasant experience for Ashera, were it not for inescapable clamour of the crowds all around them. The elf had been in a city before, yes, but Valtensae was so much different. The streets there were practically deserted by comparison. Humankind, being far more populous, filled up every available space, and then some.

The Merchants’ District seemed to be even more packed, though that may have been down to walking through the throng like a ship sailing into a storm. Ashera stuck close to the others, keeping a tight grip on Esther’s arm lest she be swept away. Up until the moment that the alchemist briefly departed to purchase some perfume. Until she returned, Ashera huddled a little closer to Serena.

For a moment the elf felt glad to duck out of the crowds and into an alleyway. The squalor and filth that greeted Ashera left her swiftly revising her opinion. For all of Beaucourt’s alleged splendour, it was all a shallow façade once one began to dig just a little. Her thoughts turned to a brief pang of homesickness for her homeland, the wandering jewel of the skies… but were just as quickly interrupted by a sense of urgency, drawing her gaze to the manhole ahead.

Her hand was on the hilt of her dagger several moments before the manhole cover began to slide open, revealing a broad-shouldered, handsome (for a human) male who seemed… oddly at ease considering his situation. Ashera took a step back as the stench of the sewers wafted out, staring at the man in an almost accusing fashion. She would have spoken up, but Esther was quicker to convey the sentiments that she shared. All that was left to do was to see how this stranger might answer…

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The man's smile curled into a smirk at Esther's wink. His fingers drummed against the ground. His hands were bandaged, and there was dried blood on them, by the knuckles. "Yes, ma'am. If it'll make me look better," he said, and his large shoulders jostled with a shrug, "The boss's fiance dropped her engagement ring down the gutter. He didn't want to dip his dainty little fingers back in the treasury, so here I am. Looking for a diamond amidst their holy shits. Pardon," he excused his language with a nod towards the elf, then flashed a white grin towards his fellow humans.

He flexed his fingers out, pulling his bulky arms up in a stretch. The bones popped in his joints. "Ach... well, there's nothing shiny down there. Only place left is in the southern tunnels, but that's Red Hatchet territory. It'll be hard going, trying to look while five men jump my back every minute." He let out an exaggerated sigh, then waved it off. "Well! It's a living. I'm sure you've got one of those to get back to. You didn't come down to listen to a stranger from the sewers complain. I'm Lio."

He held out a hand for them to shake, paused, then slapped the hand back onto the ground and hauled himself out, revealing himself to lord a few inches over Esther. His dark eyes flicked over them, so fast, not one could tell that a judgement had been made.

"Only thing I can think that'd bring you huddling around this stinking hole is that some noble's got you doing their dirty work, too. Who's wringing your neck?" His smile grew a little brighter. "...And are you adverse to breaking a few bandit bones?"

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Character Portrait: Hilgur Black-Mane
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Knight by name, Knight by nature

Character Portrait: Serena L'aporte
Serena L'aporte

"Calm as the ocean, wild as the seas."

Character Portrait: Esther Alfsson
Esther Alfsson

Journeyman Alchemist, Healer, Saboteur

Character Portrait: Ashera Vallenai
Ashera Vallenai

A young and reckless archer with a sense for danger...

Character Portrait: Dreador
Dreador

The deadly, mysterious assassin... and unwilling choresmaster of the expedition.

Character Portrait: Hilgur Black-Mane
Hilgur Black-Mane

Businessman. Warrior. Amateur Harmonicist.

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Character Portrait: Henri Le Chevalier
Henri Le Chevalier

Knight by name, Knight by nature

Character Portrait: Dreador
Dreador

The deadly, mysterious assassin... and unwilling choresmaster of the expedition.

Character Portrait: Serena L'aporte
Serena L'aporte

"Calm as the ocean, wild as the seas."

Character Portrait: Hilgur Black-Mane
Hilgur Black-Mane

Businessman. Warrior. Amateur Harmonicist.

Character Portrait: Esther Alfsson
Esther Alfsson

Journeyman Alchemist, Healer, Saboteur

Character Portrait: Ashera Vallenai
Ashera Vallenai

A young and reckless archer with a sense for danger...

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Character Portrait: Serena L'aporte
Serena L'aporte

"Calm as the ocean, wild as the seas."

Character Portrait: Hilgur Black-Mane
Hilgur Black-Mane

Businessman. Warrior. Amateur Harmonicist.

Character Portrait: Dreador
Dreador

The deadly, mysterious assassin... and unwilling choresmaster of the expedition.

Character Portrait: Ashera Vallenai
Ashera Vallenai

A young and reckless archer with a sense for danger...

Character Portrait: Henri Le Chevalier
Henri Le Chevalier

Knight by name, Knight by nature

Character Portrait: Esther Alfsson
Esther Alfsson

Journeyman Alchemist, Healer, Saboteur


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Re: The Gala-Dor Expedition

A Half-Elf Bard sounds awesome~. Feel free to chuck a message Cross's way if you want help figuring out how to write your character's arrival to the party. In the meantime, welcome, you're past the first level of bureaucracy. Have fun creating your character!

Re: The Gala-Dor Expedition

Excellent! In that case if you'll have me, I'd love to join.

I didn't see it mentioned directly, but half-elves were brought up in a few of the docs. Would be it possible to create a character of that race? I thought it might be a fun mix up to throw a bard into the party if that's accepted, though it would be more of a hobby thing for him and not exactly a main form of combat. I'll probably have him wield a dagger or sword.

