Geist @ 2019-05-01 13:44:13
A super-cheery new background for the wonderful Troika! RPG: **Woe Singer of the Forlorn Chantry** With a sad visage of tear-streaked blue, and swathed in black grief-cloth, you sing the misery of the Forlorn Order, painfully beautiful in its bleakness. Your god has passed, and all must feel your sorrow and heartache. **Possessions** Mournful robes of a burdensome ebony velvet Raven-wing coronet Basalt jar of azure face powder A dull black dagger **Skills** 3 Second Sight 3 Spell - Canticle of Sorrows 2 Spell - Darkness 2 Spell - Befuddle 1 Weapon Fighting: Dagger 1 Sleight of Hand 1 Sneak **Spell - The Canticle of Sorrows** (3) This spell is sung like a gloom-laden dirge, and any who hear it are swallowed by a powerful sadness and an all-consuming despair. Those effected embrace defeat, become consumed by hopelessness and are utterly dispirited, causing them to surrender or withdraw to wallow in their ennui. This lasts until a more joyous song or sound is heard. Has no effect on the hearing impaired.
Andrew Walter @ 2019-05-01 15:49:11
So weepy. It is the My Dying Bride of Troika! backgrounds. I like it,
Geist @ 2019-05-01 15:53:00
I'm not crying, you're crying… <sniff> Thanks Mr Andrew
Andrew Walter @ 2019-05-01 15:56:48
It strikes me that those in the higher echelons of the Forlorn Order might be jaded and hypocritical enough that "Concealed Onion" might make its way onto their equipment list, so as to present the proper visage to their public.
Geist @ 2019-05-01 16:03:56
Fabulous! And punishing hay fever is seen as a gift from their Once-God.
Eric Nieudan @ 2019-05-01 16:44:26
That is very Troika! Such a character would be at home with any mix of characters - meaning not at all, which is perfect. Kind of like Richmond on the IT Crowd.
Geist @ 2019-05-01 16:55:35
Cheers! I don't imagine they'd be fun to be around. And most likely a really lousy drunk.
ktrey parker @ 2019-05-01 17:42:21
This is great! I've yet to try my hand at making my own backgrounds yet, but I did just recently finish up some additional "leading questions" for the ones in the book here: https://blog.d4caltrops.com/2019/05/background-questions-for-troika.html I love how the implications of these backgrounds are left purposely obscure and leave a lot to the individual imagination. The intent with these is just to steer directly into the skid when it comes to letting the minds of players go wild.
Geist @ 2019-05-02 09:05:04
That's Troika!'s real strength, IMO (as well as its rules-lite FF feel). And that is an excellent set of questions on the blog! What a great idea to get the players' brains a-pumping.
Geist @ 2019-05-02 09:44:35
Trying your background questions for the Woe Singer: • What personal calamity befell you that led you to join the Forlorn Order? • How did your once-god meet their end? • What secret trinkets do you conceal beneath your heavy velvet robes?
ktrey parker @ 2019-05-02 15:54:27
@Geist: Thanks! Your questions are great as well! The real key is to get them talking as much as possible (I tried to avoid simple "yes/no" questions if possible) and maybe even ask a few follow ups based on their answers. I think when players have a chance to contribute to this kind of world-building, they might feel more invested :)
Geist @ 2019-05-02 16:32:31
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