Character Creation Notes

Notes on Character Creation

At this point all Races and Classes have been posted to the Wiki section of the site. Here are some other notes about characters in this campaign.

Starting Level: You may create characters at 3rd level to begin. If anyone has questions about how to create a character at higher than 1st level, please let me know.

Ability Scores: We will use a point buy system of 20 points as outlined in the Pathfinder rules. See the link Jim posted on the FB page if you need access to the Core Rulebook.

Crossbow Proficiency: All inhabitants of Innistrad are proficient with crossbows. This means your class has proficiency ‘Crossbow’ even if this weapon would normally be excluded.

Crossbows in Innistrad are treated as Composite Longbows for the purposes of damage calculations. This means that Crossbows do receive a damage bonus based on strength modifier, but you must have a strength modifier equal to or greater than the strength rating of the weapon in order to wield it. If you don’t, well your character isn’t strong enough to operate the winch.

Additionally, if you take Point Blank Shot as a feat, you will also receive the Crossbow specific feat Rapid Reload for free. This allows the user to reload a light crossbow as a swift action, and reload a heavy crossbow as a move action instead of their normal requirements.

Names in Innistrad: Later this week I will post a document with common names in Innistrad if you want a reference. It seems like many of the names have Slavic or Nordic influences.

Welcome to Innistrad!
An Introduction to the Plane

What is the Plane of Innistrad?

In Magic: the Gathering, powerful creatures called Planeswalkers have the ability to travel between different universes. Innistrad is one of many worlds discovered by Planeswalkers. In Classic D&D the idea of planes is similar, with other dimensions of the world existing in the Abyssal or Celestial plane. Both of these classic planes exist in Innistrad, in addition to the mortal world.

What is Innistrad like?

Innistrad is a gothic medieval setting primarily inhabited by humans and humanoid monsters like werewolves, vampires and zombies. Economy in Innistrad revolves around agriculture, hunting, crafts and trade. The average person does not have access to traditional magic but magic itself is not unusual. The Church of Avacyn functions as the sole religious and political structure of the land, with varying degrees of influence in different regions. Its main function is to protect the common people from monsters and demons. The moon is sacred to followers of Avacyn although the omnipresent mists and short summers make the moon’s full presence scarce.

Innistrad is divided geographically into four major areas.

  • Gavony – The wide plains, rolling hills and rugged moorlands of this region are home to most major villages in Innistrad. The capital, Thraben, is located in the approximate center of this region.
  • Nephalia – Innistrad’s open coast features the most populous human city, Havengul, and other features like Silver Beach and Morkrut Swamp.
  • Kessig – A wild, forested region that is lightly populated. Its major city is Avabruck.
  • Stensia – The Geier Reach mountains make Stensia a difficult area to traverse. Its inhabitants are wary of outsiders.

Why are we here?

At the beginning of the story, the adventurers will be recruited to come to Innistrad by a mysterious stranger known only as S.M. Obviously a noble, S.M. has approached you with the promise (and a down payment) of great wealth if you can assist the people of Innistrad in locating their realm’s missing protector – the great angel Avacyn.

S.M. tells you Avacyn has always watched over the plane and helped humans survive in the hostile world by defeating demons and providing a source of magic for holy wards and spells against monsters. But Avacyn has disappeared and no one knows why or how. Without Avacyn’s magical protection, humans are beginning to lose ground to the monsters. S.M. leaves you muttering, “The balance must be restored.”



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