As for why he'd be interested in joining this quest, I haven't exactly come up with a clear answer for that yet other than being "in it for the kicks". Since the RP and story have already started, I don't know if it might be easier to just have him accidentally hear about their quest and take interest or get unexpectedly stirred up with the characters somehow. Maybe something we can discuss over PM if needed.

Also I think it's a neat concept that half elves can learn and wield human magic, but pure-blood elves can't, though the flip side is that half-elves can only wield one type of Elven magic. That seems like a fun trait to play with as a character.

Re: The Gala-Dor Expedition

Oh my goodness, hello! This is a really pleasant surprise, we were longingly thinking about how nice it would be to have some new faces just the other day. So, yes, we're still accepting characters! We hope to hear back from you again :)

Re: The Gala-Dor Expedition

Hello there! This roleplay setting has some strong dnd vibes and I've been looking for something along those lines and would love to join.

I haven't read the docs yet, as it's currently 2 in the morning and I'm about to go to sleep, but I just wanted to know if you're still accepting characters first? If so then I'll be happy to read the info docs tomorrow and get back to you on my character plans and the addition of the passwords.

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Doing alright here. Not sure if it's me or SirLancelot who'll be posting next, but I'll give it a few days just in case.

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Yep, having a jolly good time so far.

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Re: The Gala-Dor Expedition

Oh goodness, I forgot we have an OOC. My apologies.

Hey everyone, hope you're all enjoying the RP so far. I certainly am! :D

Re: The Gala-Dor Expedition

//IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 2//

This is just a posting rule I didn't think to add before. For the sake of not losing momentum (especially at the start!!), if the next person in the posting order hasn't posted in a week without any communication or anything, the next person in the posting order can go.

People who miss their posting turn! Don't fear, before it reaches your turn in the posting order again you are free to slip in your missed turn anywhere before you resume your normal posting place. Because missing out sucks.

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I may not be part of the decision but I'd recommend talking it over IC cos I wanna see which option your characters naturally gravitate towards :)

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Might as well cut out the middle man and discuss it IC, I reckon. But that's just me.

Re: The Gala-Dor Expedition

So guys, do we want to discuss this OOC first and try to sort out what way we want to lean or just discuss it IC?

Re: The Gala-Dor Expedition

//IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT//

Alright everyone, we've got a total of four party members (excluding GM characters), and we're pretty comfortable sitting on that number, so we're going to go ahead and start the adventure. The RP will still be accepting, just in case anybody else has a read and thinks this is up their alley.

Posting rules are basically as follows:

After our first post goes up, posting order is just determined by who gets in quick enough and then we'll be on rotation like so, just the usual. Exceptions apply when A) the previous post directly addresses you/asks your character a question/swings a sword at you/etc, B) there's something you really, really want to do and you got the permission of the person who was next in the posting order to slip in, and C) you're off wandering on your lonesome and your post ain't interrupting any interaction.

That's it! After a while of this (hopefully) running smoothly, I might drop you all a discord for communication purposes but let's see how we manage before that.

That being said, the adventure begins... now!

... Or, when we get that post up. Soon-ish. It begins soon-ish.

Re: The Gala-Dor Expedition

Hey there, SirLancelot! Thanks for the interest, and welcome to the board! That is an exciting concept, and I was worried I'd be playing the only male character!

Ee look forward to seeing the finished sheet.

Re: The Gala-Dor Expedition

Hey There!

I've got an idea for a character that I'd like to make!

Archetype: Human Ex-Sacred Flame Paladin

Reason for joining up: Money...A chance to get away from it all...Hell maybe even redemption if he can find it...

Trivia: Orcs being created by the Drow as war-slaves and being an unholy combination of Elf and Beast although it does make me wonder...What kind of creatures or foul magic makes skin that green?

Re: The Gala-Dor Expedition

Hey Byte! Long time no see. Very well, I shall reserve a spot for you! Look forward to seeing your character. Love me some pirates.

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Still accepting? Then I shan't be shy.

Hi! No need to introduce meself because honestly if you've forgotten me I'll think less of you lot.

Anyway, I feel weird putting stuff here but I may as well adhere to the rules.

The Human Pirate

Reason for signing up: “Yarr! Fer gold ‘n wenches, all the good stuff!”
No, seriously, they be needing gold yo. Wenches are optional.

Trivia: Something about Thum-dor being powered by lightning. Not that us other folk would know, but an interesting concept to read about anyway.

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We're still accepting! Don't be shy!

Re: The Gala-Dor Expedition

Hello, fellow roleplayers. Thought I should introduce myself too.

I'm Cabbage, your... loremaster? Is that what we'll call it? Feel free to message me about anything regarding Zoltia's world.

We're willing to go up to six roleplayers/characters on this. We've already got two of those spots potentially filled, so we have space for four more!

If you're interested, then we hope to keep you entertained ^-^

The Gala-Dor Expedition

Welcome, welcome! This RP was co-created by myself and CabbageAngel. We are co-GMs; I handle the story, and Cabbage handles the lore. As we mentioned in the front page, don't hesitate to ask either of us questions regarding the roleplay. We don't bite.

We are the kind of GMs that put our players first. You matter, for this is not just my or CabbageAngel's story. This will be ours.

So let's make it a great one!